At the completion of the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. degree program, the graduate demonstrates learning outcomes that are consistent with six core competencies and five functional competencies related to the field of clinical psychology.
Six core competencies:
- Reflective Practice/Self-Assessment: The graduate practices within the boundaries of competencies; demonstrates commitment to lifelong learning; engages with scholarship; is capable of critical thinking; demonstrates a commitment to the development of the profession; is capable of self-assessment and self-care; and, behaves professionally.
- Scientific method: The graduate demonstrates a respect for scientifically derived knowledge; understands research and research methodology; and, understands biological bases of behavior, cognitive-affective bases of behavior, and lifespan human development
- Relationships: The graduate demonstrates capacity to relate effectively and meaningfully with individuals, groups, and/or communities, including members of other healthcare disciplines.
- Individual/Cultural diversity: The graduate demonstrates awareness and sensitivity in working professionally with diverse individuals, groups and communities who represent various cultural and personal background and characteristics.
- Ethical/Legal Standards: The graduate understands and applies ethical concepts and awareness of legal issues regarding professional activities individuals, groups, and organizations. Advocating for the profession.
- Interdisciplinary Systems: The graduate demonstrates professional and competent cooperation with colleagues and peers in related disciplines.
The five functional competencies are:
- Psychological Evaluation: The graduate demonstrates competence in assessment, diagnosis and conceptualization—both oral and written—of problems and issues of individuals, groups, and/or organizations. Competence includes utilizing formal assessment measures (e.g., tests).
- Psychological Interventions: The graduate demonstrates competence in understanding, planning, implementing and evaluating interventions designed to alleviate suffering and to promote health and well-being.
- Consultation: The graduate demonstrates the ability to provide expert guidance or professional assistance in response to a client’s needs or goals, including other healthcare professionals or others involved in human services (e.g., teachers).
- Research/evaluation: The graduate understand and independently generates research that contributes to the scientific knowledge base and/or evaluates the effectiveness of various professional activities.
- Supervision: The graduate demonstrates competence in the supervision and training of professionals.