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Curriculum

The curriculum for the Psy.D. Program consists of an integrated, organized sequence of study. As will be clear below, students will be required to complete three years of full-time study in courses in addition to an internship. All three years of coursework must be completed at the Radford University main campus.

In the sections below we provide some detail about the curriculum. First there is an overview of the program semester-by semester. Then we provide a weekly schedule to demonstrate how the courses and practicum placements are generally done. Finally, we illustrate how the courses in the curriculum meet a variety of oversight bodies’ requirements.

Doctor of Psychology Degree

Recommended Four Year Program of Study

Descriptions of the Psy.D. courses can be found in the College of Graduate and Professional Studies Graduate Catalog (go to page 191).

Fall 1-12 credits

Spring 1-12 credits

Summer 1-12 credits

612 Psychometrics

800 Introduction to Counseling

          Psychology

801 Multicultural Counseling

840 Practicum 1(a)

 

628 Biological Foundations

802 Ethical, Legal, and

          Professional Issues in

          Psychology

803 Vocational Psychology

840 Practicum 1(b)

 

 

660 Human Growth and

          Lifespan Development

806 Advanced Personality

          Assessment

811 Health Psychology in

          Rural Areas

843  Summer Practicum

 

     

Fall 2-12 credits

Spring 2-12 credits

Summer 2-9 credits

774 Psychopharmacological

          Medications

777 Multivariate Analysis

805 Advanced Cognitive and

          Intellectual Assessment

          Techniques or

631 Cognitive and Intellectual  

          Assessment Techniques

841  Practicum 2(a)

772 Couples and Family

          Systems Therapy

785 Neuropsychological

          Assessment

808 Qualitative Research

          Methods

841 Practicum 2(b)

 

809 Supervision

810 Rural Consultation and

          Program Evaluation

843  Summer Practicum


 

Fall 3-10 credits

Spring 3-13 credits

Summer 3-3 credits

623 Advanced Social

          Psychology

630 Cognitive and Affective

          Aspects of Behavior

842 Practicum 3(a)

899 Dissertation


 

622 Historical Foundations

          of a Scientific

          Psychology

773 Assessment and Treatment

          of Addictive Disorders

          in Rural Settings

812 Rural Cultural Issues

842 Practicum 3(b)

899 Dissertation

843  Summer Practicum

Fall 4-1 credit

Spring 4-1 credit

Summer 4-1 credit

870 Doctoral Internship (a)

870 Doctoral Internship (b)

870 Doctoral Internship (c)

 

 

There are a few prerequisite courses. Radford’s PSYC 610 (Analysis of Behavioral Data) and PSYC 611 (Methodology and Program Evaluation in Psychology), or equivalent courses, that have been taken within the last five years, are required prior to enrolling in the PsyD program. If courses were not taken at Radford, the PsyD faculty (in consultation with the appropriate RU course instructors when necessary) will determine whether non-RU courses are equivalent to those taken at Radford. There are several courses for which a background in research design and statistics is necessary, including Psychometrics (Fall, Year 1) and Multivariate Analysis of Behavioral Data (Fall, Year 2), or else students will have a very difficult time with the class material. To see a recent syllabus for PSYC 610 you can go to http://www.radford.edu/~tpierce/psyc_610.htm; similarly, to review a recent syllabus for PSYC 611 you can go to http://www.radford.edu/~jaspelme/611/Spring-2007/Psych_611_spring_2007.htm 

We expect that students will have had a foundational ethics and professional issues course, a theories of counseling course, and a techniques of counseling course prior to having seen clients in their Master’s program but, if not, these would need to be taken prior to enrolling in the Psy.D. program. We place students in community sites seesing clients within a month of starting classes so students must have a solid foundation to be able to practice independently (although under supervision of a faculty member)

If you do not have one or more of these courses you will need to remediate (i.e., take these prerequisite courses prior to enrolling in the Psy.D. program), which may mean your needing to defer entry into the program for a year. Obviously, if faculty have a choice of two otherwise equal students, the one who is able to enroll right away will have an advantage over the one who would need to defer for a year.

There are some additional courses that it would be helpful for you to have because, if you do and they appear to be substantially equivalent to courses we require, you may be able to waive the Psy.D. Program course (up to a total of 5 courses can be wiaved).

Model Weekly Schedule

A proposed weekly schedule can be viewed by clicking here.

How the Psy.D. Program Curriculum Meets the Requirements of Various Oversight Bodies

The American Psychological Association will only accredit programs that prepare students who achieve competence in a number of different areas. The most common way of demonstrating that these areas are covered is by including coursework on the topics. This approach also meets Virginia licensure requirements and the requirements for Designated Program status by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards/National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. Because the program itself must meet APA accreditation and state licensure and Designated Program requirements, we must include coursework (or other ways of helping students achieve competence) in all the following areas. Some students may be able to waive a required course if they have taken a prior course that is substantially equivalent to the Psy.D. course but the course designed to help students meet the competence or licensure requirement must still be a part of the Psy.D. curriculum.

The table below lists the APA accreditation competence areas and Virginia state licensure and Designated Program requirements (we are a Designated Program – see the discussion on the Accreditation page) and shows how the courses in the curriculum helps students meet these requirements. The table also includes unique aspects of the Model Training Program in Counseling Psychology and shows how the curriculum fits within what is expected of Counseling Psychology programs. Unfortunately, the groups do not necessarily define areas in the same way (e.g., individual differences and human development do not have the same courses across organizations), so it may appear that there are inconsistencies in the table but that is a function of the way each group defines the categories.

Requirement

Psy.D. Course

 

APA Accreditation

 

Biological Aspects of Behavior

628: Biological Foundations of Behavior

774: Introduction to Psychopharmacological Medications

Cognitive/Affective Aspects of Behavior

630: Cognitive and Affective Aspects of Behavior

Social Aspects of Behavior

623: Advanced Social Psychology

History and Systems of Psychology

622: Historical Foundations of a Scientific Psychology

Psychological Measurement

612: Psychometric Theory, Assessment, Appraisal, and

          Application

            (Note: This course has a prerequisite of a

              foundational research methods and foundational  

              statistic courses)

Research Methodology

808: Qualitative Research Methods

899: Dissertation

Techniques of Data Analysis

777: Multivariate Analysis of Behavioral Data

            (Note: This course has a prerequisite of a

              foundational statistics course)

899: Dissertation

Individual Differences in Behavior

801: Multicultural Counseling

812: Rural Cultural Issues

            (Also infused into other courses)

Human Development

660: Human Growth and Lifespan Development

Dysfunctional Behavior/Psychopathology

840: Practicum I (Fall): Adult Psychopathology

841: Practicum II (Fall): Child Psychopathology

          (Also infused into other courses)

Professional Standards and Ethics

802: Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues in Psychology

            (Also infused into other courses)

Theories and Methods of Assessment and Diagnosis

773: Assessment and Treatment of Addictive Disorders in

         Rural Settings

785: Neuropsychological Assessment

805: Advanced Cognitive and Intellectual Assessment

         Techniques

806: Advanced Personality Assessment

840: Practicum I (repeated 2X)

841: Practicum II (repeated 2X)

842: Practicum III (repeated 2X)

843: Summer Practicum (repeated 2X)

870: Internship (repeated 3X)

Effective Intervention

772: Couples and Family Systems Therapy

803: Vocational Psychology

811: Health Psychology in Rural Areas

840: Practicum I (repeated 2X)

841: Practicum II (repeated 2X)

842: Practicum III (repeated 2X)

843: Summer Practicum (repeated 2X)

870: Internship (repeated 3X)

            (Also infused into other courses)

            (Evidence-based practice in psychology is one of

               the four major emphases of the program)

Consultation

810: Rural Consultation and Program Evaluation

Supervision

809: Supervision

Evaluating the Efficacy of Interventions

772: Couples and Family Systems Therapy

803: Vocational Psychology

811: Health Psychology in Rural Areas

840: Practicum I (repeated 2X)

841: Practicum II (repeated 2X)

842: Practicum III (repeated 2X)

843: Summer Practicum (repeated 2X)

870: Internship (repeated 3X)

            (Also infused into other courses)

            (Evidence-based practice in psychology is one of

               the four major emphases of the program)

Issues of Cultural and Individual Diversity that are Relevant to All of the Above

801: Multicultural Counseling

812: Rural Cultural Issues

            (Also infused into other courses)

            (Diversity and Rurality are two of the major

               emphases of the program)

Attitudes Essential for Lifelong Learning, Scholarly Inquiry, and Professional Problem-Solving

800: Introduction to Counseling Psychology

801: Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues in Psychology

840: Practicum I (repeated 2X)

841: Practicum II (repeated 2X)

842: Practicum III (repeated 2X)

843: Summer Practicum (repeated 2X)

870: Internship (repeated 3X)

            (Also infused into other courses)

 

ASPPB/National Register Designated Program

 

Scientific and Professional Ethics and Standards

801: Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues in Psychology

Research Design and Methodology

808: Qualitative Research Methods

          and the prerequisite statistics course for 777 (below)

Statistics

777: Multivariate Analyses of Behavioral Data

            (Note: This course has a prerequisite of a

              foundational statistics course)

Psychometric Theory

612: Psychometric Theory, Assessment, Appraisal, and

          Application

            (Note: This course has a prerequisite of foundational

                  research methods and a foundational statistics course)

Biological Bases of Behavior

628: Biological Foundations of Behavior

774: Introduction to Psychopharmacological Medications

Cognitive-Affective Bases of Behavior

630: Cognitive and Affective Aspects of Behavior

Social Bases of Behavior

623: Advanced Social Psychology

Individual Differences

660: Human Growth and Development

801: Multicultural Counseling

840: Practicum I (Fall): Adult Psychopathology

841: Practicum II (Fall): Child Psychopathology

 

Virginia Licensure Requirements

(3+ hours in all of the following, except practicum)

 

Biological Bases of Behavior

628: Biological Foundations of Behavior

774: Introduction to Psychopharmacological Medications

Cognitive-Affective Bases of Behavior

630: Cognitive and Affective Aspects of Behavior

Social Bases of Behavior

623: Advanced Social Psychology

Psychological Measurement

612: Psychometric Theory, Assessment, Appraisal, and

          Application

            (Note: This course has a prerequisite of a

              foundational research methods and a foundational 

              statistics course)

Research Methodology

808: Qualitative Research Methods

Techniques of Data Analysis

777: Multivariate Analyses of Behavioral Data

            (Note: This course has a prerequisite of a

              foundational statistics course)

Professional Standards and Ethics

801: Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues in Psychology

Individual Differences in Behavior

801: Multicultural Counseling

Human Development

660: Human Growth and Development

Dysfunctional Behavior

840: Practicum I (Fall) – Adult Psychopathology

841: Practicum II (Fall) – Child Psychopathology

Theories and Methods of Intellectual Assessment and Diagnosis

805: Advanced Cognitive and Intellectual Assessment

         Techniques

Theories and Methods of Personality Assessment and Diagnosis (including its practical application)

806: Advanced Personality Assessment

 

Effective Interventions and Evaluating the Efficacy of Interventions

772: Couples and Family Systems Therapy

803: Vocational Psychology

811: Health Psychology in Rural Areas

840: Practicum I (repeated 2X)

841: Practicum II (repeated 2X)

842: Practicum III (repeated 2X)

843: Summer Practicum (repeated 2X)

870: Internship (repeated 3X)

Consultation and Supervision

809: Supervision

810: Rural Consultation and Program Evaluation

Applicants who graduated from programs which meet the criteria [above] shall submit documentation of having successfully completed practicum experiences in assessment and diagnosis, psychotherapy, consultation and supervision. The practicum shall include a minimum of nine graduate semester hours or 15 or more graduate quarter hours or equivalent in appropriate settings to ensure a wide range of supervised training and educational experiences.

840: Practicum I (repeated 2X) [3 credits each]

841: Practicum II (repeated 2X) [3 credits each]

842: Practicum III (repeated 2X) [3 credits each]

843: Summer Practicum (repeated 2X) 3 credits each]

      Total: 27 semester credit hours

 

 

Counseling Psychology Model Program

(Note: Only the areas in the “Professional Core in Counseling Psychology” are listed here because the other areas overlap with APA accreditation requirements)

 

Professional Issues in Counseling Psychology

800: Introduction to Counseling Psychology

Theories and Techniques of Counseling Psychology

772: Couples and Family Systems Therapy

803: Vocational Psychology

841: Practicum II (Spring): Positive Psychology

842: Practicum III (Fall): Brief Therapy

843: Summer Practicum: Group Counseling

Legal and Ethical Issues

801: Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues in Psychology

Individual and Cultural Diversity

773: Assessment and Treatment of Addictive Disorders in

         Rural Settings

802: Multicultural Counseling

810: Rural Consultation and Program Evaluation

811: Health Psychology in Rural Areas

812: Rural Cultural Issues

Practicum and Internship Training

840: Practicum I (repeated 2X)

841: Practicum II (repeated 2X)

842: Practicum III (repeated 2X)

843: Summer Practicum (repeated 2X)

870: Internship (repeated 3X)

Psychological Assessment, Diagnosis, and Appraisal

612: Psychometric Theory, Assessment, Appraisal, and

          Application

            (Note: This course has a prerequisite of a

              foundational research methods and a foundational

              statistics course)

773: Assessment and Treatment of Addictive Disorders in

         Rural Settings

785: Neuropsychological Assessment

805: Advanced Cognitive and Intellectual Assessment

          Techniques

806: Advanced Personality Assessment

840: Practicum I (repeated 2X)

841: Practicum II (repeated 2X)

842: Practicum III (repeated 2X)

843: Summer Practicum (repeated 2X)

870: Internship (repeated 3X)

Career Development and Counseling

803: Vocational Psychology

840: Practicum I

          (One semester in the RU Experiential Learning

             and Career Services office is required)

Consultation

810: Rural Consultation and Program Evaluation

Program Evaluation

810: Rural Consultation and Program Evaluation

Supervision and Training

809: Supervision