Doctor of Psychology

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Curriculum

Curriculum Structure

Current Curriculum for 2014

Group photo outsideThe Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) program in clinical psychology includes sequential and structured training including required and elective coursework, supervised clinical experiences comprised of practica and internship, and the dissertation. Students enter the program in September, beginning with a two-day Initial Orientation (one day online and one day face-to-face) and the first of six (6) required bi-annual week-long Academic Meetings held in the Fall in Brattleboro and Spring in Cincinnati.

During the first year, students attend two Academic Meetings (Fall and Spring) and face-to-face classes every other weekend. In years two and three students attend two bi-annual Academic Meetings and courses one weekend a month, as well as participating in online components of courses. All weekend classes are held at the student's cohort location, either Brattleboro or Cincinnati. All classroom and hybrid courses have some supplemental online component.

The program trains its students to become skilled practitioners and scholars, adept at extracting ideas and approaches from the literature and applying these in their clinical work, as well as having the ability to conduct their own clinically relevant research.

The curriculum has been based on criteria specified by the American Psychological Association’s Commission on Accreditation (APA), the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology (NR), and the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP). Some courses address multiple areas, as reflected in course syllabi, with the sum total being equal to or greater than the minimum number of required credit hours.  These criteria areas are also met in other components of the program, such as practicum and internship training, Clinical Review and dissertation.

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The curriculum is designed to include courses so that students will be able to demonstrate competency in the following areas:

  • Biological aspects of behavior
  • Cognitive and affective aspects of behavior
  • Social aspects of behavior
  • History and systems of psychology
  • Psychological measurement
  • Research methodology
  • Techniques of data analysis
  • Individual differences in behavior
  • Human development
  • Dysfunctional behavior or psychopathology
  • Professional standards and ethics
  • Theories and methods of diagnosis
  • Effective intervention
  • Consultation and supervision
  • Evaluation of the efficacy of interventions
  • Cultural and individual differences
  • Attitudes for life-long learning and professional development

Required and Elective Courses

Coursework is provided through a distributed learning model integrating classroom-based courses that meet face-to-face on weekends and at the Academic Meetings, hybrid or blended courses that include both face-to-face and online components, and online courses. The online components are delivered using the university's course management system and enterprise level web conferencing software for asynchronous and synchronous communication. Students take required foundational and increasingly advanced courses and a minimum of six electives.  Electives include a range of courses in assessment and intervention, including courses focused on various evidence-based treatment modalities.