Clinical Psychology – PsyD Programs (Doctor of Psychology)
The Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology program has been designed to educate and train students so that they will be able to function effectively as clinical psychologists. To ensure that students are adequately prepared, the curriculum is designed to provide for the meaningful integration of psychological science, theory, and clinical practice.
The Clinical Psychology program at the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area is designed to emphasize the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes essential in the training of professional psychologists who are committed to the ethical provision of quality, evidence-based services.
The program follows a practitioner-scholar model and is based on the competencies developed by the National Council of Schools and Programs in Professional Psychology (NCSPP). The curriculum is designed to provide students with a broad array of theoretical perspectives in preparation for the general practice of clinical psychology. Required courses expose students to assessment and intervention strategies that are based on psychodynamic, cognitive, and experiential approaches.
As a group, the program faculty is also representative of this diversity. Rather than being immersed in a single theoretical perspective, students are encouraged to consider these alternative perspectives, to critically evaluate the full range of theories and associated practices, and to be able to apply multiple theoretical perspectives to clinical issues. Opportunities are available for students to develop competence in a number of areas, including the provision of services to specific populations.
The PsyD in Clinical Psychology program is a five-year program. Three full-time academic years (or the equivalent thereof) are dedicated to graduate coursework, including three years of practicum training during the second, third and fourth, academic years. The fourth academic year also allows students to complete advanced elective courses, and complete the Clinical Research Project (CRP). The fifth academic year is devoted to an internship in clinical psychology. There is an option to complete a half-time internship over two years, requiring a sixth year in the program. There is also an option for completion of the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology degree en route to the PsyD in Clinical Psychology degree.
Program Goals and Objectives
The American School of Professional Psychology, San Francisco, Doctor of Psychology Program in Clinical Psychology program goals and objectives are as follows:
- Goal #1: To prepare practitioners of psychology who are able to provide therapies and diagnostic assessments that are evidence based, ethically appropriate and are sensitive to diversity factors.
Objectives for Goal #1:
1.1 Students will demonstrate competency in case conceptualization and DSM diagnosis which are based on the foundational aspects of clinical psychology including psychopathology and individual differences.
1.2 Students will demonstrate the competency to consider cultural and individual differences, and how those factors affect treatment and assessment.
1.3 Students will demonstrate competency in their ability to practice psychology that is consistent with both ethical and legal guidelines.
1.4 Students will be able to administer, score, and interpret the results of psychological testing, and understand the psychometric information obtained from psychological testing instruments as well as integrate these interpretations with other behavioral and qualitative information into a written report.
1.5 Students will demonstrate competency in a broad range of theoretical orientations and therapeutic techniques as well as develop competency in relationship skills.
1.6 Graduates will engage in the practice of psychology consistent with their training, including the direct delivery of services (therapy, assessment, consultation). Consistent with this objective, graduates will demonstrate the ability to pass state licensing exams and proficiency on the national exam (EPPP).
- Goal #2: To prepare practitioners of psychology who possess the requisite knowledge of the scientific bases of psychology which include biological, cognitive, affective, historical, developmental and social aspects of human behavior.
Objectives for Goal #2:
2.1 Students will demonstrate knowledge of the current body of literature in biological, cognitive, developmental and social bases of human functioning; and the overall historical and philosophical context of the field of psychology.
- Goal #3: To prepare practitioners of psychology who are able to critically evaluate and utilize the existing and evolving body of knowledge and the scientific method of psychology to enhance clinical practice.
Objectives for Goal #3:
3.1 Students will demonstrate competence in research methodologies and the application of statistical tests for data analysis in the science and practice of psychology.
3.2 Students demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate the existing theoretical and research literature in psychology. This includes the ability to articulate a clinical question and critically evaluate and synthesize the relevant theoretical, clinical, and research literature.
3.3 Graduates will evaluate and use the existing and evolving body of knowledge and methods in the practice and science of psychology to enhance their practice as demonstrated by attending educational and professional meetings, subscribing to professionals journals, and presenting or publishing scholarly work.
- Goal #4: To prepare practitioners of psychology who are capable of operating in the expanding roles of psychology, including the areas of consultation and supervision.
Objectives for Goal #4:
4.1 Students will demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will enable them to succeed in the expanding roles of psychology. Specifically, they will understand basic consultation and supervision.
Clinical Training Overview
Clinical training involves students supervised practice with clinical populations. Through this contact, students have the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge, implement clinical techniques based on this knowledge, and develop the personal and professional attitudes important to the identity of a professional psychologist. By the end of their clinical training, students should possess effective assessment and intervention skills, and practice in a highly ethical manner.
During their clinical training, students advance through progressively challenging and complex training experiences. At each level, a students progress is assessed in multiple ways by faculty members and licensed supervisors. In order to advance to each progressive level of clinical training, the student must pass requisite courses, complete practicum and internship, and demonstrate competency in specific clinical tasks.
Tuition Data for this program at
Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area
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