2013-2014 Walden University Student Handbook (December 2013) 
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2013-2014 Walden University Student Handbook (December 2013) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Psychology Academic Year in Residence

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Clinical Psychology and Counseling Psychology Specializations Only

The Academic Year in Residence (AYR) is designed to provide students with the critical clinical skills that are essential for professional practice in the field of psychology. As part of the AYR experience, students will complete eight courses in a blended format (40 quarter credits total). Students will take part of each course online, but the majority of the course will occur in person with their classmates and faculty at Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Students will be required to travel to Minneapolis once per quarter to complete the in-residence portion of the courses. Students will travel to Minneapolis four times during the AYR, once each quarter, for 9-day sessions Saturday through the following Sunday including travel time. These sessions are required to pass the course and successfully complete the AYR.

The Academic Year in Residence allows students to focus on development as a doctoral student and practitioner-in-training. This period of study allows for the acquisition and evaluation of skills essential for supervised and entry-level practice in practicum and internship placements including assessment and interventions skills based on evidence-based practice using empirically supported techniques to identify and resolve psychological difficulties. Additional coursework in ethics, consultation, and supervision as well as multicultural psychology during the AYR will complement the student’s training. Additionally, students will focus on research and dissertation skills with the guidance of faculty and in concert with their peers.

The AYR offers a unique opportunity for students to become socialized into the profession of psychology, encouraging close interaction with faculty and fellow students. During AYR, students’ progress and the evaluation of knowledge, skills, and abilities required for scholarship and professional practice at the doctoral level will be assessed.

AYR Requirements

  • Students must attend their first academic university residency (typically occurs in the first 90 days after matriculation), as well as complete the prerequisite coursework as outlined in the specialization’s program of study. 
  • The AYR is required for completing the Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialization in Clinical Psychology or Counseling Psychology. 
  • AYR typically takes place during the 6th through 9th quarters of the student’s program. 
  • The AYR spans 12 consecutive calendar months, a standard requirement for doctoral training in psychology. 
  • The AYR is comprised of eight courses completed over 4 quarters in blended format. 
  • AYR allows for formal and informal interaction with faculty, administrators, students, staff, and other professionals.
AYR Courses for Counseling Psychology Specialization
  •  Ethics and Standards of Psychological Practice
  •  Cognitive Assessment
  •  Personality Assessment
  •  Multicultural Psychology
  •  Career Assessment and Intervention
  •  Interventions II
  •  Writing a Quality Prospectus in Psychology
  •  Consultation and Supervision in Psychology
AYR Courses for Clinical Psychology Specialization
  • Ethics and Standards of Psychological Practice
  • Cognitive Assessment
  • Personality Assessment
  • Multicultural Psychology
  • Clinical Psychopharmacology
  • Interventions II
  • Writing a Quality Prospectus in Psychology
  • Consultation and Supervision in Psychology

Students should contact academic advising to determine the specific AYR requirements. Students are also responsible for contacting their state licensing boards and for understanding the state-specific requirements for residency.


Residency Session Abstracts

Residency Session Abstracts—AYR, School of Psychology Academic Year in Residence