Goals, Objectives, and Competencies
The preparation of practitioners of clinical psychology who understand the scientific body of knowledge that serves as the foundation of clinical practice.
Objectives for Goal #1
Students will acquire and demonstrate knowledge of the scientific body of information pertaining to personality and individual differences, social bases of behavior, cognitive-affective bases of behavior, developmental bases of behavior, biological bases of behavior, history and systems of psychology, and psychopathology.
Competencies Expected for these Objectives: Students will demonstrate foundational knowledge of the theories as well as the empirical evidence supporting the theories of personality, social psychology, cognitive aspects of behavior, human development, biological aspects of behavior, and psychopathology. Students will also understand the history of psychology as it pertains to the development of these theories and their scientific foundations.
The preparation of practitioners of clinical psychology who demonstrate understanding of, and competency in, core clinical skills essential for effective professional practice.
Objectives for Goal #2: Students will acquire and demonstrate knowledge of and clinical proficiency in developing effective professional relationships, conducting psychological assessments, and selecting and conducting interventions that are appropriate to the individual’s needs and supported by scientific evidence.
Competencies Expected for these Objectives: Students will be able to develop effective professional relationships with the persons they serve as well as with professional colleagues and supervisors. Students will be able to conduct a diagnostic assessment. Students will be able to implement psychological interventions supported by the empirical literature.
The preparation of practitioners of clinical psychology who demonstrate an understanding of, and competency in, professional standards and ethics as well as the impact and importance of issues of cultural and individual diversity on clinical practice.
Objectives for Goal #3: Students will acquire and demonstrate academic success and clinical proficiency in understanding why and how to apply the ethical standards of the profession to clinical situations. Students will also demonstrate awareness of how individual differences and diversity relate to clinical practice.
Competencies Expected for these Objectives: Students will be able to identify how individual differences and diversity impact psychological diagnosis and treatment. Students will understand the APA code of ethics and how it is applied to clinical situations, and be able to critically evaluate ethical dilemmas in professional psychology.
The preparation of practitioners of clinical psychology who demonstrate understanding of, and competency in, emerging and expanding roles for the professional psychologist.
Objectives for Goal #4: Students will understand the roles, characteristics and skills of a supervisor, as well as a manager, and develop a knowledge base of supervision theory, research and practice. Students will understand the process of developing a successful private practice. Students will understand organizational assessment while considering multicultural variables in the consulting environment. In addition, students will develop an appreciation of the issues involved in the education of psychologists.
Competencies Expected for these Objectives: Students will employ theories of clinical supervision in practice scenarios. Students will identify how they use supervision when conducting diagnostic assessments and interventions as student clinicians. Students will describe the value of professional consultation in general and as it is applied to specific clinical cases.
The preparation of practitioners of clinical psychology able to contribute to and utilize the existing body of knowledge and empirical findings in the science of psychology, to inform and enhance the applications of clinical psychology and to view the profession of clinical psychology as requiring life-long learning.
Objectives for Goal #5: Students will be able to conduct clinical research and utilize empirical data to inform clinical practice.
Competencies Expected for these Objectives: Students will understand the logic of statistical analysis, be able to conduct a variety of univariate an multivariate statistical techniques, understand research methods, be able to develop and implement a research study, know how to select appropriate statistical analyses for a particular research question, be aware of ethical considerations for conducting research, and know the basic elements of manuscript preparation for professional publication. Students will also be able to evaluate scientific research in the selection and implementation of clinical interventions and utilize clinical data to inform diagnostic formulations and treatment plans.