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Program Goals and Training Objectives

The broad goals that guide the clinical program and the objectives associated with these goals are as follows:

Goal #1:  Prepare clinical psychologists in the scientist practitioner tradition who can contribute to the knowledge base of clinical psychology through scientific research and scholarship

Objective A: Students will demonstrate knowledge and skills in the scientific methods of psychology and their application to clinical psychology.

Objective B: Students and graduates will contribute independently to the knowledge base of psychology through scientific research and scholarship.

Goal #2:  Prepare clinical psychologists in the scientist practitioner tradition who can provide general clinical services that are grounded in the fundamental knowledge base and science of psychology

Objective C: Students will demonstrate knowledge of the broad base of psychological theory and research that is related to the field of clinical psychology. 

Objective D: Students will acquire and demonstrate knowledge of current methods of evidence-based clinical practice, including psychological assessment and intervention, and will demonstrate the skills necessary for entry-level clinical practice.

Goal #3:  Prepare clinical psychologists in the scientist practitioner tradition who can approach research and clinical activities with the highest professional and ethical standards, cultural competence, and commitment to lifelong learning.

Objective E: Graduates will conduct themselves in all professional contexts in a manner that demonstrates their understanding of and commitment to current professional and ethical standards.

Objective F: Graduates recognize and appreciate that the consideration of individual and group diversity is integral to all aspects of psychological research and practice.

Objective G: Graduates will identify with the profession and exhibit attitudes indicative of a commitment to lifelong learning.

Goal #4:  Prepare clinical psychologists who have more in-depth training to conduct scientific research and practice in either of two dual programs: neuropsychology/behavioral neuroscience or community psychology.

Objective H: Students who complete the dual training program in clinical psychology and neuropsychology/behavioral neuroscience will develop knowledge and functional skills in preparation for more advanced postdoctoral training in clinical neuropsychology, and skills to conduct research and scholarship relevant to the neurobiological basis of behavior.

Objective I: Students who complete the dual training program clinical psychology and community psychology will develop entry level skills for competent assessment, intervention, and prevention at the institutional and community levels and research skills particularly appropriate to applied settings.