DOCTOR OF PSYCHOLOGY, CLINICAL SPECIALIZATION
Achieve your ultimate academic goals with your Doctor of Psychology, Clinical Specialization, at University of the Rockies in Denver, Colorado. This degree prepares you to apply for licensure as a psychologist in certain states, which allows for independent practice as major providers of mental health services. This degree follows the Practitioner-Scholar Model, training you to be a mental health practitioner first, and a scholar or scientist second.
In this program, you are exposed to a broad range of therapeutic approaches and techniques. The program does not follow a singular theoretical model of therapy, but allows you to gain knowledge and skills across various therapeutic approaches. You will complete coursework in psychological foundations, psychopathology, assessment, interventions, consultation, diversity, and research methods.
The Clinical Specialization in the Doctor of Psychology program is not accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) or registered with the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB), which is a requirement for licensure in some states. Other factors, such as a student’s criminal history, may prevent an applicant from obtaining licensure or employment in this field of study. All prospective students are advised to contact individual state boards of psychology for additional information relating to licensure requirements prior to enrolling. In addition, beginning in 2017, APA accreditation will be a requirement for students who intend to participate in APPIC Match or APPIC-member internships, which may be a requirement for licensure in some states. A list of state psychology boards is available here: www.asppb.net. Prospective students are also advised to regularly review the state’s policies and procedures relating to licensure as those policies are subject to change.
Concentrations within the Doctor of Psychology, Clinical Specialization include:
The Clinical Neuropsychology concentration within the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), Clinical Specialization degree program at University of the Rockies can be completed by individuals already holding a graduate degree in psychology. The concentration is primarily aimed at developing competencies in administering, scoring, and interpreting a wide variety of neuropsychological assessment instruments. The systematic training includes coursework in clinical neuroanatomy, clinical neuropsychopathology (e.g., Parkinson's Disease, movement disorders, dementias, traumatic brain injury), clinical psychopharmacology (neuroactive drugs that can skew measurement), and supervised practice in neuropsychological assessment.
The Forensic/Correctional Concentration within the PsyD program in Clinical Psychology is designed to give students an introduction to the exciting and emerging fields of Forensic and Correctional Psychology. At its core, Forensic Psychology is the application of psychological principles, research, assessment, and practice to the legal, correctional, and criminal/civil justice systems, while Correctional Psychology is the application of psychological principles, research, assessment and practice to correctional systems and facilities. Students who complete this concentration will have a good understanding of the various areas in which forensic and correctional psychologists practice, including corrections, law enforcement, research, consultation and assessment. Students examine the forensic and correctional applications of traditional personality and cognitive assessment instruments and specific forensic instruments used for evaluation of such areas as competency to stand trial, psychopathology, propensity to commit sexual offenses, risk of violent behavior, and general response style. Through hands-on practice (under supervision), students develop a basic competency in the major personal and social theories of correctional mental health practice and family violence, including elder abuse, and develop skills in the treatment of inmates and victims of family and other types of violence.
The Health Psychology concentration within the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), Clinical Specialization degree program at University of the Rockies is designed to prepare you, as a psychologist, to function more effectively in health care settings and to develop a much deeper understanding of the interrelationships between physical and emotional health. Students may focus their studies within the concentration in general health psychology or pain management.
Marriage and Family Therapy
The Marriage and Family Therapy concentration within the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), Clinical Specialization degree program prepares you to work with a wide range of issues that confront families and systems. This concentration focuses on the systemic approach for numerous problem areas and diagnoses. Topics covered include: assessment, treatment, and interventions.
The Sport Neuroperformance Concentration is designed to prepare psychologists to work with athletes and other performers. With an emphasis on neuropsychology, students in this concentration learn neuropsychological assessment skills, concussion assessment and management skills, psychological aspects of injury, as well as performance enhancement techniques.
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