The purpose of the PsyD program is consistent with the institutional mission, which is to educate and train individuals to become ethical and reflective practitioner-scholars with the competencies necessary to serve diverse populations as professional psychologists. Utilizing the practitioner-scholar model, the program provides a comprehensive foundation in the scientific bases of psychology to ground clinical training, dissertation research, and scholarship. The program fosters an educational environment that values cooperative and collaborative learning and promotes professional development and personal growth.
This accredited post-master’s program offers continued graduate training in the field of clinical psychology. The instructional format is interactional in nature and combines a variety of teaching methods. An understanding of quantitative and qualitative research is developed with special emphasis on foundations and designs of qualitative research.
Doctoral program faculty have responsibility for the integrity of the academic program. Faculty continually assess and enhance the program’s content and requirements to meet the needs of the field of psychology.
The PsyD program goals are:
- To provide students with a comprehensive knowledge base in the scientific foundations of psychology and prepare them to utilize this knowledge as practitioner-scholars.
- To prepare students to become competent clinicians who integrate contemporary theories and research findings with practice and are proficient in evidence-based assessment, diagnosis, intervention and outcome evaluation.
- To foster students’ understanding of psychological research and how it informs clinical practice.
- To provide students with an understanding and appreciation of cultural factors relevant to diversity.
- To foster students’ knowledge of ethical and professional standards as well as attitudes necessary to become competent practitioner-scholars who value professional development and ongoing learning.
Professional development and personal growth are integral to the degree programs at MiSPP, and many aspects of the educational process are based on experiential learning and self-exploration. Students participate in courses, group process, and other related activities that require self-exploration, dialogue and expression of personal information. In addition, courses, clinical supervision or other program-related activities may require classroom presentations and/or written assignments that involve the communication of personal information.