2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) 
    
    Apr 22, 2019  
2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

PhD in Clinical Psychology


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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.

Learning Outcomes


At the end of this program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Explain the contributions of the biological, affective, social, and cognitive areas of psychology as they impact human adaptive and maladaptive functioning.
  2. Articulate the history of clinical psychology, how the specialty of clinical psychology is unique, and how to develop a clinical psychology identity.
  3. Synthesize principles of basic and advanced research methods to produce independent scholarly research.
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in evaluating the effectiveness of empirically supported treatments using an evidence-based practice approach.
  5. Synthesize theory and contemporary research to establish a theoretically and empirically anchored personal orientation to the practice of clinical psychology.
  6. Demonstrate proficiency in utilizing empirically supported models of clinical psychotherapy, consultation, and supervision with diverse populations.
  7. Demonstrate proficiency in utilizing cognitive and personality-assessment skills with diverse populations.
  8. Develop constructive working relationships with clients, supervisors, instructors, and colleagues while also demonstrating an appropriate and professional demeanor.
  9. Engage in personal self-assessment to examine feelings, beliefs, attitudes, and opinions regarding their own perspective and worldview as well as those of others.
  10. Describe salient experiences and perspectives of diverse populations including but not limited to race, culture, socioeconomics, age, gender, sexual orientation, and disability.
  11. Utilize critical thinking and apply relevant ethical codes (e.g., APA, ACA) to decision making with diverse populations in a variety of settings.
  12. Demonstrate the ability to use multicultural clinical intervention and assessment skills in varied training and professional settings.
  13. Demonstrate an awareness of how social/political issues, policies, and events impact the field of clinical psychology.
  14. Engage in professional activities related to clinical psychology that promote positive social change.

Specializations


Changing specializations may increase a student’s expected time-to-degree completion and cost.

Degree Requirements


  • Professional Development Plan and Program of Study
  • Core courses (110 cr.)
  • Elective course (15 cr.)
  • Clinical practicum (6 cr.)
  • Completion of the Doctoral Dissertation
    • Doctoral Dissertation course
  • Internship (12 cr.)
  • Academic Year in Residence
  • PhD residencies (four 4-day sessions)

Curriculum


Electives (15 cr.)


Select three courses as electives.

Completion of the Doctoral Capstone


  • CPSY 9000L - Dissertation
  • *Students take this course for a minimum of four terms and are continuously enrolled until completion of their Doctoral Dissertation with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.

    To complete a doctoral study, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

Course Sequence


Quarter Course Credits
1    5 cr.
   5 cr.
2    5 cr.
   5 cr.
3    5 cr.
   5 cr.
4    5 cr.
   5 cr.
5    5 cr.
   5 cr.
6    5 cr.
   5 cr.
7    5 cr.
   5 cr.
8    5 cr.
   5 cr.
9    5 cr.
   5 cr.
10    5 cr.
   5 cr.
11 Elective 5 cr.
   5 cr.
12    5 cr.
Elective 5 cr.
13    5 cr.
Elective 5 cr.
14+    3 cr.
  5 cr. per term; taken continuously until completion*
17    3 cr.
18    3 cr.
19    3 cr.
20    3 cr.

*Students take this course for a minimum of four terms and are continuously enrolled until completion of their Doctoral Dissertation with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.

To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

Note on Licensure


The PhD in Clinical Psychology program is designed to prepare graduates to qualify to sit for psychology licensing exams in some states. This program is designed to meet the academic licensure requirements of some state psychology boards. However, Walden University’s PhD in Clinical Psychology is not accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and has not received designation by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards/National Register (ASPPB/NR), which are requirements for licensure in many states.

Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on licensure issues, state-by-state educational requirements, and internship and practicum requirements; however, it remains the student’s responsibility to evaluate and understand the licensure requirements for the state in which he or she resides, as requirements vary widely. Walden University enrollment advisors can provide general guidance on licensure requirements; however, it is the responsibility of each student to understand and comply with the most current psychology licensure information for his or her individual state. Walden makes no guarantee that its PhD in Clinical Psychology program will meet the licensure requirements in any state.

Prospective students should review the specific, detailed licensure requirements applicable to their state(s) of residency to see if the Walden program meets all of the requirements to sit for licensure as set forth in the state regulations. Additionally, some states have additional coursework, residency, or fieldwork requirements that students will need in order to be eligible for licensure as a psychologist in that state.

Prospective students enrolling in licensure-leading programs are advised that relocation to another state may impact the student’s ability to complete field experiences and/or to obtain professional licensure, certification, or other credential in another state. Prospective students are advised to carefully review, evaluate, and understand the requirements of the applicable licensure board in the state in which they intend to relocate.

Doctoral Writing Assessment


Students who start their doctoral program at Walden University in 2016 or later will complete the university’s required doctoral writing assessment on a rolling basis. Designed to evaluate incoming doctoral students’ writing skills, this assessment aims to help prepare incoming doctoral students to meet the university’s expectations for writing at the doctoral level. For more information, click here.

8-Year Maximum Timeframe


Students have up to 8 years to complete their doctoral degree requirements [https://catalog.waldenu.edu/content.php?catoid=158&navoid=52191]. Students may petition to extend the 8-year maximum timeframe, but an extension is not guaranteed.

Program Data


Walden is committed to providing the information you need to make an informed decision about where you pursue your education. Click here to find detailed information for the PhD in Clinical Psychology program relating to the types of occupations this program may lead to, completion rate, program costs, and median loan debt of students who have graduated from this program.

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