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Clinical Psychology Specialization Doctor of Psychology

Harold Abel School of Psychology

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Residency Requirement(s):

Clinical Psychology year-in-residence. See university policy 3.04.05 Attendance at Residencies, the Residencies page on Campus for more information. Also see the PsyD Year-in-Residence section, below, and the Clinical Psychology year-in-residence courses.

PSY-R8301
Professional Issues in Clinical Psychology

This face-to-face residency course is the first in a series designed to complement online courses and provides learners with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to begin doctoral-level practicum training. Learners focus on the logistics and progression of the year-in-residence, the importance of time management and effective support, and the necessity of group cohesion and teamwork for the successful completion of the year. Learners also discuss current issues and trends in professional psychology; identify their individual strengths and weaknesses; anticipate potential barriers to completing the residency; and develop a plan, both as individuals and as a group, for successfully progressing to practicum training. This residency requirement is associated with PSY8330.

non-credit
PSY-R8302
Intervention: Building Effective Relationships

This face-to-face residency course is focused on the therapeutic relationship and methods of building trust and rapport with clients. Through case discussions, role-plays, and group exercises, learners examine skills associated with relationship building and practice establishing ongoing working alliances with clients. Learners also explore diversity and ethical principles as they relate to the foundational components of an effective clinical interview. This residency requirement is associated with PSY8310.

non-credit
PSY-R8303
Professional Development and Socialization

This face-to-face residency course is focused on the learner’s development as a psychologist-in-training and socialization into the profession of psychology. Learners develop an understanding of program components and requirements; examine appropriate use of program resources to successfully complete the year; explore professional organizations to facilitate their professional growth; begin developing a professional portfolio; and identify and embrace the attitudes and language of professional psychology. This residency requirement is associated with PSY8330.

non-credit
PSY-R8304
Assessment: Introduction to Psychological Testing

This face-to-face residency course is the first in a series of assessment-focused courses. Learners explore test selection, psychometric properties such as reliability and validity, and target populations within the context of ethical and effective assessment procedures. Learners also practice administering and scoring commonly used psychological tests. This residency requirement is associated with PSY8230.

non-credit
PSY-R8305
Intervention: Diagnostic Interviewing

This face-to-face residency course is focused on diagnostic interviewing and use of the current versions of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). Learners examine trust and relationship building as a foundation for gathering the information needed to formulate diagnostic impressions and identify differential diagnoses. Learners also engage in case discussions, role-plays, and group exercises with particular attention given to methods of gathering client information and communicating diagnostic conclusions. This residency requirement is associated with PSY8220.

non-credit
PSY-R8306
Intervention: Case Formulation

This face-to-face residency course is focused on forming case conceptualizations using various theoretical approaches. Learners apply theory to better understand a client’s current issues and identify how these issues developed and are sustained. Learners also discuss the strengths and limitations of the various theories when applied to a diverse set of clients and client issues. This residency requirement is associated with PSY8310.

non-credit
PSY-R8307
Intervention: Treatment Planning

This face-to-face residency course builds on previous intervention courses, leading to the development of client treatment plans. Learners participate in case discussions, roleplays, and group exercises associated with effective treatment planning and develop treatment plans using empirically supported treatments, knowledge of treatment ethics, and respect for individual differences. Learners also practice presenting and supporting their treatment plans in small and large group settings. This residency requirement is associated with PSY8310.

non-credit
PSY-R8308
Intervention: Crisis Intervention and Risk Assessment

This face-to-face residency course is focused on risk assessment and effective crisis intervention, with particular emphasis on single session treatment and evaluation approaches. Through case discussions, roleplays, and group exercises, learners develop the skills necessary to establish trust and rapport with clients in crisis and effectively gather the information necessary to assess a client’s risk for dangerous behavior. Learners also identify common crisis situations, discuss and practice different approaches to crisis intervention, and incorporate diversity and ethics into their work with clients in crisis. This residency requirement is associated with PSY8316.

non-credit
PSY-R8309
Assessment: Adult Cognitive, Achievement, and Adaptive Functioning

This face-to-face residency course is focused on the administration, scoring, and interpretation of adult cognitive, achievement, and adaptive functioning tests in professional psychology, with particular emphasis on the use of the WAIS-IV. Learners identify commonly used assessments in adult cognitive, achievement, and adaptive functioning evaluations and explore the applicability, strengths, and limitations of each. Learners also administer several adult cognitive, achievement, and adaptive functioning assessments; demonstrate the ability to accurately score and interpret those assessments with respect for individual differences; and support their conclusions at a level appropriate for a beginning practicum student. This residency requirement is associated with PSY8230.

non-credit
PSY-R8310
Assessment: Child Cognitive, Achievement, and Adaptive Functioning

This face-to-face residency course is focused on the administration, scoring, and interpretation of child cognitive, achievement, and adaptive functioning tests in professional psychology, with particular emphasis on the use of the WISC-IV. Learners identify commonly used assessments in child cognitive, achievement, and adaptive functioning evaluations and explore the applicability, strengths, and limitations of each. Learners also administer several child cognitive, achievement, and adaptive functioning assessments; demonstrate the ability to accurately score and interpret those assessments with respect for individual differences; and support their conclusions at a level appropriate for a beginning practicum student. This residency requirement is associated with PSY8230.

non-credit
PSY-R8311
Assessment: Personality

This face-to-face residency course is focused on the administration, scoring, and interpretation of personality tests in professional psychology, with particular emphasis on the MMPI-2. Learners administer several personality assessments, demonstrate the ability to accurately score and interpret those assessments, and support their conclusions at a level appropriate for a beginning practicum student. This residency requirement is associated with PSY8240.

non-credit
PSY-R8312
Assessment: Integrated Report Writing and Case Discussion

This face-to-face residency course is the culmination of previous residency courses and is focused on how information gathered through clinical activities is used to build an integrated psychological report. Learners incorporate client information, assessment results, theory, and research into written psychological reports; discuss their findings and support their conclusions with peers; and practice presenting in a group setting. This residency requirement is associated with PSY8240.

non-credit
PSY-R8313
Assessment: Measuring Treatment and Program Effectiveness

This face-to-face residency course focuses on assessment planning for both individual clients and mental health programs. Learners review psychological tests covered during the residency year and explore additional assessment and evaluation methods. Through case discussions, roleplays, and group exercises, learners approach assessment as both an initial and an ongoing process for determining treatment needs, evaluating treatment progress, and assessing treatment outcome at the client and program level. Learners also explore ethical, legal, and diversity issues associated with developing the most appropriate methods of evaluation. This residency requirement is associated with PSY8316.

non-credit
PSY-R8314
Intervention: The Practice of Psychotherapy

This face-to-face residency course synthesizes learners’ intervention and assessment skills that provide the foundation for the practice of psychotherapy. Learners practice gathering information and assessing clients’ treatment needs. In preparation for the practicum experience, learners also begin practicing psychotherapy techniques using various theoretical approaches and common treatment modalities, including individual, couples, family, and group. This residency requirement is associated with PSY8316.

non-credit
PSY-R8315
Practicum Readiness Evaluation

This face-to-face residency experience marks the progression from pre-practicum training to practicum readiness and includes the Clinical Skills Demonstration, Clinical Knowledge Assessment, and Professional Portfolio Review. By passing all three parts of this evaluation, learners demonstrate the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for beginning practicum training. This residency requirement is associated with PSY8371.

non-credit
PSY-R8316
Residency Capstone: Preparing for Practicum Training

This capstone residency course is the culmination of previous online and residency courses and highlights the supporting skills and knowledge necessary for successful completion of practicum training. Learners participate in case discussions, role-plays, and group exercises related to supervision, client consultation, and client advocacy; develop a plan for incorporating ethical, legal, and culturally sensitive evidence-based practice into their work with clients; assess their individual strengths and weaknesses; and establish appropriate goals for the practicum experience. This residency requirement is associated with PSY8371.

non-credit

 

Clinical Training Requirement(s):

Minimum of 1,000 practicum hours and 2,000 pre-doctoral internship hours. See the PsyD Clinical Training section, below, for more information.

 

 

Twenty-Five Required Courses

 

 

125 quarter credits

Core courses:

PSY8001
Orientation to Professional Psychology

In this course, learners improve their ability to navigate the virtual campus and become familiar with library, career center, and writing center resources. Learners identify the educational steps necessary for successfully completing the doctoral degree program; review their specialization’s requirements, associated professional roles and organizations, and ethics and professional standards; and articulate a professional identity based on doctoral-level psychology training. For PsyD Clinical Psychology and PsyD School Psychology learners only. Must be taken during the learner’s first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
PSY7113
History and Systems of Psychology

Learners in this course explore the historical and contemporary schools of psychology and gain an understanding of what constitutes the profession of psychology and their chosen specialization. Learners critique primary source material to develop an in-depth understanding of the evolution of various psychological theories and their implications for professional practice.

5 quarter credits
PSY7210
Lifespan Development

In this course, learners gain and apply knowledge of lifespan development from infancy through adulthood, including human development processes and milestones. Learners evaluate theories and approaches for examining human development and analyze human development processes related to their specialization.

5 quarter credits
PSY7320 *
Advanced Biological Psychology

Learners in this course examine the biological factors related to psychopathology. The course emphasizes research problems and methods currently being explored in biological psychology. Topics include the role of genetic factors in psychopathology, the influence of physical and emotional trauma on brain function, biological considerations in treatment planning, addictive phenomena, and other clinically relevant subjects. Prerequisite(s): PSY7310. Learners in the PsyD in School Psychology degree program are exempt from this prerequisite. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
PSY7421
Cognitive/Affective Psychology

Learners in this course apply their knowledge of theoretical foundations and the basic principles and models of cognitive/affective psychology to mental processes, such as how individuals acquire, process, and store information; how they think, perceive, remember, and learn; and how they experience feelings, moods, and emotions. Learners also demonstrate the ways in which the integration of cognition and affect influence an individual’s behavior.

5 quarter credits
PSY7520
Social Psychology

This course provides an overview of how behavior is shaped and influenced within a social context. Within this framework, learners analyze interpersonal relationships, social cognition, social inference, emotion, and personality. Learners review and demonstrate their knowledge of the social psychology of decision making, attitude formation, and social attribution as they relate to contemporary issues. Learners also apply social psychological theory and research to various clinical, educational, and organizational settings.

5 quarter credits
PSY7540
Multicultural Perspectives in Human Behavior

This course is an examination of substantive and theoretical issues concerning the cultural differences of individuals and groups and their influence on the practice of professional psychology. Learners explore the role of culture-specific programming, the needs and values of cultural subgroups, and approaches to providing psychological services to culturally diverse populations. Learners also critically analyze the interactions of multiple dimensions of diversity to better understand the ways in which individual differences contribute to professional psychological practice.

5 quarter credits
PSY8501 *
Advanced Research Methods and Statistics for Professional Psychology

In this course, learners expand their knowledge of quantitative research design and methodology by studying the foundations, strategies, and practices of ethical research in the field of professional psychology. Learners engage in scholarly critical analysis and synthesis of current quantitative research and construct their own informal quantitative research proposal. Learners apply advanced statistical concepts and interpretation of statistical analyses to the evaluation and design of quantitative research and exchange critical, constructive project feedback with their peers. Research designs developed during this course may form the basis for the learner’s dissertation or School Psychology specialty topic proposal. For PsyD Clinical Psychology and PsyD School Psychology learners only. Prerequisite(s): PSY7860, PSY7864.

5 quarter credits
PSY8502 *
Advanced Research Design and Methodology for Professional Psychology

In this course, learners continue to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to integrate science and theory into the practice of professional psychology through the study of advanced qualitative research methods, applied theory research, and program development and evaluation. Learners critically analyze a variety of theories, tools, and techniques used in qualitative research, leading to the development of an informal qualitative research proposal. In particular, learners examine the design and development of clinical programs and interventions, with particular emphasis on community needs assessments, program design models, and program evaluation. Learners also practice applying a logic model to program design and evaluation and propose theoretical applications that address diversity issues in the evidence-based practice of psychology. Research designs developed during both this course and PSY8501 may form the basis for the learner’s dissertation. For PsyD Clinical Psychology learners only. Prerequisite(s): PSY8501.

5 quarter credits

Specialization courses:

PSY8220 *
Advanced Psychopathology

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 II disorders. 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
PSY8230 *
Psychological Testing

Learners in this course apply theories and models of psychological testing to assessment of intelligence, achievement, and adaptive functioning. Learners use clinical interviews and mental status exams; administer, score, and interpret tests of intelligence, achievement, and adaptive functioning; and develop integrated assessment reports. Learners also examine issues of diversity and ethics in intelligence, achievement, and adaptive functioning assessment. 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.

5 quarter credits
PSY8240 *
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 personality assessment. 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
PSY8310
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
PSY8316
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
PSY8330
Ethics and Standards of Professional Practice

In this course, learners critically analyze the ways the psychology profession relates to and is influenced by ethical principles and codes of conduct and the ways psychologists deliver various aspects of professional services, including psychotherapy, assessment, supervision, consulting, research, and teaching, in adherence to these principles and codes. Learners evaluate the current APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, and other relevant guidelines, policies, and laws that affect professional psychology practice, including those impacting the provision of services to special populations. Learners also explore current ethical issues in professional psychology and identify effective methods for addressing ethical dilemmas. For PhD in Psychology, PsyD Clinical Psychology, PsyD in School Psychology, and MS in Clinical Psychology learners only. There is a residency requirement associated with this course for PsyD Clinical Psychology learners.

5 quarter credits
PSY8371
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

In addition, choose a minimum of three doctoral practicum series courses:

PSY8951 *
Doctoral Practicum Series

The doctoral practicum series is a series of courses learners take to fulfill 1,000 required practicum hours. Learners work with their mentors and the director of clinical training to develop goals for the practicum experience that may include assessment, intervention, consultation, diagnosis, case conceptualization, research and evaluation, supervision, teaching, management, and administration. Learners then receive supervised, doctoral-level training at a practicum site and engage in concurrent online course activities that emphasize self-awareness, self-reflection, and selfevaluation; knowledge and application of evidence-based practice; competence to practice with diverse populations; and ethical and legal professional psychology standards. Work completed during this course will lead to the student’s Clinical Competency Examination. For PsyD Clinical Psychology learners only. Prerequisite(s): PSY8001, PSY7113, PSY7210, PSY7540, PSY8316, PSY8371, PSY8220, PSY8230, PSY8240, PSY8330, and all residency requirements. Approval of practicum application. All application materials must be received by the first day of the quarter preceding the quarter of the proposed start date. Refer to the current manual for further details. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
PSY8952 *
Doctoral Practicum Series

The doctoral practicum series is a series of courses learners take to fulfill 1,000 required practicum hours. Learners work with their mentors and the director of clinical training to develop goals for the practicum experience that may include assessment, intervention, consultation, diagnosis, case conceptualization, research and evaluation, supervision, teaching, management, and administration. Learners then receive supervised, doctoral-level training at a practicum site and engage in concurrent online course activities that emphasize self-awareness, self-reflection, and selfevaluation; knowledge and application of evidence-based practice; competence to practice with diverse populations; and ethical and legal professional psychology standards. Work completed during this course will lead to the student’s Clinical Competency Examination.  For PsyD Clinical Psychology learners only. Prerequisite(s): PSY8001, PSY7113, PSY7210, PSY7540, PSY8316, PSY8371, PSY8220, PSY8230, PSY8240, PSY8330, and all residency requirements. Approval of practicum application. All application materials must be received by the first day of the quarter preceding the quarter of the proposed start date. Refer to the current manual for further details. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer. 

5 quarter credits
PSY8953 *
Doctoral Practicum Series

The doctoral practicum series is a series of courses learners take to fulfill 1,000 required practicum hours. Learners work with their mentors and the director of clinical training to develop goals for the practicum experience that may include assessment, intervention, consultation, diagnosis, case conceptualization, research and evaluation, supervision, teaching, management, and administration. Learners then receive supervised, doctoral-level training at a practicum site and engage in concurrent online course activities that emphasize self-awareness, self-reflection, and selfevaluation; knowledge and application of evidence-based practice; competence to practice with diverse populations; and ethical and legal professional psychology standards. Work completed during this course will lead to the student’s Clinical Competency Examination. For PsyD Clinical Psychology learners only. Prerequisite(s): PSY8001, PSY7113, PSY7210, PSY7540, PSY8316, PSY8371, PSY8220, PSY8230, PSY8240, PSY8330, and all residency requirements. Approval of practicum application. All application materials must be received by the first day of the quarter preceding the quarter of the proposed start date. Refer to the current manual for further details. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
PSY8954 *
Doctoral Practicum Series

The doctoral practicum series is a series of courses learners take to fulfill 1,000 required practicum hours. Learners work with their mentors and the director of clinical training to develop goals for the practicum experience that may include assessment, intervention, consultation, diagnosis, case conceptualization, research and evaluation, supervision, teaching, management, and administration. Learners then receive supervised, doctoral-level training at a practicum site and engage in concurrent online course activities that emphasize self-awareness, self-reflection, and selfevaluation; knowledge and application of evidence-based practice; competence to practice with diverse populations; and ethical and legal professional psychology standards. Work completed during this course will lead to the student’s Clinical Competency Examination.  For PsyD Clinical Psychology learners only. Prerequisite(s): PSY8001, PSY7113, PSY7210, PSY7540, PSY8316, PSY8371, PSY8220, PSY8230, PSY8240, PSY8330, and all residency requirements. Approval of practicum application. All application materials must be received by the first day of the quarter preceding the quarter of the proposed start date. Refer to the current manual for further details. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
PSY8955 *
Doctoral Practicum Series

The doctoral practicum series is a series of courses learners take to fulfill 1,000 required practicum hours. Learners work with their mentors and the director of clinical training to develop goals for the practicum experience that may include assessment, intervention, consultation, diagnosis, case conceptualization, research and evaluation, supervision, teaching, management, and administration. Learners then receive supervised, doctoral-level training at a practicum site and engage in concurrent online course activities that emphasize self-awareness, self-reflection, and selfevaluation; knowledge and application of evidence-based practice; competence to practice with diverse populations; and ethical and legal professional psychology standards. Work completed during this course will lead to the student’s Clinical Competency Examination.  For PsyD Clinical Psychology learners only. Prerequisite(s): PSY8001, PSY7113, PSY7210, PSY7540, PSY8316, PSY8371, PSY8220, PSY8230, PSY8240, PSY8330, and all residency requirements. Approval of practicum application. All application materials must be received by the first day of the quarter preceding the quarter of the proposed start date. Refer to the current manual for further details. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
PSY8956 *
Doctoral Practicum Series

The doctoral practicum series is a series of courses learners take to fulfill 1,000 required practicum hours. Learners work with their mentors and the director of clinical training to develop goals for the practicum experience that may include assessment, intervention, consultation, diagnosis, case conceptualization, research and evaluation, supervision, teaching, management, and administration. Learners then receive supervised, doctoral-level training at a practicum site and engage in concurrent online course activities that emphasize self-awareness, self-reflection, and selfevaluation; knowledge and application of evidence-based practice; competence to practice with diverse populations; and ethical and legal professional psychology standards. Work completed during this course will lead to the student’s Clinical Competency Examination.  For PsyD Clinical Psychology learners only. Prerequisite(s): PSY8001, PSY7113, PSY7210, PSY7540, PSY8316, PSY8371, PSY8220, PSY8230, PSY8240, PSY8330, and all residency requirements. Approval of practicum application. All application materials must be received by the first day of the quarter preceding the quarter of the proposed start date. Refer to the current manual for further details. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
PSY8957 *
Doctoral Practicum Series

The doctoral practicum series is a series of courses learners take to fulfill 1,000 required practicum hours. Learners work with their mentors and the director of clinical training to develop goals for the practicum experience that may include assessment, intervention, consultation, diagnosis, case conceptualization, research and evaluation, supervision, teaching, management, and administration. Learners then receive supervised, doctoral-level training at a practicum site and engage in concurrent online course activities that emphasize self-awareness, self-reflection, and selfevaluation; knowledge and application of evidence-based practice; competence to practice with diverse populations; and ethical and legal professional psychology standards. Work completed during this course will lead to the student’s Clinical Competency Examination.  For PsyD Clinical Psychology learners only. Prerequisite(s): PSY8001, PSY7113, PSY7210, PSY7540, PSY8316, PSY8371, PSY8220, PSY8230, PSY8240, PSY8330, and all residency requirements. Approval of practicum application. All application materials must be received by the first day of the quarter preceding the quarter of the proposed start date. Refer to the current manual for further details. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
PSY8958 *
Doctoral Practicum Series

The doctoral practicum series is a series of courses learners take to fulfill 1,000 required practicum hours. Learners work with their mentors and the director of clinical training to develop goals for the practicum experience that may include assessment, intervention, consultation, diagnosis, case conceptualization, research and evaluation, supervision, teaching, management, and administration. Learners then receive supervised, doctoral-level training at a practicum site and engage in concurrent online course activities that emphasize self-awareness, self-reflection, and selfevaluation; knowledge and application of evidence-based practice; competence to practice with diverse populations; and ethical and legal professional psychology standards. Work completed during this course will lead to the student’s Clinical Competency Examination.  For PsyD Clinical Psychology learners only. Prerequisite(s): PSY8001, PSY7113, PSY7210, PSY7540, PSY8316, PSY8371, PSY8220, PSY8230, PSY8240, PSY8330, and all residency requirements. Approval of practicum application. All application materials must be received by the first day of the quarter preceding the quarter of the proposed start date. Refer to the current manual for further details. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits

In addition, choose a minimum of two clinical dissertation series courses:

PSY9911 *
Clinical Dissertation Series

The clinical dissertation series is a series of courses during which learners integrate scholarly work associated with the goals and competencies of the PsyD Clinical Psychology specialization and demonstrate proficiency in the established accreditation standards for doctoral study in the field of psychology. Dissertations that meet requirements include an applied product or program that is relevant to professional psychology, qualitative research, quantitative research, theoretical development, and program consultation such as a needs assessment. For PsyD Clinical Psychology learners only. Grading for these courses is R/NS. Courses must be taken in sequence. Learners may take PSY9911–PSY9918 concurrently with or prior to PSY8971– PSY8978. Prerequisite(s): Completion of all coursework, excluding internship courses. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
PSY9912 *
Clinical Dissertation Series

The clinical dissertation series is a series of courses during which learners integrate scholarly work associated with the goals and competencies of the PsyD Clinical Psychology specialization and demonstrate proficiency in the established accreditation standards for doctoral study in the field of psychology. Dissertations that meet requirements include an applied product or program that is relevant to professional psychology, qualitative research, quantitative research, theoretical development, and program consultation such as a needs assessment. For PsyD Clinical Psychology learners only. Grading for these courses is R/NS. Courses must be taken in sequence. Learners may take PSY9911–PSY9918 concurrently with or prior to PSY8971– PSY8978. Prerequisite(s): Completion of all coursework, excluding internship courses. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
PSY9913 *
Clinical Dissertation Series

The clinical dissertation series is a series of courses during which learners integrate scholarly work associated with the goals and competencies of the PsyD Clinical Psychology specialization and demonstrate proficiency in the established accreditation standards for doctoral study in the field of psychology. Dissertations that meet requirements include an applied product or program that is relevant to professional psychology, qualitative research, quantitative research, theoretical development, and program consultation such as a needs assessment. For PsyD Clinical Psychology learners only. Grading for these courses is R/NS. Courses must be taken in sequence. Learners may take PSY9911–PSY9918 concurrently with or prior to PSY8971– PSY8978. Prerequisite(s): Completion of all coursework, excluding internship courses. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
PSY9914 *
Clinical Dissertation Series

The clinical dissertation series is a series of courses during which learners integrate scholarly work associated with the goals and competencies of the PsyD Clinical Psychology specialization and demonstrate proficiency in the established accreditation standards for doctoral study in the field of psychology. Dissertations that meet requirements include an applied product or program that is relevant to professional psychology, qualitative research, quantitative research, theoretical development, and program consultation such as a needs assessment.  For PsyD Clinical Psychology learners only. Grading for these courses is R/NS. Courses must be taken in sequence. Learners may take PSY9911–PSY9918 concurrently with or prior to PSY8971– PSY8978. Prerequisite(s): Completion of all coursework, excluding internship courses. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
PSY9915 *
Clinical Dissertation Series

The clinical dissertation series is a series of courses during which learners integrate scholarly work associated with the goals and competencies of the PsyD Clinical Psychology specialization and demonstrate proficiency in the established accreditation standards for doctoral study in the field of psychology. Dissertations that meet requirements include an applied product or program that is relevant to professional psychology, qualitative research, quantitative research, theoretical development, and program consultation such as a needs assessment.  For PsyD Clinical Psychology learners only. Grading for these courses is R/NS. Courses must be taken in sequence. Learners may take PSY9911–PSY9918 concurrently with or prior to PSY8971– PSY8978. Prerequisite(s): Completion of all coursework, excluding internship courses. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
PSY9916 *
Clinical Dissertation Series

The clinical dissertation series is a series of courses during which learners integrate scholarly work associated with the goals and competencies of the PsyD Clinical Psychology specialization and demonstrate proficiency in the established accreditation standards for doctoral study in the field of psychology. Dissertations that meet requirements include an applied product or program that is relevant to professional psychology, qualitative research, quantitative research, theoretical development, and program consultation such as a needs assessment.  For PsyD Clinical Psychology learners only. Grading for these courses is R/NS. Courses must be taken in sequence. Learners may take PSY9911–PSY9918 concurrently with or prior to PSY8971– PSY8978. Prerequisite(s): Completion of all coursework, excluding internship courses. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
PSY9917 *
Clinical Dissertation Series

The clinical dissertation series is a series of courses during which learners integrate scholarly work associated with the goals and competencies of the PsyD Clinical Psychology specialization and demonstrate proficiency in the established accreditation standards for doctoral study in the field of psychology. Dissertations that meet requirements include an applied product or program that is relevant to professional psychology, qualitative research, quantitative research, theoretical development, and program consultation such as a needs assessment. For PsyD Clinical Psychology learners only. Grading for these courses is R/NS. Courses must be taken in sequence. Learners may take PSY9911–PSY9918 concurrently with or prior to PSY8971– PSY8978. Prerequisite(s): Completion of all coursework, excluding internship courses. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
PSY9918 *
Clinical Dissertation Series

The clinical dissertation series is a series of courses during which learners integrate scholarly work associated with the goals and competencies of the PsyD Clinical Psychology specialization and demonstrate proficiency in the established accreditation standards for doctoral study in the field of psychology. Dissertations that meet requirements include an applied product or program that is relevant to professional psychology, qualitative research, quantitative research, theoretical development, and program consultation such as a needs assessment. For PsyD Clinical Psychology learners only. Grading for these courses is R/NS. Courses must be taken in sequence. Learners may take PSY9911–PSY9918 concurrently with or prior to PSY8971– PSY8978. Prerequisite(s): Completion of all coursework, excluding internship courses. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits

In addition, choose a minimum of four doctoral internship series courses: 

PSY8971 *
Doctoral Internship Series

The doctoral internship series is a series of courses learners take to fulfill a minimum of 2,000 required post-practicum internship hours. Learners receive supervised, doctoral-level professional psychology training at an internship site and engage in concurrent online course activities that monitor their internship experience; emphasize self-awareness, self-reflection, and self-evaluation; support knowledge and application of evidence-based practice; develop competence to practice with diverse populations; and emphasize ethical and legal professional psychology standards. For PsyD Clinical Psychology learners only. Prerequisite(s): Completion of all doctoral practicum requirements. Approval of internship application. Refer to the current manual for additional requirements and further details. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
PSY8972 *
Doctoral Internship Series

The doctoral internship series is a series of courses learners take to fulfill a minimum of 2,000 required post-practicum internship hours. Learners receive supervised, doctoral-level professional psychology training at an internship site and engage in concurrent online course activities that monitor their internship experience; emphasize self-awareness, self-reflection, and self-evaluation; support knowledge and application of evidence-based practice; develop competence to practice with diverse populations; and emphasize ethical and legal professional psychology standards.  For PsyD Clinical Psychology learners only. Prerequisite(s): Completion of all doctoral practicum requirements. Approval of internship application. Refer to the current manual for additional requirements and further details. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
PSY8973 *
Doctoral Internship Series

The doctoral internship series is a series of courses learners take to fulfill a minimum of 2,000 required post-practicum internship hours. Learners receive supervised, doctoral-level professional psychology training at an internship site and engage in concurrent online course activities that monitor their internship experience; emphasize self-awareness, self-reflection, and self-evaluation; support knowledge and application of evidence-based practice; develop competence to practice with diverse populations; and emphasize ethical and legal professional psychology standards.  For PsyD Clinical Psychology learners only. Prerequisite(s): Completion of all doctoral practicum requirements. Approval of internship application. Refer to the current manual for additional requirements and further details. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
PSY8974 *
Doctoral Internship Series

The doctoral internship series is a series of courses learners take to fulfill a minimum of 2,000 required post-practicum internship hours. Learners receive supervised, doctoral-level professional psychology training at an internship site and engage in concurrent online course activities that monitor their internship experience; emphasize self-awareness, self-reflection, and self-evaluation; support knowledge and application of evidence-based practice; develop competence to practice with diverse populations; and emphasize ethical and legal professional psychology standards.  For PsyD Clinical Psychology learners only. Prerequisite(s): Completion of all doctoral practicum requirements. Approval of internship application. Refer to the current manual for additional requirements and further details. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
PSY8975 *
Doctoral Internship Series

The doctoral internship series is a series of courses learners take to fulfill a minimum of 2,000 required post-practicum internship hours. Learners receive supervised, doctoral-level professional psychology training at an internship site and engage in concurrent online course activities that monitor their internship experience; emphasize self-awareness, self-reflection, and self-evaluation; support knowledge and application of evidence-based practice; develop competence to practice with diverse populations; and emphasize ethical and legal professional psychology standards.  For PsyD Clinical Psychology learners only. Prerequisite(s): Completion of all doctoral practicum requirements. Approval of internship application. Refer to the current manual for additional requirements and further details. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
PSY8976 *
Doctoral Internship Series

The doctoral internship series is a series of courses learners take to fulfill a minimum of 2,000 required post-practicum internship hours. Learners receive supervised, doctoral-level professional psychology training at an internship site and engage in concurrent online course activities that monitor their internship experience; emphasize self-awareness, self-reflection, and self-evaluation; support knowledge and application of evidence-based practice; develop competence to practice with diverse populations; and emphasize ethical and legal professional psychology standards.  For PsyD Clinical Psychology learners only. Prerequisite(s): Completion of all doctoral practicum requirements. Approval of internship application. Refer to the current manual for additional requirements and further details. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
PSY8977 *
Doctoral Internship Series

The doctoral internship series is a series of courses learners take to fulfill a minimum of 2,000 required post-practicum internship hours. Learners receive supervised, doctoral-level professional psychology training at an internship site and engage in concurrent online course activities that monitor their internship experience; emphasize self-awareness, self-reflection, and self-evaluation; support knowledge and application of evidence-based practice; develop competence to practice with diverse populations; and emphasize ethical and legal professional psychology standards.  For PsyD Clinical Psychology learners only. Prerequisite(s): Completion of all doctoral practicum requirements. Approval of internship application. Refer to the current manual for additional requirements and further details. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits
PSY8978 *
Doctoral Internship Series

The doctoral internship series is a series of courses learners take to fulfill a minimum of 2,000 required post-practicum internship hours. Learners receive supervised, doctoral-level professional psychology training at an internship site and engage in concurrent online course activities that monitor their internship experience; emphasize self-awareness, self-reflection, and self-evaluation; support knowledge and application of evidence-based practice; develop competence to practice with diverse populations; and emphasize ethical and legal professional psychology standards.  For PsyD Clinical Psychology learners only. Prerequisite(s): Completion of all doctoral practicum requirements. Approval of internship application. Refer to the current manual for additional requirements and further details. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

5 quarter credits

 

 

Four Elective Courses

 

 

20 quarter credits

 

Choose any graduate courses, excluding introductory and special topics courses, lectures, seminars, practica, internships, and any Capella-designated first course.

 

 

Total

 

 

145 quarter credits

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

Please note that some courses within this program have prerequisites that are not listed as required courses, which may increase the total number of courses needed to complete this program. 

Courses without a PSY designation may be worth fewer than five quarter credits. Learners must carefully plan their elective courses to ensure that total credit requirements for the degree are met. Special topics courses in the Harold Abel School of Psychology can be used as an option to complete the total required credits needed for graduation.

This specialization is not accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) or by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, endorsement, other professional credential, or salary advancement. State licensing regulations and professional standards vary; learners are responsible for understanding and complying with the requirements of the state in which they intend to work. For more information, see the Licensure section for this program on Capella’s website (www.capella.edu).

Iowa and Maryland residents are not eligible to enroll in this specialization.

PsyD Clinical Psychology Year-in-Residence

The residency requirement for the PsyD Clinical Psychology specialization is satisfied by completion of the Clinical Psychology yearin-residence. The year-in-residence provides opportunities for learners to develop clinical skills and to strengthen their socialization into the profession of psychology, and for faculty to assess learners’ clinical skills and evaluate their fitness for the field of professional psychology. All residencies are taught by Clinical PsyD faculty and occur in a face-to-face format, with faculty and learners both onsite.

The Clinical Psychology year-in-residence requires the following:

• Learners must complete a minimum of 15 quarter credits at Capella University prior to beginning the year-in-residence.

• Learners must maintain full-time, continuous enrollment status during the year-in-residence, registering for at least 10 quarter credits of coursework during at least three quarters and completing a minimum of 40 quarter credits during the five quarters of the year-in-residence.

• Learners must register for PSY7113, PSY8220, PSY8230, PSY8240, PSY8310, PSY8316, PSY8330, and PSY8371 during the year-inresidence, in the quarter specified. Learners should refer to the Clinical PsyD Program Manual for general sequencing guidelines.

• Learners must demonstrate readiness for clinical training by completing all year-in-residence coursework and requirements, including passing the Practicum Readiness Evaluation.

The Clinical Psychology year-in-residence includes the following activities:

A. Learners complete at least 500 hours of formally scheduled face-to-face instruction and professional socialization with PsyD Clinical Psychology specialization faculty and learners during the five quarters of the year-in-residence. All learners are required to be physically present at each residency experience. These formally scheduled residency experiences take place over a period not to exceed 13 months and are associated with specific online courses, and include the following components, taken in sequence:

– Learners begin the Clinical Psychology year-in-residence with the first two-week extended seminar (PSY-R8301–PSY-R8304), typically scheduled in June. 

– Learners complete eight consecutive residency courses (PSY-R8305–PSY-R8312), typically scheduled August through May.

– Learners complete the Clinical Psychology year-in-residence with the final two-week extended seminar (PSY-R8313–PSY-R8316), typically scheduled in June.

B. Learners complete at least 100 hours of participation in professional activities. These activities must be completed during the year-in-residence but extend beyond the year-in-residence requirements described above. Activities include participation in local, state, and national professional organizations, and engaging in scholarly activities commonly associated with doctoral professional psychology training. These hours are documented in the learner’s Professional Portfolio.

The Clinical Psychology year-in-residence has three fundamental objectives.

1. Learners develop clinical skills and demonstrate readiness for clinical training by engaging in face-to-face training and practice opportunities for skills development. Learners develop and demonstrate competency in relationship building; diagnostic interviewing; case formulation; treatment planning; crisis intervention and risk assessment; adult and child cognitive, achievement, and adaptive functioning assessment; personality assessment; report writing and case discussion; measuring treatment and program effectiveness; and implementing psychotherapy.

2. Learners develop and demonstrate the professional and personal competencies required for appropriate socialization into the profession of psychology, including suitability and fitness for the profession. Learners develop these competencies by working closely with faculty and other learners, engaging in professional training and scholarship, and participating in social and intellectual discussions with faculty and peers to acquire the habits, skills, and insights necessary for the professional practice of psychology. Learners acquire the ability to manage professional relationships in an effective and appropriate manner; exhibit the emotional maturity, interpersonal stability, and intellectual judgment required to work with vulnerable populations; demonstrate selfawareness, self-reflection, self-evaluation, and ethical responsibility; demonstrate openness to processes of supervision and a commitment to lifelong learning; and satisfactorily resolve issues or problems that interfere with professional development or functioning. 

3. Faculty evaluate learners’ clinical skills and fitness for the profession, thereby satisfying their professional and ethical obligations to ensure that all learners have the competence necessary to progress to clinical training and that they demonstrate personal suitability and fitness for the profession of psychology. Faculty evaluate learners’ readiness for clinical training and fitness for the profession formatively throughout the year-in-residence and summatively in the Practicum Readiness Evaluation at the conclusion of the year-inresidence.

For more detailed information on residencies, learners should refer to the Clinical PsyD Program Manual.

PsyD Clinical Training

Overview of Practicum

The practicum is a training experience that occurs in the second or third year of the program and provides the opportunity for learners to receive professional clinical training. Practicum is a parttime, on-site commitment that takes place over a minimum period of nine months, and includes registration for the accompanying practicum courses.

All practicum learners must follow the practicum application process and completion guidelines stated in the Clinical PsyD Program Manual, available on Campus. The director of clinical training works closely with learners to identify potential practicum sites in their local community that meet the criteria outlined by the clinical training department. All practicum placements must be approved by the director of clinical training.

Practicum Requirements

• Approved practicum application.

• Part-time site placement with a minimum of 1,000 hours and coursework in a minimum of three quarters of the Doctoral Practicum Series (PSY8951– PSY8958). These courses must be completed sequentially for the duration of the practicum.

Overview of Internship

The pre-doctoral internship is the last opportunity for learners to gain professional clinical experience prior to the granting of the degree. The internship requires a full-time (one year) or part-time (two years) on-site commitment of a minimum of 2,000 hours, and includes registration for the accompanying internship courses. The predoctoral internship is viewed critically by licensing boards and future employers.

All internship learners must follow the internship application process and completion guidelines stated in the Clinical PsyD Program Manual, available on Campus.

Internship Requirements

• Learner demonstrates readiness for internship.

• Approved internship application.

• Full-time site placement with a minimum of 2,000 hours, completed sequentially over a one-year period, or part-time site, two-year placement with a minimum of 2,000 hours, at least 20 hours per week, not to exceed eight sequential quarters, and a minimum of four Doctoral Internship Series courses (PSY8971– PSY8978). These courses must be completed sequentially for the duration of the internship.

Clinical training hours and supervisor credential requirements for licensure or certification vary across states and Canadian provinces. Learners are responsible for determining the specific licensing requirements for any state or province in which they plan to seek licensure.

What Can I Expect?

Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which can help save time and money. You can transfer up to 15 credits into this specialization.

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