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Choose Florida Tech For a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology
Expertise and Training for Development as a Clinical Psychologist
Florida Tech's clinical psychology program is accredited by the American Psychological Association. (Commission on Accreditation, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002-4242; Phone: (202) 336-5979).
The degree of Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) is a service-oriented degree emphasizing clinical skills. The program leading to the Psy.D. is based on a practitioner/scientist model and is committed to the Vail model of training and the training conferences of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP). Florida Tech was the first university in the southeast to offer the Psy.D. and the model of training that it represents. In addition to classes and seminars, the training program in clinical psychology includes supervised experience in testing, diagnosis, counseling and therapy, and research projects related to special fields of interest. Before completing the doctorate, students complete one year of supervised internship training. Graduates are licensed throughout the United States and hold positions of responsibility in mental health clinics, hospitals, medical centers, HMOs, PPOs and independent practice. Students are expected to be aware of various theories of human nature and of various treatment modalities.
The program provides training based on a practitioner-scientist model that focuses on the development of clinical practice skills to become a practicing clinical psychologist. It is very exclusive, accepting only 20 students per year. In the first year, as part of the pre-practicum, students will shadow various clinicians within Florida Tech. Students can also volunteer to participate at a variety of clinical sites working with faculty.
Graduates of the program receive a Psy.D. in clinical psychology and possess core competencies in relational/clinical skills, comprehensive psychological assessment, clinical treatment interventions, research and evaluation, consultation and education, management and supervision and diversity issues. Designed to provide excellent clinical training and research skills, the Psy.D. in clinical psychology program includes special elective emphasis areas including:
- Forensic Psychology
- Child and Family Psychology
Clinical Core Faculty
Florida Tech's faculty have extensive clinical backgrounds. Many faculty members have served as presidents or members of board of directors of national and international professional organizations, putting them in the position to secure millions of federal and state dollars to support their research.
Achieving national and international prominence in the field of psychology, professors offer a variety of theoretical orientations and advanced research opportunities. Students seeking a Psy.D. in clinical psychology can expect a high-quality curriculum enhanced by diverse practicum training and individual one-on-one faculty mentoring.
Faculty and students work together to delve into psychology research. Students working towards a Psy.D. in clinical psychology and may participate in internships in medical and psychiatric hospitals; outpatient medical and mental health facilities; university counseling centers; US military care facilities; child treatment centers; and veteran's health facilities.
Clinical training for students in the Psy.D. in clinical psychology program begins in the Community Psychological Services (CPS) center, located on campus at the internationally recognized Scott Center for Autism Treatment. Clients come to CPS from the greater Brevard County area presenting with the full spectrum of mental health problems–depression, anxiety, thought disorders, marriage and family issues, developmental disabilities, health problems with emotional components, and others. After two semesters of supervised practicum in CPS, students move on to advanced practicum in a large variety of health facilities in the area. With faculty consultation, students are able to select practicum sites to expand their experience with certain problems or populations of interest to them.
Clinical & Research Recap
As students work towards a Psy.D. in clinical psychology degree, they are able to conduct research on a variety of topics and identify the area of concentration. Past graduate research includes such projects as child and family conflicts; neuropsychological sequela of aging and of sports injuries; chronic fatigue; adaptation to chronic illness; teen suicide and a number of studies related to child and juvenile sex offenders and primary care psychology.
Graduates with a Psy.D. in clinical psychology degree can provide health care services, continue to work in the research community or consider a position in psychology advocacy. Some specific areas Psy.D. graduates commonly choose as their particular area of expertise includes behavioral medicine such as clinical neuropsychology, rehabilitation psychology, geropsychology and integrated primary care. Other common choices among Florida Tech students includes working with families and children and forensic psychology.
Much of a student's time in an advanced Psy.D. in clinical psychology program is spent applying clinical knowledge and skills at the various practicum sites. It is through these practicum placements that student attempt to translate their academic knowledge into the solution of real-life problems at the individual, group, and institutional levels.