Prospective Students: Objectives & Competencies
Training Goal 1
To produce graduates who have the requisite scientific knowledge for entry into the practice of professional psychology as a local clinical scientist.
Objective A: We expect our students to acquire knowledge of clinical psychology as both a scientific and applied discipline in local settings, using biopsychosocial and spiritual conceptualizations of well-being and disorder.
- “Local Clinical Scientist” Competency: Students will acquire knowledge in the distinctive approach of local clinical scientists, including biopsychosocial and spiritual conceptualizations of health and disorder across their coursework in the clinical psychology doctorate program.
Training Goal 2
To produce graduates who demonstrate competencies in evidence-based methods of disciplined inquiry informed by biopsychosocial and spiritual perspectives.
Objective B: We expect our students will acquire evidence-based skills in diagnosis and psychological assessment across a broad range of psychological conditions and disorders.
- “Diagnostic/Assessment Skills” Competency: Students will learn skills in diagnosis and evidenced-based assessment techniques and methods that provide clinical case formulation of individual adaptive and maladaptive psychological and interpersonal functioning; functional and dysfunctional cognitive skills; and conceptualization of family and group functioning.
- “Applied Clinical Diagnosis” Competency: Students will demonstrate competent skills in diagnosis and assessment in applied clinical settings.
Objective C: We expect our students will acquire evidence-based skills in clinical intervention across a broad range of psychological conditions and disorders.
- “Evidence-Based Interventions” Competency: Students will acquire skills by learning the scientific basis and application of evidence-based integrative psychological interventions and clinical service delivery as a local clinical scientist.
- “Applied Intervention” Competency: Students will demonstrate skills in applying evidence-based integrative psychological interventions with a range of individuals who suffer from psychological and medical disorders.
Objective D: We expect our students will be able to design and execute research and evaluation methods that embody scientific rigor and sensitivity to biopsychosocial, spiritual, and cultural issues.
- “Research Design” Competency: Students will be able to articulate scientific theories, and design a range of research designs and methodologies to test theories using an array of statistical techniques.
- “Collaborative Team” Competency: Students will be able to collaborate on joint research projects and develop skills in working as a part of a research team.
- “Professional Papers” Competency: Students will independently write professional papers, including theoretical, literary review, and empirically based research papers, and present their work at local, regional, and national professional conferences. Students will also publish their work in peer-review journals that have import for local clinical settings, and represent scientific work from a local clinical scientist model basis.
Review Training Goals 3 & 4
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