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Doctor of Psychology
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Note: The program plan below shows a change approved too late for inclusion in the 2014–2015 University Catalog: Preparing Academic Documents (COM 5003) has been added to the list of required courses for the Summer – Year 1 term; the Summer – Year 3 Restricted Elective (PSY) should read two and not six credit hours. The addition of the communication course changes the total required credits for graduation from 121 to 124.

Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology

Student Admissions, Outcomes and Related Data

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.

Students are encouraged to assess the problems of the clients, to select the procedures for behavioral change most appropriate to the problem, to assess the effectiveness of the procedure and, if necessary, to select alternate procedures. Every effort is made to emphasize the value and dignity of psychology as a profession. To this end, the importance of a problem-solving approach, as well as knowledge of the results of scientific investigations in psychology and the other behavioral sciences, is stressed.

The university's program in clinical psychology subscribes to the American Psychological Association Code of Ethics and all students are bound by the principles enumerated in that code.

Students who accept admission into the program are subject to the ethics, professional standards and laws relating to psychologists and the practice of psychology. To engage in activities that are either unethical or inappropriate to their level of training will be cause for dismissal from the program.

Licensing/certification laws vary for the various states. Although the curriculum is based on recommendations of the Board of Educational Affairs of the American Psychological Association, and the clinical psychology program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association's Commission on Accreditation (750 First Street NE, Washington, D.C. 20002-4212; phone (202) 336-5979), completion of any program does not ensure admission to the licensing/certification examinations of any state. The applicant or admitted student should obtain and study the laws and regulations pertinent to licensing/ certification in the state or states in which they plan to practice and should consider the educational demands on choosing both elective work and internship positions.

The program is designed with the view that the essence of professional psychology involves process and content. The process is the problem-solving approach and the content involves the knowledge of basic principles and professional skills. Both process and knowledge are in a continuous state of change but this state of change does not negate their significance. Because the model emphasizes the quality and quantity of professional skills, the practicum and internship experiences are of special importance in our program.

Program Goals and Objectives

The overarching goal of the Psy.D. program is to prepare qualified students for postdoctoral entry into the field of clinical psychology.

To accomplish this, the program has three sub-goals with corresponding specific objectives, including (1) the preparation of graduates with strong and continually developing clinical competencies, with an objective of the development of clinical competencies in relationship, assessment, intervention, research and evaluation, supervision, consultation, and administration; (2) the preparation of graduates whose clinical competencies are informed by, and in turn inform, the scientific and theoretical knowledge base of the discipline of psychology, with an objective of the development of knowledge bases in biological bases of behavior, cognitive/affective bases of behavior, social and cultural bases of behavior, individual differences, history and systems of psychology; and (3) the preparation of graduates who will respect and value cultural and individual differences and whose work will be guided by the highest of ethical and professional principles and standards, with an objective of development of a strong knowledge base and sensitivity to cultural and individual differences, and the attainment of the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to become ethical and professional clinical psychologists.

Admission Requirements

An applicant must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher learning. Although it is not necessary for the major area to have been psychology, it is expected that those entering without a previous degree in psychology will have completed at least 18 credit hours of psychology coursework at the time of application. These courses must have been taken in a department of psychology, and should include statistics, personality theory, abnormal psychology, learning, physiological psychology and social psychology.

All application materials must be received by January 15. The application and application fee should be received by the university before receipt of reference letters and transcripts, so the applicant's file can be established. Applications cannot be acted on until all required materials have been received. Applicants may apply online at www.fit.edu.

All applicants are required to submit the completed graduate school application form with the application fee and the psychology supplemental form (forms are available online from the graduate admissions website at www.fit.edu/grad/forms/php); a résumé of professional experience; a statement of professional career objectives; three letters of recommendation from psychologists familiar with the applicant's academic and/or clinical work, to be mailed directly by the recommenders (forms are available online from the graduate admissions website at www.fit.edu/grad/forms/php); official undergraduate and graduate record transcripts, sent directly from the degree-granting institutions; and Graduate Record Examination General Test (required) and Psychology Subject Test (recommended) results. Please plan to take the GRE early enough to allow test results to be reported by January 15. Results may take up to six weeks to be reported by the Educational Testing Service. Attendance at the Open House/ Interview Day is recommended.

Degree Requirements

To receive the doctoral degree, the candidate must have been a matriculated student in full-time residence at the school for a minimum of four years (eight semesters and three summer terms). This period represents the minimum of attendance to complete the course requirements. In addition to these years of coursework, the internship requires an additional year for completion. To obtain an approved internship, students must make application and be accepted at one of the many APA-accredited internship training facilities located throughout the country.

A student admitted to the doctoral program is awarded the master of science degree when the following 39 credit hours are successfully completed and when the student has successfully completed the Clinical Proficiency Examination (CPE):

COM 5003 Preparing Academic Documents 3
PSY 5101 Statistical Research Methods 1 3
PSY 5102  Statistical Research Methods 2 3
PSY 5105 Biological Foundations of Behavior 3
PSY 5121  Cultural and Social Psychology 3
PSY 5501  Personality and Psychotherapy 3
PSY 5502 Psychopathology 3
PSY 5521  Assessment of Intelligence 3
PSY 5522  Laboratory in Assessment of Intelligence 1
PSY 5524 Laboratory in Assessment of Personality 1
PSY 5527 Objective Personality Assessment 3
PSY 5528  Projective Personality Assessment 3
PSY 5541 Clinical Skills and Techniques 1 3
PSY 5542  Clinical Skills and Techniques 2 3
PSY 5591  Seminar in Professional Standards and Ethical Principles in Psychology 1

 

All requirements for the doctoral degree must be completed no later than seven years from the date of first attendance. No more than 12 credit hours of Doctoral Research Project (PSY 6998) may be counted toward the doctoral degree.

A student who completed graduate work at another accredited university can petition for transfer of a maximum of 18 semester credits. Such requests are evaluated by the program chair. Transfers are not granted for the core clinical specialization courses listed in the curriculum description.

A student receiving a grade of C in a required course may be required to repeat the course and attain a grade of B or better. All grades will enter into the grade point average, but only credit hours from the final repeat will be credited toward the minimum credit hour requirement.

Requirements for the Psy.D. degree include:

1. A minimum of 124 semester hours of credit beyond the bachelor's degree, including the required courses described in the curriculum section below.

2. A minimum of four years of full-time residency: eight semesters and three summer terms. Full-time status is defined as nine or more credit hours.

3. Admission to candidacy requires the successful completion of the following three components:

     a. Clinical proficiency examination (CPE). At the completion of nine practicum-related credit hours, the clinical faculty of the School of Psychology makes an assessment of student progress in clinical skill development. This CPE contains numerous components, including a written conceptualization and treatment plan of the videotaped case and an oral presentation and defense of the case.

     b. Second year student review. At the end of the second year, the clinical faculty reviews all students across a number of personal and interpersonal dimensions, which are directly tied to their ability to function as professional psychologists.

     c. Satisfactory academic progress. A 3.2 grade point average, computed on the basis of all university coursework applied to the doctoral program, is required for admission to candidacy.

     d. Passing the comprehensive examination. At the end of the third year of study, all students are required to take and pass a written comprehensive examination. The examination is in class and covers the core academic and clinical areas of psychology.

4. Completion of the doctoral research project.

5. An internship consisting of 2,000 clock hours of supervised experience in an internship facility accredited by the American Psychological Association to offer clinical training. This placement provides the trainee with the opportunity to take substantial responsibility for carrying out the major professional functions with appropriate supervisory support. Liaison between the Office of Clinical Training and the internship facility is maintained.

Curriculum

The curriculum for the doctor of psychology program consists of four levels of training, as summarized below.

Basic science, research and assessment coursework occupy the early terms of residence and flow into intervention and practicum work that occupies the later terms of residence.

Level I (Beginning): This level corresponds to the first year of training following the bachelor's degree. It consists of basic science courses designed to develop a broad conceptual understanding of the theoretical foundations for clinical practice and entry-level relationship, assessment and intervention skills. Basic relationship building and assessment skills are developed and the student is introduced to one of a number of different models of intervention. All students will begin their practicum work by shadowing faculty and advanced students.

Level II (Intermediate): This level corresponds to the second residence year in the program. Didactic work consists of more advanced examinations of broad-based conceptual foundations, further development of assessment and intervention strategies, and beginning and intermediate practicum placements. Students begin to formulate research ideas for the doctoral research project (DRP). Areas of concentration are begun. Most students will complete their Clinical Proficiency Examination.

Level III (Advanced): This level corresponds to the third residence year in the program. Assessment, intervention and evaluation skills are fine-tuned during this year and are put into practical use in advanced practicum assignments. Systems of case conceptualization are reviewed and related to assessment and intervention strategies. Coursework in the competency area of administration is taken, comprehensive examinations are completed and students continue with their areas of concentration or add elective courses.

Level IV (Advanced Specialty): This level corresponds to the fourth year in the program. During this year, students complete coursework in the competency areas of supervision and consultation, finish their areas of concentration with specialized practica, obtain more field experience in advanced practica and/or take more electives. Students also complete their DRP and work toward securing internships for their last year. Each semester has a 13-credit limit, and tuition is paid on a flat rate basis. After the first semester of enrollment, students may exceed the 13-credit limit in any semester by taking only a one- or two-credit nonrequired course. The course may either be taken for credit (and paid at the graduate-level credit rate) or audited (and paid at the audit rate).

Elective Concentration Areas

The program offers four elective concentration areas. Each area includes 12 credit hours of coursework and practica and is designed to prepare the student for advanced study during the internship and postdoctoral years.

Integrated Behavioral Health CREDITS
PSY 5108 Health Psychology
3
PSY 5511 Personnel Selection
3
PSY 5595 Practicum 1–6
PSY 6570 Clinical Applications in Behavioral Healthcare 3
Family/Child Psychology
PSY 5556 Psychotherapy Models: Family Approaches
3
PSY 5565 Child Disorders and Psychotherapy
3
PSY 5595 Practicum 1–6
PSY 6550 Marital and Sex Therapy
3
Forensic Psychology
PSY 5192 Seminar in Psychology (Students are required to take two different seminars)
1
PSY 5595 Practicum 1–6
PSY 6102 Forensic Psychology
2
PSY 6104 Fundamentals of Forensic Psychology
2
PSY 6105 Clinical Forensic Assessment
3
Neuropsychology/Clinical Health Psychology
PSY 5108 Health Psychology 3
PSY 5595 Practicum 1–6
PSY 6522 Neuropsychology and Neuropsychological Assessment 3
PSY 6527 Fundamentals of Clinical Neuropsychology 3

 

The Doctor of Psychology program includes the follow required courses:

Foundations of Psychology

Biological Bases of Behavior (6 credit hours)
PSY 5105 Biological Foundations of Behavior
PSY 5511 Clinical Psychopharmacology
Cognitive/Affective Bases of Behavior (3 credit hours)
PSY 5116 Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior
Social Bases of Behavior (6 credit hours)
PSY 5121 Cultural and Social Psychology
PSY 5570 Multicultural Psychotherapy
Individual Differences (6 credit hours)
PSY 5106  Life-span Development
PSY 5502 Psychopathology
Research Methods (18 credit hours)
PSY 5101 Statistical Research Methods 1
PSY 5102 Statistical Research Methods 2
PSY 6998 Doctoral Research Project
History and Systems (2 credit hours)
PSY 5115 History and Systems of Psychology 

Clinical Specialization

Psychological Assessment (14 credit hours)
PSY 5521 Assessment of Intelligence
PSY 5522 Laboratory in Assessment of Intelligence
PSY 5524 Laboratory in Assessment of Personality
PSY 5527 Objective Personality Assessment
PSY 5528 Projective Personality Assessment
PSY 6521 Psychodiagnostics
Relationship and Interpersonal Skills (6 credit hours)
PSY 5541 Clinical Skills and Techniques 1
PSY 5542 Clinical Skills and Techniques 2
Intervention (15 credit hours)
PSY 5501 Personality and Psychotherapy
PSY 555x Psychotherapy Models
Two of the following four courses
PSY 5553 Psychotherapy Models: Cognitive Behavioral
PSY 5554 Psychotherapy Models: Psychodynamic
PSY 5555 Psychotherapy Models: Humanistic/Existential
PSY 5556 Psychotherapy Models: Family Approaches
PSY 5xxx Approved Intervention Courses* or Concentration Electives
Professional Standards and Ethics (3 credit hours)
PSY 5591 Seminar in Professional Standards and Ethical Principles in Psychology 1
PSY 5592 Seminar in Professional Standards and Ethical Principles in Psychology 2
PSY 5593 Seminar in Professional Standards and Ethical Principles in Psychology 3
Professional Issues (6 credit hours)
PSY 6560 Supervision in Clinical Training
PSY 6561 Consultation
PSY 6562 Administration of Mental Health Services
Supervised Practical Experience (14–22 credit hours)
PSY 5000 Clinical Colloquium
PSY 5002 Pre-practicum
PSY 5595 Practicum (24–30 credit hours)

*A list of approved intervention courses is available on request.

Internship (2,000 clock hours)
Students register for nine credits hours of internship credit (PSY 6595) in each of three semesters. Grading is on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis, and credits do not count toward the minimum 124 credit hours of course work necessary for the doctor of psychology degree. 

Typical Program Plan

Year 1

FALL CREDITS
PSY 5000 Clinical Colloquium 0
PSY 5002 Pre-practicum 1
PSY 5501 Personality and Psychotherapy 3
PSY 5521 Assessment of Intelligence 3
PSY 5522 Laboratory in Assessment of Intelligence 1
PSY 5541 Clinical Skills and Techniques 1 3
PSY 5591 Seminar in Professional Standards and Ethical Principles in Psychology 1 1
  12

 

SPRING CREDITS
PSY 5000 Clinical Colloquium 0
PSY 5002 Pre-practicum 1
PSY 5105 Biological Foundations of Behavior 3
PSY 5502 Psychopathology 3
PSY 5527 Objective Personality Assessment 3
PSY 5542 Clinical Skills and Techniques 2 3
  13

 

SUMMER CREDITS
COM 5003 Preparing Academic Documents 3
PSY 5002 Pre-practicum 1
PSY 5116 Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior 3
PSY 5524 Laboratory in Assessment of Personality 1
PSY 5528 Projective Personality Assessment 3
PSY 555x Psychotherapy Models 3
  11

Year 2

FALL CREDITS
PSY 5000 Clinical Colloquium 0
PSY 5101 Statistical Research Methods 1 3
PSY 5121 Cultural and Social Psychology 3
PSY 5595 Practicum (2)  and Psychology Elective or PSY 555x Psychotherapy Models
3
PSY 6521 Psychodiagnostics (May be taken during Fall or Spring Semester or year two) 3
  9–12

 

SPRING CREDITS
PSY 5000 Clinical Colloquium 0
PSY 5102 Statistical Research Methods 2 3
PSY 5570 Multicultural Psychotherapy 3
PSY 5592 Seminar in Professional Standards and Ethical Principles in Psychology 2 1
PSY 5595 Practicum 2
PSY 555x Elective 1
  10–13

 

SUMMER CREDITS
PSY 5115 History and Systems of Psychology 2
PSY 5595 Practicum 2
PSY 6998 Doctoral Research Project 3
  Concentration Elective (PSY) 3
  Restricted Elective (PSY) 3
  13

Year 3

FALL CREDITS
PSY 5000 Clinical Colloquium 0
PSY 5106  Life-span Development 3
PSY 5595 Practicum 2
PSY 6998 Doctoral Research Project 3
  Concentration Elective (PSY) 3
  Restricted Elective (PSY) 1
  12

 

SPRING CREDITS
PSY 5000 Clinical Colloquium 0
PSY 5595 Practicum 4
PSY 6998 Doctoral Research Project. 3
  Concentration Elective (PSY) 3
  Restricted Elective (PSY) 1
  11

 

SUMMER CREDITS
PSY 5595 Practicum 2
PSY 6562 Administration of Mental Health Services 2
PSY 6998 Doctoral Research Project 3
  Concentration Elective (PSY) 2
  Restricted Elective (PSY) 2
  11

Year 4

FALL CREDITS
PSY 5000 Clinical Colloquium 0
PSY 5511 Clinical Psychopharmacology 3
PSY 5595 Practicum or Restricted Elective (PSY) 6
PSY 6561 Consultation 2
  11

 

SPRING CREDITS
PSY 5000 Clinical Colloquium 0
PSY 5593 Seminar in Professional Standards and Ethical Principles in Psychology 3 1
PSY 5595 Practicum 4
PSY 6560 Supervision in Clinical Training
2
PSY 6561 Consultation 2
  Restricted Elective (PSY) 2
  11

Year 5

PSY 6595 Internship (2,000 clock hours)

Note: The specific course offerings in a given semester are subject to change.