The mission of the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology program at Albizu University, Miami campus, is to train professionally and culturally competent clinical psychologists with a special emphasis on the training of minorities, particularly Hispanics. 

Philosophy of Training

The philosophy of training for the Psy.D. program is based on the belief that the needs of a multicultural society are best served by psychology professionals who are culturally competent and inclusive. In accordance with this belief, the program seeks to provide students with a rich exposure to culturally and individually diverse populations through its academic training and applied experiences. It also seeks to train students who have been underrepresented in the field.

Training Model

The Psy.D. program follows the practitioner-scholar model, as defined by the Vail Conference and further articulated in the Mission Bay Resolutions.  The participants of the 1973 APA-sponsored Vail Conference on Professional Training in Psychology concluded that the Psy.D. should be awarded to clinical psychology students trained in providing clinical services informed by scientific research, while the Ph.D. should be awarded to those primarily trained in designing and conducting that research.

Training Goals

  1. Prepare students to become clinical psychologists who provide comprehensive psychodiagnostic and psychotherapeutic services in an ethical and competent manner.
  2. Educate students in theories and concepts of cultural diversity and individual differences and their application to the practice of professional psychology.
  3. Prepare students to function as clinical supervisors, program administrators, and/or consultants.
  4. Educate students to practice clinical psychology as informed by the theories, methods, and findings of scientific research and scholarly works.

Program Objectives

  1. Demonstrate comprehensive clinical assessment skills.
  2. Demonstrate comprehensive skills in clinical intervention.
  3. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of ethical principles and the ability to apply them to clinical practice.
  4. Identify and understand issues related to cultural diversity and individual differences as they affect clinical competencies.
  5. Demonstrate the ability as to serve as a clinical supervisor, administrator, and consultant in diverse settings.  
  6. Demonstrate the skills to be a discerning consumer of scholarly works and research, including studies of empirically based treatment methodology.

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