Clinical Psychology - Our Mission
The mission of this program is to train Masters level psychotherapists for work in a variety of clinical settings including hospitals, schools, public agencies, and private practice from a context of evidence based practice of psychotherapy. The diversity of settings and populations in which our graduates work requires that our students be flexible and open to differing clinical and cultural perspectives. Faculty in the program represent a variety of theoretical, clinical, and research interests, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Behavior Therapy, Psychodynamic, Cross-cultural, Feminist Therapy, Community Psychology, and the biopsychosocial model inherent in Behavioral Medicine/Health psychology.
As a faculty we value diversity in thinking and encourage our students to sample ideas from many different points of view. While we do not require conformity to any one approach, we do require that any approach our students take be supported by a high standard of professional ethics and an established body of professional literature, including empirical and clinical research. Graduates of this program adhere to ethical standards and demonstrate a basic familiarity with the major approaches to assessment, diagnosis and treatment, a respect for cultural diversity, and accountability for service delivery. We expect that our graduates have the ability to read and critically evaluate the literature in the field, and we require them to have achieved a basic level of proficiency within at least one psychotherapeutic approach. In short, our ideal graduate is evidence based, broadly educated, critically minded, and has the ability to ethically apply theory to practice in a diverse and changing community.