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, health, and 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 Aims and Competencies

Program Aims

The American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Northern Virginia’s (ASPP/NVA) clinical psychology doctoral program’s aim is to educate and train students employing a practitioner-scholar model so that they will be able to function effectively as clinical psychologists. To ensure that students are adequately prepared, the curriculum is designed to provide for the meaningful integration of psychological science, theory, and clinical practice. The clinical psychology program at the ASPP/NVA 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.

Program Competencies

The American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Northern Virginia clinical psychology doctoral program subscribes to the APA Standards of Accreditation. As such, students are expected to establish an 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 demonstrate 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