Atlanta Clinical Psychology: PsyD Degree Program

Our Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology program in Atlanta, GA is designed to provide students with well-rounded, generalist training in clinical psychology as preparation to deliver therapeutic and assessment services to diverse groups. We believe this approach is critically important given the growing emphasis on accountability, evidence-based practice, working in multidisciplinary settings, and flexibility in adapting to emerging roles in professional psychology.

At Argosy University, Atlanta, our degree concentrations include General Adult Clinical, Child & Family Psychology, Neuropsychology/Geropsychology, and Health Psychology, also allowing students to pursue their individual interests. In addition, the areas of trauma psychology, child maltreatment, and brief psychotherapy have emerged as program strengths in recent years.

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.

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Program Goals and Objectives

The Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology degree program at the Georgia School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University is designed to foster student achievement in the following competencies:

Foundational Knowledge of Scientific Psychology

Knowledge of key concepts, theories and empirical research in the study of biological, cognitive-affective, and social bases of human behavior and in the study of lifespan development. Knowledge of history and systems of psychology.

Scientific Inquiry and Methods

Recognition of scientific inquiry and critical thinking as means for understanding human behavior. Knowledge and application of research and statistical methods in psychology to generate knowledge and to evaluate effectiveness. Critically evaluating empirical literature in psychology and related disciplines as applied to one's clinical practice.

Measurement and Psychometrics

Knowledge and application of principles of psychological measurement and psychometrics. Knowledge of psychometric properties of specific tests and measures.

Methods of Psychological Assessment

Conducting clinical interviews and/or observations of identified clients, families, and collateral informants. Selecting, administering, scoring, interpreting, and reporting psychological tests and measures. Integrating interview data, psychological testing results, behavioral observations, and information from other sources to formulate an understanding of presenting concerns and to make recommendations.

Diagnosis

Identifying relevant DSM criteria and utilizing other clinical information to generate diagnostic formulations. Knowledge of key concepts, theories, and empirical research in the study of maladaptive behavior. Applying knowledge of psychopathology to case formulation and treatment planning.

Knowledge of Interventions

Understanding conceptual/theoretical models of clinical intervention and principles of change associated therewith. Ability to prepare case formulations utilizing specific theories and/or models of clinical intervention. Knowledge of the empirical support for clinical practices.

Basic Intervention and Relationship Skills

Demonstrating basic therapeutic skills – e.g., empathic listening, reflection, framing problems, questioning, redirecting, making process comments, supportive confrontation, etc. Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship and/or treatment alliance with clients.

Planning and Implementing Interventions

Utilizing interventions that are grounded in assessment findings and appropriate to the individual client and/or population. Implementing specific theoretically-guided and evidence-based clinical interventions, strategies, and/or techniques with clients. Knowledge of the process and means of assessing intervention progress and outcomes. Basic skills in evaluating the effectiveness of one's interventions with clients.

Supervision

Active participation in the supervision process. Utilizing supervision to guide one's clinical work. Understanding how supervision models and interventions are used to provide effective clinical supervision.

Consultation and Interdisciplinary Practice

Knowledge of consultation models and the role of a consultant. Basic application of consultation practices assessment and intervention to specific referral questions. Knowledge of the roles and contributions of other professionals. Collaboration with professionals from other disciplines. Knowledge of mental health service delivery and interdisciplinary healthcare.

Awareness of Cultural Identities

Developing awareness of one's own personal values, biases, and cultural identities that inform perceptions of self, other, and engagement with others.

Culturally-Informed Practice

Awareness of social, political, economic, and cultural factors that impact individuals, institutions, systems, and communities. Understanding a conceptual framework of individual and cultural differences that guides one's work with diverse persons and groups. Utilizing cross-cultural skills necessary to provide services to persons with diverse cultural values and lifestyles. Knowledge of advocacy issues e.g., empowerment of marginalized individuals/groups and promoting systems change on their behalf in the context of service provision.

Professional Conduct

Understanding and adhering to parameters of professional conduct for clinical psychologists, including showing integrity, honesty, responsibility, accountability, and reliability; adopting professional values and standards of conduct; showing concern for the welfare of others; demonstrating self-awareness and reflection upon one's professional practice; and assessing and managing one's own personal well-being and self-care. Demonstrating the ability to relate to others professionally in an effective, meaningful, and respectful manner, including managing one's affective state and expression; communicating in a clear, articulate manner; negotiating differences and handling conflict; and providing and receiving feedback effectively and non-defensively.

Knowledge of Ethical, Legal, and Professional Standards

Understanding and applying the current APA Code of Ethics and the general ethical principles that serve as the foundation for this code. Integrating ethical, legal, and regulatory principles and standards into all areas of professional competence and practice. Adherence to standards of ethical conduct. Articulating and applying a model of ethical decision-making to resolve ethical issues or dilemmas.

Professional Development

Establishing identity as a professional psychologist. Using resources to enhance one's professional development. Knowledge of licensing/credentialing, scope of practice, professional organizations, and career opportunities for clinical psychologists. Assessing and monitoring one's own professional competencies. Understanding the role of life-long learning to maintain and enhance competencies.