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Course of Study

The Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology ordinarily requires a minimum of five years of full-time academic study.  The basic program requirements are:

1.   The completion of 90 credits of graduate study.
2.   The development, completion and presentation of an independent research project, The Second Year Research Project, which is initiated in the first year of training and completed no later than the beginning of the third year.
3.   Successful completion of three years of training at a clinical practicum site.  All students in the second year of the program are trained in the Psychological Services Center under the supervision of the doctoral faculty.
4.   Completion of the Clinical Qualifying Examination designed to assess the student’s mastery of the empirical and theoretical literature related to the treatment and assessment of a single clinical case treated by the doctoral student.  Completion of the examination paper for the oral examination takes place no later than the beginning of February of the third year of training and the oral examination ordinarily takes place within two months.
5.   Successful completion of a full-time, twelve-month clinical internship at an A.P.A. accredited institution (hospital, community mental health center, etc.) usually during the fifth year.
6.   A doctoral dissertation, which must be completed no later than the eighth year after entering the program.

The first year begins the course of study by exposing the student to the basic theories, findings and empirical methods of psychology.  This curriculum provides the necessary foundation for students as they begin the conceptualization and design of their independent research projects.  In addition, students are introduced to the fundamentals of psychopathology from a psychodynamic perspective, psychological assessment, clinical interviewing and cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic intervention techniques in the first semester of training.  All students do a practicum placement in a clinical setting one day a week.  Students are required to develop and submit the research proposal for their Second Year research Project in Research Design I by the end of the second semester of the first year.

The second year exposes students to more intensive work in the clinical area as students continue the Psychological Assessment sequence, are introduced to Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and participate in the two-and-a-half day a week practicum at the Psychological Services Center.  Students also take more advanced courses in research design and the general experimental areas in psychology.  The collection and analysis of data for the independent research project are conducted during this year.

In the third year, students take the advanced course in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and other clinically relevant electives, as well as more coursework in the general-experimental area of psychology.  They also participate in the 16 to 20 hour a week third year practicum a New York area mental health facility. In addition, doctoral candidates are strongly encouraged to formulate and develop a dissertation topic proposal by the end of the third year.   The academic requirement of 90 graduate credits is generally completed by end of this year.  

Students spend the fourth year of study working on their dissertations, and complete their clinical internship in the fifth year. Many students may elect to do advanced practicum work in specialized clinical areas or research during the fourth year of study.



Required courses:
1.   Psychopathology I & II                                 (Year-long sequence)
2.   Statistics I & II                                              (Year-long sequence)
3.   Research Design                                           (Spring semester)
4.   Psychological Assessment I                           (Spring semester)
5.   Tests and Measurements                               (Fall semester)
6.   Professional Ethics                                        (Fall semester)
7.   Intervention Techniques                                 (Fall Semester)
8.   Introduction to Clinical Practice I & II           (Year-long sequence)

Courses required for licensure as a psychologist by New York State and by the program available during the first year include:

1.   Developmental Psychology
2.   Social Psychology


Required courses:
1.   Psychological Assessment II                          (Fall semester)
2.   Dynamic Psychotherapy I                              (Fall semester)
3.   Contemporary Theories                                 (Spring semester)
4.   Clinical Practicum III & IV                            (Year-long sequence)
5.   Research Design II                                        (Fall or Spring semester)
6.   Contemporary Psychological Theories           (Spring Semester)
7.   Research in Psychotherapy                            (Fall semester)
8.   Cross-Cultural Issues in Psychology              (Spring semester)

Courses required for licensure as a psychologist by New York State and by the program include those listed for the first year, as well as:

1.   Clinical Neuropsychology
2.   Cognitive–Affective Issues in Psychology
3.   Personality Theory

Other elective courses available include:
1.  Neuropsychological Assessment
2.  Family Therapy
3.  Psychology of Women
5.  Individual Research I & II
6.  Freudian theory


Required courses:
1.   Clinical Practicum V and VI                          (Year-long sequence)
2.   Psychodynamic Psychotherapy II                  (Fall semester)

Elective courses include those listed for the first and second years, as well as:

1.     Clinical Research Methods
2.     Clinical Research Issues and the Theory of Trauma
3.     Research in Schizophrenia and/or Depression
4.     Child Psychopathology
5.     Psychotherapy of Children
6.     Psychopathology and Psychotherapy of Adolescents
7.     Borderline and Narcissistic Psychopathology
8.     Group Techniques
9.     Integrative and Empirical Approaches to Psychotherapy
10.   Psychopharmacology (1 credit)
Please note, some electives are offered every year while others are offered every other year as curriculum needs dictate.

Schematic of Doctoral Requirements by Year

1st YEAR

FALL                                                                 SPRING
Courses                                                              Courses
Practicum course                                                Practicum course
Practicum Placement (6-8 hours off-site)             Practicum Placement (6-8 hours off-site)
                                                                          SYRP Topic Proposal
                                                                          File for M.A.


2nd YEAR

FALL                                                                 SPRING
Courses                                                              Courses
Practicum course                                                Practicum course
LIU Psych Services Center                                 LIU Psych Services Center
Complete Center Termination Reports
Case Summary- Clinical Qualifying Exam


3rd YEAR

FALL                                                                 SPRING
Courses                                                              Courses
Practicum course                                                 Practicum course
Externship (16 hour off-site)                                Externship (16 hour off-site)              
SYRP Annual Poster Presentation                       Clinical Qualifying Examination
Dissertation Topic Proposal approval


4th YEAR

FALL                                                                 SPRING
Dissertation Committee Work                             Dissertation Committee Work
Conditional Application to Internship
First 4 Chapters of Dissertation Approved    


5th YEAR

FALL                                                                 SPRING
Dissertation Committee Work or                         Dissertation Committee Work or
Internship                                                            Internship



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