Atlanta Clinical Psychology MA Degree Program

Providing a basic foundation in Clinical Psychology, the Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Psychology program in Atlanta, Georgia is a 48 credit-hour program that can be completed in as little as 2 years, but must be completed within 5 years. Comprised of coursework and practicum training grounded in the discipline and practices of professional psychology, our curriculum is designed to prepare individuals for further study of clinical psychology at the doctoral level.

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Program Goals and Objectives

The Master of Arts (MA) 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:

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.

Methods of Psychological Assessment

Conducting clinical interviews and/or observations of identified clients, families, and collateral informants. Selecting, administering, scoring, interpreting, and reporting results of psychological tests and measures under appropriate supervision.

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 and applying conceptual/theoretical models of clinical intervention and principles of change associated therewith. Knowledge of the empirical support for clinical practices.

Basic Interventions 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. Basic skills in evaluating the effectiveness of one's interventions with clients.

Awareness of Cultural Identifies

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.

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.