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

PsyD in Behavioral Health Leadership


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Today’s healthcare system demands behavioral health leaders who can manage the delivery of quality behavioral health and mental health services in an increasingly integrated care setting. Students in this professional doctoral program in leadership are prepared to meet this need. Students in this nonlicensure program can gain cross-disciplinary knowledge, business and management skills, and practical experience that can be used to help shape the rapidly changing integrated healthcare landscape.

Learning Outcomes



Graduates of the PsyD in Behavioral Health Leadership program will be able to:

  1. Articulate the foundation of behavioral health leadership.
  2. Develop a personal orientation to the practice of behavioral health leadership that is theoretically and empirically anchored..
  3. Produce an applied practice-based project exploring a behavioral health practice issue or problem.
  4. Assess behavioral health behavior in broad cultural, social, political, and/or economic contexts.
  5. Evaluate the delivery of psychological services of behavioral health programs for diverse populations.
  6. Develop leadership skills for the management of mental health delivery systems.
  7. Evaluate relevant ethical principles in managing products and delivery of services in behavioral health work settings.
  8. Describe how legal and regulatory policies in behavioral healthcare impact individuals, communities, and society.
  9. Promote positive social change through evidence-based behavioral health leadership practices.
  10. Demonstrate the ability to apply principles of behavioral health leadership in diverse mental health delivery settings.

Specializations


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

Degree Requirements


  • Professional Development Plan and Program of Study
  • Courses (63 cr.)
  • Doctoral Study (20 cr.)
  • Optional Specialization Courses (15 cr.)
  • Consulting Skills Intensive Retreat (Residency 1, face-to-face)
  • Doctoral Project Development (Residency 2, virtual)

Curriculum


Course Sequence


Quarter Course Credits
1 PBHL 8002 - Foundations of Graduate Study   3 cr.
PBHL 8012 - Behavioral Health Management   5 cr.
Complete Residency 1, DRWI 8504 - Consulting Skills Intensive face-to-face in Term 2 or 3 in order to advance in the program. See Capstone Intensive Retreats for the CSI schedule of events.
2 PBHL 8214 - Consulting for Organizational Change  OR PSYR 8214 - Consulting for Organizational Change  5 cr.
2** RSCH 8110 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods♦   5 cr.
Must have completed Residency 1, DRWI 8504 - Coaching Skills Intensive by the end of Term 3 to enroll in Term 4 courses.
3** PBHL 8200 - Behavioral Health Social Entrepreneurship and Advocacy   5 cr.
PBHL 8600 - Governance, Law, and Policy for Healthcare Leaders or Behavioral Healthcare   5 cr.

Complete Residency 2, DRWI 8507 - Coaching Stills Virtual Intensive virtually in Term 4 or 5 in order to advance in the program. See the Residencies calendar.

4*** PBHL 8755 - Leadership and Leader Development   5 cr.
RSCH 8210 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis♦   5 cr.
Must have completed Residency 2, DRWI 8507 - Coaching Stills Virtual Intensive by the end of Term 5 to enroll in Term 6 courses.
5*** PBHL 8300 - Healthcare Financial Management and Economics   5 cr.
RSCH 8310 - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis♦   5 cr.
6 PBHL 8465 - Strategic Planning: Collaboration, Cooperation, and Coordination   5 cr.
PBHL 8900 - Doctoral Research Project Lab   5 cr.
7 PBHL 8315 - Program Evaluation  OR PBHL 8207 - Grant Writing   2 cr.
Specialization Course (Optional) 5 cr.
8 Specialization Course (Optional) 5 cr.
Specialization Course (Optional) 5 cr.
9–12+ PBHL 9001 - Doctoral Research Project  5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms; taken continuously until completion

*Blended Course Option

**Complete Residency 1, DRWI 8504 - Consulting Skills Intensive face-to-face in Term 2 or 3 in order to advance in the program. See Capstone Intensive Retreats for the CSI schedule of events.

***Complete Residency 2, DRWI 8507 - Coaching Stills Virtual Intensive virtually in Term 4 or 5 in order to advance in the program. See the Residencies calendar.

 +Students take this course for a minimum of 4 quarters and are continuously enrolled until completion of their doctoral research project with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.

To complete a doctoral capstone, 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 capstone on ProQuest before their degree is conferred.

Note on Licensure


The PsyD in Behavioral Health Leadership is not a licensure-leading program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology professional.

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


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