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Clinical Psychology, MA

Offered in: CHICAGO | SCHAUMBURG

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.

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 dismissal.

Admission

Applicants must meet the graduate admission requirements of the University as detailed in the Policies and Procedures section of this catalog 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 deficiencies 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.

Standards

  • General GPA Standards: Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 (B) grade point average. No more than two grades of C+, C, or C- (six semester hours) will be counted toward the MA degree. For additional information concerning grading and academic discipline, see the general University regulations.

  • Time Limit: Students are allowed six years in which to complete the MA degree and only courses completed within six years of the time the student enters the program will be counted toward the degree.

  • Competency Requirement. The competency requirement is designed to ensure that all students seeking the MA degree demonstrate an acceptable level of mastery of general psychology. It is a prerequisite for all 600-level courses. The competency requirement must be met within the first 18 semester hours of graduate credit. Students who fail to satisfy the competency requirement within this time period will be considered for dismissal from the program. Students can meet the competency requirement in one of the two ways detailed below.

    1. GRE method. Students must earn a score of at least the 70th percentile on the psychology subject test of the Graduate Record Examination.
    2. Grade point average method. Students must achieve a grade point average of at least 3.3 in the following courses: Psyc 505 (Foundations of Counseling), Psyc 516 (Psychopathology), and Psyc 530 (Advanced Research Methods). All courses that count toward meeting the competency requirement must be taken at Roosevelt University.

  • Academic Integrity. The Department of Psychology holds graduate students to professional standards of academic integrity. The Department considers actions that present the work of another as one’s own to be unethical and inappropriate. Cheating and plagiarism are never tolerated. The department defines plagiarism as presenting the ideas or words of another as one’s own. Students must follow the rules for appropriate citation and quotation of the words of others, as outlined in the current edition of the American Psychological Association’s publication manual, in all papers and theses. Students who violate these standards regarding cheating and plagiarism will be considered for dismissal from the program.

  • 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.

  PSYC 407 Intermediate Statistics .....3
  PSYC 505 Foundations of Counseling .....3
  PSYC 516 Psychopathology .....3
  PSYC 519 Basic Clinical Skills (with grade of B or better) .....3
  PSYC 530 Advanced Research Methods .....3
  PSYC 605 Professional, Legal, and Ethical Issues .....3
  PSYC 619 Assessment in Counseling .....3

Electives

  Two courses from any Psychology course at the 400, 500, or 600 level .....6

Therapy

  Two courses chosen from Psyc 641, 642, 649, 654, or 656 .....6

Final project

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 term 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 two courses must be selected from within one of the thematically organized concentrations listed below. Concentration sequence courses may not also be counted as general electives or as therapy electives.

Final Project: Thesis

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  PSYC 690 Master's Thesis (Semester 1) .....3
  PSYC 690 Master's Thesis (Semester 2) .....3

Final Project: Practicum

  PSYC 697A MA Clinical Internship (Semester 1) .....3
  PSYC 697B MA Clinical Internship (Semester 2) .....3

Final Project: Concentration Sequence

Requirements

Choose two from one set below:

Adult Clinical Concentration Set

  PSYC 439 Adult Development .....3
  PSYC 441 The Psychology of Aging .....3
  PSYC 445 Psychology of Women .....3
  PSYC 652 Psychotherapy of Women .....3

Child Clinical Concentration Set

  PSYC 540 Child & Adolescent Social Skills Training .....3
  PSYC 606 Human Development .....3
  PSYC 654 Child & Adolescent Therapy .....3
  PSYC 656 Couples and Family Counseling .....3

Group-Based Clinical Concentration Set

  PSYC 633 Social Psychology .....3
  PSYC 634 Community Psychology .....3
  PSYC 649 Group Counseling Theories and Processes .....3
  PSYC 651 Experiential Cognitive Group Therapy .....3

Stress Management Concentration Set

  PSYC 447 Health Psychology .....3
  PSYC 473 Relaxation and Meditation .....3
  PSYC 479 Advanced Relaxation and Meditation .....3
  PSYC 511 Basic Relaxation Skills .....3