The Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) is a post-master’s professional degree for those pursuing the highest level of practice in clinical psychology. Utilizing the practitioner-scholar model, the doctoral 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.
The program is supported by the institutional mission which is to create an atmosphere characterized by inquiry, discovery and creativity. Dynamic relationships and strong academic rigor foster the development of psychologists who make significant contributions to their communities and the mental health profession by delivering expert clinical services with integrity and respect for diverse populations.
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.
PsyD program goals:
- Students acquire a comprehensive knowledge base in the scientific foundations of psychology and are prepared to utilize this knowledge as practitioner-scholars.
- Students acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to become competent clinicians who integrate contemporary theories and research findings with practice in order to be proficient in evidence-based assessment, diagnosis, intervention and outcome evaluation.
- Students acquire knowledge of psychological research and how it informs clinical practice.
- Students acquire an understanding and appreciation of cultural factors relevant to diversity.
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.