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Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology Sample Schedule

Doctoral courses are scheduled during all three terms in an academic year. Classes are offered on weekdays as well as weekends during morning, afternoon and evening hours. Students should take courses in the proper sequence to satisfy prerequisites for advanced courses and to prepare for practicum placements. More detailed information, including course descriptions, can be found in the Adler University catalog.

Degree Requirements

The following courses, exams, practica, seminars, dissertation, and internship are required for this degree.
Courses:

  • * PSY-600 Clinical Interviewing and Basic Skills (with Lab) 4 cr.
  • * PSY-623 Life Span Development 3 cr.
  • * PSY-642 Diversity and Individual Differences 3 cr.
  • * PSY-645 Ethics and Professional Development in Clinical Psychology 3 cr.
  • * PSY-648 Psychopathology I 3 cr.
  • * PSY-649 Psychopathology II 3 cr.
  • PSY-659 Community Psychology 3 cr.
  • * PSY-661 Integrative Assessment: Cognitive, Intellectual, and Academic Functioning (with Lab) 4 cr.
  • * PSY-662 Integrative Assessment: Personality I (with Lab) 4 cr.
  • * PSY-663 Integrative Assessment: Personality II (with Lab) 4 cr.
  • PSY-709 Diagnosis and Treatment of Addictive Disorders 3 cr.
  • PSY-710 Adlerian Therapy I: Introduction to Assessment and Case Conceptualization 3 cr.
  • PSY-711 Adlerian Therapy II: Psychodynamics of Psychopathology and Interventions 3 cr.
  • PSY-724 Biological Bases of Behavior 3 cr.
  • PSY-737 Statistics 3 cr.
  • PSY-738 Research Methods in Clinical Psychology I 3 cr.
  • PSY-739 Research Methods in Clinical Psychology II 3 cr.
  • PSY-832 Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior 3 cr.
  • PSY-833 Social Psychology 3 cr.
  • PSY-834 History and Systems 3 cr.
  • PSY-835 Social Determinants of Mental Health 3 cr.
  • PSY-910 Supervision and Management in Clinical Psychology 4 cr.
  • PSY-*** Basic Intervention Electives (two) 6 cr.
  • PSY-*** Advanced Intervention Elective 3 cr.
  • PSY-*** Basic or Advanced Intervention Elective 3 cr.
  • PSY-*** General Electives (five) 15 cr.

Qualifying Exams

  • PSY-704 Psy.D. Qualifying Examination I 0 cr.
  • PSY-790 Psy.D. Clinical Qualifying Examination – Assessment Competency 0 cr.
  • PSY-890 Psy.D. Clinical Qualifying Examination – Intervention Competency 0 cr.

Practica

  • * SJP-513 Social Justice Practicum I 1 cr.
  • * SJP-514 Social Justice Practicum II 1 cr.
  • PSY-760 Doctoral Practicum I 1 cr.
  • PSY-761 Doctoral Practicum II 1 cr.
  • PSY-762 Doctoral Practicum III 1 cr.
  • PSY-860 Doctoral Practicum IV 1 cr.
  • PSY-861 Doctoral Practicum V 1 cr.
  • PSY-862 Doctoral Practicum VI 1 cr.
  • PSY-960 Advanced Practicum I 1 cr.
  • PSY-961 Advanced Practicum II 1 cr.

Seminars

  • * PSY-667 Professional Development and Socially Responsible 1 cr.
  • Practice Seminar I
  • * PSY-668 Professional Development and Socially Responsible Practice Seminar II 1 cr.
  • * PSY-669 1 cr.

Diversity Seminar

These seminars are now concurrent with the practicums above (total of 1 credit only for both the seminar and practicum)

  • PSY-750 Doctoral Practicum Seminar I
  • PSY-751 Doctoral Practicum Seminar II
  • PSY-752 Doctoral Practicum Seminar III
  • PSY-850 Doctoral Practicum Seminar IV
  • PSY-851 Doctoral Practicum Seminar V
  • PSY-852 Doctoral Practicum Seminar VI
  • PSY-950 Advanced Practicum Seminar I
  • PSY-951 Advanced Practicum Seminar II

Dissertation

  • PSY-** Doctoral Dissertation I .5 cr.
  • PSY-** Doctoral Dissertation II .5 cr.
  • PSY-** Doctoral Dissertation III .5 cr.
  • PSY-** Doctoral Dissertation IV .5 cr.
  • PSY-** Doctoral Dissertation V. 5 cr.
  • PSY-** Doctoral Dissertation VI. 5 cr.
  • PSY-998 Doctoral Dissertation Oral Defense 0 cr.

Internship

  • PSY-920 Doctoral Internship Full-Time I 0 cr.
  • PSY-921 Doctoral Internship Full-Time II 0 cr.
  • PSY-922 Doctoral Internship Full-Time III 0 cr. Or
  • PSY-923 Doctoral Internship Half-Time I 0 cr.
  • PSY-924 Doctoral Internship Half-Time II 0 cr.
  • PSY-925 Doctoral Internship Half-Time III 0 cr.
  • PSY-926 Doctoral Internship Half-Time IV 0 cr.
  • PSY-927 Doctoral Internship Half-Time V 0 cr.
  • PSY-928 Doctoral Internship Half-Time VI 0 cr.

Total Credit Hours Required: 114
*Successful completion of these courses is required before beginning clinical practicum.
 
ADVANCED ELECTIVES

Electives

Menu of Required Intervention Electives** All Psy.D. students Choose Two:

  • PSY-720 Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy Approaches I
  • PSY-721 Psychoanalytic Approaches I
  • PSY-722 Humanistic and Existential Therapy Approaches I
  • PSY-723 Couple and Family Therapy Approaches I
  • PSY-788 Military Couple, Family, and Group Psychotherapy (Military Emphasis students only; meets the requirement of PSY-723)

Menu of Required Advanced Intervention Electives** All Psy.D. students Choose One:

  • PSY-801 Psychoanalytic Approaches II
  • PSY-802 Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy Approaches II
  • PSY-803 Humanistic and Existential Therapy Approaches II
  • PSY-804 Couple and Family Therapy Approaches II
  • PSY-824 Advanced Adlerian Interventions and Assessment

GENERAL ELECTIVES
Psy.D. students choose five from the courses listed below (basic and/or advanced) Emphasis courses meet this requirement.

BASIC ELECTIVES
Psy.D. students in their 2nd year or beyond

  • PSY-712 Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual Aspects of Addiction (Substance Abuse Treatment Emphasis course open to 2nd Year or beyond Psy.D. students)*
  • PSY-753 Child & Adolescent Psychopathology (C&A emphasis course open to 2nd Year or beyond Psy.D. students)*
  • PSY-756: Group Psychotherapy (this course fulfills the open C&A elective requirement)
  • PSY-763 Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues Across the Lifespan
  • PSY-783 Advanced Child & Adolescent Assessment (C&A emphasis course open to all students; open to 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th year Psy.D. students)*
  • PSY-784 Introduction to Military Psychology (Military emphasis course open to 2nd Year or beyond Psy.D. students)*
  • PSY-785 Psychology of Combat & Conflict (Military emphasis students only)PSY-870 International Immersion and Cross-Cultural Studies

3rd, 4th, and 5th Year Students

  • PSY-706 Trauma-Focused Approaches to Intervention (Traumatic Stress emphasis priority; open to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th year Psy.D. students; this course fulfills the open C&A elective requirement)*
  • PSY-713 Advanced Treatment of Addictive Disorders (Substance Abuse Treatment emphasis course open to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th year Psy.D. students)*
  • PSY-717 Primary Care Psychology (2 cr.) (Primary Care emphasis priority; open to all 3rd, 4t,h and 5th year Psy.D. students)*
  • PSY-718 Medical Terminology and Conditions for Primary Care (1 cr.) (Primary Care emphasis priority; open to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th year Psy.D. students)*
  • PSY-719 Mindfulness Meditation (Primary Care emphasis priority; open to all 3rd, 4th and 5th year Psy.D. students)*
  • PSY-733 Theories and Techniques of Clinical Hypnosis (Primary Care emphasis priority; open to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th year Psy.D. students)*
  • PSY-735 Assessment and Intervention in Behavioral Medicine (Primary Care emphasis priority; open to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th year Psy.D. students)*
  • PSY-736 Assessment and Intervention in Behavioral Medicine II (Primary Care emphasis priority; open to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th year Psy.D. students)*
  • PSY-754 Special Topics in the Treatment of Children, Adolescents and Families (This course fulfills the open C&A elective requirement; open to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th year Psy.D. students)*
  • PSY-757 Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy (C&A emphasis course; open to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th year Psy.D. students)*
  • PSY-758 Biofeedback (Primary Care emphasis priority; open to 3rd, 4th, and 5th year Psy.D. all students)*
  • PSY-764, Neuropsychological Assessment I, II, & III (respectively)
  • PSY-783 Advanced Child & Adolescent Assessment (C&A emphasis course open to all students; open to 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th year Psy.D. students)*
  • PSY-786 Trauma-Informed Treatment for Military Populations (Military emphasis students only)
  • PSY-787 Testing, Assessment & Treatment in DoD & VA Healthcare Systems (Military emphasis only)
  • PSY-805 Advanced Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy (C&A emphasis course open to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th year Psy.D. students)*
  • PSY-806 Advanced Trauma-Focused Approaches to Interventions (Traumatic Stress emphasis priority; open to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th year Psy.D. students)*
  • PSY-811 Advanced Issues in Co-Occurring Disorders (Traumatic Stress emphasis priority and Substance Abuse Treatment emphasis priority)
  • PSY-821 Neo-Adlerian Theory: Integration of Adlerian theory with Evidence Based Practice (Advanced Adlerian emphasis; open to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th year Psy.D. students)*
  • PSY-822 Death, Dying, Bereavement and Loss-Focused Approaches to Intervention (Traumatic Stress emphasis and Primary Care emphasis priority; open to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th year Psy.D. students)*
  • PSY-823 Adlerian Parent Consultation and Family Therapy (Advanced Adlerian emphasis course open to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th year Psy.D. students; this course fulfills the open C&A elective requirement)*
  • PSY-839 Advanced Statistical Techniques
  • PSY-864 Pediatric Neuropsychological Assessment (Neuropsychological Emphasis students only,- this emphasis is no longer available)
  • PSY-865 Neuropsychological Intervention Techniques (Neuropsychological Emphasis students only - this emphasis is no longer available)
  • PSY-877 Advanced Issues in Religion & Spirituality – Theory & Therapy
  • PSY-910 Psychopharmacology
  • PSY-930 Trauma, Grief, and Loss with Children, Family, and Adolescents (This course fulfills the open C&A elective requirement; open to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th year Psy.D. students)*
  • PSY-931 Developmental Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence (This course fulfills the open C&A elective requirement; open to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th Psy.D. year students)*
  • PSY-932 Assessment and Intervention with Adolescents and Young Adults (This course fulfills the open C&A elective requirement; open to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th year Psy.D. students)*

Note: Students enrolled in an emphasis will have priority to register in emphasis courses that are open to non-emphasis Psy.D. students.
*Courses from an emphasis that may be taken by non-emphasis students
**Basic intervention and advanced intervention courses taken in excess of the required amount will meet the requirement of a general elective.

 

Year One

Fall Term Credits = 14
Spring Term Credits = 11
Summer Term Credits = 9
PSY-623: Life Span Development
(3 credits)
PSY-642: Diversity and Individual Differences
(3 credits)
PSY-600: Clinical Interviewing and Basic Skills 
(4 credits, with lab)
PSY-645: Ethics and Professional Development in Clinical Psychology
(3 credits)
PSY-649: Psychopathology II (3 credits) PSY-669: Diversity Seminar 
(1 credits)
PSY-648: Psychopathology I 
(3 credits)
PSY-668: Professional Development and Socially Responsible Practice Seminar II
(1 credit)
PSY-659: Community Psychology 
(3 credits)

PSY-667: Professional Development and Socially Responsible Practice Seminar I
(1 credit)

PSY-662: Integrative Assessment: Personality I
(4 credits, with lab)

PSY-663: Integrative Assessment: Personality II
(3 credits, with lab)

SJP - 513: Social Justice Practicum
(1 credit)
SJP - 514: Social Justice Practicum
(1 credit)
 
PSY-661: Integrative Assessment: Cognitive, Intellectual and Academic Functioning with Lab
(4 credits, with lab)
   

 

Year Two

Fall Term Credits = 14
Spring Term Credits = 11
Summer Term Credits = 10

PSY-704: Psy.D. Qualifying Exam I 
(0 credits)

PSY-711: Adlerian Therapy II: Psychodynamics of Psychopathology and Interventions 
(3 credits)
PSY-724: Biological Bases of Behavior 
(3 credits)
PSY-709: Diagnosis and Treatment of Addictive Disorders 
(3 credits)
PSY-738: Research Methods in Clinical Psychology I
(3 credits)
PSY-739: Research Methods in Clinical Psychology II 
(2 credits)
PSY-710: Adlerian Therapy I: Introduction to Assessment and Case Conceptualization
(3 credits)
PSY-751: Doctoral Practicum Seminar II 
(1 credit)
PSY-752: Doctoral Practicum Seminar III 
(1 credit)

PSY-720: Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy Approaches I  (3 credits)

PSY-761: Doctoral Practicum II 
(1 credit)
PSY-762: Doctoral Practicum III 
(1 credit)
PSY-737: Statistics (3 credits) PSY-790: Psy.D. Clinical Qualifying Examination-Assessment Competency
(0 credits)
Required Basic Intervention Elective 
(3 credits)
PSY-750: Doctoral Practicum Seminar I 
(1 credit)
Required Basic Intervention Elective
(3 credits)
 
PSY-760: Doctoral Practicum I 
(1 credit)
   

 

Year Three

Fall Term Credits = 11
Spring Term Credits = 8
Summer Term Credits = 8
PSY-860: Doctoral Practicum IV 
(1 credit)
PSY-832: Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior 
(3 credits)
PSY-835: Social Determinants of Mental Health 
(3 credits)
PSY-833: Social Psychology 
(3 credits)
PSY-851: Doctoral Practicum Seminar V 
(1 credit)
PSY-852: Doctoral Practicum Seminar VI 
(1 credit)
PSY-834: History and Systems 
(3 credits)
PSY-861: Doctoral Practicum V 
(1 credit)
PSY-862: Doctoral Practicum VI 
(1 credit)
PSY-850: Doctoral Practicum Seminar IV 
(1 credit)
PSY-890: Psy.D. Clinical Qualifying Examination -Intervention Competency
(0 credits)
PSY-897: Psy.D. Dissertation Proposal
(0 credits)
PSY-896: Psy.D. Dissertation Preparation Seminar 
(0 credits)
General Elective 1 or Emphasis Course
(3 credits)
General Elective 2 or Emphasis Course
(3 credits)
Required Advanced Intervention Elective
(3 credits)
   

 

Year Four

Fall Term Credits = 8
Spring Term Credits = 5
Summer Term Credits = 5
PSY-901: Psy.D. Dissertation I 
(0 credits)
PSY-902: Psy.D. Dissertation II 
(0 credits)
PSY-903: Psy.D. Dissertation III 
(0 credits)
PSY-950: Advanced Practicum Seminar I 
(1 credit)
PSY-910: Supervision and Management in Clinical Psychology 
(3 credits)
PSY-912: Psychopharmacology
(2 credits)
PSY-960: Advanced Practicum I 
(1 credit)
PSY-951: Advanced Practicum Seminar II
(1 credit)

PSY-961: Advanced Practicum II 
(1 credit)

General Elective 3 or Emphasis Course
(3 credits)
General Elective 4 or Emphasis Course
(3 credits)
General Elective 5 or Emphasis Course
(3 credits)

 

Year Five

Fall Term Credits = 0
Spring Term Credits = 0
Summer Term Credits = 0
PSY-920: Doctoral Internship (0 credits) PSY-921: Doctoral Internship (0 credits) PSY-922: Doctoral Internship (0 credits)
PSY-998: Psy.D. Dissertation Oral Defense (0 credits)