May 27, 2022
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Walden’s PhD in Clinical Psychology program can prepare students to practice, teach, or research to positively impact the mental health of diverse clientele.
In this blended doctoral program, featuring online and in-person participation, students can gain the skills to assess mental wellness and provide interventions as a practitioner, educator, researcher, or consultant. Taught by respected psychology faculty, coursework explores current theories and empirically supported practice. Students can combine scholarly research with practical experience to build the skills and knowledge to work with people who are struggling with mental illness or general life issues.
At the end of this program, graduates will be able to:
- Explain the contributions of the biological, affective, social, and cognitive areas of psychology as they impact human adaptive and maladaptive functioning.
- Articulate the history of clinical psychology, how the specialty of clinical psychology is unique, and how to develop a clinical psychology identity.
- Synthesize principles of basic and advanced research methods to produce independent scholarly research.
- Demonstrate proficiency in evaluating the effectiveness of empirically supported treatments using an evidence-based practice approach.
- Synthesize theory and contemporary research to establish a theoretically and empirically anchored personal orientation to the practice of clinical psychology.
- Demonstrate proficiency in utilizing empirically supported models of clinical psychotherapy, consultation, and supervision with diverse populations.
- Demonstrate proficiency in utilizing cognitive and personality-assessment skills with diverse populations.
- Develop constructive working relationships with clients, supervisors, instructors, and colleagues while also demonstrating an appropriate and professional demeanor.
- Engage in personal self-assessment to examine feelings, beliefs, attitudes, and opinions regarding their own perspective and worldview as well as those of others.
- Describe salient experiences and perspectives of diverse populations including but not limited to race, culture, socioeconomics, age, gender, sexual orientation, and disability.
- Utilize critical thinking and apply relevant ethical codes (e.g., APA, ACA) to decision making with diverse populations in a variety of settings.
- Demonstrate the ability to use multicultural clinical intervention and assessment skills in varied training and professional settings.
- Demonstrate an awareness of how social/political issues, policies, and events impact the field of clinical psychology.
- Engage in professional activities related to clinical psychology that promote positive social change.
- 163 total quarter credits
- Core courses (110 cr.)
- Elective course (15 cr.)
- Clinical practicum (6 cr.)
- Dissertation (20 cr.)
- Internship (12 cr.)
- Academic Year in Residence
- PhD residencies (four 4-day sessions)
Foundation Course (5 cr.)
Electives (15 cr.)
Select three courses as electives.
Clinical Paracticum (6 cr.)
Dissertation Course (Minimum of 20 cr.; 5 cr. each term)