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Clinical Ph.D. Goals and Objectives

The clinical training program is organized to help students accomplish three major goals with specific objectives and competencies within each goal. These include:

Goal 1: To produce graduates who contribute to the scientific knowledge base of clinical psychology.

Objective 1a: Acquisition of knowledge in the breadth of scientific psychology

Competency 1a1: Knowledge of biological bases of behavior

Competency 1a2: Knowledge of social bases of behavior

Competency 1a3: Knowledge of cognitive bases of behavior

Competency 1a4: Knowledge of history and systems of thought in psychology

 

Objective 1b: Acquisition of a core set of research knowledge and skills

Competency 1b1: Knowledge of statistics and research design and skills in application of this knowledge to research

Competency 1b2: Knowledge of psychological measurement and skills in application of this knowledge to research

Competency 1b3: Knowledge of research ethics and skill in the application of this knowledge to specific research dilemmas

Competency 1b4: Skills in the design of research, execution of research, analysis of data, and interpretation of results

Competency 1b5: Skills in the dissemination of knowledge in clinical psychology

 

Objective 1c: Acquisition of knowledge of the scientific, methodological, and theoretical foundations of practice

Competency 1c1: Knowledge of individual differences in behavior, including developmental aspects

Competency 1c2: Knowledge of psychopathology

Competency 1c3: Knowledge of professional standards and ethics

Competency 1c4: Knowledge of psychological assessment and measurement approaches of relevance to evidence-based treatment

Competency 1c5: Knowledge of evidence-based approaches to treatment

Competency 1c6: Skills to evaluate the efficacy of specific interventions

 

Objective 1d: Acquisition of knowledge of issues of cultural and individual diversity

Competency 1d1: Knowledge of research concerning the impact of gender, ethnicity, race, culture, sexual preference, and physical disability on risk of various forms of psychopathology

Competency 1d2: Knowledge of the impact of cultural identity on access to and utilization of service delivery systems

Competency 1d3: Knowledge of research on the influence of cultural factors on response to interventions

Competency 1d4: Awareness of self and personal values in interacting with culturally different clients

 

Goal 2: To produce graduates with entry-level competence for clinical practice.

Objective 2a: Acquisition of basic clinical and professional skills and attitudes related to diagnosis, assessment, intervention, supervision, and consultation

Competency 2a1: Skills to establish and maintain a working alliance with clients

Competency 2a2: Skills in the development of treatment plans based on assessment data and knowledge of evidence-based treatments

Competency 2a3: Skills in the application of clinical ethics to clinical practice

Competency 2a4: Skills in supervision and consultation

 

Objective 2b: Development of skills to apply scientific knowledge and evidence-based interventions to the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of health and mental health problems

Competency 2b1: Skills in the use of evidence-based approaches to assessment

Competency 2b2: Knowledge of DSM diagnoses and skill in the diagnosis of clients

Competency 2b3: Knowledge of evidence-based clinical practices, techniques, and treatments

Competency 2b4: Skills in the delivery of evidence-based treatment for at least one psychological disorder

 

Objective 2c: Acquisition of knowledge and sensitivity to cultural and individual diversity, and skill in the application of this knowledge to service delivery

Competency 2c1: An attitude of respect for others’ standards, practices and beliefs related to health and psychological functioning

Competency 2c2: Skill in utilizing cultural context in the diagnosis of psychopathology

Competency 2c3: Skill in the application of knowledge of individual and cultural diversity to enhance client retention and response to treatment in clinical practice

Competency 2c4: An attitude of willingness to consult outside professionals on relevant cultural issues to inform clinical practice

 

Goal 3: To produce graduates who integrate the science and practice of clinical psychology.

Objective 3a: Development of awareness of the importance of, and gaining experience in, integrating scientific knowledge into clinical practice

Competency 3a1: Skill in translation of research findings into practice

Competency 3a2: A demonstrable attitude of interest in scholarly inquiry

Competency 3a3: Knowledge of major journals and publication outlets, and experience in submitting manuscripts for publication

 

Objective 3b: Acquisition of knowledge about different research methodologies for conducting process and outcome research in clinical psychology

Competency 3b1: Knowledge of methodologies used in major outcome studies

Competency 3b2: Demonstrated ability to design new research and critically evaluate it prior to execution and after completion

Competency 3b3: Demonstrated ability to derive research from theory

 

Objective 3c: Skills in critical thinking related to clinical research and practice

Competency 3c1:Knowledge of how and under what conditions the findings of randomized clinical trials generalize to clinical service settings

Competency 3c2: Demonstrated ability to critique existing research and theory

 

We anticipate that our graduates will use these areas of skill and knowledge in a range of career paths, including academic/clinical positions in departments of psychology or psychiatry in universities or medical schools, and clinical or clinical/administrative jobs in medical schools or mental health centers. A minority of our graduates focuses exclusively on science-based clinical practice.

Upon completion of training, program graduates are expected to: (1) possess critical analytic skills; (2) be able to identify new knowledge and bring that knowledge to bear upon research and clinical problems; and (3) be competent to use core knowledge in the design of research studies, in teaching, and clinical service delivery. You should be competent to select and apply assessment approaches and treatments with empirical support for their effectiveness and should pass the state licensing examination without major difficulty. Program graduates should be able to read the scientific literature critically; select and formulate research questions; and be skilled in research design, data collection, data management, and data analysis. You should be actively involved in research and program evaluation, and dissemination of that research through presentations at professional meetings and publications in the scientific literature. In the conduct of your clinical work and the design of research, you should be knowledgeable about issues of clinical and research ethics, and function within the ethical guidelines of the American Psychological Association and the laws of your state. You should be competent in the treatment of diverse client populations, in the recruitment of diverse participant populations in your research, and competent to formulate research questions and select research methods appropriate to populations under study.

Objective 3b: Acquisition of knowledge about different research methodologies for conducting process and outcome research in clinical psychology

Competency 3b1: Knowledge of methodologies used in major outcome studies
Competency 3b2: Demonstrated ability to design new research and critically evaluate it prior to execution and after completion
Competency 3b3: Demonstrated ability to derive research from theory

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