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Combined Clinical/Counseling/School PhD Program

Goals and Objectives of the Combined Clinical/Counseling PhD Program

The following Goals and Objectives are the guiding principles of the Combined Program.  Competencies on which students are evaluated are linked to each objective.  To learn more about how students reach these goals and objectives, please click here.

Note that January 1, 2017 all accredited programs will be under the Standards of Accreditation (SOA).  The Goals and Objectives of the program will be replaced by new program Aims and Competencies, effective January 1, 2017. The Program’s Aims and Competencies may be viewed by viewing our Graduate Student Handbook.

Goal 1: To produce graduates who are competent scientist-practitioner psychologists 

Objective 1: Graduates will demonstrate competence in research design, data analysis, and data interpretation, as well as competence in the critical review and evaluation of the psychological and educational research literature

Objective 2: Graduates are knowledgeable about and capable of generating original research and scholarship, and disseminating the results of their research to the profession and broader community

Objective 3: Graduates are knowledgeable about and clinically competent in the areas of assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and supervision and consultation

Objective 4: Graduates will engage in practice that reflects and is informed by the changing and expanding scientific knowledge base including the foundational areas of psychology and will display a commitment to staying current in their professional or scholarly area

Objective 5: Graduates will understand the integration of science and practice in psychology as a discipline, with attention to the necessity of research being informed by practice and practice by research

Goal 2: To produce graduates who demonstrate multicultural and diversity awareness, knowledge, and skill in their training and professional work 

Objective 6: Graduates demonstrate knowledge of individual differences and diversity (broadly defined)

Objective 7: Graduates and students demonstrate the ability to deliver competent psychological services to diverse populations in varied settings and engage in scholarly work that is sensitive to issues of individual differences and diversity

Goal 3: To facilitate students' professional identity development as psychologists and foster strong commitment to ethical practice in psychology 

Objective 8: Graduates and students demonstrate the development of professional identities as psychologists

Objective 9: Graduates and students demonstrate knowledge of, and adherence to, ethical and legal guidelines in all aspects of their professional work

Objective 10: Graduates demonstrate knowledge of Counseling, Clinical, School and Combined Clinical/Counseling/School Psychology in terms of their historical development, traditional and emerging roles and functions, current professional issues, and scope of research and practice

Objective 11: Students and graduates display professionalism in their relationships with faculty, staff, and peers necessary for success in multiple career settings

Objective 12: Program graduates and students engage in continuing professional education activities and give evidence of life-long learning attitudes and actions that contribute to personal and professional development

Objective 13: Program graduates engage in careers in psychology and earn appropriate professional credentials