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Combined Clinical/Counseling PhD Program

Aims and Competencies of the Combined Clinical/Counseling PhD Program

The program curriculum provides a substantive, balanced emphasis in theory and research, research methods, and clinical training in applied settings. The program is neither designed nor intended for those students who are interested in becoming only practitioners, only theoreticians, or only researchers. As a faculty, we view these activities as intimately interrelated and as mutually enhancing each other, and the program has been designed accordingly. To put this model into practice, the Combined Program is guided by three overarching aims. Each goal is related to specific training objectives and associated competencies listed below. To learn more details about how students reach these goals and objectives, please view our Graduate Student Handbook.

Aim 1: To Produce Graduates Who Are Competent Health Service Psychologists

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

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

Competency 3: Graduates demonstrate competence in the areas of assessment, diagnosis, treatment, supervision and consultation

Competency 4: Graduates engage in practice that reflects the changing and expanding scientific knowledge base including the foundational areas of psychology

Competency 5: Graduates demonstrate competence in the integration of science and practice in psychology with attention to the necessity of research being informed by practice and practice by research

Aim 2: To Produce Graduates Who Demonstrate Multicultural And Diversity Awareness, Knowledge, And Skill In Their Training And Professional Work.

Competency 6: Graduates demonstrate understanding of individual differences and diversity.

Competency 7: Graduates demonstrate competence in delivering psychological services to diverse populations and engage in scholarly work that is sensitive to issues of individual differences and diversity

Aim 3: To Facilitate Students' Professional Identity Development As Psychologists And Foster Strong Commitment To Ethical Practice In Psychology

Competency 8: Graduates demonstrate professional identities as psychologists

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

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

Competency 11: Graduates display professionalism in their relationships with faculty, staff, and peers

Competency 12: Graduates engage in continuing professional education activities and give evidence of life-long learning attitudes and actions that contribute to personal and professional development

 Competency 13: Graduates engage in careers in psychology and earn appropriate professional credentials