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Training Philosophy

Our program’s emphasis on science underscores our commitment to applying the scientific method and evidence to further the design, delivery and evaluation of assessment, prevention and treatment procedures for children from infancy to young adulthood.

Program Goals

Our program is designed to support all students in reaching a minimum level of competence on each of the following education goals and learning objectives, informed by federal priorities for research and practice, literature on evidence-based mental health care and competency benchmarks in professional psychology.

  • Advance Knowledge Through Research

    Goal 1: Students will demonstrate competency to advance knowledge through research relevant to children and families in the discipline of psychological clinical science.

    • Objective 1a. Students will be able to synthesize literature and present a compelling rationale for stated hypotheses.
    • Objective 1b. Students will be able to generate an innovative and compelling set of research questions, with clear public health significance.
    • Objective 1c. Students will be able to plan and execute a sound and rigorous method for answering research questions.
    • Objective 1d. Students will be able to select and execute sound analytic approaches for their research questions.
    • Objective 1e. Students will be able to interpret and describe results and summarize conclusions, noting limitations to their method, implications for the field, and future research questions informed by the results.
    • Objective 1f. Students will be able to communicate their research orally.
    • Objective 1g. Students will be able to communicate their research in writing.
  • Deliver Evidence-Based Clinical Care

    Goal 2: Students will demonstrate competency to deliver evidence-based clinical care for children and families.

    • Objective 2a. Students will be able to select, administer, score, and interpret psychological assessments for children and adolescents.
    • Objective 2b. Students will demonstrate ability to conduct a comprehensive clinical interview.
    • Objective 2c. Students will demonstrate ability to form a positive and productive therapeutic alliance with children and families.
    • Objective 2d. Students will apply data-informed decision making toward the case conceptualization and diagnosis of psychological disorders.
    • Objective 2e. Students will apply data-informed decision making to treatment planning for psychological disorders.
    • Objective 2f. Students will be able to deliver evidence-based treatment for psychological disorders.
    • Objective 2g. Students will use ongoing data-informed assessment of patient progress to inform treatment planning and termination.
  • Demonstrate Knowledge in Psychological Clinical Science

    Goal 3: Students will demonstrate knowledge in psychological clinical science.

    • Objective 3a. Students will demonstrate broad knowledge in areas of assessment and treatment related to psychopathology of childhood and adolescence.
    • Objective 3b. Students will demonstrate depth of knowledge in a defined area of growing expertise within the discipline of psychological clinical science.
    • Objective 3c. Students will demonstrate knowledge across broad and general areas of psychology (cognitive, affective, social, biological).
    • Objective 3d. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the history of psychology as a discipline.
  • Demonstrate Professionalism in Research and Practice

    Goal 4: Students will demonstrate professionalism in the research and practice of psychological clinical science.

    • Objective 4a. Students will apply ethical concepts and awareness of legal issues regarding professional activities with children, families, and communities.
    • Objective 4b. Students will demonstrate awareness, sensitivity, and skills in working professionally with diverse children, families, and communities.
    • Objective 4c. Students will display respectful interpersonal communication, openness to feedback, and effective use of research mentorship and clinical supervision.
    • Objective 4d. Students will demonstrate knowledge of strategies and awareness of benefits associated with interdisciplinary collaboration with other professionals in research and practice.