Graduates of this program are NOT eligible to apply for licensure as a professional counselor. This is a 39- to 40-semester-hour program that provides broad-based training in psychological assessment and intervention as well as in the theory and research that supports these practices. This program is designed for those who are currently employed in fields such as social work, counseling, nursing, or business, and wish to broaden their areas of expertise. Students who wish to seek the professional counselor’s license (LPC, or later, LCPC) should apply to the Clinical Psychology (Counseling Practice) MA program.
*The program is designed to provide students with a foundation in clinical psychology, which can lead to potential advancement in the workplace, expertise in a research setting, or preparation for Doctoral Studies.
Program governance and personnel
The Department of Psychology appoints a Program Evaluation Group (PEG) to oversee the administration and development of the MA programs in clinical and clinical psychology (counseling practice) psychology. The PEG is led by the director of Clinical MA Programs and is additionally composed of the director of training (who oversees practicum placements) and several other faculty members appointed each academic year. In addition, each year a student in one of the clinical MA programs is invited to represent student interests on the PEG. The PEG is responsible for decisions on student admission and for recommendations on student remediation or dismissal.
Applicants must meet the graduate admission requirements of the university as detailed in the Policies and Procedures section of the university web site and have completed at least 18 semester hours in psychology at the undergraduate level with at least a 3.0 (B) average. Undergraduate courses must include general psychology, abnormal psychology, introductory statistics, research methods, theories of personality, and one junior/senior level undergraduate course.
Some students may be admitted with undergraduate deficiencies. In such cases, undergraduate courses may be taken concurrently with some graduate courses with the permission of the program director, but these courses will not earn graduate credit. Continuation in the program is conditional upon satisfactory completion of all undergraduate deficiencies.
Ethical, professional, and interpersonal competency. Because the psychology programs prepare mental health practitioners, the department is accountable to the public regarding the development of professional and ethical behavior. Thus, in addition to the evaluation of academic performance, students will be evaluated regularly on appropriate professional and interpersonal behavior. Students who fail to meet academic standards or fail to meet expectations of appropriate professional and interpersonal behavior will be considered for dismissal from the program.
Regarding the final project: All students must complete a final project as a requirement for graduation. The final project can be a thesis, an internship, or a two course concentration sequence.
Thesis (Psyc 690 - 3 credits taken twice): The thesis involves the design, execution, and analysis of an empirical study. A student may begin formal thesis work after meeting the competency requirement and successfully completing PSYC 407 and PSYC 530. The student must select a two-member faculty committee for supervision. The committee chair must be a member of the Department of Psychology faculty. Adjunct faculty may serve on thesis committees only with the permission of the chair of the Department of Psychology. In a thesis project, the student first develops a written research proposal in consultation with his/her committee. When completed, the proposal is defended orally before the thesis committee. If the proposal is approved, the thesis research may begin. When the study is completed and written, the thesis is defended at a final oral examination before the committee. A description of final project requirements may be found on the Roosevelt University website. All research involving human subjects must also be approved by the University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB). A student who has not completed a thesis within the semesters of regular registrations must maintain continued registration during fall and spring semesters until completion of the project by registering for the appropriate zero-credit course (Psyc 690Y).
Practicum/internship (Psyc 697A and Psyc 697B): The terms "practicum" and "internship" are often used interchangeably in the field. The internship consists of not less than 750 hours of professionally supervised training and service in an approved agency or institution, over a period of not less than two semesters. Clinical Psychology students may begin an internship only after meeting the competency requirement and completing all course work. Students who intend to complete an internship must contact the department’s director of training for information on possible internship sites and application information. Absolutely no internship credit will be granted for work completed before obtaining the written approval of the internship site supervisors and the director of training. Given the time demands of the internship experience, it is never possible for a student to maintain full-time employment during the semesters in which internship is completed. A student who has not completed the internship project within the semesters of regular registrations must maintain continued registration until completion of the project by registering for the appropriate zero-credit course (Psyc 697Y).
Concentration sequence: Students may elect a two-course concentration sequence as the final project. The sequence must be approved by the director of the Clinical Psychology MA Programs. Concentration sequence courses may not also be counted as general electives or therapy electives.
Choose two elective courses in order to meet the concentration sequence. The sequence must be approved by the director.
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