Loyola University Maryland

Department of Psychology

Psy. D. Learning Aims / Goals & Objectives

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The goals and objectives of the Psy.D. program exist within the larger context of professional psychology, the principles of the American Psychological Association, and the mission of Loyola. The development of these goals and objectives was guided by the six competencies adopted by the National Council of Schools and Programs in Professional Psychology (NCSPP; 1986-87 Mission Bay Conference); the recently adopted diversity competency (NCSPP, 2002 Chicago Conference); the Jesuit tradition of leadership and service and the departments own mission and philosophy of training. The NCSPP competencies of relationship, assessment, and intervention form the basis for the first three goals. The NCSPP competency of research, the "scholar" dimension of the "scholar-professional" model of training, and the department's own commitment to scholarly inquiry across all activities in professional psychology form the basis for the fourth goal. Finally, the NCSPP competencies of diversity, management/education, and consultation/supervision guided the development of the last goal. This goal is also based on the department's commitment to training students to adapt to the diverse and changing needs in professional psychology, its recognition that psychologists will increasingly function outside of their traditional roles, and its model of training in which students are encouraged to develop unique professional identities.

The program's philosophy, educational model, and curriculum plan are consistent with the mission of Loyola and the graduate division. They are also consistent with the following principles of the discipline:

  • Psychological practice is based on the science of psychology which, in turn, is influenced by the practice of professional psychology.
  • Training is sequential, cumulative, graded in complexity, and designed to prepare students for further organized training.

Goals & Objectives

The goals and objectives that specify the competencies expected of graduates of the Psy.D. program are as follows:

Goal 1: Professional and Interpersonal Demeanor

Objective 1: Personal Demeanor and Professionalism
Objective 2: Interpersonal and professional relationships. 
Objective 3: Individual/cultural diversity
Objective 4: Leadership/advocacy/involvement in the profession and campus community
Objective 5: Ethical Practice

Goal 2: Intervention

Objective 1: Intervention knowledge and planning reflecting commitment to "local clinical scientist” model
Objective 2: Intervention implementation
Objective 3: Intervention evaluation
Objective 4: Ethics and Diversity in intervention

Goal 3: Assessment

Objective 1: Test selection and administration
Objective 2: Test interpretation
Objective 3: Diagnosis/formulation/case conceptualization
Objective 4: Written and oral communication of results.
Objective 5: Ethics and diversity in assessment

Goal 4: Supervision

Objective 1: Use of clinical supervision.
Objective 2: Knowledge and application of clinical supervision
Objective 3: Ethics and diversity in supervision

Goal 5: Consultation

Objective 1: Interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary consultation
Objective 2: Consultation knowledge and skills
Objective 3: Ethics and diversity in consultation

Goal 6: Research

Objective 1: Ability to critically evaluate and conduct research
Objective 2: Ethics and diversity in research

*Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979