The doctoral training program in clinical psychology at the University of Maine prepares students for the doctorate (Ph.D.) in psychology and for careers combining research and clinical practice. The clinical training program has two tracks: General Clinical and Child Clinical. The first offers broad-based, generalist training preparing students for work with children, adolescents, and adults. Students in the General Clinical Track complete coursework, clinical training, and child, adolescent, and adult practicum experiences. The Child Clinical Track offers more in-depth, specialized training for students wanting to work with children, adolescents, and families. Students in the Child Clinical Track meet the same formal academic requirements as those in the General Clinical Track, but also complete related coursework and more concentrated child and adolescent practicum experiences.
The program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), and adheres to the “scientist-practitioner” model of training. At present, cognitive-behavior therapy, behavior therapy, and related approaches are well represented among the interests of core faculty members and students, but this is not an exclusive interest and the program welcomes other points of view.
The Department of Psychology offers graduate coursework and research supervision in biological-cognitive, social, and developmental areas, in addition to clinical psychology. There is no terminal Master’s program in clinical psychology, though students do earn an M.A. in the process of attaining their Ph.D.
The combined expertise of full-time clinical faculty and off-site practicum supervisors allows for training in broad areas of psychological assessment, psychotherapy, and consultation. Our geographic location allows for exposure to a range of rural populations and their particular mental health needs.
The University of Maine doctoral program in clinical psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association. Inquiries regarding the accreditation process or the program’s status can be directed to:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
(T) 202.336.5979 (F) 202.336.5978