The program aims at providing students with the essential knowledge and competences in clinical psychology research, theory and practice. It is suitable for candidates who wish to pursue a professional career as a practitioner with a specialization in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach.
More about the ClPsych Program
The Master of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Clinical Psychology will provide you with the knowledge, tools and skills to become competent, self-reflective counselor and psychotherapist. Designed on the scientist-practitioner model of training, the program combines course work, research and robust clinical training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, involving 600 hours of supervised clinical and counseling work.
As a student, you will acquire an in-depth understanding of human psychological processes and psychopathology. You will develop skills in using psychometric and clinical assessment tools, as well as conducting career, couples and family counseling. At the same time, you will cultivate a sense of yourself as future professional, as you become aware of the ethical, legal and professional issues in clinical practice.
The program is suitable for you if you desire and aspire to pursue a career in the fields of mental health, community and therapy services.
Strengths of the Master of Science in Psychology, Clinical Psychology Concentration
The Master of Science in Psychology – ClPsych program is designed to keep current with emerging empirically validated developments in the field. Strengths of the program include the following:
- Robust training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy theory and techniques, in addition to therapy modalities such as Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Couples and Family Therapy;
- 600 hours of clinical practice with weekly one-to-one supervision by experienced members of the faculty. The internships may take place at the University Counseling Center or other mental health settings in the community. Special arrangements are in place to accommodate your needs as a trainee if you wish to continue offering voluntary clinical work after you complete the internship requirements;
- A series of Masterclasses, and clinical and research seminars on specialized topics such as clinical assessment skills, trauma, case formulation, child and adolescent mental health and other;
- Faculty members who are scholars with a strong research record and are also experienced clinicians. As a trainee, you are offered mentoring, supervision sessions and support by staff throughout your studies;
- The schedule of the program is flexible in order to accommodate your needs as a student who works or has other responsibilities. The program also offers online courses.
To earn a Master of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Clinical Psychology, you will be required to complete a total of 20 courses (60 credits), including a practicum, thesis research project and internship.
The academic year consists of two semesters of 15 weeks in length, with classes meeting once a week for 3 hours each. Courses are offered in the evenings. The Clinical Psychology program requires a minimum of two years of study if you meet all program requirements as outlined in the curriculum. However, you may extend the duration of your studies for clinical voluntary work in order to fulfil degree requirements or gain extra experience.
For a detailed view of the program and course descriptions, see the course catalog for the MSPsy.
As a Clinical Psychologist trainee, you are required to complete 60 sessions of individual, couples, family and/or group therapy while completing your studies. This valuable learning experience will help you engage in a therapeutic process, deal with personal matters and thus, as evidence shows, become robust therapist capable of forming effective therapeutic relationships. It is highly recommended that as an MSPsy - ClPsych candidate you begin sessions within your first semester of the program; however, some flexibility is allowed since the Department recognizes that trainees may be ready for therapy at different times.
Upon successful completion of the first year of the MSPsy – ClPsych Program (approximately 10 courses), you are required to pass a comprehensive examination, which provides evidence of skills acquired and competence in the field. Additional details regarding the structure and the date and time of the exam will be provided by the Program Director. Upon passing the examination you earn the Certificate in Psychology.
Adhering to the scholar-practitioner orientation, as an MSPsy – ClPsych student you are expected to develop both your clinical skills and your ability to collect, analyze and present research data. The empirical literature will inform your practice but the clinical experience also advises your research activities. You are encouraged to integrate science into your practice as you develop this philosophy and identity as practitioner even after your training. You will have opportunities to take part in faculty research projects, develop your individual research interests and ideas, and receive training in research methodology and assessment throughout the program.
As a graduate of the program you are well prepared for studies at a doctoral level and membership for professional organizations such as the American Psychological Association.