Mission Statement and Program Learning Goals

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Mission Statement

The Master’s program in Clinical and Counseling Psychology prepares students for the professional practice of counseling, assessment and/or mental health research. The curriculum provides a solid grounding in both theories and interventions that can be applied to a wide variety of mental health, academic and research settings. We emphasize professional competency, ethical responsibility, cultural competency, self-awareness, and current body of knowledge in the scientific, methodological and theoretical foundations of practice. Our program expects students to become compassionate and caring scientist-practitioners with motivation to continue learning and furthering their development throughout their professional careers.

Program Learning Goals

1.    Students will demonstrate knowledge and skills to conduct clinical interviews

2.    Student will apply skills to build rapport and form therapeutic alliances

3.    Student will apply appropriate therapeutic interventions

4.    Students will demonstrate knowledge in theories of psychotherapy

5.    Student will demonstrate knowledge in adult psychopathology and diagnostic classification systems

6.    Student will demonstrate knowledge in child and adolescent psychopathology and diagnostic classification systems

7.    Students will demonstrate knowledge in evidence-based and effective treatment modalities 

8.    Student will demonstrate knowledge and skills in psychological testing and measurement

9.    Student will demonstrate knowledge in theories of career development

10.  Student will demonstrate knowledge in vocational assessments

11.  Student will demonstrate knowledge and skills in group interventions

12.  Students will demonstrate knowledge of scientific methods commonly used in psychology

13.  Students will demonstrate ability to utilized and synthesize current body of research literature to inform clinical practice

14.  Student will develop greater awareness of self as a cultural being

15.  Student will demonstrate knowledge and skills in working with culturally diverse populations.

16. Student will demonstrate knowledge in ethical, legal and professional codes of conduct