Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, Generalist Concentration in D.C.

Concentration Description

This concentration offers students the opportunity to develop a broader base of knowledge regarding alternative theories and interventions, clinical work with diverse populations, and professional responsibilities. Students best suited to the Generalist Concentration seek to:

  • Broaden their areas of professional interest to develop greater preparation for entry-level clinical practice
  • Sample from a variety of courses in an effort to explore possible areas of professional interest
  • Prepare for broad-based professional work; for example, in a rural practice or in community mental health systems
  • Build additional skills to apply in multidisciplinary clinical settings such as hospitals, wellness centers, and community centers
  • Prepare for clinical work with underserved populations
  • Build additional skills to support their plans for current and future scholarship
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • 18 semester hours of psychology credit with grades earned of C or better including three specific courses;
    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Statistics
    • Child/Human Development or Lifespan
  • N/A
Admission Requirements

GRE Requirements

Sample Courses

Personality Assessment

This course introduces models of objective and projective personality assessment. The goal is to leave this course with a foundational conceptual and practical knowledge of personality assessment techniques. Students learn the administration, scoring, and interpretation of major personality instruments in both objective and projective realms such as MMPI-2/A, Rorschach (Exner system and content analysis), and the Thematic Apperception Test. Throughout the “lecture” and “lab” portions of the course, students learn quantitative and qualitative methods of interpretation. Students learn to understand the construction and psychometric properties of the instruments, and the standardization process and the appropriateness of generalizing interpretively from that sample. Students will also be introduced to clinical and actuarial approaches to diagnosis and treatment planning.

Psychology of the Life Span 1

This class examines normal development from infancy to early adulthood. Areas of study include the development of perceptual and cognitive processes, psychosexual roles and familial interpersonal processes. Current clinical approaches are examined from diverse theoretical viewpoints and in view of recent research findings. Cultural diversity and individual differences are integral to this course.

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