Phoenix Clinical Psychology: PsyD Degree Program

The central goal of our Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology program in Phoenix, AZ is to prepare graduates to become a competent, valuable contributor to the field of professional psychology. Our PsyD program’s strengths include our commitment to student learning and mentoring, our diversity among faculty and students, and our focus on clinical practice.

Throughout the program, classroom experiences are intended to provide you with a strong knowledge base of theory and research but, more importantly, teach you how to translate this knowledge into professional practice. Your practicum and internship experiences then give you an opportunity to apply these concepts while working with clinical patients.

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 Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University (AZSPP) clinical psychology doctoral program’s aim is to train prospective psychologists in the delivery of ethical, culturally-competent and evidence-based diagnostic, intervention and assessment services that effectively meet the needs of diverse populations in diverse settings. 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 AZSPP 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

AZSPP’s 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 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