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Mission and Goals

Program Mission

The focus of the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology program is to train graduates for the general, integrative practice of clinical psychology with diverse populations, especially those that are traditionally underserved. The program also seeks to prepare students from underserved groups to become psychologists who reinvest by serving as clinical leaders in their local communities.


Program Goals

  1. To train graduates as generalists in Clinical Psychology who demonstrate understanding of the knowledge base in the core academic curriculum and competence necessary for entry-level practice. The curriculum is represented by a core knowledge base in Biological, social, and cognitive –affective bases of behavior, lifespan development, individual and cultural diversity, personality theory, ethics, psychological measurement, assessment and diagnosis, research methods, psychotherapeutic approaches and empirically based interventions. Furthermore, students will learn to apply this core knowledge in a thoughtful, professional, and effective interpersonal psychotherapeutic relationship.
  2. To train graduates who have a strong knowledge base and deep appreciation of traditionally underserved populations and local cultural influences to commit to service to others and to reinvest into local, disadvantaged communities as clinical leaders. Our students will be able to demonstrate a deep appreciation of individual and cultural differences in their clinical work and will be able to effectively demonstrate the principles of servant leadership.
  3. To promote scholarship in practice by training ethically-minded clinical scientists whose work is guided and informed by scientific research. Our students will know the APA code of ethics and will be able to utilize effective ethical decision making models. Furthermore they will demonstrate an integrated approach to research and clinical practice as evidenced by a thorough understanding of evidence based practices.

A complete description of the programs goals, objectives, and competency descriptions are contained in the Program Handbook. Available upon request.

 

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