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Concentrations

Child & Adolescent Psychology

The Child & Adolescent Psychology concentration is designed to prepare doctoral degree program students to work with a broad spectrum of emotional, developmental and cognitive functioning presented in pediatric through adolescent populations. The concentration is designed to develop clinical competency in the areas of diagnostic assessment, therapeutic intervention, program development, and prevention strategies.

Considerations

  • The concentration emphasizes the value of integrating cultural, racial, gender and sexual orientation factors into understanding optimal adaptation and dysfunction.
  • Students are encouraged to develop expertise in their particular areas of interest, and will be involved with coursework in prevention, pediatric, and early childhood development as well as intervention with adolescents. Additional coursework includes maltreatment, family systems, forensics, and treatment of diverse populations.

Client-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies

The Client-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies concentration focuses on coursework and training, as well as a community of support for students who want to develop themselves as client-centered or experiential psychotherapists.

Considerations

  • Graduates will be prepared to work effectively in client-centered and/or experiential frameworks. Students will be encouraged to clarify and develop their own more specific orientation within the range of person-centered psychotherapies.
  • Graduates will have training and experiences that encourage development of the relational qualities central to person-centered work: empathic understanding, personal authenticity and non-judgmental prizing.

Training in the concentration will emphasize development of the ability to maintain client-centered relationship conditions with persons coming from a broad range of life experiences — including diversity of culture, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation and levels of psychological functioning.

Coursework and practicum experience in the Client-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies concentration can be used toward gaining certificates in Client-Centered and/or Experiential Psychotherapy.

Diversity & Multicultural Psychology

The Diversity concentration is designed to meet the educational and training needs of students interested in racial/ethnic issues, culture, gender, sexuality, international psychology, and disabilities. Defining diversity in the broad sense is designed to prepare students for service provision to diverse populations in multiple settings. The concentration will facilitate students’ understanding of relevant aspects of human services and healthcare delivery to people of color, immigrants, persons with varying sexual orientation, gender, and disabilities, and other under-served populations. Many of the courses for the Diversity concentration will not only help meet the job demands of the current psychology market, but also foster leadership development in relevant diversity issues within clinical psychology.

Considerations

  • Graduates must have sufficient knowledge about current theories and practice that relate to various diverse populations.
  • Graduates must undergo a process of continued awareness of their own cultural context while respecting differences.
  • Graduates must become knowledgeable about social and political systems (e.g., discrimination and oppression) and the impact this has on various diverse populations.
  • Graduates must recognize that each person has multifaceted identities, and appreciate how these identities interact in dynamic and often complex ways with personality, experience, and context.
  • Graduates must demonstrate an adequate floor of cultural competence in their roles as clinicians, as well as an understanding of the role of cultural competence outreach, training, supervision, and teaching.

Family Psychology

The Family Psychology concentration is designed to meet the need for education and training in assessment, intervention, and supervision in working with families, couples and individuals.

Considerations

  • Graduates will be educated and trained in the fundamentals of family and couples clinical paradigms.
  • Graduates will be prepared to pursue postdoctoral training and focused clinical activities with an advanced system’s conceptual and clinical foundation.

The concentration emphasizes the significance and value of integrating cultural, racial, gender, religious, and sexual orientation factors into understanding families, couples, and individuals.

Forensic Psychology

The Forensic Psychology concentration focuses on areas where clinical psychology and law interact. The goal of the concentration is to familiarize students with the application of child and adult assessment techniques to both criminal and civil cases, as well as to the emerging area of testing for the hiring of police and governmental law enforcement personnel.

Considerations

  • Graduates will understand selected fundamental principles in assessment of individuals involved in both criminal justice and civil legal proceedings.
  • Graduates will become familiar with topics of emerging significance in the areas of suitability assessments of police and governmental personnel.
  • Graduates will be conversant with the role of diverse background factors in the assessment of forensic related populations.

Health Psychology

The Health Psychology concentration is designed to prepare students to work with health psychology populations in addition to their general training in clinical psychology. Health Psychology refers to the educational, scientific and professional contributions of psychology to the promotion and maintenance of physical health; the prevention and treatment of illness; the identification of the factors that contribute to illness and health; and the analysis and improvement of the healthcare system and health policy.

Considerations

  • Graduates will be educated and trained in coursework and practicum training relating to the theory and practice of health psychology.
  • Graduates will be prepared to pursue postdoctoral training and focused clinical activities with an advanced theoretical and clinical foundation.

The concentration emphasizes the significance and value of integrating cultural, racial, gender, and sexual orientation factors into understanding and working with health psychology populations.

Neuropsychology

The Neuropsychology concentration is structured to meet the Division 40 guidelines for doctoral training in Clinical Neuropsychology. This concentration prepares the student for internship and postdoctoral training in clinical neuropsychology in accordance with the Houston Conference Guidelines.

Considerations

  • Graduates will have an understanding of Brain-Behavior relationships that will allow them to practice effectively in neuropsychological settings.
  • Students will receive coursework and training in Clinical Neuropsychology that is structured to meet the Division 40 guidelines for doctoral training in Clinical Neuropsychology.
  • This concentration prepares the student for internship and postdoctoral training in clinical neuropsychology in accordance with the Houston Conference Guidelines.
  • Graduates will have both scholarly and clinical experience with populations that may utilize or benefit from Neuropsychological interventions. Further, they will develop skills to incorporate neuropsychological concepts with traditional psychology.
  • Students will gain familiarity with cutting edge, empirically supported research in the etiology and practice of the treatment of cognitive and mental health disorders.

The Neuropsychology concentration requires the satisfactory completion of the PsyD in Clinical Psychology degree program semester credit hour, Professionalization Group, Comprehensive Examination, five Clinical Competency tasks, and internship requirements listed under "Program Requirements."

Psychoanalytic Psychology

The Psychoanalytic Psychology concentration is designed to meet the need for education and training in assessment, intervention, and supervision within a broad psychoanalytic model. The curriculum is designed to provide a firm grounding in major theoretical paradigms with special attention to those which are current and emerging.

Considerations

Graduates of the Psychoanalytic Psychology concentration will be prepared to work effectively within a psychoanalytic framework and begin postdoctoral training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy or psychoanalysis. Issues of difference and diversity (e.g., race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, social class) will be addressed throughout the concentration’s curriculum.