Model of Training

The full-time program is accredited by the Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242; phone: 202-336-5979) and offers five years of intensive professional training in psychology leading to a PsyD degree.

The program follows the model of training in professional psychology developed by the National Council of Schools of Professional Psychology (NCSPP).

This model specifies seven areas of core competency:

  1. Relationship, Assessment, Intervention 
  2. Research and Evaluation
  3. Consultation 
  4. Education
  5. Management
  6. Supervision
  7. Diversity

In each of the areas, the curriculum provides substantial opportunities for learning. Additionally, students receive training in the basic science courses specified by APA and NCSPP. Although the primary theoretical orientationof the program is psychodynamic, students are also exposed to a number of other orientations, including cognitive-behavioral, social constructionist, interpersonal, and family systems.

Didactic and experiential components of the instructional program are combined in a curriculum that is designed to achieve a balance between classroom instruction and practical applied experience. Required areas of instruction are paralleled by relevant supervised clinical experience through a system of practicum and internship field placements. This procedure facilitates the integration of theory with practice.