Psy.D. - Clinical Psychology
The Psy.D. program in Clinical Psychology, accredited by the American Psychological Association, is grounded in the Vail-practitioner model of clinical psychological training. The Psy.D. program is committed to the education and training objectives for doctoral programs set forth by The American Psychological Association (APA) and has been influenced by the values of The National Council of Schools and Programs in Professional Psychology (NCSPP). Students are instructed intensively in psychotherapy, psychodiagnostics and in other areas pertinent to the practice of clinical psychology. The Psy.D. program fosters the development of research skill through coursework, independent projects under faculty direction, and dissertation. Program graduates are prepared to take leadership positions in the mental health field. All course scheduling is done with advisement. As an evening program, the Psy.D. curriculum was developed to address the educational needs and objectives of students who have a master's degree, who are working, and whose lifestyles do not permit attendance at daytime classes.
The Psy.D. program is distinct from the counseling master's degree programs in admissions, curriculum, research and practica requirements. Students work only toward the doctoral degree and do not study for a master's degree simultaneously. Students in the Psy.D. program are referred to the Psy.D. Handbook and the Dissertation Handbook, which delineate additional aspects of the doctoral program, including philosophy, goals, competencies, curriculum, dissertation, comprehensive examination, practica, and internship.
The Psy.D. program in Clinical Psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association.