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Clinical Psychology

Clinical Psychology

OBJECTIVES

The Master of Science in Clinical Psychology is based on the scientist-practitioner model and is designed to provide students with comprehensive knowledge and skills to practice clinical psychology and conduct mental health research in Guam and the Micronesian region. The program will emphasize the social, cultural and political contexts of research, theory, and practice in clinical psychology and encourage students to develop professional skills that are responsive to the unique multicultural communities in this region. Specific objectives of the program are as follows:

  • To prepare master’s level clinical psychologists to provide professional services, including clinical assessment and therapeutic interventions in the multicultural communities of Guam and the Micronesian region.
  • To prepare master’s level clinical psychologists to conduct research examining mental health issues relevant to Guam and the Micronesian region.
  • To prepare master’s level clinical psychologists for licensure as mental health professionals in Guam and the Micronesian region.
  • To provide master’s level training that establishes the foundation for advanced study in clinical psychology at the doctoral level.

 

MEMBERS

EHLERT, Michael B., Associate Professor, Psychology
FEGURGUR, Mary K., Associate Professor, Psychology
SMITH, Kyle D., Professor, Psychology
TÜRK-SMITH, Seyda, Professor, Psychology
TWADDLE, Iain K. B., Professor, Psychology and Micronesian Studies

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Degree students must meet the minimum admission requirements expected of all students, as outlined in the Academic Requirements section of this Bulletin. In addition, students must meet the following admission requirements of the Program:

  1. A completed bachelor’s degree in psychology (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher education with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Students with a GPA of less than 3.0 may petition to have the minimum GPA requirement waived if they demonstrate exemplary post-degree professional or research experience in the psychology field and meet one of the following criteria:
      • GPA of 3.0 or higher in their major coursework.
      • GPA of 3.0 or higher in their last two years of coursework.
      • Completion of one year (two semesters) of post-degree full-time undergraduate or graduate coursework with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

  2. The following undergraduate courses (or their equivalent):
      • • MA385 Applied Statistics
      • • PY370 Introduction to Clinical Psychology
      • • PY420 Abnormal Psychology
      • • PY413 Research Methodology in the Behavioral Sciences
      • • PY492a Psychology Practicum: Individual Counseling Skills
      • • PY492b Psychology Practicum: Child, Family, and Group Counseling Skills

  3. GRE General Test and Psychology Subject Test taken within the past five years.

  4. A personal statement of no more than 1000 words addressing the following:
      1. An autobiographical sketch outlining the applicant's personal, professional, and academic experiences that have prepared him/her to pursue graduate training in clinical psychology.
      2. A discussion of why the applicant is applying specifically to UOG’s Master of Science in Clinical Psychology, highlighting aspects of the program that most attract him/her.
      3. A description of the research topic the applicant would like to explore in his/her master’s thesis and the academic and/or professional experiences that have prepared him/her to study that topic.

  5. Special consideration will be given to applicants with experience in psychological research (e.g., senior honors thesis, research assistantships, research publications, and/or conference presentations) and clinical psychology practice (e.g., undergraduate psychology practica, professional employment, volunteer work).

  6. Because the program focuses on training individuals to provide psychological services in Guam and the Micronesian region, special consideration will be given to applicants with a basic knowledge of Guam and/or Micronesia gained through undergraduate or graduate coursework, research, or professional work experience. Special consideration will also be given to applicants who demonstrate interest in conducting research and clinical service in the region.

  7. Top candidates will be invited for an interview with at least two of the program faculty.

  8. Non-degree students will be admitted into program courses only by permission of the course instructor and the Clinical Psychology Master’s Program Chair.

 

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

  1. Students must complete a total of 52 credit hours, including 46 credits of required courses and 6 credits of thesis.
  2. Students must complete each required course with a grade of B or higher. Students who receive a grade of C or lower in a required course must petition to be permitted to repeat the course. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 for all graduate coursework.
  3. Students must pass comprehensive written and oral examinations after completion of all required coursework (with the exception of thesis and internship).
  4. Students must maintain the ethical principles of psychologists as outlined by the American Psychological Association in the most recent version of the Ethical Principals of Psychologists and Code of Conduct.
  5. Students must complete a minimum of 20 hours of personal therapy prior to graduation.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS – (52 CREDIT HOURS MINIMUM)

 
Clinical Psychology Core Course Series: (12 credit hours)
Course
Title
Credits
PY501 Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues in the Practice of Clinical Psychology 3
PY502 Micronesia and Mental Health 3
PY503 Psychopathology and Psychodiagnosis 3
PY504 Topics in Clinical Psychology 3

 

Research Methods: (6 credit hours)
Course
Title
Credits
PY511 Research Methods in Clinical Psychology I: Research Design 3
PY512 Research Methods in Clinical Psychology II: Statistics 3

 

Clinical Assessment: (6 credit hours)
Course
TItle
Credits
PY521 Clinical Assessment I: Adult 3
PY522 Clinical Assessment II: Child and Adolescent 3

 

Clinical Interventions: (12 credit hours)
Course
Title
Credits
PY641 Clinical Intervention I: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy 3
PY642 Clinical Intervention II: Child and Adolescent Therapy 3
PY643 Clinical Intervention III: Family Systems Therapy 3
PY644 Clinical Intervention IV: Existential-Humanistic Therapy 3

 

Graduate Practicum: (4 credit hours)
Course
TItle
Credits
PY692a Graduate Practicum in Clinical Psychology I 1
PY692b Graduate Practicum in Clinical Psychology II 1
PY692c Graduate Practicum in Clinical Psychology III 1
PY692d Graduate Practicum in Clinical Psychology IV 1

 

Internship: (6 credit hours)
Course
Title
Credits
PY698a Internship in Clinical Psychology I 3
PY698b Internship in Clinical Psychology II 3

 

Thesis: (6 credit hours)
Course
Title
Credits
PY695a Thesis I 3
PY695b Thesis II 3
 
TOTAL 52 CREDIT HOURS

What careers are available to someone with a degree in Clinical Psychology?

  1. Clinical Psychologists
  2. Industrial Psychologists
  3. Marriage and Family Therapists
  4. Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
  5. Research Psychologists
  6. School Psychologists