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A mix of coursework, face-to-face residencies, clinical practicum, internships, and research, complements online learning to help prepare you for real-world clinical settings.
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Capella's PsyD in Clinical Psychology combines online coursework with
face-to-face residencies, comprehensive clinical training and
examinations, in-person fieldwork, and a dissertation.
Our doctoral curriculum is designed to give you dedicated support early in your program—so you can be confident in the steps to completing your degree.
During your dissertation, you’ll be matched with an experienced
mentor who will help you stay on track to completing your
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In this course, learners examine theory and research associated with
major psychological disorders, from the most common diagnostic
concerns to dual diagnoses, comorbidity, and psycho-medical issues.
Learners examine the concepts of psychopathology throughout the
lifespan, then transition from studying DSM-5 concepts and terminology
to evaluating clinical assessment and treatment situations. In
particular, learners familiarize themselves with ways to apply
theoretical concepts in a professional clinical setting while
displaying sensitivity to ethical and diversity issues. Other course
topics include the issues of “empirically validated” versus “evidence
based” practice, the interaction of social and biological factors in
etiology and treatment, and the interaction between complex Axis I and
For PsyD, MS Clinical Psychology, and MS Counseling Psychology
learners only. There is a residency requirement associated with
this course for PsyD Clinical Psychology learners.
Prerequisite(s): PSY6210. Learners in the PsyD in School
Psychology degree program are exempt from this prerequisite.
|5 quarter credits|
Advanced Psychological Testing
Learners in this course build upon competencies in assessing
intelligence, achievement, and adaptive functioning, and integrate
these with assessments of personality and psychopathology. Learners
apply theories of personality and models of psychopathology
assessment, and focus on the administration, scoring, and
interpretation of the MMPI2. Learners further deepen and broaden their
skills in interpreting the WAIS-IV and in selecting appropriate
assessments to create integrated reports. Learners synthesize
information gathered from clinical interviews with assessments of
intelligence, achievement, and psychopathology to formulate diagnoses
and treatment plans. Throughout the course, learners examine complex
issues of diversity and ethics in psychological testing and
Test kits are required and are available for loan at
psytestkits@capella. edu. There is a residency requirement
associated with this course for PsyD Clinical Psychology learners.
Prerequisite(s): PSY7610, PSY8230. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.
|5 quarter credits|
Theories of Psychotherapy
Learners in this course critically analyze the clinical techniques
and intervention methods associated with major psychotherapy
approaches. Learners examine the historical context, underlying
assumptions, and appropriate applications of each approach and
investigate current research associated with the therapeutic
effectiveness of psychotherapy. Learners also synthesize course
concepts to create an integrated model of psychotherapy and explore
legal considerations, empirical support, and personal beliefs and
attitudes regarding issues of diversity.
For PsyD and PhD in Psychology learners only. There is a
residency requirement associated with this course for PsyD
Clinical Psychology learners.
|5 quarter credits|
Evidence-Based Practice in Psychology
In this course, learners examine historical issues and controversies
surrounding the development of evidence-based practice in psychology.
Learners locate and critically evaluate research defining
evidence-based practices, including review of best available research,
clinical expertise, and patient preferences and values to identify and
adopt effective psychological treatments and are introduced to various
research designs and methods in psychotherapy research. Learners then
explore the ways in which these strategies are incorporated in case
conceptualization, treatment planning, and ongoing assessment.
Learners also study ethical, legal, and financial issues associated
with evidence-based practice. Other course topics include diversity,
special populations, and culturally sensitive psychotherapies.
There is a residency requirement associated with this course for
PsyD Clinical Psychology learners.
|5 quarter credits|
Strategies of Clinical Supervision and Consultation
This course provides an overview of the theories, functions, and
methods of clinical supervision, consultation, and advocacy. In
particular, learners examine various styles of supervision,
consultation, and advocacy; supervisory, consultative, and advocacy
relationships; contractual issues; and ethical and legal issues
associated with providing these services. Learners also review
supervision, consultation, and advocacy research; apply their findings
to relevant service delivery topics; and develop their own theories
and approaches to clinical supervision.
For PsyD Clinical Psychology and PsyD School Psychology learners
only. There is a residency requirement associated with this course
for PsyD Clinical Psychology learners.
|5 quarter credits|
Our program features a rigorous combination of online coursework and
face-to-face experiences that help you expand on what you’re learning
in the courseroom, so you can hit the ground running in the real
Enhance the skills you develop in your program coursework through these intensive, onsite experiences with students and faculty.
Apply your skills and knowledge in the field with direct client contact and supervision.
Our licensure team supports you through the license application process, and is here for you even beyond graduation.
In our PsyD Clinical Psychology
specialization, you’ll gain additional knowledge and training to
provide clinical services in psychotherapy. You’ll learn to:
Here are just some of the career paths to explore with our Doctor of
Psychology, Clinical Psychology specialization
*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some
positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure,
certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because
many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella
cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a
promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you
to research requirements for your job target and career goals.
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