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Requirements for the CFC Concentration

Requirements for the CFC Concentration in Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.)

Competence must be demonstrated across the child, family and multicultural domains. Demonstrating competence within each of those three domains includes developing a solid knowledge base as well as performance of the research applications and clinical skills needed to succeed as a psychologist, according to the following guidelines:
 
     Demonstrating knowledge-based competency
Requirement 1: Coursework
·         Complete at least 5 courses from the CFC selections (see Appendix A for list of courses) with at least one course in child development, one course related to familial processes, and one related to culture. Note that CFC courses may also fulfill other requirements of the clinical program (e.g., cognitive/affective, biological bases, clinical, etc.). 
 
Requirement 2: Comprehensive Exams
·         Successful complete Doctoral Comprehensive Exams in Clinical Psychology in the area of Children, Families and Cultures.
 
Requirement 3: CFC Roundtable Meetings
·         Participate in CFC roundtables and attend CFC related colloquia. Although students are expected to participate consistently throughout their tenure in the program, a minimum of four semesters of participation is required. The group meetings include student and faculty led presentations and discussions of relevant issues and readings in the CFC area.
 
Demonstrating performance-based competency
Requirement 4: Professional development related to research
Fulfilled by completing both of the following:
·         Attend at least one CFC relevant professional conference*
·         Complete a Dissertation in the area of Children, Families and Culture*
And at least one of the following:
·         Write, or assist substantially in the conceptualization and preparation of, a CFC relevant grant.*
·         Present (first author) CFC relevant research at a professional conference*
·         Produce at least one CFC relevant research article that is accepted for publication in a peer reviewed scientific journal*
 
Requirement 5: Professional development related to clinical practice
Fulfilled by completing both of the following:
·         Satisfactorily complete at least one practicum or externship related to children, families, and/or multicultural awareness training.*
·         Present a clinical “case conference” related to children, families and/or multicultural awareness in a CFC group meeting.
 
* CFC relevance must be approved by your academic advisor.
 

Summary document: CFC Concentration requirements for  PhD in Clinical Psychology

 

Requirements for the CFC Concentration in Psychological Science (M.A.)

Requirement 1: Coursework
·         Three of the seven electives must be taken from the CFC course offerings (see Appendix A). 
 
Requirement 2: Research Apprenticeship (RP)
·         Complete topic paper (RP) in the CFC area
 
Requirement 3: CFC Roundtable Meetings
·         Participate in CFC roundtables and attend CFC related colloquia.  Although students are expected to participate consistently throughout their tenure in the program, a minimum of two semesters of participation is required. The group meetings include student- and faculty-led presentations and discussions of relevant issues and readings in the CFC area.
 
 

Protocol for CFC Concentration in the Master of Arts Program

Joining the CFC Concentration in the M.A. Program
Students with an interest in children, families, and cultures, whose mentors are CFC faculty, are encouraged to join the CFC concentration. In the first semester of his/her graduate training, the student is encouraged to attend the CFC meetings and discuss the concentration with faculty and students.
 
CFC Concentration Plan
By the end of the first semester in the program, a student seeking the CFC concentration is required to develop a plan with his/her major advisor to achieve the core competencies defined above. This plan will clearly indicate the methods and time frame in which each of the requirements will be completed. The student’s advisor will sign and retain the CFC Concentration Plan for M.A. students (see Appendix B); students are encouraged to keep a copy for their records. The plan may be revised as needed.
 
CFC Petition
When all requirements have been met, the student will submit a Petition for the CFC concentration to the CFC faculty for approval. Written by the student, the Petition describes the manner by which each of the CFC concentration requirements has been fulfilled. Upon approval, the CFC faculty will confirm in writing that the student has completed all requirements of the concentration.

  

Summary document: CFC Concentration requirements for MA in Psychological Science