Training Model

Clinical Training

The emphasis of the program is to train clinicians who are ethically and culturally competent. Students will apply their knowledge, skills, and training towards conducting empirically based assessments and interventions in individual and group formats. Throughout their clinical practicum and internship experiences, students will receive a comprehensive foundation in theory, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. Faculty will share their unique clinical and research experiences with students, in ways that will help inform, strengthen, and complement classroom-based activities.

Clinical practicum experiences are available in a wide variety of inpatient and outpatient settings such as hospitals, community mental health clinics, wellness centers, health maintenance facilities, group homes, drug treatment facilities, rehabilitation centers, correctional facilities, and gerontology programs.

Scholarship and Research

All students will receive mentoring in conceptualizing, planning, and conducting research and scholarship that furthers the development of evidence-based psychological practice. From the first semester of the program, students engage in faculty research labs. As students progress through the program, they will have the opportunity to develop independent or collaborate on research with a faculty mentor, culminating in the dissertation.

Clinical Practicum Requirements

Clinical practicum begin in the fall of the second year. Students will be expected to complete a minimum of 1800 hours of supervised clinical training, or approximately 600 hours per year for three years. Each practicum experience is designed to assist students in preparing students for the predoctoral internship and moving toward achieving competence as future psychologists. 

Internship Requirements 

During students' final year in the Psy.D. program, they participate in a year long, full-time, supervised predoctoral internship, as required by the American Psychological Association (APA). The predoctoral internship is a total of 2000 hours, and it affords students the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills developed during their doctoral studies under the supervision of licensed psychologist. Students are expected to participate in the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Center’s (APPIC) match program. 

Professional liability coverage is provided by the University as part of an umbrella policy in the amount of  $2 million per occurrence and $4 million aggregate.