Counseling Psychology (PsyD)
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NOTE: Due to the pandemic, the GRE exam requirements will be waived for fall 2021 PsyD applicants.
The Our Lady of the Lake University Psychology Department offers the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degree with a concentration in Counseling Psychology that trains graduates for the independent practice of assessment and intervention with individuals, groups, families and couples.
The PsyD program emphasizes skills and competencies for the professional practice of psychology. There is greater emphasis in the PsyD program on the application of psychology and the delivery of services and less emphasis on traditional research activities. The program is designed to meet state academic requirements for licensure as a psychologist.
Psychological Services for Spanish Speaking Populations (PSSSP) Certificate
Psychology graduate students who are conversationally proficient in Spanish may obtain a certificate in Psychological Services for Spanish Speaking Populations (PSSSP). The PSSSP certificate was developed to prepare students to provide high quality services to the growing number of clients who prefer to receive services in Spanish. The goal of the PSSSP program is to prepare practitioners to be equally competent in the delivery of psychological services in Spanish and English. The PSSSP certificate requirements may be fulfilled as an elective concentration in the PsyD program. Download PSSSP application (application is in Spanish).
Degree plans and course descriptions
- Doctor of Psychology Counseling Psychology
- Psychological Services for Spanish Speaking Populations (PSSSP) – Counseling Psychology Concentration Certificate
The PsyD program is a full-time program. Students typically finish their coursework in four years followed by one year of internship.
The Counseling Psychology PsyD program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and meets the specialty guidelines for the delivery of services. For information about the APA accreditation status, contact the APA Commission on Accreditation, c/o Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242, phone: 202-336-5979.
PsyD Program Aims and Objectives
The PsyD program is committed to the following aims and objectives in preparing our students to become competent in the practice of psychology
Aim #1: Graduates will be prepared for the competent practice of psychology
- Objective 1.1 Students demonstrate mastery of the theory and practice of psychotherapy.
- Objective 1.2 Students demonstrate proficiency in providing psychological assessment and interpreting assessment procedures.
- Objective 1.3 Students demonstrate understanding of and the ability to apply ethical and legal principles.
- Objective 1.4 Students demonstrate multicultural competence.
- Objective 1.5 Students are able to implement appropriate methodologies to evaluate clinical practice, efficacy, and outcomes.
Aim #2: Graduates are prepared to contribute to the development of the profession
- Objective 2.1 Students demonstrate proficiency in providing supervision of psychotherapy.
- Objective 2.2 Students demonstrate skills necessary to contribute to the profession through scholarship.
Aim #3: The PsyD program produces licensed professional psychologists (program outcomes)
- Objective 3.1 Students that apply for internships are matched at an APA-accredited or APPIC-member site.
- Objective 3.2 Students complete program within 10 years.
- Objective 3.3 Graduates obtain licensure as professional psychologists.
“OLLU helped me to see the other side of the clinical narrative that exists for individuals working in the mental health field. Through their collaborative teaching and experiential possibilities, I was not only able to learn in a classroom environment, I was also able to experience and practice these skills in a clinical setting. These skills and experiences have helped me to advance my clinical skills and become a better mental health professional.”