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PsyD

Curriculum

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PsyD

Address:
Wayne Hall
125 West Rosedale Ave.
West Chester, PA 19383


Angela T. Clarke
Associate Professor
Director of Clinical Training, Clinical Psychology PsyD Program
Phone: 610-436-2532
Email: AClarke@wcupa.edu

Curriculum

The Psy.D. program has eight categories of training goals that organize our curriculum:

  1. Basic Foundations in Psychology,
  2. Professional Skills,
  3. Cultural Competence,
  4. Evidence Based Assessment,
  5. Evidence Based Intervention,
  6. Supervision,
  7. Consultation, and
  8. Research.

Graduates of this program will demonstrate proficiency and expertise in each of these areas.

Program Overview

Students will complete a minimum of 114 credit hours spread across five years, with the fifth year dedicated to a full-time pre-doctoral clinical internship, as required by the American Psychological Association. Of the required credits for the Psy.D. at West Chester University, 12 credits (or four courses) will be elective courses. Students will be required to choose between one of two specialty tracks: Child and Adolescent Health or Post Traumatic Stress. 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 their chosen specialty area (i.e., Child and Adolescent Clinical Health or Post Traumatic Stress).

First year students will complete required clinical courses in preparation for their clinical practice training which begins in Spring of Year 1, when students start their psychology clinic practicum experience in the WCU Community Mental Health Clinic. The WCU community clinic is an on-campus clinic serving both the campus community and the broader West Chester area community. Training in the clinic will extend through the Summer of Year 1 and the Fall and Spring of Year 2. In addition, Year 2 students complete required courses, including remaining core and foundational courses. Training in specialty areas begins in the third year, with advanced practicum assignments through off-campus partner agencies and elective courses focused on either Child and Adolescent Clinical Health or Post Traumatic Stress. Third year students also complete courses in program evaluation, as well as clinical supervision and consultation in clinical practice. In Year 4, students continue their advanced practicum training and elective coursework, while completing their dissertation.

Comprehensive exams, due by the end of the Summer term of Year 3, will be case oriented, based on actual cases from the student's practicum experiences, with an oral defense. Students must pass their comprehensive exam prior to applying for clinical internship. Students will apply for clinical internship during Year 4 (and complete clinical internship during Year 5 - 3 credits total). Until the program receives APA accreditation (which we project will occur by the time our first cohort graduates), it will not include a track for non-traditional students; for the first 5 years of the program we will restrict admission to full-time students. PsyD students will be expected to be on campus for classes, clinical practicum, and dissertation research during the work week during the Fall, Spring, and Summer of years 1, 2, and 3 of the program.

An overview of the curriculum for full-time graduate students in the WCU PsyD program is presented below.

Psy.D. Program Plan (Minimum 114 Credits)

Year 1, Fall Semester

Course Number Course Title Credits
PSY700 Adult Psychopathology 3
PSY705 Multicultural Clinical Psychology 3
PSY710 Psychotherapy I: Cognitive-Behavioral Theory and Interventions 3
PSY720 Assessment I: Intellectual Assessment 3
PSY730 Clinical Skills Practicum 3
TOTAL SEMESTER CREDITS 15

Year 1, Spring Semester

Course Number Course Title Credits
PSY701 Child and Adolescent Psychopathology 3
PSY708 Ethical, Legal, & Professional Issues in Psychotherapy 3
PSY712 Psychotherapy II: Interpersonal and Psychodynamic Theory and Intervention 3
PSY721 Assessment II: Personality Assessment 3
PSY731 Clinical Supervision 1
PSY733 Psychology Clinic Practicum 2
TOTAL SEMESTER CREDITS 15

 Year 1, Summer

Course Number Course Title Credits
PSY604 History and Systems of Psychology 3
PSY731 Clinical Supervision 1
PSY733 Psychology Clinic Practicum 2
TOTAL SEMESTER CREDITS 6

Year 2, Fall Semester

Course Number Course Title Credits
PSY601 Introduction to Statistics/Research Methods 3
PSY608 Foundational Course (e.g., Developmental Bases of Behavior) 3
PSY714 Psychotherapy III: Child and Family Therapy 3
PSY731 Clinical Supervision 1
PSY733 Psychology Clinic Practicum 2
PSY740 Research Practicum 3
TOTAL SEMESTER CREDITS 15

Year 2, Spring Semester

Course Number Course Title Credits
PSY602 Advanced Statistical Methods 3
PSY609 Foundational Course (e.g., Advanced Social Psychology) 3
PSY716 Psychotherapy IV: Group Dynamics/Group Interventions 3
PSY731 Clinical Supervision 1
PSY733 Psychology Clinic Practicum 2
PSY740 Research Practicum 3
TOTAL SEMESTER CREDITS 15

Year 2, Summer

Course Number Course Title Credits
PSY731 Clinical Supervision 1
PSY733 Psychology Clinic Practicum 2
TOTAL SEMESTER CREDITS 3

Year 3, Fall Semester

Dissertation Proposals to be successfully defended by the end of the Fall semester in Year 3. Comprehensive Exam to be completed by the end of the Spring semester in Year 3; students choose the semester they wish to take the exam. Students must pass their Comprehensive Exam prior to applying for their full-year clinical internship. Students applying for the predoctoral internship through APPIC must pass their Comprehensive Exam prior to November of Year 4 in order to be eligible to submit their APPIC application for Year 5 internship. Clinical Psychology MA may be awarded to students working toward PsyD with the completion of Years 1 & 2 course work, Dissertation Proposal, and Comprehensive Exam.

Course Number Course Title Credits
PSY605 Foundational Course (e.g., Biological Bases of Behavior) 3
PSY732 Consultation and Supervision in Clinical Practice 3
PSY734 Advanced Clinical Practicum 3
PSYXXX Elective I 3
TOTAL SEMESTER CREDITS 12

Year 3, Spring Semester

Course Number Course Title Credits
PSY607 Foundational Course (e.g., Cognitive-Affective Bases of Behavior) 3
PSY734 Advanced Clinical Practicum 3
PSY742 Program Evaluation 3
PSYXXX Elective II 3
TOTAL SEMESTER CREDITS 12

Year 3, Summer

Course Number Course Title Credits
PSY734 Advanced Clinical Practicum 3
TOTAL SEMESTER CREDITS 3

Year 4, Fall Semester

Course Number Course Title Credits
PSY734 Advanced Clinical Practicum 3
PSYXXX Elective III 3
TOTAL SEMESTER CREDITS 6

Year 4, Spring Semester

Course Number Course Title Credits
PSY734 Advanced Clinical Practicum 3
PSYXXX Elective IV 3
PSY800 Dissertation 3
TOTAL SEMESTER CREDITS 9

Year 4, Summer

Course Number Course Title Credits
PSY890 Clinical Internship - Starting July 1 1
TOTAL SEMESTER CREDITS 1

Year 5, Fall Semester

Course Number Course Title Credits
PSY890 Clinical Internship 1
TOTAL SEMESTER CREDITS 1

Year 5, Spring Semester

Oral Dissertation Defense and approval of Dissertation by committee is required before degree is complete.

Course Number Course Title Credits
PSY890 Clinical Internship 1
TOTAL SEMESTER CREDITS 1

Course Electives

This list is not exhaustive. Electives to be selected in consultation with the student’s advisor in order to align with the student’s area of clinical specialization, Child & Adolescent Mental Health or Trauma.

Course Number Course Title
PSY680 Advanced Health Psychology
PSY750 Community Interventions
PSY752 Clinical Neuropsychology
PSY760 Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood
PSY761 Infant Mental Health
PSY770 Trauma and Treatment
PSY780 Trauma Interventions for Children and Adolescents
PSY781 Ecological Contexts of Trauma

Students with an MA in Clinical Psychology

Students who have completed their MA (in Clinical Psychology, Counseling, or Social Work) at another institution or within a WCU department other than the Psychology Department may transfer up to 12 credits from their MA program to the WCU PsyD program, with approval from the Director of Clinical Training. Students who have already earned an MA in Clinical Psychology from WCU will continue their clinical training upon entering the WCU PsyD program. These students will be able to apply the courses completed in the WCU clinical MA program toward their PsyD requirements (up to 30 credits). This may reduce their time to degree completion to 4 years (1 year reduction) or reduce the number of credits required of students during their first 3 years of the PsyD program. Students who have already earned the WCU Clinical Psychology MA will take advanced clinical practicum in the Fall and Spring semester of Year 1 of the PsyD program where they will begin their doctoral training within the WCU Community Mental Health Clinic.

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