The mission of the University of Maine’s Clinical Psychology Doctoral Training Program is to prepare students for the doctorate (Ph.D.) in psychology and for careers combining research and practice. As such, all program training components heavily emphasize the interactive influences and integration of the science and professional practice of psychology. The program philosophy and model of training are entirely consistent with the University mission with its emphases on teaching, basic and applied research, and public service activities that benefit the state of Maine and the larger world community.
The philosophy and model of training for the UM Clinical Program is consistent with the scientist-practitioner model espoused at the Boulder Conference in 1949. As stated above, this model emphasizes the integration of the science and professional practice of psychology. The program also adheres to the mentor model of training, in which faculty recruit students that match their training philosophy and research activities and act as mentors, modeling the integration of science, practice, and continuing education. Students are treated as junior colleagues and encouraged to participate in program governance and evaluation, present and publish research, review manuscripts, and attend professional workshops.
The program’s emphasis on science-practice integration is reflected in clearly specified training goals: (1) To produce graduates who have the requisite knowledge of the broad bases of scientific psychology; (2) To produce graduates who have the requisite knowledge and skills to critically evaluate and conduct empirical research; (3) To produce scientist-practitioner graduates who have an appreciation of the close links between psychological research and practice and the knowledge and skills needed to integrate the two; (4) To produce graduates who have the requisite knowledge and skills for entry into the practice of professional psychology; and (5) To produce graduates with the requisite knowledge and skills to form a foundation upon which to function in an ethical and professional manner throughout their professional careers. Goal attainment is pursued through a variety of concurrent coursework, practicum, and research training activities that are sequential, cumulative, and graded in complexity.