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Doctoral in Clinical Psychology Program Description

The Medaille College Clinical Psychology Program is a 99-credit program leading to a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degree in Clinical Psychology. The program is located at Medaille College’s Amherst Campus. The primary goal of the program is to educate and prepare students for careers as professional psychologists. The program follows the Practitioner-Scholar Model of the National Council of Schools and Programs in Professional Psychology and meets the requirements for licensure in New York.

Program Goals and Objectives

The Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology Program is designed to educate and train students to function effectively in their eventual role as clinical psychologists. To ensure that students are prepared adequately, the curriculum provides for the meaningful integration of theory and research as applied to practice. The Clinical Psychology PsyD Program at Medaille College emphasizes the development of knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential in the formation of professional psychologists who are committed to the ethical provision of quality services. Specific objectives of the program include the training of clinical psychologists to:

  • deliver effective diagnostic and therapeutic services to diverse populations of clients
  • apply the biological, psychological and sociological bases of human functioning to the provision of effective quality patient services
  • exercise leadership both in the healthcare delivery system and in the training of healthcare and mental health professionals
  • expand the role of psychologists within society
  • work effectively with other disciplines as part of a professional team

Competency Areas

  • Broad and General Knowledge
  • Assessment
  • Intervention
  • Diversity
  • Teaching and Supervision
  • Research
  • Ethics

Program Format

Medaille’s PsyD program is offered in a daytime format with each 3-credit course meeting once a week for three hours during the Fall and Spring Semesters and for 6 hours a week during the Summer I Semester. The PsyD in Clinical Psychology Program requires the successful completion of 99 semester credit hours distributed as follows:

  • Core Course Requirements (66 credit hours)
  • Elective Requirements (18 credit hours)
  • Proseminar and Practicum Requirements (12 credit hours)
  • Clinical Dissertation Requirements (3 credit hours)

In addition to fulfilling these credit hour requirements, students must complete the Clinical Competence Examination, and a one year internship.

Proseminar and Practicum

The Proseminar and Practicum requirements represent the first two of the three required levels of field training and evaluation in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program. The first level is the diagnostic practicum (Proseminar and Practicum I and II), while the second level is the therapy practicum (Proseminar and Practicum III and IV). Doctoral students in the Clinical Psychology Program complete the diagnostic practicum in their second year of study and a therapy practicum in their third year of study.

The practicum proseminar serves as an auxiliary training component in students’ clinical training. The seminar instructor works with each student’s on-site supervisor to oversee the student’s development. The seminar instructor is primarily responsible for evaluating student progress in consultation with the on-site supervisor. Students are required to attend the seminar sessions and will be evaluated based on participation in seminar, work samples, and performance in all aspects of clinical and professional work on site. Supervision of individual cases remains the responsibility of the on-site supervisor, who has direct contact with the practicum setting and with the clients. In the proseminar, students receive didactic training, present their clinical work, and consult with peers and the seminar instructor regarding challenging assessment and treatment issues. See the Program Handbook and the Training Manual for more information.

Clinical Dissertation

The Clinical Dissertation is a training experience designed to provide students with a guided opportunity for integrating findings from empirical research toward addressing a psychological issue. The Clinical Dissertation must be a sophisticated piece of written scholarship that demonstrates the ability to frame and address a psychological issue. The primary training goal of the Clinical Dissertation is to help students develop the skills needed to become critical consumers of the empirical literature in psychology. Students are expected to address a psychological issue from a theoretical and empirical standpoint. The appropriateness of the project is determined by the Clinical Dissertation Chair and committee members, and is indicated by a potentially publishable review or a synthesis of findings that could be presented to professional psychologists in a conference or workshop setting. It is expected that a student will complete his or her dissertation within the 3 semesters allotted. A student who does not complete his or her dissertation within 3 semesters will be required to register for PSY 854 Dissertation Extended. This 0-credit course must be taken each Fall or Spring Semester until the dissertation is completed.  See the PsyD Program Handbook for more information.

Clinical Competence Examination

Students are required to take and successfully pass a Clinical Competence Examination (CCE) during the Summer Semester of their third year of coursework. The CCE includes a treatment summary, a case presentation, a written case analysis, an oral presentation, and an oral examination based on the written and case presentations. This format is designed to assess students’ knowledge, clinical reasoning within a conceptual model, technical skills, relationship skills, and ability to communicate in written and oral forms.  CCE Reports and Oral Presentations will be evaluated by the faculty to determine students’ clinical and academic competence and readiness for internship. Students must demonstrate minimum competence in all areas to pass. Results will include Pass with Distinction, Pass, Revise, and Fail.  See the PsyD Program Handbook for more information.

Internship Requirements

Students will complete an 1800-hour internship as a condition for graduation. The internship is an integral component of the doctoral program and the final experience in the clinical training sequence. During the internship, the student is expected to assume significant responsibilities and to perform major professional functions under the supervision of qualified psychologists. Because the internship is typically the last step in the student’s preparation for functioning as an independent professional, the internship experience should provide the student with a variety of appropriate role models, as well as intensive and diverse opportunities to function in the various roles expected of a clinical psychologist. Typically, full-time students begin the internship during their fifth year of enrollment. See the PsyD Program Handbook and the Training Manual for more information.

Doctoral in Clinical Psychology Course Schedule

Course Number & Title

Credits

First Year (Fall)

 

PSY 700 Psychometrics

3

PSY 701 Diagnostic Psychopathology

3

PSY 710 Cognitive Assessment

3

PSY 727 Psychology of Life Span Development

3

PSY 705 Professionalization Group

0

First Year (Spring)

 

PSY 763 Neuropsychological Assessment

3

PSY 720 History and Systems of Psychology

3

PSY 764 Clinical Interviewing

3

PSY 715 Objective Personality Assessment

3

PSY 705 Professionalization Group

0

First Year (Summer)

 

PSY 731 Cognitive And Affective Processes

3

PSY 758 Psychodynamic Theories & Therapy

3

Second Year (Fall)

 

PSY 749 Physiological Psychology

3

PSY 761 Assessment and Treatment of Diverse Populations

3

PSY 765 Integrative Assessment

3

PSY 751 Proseminar and Practicum I

3

Second Year (Spring)

 

PSY 768 Research Methods 

3

PSY 770 Cognitive-Behavioral Theory and Treatment

3

PSY 752 Proseminar and Practicum II

3

Second Year (Summer)

 

PSY 735 Professional Ethics and Conduct

3

PSY 782 Family Therapy

3

Third Year (Fall)

 

PSY 769 Statistics 

3

PSY 780 Group Therapy

3

PSY 753 Proseminar and Practicum III

3

Elective

3

Third Year (Spring)

 

PSY 794 Clinical Psychopharmacology

3

PSY 754 Proseminar and Practicum IV

3

Elective

3

Third Year (Summer)

 

Clinical Competency Exam

0

PSY 850 Clinical Dissertation I

1

Fourth Year (Fall)

 

PSY 787 Social Psychology

3

Elective

3

Elective

3

PSY 852 Clinical Dissertation II

1

Fourth Year (Spring)

 

PSY 790 Administration, Consultation, and Supervision

3

PSY 853 Clinical Dissertation III (1)

1

Elective

3

Elective

3

Fifth Year (Fall)

 

PSY 900 Clinical Psychology Internship

0

Fifth Year (Spring)

 

PSY 900 Clinical Psychology Internship

0

Fifth Year (Summer)

 

PSY 900 Clinical Psychology Internship

0

Total Credits

99

 

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Licensure Qualifying Content Areas

Required Area

Course

Credits

Biological Basis of Behavior

PSY 749            Physiological Psychology

3

Cognitive-Affective Basis of Behavior

PSY 731 Cognitive and Affective Processes

3

Social Basis of Behavior

PSY 787 Social Psychology

3

Individual Differences

PSY 701 Diagnostic Psychopathology

3

History and Systems of Psychology

PSY 720 History and Systems of Psychology

3

Psychometrics

PSY 700 Psychometrics

3

Research Design, Methodology, and Statistics

PSY 768 Research Methods

PSY 769 Statistics

PSY 851, 852, 853 Clinical Dissertation I, II, III

3

3

3

Scientific and Professional Ethics

PSY 705 Professionalization Group

PSY 735 Professional Ethics and Conduct

0

3

Issues of Cultural Diversity

PSY 761 Assessment and Treatment of Diverse Populations

3

Yearlong supervised doctoral level practicum, internship, field experience, or applied research.

PSY 900 Clinical Psychology Internship

0

Psychological Assessment

PSY 710 Cognitive Assessment

PSY 715 Objective Personality Assessment

PSY 763 Neuropsychohlogical Assessment

PSY 764 Clinical Interviewing

PSY 765 Integrative Assessment

3

3

3

3

3

Development

PSY 727 Psychology of Lifespan Development

3

Psychotherapy

PSY 758 Psychodynamic Theories and Therapy

PSY 770 Cognitive and Behavioral Theory and Treatment

PSY 780 Group Therapy

PSY 782 Family Therapy

3

3

3

3

Practicum

PSY 751, 752, 753, 754 Proseminar and Practicum, I, II, III, IV

12

Psychopharmacology

PSY 794 Clinical Psychopharmacology

3

Administration, Consultation & Supervision

PSY 790 Administration, Consultation, and Supervision

3

Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse

Included in PSY 705 Professionalization Group

3

 

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PsyD Course Prerequisites

Course

Prerequisites

PSY 763 Neuropsychohlogical Assessment

PSY 710 Cognitive Assessment

PSY 764 Clinical Interviewing

PSY701 Diagnostic Psychopathology

PSY 758 Psychodynamic Theories and Therapy

PSY 727 Psychology of Life Span Development

PSY 770 Cognitive-Behavioral Theory and Treatment

PSY 731 Cognitive and Affective Processes

PSY 765 Integrative Assessment

PSY 763 Neuropsychohlogical Assessment

PSY 715 Objective Personality Assessment

PSY 710 Cognitive Assessment

PSY 751 Proseminar and Practicum I

PSY 705 Professionalization Group

PSY701 Diagnostic Psychopathology        

PSY 763 Neuropsychohlogical Assessment

PSY 710 Cognitive Assessment

PSY 715 Objective Personality Assessment

PSY 764 Clinical Interviewing

PSY 727 Psychology of Life Span Development

PSY 752 Proseminar and Practicum II

PSY 751 Proseminar and Practicum I

PSY 631 Professional Ethics and Conduct

PSY 705 Professionalization Group

PSY 768 Research Methods

Undergraduate Statistics OR Research Methods

PSY 769 Statistics

PSY 768 Research Methods

PSY 794 Clinical Psychopharmacology

PSY 749 Physiological Psychology

PSY 780 Group Therapy

PSY 770 Cognitive-Behavioral Theory and Treatment

PSY 782 Family Therapy

PSY 727 Psychology of Life Span Development

PSY 753 Proseminar and Practicum III

PSY 758 Psychodynamic Theories and Therapy

PSY 764 Clinical Interviewing

PSY 735 Professional Ethics and Conduct

PSY 751 Proseminar and Practicum I

PSY 752 Proseminar and Practicum II

PSY 761 Assessment and Treatment of Diverse Populations

PSY 765 Integrative Assessment

PSY 768 Research Methods

PSY 770 Cognitive-Behavioral Theory and Treatment

PSY 754 Proseminar and Practicum IV

PSY 753 Proseminar and Practicum III       

PSY 790 Administration, Consultation & Supervision

PSY 754 Proseminar and Practicum IV

PSY 755 Proseminar and Practicum V

PSY 753 Proseminar and Practicum IV

PSY 850 Clinical Dissertation

PSY 768 Research Methods

PSY 900 Clinical Psychology Internship

90 Hours, CCE, All required coursework

 

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Enrollment

Residency Experience: All students are expected to be enrolled in the Program continuously for the duration of the planned program. Attendance during summer semester is required in years one through three, and the Clinical Competence Examination is given during summer of year three. Most internships are full time for 12 months, and therefore students will register for internship for Fall, Spring, and Summer terms.

Full-Time Study: Students taking 9 credit hours during Fall or Spring terms or registered for Internship or Dissertation are considered to be studying full time. 6 credit hours in Fall or Spring is considered half time. Requests for less than full-time study must be approved by the Program Director. Leaves of Absence must be approved by the Program Director and the VPAA or designee by the second week of the term during which the student goes on leave. Students returning from leave may be referred to the Student Development Committee (SDC) upon their return. See the PsyD Program Handbook and the Training Manual for more information.

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