Program Overview

The APA accredited Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) program in Clinical Psychology prepares students for variety of specialized positions. Our graduates are eligible to pursue licensure as clinical psychologists, to supervise graduate student training in mental health related disciplines, to provide consultation related to mental health within a diverse range of communities and organizations, and to teach undergraduate and graduate students in topics related to clinical psychology. The PsyD program at WCU is a full-time, 5-year program (Fall, Spring, and Summer) which follows a practitioner-scholar model, preparing students for leadership roles. The program provides significant training in evidence-based assessment and therapeutic interventions through coursework and supervised clinical training experiences beginning in the first year of the program. The WCU PsyD program offers students the opportunity to choose a clinical specialization in Child and Adolescent Mental Health or Trauma. Elective courses (12 credits) and advanced practicum training experiences in Years 3 and 4 provide depth of training and expertise in specialty areas. Academic advisors are very hands-on in our program and help each student to select the courses that best support specific training goals that enhance the student’s learning. West Chester University has its own on-campus community mental health services clinic which is open to both the campus and broader West Chester area communities. This state of the art training facility offers a range of assessment and therapy services for a diverse socio-economic population. Supervised by licensed clinical psychologists, WCU PsyD students provide clinical services to children, families, and adults in the community. Clinical training within the in-house clinic begins in the first year of study and continues through year two (in addition to in-class coursework). In the third and fourth years, students continue their clinical training in off-campus advanced practicum placements within the greater Philadelphia region, while completing elective courses, studies in program evaluation, consultation and supervision, as well as their comprehensive examination and dissertation. The fifth year of study is dedicated exclusively to a full-time, predoctoral clinical internship.

 

Tracks

Child and Adolescent Mental Health

In consultation with his/her advisor, each student will select 4 elective courses that support the student's specific training goals and that enhance learning in the student's specialty track. Elective courses and practicum training experiences will provide students the opportunity to gain depth of training and expertise in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

Trauma

In consultation with his/her advisor, each student will select 4 elective courses that support the student's specific training goals and that enhance learning in the student's specialty track. Elective courses and practicum training experiences will provide students the opportunity to gain depth of training and expertise in Trauma.

 

Program Highlights

  • Training in a state-of-the-art, campus-based community mental health clinic beginning in the first year

  • Clinical supervision from licensed psychologists who are core faculty members

  • Specializations in Trauma or Child and Adolescent Mental Health

  • Experience with outreach to underserved communities

  • Affordable tuition: WCU is the only public university offering a PsyD program in the region

  • Broad range of faculty research interests and publications

  • Faculty and student offices are collocated in the same building as clinical and research space

  • 14% projected industry growth through 2026 (according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

  • $85,000 median pay for clinical psychologists in 2017 (according to APA Center for Workforce Studies)

 

What can I do with this degree?

Our graduates are eligible to pursue licensure as clinical psychologists.

 

Accreditation

The WCU PsyD program is an APA accredited doctoral program. APA has granted the PsyD program accredited on contingency status through July 21, 2024. Accredited on contingency status applies to programs seeking accreditation prior to graduating their first cohort of students. The first cohort of PsyD students will graduate in 2021. Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org
Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

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