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Description

The Doctor of Philosophy with a major in clinical psychology curriculum is designed to introduce the student to a variety of assessment and treatment skills with an emphasis on the theoretical rationales upon which these skills are based. While the student is exposed to a variety of theoretical orientations, the major theoretical base of the program is psychoanalytic. No curriculum can prepare a student with skills applicable to every area in which a psychologist may practice. It is our hope, however, that with in-depth training in selected areas and familiarity with a number of other areas students will be able to learn the skills required in their work using the basic principles of evaluation and intervention emphasized in the program.

Program Description
Program emphasis may be divided into coursework, practice and scholarship. The courses in the curriculum are designed by content and sequence to fulfill several goals. One goal is to acquire a firm foundation in psychology. A second goal is to acquire breadth and depth of knowledge in clinical skills. Clinical experiences are designed not only to afford an opportunity to learn skills in clinical settings but also to integrate skills and the theories shaping and guiding those skills. Scholarship is demonstrated throughout coursework in the form of examinations and student papers. In addition, students, within the context of a comprehensive examination, will be asked to demonstrate their ability to understand, integrate and communicate their knowledge of psychology in general and clinical psychology in particular. The dissertation, which may be experimental or clinically empirical, is an opportunity to show how students can contribute new knowledge within the field.

Admission Requirements

We accept applications from students with either a baccalaureate or a master’s degree as a terminal degree, who have completed as a minimum the prerequisite courses (on either the undergraduate or graduate level) listed below:

a) One term: Statistics

b) One term: Theories of Personality

c. One term: Abnormal Psychology

d) One term: Developmental Psychology

e) Two laboratory courses, for example:

    • Learning
    • Physiological Psychology (strongly recommended)
    • Perception Experimental Psychology (strongly recommended)

Program Statistics
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Program Manual/Student Handbook

Download the PDF of the program manual/student handbook.

Application Process
Applicants should submit, as part of their application, copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts, Graduate Record Examination (G.R.E.) scores (verbal, quantitative and analytical) and three letters of recommendation from people familiar with the applicant’s academic potential and achievement (for those with the master’s degree, one person familiar with the applicant’s clinical work). If possible, have one or more of your references comment on your suitability and talent for a professionally-oriented course of study in Clinical Psychology. Applicants should have at least a 3.0 GPA in their previous academic work.

Please submit a letter describing pertinent aspects of your background and your aspiration. In this letter describe your interests, your accomplishments, your interest in psychology, the issues in psychology that have attracted your attention, why you are applying to our program and your goals for your professional life. The purpose of this letter is to give you the opportunity to inject something personal into the application materials. It is often difficult to distinguish among students based on the standard things we ask for, i.e., transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation. This letter helps us see something of the individual who has compiled the indirect indices of achievement that comprise the bulk of the application. Please do not send term papers or theses. Completed applications must be submitted no later than January 1st, to the attention of:

Theresa Carson
Graduate Admissions Counselor
Admissions Office
University of Detroit Mercy
4001 W. McNichols Road
Detroit, MI 48221-3038

The faculty will review completed applications and those who pass this initial screening will be invited in for interviews. Please make sure that you list on your application form the phone number(s) at which you may be reached during the day and the evening. Include your email address, if available.

NOTE: Students whose application for admission has been declined three times should not re-apply.

Financial Aid
The doctoral program in Clinical Psychology has generally been able to offer half-time tuition credit to students in the first two years of training in exchange for their performing teaching assistant duties. There are a limited number of credits available for clinic positions starting in the second and third years. Students would be expected to pay for the remainder of tuition and other expenses. The Financial Aid Office at the University should also be contacted for further information regarding other sources of financial assistance 313-993-3350.

Accreditation
The program is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002-4242, (202) 336-5979.


Degree Requirements

The total program including coursework, practica, comprehensive examinations, internship and dissertation amounts to approximately 96 credit hours. It is designed to be completed in five years. The maximum time for completion is seven years.

The academic year consists of three, 15-week terms, going from the beginning of September through the second week of August (appropriate vacation times are built in). The psychotherapy practicum begins the first term of the second year and continues for two years (six consecutive terms). This practicum involves students with patient contact and clinical staff conferences at the Psychology Clinic of the University of Detroit Mercy, a University-supported community service training site. The curriculum is outlined below.

FALL OF YEAR ONE

PYC 6540 Theories of Personality 3 credits
PYC 6550 Psychoanalytic Concepts 3 credits
PYC 6600 Statistical Methods I 3 credits
PYC 6700 Psychological Assessment I 3 credits
PYC 7950 Topics in Psychology
0 credits

CREDIT HOURS 12

WINTER OF YEAR ONE

PYC 5040 Advanced Research 3 credits
PYC 6610 Statistical Methods II 3 credits
PYC 6710 Psychological Assessment II 3 credits
PYC 6850 Psychopathology I 3 credits
PYC 6880 Principles of Psychotherapy 3 credits
PYC 7950 Topics in Psychology
0 credits

CREDIT HOURS 15

SUMMER OF YEAR ONE

PYC 5230 Assessment Methods With Children 3 credits
PYC 6500* History and Systems of Psychology 3 credits
PYC 6860 Psychopathology II 3 credits

*Offered every other year.

CREDIT HOURS 9

FALL OF YEAR TWO

PYC 6040 Learning and Memory 3 credits
PYC 6730 Psychological Assessment III 0 credits
PYC 6890 Theories of Psychotherapy 3 credits
PYC 7500 Psychotherapy Practicum 3 credits
PYC 7750 Cultural Diversity 3 credits

CREDIT HOURS 12

WINTER OF YEAR TWO

PYC 6730 Psychological Assessment III 0 credits
PYC 6740 Developmental Psychology 3 credits
PYC 6930 Ethics and Professional Issues 3 credits
PYC 7500 Psychotherapy Practicum 3 credits

CREDIT HOURS 9

SUMMER OF YEAR TWO

PYC 5000 Social Psychology 3 credits
PYC 6730 Psychological Assessment III 0 credits
PYC 7500 Psychotherapy Practicum 0 credits

CREDIT HOURS 3

FALL OF YEAR THREE

PYC 6630 Research Seminar 3 credits
PYC 7500 Psychotherapy Practicum 3 credits
PYC 7530 Clinical Practicum 0 credits

CREDIT HOURS 6

WINTER OF YEAR THREE

PYC 6510 Physiological Psychology 3 credits
PYC 7500 Psychotherapy Practicum 3 credits
PYC 7530 Clinical Practicum 0 credits

CREDIT HOURS 6

SUMMER OF YEAR THREE

PYC 7500 Psychotherapy Practicum 0 credits
PYC 7530 Clinical Practicum 0 credits

CREDIT HOURS 0

**In addition, students take fifteen (15) hours of elective courses and complete a second-year research project **

YEAR FOUR

PYC 7530* Clinical Practicum 0 credits (3 terms)
PYC 7990** Dissertation Research 1-9 credits

Comprehensive exams, dissertation work (minimum of 9 credit hours), and additional therapy. Students register for dissertation hours, and additional psychotherapy hours during this time frame.

*Optional

** Students must first pass comprehensive exams before registering for PYC 7990; Nine credits of dissertation are required to graduate; students register for credits each term.

YEAR FIVE

Internship year – register for

PYC 7540* Clinical Internship 0 credits
PYC 7990** Dissertation Research
1-9 credits

*Students register for three (3) terms.

**Nine (9) credits of dissertation are required to graduate; students register for credits each term until dissertation is completed.

Program Contact Information

Director: Barry Dauphin, Ph.D.
Reno Hall, Room 248
McNichols Campus

Telephone: 313-993-1650
Fax: 313-578-0516
Email: dauphivb@udmercy.edu

Chairperson: Linda Slowik
Telephone: 313-993-1623
Fax: 313-578-0507
Email: slowiklh@udmercy.edu


For more information about UDM, or to apply online, go to www.udmercy.edu/apply.


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