Goals and Objectives
Education and Training Goals

The education and training goals of our Postdoctoral Training Program in Professional Psychology are consistent with our aims to (1) prepare clinical psychologists for professional psychology practice at an advanced competency level and (2) provide them with advanced specialty level training. Postdoctoral residentss in all areas of our program are provided with training in those content areas required for APA credentialing. These include: (a) diagnosing or defining problems through psychological assessment and formulation; (b) implementing psychological interventions; (c) consultation, program evaluation, supervision and/or teaching; (d) methods of scholarly inquiry and research; (e) professional issues and conduct, including legal issues, ethics, and professional standards; and (f) issues of cultural and individual diversity relevant to all of the areas above. Our overall training program goals are listed below.

Goal #1.

Prepare postdoctoral residents for professional psychology practice at an advanced level, with substantial understanding and skill pertinent to medical/legal issues, the practical resolution of ethical dilemmas, effective collaboration with other health professionals, issues of cultural and individual diversity relevant to psychology practice, and effective functioning in medical and managed care settings.

Goal #2.

(a) Prepare postdoctoral residents for specialization, depending on each resident's background training and interest, in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology, or Adult Clinical Psychology.

(b) Develop advanced levels of specialty expertise in diagnosing and defining problems through clinical psychological assessment and formulation, the planning and implementation of psychological interventions, and consultation to health and other service providers (e.g., in hospitals, clinics, schools, and social service agencies).

Goal #3.

Develop depth of knowledge and substantial research expertise in an area of specialization, developing the capabilities needed to initiate and carry out scholarly inquiry and independent, programmatic research.

Goal #4.

Develop advanced understanding of the scientific basis for clinical psychological assessment and intervention and substantial experience in the meaningful integration of science and clinical practice.

Goal #5.

Facilitate growth of professional identity, development of teaching or supervisory skills, and participation in professional activities.


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