Chicago School’s Clinical Psy.D. program in Washington, D.C., is based on a practitioner-scholar model of training, which focuses on providing students with a broad knowledge of scientific and theoretical clinical psychology principles that can be applied with a variety of clinical disorders in diverse populations. The Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) is the highest degree for those who wish to apply their knowledge as practicing clinicians. D.C. doctoral students will choose from concentrations in Child and Adolescent Psychology, Forensic Psychology, International/Multicultural Psychology, and General Clinical Psychology.
Graduates are prepared to conduct clinical interviews and psychological testing, create treatment plans, consult and collaborate with physicians and other professionals, and to provide multiple forms of therapy to alleviate mental illness, behavioral problems, and emotional distress. They will be qualified to serve as lead practitioners and/or senior administrators in both educational and clinical settings.
Students may petition to be awarded a master's degree midway through the program, after completing 50 semester hours of required coursework, including three semesters of practicum. After completing the remaining coursework, comprehensive exam, dissertation, and pre-doctoral internship, graduates of this program will be prepared to pursue positions as licensed clinical psychologists, provided they pass the appropriate licensure examination and complete any state-required post-doctoral residency requirements. Outside agencies control the requirements for taking and passing certification/licensing exams and are subject to change without notice to this campus.
Child and Adolescent Psychology, Forensic Psychology, International/Multicultural Psychology, and Generalist
• Qualifies graduates to sit for national licensure examinations
• Year 2: 600-hour basic practicum• Year 3: 600-hour intermediate practicum• Year 4: 600-hour advanced practicum• One-year, full-time internship
Social Bases of Behavior
Focuses on the role of societal and environmental factors in the initiation and maintenance of human behavior patterns from childhood through late adolescence and young adulthood. The course considers the implications of socio-environmental factors in youth development for the practicing psychologist. Cultural and individual differences are also emphasized.
This course introduces students to models of intellectual assessment and explains the administration, scoring, and interpretation of the most widely used intelligence assessment instruments. The course requires students to learn and understand basic constructs associated with test construction and development, such as norms, standardization, and various kinds of reliability and validity data. Specific emphasis is placed on interpretation and report writing using the WISC-IV and WAIS-IV. In the lab portion of this course, students will demonstrate their knowledge and skills in administering, scoring, and interpreting these instruments. (3 credits)
Youth Interventions with Rap Music and Hip-Hop
Modern Rap music and related Hip-Hop culture are increasingly influential phenomena on urban youth in particular and contemporary youth in general both in the United States and around the globe. This interactive course explores and illustrates the use of themes, lyrics, and images in Rap/Hip-Hop as a mechanism for enriching youth interventions for various mental health issues across home, school, and community settings.
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