Schaumburg Clinical Psychology: PsyD Degree Program

Our Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology program in Schaumburg, Illinois provides broad, general training in clinical psychology as well as in-depth opportunities to pursue specialized concentrations such as Child & Family Psychology, Clinical Health Psychology, Forensic Psychology, and Neuropsychology. Students have the opportunity to learn to understand, assess and treat human dysfunction using evidence-based and theoretically informed models. Graduates are positioned to serve diverse populations potentially as licensed clinical psychologists and mental health professionals.

Our experienced faculty members are active in practice, scholarship and research and often are leaders in their respective fields*. These faculty members assist students in developing scholarship and clinical competencies through supervision, training, and mentorship.

The Argosy University, Schaumburg PsyD program has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1999.

*Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty and instructors.

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.

The Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology program at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Schaumburg 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, D.C. 20002; phone: (202) 336-5979; Email: apaaccred@apa.org; Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

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Program Aims and Competencies

Program Aims

The Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Schaumburg (ISPP, Schaumburg) aim in the clinical psychology doctoral program is to educate and train students through a practitioner-scholar model in order to function effectively as licensed clinical psychologists. To ensure that students are adequately prepared, the curriculum integrates psychological science, theory, and clinical practice. The clinical psychology program at the ISPP, Schaumburg is designed to emphasize the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes essential in the training of health service psychologists who are committed to the ethical provision of quality, evidence based services to diverse populations and able to apply multiple theoretical perspectives to clinical issues. In addition to generalist training, ISPP, Schaumburg allows students to pursue concentrations in child & family, clinical health, forensic psychology, or clinical neuropsychology.

Program Competencies

The Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at ISPP, Schaumburg subscribes to the APA Standards of Accreditation. As such, students are expected to establish a professional identity in and orientation to health service psychology by acquiring the necessary discipline-specific knowledge and profession-wide competencies as follows:

  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 the 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 openness to supervision and feedback
  5. Students will evidence both communication and interpersonal skills, including producing clear, informative, well-integrated communication and effective interpersonal skills in professional interactions
  6. 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
  7. Students will demonstrate competency in intervention, including developing and applying evidence based treatment plans, and evaluating treatment effectiveness
  8. Students will evidence knowledge of supervision models and practices
  9. Students will evidence knowledge of consultation models and practices, and demonstrate interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills
  10. 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
  11. Students will demonstrate advanced skills in integrating knowledge in scientific psychology

Program Concentrations

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Child & Family Psychology

In the Child & Family Psychology concentration, students, through a combination of education and training, can develop competencies in the diagnosis, assessment and intervention with families, couples, adolescents and children. Upon completing this concentration, graduates will be able to conceptualize and diagnose major psychological disorders of childhood that are affected by biopsychosocial and cultural factors. Courses are designed to teach to students to apply a developmental and life cycle perspective and a systems approach to intervention with these populations and to understand how contextual issues affect children, families and couples. Coursework covers a range of topics including play therapy, couples therapy, evidence-based marital treatment, and special diagnostic areas such as the treatment of juvenile offenders as well as anxiety and depression in children.

Clinical Health Psychology

The concentration in Clinical Health Psychology enables students to develop competency in the area of Health Psychology, including such areas as pain assessment and treatment, eating disorders and self-injury, coordination with primary care, clinical hypnosis, and rehabilitation psychology. Our faculty members have extensive clinical experience, scholarly publications, and specialized training in the area of clinical health psychology. The concentration in Clinical Health Psychology positions our graduates to further contribute to this growing area of clinical psychology and health care.

Forensic Psychology

The concentration in Forensic Psychology provides specialized training in the study of clinical psychology in forensic settings — both criminal and civil arenas. The concentration emphasizes applying clinical psychology skills in diverse settings in three areas. First, it trains and educates students to work within or with the criminal justice system, including issues related to competency, criminal responsibility, custody, and parental fitness assessment. The second area of study is correctional psychology, which includes treatment, assessment, and consultation within correctional settings. The third area is working with psychosocial issues that affect forensic populations in outpatient settings, such as substance abuse, domestic violence, and parenting skills. Students will have the opportunity to learn principles of expert witness testimony and methods to assess risk of violence and domestic violence.

Neuropsychology

The Neuropsychology concentration is designed to meet American Psychological Association (APA) Division 40 guidelines for doctoral training in clinical neuropsychology. The coursework is selected to prepare our graduate students for internship placement and a post-doctoral fellowship in neuropsychology and potentially the licensed practice as a clinical neuropsychologist. The Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Schaumburg is a member of the APA, Division 40 listing of doctoral degree programs in clinical neuropsychology and is an active chapter member of the Association of Neuropsychology Students in Training (ANST) through APA, Division 40. The concentration enables students to develop competencies in this highly competitive field by studying neuroanatomy, neuropathology, and developmental implications of brain behavior for the life-span that include geriatric , adult, and pediatric neuropsychology. Other areas of study include forensic neuropsychology, neurorehabilitation, and advanced seminar in clinical neuropsychology. Students will work closely with our staff to obtain relevant practicum sites.