Program Requirements

Students who participate in the clinical training program fall under the same general academic requirements as other graduate students in the department, but must, in addition, fulfill requirements specific to the clinical program.  These requirements are listed in two ways below.  The first section details the courses that are unique requirements of the clinical training program.  The second section includes a list of all aspects of training required by us as a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association.  Fortunately, many departmental requirements overlap with APA requirements.  Section II is a list of areas in which you must show substantial knowledge and in which you must demonstrate competence to meet APA requirements.  For each area, we specify the pertinent coursework or training experience and what you must do to demonstrate that you have achieved competence at the level expected of students completing a clinical psychology doctoral program.  Frequently competence will be demonstrated by a grade of no less than B in a course.

Section I - Program requirements unique to clinical students:

  1. Complete Psychology 810 (Psychological Assessment) and 811 (Psychodiagnostic Interviewing).
  2. Gain first-hand experience with the phenomena of psychopathology, through some combination of observational, research, therapeutic and diagnostic interactions in Psychology 815 (Introductory Practicum) and Psychology 820 (Advanced Practicum). Students may begin taking Psychology 815 upon completion of Psychology 810 and 811.
  3. Complete a half-semester course in Ethics (0.5 credits of the Clinical Psychology Seminar, Psychology 709). 
  4. Complete a full semester course (Psychology 709, 1 c.u.) in Empirically Supported Treatments.
  5. Complete two additional semesters of Psychology 709 (Clinical Psychology Seminar) and attend the Pan Clinical Seminar – monthly meetings of faculty and students involved in the Clinical Program. 
  6. Complete the Psychopathology Proseminar (Psychology 600). This proseminar may be used to fulfill other requirements as well.
  7. Complete distribution requirements inherent to APA accreditation of the program, including (a) biological aspects of behavior, (b) cognitive and affective aspects of behavior, (c) social aspects of behavior, (d) history and systems of psychology, (e) psychological measurement, (f) research methodology (including evaluation of interventions), (f) techniques of data analysis, (g) human development, (h) individual differences in behavior, including issues of ethnic and cultural diversity, (i) at least one course that integrates two foundational areas. Many courses fulfill both departmental and clinical program requirements.
  8. Complete a 1-year, full-time clinical internship. To obtain a letter from the Director of the Clinical Training Program certifying that he/she has completed the APA-accredited clinical program, the student must have completed the aforementioned requirements.
Section II - APA breadth of training requirements and how to fill them:
 
1.  Biological Aspects of Behavior
 
     Required activities:  Completion of 1 c.u. of relevant proseminars in the department's Brain Sector, such as Biological Bases of Behavior (0.5 c.u.) and Cognitive Neuroscience (0.5 c.u.).  
 
     Demonstration of Competence: Must obtain a grade of B or better in both courses.
 
2.  Cognitive Aspects of Behavior
 
     Required activities:  Completion of 1 c.u. of relevant proseminars in the department's Mind Sector, such as Language (0.5 c.u.), Human Memory (0.5 c.u.) and/or Judgment and Decision Making (0.5 c.u.).  
 
     Demonstration of Competence: Must obtain a grade of B or better in two such courses.
 
3.  Affective Aspects of Behavior
 
     Required activities:  Completion of relevant proseminars including Social Psychology, Social Emotional Development and Psychopathology.  One addition 0.5 c.u. proseminar with relevant (such as Affective Neuroscience). 
 
     Demonstration of Competence: Must obtain a grade of B or better in all the courses.
 
4.  Social Aspects of Behavior
 
     Required activities:  Completion of 1 c.u. of proseminar in Social Psychology, which will also fulfill the department's Individual and the Group requirement.  
 
     Demonstration of Competence: Must obtain a grade of B or better in the course.
 
5.  Human Development
 
     Required activities:  Completion of 0.5 c.u. each in 600 level proseminars on Cognitive Development and in Social and Emotional Development.  
 
    Demonstration of Competence: Must obtain a grade of B or better in both courses.
 
6.  Advance Integrative Knowledge
     Required activities:  Completion of 1 c.u. of a proseminar, special topics course or research project that integrates at least two of affective, biological, cognitive, social or developmental aspects of behavior.  (e.g. cognitive neuroscience, affective neuroscience, behavioral neuroscience, social behavior and biology, etc.)
 
     Demonstration of Competence:  Must obtain a grade of B or better.
 
7.  Research Methods
 
 
     Required activities:  Completion of (a) Psyc 704 in Research Methods and Statistical Procedures for Social and Clinical Sciences, (b) Psyc 699 - 1st year Research Project and (c) Doctoral Dissertation.  The student believing that he or she has an excellent background in research methods may take an exam to place out of 704.  In such cases, the student must substitute an advanced course in research methods approved by the Director of Clinical Training.  
 
    Demonstration of Competence: Must obtain a grade of B or better in all courses, must pass the dissertation defense and the dissertation must be accepted by the Advisory Committee.
 
8.  Statistical Analyses
 
     Required activities:  Completion of Psyc 611 (Multiple Regression and ANOVA) and one additional data analysis course approved by the Director of Graduate Studies.  
 
     Demonstration of Competence: Must obtain a grade of B or better in both courses.  
 
9.  Psychometrics
 
     Required activities:  Complete 1 c.u. of Psyc 704 Research Methods and Statistical Procedures for Social and Clinical Sciences and Psyc 810 Psychological Assessment.  
 
    Demonstration of Competence: Must obtain a grade of B or better in both courses.  
10. Dysfunctional Behavior or Psychopathology
   
    Required activities:  Completion of 1 c.u. in 600 level proseminar on Psychopathology, 1 c.u. in Diagnostic Interviewing (Psyc 811), and 2 c.u. of Psych 709 - Clinical Seminars. 
    
    Demonstration of Competence: Must obtain a grade of B or better in all courses.
 
11.  Assessment and Diagnosis
 
     Required activities:  Complete 1 c.u. of Psychological Assessment (Psyc 810), 1 c.u. of Diagnostic Interviewing (Psyc 811) and the Introductory Practicum in Assessment and Consultation (Psyc 815).  
 
    Demonstration of Competence: Must obtain a grade of B or better in all three courses.
 
12.  Theories and Methods of Consultation
 
     Required activities:  Introductory Practicum in Psychological Assessment and Consultation (815), which includes didactic reading on consultation.  
 
    Demonstration of Competence: Must obtain an average rating of 3 (good) or better on the Assessment and Consultation Practicum supervisor's rating on Section 12 (Consultation) of the Competency Evaluation Form.
 
13.  Theories and Methods of Effective Intervention
 
     Required activities:  Completion of Psych 709 in Empirically Supported Treatments.  Alternatively, students may take an exam to place out of this course.  1 c.u. of Advanced Practicum 820.
 
    Demonstration of Competence: Must obtain a grade of B or better in both courses (or on placement exam).
 
 
14.  Professional Standards and Ethics
 
     Required activities:  (a) Didactic:  Complete Psyc 709 in Ethics and Professional Standards.  (b) Application:  Introductory Practicum in Assessment and Consultation and Advanced Practicum Psychotherapy Practicum.  
 
    Demonstration of Competence: Must obtain a grade of B or better in course.  Average of practicum supervisors' ratings on the 4-5 questions about ethical and professional practice must be 3 (good) or better on practicum competency forms.
 
15.  Theories and Methods of Supervision
 
     Required activities:  (a) Completion of a non-credit supervised supervision experience prior to internship.  (b) in Practicums 815 and 820, provides appropriate feedback and suggestions to peers in the context of group supervision.  
 
     Demonstration of Competence: a) Supervisor's assessment that the student meets the entry-level competence defined as a score of 3 (good) or better on each item of rating scale and b) by the final year before internship, if not before, students get a rating of 3 (good) or better from a practicum supervisor on the item "provides appropriate feedback and suggestions to peers in the context of group supervision."  We look for introductory level competence for supervision appropriate to a student at this level of training, meaning that the student is aware of the important concepts in supervision and has at least limited exposure to the experience of doing supervision with a more junior trainee.  
 
16.  History and Systems of Psychology
 
     Required activities:  Teaching in this area is integrated into required courses across the curriculum.  
 
    Demonstration of Competence: Must obtain a grade of B or better on relevant exam questions, presentations or projects on this topic in (a) Psychopathology (Psyc 600), (b) Social and Emotional Development  or Cognitive Development (Psyc 600), (c) Social Psychology (Psych 600) and (d) Psychological Assessment and Diagnostic Interviewing (Psyc 810/811).  
 
17.  Cultural and Individual Diversity
 
      Required activities:  Teaching in this area is integrated across the curriculum, practicum training and pan clinical seminars.  
 
     Demonstration of Competence: a) Must pass midterm or final diversity essay exam question in Psychopathology, Social and Emotional Development or Cognitive Development, Social Psychology and Psychological Assessment/Diagnostic Interviewing and Ethics and Professional Standards with a grade of B or better.  b) Average of 3 (good) or better on practicum supervisors' ratings on the 5 questions of Section 6 (Awareness of and Sensitivity to Diversity) of the Assessment Competency Evaluation Form and on the 5 questions of Section 6 of the Psychotherapy Competence Evaluation Form.  
 
18.  Attitudes Essential for Lifelong Learning, Scholarly Inquiry and Professional Problem-Solving
 
     Required activities:  Attendance at pan-clinical seminars (continuing education activities for the clinical program) and review of attendant assigned readings; searching for and reading relevant literature regarding cases in practicum; demonstrating initiative in learning and an inquisitive attitude toward the acquisition of new knowledge and better skills in the context of one's research program.
 
     Demonstration of Competence: Practicum supervisors' average rating of 3 (good) or better on Section 3 (Scientific Knowledge and Methods) of the Competence in Psychotherapy Evaluation Form demonstrating that the student seeks new knowledge in the literature pertinent to assessment or treatment of his or her client.  By the end of the program the advisor rates the student as 3 (good) or better on the following item that is part of the students' annaul evaluation: "This student demonstrates a drive for the acquisition of new knowledge and skills, searching out new learning without being prompted."  The item is rated on a scale from 1 (Unsatisfactory) to 5 (Excellent).
 
19.  Further Expertise in Clinical Psychology
 
     Required activities:  a) completion of 2 additional clinical seminars (Psyc 709); and b) completion of the qualifying examinations.
 
    Demonstration of Competence: a) Must obtain a grade of B or better in these 2 courses and b) must obtain a passing grade on the qualifying examinations.
 
20.  Clinical Practice
 
     Required activities:  a) Completion of at least 3 years of practicum with at least one in Assessment and Consultation (815) and at least one in intervention (820).  Students are required to accrue a minimum of 450 direct client services hours (intervention + assessment) before they can apply for internship.  b) Completion of a year-long predoctoral internship in clinical psychology, which must be APA accredited unless granted an exception by the Director of Clinical Training.
 
     Demonstration of Competence: a) by the final year of practicum training before internship application, the student must have achieved a supervisor's rating of 3 (good) or better on every item in the Competence Rating Forms in intervention and assessment.  Realize, however, that for the DCT to write an enthusiastic endorsement of the application for internship, the student should achieve the majority of ratings at the 4 (very good) level or better.  b) Internship director's report of satisfactory completion of the predoctoral internship.
 
In sum, clinical students must take the following courses:
 


699 Research Project (3 c.u.)

611

Statistics (or another comparable course)
Various Another, more advanced statistics course as approved by the Director of Graduate Studies
704 Research Methods
600 Psychopathology
600 Social Psychology
600 Developmental (0.5 c.u. each in Social & Emotional Development and Cognitive Development)
600 One c.u. of proseminars from the Department’s Brain Sector
600

One c.u. of proseminars from the Department’s Mind Sector

Various

One c.u. of an integrative course

810 Psychological Assessment
811 Diagnostic Interviewing
815 Introductory Practicum in Assessment and Consultation
820 Advanced Practicum in Psychotherapy (2 years/2 c.u.)
No Credit Supervision Workshop
709

Ethics and Professional Standards (0.5 c.u.)

709 Empirically Supported Treatments
709 Complete 2 addition Clinical Seminars (1.0 c.u. each)

 

Licensure

As an APA and PCSAS Accredited Clinical Training Program, it is our intention to train students in all the particulars of health service psychology, such that they are equipped to be both excellent scientists and excellent clinicians.  It is our expectation that the vast majority of our graduates will obtain professional licensure a clinical psychologists, and will be able to engage in clinical practice and supervise trainees.  However, given that licensure is controlled by individual governmental bodies in all 50 US states (typically State Boards of Psychology under the Division of Occupational Affairs in State Governments) and that every jurisdiction may impose their own unique requirements, we cannot guarantee that the specific training we provide will meet the criteria for licensure in any individual state.  That said, we are typically quite successful at advocating for our students, and no graduate from the last 20 years has been unable to obtain licensure if they have pursued it.