Clinical PsyD Adler University

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Leading Social Change

For more than 60 years, the Adler School of Professional Psychology has been committed to educating and training socially responsible graduates, defined as people who embrace diverse perspectives; who work to build and maintain bridges across social, economic, cultural, racial, and political systems; who empower others to identify and address shared problems; and who foster the development of social equality, justice, and respect through compassionate action throughout the global community. Degree programs ground students in research and theory about the impact of structural and systemic factors on the well-being of humanity. Programs also provide training for impacting social policies, addressing community issues, and solving the ills of society.

Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.)

The Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) degree program is designed to prepare students for the general practice of professional clinical psychology with a particular focus on socially responsible practice that includes education and training regarding the broader social and systemic factors that contribute to human dysfunction. The program follows the practitioner model of training developed by the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology. This model identifies as objectives the development of knowledge, skills, and values in 7 core competency areas: relationship, assessment, intervention, research and evaluation, consultation and education, management and supervision, and individual and cultural diversity.

The Psy.D. program prepares graduates to conduct clinical interviews and psychological testing, create treatment plans, consult and collaborate with physicians and other professionals, and provide multiple forms of therapy to alleviate mental illness, behavioral problems, and emotional distress. Upon completing foundational coursework, students have opportunities to be placed in internships at prestigious clinics, hospitals, mental health centers, and government agencies. The Adler School also offers a variety of concentrations and tracks including "Child and Adolescent Psychology," "Military Clinical Psychology," "Neuropsychology," and "Trauma."

The program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association and meets the requirements of the National Register of Health Care providers in psychology and state licensure guidelines.

Admission Requirements

For a student to acquire admission from the Adler School, he or she must meet the following requirements:

- Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a comparable degree from an international institution.

- Present an academic record that demonstrates ability to fulfill the academic demands of the program. Successful applicants typically have grade point averages of 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate coursework.

- Practicum or work experience in psychology or a related field is highly desirable and is considered in the evaluation of applicants.

- Complete the equivalent of 18 semester credit hours in psychology with grades of "C" or better, including the following prerequisite course subjects: general or introductory psychology, abnormal psychology, theories of personality, and research methods or statistics. Equivalent coursework in other social sciences may also be considered. Students may be admitted prior to completing these prerequisites, but all students must complete these courses by the end of their 1st semesters of enrollment at the Adler School.

- Approved applicants will be invited to complete interviews as the final step in the application process. Applicants should submit all application materials to the Office of Admissions prior to the application deadline.

- For students applying to the Psy.D. program for the Fall 2014 term or beyond, students will be required to submit GRE scores as part of their applications. GRE scores for master's degree program applicants are not required.

Degree Requirements

For each student, completion of the degree program requires:

- Satisfactory completion of all required credit hours, including all required courses

- Satisfactory completion 1,500 minimum hours of clinical practicum

- Satisfactory completion of 200 minimum clock hours of community service practicum

- A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and no more than 2 grades or 6 credit hours of "C"

- Successful completion of all qualifying examinations

- Successful completion of the doctoral dissertation and oral defense

- Satisfactory completion of an approved internship

- Fulfillment of the residency requirement

- Submission of graduation application and full payment of all outstanding tuition and fees

- Faculty member approval for graduation and recommendation to the Board of Trustees for the conferral of the Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology

Students must fulfill all degree requirements through courses offered at the Adler School. Students can transfer up to 24 credits (21% of the total credits required) of coursework taken at a graduate level pending approval based on review by the program director. Students must complete a minimum of 3 full-time academic years of graduate study (or the equivalent thereof); at least 2 of the 3 academic training years (or the equivalent thereof) must be at the institution from which the doctoral degree is granted, and at least 1 year must be in full-time residence (or the equivalent thereof) at that same institution.

The Adler School Difference

The National Council of Schools and Programs in Professional Psychology (NCSPP) recognized the Adler School of Professional Psychology with its 2011 Advocacy Award for its significant contributions in the education and training of advocacy and public interest issues.

The Adler School has earned a coveted spot on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The Honor Roll is the highest acknowledgment an institute of higher learning can receive from the federal government in recognition of its dedication to service learning, volunteerism, and community engagement.

In addition to continuous research and community outreach and engagement, The Adler School Institutes and Centers advance social justice for underserved and disadvantaged communities. The Adler Institute on Social Exclusion (ISE) was created in 2005 to introduce the concept of "social exclusion" into the national discussion about social disadvantage. The central theme of the work of the ISE is the notion of "structured" disadvantage -- the idea that human welfare is heavily influenced by social, political, and economic context and that addressing disadvantage requires identifying and tackling its underlying structural origins. The Adler Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice was created in the winter of 2009 to increase awareness of socially just policies and practices within the realms of law enforcement and homeland security, and to actively encourage others to adopt such practices through public dialogue and community involvement.

Institute Accreditation

The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association (NCA) (30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602, The Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA) (750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242, 202-336-5510,

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Clinical PsyD

Adler University

Chicago, IL




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