Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

9144
Doctor of Psychology
Classroom
No
Graduate
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code: 9144 Degree Awarded: Doctor of Psychology
Age Restriction: N Admission status: graduate
Delivery Mode/s: classroom only Location/s: main campus
Admission Materials: 3 letters of recommendation, résumé, objectives, GRE

Program Chair
Linda Garcia-Shelton, Ph.D., ABPP-CH

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 
  • PSY 5101 Statistical Research Methods 1  
  • PSY 5102 Statistical Research Methods 2 
  • PSY 5105 Biological Foundations of Behavior 
  • PSY 5121 Cultural and Social Psychology 
  • PSY 5501 Personality and Psychotherapy 
  • PSY 5502 Psychopathology 
  • 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 5541 Clinical Skills and Techniques 1 
  • PSY 5542 Clinical Skills and Techniques 2 
  • 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:
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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 non-required 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
Complete:
  • PSY 5108 Health Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews the application of psychological theory and technology to the understanding of etiology and treatment of disease, to the maintenance of health, and to the role of the psychologist within the healthcare system. Gives attention to prevention and wellness programs and to emerging theoretical models of the psychophysiological connection.
  • PSY 5511 Clinical Psychopharmacology
    Credit Hours: 3
    The role of drugs in the modification of behavior. Examines sites of drug action, the systems affected and the rationale for drug therapy.
  • PSY 5595 Practicum
    Credit Hours: 1
    Supervised clinical work in an approved on- or off-campus setting. Placement at sites is determined by the Office of Clinical Training. Experiences will vary among sites to include assessment, intervention, cumulative and supervisory experiences.
    Requirement(s):
    Clinical director approval and prerequisite course
  • PSY 6570 Clinical Applications in Behavioral Healthcare
    Credit Hours: 3
    Focuses on the application of the integrated behavioral healthcare consultative model and intervention in management and treatment in healthcare. Emphasizes the role of behavioral interventions. Includes training in required assessment and consultation skills. Also emphasizes knowledge and skills needed for behavioral healthcare practice.
Family/Child Psychology
Complete:
  • PSY 5556 Psychotherapy Models: Family Approaches
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes theory and conceptual foundations of family treatment approaches, and case conceptualization and treatment planning from a family perspective. A lab component incorporates discussion and modeling of techniques, emphasizing the practical application of family intervention procedures.
  • PSY 5565 Child Disorders and Psychotherapy
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the nature, etiology, characteristics, assessment and treatment of emotional, social and intellectual problems of children.
  • PSY 5595 Practicum
    Credit Hours: 1
    Supervised clinical work in an approved on- or off-campus setting. Placement at sites is determined by the Office of Clinical Training. Experiences will vary among sites to include assessment, intervention, cumulative and supervisory experiences.
    Requirement(s):
    Clinical director approval and prerequisite course
  • PSY 6550 Marital and Sex Therapy
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines the major theoretical approaches to couples' therapy. Provides a survey of human sexuality and the determinants of sexual dysfunction, and assessment and treatment modalities. Includes opportunities for role-play with clinical vignettes.
    Requirement(s):
    Approval by clinical training director and advanced practicum standing
Forensic Psychology
Complete:
  • PSY 5192 Seminar in Psychology
    *
    Credit Hours: 1
    Reports and discussion on current research and practice by students, faculty and visiting psychologists.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval
  • PSY 5595 Practicum
    Credit Hours: 1
    Supervised clinical work in an approved on- or off-campus setting. Placement at sites is determined by the Office of Clinical Training. Experiences will vary among sites to include assessment, intervention, cumulative and supervisory experiences.
    Requirement(s):
    Clinical director approval and prerequisite course
  • PSY 6102 Forensic Psychology
    Credit Hours: 2
    The interaction of psychology and the law; emphasis on the psychologist as an expert witness and as consultant to attorneys and the court; and an evaluation of the rights of psychiatric patients under the law.
  • PSY 6104 Fundamentals of Forensic Psychology
    Credit Hours: 2
    Introduces the interaction of psychology and the legal system. Applies the methods, theories and concepts of psychology to the legal system and the law. Includes the courts, correctional and forensic mental health facilities, and judicial and legislative agencies.
  • PSY 6105 Clinical Forensic Assessment
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces the assessment tools necessary to respond to the needs of the law in criminal responsibility, psychopathy, psychopathology, competency to stand trial and assist counsel, substance abuse, future dangerousness, cognitive abilities and mitigating factors. Also examines the ethical requirements of the psychologist as an expert witness.
    Requirement(s):
    Prerequisite course or instructor approval

* Students are required to take two different seminars.

Neuropsychology/Clinical Health Psychology
Complete:
  • PSY 5108 Health Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews the application of psychological theory and technology to the understanding of etiology and treatment of disease, to the maintenance of health, and to the role of the psychologist within the healthcare system. Gives attention to prevention and wellness programs and to emerging theoretical models of the psychophysiological connection.
  • PSY 5595 Practicum
    Credit Hours: 1
    Supervised clinical work in an approved on- or off-campus setting. Placement at sites is determined by the Office of Clinical Training. Experiences will vary among sites to include assessment, intervention, cumulative and supervisory experiences.
    Requirement(s):
    Clinical director approval and prerequisite course
  • PSY 6522 Neuropsychology and Neuropsychological Assessment
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines the neuroanatomical correlates of psychological functioning, including assessment and treatment techniques for neuropsychological disorders.
  • PSY 6527 Fundamentals of Clinical Neuropsychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces the guiding principles of brain-behavior interactions derived from the basic disciplines of psychology, neuroanatomy and neuropathology. Provides the scientific basis for neuropsychological and cognitive assessment.
The Doctor of Psychology program includes the following required courses:
Foundations of Psychology
Biological Bases of Behavior (6 credit hours)
Complete:
  • PSY 5105 Biological Foundations of Behavior
    Credit Hours: 3
    Emphasizes physiology and pharmacology of the synapse, neuroanatomy, sensory system and complexly motivated behavior. Views normal and abnormal behavior within the biological context and also addresses ethnic, racial, gender and sex-role diversity.
  • PSY 5511 Clinical Psychopharmacology
    Credit Hours: 3
    The role of drugs in the modification of behavior. Examines sites of drug action, the systems affected and the rationale for drug therapy.
Cognitive/Affective Bases of Behavior (3 credit hours)
Complete:
  • PSY 5116 Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior
    Credit Hours: 3
    Investigates cognitive bases through stimulus-response learning approaches, information processing and network theories of memory. Studies associative learning in affective behavior to conceptualize intervention approaches. Intertwines biological and cognitive theories of emotion.
Social Bases of Behavior (6 credit hours)
Complete:
  • PSY 5121 Cultural and Social Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Reviews theory and research in cultural and social psychology and in the social sciences in order to develop an integrated conception of the individual within social, cultural, institutional and societal contexts. Presents applications of cultural and social theory to clinical and industrial/organizational psychology.
  • PSY 5570 Multicultural Psychotherapy
    Credit Hours: 3
    Provides an applied clinical overview of the major theoretical models of multicultural psychotherapy. Develops skills in using a multicultural orientation to guide the diagnosis, assessment and treatment of psychological disorders.
Individual Differences (6 credit hours)
Complete:
  • PSY 5106 Life-Span Development
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews psychological principles, theories and research pertaining to human development from conception to death. Studies physical, cognitive, emotional, social and personality development with emphasis on theories, empirical data, research methods, and current issues.
  • PSY 5502 Psychopathology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces the classification and diagnosis of the major forms of behavioral and mental pathology and their relationship to models of psychotherapy.
Research Methods (18 credit hours)
Complete:
  • PSY 5101 Statistical Research Methods 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces psychological research methods and designs, including analysis and interpretation of simple correlational and experimental designs.
  • PSY 5102 Statistical Research Methods 2
    Credit Hours: 3
    Analyzes multifactor research designs using analysis of variance and related techniques, including the use of computerized statistical packages and data analysis.
  • PSY 6998 Doctoral Research Project
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes the preparation and submission of a research project judged to be acceptable in scope and quality by the School of Psychology and the Graduate School.
History and Systems (2 credit hours)
Complete:
  • PSY 5115 History and Systems of Psychology
    Credit Hours: 2
    Covers major historic trends leading to modern psychology, including 16th and 17th century philosophers, 18th and 19th century brain and sensory physiologists, the school of psychology that emerged in the late 1800s and early 1900s, and more modern trends in major content areas of psychology, most notably learning and personality.
Clinical Specialization
Psychological Assessment (14 credit hours)
Complete:
  • PSY 5521 Assessment of Intelligence
    Credit Hours: 3
    Familiarizes the student with the major intellectual assessment instruments currently in use, with emphasis on the administration, scoring and interpretation of the Wechsler Scales. Special attention given to historical, cross-cultural and ethnic minority issues and controversies involved in the assessment of intelligence.
  • PSY 5522 Laboratory in Assessment of Intelligence
    Credit Hours: 1
    Training in scoring and interpretation of intellectual assessment instruments covered in .
  • PSY 5524 Laboratory in Assessment of Personality
    Credit Hours: 1
    Training in scoring and interpretation of personality assessment instruments covered in .
  • PSY 5527 Objective Personality Assessment
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces current major self-report personality tests with emphasis on administering, scoring and interpreting the MMPI-2/MMPI-A and familiarity with MCMI-III, NEO-PI-R, PAI, 16PF and various checklists. Includes test development issues, ethical standards, test feedback and report-writing skills.
  • PSY 5528 Projective Personality Assessment
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces semistructured and projective techniques with emphasis on administering, coding and interpreting the Rorschach (Exner System) and exposure to the TAT, sentence completion methods and projective drawing techniques. Includes exposure to dynamic/content analysis and integration of multiple sources of test data.
  • PSY 6521 Psychodiagnostics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Teaches students how to integrate historical, interview, behavioral observations and test data into a clear, accurate and effective psychological report. Weekly test batteries help the student maximally use all available data to address referred questions and cogently communicate results in written format.
Relationship and Interpersonal Skills (6 credit hours)
Complete:
  • PSY 5541 Clinical Skills and Techniques 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Provides theory and experience in basic attending, listening, responding, personalizing and initiating skills. Students learn interviewing strategies, risk assessment, crisis intervention and integration of observational data with case conceptualization and treatment planning. Two credits of didactic and one of experiential laboratory.
  • PSY 5542 Clinical Skills and Techniques 2
    Credit Hours: 3
    Provides advanced training in psychotherapeutic techniques and case conceptualization skills necessary for effective psychotherapeutic treatment planning and interventions. Two credits of didactic and one of experiential laboratory.
Intervention (15 credit hours)
Complete:
  • PSY 5501 Personality and Psychotherapy
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys and evaluates the major theories of personality and psychotherapy with a didactic introduction to the basic principles of case conceptualization and psychological treatment.
  • PSY 555x Psychotherapy Models
Two of the following four courses
  • PSY 5553 Psychotherapy Models: Cognitive Behavioral
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes theory and conceptual foundations of cognitive behavioral approaches, and case conceptualization and treatment from a cognitive-behavioral perspective. A lab component incorporates discussion and modeling of techniques, emphasizing the practical application of cognitive-behavioral intervention procedures.
  • PSY 5554 Psychotherapy Models: Psychodynamic
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes theory and conceptual foundations of psychodynamic approaches, and case conceptualization and treatment planning from a psychodynamic perspective. A lab component incorporates discussion and modeling of techniques, emphasizing the practical application of psychodynamic intervention procedures.
  • PSY 5555 Psychotherapy Models: Humanistic/Existential
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes theory and conceptual foundations of humanistic/existential approaches, and conceptualization and treatment planning from a humanistic/existential perspective. A lab component incorporates discussion and modeling of techniques, emphasizing the practical application of humanistic/existential intervention procedures.
  • PSY 5556 Psychotherapy Models: Family Approaches
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes theory and conceptual foundations of family treatment approaches, and case conceptualization and treatment planning from a family perspective. A lab component incorporates discussion and modeling of techniques, emphasizing the practical application of family intervention procedures.
Select one course:
  • PSY 5xxx Approved Intervention Courses*
  • Concentration Electives
Professional Standards and Ethics (3 credit hours)
Complete:
  • PSY 5591 Seminar in Professional Standards and Ethical Principles in Psychology 1
    Credit Hours: 1
    Introduces professional ethics in psychology using the ethical principles and standards recognized by the American Psychological Association.
    Requirement(s):
    Required for all first-year clinical students
  • PSY 5592 Seminar in Professional Standards and Ethical Principles in Psychology 2
    Credit Hours: 1
    Engages in deeper discussion, understanding and implementation of the professional ethics and standards in psychology and one's own professional development. Required for all second-year clinical students.
  • PSY 5593 Seminar in Professional Standards and Ethical Principles in Psychology 3
    Credit Hours: 3
    Continues the discussion, understanding and implementation of the ethical and professional issues within clinical psychology. Emphasizes professional development and involvement, and current topics in professional practice.
Professional Issues (6 credit hours)
Complete:
  • PSY 6560 Supervision in Clinical Training
    Credit Hours: 2
    Considers various processes that influence the development of a psychotherapist. Also considers implications of research on psychotherapy and clinical outcome, the process of supervision, predictable stages as a therapist, options of techniques in supervision and career-long issues.
  • PSY 6561 Consultation
    Credit Hours: 2
    Examines the profession and practice of consultation. Models and applications include education and training, and clinical, mental health, behavioral, organizational and program approaches. Reviews common processes, principles and practices of the consulting psychologist.
  • PSY 6562 Administration of Mental Health Services
    Credit Hours: 2
    Introduces the clinician in training to the major concepts, issues and skills necessary for success in the management and administration of behavioral health services.
Supervised Practical Experience (14-22 credit hours)
Complete:
  • PSY 5000 Clinical Colloquium
    Credit Hours: 0
    Provides speakers from the faculty, community and student body, covering a wide spectrum of psychological topics and areas of interest. Required for all Psy.D. students each fall and spring semester of their enrollment, with the exception of the internship year.
  • PSY 5002 Pre-Practicum
    Credit Hours: 1
    Provides foundation skills and knowledge in preparation for practical training. Involves both didactic methods and opportunities to observe and shadow clinicians/advanced students in practice. Serves as an adjunct to  and .
  • PSY 5595 Practicum
    (16-29 credit hours)
    Credit Hours: 1
    Supervised clinical work in an approved on- or off-campus setting. Placement at sites is determined by the Office of Clinical Training. Experiences will vary among sites to include assessment, intervention, cumulative and supervisory experiences.
    Requirement(s):
    Clinical director approval and prerequisite course

*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 coursework necessary for the doctor of psychology degree.

Typical Program Plan
Year 1
Fall (12 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • PSY 5000 Clinical Colloquium
    Credit Hours: 0
    Provides speakers from the faculty, community and student body, covering a wide spectrum of psychological topics and areas of interest. Required for all Psy.D. students each fall and spring semester of their enrollment, with the exception of the internship year.
  • PSY 5002 Pre-Practicum
    Credit Hours: 1
    Provides foundation skills and knowledge in preparation for practical training. Involves both didactic methods and opportunities to observe and shadow clinicians/advanced students in practice. Serves as an adjunct to  and .
  • PSY 5501 Personality and Psychotherapy
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys and evaluates the major theories of personality and psychotherapy with a didactic introduction to the basic principles of case conceptualization and psychological treatment.
  • PSY 5521 Assessment of Intelligence
    Credit Hours: 3
    Familiarizes the student with the major intellectual assessment instruments currently in use, with emphasis on the administration, scoring and interpretation of the Wechsler Scales. Special attention given to historical, cross-cultural and ethnic minority issues and controversies involved in the assessment of intelligence.
  • PSY 5522 Laboratory in Assessment of Intelligence
    Credit Hours: 1
    Training in scoring and interpretation of intellectual assessment instruments covered in .
  • PSY 5541 Clinical Skills and Techniques 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Provides theory and experience in basic attending, listening, responding, personalizing and initiating skills. Students learn interviewing strategies, risk assessment, crisis intervention and integration of observational data with case conceptualization and treatment planning. Two credits of didactic and one of experiential laboratory.
  • PSY 5591 Seminar in Professional Standards and Ethical Principles in Psychology 1
    Credit Hours: 1
    Introduces professional ethics in psychology using the ethical principles and standards recognized by the American Psychological Association.
    Requirement(s):
    Required for all first-year clinical students
Spring (13 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • PSY 5000 Clinical Colloquium
    Credit Hours: 0
    Provides speakers from the faculty, community and student body, covering a wide spectrum of psychological topics and areas of interest. Required for all Psy.D. students each fall and spring semester of their enrollment, with the exception of the internship year.
  • PSY 5002 Pre-Practicum
    Credit Hours: 1
    Provides foundation skills and knowledge in preparation for practical training. Involves both didactic methods and opportunities to observe and shadow clinicians/advanced students in practice. Serves as an adjunct to  and .
  • PSY 5105 Biological Foundations of Behavior
    Credit Hours: 3
    Emphasizes physiology and pharmacology of the synapse, neuroanatomy, sensory system and complexly motivated behavior. Views normal and abnormal behavior within the biological context and also addresses ethnic, racial, gender and sex-role diversity.
  • PSY 5502 Psychopathology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces the classification and diagnosis of the major forms of behavioral and mental pathology and their relationship to models of psychotherapy.
  • PSY 5527 Objective Personality Assessment
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces current major self-report personality tests with emphasis on administering, scoring and interpreting the MMPI-2/MMPI-A and familiarity with MCMI-III, NEO-PI-R, PAI, 16PF and various checklists. Includes test development issues, ethical standards, test feedback and report-writing skills.
  • PSY 5542 Clinical Skills and Techniques 2
    Credit Hours: 3
    Provides advanced training in psychotherapeutic techniques and case conceptualization skills necessary for effective psychotherapeutic treatment planning and interventions. Two credits of didactic and one of experiential laboratory.
Summer (14 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • COM 5003 Preparing Academic Documents
    Credit Hours: 3
    Facilitates graduate students' production of conference and journal papers and initiating a thesis or dissertation. Employs modeling and group interaction to analyze advanced academic literature. Noncredit for communication majors.
  • PSY 5002 Pre-Practicum
    Credit Hours: 1
    Provides foundation skills and knowledge in preparation for practical training. Involves both didactic methods and opportunities to observe and shadow clinicians/advanced students in practice. Serves as an adjunct to  and .
  • PSY 5116 Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior
    Credit Hours: 3
    Investigates cognitive bases through stimulus-response learning approaches, information processing and network theories of memory. Studies associative learning in affective behavior to conceptualize intervention approaches. Intertwines biological and cognitive theories of emotion.
  • PSY 5524 Laboratory in Assessment of Personality
    Credit Hours: 1
    Training in scoring and interpretation of personality assessment instruments covered in .
  • PSY 5528 Projective Personality Assessment
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces semistructured and projective techniques with emphasis on administering, coding and interpreting the Rorschach (Exner System) and exposure to the TAT, sentence completion methods and projective drawing techniques. Includes exposure to dynamic/content analysis and integration of multiple sources of test data.
  • PSY 555x Psychotherapy Models Credit Hours: 3
Year 2
Fall (9-12 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • PSY 5000 Clinical Colloquium
    Credit Hours: 0
    Provides speakers from the faculty, community and student body, covering a wide spectrum of psychological topics and areas of interest. Required for all Psy.D. students each fall and spring semester of their enrollment, with the exception of the internship year.
  • PSY 5101 Statistical Research Methods 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces psychological research methods and designs, including analysis and interpretation of simple correlational and experimental designs.
  • PSY 5121 Cultural and Social Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Reviews theory and research in cultural and social psychology and in the social sciences in order to develop an integrated conception of the individual within social, cultural, institutional and societal contexts. Presents applications of cultural and social theory to clinical and industrial/organizational psychology.
  • PSY 6521 Psychodiagnostics
    *
    Credit Hours: 3
    Teaches students how to integrate historical, interview, behavioral observations and test data into a clear, accurate and effective psychological report. Weekly test batteries help the student maximally use all available data to address referred questions and cogently communicate results in written format.
Select one course:
  • PSY 5595 Practicum
    and Psychology Elective
    Credit Hours: 1
    Supervised clinical work in an approved on- or off-campus setting. Placement at sites is determined by the Office of Clinical Training. Experiences will vary among sites to include assessment, intervention, cumulative and supervisory experiences.
    Requirement(s):
    Clinical director approval and prerequisite course
  • PSY 555x Psychotherapy Models Credit Hours: 3

*May be taken during Fall or Spring Semester of year two.

Spring (10-13 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • PSY 5000 Clinical Colloquium
    Credit Hours: 0
    Provides speakers from the faculty, community and student body, covering a wide spectrum of psychological topics and areas of interest. Required for all Psy.D. students each fall and spring semester of their enrollment, with the exception of the internship year.
  • PSY 5102 Statistical Research Methods 2
    Credit Hours: 3
    Analyzes multifactor research designs using analysis of variance and related techniques, including the use of computerized statistical packages and data analysis.
  • PSY 5570 Multicultural Psychotherapy
    Credit Hours: 3
    Provides an applied clinical overview of the major theoretical models of multicultural psychotherapy. Develops skills in using a multicultural orientation to guide the diagnosis, assessment and treatment of psychological disorders.
  • PSY 5592 Seminar in Professional Standards and Ethical Principles in Psychology 2
    Credit Hours: 1
    Engages in deeper discussion, understanding and implementation of the professional ethics and standards in psychology and one's own professional development. Required for all second-year clinical students.
  • PSY 5595 Practicum
    Credit Hours: 1
    Supervised clinical work in an approved on- or off-campus setting. Placement at sites is determined by the Office of Clinical Training. Experiences will vary among sites to include assessment, intervention, cumulative and supervisory experiences.
    Requirement(s):
    Clinical director approval and prerequisite course
  • PSY 555x Elective Credit Hours: 1
Summer (13 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • PSY 5115 History and Systems of Psychology
    Credit Hours: 2
    Covers major historic trends leading to modern psychology, including 16th and 17th century philosophers, 18th and 19th century brain and sensory physiologists, the school of psychology that emerged in the late 1800s and early 1900s, and more modern trends in major content areas of psychology, most notably learning and personality.
  • PSY 5595 Practicum
    Credit Hours: 1
    Supervised clinical work in an approved on- or off-campus setting. Placement at sites is determined by the Office of Clinical Training. Experiences will vary among sites to include assessment, intervention, cumulative and supervisory experiences.
    Requirement(s):
    Clinical director approval and prerequisite course
  • PSY 6998 Doctoral Research Project
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes the preparation and submission of a research project judged to be acceptable in scope and quality by the School of Psychology and the Graduate School.
  • Concentration Elective (PSY) Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (PSY) Credit Hours: 3
Year 3
Fall (12 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • PSY 5000 Clinical Colloquium
    Credit Hours: 0
    Provides speakers from the faculty, community and student body, covering a wide spectrum of psychological topics and areas of interest. Required for all Psy.D. students each fall and spring semester of their enrollment, with the exception of the internship year.
  • PSY 5106 Life-Span Development
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews psychological principles, theories and research pertaining to human development from conception to death. Studies physical, cognitive, emotional, social and personality development with emphasis on theories, empirical data, research methods, and current issues.
  • PSY 5595 Practicum
    Credit Hours: 1
    Supervised clinical work in an approved on- or off-campus setting. Placement at sites is determined by the Office of Clinical Training. Experiences will vary among sites to include assessment, intervention, cumulative and supervisory experiences.
    Requirement(s):
    Clinical director approval and prerequisite course
  • PSY 6998 Doctoral Research Project
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes the preparation and submission of a research project judged to be acceptable in scope and quality by the School of Psychology and the Graduate School.
  • Concentration Elective (PSY) Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (PSY) Credit Hours: 1
Spring (11 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • PSY 5000 Clinical Colloquium
    Credit Hours: 0
    Provides speakers from the faculty, community and student body, covering a wide spectrum of psychological topics and areas of interest. Required for all Psy.D. students each fall and spring semester of their enrollment, with the exception of the internship year.
  • PSY 5595 Practicum
    Credit Hours: 1
    Supervised clinical work in an approved on- or off-campus setting. Placement at sites is determined by the Office of Clinical Training. Experiences will vary among sites to include assessment, intervention, cumulative and supervisory experiences.
    Requirement(s):
    Clinical director approval and prerequisite course
  • PSY 6998 Doctoral Research Project
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes the preparation and submission of a research project judged to be acceptable in scope and quality by the School of Psychology and the Graduate School.
  • Concentration Elective (PSY) Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (PSY) Credit Hours: 1
Summer (11 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • PSY 5595 Practicum
    Credit Hours: 1
    Supervised clinical work in an approved on- or off-campus setting. Placement at sites is determined by the Office of Clinical Training. Experiences will vary among sites to include assessment, intervention, cumulative and supervisory experiences.
    Requirement(s):
    Clinical director approval and prerequisite course
  • PSY 6562 Administration of Mental Health Services
    Credit Hours: 2
    Introduces the clinician in training to the major concepts, issues and skills necessary for success in the management and administration of behavioral health services.
  • PSY 6998 Doctoral Research Project
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes the preparation and submission of a research project judged to be acceptable in scope and quality by the School of Psychology and the Graduate School.
  • Concentration Elective (PSY) Credit Hours: 2
  • Restricted Elective (PSY) Credit Hours: 2
Year 4
Fall (11 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • PSY 5000 Clinical Colloquium
    Credit Hours: 0
    Provides speakers from the faculty, community and student body, covering a wide spectrum of psychological topics and areas of interest. Required for all Psy.D. students each fall and spring semester of their enrollment, with the exception of the internship year.
  • PSY 5511 Clinical Psychopharmacology
    Credit Hours: 3
    The role of drugs in the modification of behavior. Examines sites of drug action, the systems affected and the rationale for drug therapy.
  • PSY 6561 Consultation
    Credit Hours: 2
    Examines the profession and practice of consultation. Models and applications include education and training, and clinical, mental health, behavioral, organizational and program approaches. Reviews common processes, principles and practices of the consulting psychologist.
Select one course:
  • PSY 5595 Practicum
    Credit Hours: 1
    Supervised clinical work in an approved on- or off-campus setting. Placement at sites is determined by the Office of Clinical Training. Experiences will vary among sites to include assessment, intervention, cumulative and supervisory experiences.
    Requirement(s):
    Clinical director approval and prerequisite course
  • Restricted Elective (PSY) Credit Hours: 6
Spring (11 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • PSY 5000 Clinical Colloquium
    Credit Hours: 0
    Provides speakers from the faculty, community and student body, covering a wide spectrum of psychological topics and areas of interest. Required for all Psy.D. students each fall and spring semester of their enrollment, with the exception of the internship year.
  • PSY 5593 Seminar in Professional Standards and Ethical Principles in Psychology 3
    Credit Hours: 3
    Continues the discussion, understanding and implementation of the ethical and professional issues within clinical psychology. Emphasizes professional development and involvement, and current topics in professional practice.
  • PSY 5595 Practicum
    Credit Hours: 1
    Supervised clinical work in an approved on- or off-campus setting. Placement at sites is determined by the Office of Clinical Training. Experiences will vary among sites to include assessment, intervention, cumulative and supervisory experiences.
    Requirement(s):
    Clinical director approval and prerequisite course
  • PSY 6560 Supervision in Clinical Training
    Credit Hours: 2
    Considers various processes that influence the development of a psychotherapist. Also considers implications of research on psychotherapy and clinical outcome, the process of supervision, predictable stages as a therapist, options of techniques in supervision and career-long issues.
  • PSY 6561 Consultation
    Credit Hours: 2
    Examines the profession and practice of consultation. Models and applications include education and training, and clinical, mental health, behavioral, organizational and program approaches. Reviews common processes, principles and practices of the consulting psychologist.
  • Restricted Elective (PSY) Credit Hours: 2
Year 5
Complete:
  • PSY 6595 Internship
    (2,000 clock hours)
    Credit Hours: 9
    Involves 2,000 clock hours of supervised psychological activities in an APA-approved internship setting.
    Requirement(s):
    Completion of all academic and practicum coursework requirements, successful completion of comprehensive examinations, and clinical training director approval

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