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Goals, Objectives, and Competencies

To educate students to conduct themselves with a professionalism appropriate to the complex nature of clinical psychology, and that is founded on reflexivity, interpersonal competence, ethical principles, and a deep respect for cultural diversity.

1.1 Students will acquire and demonstrate knowledge, skills, and attitudes in reflecting on, critically evaluating, and improving one's professional practice.

Competency a: Reflective Practice

1.2 Students will acquire knowledge, skills, and attitudes that facilitate effective and meaningful interactions and relationships with individuals, groups, and/or communities.

Competency b: Communication and Relationships

1.3 Students will acquire a working understanding of the ethical principles and legal standards of psychology and their application to professional practice.

Competency c: Ethical principles and legal standards

1.4 Students will acquire an understanding of the importance of considering individual and cultural differences in all aspects of their professional work. This includes an applied understanding of self and others as cultural beings and of social interactions as culturally embedded, and reflection on the cultural and individual assumptions that the students bring to their thought and work.

Competency d: Individual and cultural diversity

1.5 Students will understand the scope and limitations of psychology's applications and acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to interact respectfully and effectively with professionals in multiple disciplines.

Competency e: Interdisciplinarity

1.6 Students will acquire values, attitudes, and behaviors that demonstrate professionalism, including accountability and integrity, an appreciation for the value of life-long learning, and a sensitivity to the well-being of others.

Competency f: Professionalism

To prepare scholar-practitioners who are well grounded in the discipline of psychology conceived broadly as a human science.


2.1 Students will acquire and demonstrate a sound knowledge of the philosophical foundations of psychology, particularly of psychology conceived as a human science.

2.2 Students will acquire and demonstrate knowledge of scientific assumptions and procedures as they pertain to psychological inquiry, and develop research skills in design, data collection, and analysis that can be adapted to diverse areas of human experience and behavior and with an emphasis on qualitative methodologies.

2.3 Students will acquire an understanding of the breadth of scientific psychology, its history of thought and development, its research methods, and its applications. To this end, students will be exposed to the current body of knowledge in the following areas: biological aspects of behavior, cognitive and affective aspects of behavior, social aspects of behavior, history and systems of psychology, development across the lifespan, and personality and individual differences.

Competency g: Scientific and scholarly knowledge and methods

To educate and train students to competently conduct psychological assessments.


3.1 Students will acquire knowledge of psychological measurement, including the scientific, theoretical, and contextual bases of test construction. They will understand the applications and limits of psychological testing, and be able to administer, score, and interpret a range of psychological tests with attention to issues of reliability, validity, and relevance to the referral question and the client's lived experience.

3.3 Students will acquire a broad understanding of psychopathology, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), and a range of theoretical approaches from which to arrive at diagnoses and case formulations that address clients in context and are descriptively near to client experience.

3.4 Students will acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to document assessment findings and make recommendations that are useful to diverse readers, including the client when appropriate.

Competency h: Assessment, Diagnosis, and Case Formulation

To educate and train students to be competent psychotherapists.


4.1 Students will acquire knowledge, skills, and attitudes to effectively plan and implement psychotherapy with attention to issues of race and culture, the uniqueness of the individual, and scientific research.

4.2 Students will develop a range of psychotherapy skills for use with diverse clients in a variety of contexts and informed by recognized theoretical traditions, evidence based practice, and relevant expert guidance and clinical judgement. Students will appreciate the complex issues surrounding the significance of evidence based practice.

4.3 Students will acquire knowledge, skills, and attitudes to regularly evaluate the effectiveness of their treatments and to adjust accordingly.

Competency i: Intervention

To educate and train students to be competent teachers and supervisors.

5.1 Students will acquire and demonstrate knowledge and skills relevant to their emerging identities as teachers, including effective application of teaching and evaluation methods, methods that are sensitive to the complexities of knowledge production and dissemination.

5.2 Students will acquire a working understanding of supervisory roles, processes, procedures, and practices.

Competency j: Education - Teaching and Supervision