Training Model

  • The program is implemented through the practitioner-scholar model of training and the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degree is conferred. The doctoral program at Carlow University prepares Counseling Psychologists to apply knowledge grounded in psychological science and theory in support of professionally sound clinical practice.

    While training in research skills is strong, the focus of the program is to train highly skilled clinicians who eventually become licensed as practicing psychologists. Applicants who are exclusively or primarily interested in assuming positions as researchers or academics are encouraged to consider more research-oriented training programs, such as those implemented through the scientist-practitioner model of training.PsyD Training Model

    The program is implemented through the practitioner-scholar model of training. In the late 1960s the first PsyD program in the United States began admitting students. Later, at the Vail Conference in 1973, the American Psychological Association endorsed the PsyD (practitioner-scholar) model as an alternative to the PhD (scientist-practitioner) for training individuals to offer direct psychological services.

    The doctoral program at Carlow University prepares Counseling Psychologists to apply knowledge grounded in psychological science and theory in support of professionally sound clinical practice. More specifically, the program holds that those involved in the practice of psychology must be able to evaluate treatments, make scientifically informed decisions in relation to all areas of their work, have an understanding of the limitations of scientifically derived knowledge and have a “scientific attitude” or an intellectual curiosity that is present in their approach to all professional activities.

    While training in research skills is strong, the focus of the program is to train highly skilled clinicians who eventually become licensed as practicing psychologists. Applicants who are exclusively or primarily interested in assuming positions as researchers or academics are encouraged to consider more research-oriented training programs, such as those implemented through the scientist-practitioner model of training.

    Students complete a curriculum of approximately 81 post-master’s credits that include coursework, practice, research, and advising activities that are all designed to assist in the development of the knowledge, skills and disposition necessary for each of the following broad program goals:

    Students demonstrate a solid foundation of the knowledge and skills that are essential for the scientifically informed professional practice of Counseling Psychology.

    Students demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to act as culturally sensitive practitioners and agents of social change.

    The Counseling Psychology program provides a learning environment that promotes collaboration and supports the professional and personal growth of students. In addition, this environment is meant to model the appropriate and ethical use of power and to facilitate the transition of students to professional psychologists.