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Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Counseling Psychology

Practicum/Internship Requirements

Practica

Students are expected to participate in a minimum of four doctoral level practica for a total of 1,200 semester hours. These advanced clinical experiences, beginning in the fall of the second year, are designed to assist students in moving toward competence as future psychologists and to provide preparation for the doctoral internship. Each practicum semester requires a minimum of 300 hours, 120 of which are spent in the provision of direct client service.

Students participate in weekly individual on-site supervision, as well as receive weekly group supervision on campus through active participation in the practicum seminar, taught by a Psy.D. faculty member who is a licensed psychologist. Typical practicum activities include direct client care, attending case conferences, writing reports and writing clinical notes. Students must have site approval from the Associate Director for Clinical Training prior to confirming placement, and submit all forms that are required.

Internship

During the student's final year in the doctoral program in Counseling Psychology, the student participates in a year long, full-time (or two year, part-time), supervised internship which is a total of 2,000 hours, including client contact and supervision hours. This pre-doctoral internship affords students the opportunity to employ the knowledge and skills acquired during their doctoral studies under the supervision of experienced practitioners of psychology.

With approval from the Director of the Doctoral Program and the Associate Director for Clinical Training, students apply for internship following successful completion of 1) necessary coursework, 2) comprehensive examinations, and 3) defense of the Doctoral Dissertation. Students are expected to participate in the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Center's (APPIC) match program and to apply to a minimum of 10 APPIC/APA internship sites.

Aims and Learning Outcomes:

The aims of the program are to produce graduates who are:

Aim 1:
Prepared with the foundational knowledge in psychology which will enable them to continue their training in counseling psychology and the ethical practice of health service psychology as early-career professionals.

  • Competency 1.a: Students will acquire and apply knowledge of affective, biological, cognitive, developmental, and social bases of behavior in the ethical practice of health service psychology.
  • Competency 1.b: Students will acquire and apply knowledge and skills related to legal, professional, and ethical standards in all professional activities.

Aim 2: Proficient at providing ethically-sound professional services anchored in science and integrating research and practice.

  • Competency 2.a Students will be proficient as science-informed practitioners in conducting professional psychological assessment and intervention services, integrating evidence-based research into practice.
  • Competency 2.b Students will be able to evaluate client outcomes in order to improve treatment effectiveness, demonstrate effective communication and interpersonal skills, know their limitations as treatment providers, and seek supervision and consultation as appropriate for the delivery of ethical and effective services.
  • Competency 2.c Students will be able to critically evaluate and conduct psychological research with the goal of contributing knowledge to the field of health service psychology.

Aim 3: Proficient in addressing individual and cultural differences while engaged in professional psychological practice, and demonstrating a commitment to social justice.

  • Competency 3.a Students will recognize their own attitudes and biases and demonstrate knowledge, awareness, sensitivity, and skills when working with diverse clients including, but not limited to, age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, language, national origin, race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.
  • Competency 3.b Students will develop knowledge, awareness, and skills in providing multiculturally sensitive and ethically-sound supervision and consultation.
  • Competency 3.c Students will demonstrate a commitment to social justice as reflected in a range of professional activities.

First Academic Year: 24 credits

Fall 9 credits:

PSY700Developmental Aspects of Behavior

3

PSY702Recent and Advanced Theories of Personality

3

PSY720Techniques in Counseling Psychotherapy

3

Spring 9 credits:

PSY704Cognitive and Affective Aspects of Behavior

3

PSY708History and Systems of Psychology

3

PSY716Advanced Adult Psychopathology

3

Summer 6 credits:

PSY701Social Aspects of Behavior

3

PSY706Physiological Psychology

3

Second Academic Year: 24 credits

Fall 9 credits:

PSY710Advanced Psychometrics

3

PSY719Foundations of Counseling Psychology

3

PSY732Doctoral Practicum I

3

Spring 9 credits:

PSY712Advanced Cognitive and Personality Assessment

3

PSY728Advanced Research Methods and Statistical Design

3

PSY733Doctoral Practicum II

3

Summer 6 credits:

PSY714Advanced Child and Adolescent Psychopathology

3

PSY734Doctoral Practicum III

3

Third Academic Year: 19 credits

Fall 6 credits:

PSY726Applications of Social Justice in Psychological Treatment

3

PSY735Doctoral Practicum IV

3

Spring 7 credits:

PSY722Theories and Techniques of Career Counseling

3

PSY730Counseling Research and Program Evaluation Research

3

PSY740Doctoral Dissertation I

1

Summer 6 credits:

PSY731Supervision and Consultation for Counseling Psychology

3

PSY742Doctoral Dissertation II

3

Fourth Academic Year: 12 Credits (6 Equivalency Credits)

Fall 6 credits:

PSY736Doctoral Internship I

3

PSY744Doctoral Dissertation III

3

Spring 6 credits:

PSY738Doctoral Internship II

0

PSY746Doctoral Dissertation IV

0

*Equivalency Credits (EQ) are granted for required activities necessary for the student to progress toward the degree. The acceptable activities are PSY738 Doctoral Internship and PSY746 Dissertation. Equivalency credit is not granted to finish work in order to remove a grade of Incomplete.