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: Web:

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Program Goals and Objectives

Specific goals and objectives of the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology degree program at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Chicago include the following:

Goal 1

Prepare professional psychologists to accurately, effectively, and ethically select, administer, score, interpret, and communicate findings of appropriate assessment methods informed by accepted psychometric standards and sensitive to the diverse characteristics and needs of clients.

  • Objective 1.1: Accurately and ethically administer and score various psychodiagnostic instruments.
  • Objective 1.2: Accurately interpret and synthesize assessment data in the context of diversity factors, referral questions, and specific objectives of the assessment, and organize and communicate results in writing and orally.
  • Objective 1.3: Examine psychometric properties of psychological assessment instruments, and use that knowledge to evaluate, select, administer, and interpret psychological tests and measures appropriate for the client, the referral question, and the objectives of the assessment.

Goal 2

Prepare professional psychologists to select, implement, and evaluate psychological interventions consistent with current ethical, evidence-based, and professional standards, within a theoretical framework, and with sensitivity to the interpersonal processes of the therapeutic relationship and the diverse characteristics and needs of clients.

  • Objective 2.1: Synthesize the foundations of clinical psychology, including psychopathology, human development, diagnosis, diversity, ethics, and various therapeutic models in clinical applications.
  • Objective 2.2: Select, plan, and implement ethical and evidence-based interventions with sensitivity to the diverse characteristics and needs of clients.
  • Objective 2.3: Demonstrate knowledge, skills, and attitudes to effectively implement and participate in psychological consultation and supervision.
  • Objective 2.4: Demonstrate personal development and self-reflective capacity, including growth of interpersonal skills, and therapeutic relationships.

Goal 3

Prepare professional psychologists to analyze the complexity and multidimensionality of human diversity, and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to understand diverse worldviews and the potential meaning of social, cultural, and individual differences for professional psychological services.

Goal 4

Prepare professional psychologists to examine the historical context and the current body of knowledge of biological, cognitive, affective, developmental, and social bases of human functioning.

Goal 5

Prepare professional psychologists to critically evaluate the current and evolving body of scholarly literature in psychology to inform professional practice.