Chicago Clinical Psychology: PsyD Degree Program

The Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Chicago has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1985, making it the longest continually accredited Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) program in the Midwestern United States. Our PsyD in Clinical Psychology degree program prepares graduates to engage the world as clinical psychologists. Our practitioner-scholar model combines a foundation in the science of psychology, close guidance in clinical practice and encouragement of growth through experiential learning.

Students who wish to develop expertise in specialized areas may choose to pursue one of the six concentrations offered here at Argosy University, Chicago.

The Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology Program at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Chicago is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA). Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002 Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation.

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 Aims and Competencies

Program Aims

The Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Chicago’s Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology degree program aims to prepare graduates to engage the world as health service psychologists. The program employs a practitioner-scholar model and offers a curriculum designed to prepare clinicians who provide scientifically grounded, theoretically informed, and culturally responsive psychological services. Combining a strong foundation in the science of psychology, close guidance in clinical practice, and encouragement of growth through experiential learning, ISPP/Chicago aims to prepare ethical, competent clinical psychologists who respect the multidimensionality of human diversity.

Program Competencies

  1. Students will demonstrate competency in research, including knowledge of research and quantitative methods as well as psychometrics
  2. Students will demonstrate knowledge of ethical and legal standards, and conduct themselves in an ethical manner
  3. Students will demonstrate competency in individual and cultural diversity, including knowledge of the theoretical and empirical knowledge base and the ability to apply it
  4. Students will demonstrate knowledge of professional values and attitudes, as well as self-reflective practice and an openness to supervision and feedback
  5. Students will demonstrate professional skills to communicate clearly and effectively in oral and written domains
  6. Students will demonstrate effective interpersonal skills in professional interactions and relationships
  7. Students will demonstrate competency in assessment, including the ability to administer and interpret psychological tests and apply knowledge of strengths and psychopathology to the assessment process
  8. Students will demonstrate competency in intervention, including developing and applying evidence-based treatment plans, and evaluating treatment effectiveness
  9. Students will evidence knowledge of supervision models and practices
  10. Students will evidence knowledge of consultation models and practices, and demonstrate interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills
  11. Students will have knowledge of basic areas in scientific psychology, including affective, biological, cognitive, developmental, and social aspects of behavior; and the history and systems of psychology; and be able to integrate the knowledge at an advanced level