In addition to prior graduate preparation, work experience, and required PsyD coursework, candidates complete a seris of field experiences.
Each student must satisfy the residency requirement within the first year. In the School PsyD Program 'residency' refelcts an intensive commitment to the program by being on campus for a significant period of the program. Candidates in the PsyD program must earn 27 credits within one 12-month period. This is desgined to occur in the first year of the program and allows students the opportunity to develop an affiliation with faculty, collegues and the profession.
Practicum experiences withtin the PsyD program are intergrated into course requirement for several areas.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Preschool Assessment and Intervention
Applied School Neuropsychology
The internship provides the school psychology doctoral student with an intensive, supervised work experience to develop, practice, and integrate new clinical skills. It represents the culmination of the doctoral experience, the last practical training step before becoming a doctoral level school psychologist. Internship may not be completed in less than one year, as per the requirements of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral & Internship Centers (APPIC), the National Register for Health Service Providers, and the Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology for pre-doctoral internships. Students work collaboratively with the Director of Clinical training to secure approved placements.
1500 to 2000 hours
Full-time (40 hrs per week) for 1 year
OR half time (20 hrs per week) for 2 years
On-site supervision by licensed psychologists a minimum of 2 hours per week
Bi-monthly seminar classes held on campus