Northern Virginia Clinical Psychology: PsyD Degree Program

The Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology program in Arlington, VA promotes the philosophy of integration—integration of theoretical perspectives, of theory and scholarship with practice, and of diversity and ethical issues throughout the curriculum.

Concentrations are available for students who wish to develop expertise in specialized areas, including the provision of services to specific populations such as children and families, as well as areas of application such as forensics and health neuropsychology.

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 Goals and Objectives

Specific objectives of the PsyD in Clinical Psychology degree program at the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University| Northern Virginia include:

Goal 1

The preparation of practitioners of psychology capable of ethically delivering diagnostic and therapeutic services effectively to diverse populations of clients in need of such treatment.

  • Objective 1.1: Students know the current body of knowledge in applied areas of psychology that serve as foundations for clinical practice. These areas include: psychopathology, human development, individual differences, and personality theories.;
  • Objective 1.2: Students develop competency in cultural diversity (broadly defined as issues related to gender, age, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, national origin, religion, physical ability, and social economic status);
  • Objective 1.3: Students understand the principles of assessment, as well as understand and competently use specific techniques;
  • Objective 1.4: Students develop competency in a broad range of theoretical orientations and therapeutic techniques as well as develop competency in relationship skills;
  • Objective 1.5: Students will understand the processes of supervision and consultation and demonstrate an ability to apply these services to individuals and organizations;
  • Objective 1.6: Professional and Ethical Standards-Students will understand and apply ethical principles and professional standards that guide the practice of clinical psychology.

Goal 2

The preparation of practitioners of psychology who understand the biological, psychological, and social bases of human functioning.

  • Objective 2.1: Students will know the current body of knowledge in biological, psychological, and social bases of human functioning; including biological aspects of behavior, cognitive/affective aspects of behavior, social aspects of behavior, and historical and philosophical context of psychology.

Goal 3

The preparation of practitioners of psychology who are able to evaluate and use the existing and evolving body of knowledge and methods in the practice and science of psychology to enhance applications of psychology.

  • Objective 3.1: Students engage in critical and disciplined thought as they acquire and organize clinical information;
  • Objective 3.2: Students know how to critically evaluate the existing theoretical and research literature in psychology;