Training Model


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

Scholarship and Research

All students will receive training, mentoring, and experience in conceptualizing, planning, and conducting research or in synthesizing research and scholarship that furthers the development of evidence-based psychological science.  From the first semester of the program, we provide our students with the resources they need to get involved in the research process. This starts with students identifying a research mentor with whom they can work. Following the initial faculty-student mentorship experience, students will have the opportunity to develop independent or collaborative research with their initial mentor or a new mentor that culminates in a dissertation of publishable quality.

Applied Settings

 Graduates will participate in practica and internships 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. Graduates may choose to serve in clinical, teaching, and research positions in clinics, hospitals, colleges, universities, and for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.

Practicum/Internship Requirements

Students are expected to participate in a minimum of three doctoral level practica for a total of 1800 hours. These advanced clinical experiences, beginning in the fall of the second year, are designed to assist students in moving toward achieving competence as future psychologists and to provide preparation for the doctoral internship. Each practicum semester requires a minimum of 600 hours, 150 of which are spent providing 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. Typical practicum activities include direct client care, attending case conferences, writing clinical reports, writing clinical notes and in complying with practicum site requirements. Students must have approval from the clinical training director prior to confirming placement and must submit all required forms.

During the student’s final year in the doctoral program, he or she participates in a year long, full-time, supervised pre-doctoral internship, as required by the American Psychological Association (APA).  The pre-doctoral internship is a total of 2000 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 licensed psychologist. With approval from the student’s advisor and the clinical training director, students can apply for internship following successful completion of 1) necessary coursework, 2) comprehensive examinations, and 3) dissertation proposal process by October 15. Students are expected to participate in the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Center’s (APPIC) match program. 


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