Clinical Psychology – PsyD Programs (Doctor of Psychology)
The Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degree in Clinical Psychology program at the Florida School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Tampa has a strong commitment to training practitioners who demonstrate high levels of professionalism and clinical skill. It received seven years of accreditation the maximum length of accreditation when it was initially accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA) in 2006.
The program is designed to educate and train you to function effectively in the role of clinical psychologist. To enable students to be adequately prepared, the curriculum provides for the meaningful integration of theory and research as applied to practice. The Clinical Psychology program is designed to emphasize the development of attitudes, knowledge, and skills essential in the formation of professional psychologists who are committed to the ethical provision of quality services.
Specific objectives of the program include the preparation of practitioners of psychology who:
- are capable of delivering diagnostic and therapeutic services effectively to diverse populations of clients in need of such treatment
- understand the biological, psychological and social bases of human functioning
- are able to evaluate and use the existing and evolving body of knowledge and methods in the practice and science of psychology to enhance the applications of psychology throughout their careers
- are able to assume leadership positions, to work with other disciplines, and to provide training for mental health professionals in healthcare and other organizational systems
Students enrolled in a PsyD program may be granted a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology while pursuing a PsyD. To be granted the MA degree, students must petition the school and meet all requirements of the MA program.
The curriculum offered within the doctoral program consists primarily of courses that are required of all graduate students. Some of these required courses cover the major theories of modern psychology and their application in current practice; the stages of the development process, and the basis for behavior; psychopathology; and a series of courses dealing with the administration and interpretation of various forms of assessment.
Additionally, students are required to participate in two years of practicum field experience and the seminar that accompanies each practicum. Various elective courses cover a wide range of areas including courses in advanced therapy and the treatment of special populations. A one-year internship or its equivalent is the final stage in the training process. Program specific requirements and options may change from time to time.
Doctoral students participate in Professionalization Groups that focus on topics related to professional psychology. Through independent reading and discussions led by faculty members, students begin to develop a professional identity and become familiar with current issues in clinical psychology. The groups provide a comfortable environment in which students can freely exchange concerns, questions, and issue relevant to their studies.
Professionalism and Ethics
It is a fundamental requirement of the Florida School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Tampa that all students meet the standards of the profession of psychology. One aspect of that expectation requires that all students adhere to the principles of the American Psychological Association 2002 Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct. Not only will students be required to complete academic and clinical requirements, but they will be expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the profession of psychology at all times. Professional conduct includes respectful interpersonal relationships with all individuals.
Students in good academic standing participate in the practicum, as approved by faculty and staff responsible for field training. The practicum is a field experience that spans nine months for approximately 16 to 20 hours per week during the academic year. The specific clinical focus of the practicum varies according to the students program, training needs, interest, and the availability of practicum sites.
Because of the critical nature of practicum experience in the training of a clinical psychologist, students are not released from the practicum requirement, regardless of prior work experience. In addition, to assure that the practicum experience is dedicated exclusively to training, students may not complete the practicum in their place of employment.
Students participating in the practicum are enrolled concurrently in a regularly scheduled practicum seminar that meets throughout the academic year. The content and emphasis of the seminars vary according to the practicum setting of the enrolled student and the professional expertise of the faculty member leading the group.
Clinical Competency Examination
The Clinical Competency Examination (CCE) allows students to demonstrate that they can integrate the material they have learned into a cohesive and demonstrable form, characterized by breadth, depth, refined organization, and differentiated thinking. The successful passage of this examination marks the official acceptance of the matriculated student as Doctoral candidate.
Designated faculty and staff members assist the student in identifying an appropriate location for internship, and to prepare the documentation necessary for internship application. During the course of the internship, those responsible for training continue to monitor the progress of the student and maintain contact with the student and the students supervisor.
Since the needs of students differ during the internship process, all internship sites must receive the approval of the training staff. While an internship may be a paid position, the internship site may not be the students regular or prior place of employment.
Clinical Research Project
Each doctoral student is required to develop a Clinical Research Project (CRP) as a requirement for graduation. The CRP is intended to have a scholarly work that provides students an opportunity to deepen their knowledge and thought about a particular clinical area; to demonstrate the ability to analyze methodological issues and to produce an original piece of scholarly work in the field of clinical psychology. Assisting the student in this process is a committee of faculty members who will review the material and make recommendations and suggestions to the student. The student should plan to spend a minimum of 9 to 12 months in completing the CRP. Most campuses require the initiation of CRP prior to the start of internship even though the required dates for completion may vary.
The FSPP PsyD in Clinical Psychology program is offered in a traditional, though flexible format with classes meeting in the mornings, afternoons and some evenings. The program can be completed in five years. This program must be completed in seven years.
The program prepares students to become licensed clinical psychologists (provided they pass the appropriate licensure examinations). Argosy University does not guarantee third-party certification/licensure. Outside agencies control the requirements for taking and passing certification/licensing exams and are subject to change without notice to Argosy University. The program has a strong track record for producing licensed psychologists as is evident in our licensure rates (hyperlink to outcomes page with licensure data).
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Argosy University, Tampa
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