2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (September 2022) 
    
    Nov 30, 2022  
2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (September 2022)

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


All graduates will be prepared to:

  1. Assess behavioral healthcare and leadership in a variety of societal contexts and organizational settings.
  2. Analyze effective management and leadership to improve behavioral health programs for diverse populations
  3. Employ critical thinking to solve problems in a real-world context for behavioral health settings
  4. Apply leadership and consulting principles to the management of mental and integrated health delivery systems.
  5. Evaluate key factors of social determinants of health in behavioral healthcare settings.
  6. Describe how legal and regulatory policies in behavioral healthcare impact a variety of stakeholders.
  7. Synthesize theories and research to support objective-based decision-making for the management of mental health delivery systems.
  8. Evaluate key concepts of health economics in assessing the long-term economic viability of healthcare organizations.

Specializations


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

Minimum Degree Requirements


  • Doctoral Writing Assessment
  • Professional Development Plan and Program of Study
  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (40 cr.)
  • Research courses (15 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
    • Note: The General program does not require specialization courses.
  • Completion of Doctoral Capstone
    • Dissertation support course (5 cr.)
    • Doctoral capstone writing courses (5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms; taken continuously until completion)
    • Completion of a beginning-of-quarter, mid-quarter, and end-of-quarter plan for each term
  • Residencies
    • Consulting Skills Intensive (Residency 1)
    • Doctoral Project Development (Residency 2)

Curriculum


Specialization Courses (15 cr.)


These courses are dependent upon the particular specialization. Please see the course list on each specialization page.

Residency Requirements


  • Complete Residency 1 (DRWI-8504 Consulting Skills Intensive) 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 PsyD BHL Doc Project Virtual) in Term 4 or 5 in order to advance in the program. See the Residencies calendar.

Doctoral Capstone Courses


Course Sequence


Students undertake courses in the following sequence.

Quarter Course Credits
1    3 cr.
   5 cr.
Complete Residency 1, DRWI 8504 - Consulting Skills Intensive in Term 2 or 3 in order to advance in the program. See Capstone Intensive Retreats for the CSI schedule of events.
2    5 cr.
2*    5 cr.
Must have completed Residency 1, DRWI 8504 - Consulting Skills Intensive by the end of Term 3 to enroll in Term 4 courses.
3*    5 cr.
   5 cr.
4**    5 cr.
   5 cr.
Complete Residency 2, DRWI 8507 - PsyD BHL Doc Project Virtual, in Term 4 or 5 in order to advance in the program. See the Residencies calendar.
5**    5 cr.
   5 cr.
Must have completed Residency 2, DRWI 8507 - PsyD BHL Doc Project Virtual, by the end of Term 6 to enroll in Term 7 courses.
6    5 cr.
  OR    5 cr.
7 Specialization Course 5 cr.
Specialization Course 5 cr.
8 Specialization Course 5 cr.
   5 cr.
9+  *** AND   AND   AND    5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 terms; taken continuously until completion

* Complete Residency 1, DRWI 8504 - Consulting Skills Intensive 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 - PsyD BHL Doc Project Virtual in Term 4 or 5 in order to advance in the program. See the Residencies calendar.

*** Students take this course for a minimum of four quarters and are continuously enrolled until completion of their doctoral research project with final chief academic officer (CAO) approval. In general, students are continuously registered in the doctoral capstone course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the doctoral capstone course shell.

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 or readmit to doctoral programs at Walden University in the university catalog for academic year 2017 or later will complete the university’s required doctoral writing assessment. 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.

8-Year Maximum Time Frame


Students have up to 8 years to complete their doctoral degree requirements (see Enrollment Requirements). Students may petition to extend the 8-year maximum time frame, but an extension is not guaranteed.

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