Clinical Psychology – PsyD Programs (Doctor of Psychology)
Our clinical psychology doctoral program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). In 2011, the APA extended our accreditation for an additional 7 years.
The strength of our PsyD program lies in our commitment to student learning and mentoring, our emphasis on understanding and appreciating diversity, broadly defined, and our focus on clinical practice. Our practicum training opportunities offer a wide range of training experiences. Students can gain training experience at state psychiatric facilities, community mental health clinics, VA hospitals, forensic sites, schools, child and adolescent facilities, and group based private practice settings. Our faculty devote part of their time to the practice of psychology and have a broad and diverse range of expertise. Classroom experiences allow students the opportunity to develop a strong knowledge base of theory and research but, more importantly, how to translate this knowledge into professional practice. The central goal of our program is to establish an academic standard of excellence essential to the integrity of our program and to prepare competent practitioners and scholars who will make valuable contributors to the field of clinical psychology.
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology Degree Program
The PsyD in Clinical Psychology degree program at the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University and its faculty are committed to the development of attitudes, knowledge, and skills essential to the training of clinical psychologists. Our Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology degree program has been designed to educate and train students to function effectively as clinical psychologists. Our curriculum provides for the meaningful integration of science, theory, training, and practice. Specific goals of the program include the following: Effective Psychological Services
Prepare professional psychologists to ethically deliver assessment and intervention services to diverse populations. Foundation Knowledge
Prepare professional psychologists to understand and apply the existing and evolving scientific body of knowledge underlying human functioning, including the biological, cognitive/affective, developmental, and social bases of behavior. Research Literacy and Scholarship
Prepare professional psychologists to evaluate and use scientific methods in psychology to inform professional practice. Diversity
The preparation of practitioners who understand the relevance of diversity in psychology, value awareness and respect for diversity, and are capable of delivering psychological services to diverse populations of clients (broadly defined as related to gender, age, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, national origin, religion, physical ability, socio-historical contexts, and social economic status). Preparation for Expanding Professional Roles
Prepare professional psychologists to effectively function in the expanding roles of psychology, including consultation, management, supervision, or teaching.
Clinical Training Overview
Clinical training for our students involves supervised field placements and the provision of psychological services to a variety of clinical populations. Through this contact, students apply theoretical knowledge, implement clinical techniques based on this knowledge, and develop the personal and professional attitudes important to the identity of a professional psychologist. Clinical training follows a developmental model of learning, where students advance through progressively more challenging levels of training. A student's progress is assessed in multiple ways by several faculty members and field supervisors keeping in mind the developmental level of the student. Students in the PsyD in Clinical Psychology degree program generally complete two years of practicum (in the second and third years of the program) with some students opting for a third year of practicum. These clinical experiences prepare students to be successful on their pre-doctoral internship in the fifth year of the program. By the end of clinical training, Minnesota School of Professional Psychology students receive the requisite training for effective assessment and intervention skills.
Practicum and Practicum Seminar Requirements
Practica provide opportunities for students to work under the supervision of a licensed psychologist(s) and gain clinical experience with various clinical populations in a behavioral health delivery system. Practica are an essential part of clinical training, and all students are required to participate in two years of practicum experience, typically during their second and third years of study. During each year of practicum, students also participate in a practicum seminar on campus. Students enrolled in practicum meet in a weekly practicum seminar led by a faculty member for the duration of the practicum. Students are expected to demonstrate mastery of the necessary psychological knowledge base, learn basic clinical assessment and intervention skills, and demonstrate appropriate professional attitudes and ethical conduct throughout the practicum. These seminars allow the student to reflect on and process practicum experiences and to acquire additional skills and attitudes necessary for their professional development. The specific content and emphasis of the seminar varies according to the practicum setting and focus of the enrolled students and the professional expertise of the faculty member.
All doctoral degree program students are required to complete a 2,000-hour internship as a condition for graduation. This intensive and supervised contact with clients is essential for giving greater breadth and depth to the student's overall clinical experience. Typically, full-time students will begin the internship during their fifth year of enrollment. Students obtain a pre-doctoral internship by participating in the national match process through the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). The Clinical Training Department actively provides guidance and support for students throughout the internship search process in both group and individual formats.
Research and Scientific Literacy
The philosophy of the PsyD in Clinical Psychology degree program faculty with respect to research, research skills, and the Clinical Research Project (CRP dissertation equivalent) is consistent throughout the program. In our practitioner-scholar model, we expect our students to understand research and use research findings as a primary resource for their clinical work. We expect our students to read current research articles and understand the methods and statistics, critique the research in terms of methodology and internal and external validity, draw appropriate conclusions from research, and, when appropriate, understand how to apply the empirical evidence to clinical practice. All of these skills are important and necessary when integrating information in our field and, more generally, in being a qualified clinical psychologist. We support and encourage our students to strive to publish and/or present their research in appropriate professional journals or arenas.
Clinical Research Project (CRP)
Each doctoral degree program student is required to develop a Clinical Research Project (CRP) as a requirement for graduation. The CRP is intended to provide students with 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. Types of projects that are acceptable for the CRP include a broad range of qualitative and quantitative methods.
To receive the Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology degree, the student must fulfill the degree requirements of the program, which include: Satisfactory completion of all requirements in the program of study, including passage of comprehensive exams Satisfactory completion of 98 semester credit hours, including internship Completion of these requirements within seven years of matriculation into the program