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PsyD

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) In Clinical Psychology Program

Curriculum

The fundamental paradigm of the MSPP curriculum is the comprehensive integration of the theory and practice of psychology. Throughout a required program (at least two years of which must be in residence), course work is coordinated with field placement experiences, which together provide the academic and experiential base for understanding and treating human problems.

The first two years of the curriculum provide each student with a broad base of theoretical knowledge and clinical experience. The remaining years enable the student to become a competent practitioner able to diagnose and treat psychological problems.  These latter years reinforce the student’s commitment to his/her professional development and the sharing of that knowledge with others.

Starting with students entering MSPP in Fall 2015, successful completion of a Comprehensive Examination will be required to receive the PsyD degree in Clinical Psychology. The examination will evaluate clinical competency in the areas of assessment, intervention, and practice. Students will take the examination in Year III of the PsyD program.

The MSPP curriculum evolves in response to the standards of the American Psychological Association, the state licensing requirements, and the School’s assessment of what constitutes the strongest preparation for its students.

Required Courses

Orientation Week
CLI CP500—Fundamental Clinical Practice Skills

Year One
CLI CS600/CLI CS605—Clinical Seminar I
CLI LS659—Lifespan Development
CLI PA501—Psychological Assessment I: Foundations of Cognitive Theory and Testing
CLI PA503—Psychological Assessment II: Advanced Cognitive Testing
CLI PS600—History and Systems
CLI PS603—Social Bases of Behavior
CLI PY521—Psychopathology of Childhood and Adolescence
CLI PY522—Adult Psychopathology
CLI RS526—Statistics

Year Two
CLI BX500—Learning Theory
CLI CS700/CLI CS705—Clinical Seminar II
CLI FX515—Family and Systems Theory
CLI HU520—Humanistic Theory
CLI PT700—Psychodynamic Theory
CLI RS525/CLI RS526—Research

Year Three
CLI CA601—Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior
CLI PR800—Doctoral Project I
CLI PR801—Doctoral Project II
CLI PS800—Ethics, Standards and Professional Practice
CLI ST810—Systems Theory and Practice: Psychological Interventions in the Community

Year Four
CLI CS900/CLI CS905—Clinical Seminar IV: Theory and Practice of Supervision and Consultation
CLI PR901—Doctoral Project III
CLI PR904—Doctoral Project IV

Cross Cultural Requirement
Taken Any Year
CLI CC522—Diversity and Cross Cultural Psychology

Clinical Practice and Intervention Requirement
Taken during Year 3 or 4 (2 courses)
CLI BX700—Clinical Practice of Cognitive Behavioral Therapies
CLI FX615—Clinical Practice of Family and Systems Therapy
CLI GR523—Clinical Practice of Group Therapy (must take CLI GR521 as pre-requisite, counts as elective)
CLI PT800—Clinical Practice of Psychodynamic Therapy

Biological Bases of Behavior Requirement
Taken any year
CLI PP520—Physiological Psychology or CLI BL622—Biological Bases of Behavior or CLI NP530–Functional Neruoanatomony and Neuropathology

Psychological Measurements Requirement
Minimum of 6 credits required
CLI PA501–Psychological Assessment I: Foundations of Cognitive Theory and Testing
CLI PA503—Psychological Assessment II: Advanced Cognitive Testing
And one of the following:
CLI PA520—Personality Assessment
CLI PM600—Projective Methods I: Rorschach Scoring with the Comprehensive System*
CLI PM601–Projective Methods II: Interpretation Strategies Using The Rorschach and Other Projective Tests*

*If the student decides to take Projective Methods then it must be taken as a year-long sequence. with Projective Methods II meeting the requirement, Projective Methods I becomes an elective.

Psychopathology Requirement
Required in Year One (2 courses)
CLI PY521—Psychopathology of Childhood and Adolescence
CLI PY522—Adult Psychopathology

Field Education
See table below for options.

Electives

The remaining credits required for graduation are met by completing elective course work and/or directed studies. A course which has not been used to fulfill any other graduation requirement is considered elective. Students may take up to 8 electives credits in the form of directed studies.

Credit Accrual

The program requires 134 credits for program completion.

Program Completion Options

The philosophy and policies of the MSPP PsyD Program embrace an Integrative Model of Training.  Specific coursework is paired with specific levels of field training.  These pairings are required and are as follows:

Field Training Level Associated Course
Practicum 1 Clinical Seminar 1
Practicum 2  Clinical Seminar 2
Advanced Practicum Ethics, Standards and Professional Practice and/or Systems: Theory and Practice: Psychological Interventions in the Community
Half-time Internship Clinical Seminar IV: Theory and Practice of Supervision and Consultation


Option 1
Five Year Program with 5th Year Full Time APA Internship

Year in Program Field Training Associated Course
1st Year Practicum 1
(640 hours/year)
Clinical Seminar 1
2nd Year Practicum 2
(800 hours)
Clinical Seminar 2
3rd Year Advanced Practicum
(800 hours)
Ethics, Standards and Professional Practice and/or Systems: Theory and Practice
4th Year Half-time Internship
(1200 hours)
Clinical Seminar IV: Theory and Practice of Supervision and Consultation
5th Year APA/APPIC Internship (Full Time) Extended Internship


Option 2
Exclusively Affiliated Part-time APA Accredited MSPP Consortium Internship

Year in Program Field Training Associated Course
1st Year Practicum 1
(640 hours/year)
Clinical Seminar 1
2nd Year Practicum 2
(800 hours)
Clinical Seminar 2
3rd Year TBD Ethics, Standards and Professional Practice and/or Systems: Theory and Practice
4th Year Consortium
(1000 hours)
Clinical Seminar IV: Theory and Practice of Supervision and Consultation
5th Year TBD Extended Internship

Updated 9/24/14

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