University of Virginia
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Ph.D. - Clinical Psychology
Faculty members in the Clinical Training Program are committed to the clinical scientist model of training, with a clear emphasis on the word "scientist." We also emphasize the development of strong evidence-based clinical skills as an essential part of our training, and seek to train students who are fully capable of and interested in integrating science and practice.
The program requires five years of full-time study -- four years plus a full year internship. The curriculum has been designed to ensure students' active participation in clinical research as well as complementary experience with the assessment and treatment of clinical problems throughout their programs of study. Our clinical training program is designed to provide students with the broad skill set needed to offer the most widely-used and research-supported assessment and therapy approaches for working with clinical problems, including Axis I and II disorders, as well as problems in living and relationships. The training sequence includes theoretical and applied training in how to provide therapy for adults, children, families and couples. The clinical faculty has practice expertise across a variety of different theoretical orientations (e.g., cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, psychodynamic), recognizing that not all problems or clients respond to a single type of therapy. Thus, students are trained to use an individual case conceptualization along with the research literature to guide the choice of therapy approach for a given client.
This program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association
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