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Combined-Integrated (C-I) Doctoral Program in Clinical and School Psychology

Dr. Gregg R. Henriques, Program Director

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Admission Requirements
Admission to the C-I doctoral program requires that applicants:

The program is typically initiated at a post-masters degree level. However, in some rare cases students may be admitted without a master's degree. Any exceptions to these admission requirements must be approved by the core faculty of the combined-integrated program.

Five to seven full-time students are admitted each year. Priority will be given to application materials received by February 1 in anticipation of fall admission. Group and individual interviews with both faculty and current students to assess abilities, characteristics and readiness for the program are scheduled in February and March. All applicants are notified of admission decisions no later than March 15. Students offered admission are expected to reply no later than April 1.

Mission
The mission of the JMU combined-integrated doctoral program in clinical and school psychology is to produce generalist psychological practitioners who are broadly trained, actively self-reflective, committed to an ethic of social responsibility and optimally prepared to work in a wide variety of settings with diverse clientele. In addition, the specific focus of the program is the development of those competencies that will prepare graduates to serve as leaders and advocates in the delivery of mental health services in the context of a diverse society.

Combined-Integrated training is an innovative concept that merges the traditional professional areas of clinical, counseling and school psychology into a generalist approach that provides students with a broad foundation from which to operate. A generalist orientation opens up pathways to draw from each of the three practice areas in a manner that is complementary and synergistic. The rationale for C-I training stems from the fact that there is a) tremendous overlap in the basic training of the three specialty areas of clinical, counseling and school psychology; b) there is a need to define the core competencies of professional psychologists; and c) there are emerging trends for greater unity within the field.

In regards to training objectives, we work to graduate C-I psychologists to serve as general practitioners, primary care providers and health service psychologists who can: 1) understand and integrate contributions and perspectives from three major areas of applied activity in our larger field (i.e., clinical, counseling and school psychology); 2) develop conceptualizations of human behavior that integrate biological, psychological and social dimensions of analysis; 3) integrate various theoretical perspectives into a coherent whole; and 4) work effectively in an interprofessional context.

Required Courses
Credit
PSYC 668. Couple and Family Systems
3
PSYC 864. Processes of Psychotherapy
3
PSYC 826. Advanced Seminar in Developmental Psychopathology
3
PSYC 852. Advanced Consultation and Supervision
3
PSYC 878. Integrative Doctoral Practicum
16
One course in psychological assessment
3
Two courses in psychotherapeutic interventions
6
PSYC 825. Seminar in C-I Psychology
4
PSYC 895. Practicum in College Teaching
2
PSYC 881. Issues and Techniques in Research and Evaluation
3
PSYC 900. Doctoral Dissertation
6
PSYC 890. Predoctoral Internship
3

 
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A limited number of full-time students are admitted each year. All students receive a full-time teaching or graduate assistantship that includes tuition.

The C-I program exhibits strong commitment to diversity in the following ways:

Curriculum
An individualized doctoral plan of study is developed for each student consisting of courses in psychological foundations as well as courses and field experiences in the required core curriculum. Academic progress is monitored throughout the program and feedback is provided to each student periodically.

Previous graduate course work may be accepted to meet the psychological foundations courses. A minimum of 59 credit hours of doctoral core courses, however, must be taken at JMU.

All students must complete a 12-month internship and a scholarly dissertation. Internships must be approved by the American Psychological Association or meet the standards set forth by APA.

In addition, students completing the doctoral dissertation will be required to pay an additional fee (approximately $55.00) for the electronic presentation of their research.

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