Objectives and Competencies

Training goal 1

To produce graduates who have the requisite scientific knowledge for entry into the practice of professional psychology as a local clinical scientist.

Objective A

We expect our students to acquire knowledge of clinical psychology as both a scientific and an applied discipline in local settings, using biopsychosocial and spiritual conceptualizations of well-being and disorder.

  • “Local Clinical Scientist” Competency: You will acquire knowledge in the distinctive approach of local clinical scientists, including biopsychosocial and spiritual conceptualizations of health and disorder across your coursework in the clinical psychology doctorate program.

Training goal 2

To produce graduates who demonstrate competencies in evidence-based methods of disciplined inquiry informed by biopsychosocial and spiritual perspectives.

Objective B

We expect our students will acquire evidence-based skills in diagnosis and psychological assessment across a broad range of psychological conditions and disorders.

  • “Diagnostic/Assessment Skills” Competency: You will learn skills in diagnosis and evidenced-based assessment techniques and methods that provide clinical-case formulation of individual adaptive and maladaptive psychological and interpersonal functioning; functional and dysfunctional cognitive skills; and conceptualization of family and group functioning.
  • “Applied Clinical Diagnosis” Competency: You will demonstrate competent skills in diagnosis and assessment in applied clinical settings.

Objective C

We expect our students will acquire evidence-based skills in clinical intervention across a broad range of psychological conditions and disorders.

  • “Evidence-Based Interventions” Competency: You will acquire skills by learning the scientific basis and application of evidence-based integrative psychological interventions and clinical service delivery as a local clinical scientist.
  • “Applied Intervention” Competency: You will demonstrate skills in applying evidence-based integrative psychological interventions with a range of individuals who suffer from psychological and medical disorders.

Objective D

We expect our students will be able to design and execute research and evaluation methods that embody scientific rigor and sensitivity to biopsychosocial, spiritual, and cultural issues.

  • “Research Design” Competency: You will be able to articulate scientific theories, and design a range of research designs and methodologies to test theories using an array of statistical techniques.
  • “Collaborative Team” Competency: You will be able to collaborate on joint research projects and develop skills in working as a part of a research team.
  • “Professional Papers” Competency: You will independently write professional papers, including theoretical, literary review, and empirically based research papers, and present your work at local, regional, and national professional conferences. You will also publish your work in peer-reviewed journals that have import for local clinical settings, and represent scientific work from a local clinical scientist model basis.

Training goal 3

To produce graduates who provide an array of vocations of service, including clinical practice, teaching, research, and consultation.

Objective E

We expect our students will demonstrate interpersonal skills and relational capacities for developing effective therapeutic alliances in clinical practice.

  • “Interpersonal Skills” Competency: You will complete clinical foundation courses that establish your self-awareness and skills with regard to relationship competence.
  • “Client Relations” Competency: You will demonstrate the ability to establish rapport and therapeutic alliances with clients in practicum and internship training settings.

Objective F

We expect our students will be able to articulate knowledge and skills in the implementation of the “APA Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct for Psychologists.”

  • “APA Ethical Guidelines” Competency: You will demonstrate knowledge of the interface of APA ethical guidelines and code of conduct relative to the conduct of research and publication activities.
  • “Applied Ethics” Competency: You will apply knowledge of APA ethical guidelines and code of conduct in case formulations at the practicum and internship training level.

Objective G

We expect our students will begin to develop an area of subspecialty within the larger general field of clinical psychology, and gain clinical experience and expertise in an area of subspecialty.

  • “Subspecialty” Competency: You will complete specialty advanced cognate coursework in one of three specialty areas selected by you: health; child and family; or organizational cognates.

Objective H

We expect our students will develop knowledge, skills, and professional attitudes regarding clinical supervision and consultation.

  • “Clinical Supervision” Competency: You will develop knowledge and skills in providing clinical supervision on both clinical and research matters.

Objective I

We expect our students will obtain licensure as psychologists, and obtain employment in areas of clinical, academic and education, and consultation.

  • “Licensure” Competency: You will complete the necessary educational and experience requirements to be eligible for licensure as a psychologist in Washington.

Training goal 4

To produce professional psychologists who demonstrate professional attitudes that are discerning with regard to cultural, individual, and spiritual diversity, and contribute to the knowledge and practice of psychology by integrating these attitudes.

Objective J

We expect our students will develop cultural competencies that allow them to relate professionally and collegially to persons from diverse backgrounds.

  • “Cultural Diversity” Competency: You will demonstrate academic awareness of diversity issues by completing coursework in diversity, and demonstrating scholarly acknowledgment of diversity issues in your coursework throughout the program.
  • “Clinical Sensitivity” Competency: You will obtain experiences in working with diverse clinical populations in both practicum and internship settings.

Why I Teach at SPU

Jacob Bentley, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology ​

“I teach at SPU because the Clinical Psychology doctoral program fully embraces the integration of research-based best clinical practices in the training of emerging scientist-practitioners in the field. As a faculty member, I find it an inspiration to teach in a clinical psychology program that reflects SPU’s broader institutional focus on helping students develop competencies essential for service to underserved and marginalized populations of people.”