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Program - Curriculum

The clinical training program faculty and the Department reserve the right to make reasonable changes in degree requirements and curriculum in order to improve training, respond to new legal and professional mandates, and maintain accreditation. The general clinical track of the program is designed for 5 years of full-time study, with 4 years spent on campus and a 5thon predoctoral internship. The developmental-clinical track of the program is designed for 6 years, with 5 years on campus and a 6thon predoctoral internship. The internship involves a one-year full-time placement at an APA-accredited program. Collapsed across both training tracks, graduates in the last two years spent an average of about 5.9 years in the program.

The core courses of the clinical program are shown below. These 6 courses are completed in the first two (general clinical track) or three (developmental-clinical track) years of the program.

Core Courses in the Clinical Program for Both Tracks

PSY 603 Ethics and Professional Problems
PSY 625 Basic Methods in Assessment I
PSY 626 Advanced Clinical Assessment II
PSY 634 Advanced Psychopathology
PSY 643 Seminar in Clinical Psychology
PSY 655 Seminar in Psychotherapy
PSY 681 Supervision and Consultation I
PSY 682 Supervision and Consultation II
PSY 683 Supervision and Consultation III
PSY 592 Directed Readings in Diversity

Additional Core Courses for the Developmental-Clinical Track

PSY 520 Biological Bases of Infancy and Development
PSY 521 Emotion, Adaption, and Development
PSY 522 Social Development in Children
PSY 651 Child Psychopathology and Therapy

All students take a selection of additional graduate psychology courses in order to meet Departmental and APA requirements and to be license-eligible after graduation. These courses are detailed in the Clinical Program Student Handbook.

All students register for PSY 692, Directed Research, in every semester until they begin work on the doctoral dissertation. Supervised clinical experience (PSY 691, Practicum) begins in the summer at the end of the first year. Students in all years attend a weekly case conference.

Qualifying Examination and Admission to Doctoral Candidacy

Students are admitted to doctoral candidacy after taking doctoral qualifying examinations. All students take the qualifying examination in clinical psychology; students in the developmental-clinical track also take the qualifying examination in developmental psychology. General clinical track students take the clinical psychology qualifying examination at the end of the second year. Developmental-clinical track students usually take the developmental qualifying exams at the end of the second year and the clinical qualifying examinations at the end of the third.

Formal committee approval of a doctoral dissertation proposal is necessary before students are permitted to apply for internship for the following year.


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