Program Goals, Objectives, And Competencies

The program has a clearly specified philosophy of education and training fully compatible with the mission of its sponsor institution, Carlos Albizu University, and appropriate to the science and practice of psychology. The main goals, objectives, and competencies of the program are as follows.

Program Goals                                 

To prepare competent clinical professionals in health service psychology according to the theories, methods, and findings of scientific research and scholarly works; high ethical standards; and a belief in self-reflective social commitment and responsibility 

To prepare students to become clinical psychologists who provide preventive services, comprehensive psychological assessments, and evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions for culturally and individually diverse populations within an interprofessional/interdisciplinary context


Program Objectives 

The program has the following objectives for student learning: 

Discipline-Specific Knowledge Category 1: History and Systems of Psychology 

1.1    Learn the origin and development of major systems of psychology 

Discipline-Specific Knowledge Category 2: Basic Content Areas in Scientific Psychology 

1.       Learn theories and relevant research that are fundamental for the understanding of the biological and developmental aspects of behavior 

2.       Learn theories and current research relevant for the understanding of cognitive aspects of behavior 

3.       Learn theories and current research relevant for the understanding of affective and social aspects of behavior 

Discipline-Specific Knowledge Category 3: Advanced Integrative Knowledge in Scientific Psychology 

1.       Demonstrate advanced integrative knowledge of biological and developmental aspects of behavior 

2.       Demonstrate advanced integrative knowledge of biological and cognitive aspects of behavior 

3.       Demonstrate advanced integrative knowledge of social and affective aspects of behavior 

Discipline-Specific Knowledge Category 4: Research and Quantitative Methods 

1.       Demonstrate knowledge and skills in research methods including quantitative and qualitative approaches 

2.       Demonstrate knowledge and skills in psychometric theory and techniques of psychological measurement

Program Competencies

Students will develop the following competencies through the program:

Competency #1: Research 

1.       Demonstrate the independent ability to formulate and conduct research or scholarly activities 

2.       Evaluate and disseminate research and scholarly works 

Competency #2: Ethical and legal standards 

1.       Know and understand the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Examining Board of Psychologists of Puerto Rico Ethical Principles and Codes of Conduct, as well as national and federal laws, rules, regulations, and professional standards and guidelines relevant to health service psychology 

2.       Apply ethical principles and professional standards to ethical dilemmas in clinical practice and decision-making processes 

Competency #3: Individual and cultural diversity 

1.       Identify and understand personal and cultural attitudes and biases and their impact in interactions with others 

2.       Demonstrate and apply knowledge, skills, and sensitivity when working with diverse populations 

3.       Integrate knowledge and skills in individual and cultural differences in professional conduct and roles within the community 

Competency #4: Professional values, attitudes, and behaviors 

1.       Demonstrate knowledge of and behave in ways that reflect the values and attitudes of psychology, including integrity, accountability, and concern for the welfare of others 

2.       Engage in self-reflection on personal and professional functioning to improve professional effectiveness and independence during training 

3.       Demonstrate openness and flexibility to feedback and supervision 

Competency #5: Communication and interpersonal skills 

1.       Develop and maintain effective personal and interpersonal relationships with individuals including clients, colleagues, organizations, and communities served 

2.       Demonstrate professional verbal, non-verbal, and written communication skills and the management of difficult communications in interactions with others 

Competency #6: Assessment 

1.       Select the appropriate assessment methods from the best available empirical literature 

2.       Administer, score, and interpret reliable and valid tests and measures of adaptive behavior, intelligence, and personality and prepare professional written reports that integrate test data with collateral findings 

3.       Communicate the findings verbally in a written report to a range of audiences in a sensible way 

Competency #7: Intervention 

1.       Establish and maintain effective therapeutic relationships with a variety of populations and organizations 

2.       Demonstrate the ability to study diverse clinical problems and interventions using empirical research findings 

3.       Implement evidence-based intervention skills in individual, group, and family therapies and with other diverse clients in different contexts 

4.       Modify interventions using evidence-based approaches when necessary, according to client’s needs 

5.       Evaluate intervention effectiveness, goals, and methods consistent with the ongoing evaluation and make adaptations as needed 

Competency #8: Supervision 

1.       Acquire and demonstrate knowledge and skill in clinical supervision models and practices 

Competency #9: Consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills 

1.       Demonstrate knowledge and skill in professional consultation models and practices 

2.       Demonstrate knowledge and respect for the roles and perspectives of other professionals within interdisciplinary contexts

San Juan location
151 Calle Tanca San Juan, PR 00901
Phone: (787) 725-6500 Fax: (787) 721-7187
Miami location
2173 NW 99th Avenue Miami, Florida 33172 Phone: (305) 593-1223 Fax: (305) 592-7930
Centro Mayaguez
56 Calle José De Diego, Mayagüez, P.R. 00680 Phone: (787) 838-7272 Fax: (787) 721-7187
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Commission for Independent Education