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 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, Schaumburg include the following:

Goal 1: Preparing students to become competent and effective clinical psychologists using the practitioner-scholar model of training.

  • Objective 1.1 Knowledge of Scientific Psychology – Students will understand key concepts underlying the science of psychology as a foundation for clinical practice
  • Objective 1.2 Assessment – Students will conduct competent psychological assessments through application of psychometric theory, interviewing and diagnostic skills, and proficiency in using psychological tests.
  • Objective 1.3 Intervention – Students will deliver clinical interventions that are grounded in conceptual models of intervention and evidence-based practices.
  • Objective 1.4 Supervision and Consultation – Students will understand the processes of supervision and consultation and how to provide these services to individuals and organizations

Goal 2: Assuring that students understand how competent clinical practice occurs in a broader context of diversity, professional standards, and professional development.

  • Objective 2.1 Diversity– Students will apply knowledge about human diversity to clinical practice and other areas of professional competence.
  • Objective 2.2 Professional and Ethical Standards – Students will understand and apply ethical principles and professional standards that guide the practice of clinical psychology.

Program Concentrations

Please select a program concentration below to read more about it.

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.