Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology

In the Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) program, you’ll prepare for the general practice of clinical psychology with an emphasis on socially responsible practice. The program follows the scholar-practitioner model of training and education developed by the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology. The model seeks to develop knowledge, skills, and values in seven core competency areas:

1. Relationship

2. Assessment

3. Intervention

4. Research and evaluation

5. Consultation and education

6. Management and supervision

7. Individual and cultural diversity

Two additional competency areas complete the education and training model and are distinctive to the Adler School. The first is focused training in the theories and methods of Alfred Adler, which lays the foundation for other theoretical perspectives explored in the program. The second competency area is socially responsible practice. The Adler School defines socially responsible practitioners as those who:

• Embrace a diversity of perspectives

• Work to build and maintain bridges across social, economic, cultural, racial, and political systems

• Empower others to identify and address shared problems

• Foster the development of social equality, justice, and respect through compassionate action throughout the global community

The doctoral program is structured for completion in five years for full-time (10 credits hours or more per semester) students.

Students will spend four years in coursework and practicum experience followed by a one-year (full-time) or two-year (half-time) internship. The half-time study is only permitted based upon approval of the student's faculty advisor. The maximum time permitted for completion is seven years from the date of first registration following admission to the program. Students are expected to complete the program within two years of completing the internship. Failure to do so may result in administrative withdrawal from the program.

The program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association and meets the requirements of the National Register of Health Care providers in psychology and state licensure guidelines.

Admission Requirements

• Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited US institution or a comparable degree from an international institution.

• Present an academic record that demonstrates the ability to fulfill the academic demands of the program. Successful applicants typically have a grade point average of 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate coursework.

• Practicum or work experience in psychology or a related field is highly desirable and is considered in the evaluation of applicants.

• Complete the equivalent of 18 semester credit hours in psychology with grades of "C" or better, including the following prerequisite courses: general or introductory psychology, abnormal psychology, theories of personality, and research methods or statistics. Equivalent coursework in other social sciences may also be considered. Students may be admitted prior to completing these prerequisites, but all students must complete these courses by the end of their first semester of enrollment at the Adler School.

• Approved applicants will be invited to complete an interview as the final step in the application process. Please submit all application materials to the Office of Admissions prior to the application deadline.

Degree and Concentration Options

Doctoral students may choose a concentration that provides education and training in a focal area of study. Many graduates report that additional credentials enhanced their value to internship directors and employers. Pursuing the M.A. in Counseling Psychology degree or a concentration area will result in longer completion times for the doctoral degree.

Concentration areas available include the following:

• Advanced Adlerian Psychotherapy

• Child and Adolescent Psychology

• Clinical Neuropsychology

• Primary Care Psychology

• Substance Abuse Counseling

• Traumatic Stress

Students must complete a form that requires the signature of the Concentration Coordinator or Masters of Arts in Counseling Program Director and their faculty advisor in order to add a concentration or the Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology degree.

In addition, doctoral students may earn the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology degree while pursuing the Psy.D. Doctoral students interested in earning the Master of Arts in Counseling

Psychology must complete the following requirements:

• Take course 337 Group Therapy to satisfy a Basic Intervention electives

• Take either course 662 Overview of Marriage and Family Therapy Models or course 663 Effective Marriage and Family Counseling to satisfy a Basic Intervention elective

• Take the following additional courses:

• 569 Career and Lifestyle Development

• 510 Preparation for Counseling Practice

• Successfully complete the doctoral therapy practicum and Therapy Clinical Qualifying Exam

Doctoral students planning to add the Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology are eligible to take the Licensed Professional Counselor Exam, which enables licensing as masters-level clinicians in the state of Illinois. Other states may require more extensive training at the master’s level for licensure.

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