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.
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.