Training Goals & Objectives

Goal #1: To prepare students in the application of different therapeutic treatment modalities, professional presentation and behavior, and evidence-based practice.

Objectives:
Students will develop awareness, knowledge, and skills in the application of counseling practice and develop professional presentation and behavior in:

  • Individual Therapy,
  • Group Therapy,
  • Couples & Family Therapy,

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  • Application of evidence-based practice to assessment and intervention.

Goal #2: To prepare students in conducting psychological assessments.

Objectives:
Students will develop knowledge, awareness, and skills in:

  • Administering, scoring, interpreting and reporting about various intellectual and academic assessments,
  • Administering, scoring, interpreting and reporting about various personality and behavioral assessments,

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  • How to incorporate knowledge of the scientific and theoretical bases for construction of tests (i.e., reliability and validity), as well as appropriately applying knowledge of behavior in the context of human development and diversity.

Goal #3: To prepare students to provide clinical supervision.

Objectives:
Students will develop:

  • Knowledge of supervision literature and application of various clinical supervision models/techniques,
  • Skills in helping counselors-in-training conceptualize clients from diverse perspectives.

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  • Awareness of individual differences and diversity issues as they impact the counseling and supervision process.  

Goal #4: To prepare students in regards to individual and cultural diversity, in advocacy for clients, and in legal and ethical codes and standards.

Objectives:
Students will develop awareness, knowledge, and skills:

  • Of self and others as cultural beings and apply such awareness, knowledge and skills into intervention, assessment, and consultation,

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  • Develop awareness, knowledge, and skills in the legal & ethical aspects of professional psychology.

Goal #5: To prepare students in research methodology and data analyses and generating research, and also prepare them to understand and appreciate the integration of science and the application of scientific methods.

Objectives:
Students will develop:

  • Knowledge of and skills with quantitative and qualitative research methodologies,
  • Knowledge of and skills with statistical analyses procedures,
  • Knowledge of and skills with program evaluation and empirically supported intervention research,

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  • Skills in conducting original research.

Goal #6: To prepare students in the breadth of scientific psychology in the following areas:  biological bases of behavior, cognitive-affective bases of behavior, social bases of behavior, lifespan developmental bases of behavior, and history and systems of psychology.

Objectives:
Students will develop awareness and knowledge of:

  • Of the biological bases of behavior,
  • The cognitive-affective bases of behavior,
  • The social bases of behavior,
  • Lifespan developmental bases of behavior,

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  • History and systems of psychology.