LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO
DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY
Grayson N. Holmbeck, Ph.D.
Director of Clinical Training
James Larson, Ph.D.
Chairperson, Department of Psychology
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. INTRODUCTION 4
2. GOALS OF THE CLINICAL PROGRAM 4
3. GENERAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS AND PROCEDURES 5
3.1. Degree Requirements 5
3.2. Masters Degree Requirements 5
3.3. Time Requirements 6
3.3.1. Sample course of studies (Table 1) 6
3.4. Transfer of Credit 7
3.5. Student Development/Advising Program 7
3.6. Graduation 8
3.7. Maintenance of Student Status 8
4. CURRICULUM 8
4.1. Clinical Core 9
4.2. Research and Methodology 9
4.3. General Psychology Core 9
4.4. Electives 10
4.5. Clinical-Child Subspecialty 11
4.6. Neuropsychology Module 13
4.7. Independent Study and Research Courses 14
4.8. Other Educational Opportunities 15
4.8.1. Research Teams 15
4.8.2. Clinical Research and Special Topics Meetings 15
4.8.3. Conferences and workshops 15
5. PRACTICUM/EXTERNSHIP TRAINING 15
5.1. General Information 15
5.2. Training Clinic Practicum 15
5.3. Community-Based Externships 16
5.4. Record Keeping 16
6. PRE-DOCTORAL INTERNSHIP 16
6.1. Application Procedures 16
7. THESIS AND DISSERTATION PROCEDURES 17
7.1. Thesis/Dissertation Committee 19
7.2. Developing the Thesis/Dissertation Proposal 19
7.3. Thesis/Dissertation Proposal Defense Meeting 20
7.4. Ethical Review of the Thesis/Dissertation 20
7.5. Data Collection 21
7.6. Analysis and Interpretation of Results 21
7.7. Readers Copy of the Completed Thesis/Dissertation 21
7.8. Oral Defense of the Completed Thesis/Dissertation 21
7.9. Final Copy of the Thesis/Dissertation 22
7.10. The Non-Degree Master's Thesis 22
8. EXAMINATIONS 22
8.1. Masters Qualifying Requirements 23
8.2. Clinical Qualifying Examination 23
8.2.1. General Guidelines for the Examination 23
8.2.2. Relation to Other Program Requirements and Student Progress 23
8.2.3. General Procedures 23
8.2.4. Timing of Examination 24
8.2.5. Evaluation of Students’ Performance 24
8.2.6. Feedback to Students 24
8.2.7. Ethical Behavior 24
8.2.8. Reading List and Sample Questions 24
8.2.9. Scheduling of Examinations 24
8.3. Clinical Competency Examination 25
9. ANNUAL REVIEW 26
9.1. General Information 27
9.2. Criteria for Evaluation 26
9.3. Procedures and Review Feedback 27
9.4. Procedures for Handling Problem Situations 27
9.5. Appeal/Grievance Procedures 28
10. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE 28
10.1. Graduate Assistantships 29
10.2. Grant-Funded Research Assistantships 29
10.3. Schmitt Dissertation Fellowships and Advanced Doctoral Fellowships 29
10.4. Teaching Fellowships 29
10.5. Part-Time Teaching 29
10.6. Outside Employment 30
10.7. Student-initiated Grant Funding 30
11. STUDENT REPRESENTATION AND COMMITTEES 30
12. CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY GRADUATE PROGRAM TIMELINE 32
Appendix: Graduate Student Statement on Psychological Practice 35
Appendix: Clinical Competency Examination Rubric 36
Appendix: Clinical Qualifying Examination Rubric 37
Appendix: Guidelines for MA Presentation (end of 2nd year in the program) 38
Appendix: MA Thesis Checklist 39
Appendix: Criteria and Format for a “Bundled Dissertation” 42
This handbook is designed to provide you with a guide for planning your graduate program in clinical psychology at Loyola. As such, it is hoped that this handbook will prove to be a valuable resource regarding the requirements, procedures, and opportunities of the Clinical program. It should be noted that, for the most part, the handbook deals with Program and Departmental procedures. On matters concerning Graduate School or University policy, the most recent Graduate School Catalog or the Loyola Student Handbook should be consulted.
While the handbook provides the basic information necessary for successfully negotiating the requirements of the Program
, it is not meant to serve as a substitute for our advisory system. You are encouraged to schedule frequent meetings with your advisor to discuss your goals and plans, as well as your progress in the Program. The Program offers many opportunities and options and your advisor's guidance is important to help you maximize your educational experience at Loyola.
graduate school status:
Students are admitted to the Graduate School of Loyola University in order to study Clinical Psychology within the Department of Psychology. That is, students must follow all the procedures and guidelines established by the Graduate School for such matters as registration, receiving payment of stipends, ensuring full-time status in terms of graduate study, meeting graduation deadlines, etc. Staff within the Graduate School (773) 508-3396 (Granada Center, 4th
Floor, Lake Shore Campus) are willing to help students as long as students follow Graduate School procedures. Do not ignore notices
, requests or memos issued by the Graduate School and be sure that you are in compliance with Graduate School procedures.
it is your responsibility to consult this handbook and seek out additional information
so that you adhere to required Division, Departmental or Graduate School procedures. If you have questions or are confused, first ask your advisor and if that doesn't suffice, then consult the Director of Clinical Training (DCT), Grayson N. Holmbeck, Ph.D., (773) 508-2967. The Clinical Secretary, Jacquie Hamilton, (773) 508-2974 is also a good source of information. Finally, the Student Life Handbook provides helpful information on matters of relevance to your life as a graduate student.
2. GOALS OF THE CLINICAL PROGRAM
The clinical psychology program at Loyola University is based on the scientist-practitioner model. An attractive feature of our program is the flexibility and freedom presented to students to pursue careers in different areas of psychology. The clinical program is designed to produce competent, creative professionals who are capable of functioning in research, academic, and/or clinical settings.
Specifically, and consistent with the definition of Health Service Psychology (HSP) in the Standards of Accreditation, we seek to prepare students for careers in HSP by offering broad and general training where such training emphasizes: (1) the integration of research evidence and practice, (2) a training approach that is sequential, cumulative, and graded in complexity, (3) respect for and awareness of cultural and individual differences and diversity, and (4) eligibility for licensure as a doctoral level psychologist.
The overall goal of the program is to produce PhD’s in Clinical Psychology who:
1. Have a broad
knowledge of scientific psychology;
2. Have specialized
knowledge of (a) assessment (including the selection and use of psychological assessment procedures and the interpretation of assessment data), (b) psychopathology, and (c) clinical intervention (including selection and application of empirically-supported interventions and subsequent evaluation of psychological services);
3. Have knowledge and experience related to the planning, execution, evaluation
, and dissemination of socially-relevant clinical research,
4. Can effectively communicate their knowledge of psychology across several contexts;
5. Are sensitive to cultural and individual differences and who demonstrate flexibility in the application of psychological principles and techniques to a wide variety of populations and across a range of settings; and
6. Have knowledge of and adhere to the ethical standards of the profession and who demonstrate appropriate professional conduct and professional interpersonal relationships.
The training is sequential, cumulative, and graded in complexity: In the first year, students are prepared for the objectives of the program primarily through coursework. Once they have attained basic skills and information
, practical experience is gained via mentoring on practica (initially, less demanding on-campus practica followed by more demanding off-campus practica) and on research teams. Expectations for students increase as they progress through the program. More support and direction are provided initially with increased autonomy and independence later in one’s training. It should be noted that Loyola’s Clinical Program does not utilize a strict mentorship model where students are yoked with specific faculty upon entry into the program. Instead, students are free to work with whom they choose, but our faculty only admit applicants who match well with at least one faculty member in the program.
3. GENERAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS AND PROCEDURES
3.1. Degree Requirements
To receive the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, students must successfully
complete the following:
1. 72 semester hours of graduate course work beyond the bachelor's degree and entering prerequisites (Required course work is outlined in Section 4);
2. Departmental Masters Qualifying Procedure (see below; Section 8.1);
3. Empirical M.A. Thesis (including Oral Defense of proposal and completed Thesis);
4. Clinical Qualifying Examination;
5. Clinical Competence Examination
6. Ph.D. Dissertation (including Oral Defense of proposal and completed Dissertation);
7. 800 hours of approved externship/practicum training experience;
8. A full-time, 1-year APA-approved clinical internship program.
3.2. Masters Degree Requirements
Although the Program is oriented toward the Ph.D., students receive the M.A. as they progress toward the Ph.D. For students who are progressing to the Ph.D., the Master's Degree is generally awarded upon completion of the following:
1. 24 semester hours of graduate course work beyond the bachelor's degree or entering prerequisites (including required clinical core);
2. Departmental Masters Qualifying Procedure (see below; Section 8.1);
3. Empirical M.A. Thesis (including Oral Defense of proposal and completed Thesis);
4. Successful completion of the second year practicum sequence at the Wellness
Center (Psychology 464 taken in the Fall and Spring semesters of 2nd year)
More specific information about Degree Requirements and the procedures for applying for graduation can be found in the Graduate School Catalog (at the Graduate School web site).
3.3. Time Requirements
Students in the Clinical Program are expected to devote full-time to graduate study and complete the requirements for the Ph.D. within 6 years (or less if one enters with advanced standing). The sample program of studies given in Table 1 illustrates a possible timetable for completion of degree requirements. While circumstances may require some adjustment of this timetable, students are encouraged to adhere to this schedule as closely as possible.
You will note from the Graduate School Catalog that the Graduate School deadlines for completion of degree requirements extend beyond those of the Clinical Program. According to Graduate School rules, students entering the University with a bachelor's degree must complete all requirements for the M.A. within 5 years and for the Ph.D. within 8 years. Students entering with advanced standing must complete all Ph.D. requirements within 6 years. It should be noted, however, that these deadlines are outlined with part-time and full-time students in mind. Because the Clinical Program accepts only full-time students, we expect students to complete the M.A. and the Ph.D. within the guidelines outlined by our Program
Students are expected to complete the requirements for the M.A. and Ph.D. in an orderly, progressive sequence. Perhaps the greatest challenge in doing this is budgeting one's time and balancing the varied requirements of the Program
; i.e., coursework
, exams, independent research, and clinical work. A suggested calendar or timetable for doing this is presented in section 12. It is also important to work closely with your advisor in planning and setting goals for each year.
Important: Students may not register for more than 4 courses in any semester (unless you
obtain approval from the DCT).
3.3.1. Table 1
Sample Course of Studies
Schedules will vary depending on the availability of courses. A typical program of study for a student entering with a Bachelor's degree is:
FIRST YEAR (including summer)
Psychopathology (446) 3
Intellectual and Personality Testing (432) 3
Advanced Statistics (482) 3
Multivariate Statistics (491) 3
Introduction to the Profession of Clinical Psychology (412) 3
Evidence-based Practice in Clinical Psychology (518) 3
Research Methods in Psychology (420) 3
General Psychology/APA Core or Electives 3
An Advanced Assessment Course or Elective 3
SECOND YEAR (including summer)
Practicum in Psychotherapy (464; taken twice) 6
General Psychology/APA Core 6 – 9
Advanced Research Methods/Statistics Course Elective 3
Electives 6 - 9
Thesis Research (complete by end of 2nd year) 0
THIRD YEAR (including summer)
History and Systems of Psychology (401) 3
Ethics and Professional Practice (510) 3
Human Diversity (518) 3
General Psychology/APA Core 0 - 3
Advanced Therapy Course 3
Electives 9 - 12
Off-Campus Practicum 0
FOURTH thru SIXTH YEARS
Off-Campus Practicum 0
Dissertation Research 0
Clinical Qualifying Examination (summer after 3rd year) 0
Clinical Competence Examination (May, 4th
3.4. Transfer of Credit
According to Graduate School regulations, all requirements for the M.A. must be earned at Loyola University Chicago. Students who enter with a M.A. in Clinical psychology from an accredited institution and who wish to begin Ph.D. work at an advanced level may petition for transfer of credit to the Advanced Credits Committee of the Clinical Division. To do this, students should submit a letter with a list of courses for which credit is being requested
, plus transcripts, course descriptions, syllabi, reading lists, or any other available material to the Director of Clinical Training immediately after entering the program. The Director of Clinical Training will review the request, supporting material, and meet with the student. The amount of credit accepted for transfer is contingent upon the evaluation made by the Director of Clinical Training and subsequent approval by the Clinical Division and the Graduate Dean. The Clinical Division limits transfer credit to 24 hours or the amount required for the M.A. at Loyola.
3.5. Student Development/Advising Program
The overall objective of the Advising Program is to maximize the professional growth and development of students in the Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology by:
1. providing structured advising and assistance in the planning of educational experiences at the beginning and end of each academic year;
2. maintaining contact with field training sites
, monitoring the activities of students and their progress in clinical skill development;
3. providing consistent and detailed feedback to students in a personal format.
Both the student and advisor play key roles in the entire planning, monitoring, and feedback process. In essence, this plan provides a general structure for the advisor/student relationship and establishes the advisor as a key person in helping the student to integrate the multiple and diverse aspects of education in Clinical Psychology. Upon entrance to the program, students are assigned an Advisor and students also begin working with a research mentor. After consultation with faculty, the DCT makes these assignments
, typically assigning an advisor who is not the same faculty member as the one who is mentoring the student’s research. In this way, the student is free to discuss with one’s advisor issues that may arise regarding any aspect of his/her training. Advisors also help students move through the Program in a timely manner by charting their progress on the different program requirements via Advisor-student meetings at least two times per year. Students are free to request changes in one’s advisors or research mentors at any time (although most of our students do not make such requests).
Advising and Feedback Plan:
Students are responsible for scheduling regular meetings with their advisors to consult about the program and their professional development. At a minimum, these meetings should be held as outlined below.
1. At the Beginning of the Academic Year -
meet to discuss tasks to be completed for the year, priorities for learning, and a plan for accomplishing goals for the year.
2. At the End of the Academic Year (Prior to the Annual Review) -
meet to review progress toward goals
, assess status, make plans for summer. Assess strengths and weaknesses.
3. After Annual Review -
meet to discuss feedback from Annual Review.
When a student believes he/she will be ready to graduate at the end of a particular semester (August, December, or May), he/she should file an application for graduation with the Graduate School. Although degrees are conferred three times per year, a graduation ceremony is only held in May of each year. Thus, if your degree is conferred in August or December, you would participate in a ceremony the following May. The deadline for application is usually about two months
prior to graduation (please consult the graduate school calendar for exact dates of graduation requirements
). There is also a graduation fee which must be paid prior to graduation.
3.7. Maintenance of Student Status
Students who are on full-time internships and are not taking classes should register for PSYCH 596: Internship in Clinical Psychology for both the Fall and Spring semester when they are on internship. This is a non-credit course which allows students on internship to maintain their student status within the university. This is essential in assuring that the internship is officially recorded on the transcript.
Students who have completed the 72 required credit hours for the Ph.D., but have not completed the Dissertation and are not on internship, must also maintain continuous registration in the Graduate School. While working on the Dissertation Proposal, students should register for PSYCH 610: Doctoral Study. After the Dissertation Proposal has been approved, students must register for PSYCH 600: Dissertation Supervision.
All students who register for either Doctoral Study (PSYCH 610, which is to be taken before the Dissertation Proposal is formally approved) and Doctoral Supervision (PSYCH 600, which is taken after the Proposal is formally approved and while the student is completing the Dissertation) will receive “credit” for this course work only if the student is making "credit-able" progress during the relevant semester on the Dissertation (i.e., that you have accomplished something that merits receiving credit for 600/610).
Given all of this, it is absolutely essential that you document all progress you are making on your Dissertation.
Except for unusual circumstances
, each class you take is worth 3-credit hours. Basically, the required courses are those identified by the Clinical Division and by the Department. These requirements involve 54 hours of the 72 hours of course work you must complete for the Ph.D., leaving 18 hours of electives. Some requirements for coursework are not single courses but actually constitute generic requirements; that is, you must choose one course from a group of several possibilities. As a result, 15 of the total 54 hours of required course work are "flexible" requirements in that you can select from several options. All
options for meeting this requirement are listed in this section.
4.1. Clinical Core
. To acquire a solid foundation in the theory and method of clinical psychology, all clinical students are required to complete the following:
Psychopathology (Psych 446)
Intellectual and Personality Testing (Psych 432)
One Advanced Assessment Course (in Adult or Child area)
Introduction to the Profession of Clinical Psychology (Psych 412)
Evidence-based Practice in Clinical Psychology (Psych 568)
Practicum in Psychotherapy (Psych 464); 2 semesters
Ethics and Professional Practice (Psych 510)
Human Diversity (Psych 518)
One advanced therapy course to be selected from the available electives
In the second year, all students participate in a year-long practicum and are supervised by one of our clinical faculty. This practicum occurs in the fall and spring semesters of the second year and operates within the Wellness Center. Students register for Practicum in Psychotherapy (464) in each semester of their second year. Each class is 3-credit hours.
During the first year in the program, students take Introduction to the Profession of Clinical Psychology (412). Students in this class participate in professional issues seminars, receive an introduction to the operation and procedures of the Wellness Center, receive didactic and practical instruction on basic clinical, research, and professional issues, and observe clinical work.
4.2. Research and Methodology.
To acquire a comprehensive background in the science and methodology of psychology, students are required to take the following (Psych 420, 482, and 491 meet requirements for the APA Discipline-Specific Knowledge Area: Research and Quantitative Methods):
History and Systems of Psychology (Psych 401)
Advanced Statistics (Psych 482)
Multivariate Statistics (Psych 491)
Research Methods in Psychology (Psych 420)