To afford an opportunity for doctoral level nonclinical psychologists to shift their career focus to the professional practice of clinical psychology.
- To provide knowledge in the theory and practice of clinical psychology.
- To teach applied diagnostic assessment and therapeutic intervention skills based upon psychological knowledge and practice.
- To provide experience in clinical practice in various settings with children, youths, and adults, appropriately supervised by licensed psychologists.
- To convey an appreciation of the broad professional, ethical, and legal contexts within which clinical practice occurs.
An applicant must have a PhD in psychology from an accredited university, and provide evidence that the proposed career change is reasonable in the context of long-term personal goals and emotional attributes as indicated in records, reference letters, and a personal interview.
A candidate is matriculated on the same basis as are other students in the Institute. It is anticipated that all trainees will complete the program in three calendar years, including the internship.
A trainee is required to carry a full academic course load each year as well as practicum and internship experiences in order to receive the respecialization certificate. In addition, the trainee must successfully pass a final clinical oral examination.
The institute’s graduate doctoral program in which the respecialization program is embedded is accredited by the American Psychological Association.
The didactic segment covers the nature of psychodynamics and psychopathology of children and adults; diagnostic techniques to assess cognitive and emotional functioning; psychodynamic, behavioral, and cognitive intervention techniques; and ethical and legal issues involved in professional practice. The first year includes a two-day per week, unreimbursed, supervised practicum placement; the second and third years include a three-day-per-week paid internship. The practicum settings are selected so as to provide diversity as well as some focus relevant to longterm goals. The internship is approved by the American Psychological Association.