The Catholic University of America

Suggested Course of Study in the Clinical Psychology Program

FIRST YEAR: Required course sequence.

Fall Semester

  • PSY 705 Statistical Methods I
  • PSY 709 Historical and Biological Foundations
  • PSY 811 Research Methods in Psychology
  • PSY 813 Psychopathology
  • PSY 901 Clinical Assessment I

 

Spring Semester

  • PSY 706 Statistical Methods II
  • PSY 710 Cognitive and Social Foundations
  • PSY 793 Research Apprenticeship
  • PSY 902 Clinical Assessment II
  • PSY 903 Lab in Clinical Assessment II (1 credit)
  • PSY 921 Psychotherapy: Research and Method

 

SECOND YEAR

Fall Semester

  • PSY 793 Research Apprenticeship
  • PSY 907 Practicum in Psychotherapy
  • 3 Additional Courses: Electives, Cultural Issues in Clinical Psychology (PSY 830) and/or Ethics and Professional Issues (PSY 840), and/or Human Development (PSY 640) (note: Cultural Issues, Ethics, and Human Development are required courses that must be taken at some point in the second or third year).

 

Spring Semester

  • PSY 793 Research Apprenticeship
  • PSY 908 Practicum in Psychotherapy
  • 3 Additional Courses: Electives, Cultural Issues in Clinical Psychology (PSY 830), and/or Ethics and Professional Issues (PSY 840)

 

THIRD YEAR

Fall Semester

  • Clinical Practicum Elective (e.g., Externship)
  • 1 or 2 Electives, Cultural Issues in Clinical Psychology (PSY 830), and/or Ethics and Professional Issues (PSY 840), and/or Human Development (PSY 640)
  • Comprehensive Exams (this is the recommended semester)
 

Spring Semester

  • Clinical Practicum Elective (e.g., Externship)
  • 1 or 2 Electives, Cultural Issues in Clinical Psychology (PSY 830), and/or Ethics and Professional Issues (PSY 840)
  • Dissertation Guidance (if comprehensive exam has been passed)

 

FOURTH YEAR - BOTH SEMESTERS

  • Dissertation Guidance
  • Externship

 

FIFTH YEAR

  • Complete dissertation and take oral exam
  • Internship (12 months)

 

 

Additional Requirements for All Clinical Students


Three elective courses in the following non-clinical areas:

One in biological bases of behavior (e.g., Cognitive Neuroscience)

One in social bases of behavior (e.g., Social Development)

One in cognitive-affective bases of behavior (e.g., Psychology of Emotions; Cognitive Aging)

Elective Requirements:

One Assessment Elective

One Treatment Elective

One Clinical Elective from the Assessment Electives, Treatment Electives, and

other clinical courses (not practica)

One other classroom course in Psychology at the 600-level or higher (not practica)

In addition to grades, research, and practicum performance evaluation, students are evaluated regarding their interpersonal competency as it influences a student's professional and/or ethical conduct in the program, and their potential for work in the field.