Program Goals, Objectives and Competencies

Goal Goal 1. To educate students in the knowledge and application of the knowledge in the foundational areas of psychology to the science and practice of counseling psychology.
Objectives Objective 1a. To prepare psychologists who have knowledge in the foundations of psychology.
Objective 1b. To prepare psychologists who can apply core areas of psychology to professional practice.
Competencies Competency 1a. Students will demonstrate basic knowledge across the foundational areas of psychology, including an in-depth understanding of developmental issues and optimal human functioning.
Outcomes Outcome 1A. Students will perform satisfactorily in the 18 hours of coursework in foundational psychology: Physiological Psychology, History and Systems, Cognitive Psychology, Social Psychology, Personality, and Developmental Psychology. Minimal competence will be demonstrated with a grade of A or B.
Outcome 1B. Students will successfully teach the General Psychology course (which covers the foundational areas of psychology) to undergraduate students. .
Outcome 1C. Annual alumni survey will indicate that the program is providing adequate or better education in the foundational areas of psychology. Minimal competence will be demonstrated with an average rating of higher than 2 (scale = 1 – 4).
Outcome 1D. Graduates of the program will perform adequately on the EPPP exam by passing the exam at the appropriate level of their state of residence. Minimal competence will be demonstrated by graduates scoring at or above the required score for licensure in their respective states.
Competency 1b. Students will demonstrate the ability to integrate and apply knowledge of the core areas of psychology to research and treatment issues that are relevant to counseling psychology.
Outcomes Outcome 2A. Students will successfully complete a qualifying research project and doctoral-level dissertation that incorporate core areas of knowledge in psychology as appropriate. Minimal competence will be demonstrated by each student completing the QRP prior to the start of his or her 3rd year of study.
Outcome 2B. Students will demonstrate incorporation of the foundational areas of psychology into treatment during the practicum sequence. Minimal competence will be demonstrated by students’ obtaining a rating of 3 or better (scale = 1 - 5) on foundational material on practicum evaluations.
Goal Goal 2. To educate and train students in scientific inquiry skills appropriate for doctoral-level education and appropriate for the field of counseling psychology.
Objectives Objective 2a. Educate and train students in research methodology.
Objective 2b. Educate students in statistics and using statistical software packages.
Objective 2c. Train students in writing research results for publication.
Competencies Competency 2a. Students will demonstrate the application of diverse inquiry strategies to various research questions relevant to counseling psychology.
Outcomes Outcome 3A. Students will satisfactorily complete the 12 hours of coursework concerned with knowledge generation in the profession: Advanced Experimental Design, Advanced Statistical Methods, Multivariate Statistics, and Research Seminar. Minimal competence will be demonstrated by a grade of A or B.
Outcome 3B. Students will obtain adequate ratings on the research section of the annual review and feedback evaluations. Minimal competence will be demonstrated with a rating of “meets standards” or higher.
Outcome 3C. Students will pass the Research Design and Statistics section of the comprehensive examination.
Outcome 3D. Students will successfully complete a qualifying research project. Minimal competence will be demonstrated by approval of the project and manuscript by three faculty members and the department chair prior to the start of each student’s 3rd year of study.
Outcome 3E. Students will design, conduct, and analyze data for an independent research project that constitutes the dissertation. Minimal competence will be demonstrated by completion of the project and approval by the dissertation committee, Department Chair, Dean, and the Graduate School.
Outcome 3F. Students will complete a one-year (20 hour a week) research assistantship and will receive satisfactory ratings from their research supervisor. Minimal competence will be demonstrated by a rating of “satisfactory” or better on the evaluation form.
Outcome 3G. Annual alumni survey will indicate that the program is providing/provided adequate or better training in scientific inquiry skills. Minimal competence will be demonstrated by an average rating higher than 2 (scale = 1 – 4).
Competency 2b. Students will demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate research literature, proposals, and other research materials.
Outcomes Outcome 4A. Students will satisfactorily complete the Research Seminar course. Minimal competence will be demonstrated by a grade of A or B.
Outcome 4B. Students will complete the qualifying research project. Minimal competence will be demonstrated by approval of the project and manuscript by three faculty members and the department chair prior to the start of each student’s 3rd year of study.
Outcome 4C. Students will design, conduct, analyze data, and report the dissertation. Minimal competence will be demonstrated by completion of the project and approval by the dissertation committee, Department Chair, Dean, and the Graduate School.
Outcome 4D. Students will complete a one-year (20 hour a week) research assistantship and will receive satisfactory ratings from their research supervisor. Minimal competence will be demonstrated by a rating of “satisfactory” or better on the evaluation form.
Competency 2c. Students will demonstrate the ability to complete and report research projects and findings appropriately.
Outcomes Outcome 5A. Students will successfully complete a qualifying research project. Minimal competence will be demonstrated by approval of the project and manuscript by three faculty members and the department chair prior to the start of each student’s 3rd year of study. 
Outcome 5B. Students will design, conduct, analyze data, and report the research project that constitutes the dissertation. Minimal competence will be demonstrated by completion of the project and approval by the dissertation committee, Department Chair, Dean, and the Graduate School. 
Outcome 5C. Students will satisfactorily complete the Research Seminar course. Minimal competence will be demonstrated by a grade of A or B.
Outcome 5d. Students will complete a one-year (20 hour a week) research assistantship and will receive satisfactory ratings from their research supervisor. Minimal competence will be demonstrated by a rating of “satisfactory” or better on the evaluation form.
Competency 2d. Students will incorporate multicultural understanding and individual differences in the research process.
Outcomes Outcome 6A. Students will pass the Advanced Experimental Design, Research Seminar, and Psychotherapy Research courses, all of which address multicultural and developmental issues related to research. Minimal competence will be demonstrated by a grade of A or B.  
Outcome 6B. Students will receive satisfactory ratings for research competence on the annual review and feedback evaluations. Minimal competence will be demonstrated with a rating of “meets standards” or higher.
Outcome 6C. Students will complete a one-year (20 hour a week) research assistantship and will receive satisfactory ratings from their research supervisor. Minimal competence will be demonstrated by a rating of “satisfactory” or better on the evaluation form
Outcome 6D. Students will receive satisfactory annual ratings on the Cross-Cultural Counseling Inventory completed by the Core Training Committee. Minimal competence will be demonstrated by each student’s rating of 3 or higher on each item.
Goal Goal 3. To educate and train students in scientific principles and knowledge related to clinical practices.  
Objectives Objective 3a. Educate and train students in basic counseling theories (Individual and Group).
Objective 3b. Train students in empirically validated treatments.
Objective 3c. Train students in basic principles of administering and scoring assessment instruments.
Competencies Competency 3a. Students will effectively employ approaches to counseling and psychotherapy that reflect the changing and expanding scientific knowledge base in professional psychology and the cultural backgrounds and developmental contexts of clients.
Outcomes Outcome 7A. Students will satisfactorily complete the following courses: Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy, Advanced Group Therapy, Techniques of Counseling, Psychotherapy Research, and Advanced Seminar in Counseling Theories and Techniques. Minimal competence will be demonstrated by a grade of A or B.    
Outcome 7B. Students will demonstrate multicultural competence by completing the Multiculturalism and Diversity course. Minimal competence will be demonstrated by a grade of A or B. 
Outcome 7C. Students will receive satisfactory annual ratings on the Cross-Cultural Counseling Inventory completed by the Core Committee. Minimal competence will be demonstrated by each student’s rating of 3 or higher on each item.
Outcome 7D. Student ratings from practicum supervisors will reflect competency in choosing and implementing theoretical- and research-based treatments with diverse populations. Minimal competence will be demonstrated by students’ obtaining a rating of 3 or higher (scale = 1 – 5) on the evaluation form.
Outcome 7E. Students will receive adequate ratings on the professional skills and competencies section of the annual review and feedback evaluations. Minimal competence will be demonstrated with a rating of “meets standards” or higher.
Outcome 7F. Students will receive satisfactory evaluations from internships regarding use of and implementation of appropriate counseling and/or psychotherapy treatment interventions and approaches. Minimal competence will be demonstrated by interns’ achieving at least a “satisfactory” (or similar) rating on internship evaluation forms.
Outcome 7G. Students will pass the Theories of Counseling and Intervention section of the comprehensive examination.
Competency 3b. Students will demonstrate proficiency at choosing, administering, scoring, and interpreting assessment instruments based on a variety of diverse client factors including ethnic and cultural background, developmental issues, and contextual information.
Outcomes Outcome 8A. Students will demonstrate competency by successfully completing the assessment training sequence of courses which includes:  Intellectual Assessment, Personality Assessment and Integrative Assessment. Minimal competence will be demonstrated by a grade of A or B.
Outcome 8B. Students will receive satisfactory (at appropriate level) practicum supervisor ratings related to psychological assessment. Minimal competence will be demonstrated by students’ obtaining a rating of 3 or higher (scale = 1 – 5) on the evaluation form. 
Outcome 8C. Students will pass the Psychological Assessment and Diagnosis section of the comprehensive examination.  
Outcome 8D. Students will receive satisfactory ratings on evaluations from internships regarding administration and interpretation of various assessment instruments. Minimal competence will be demonstrated by interns’ achieving at least a “satisfactory” (or similar) rating on internship evaluation forms.
Outcome 8E. Students will successfully complete at least two assessment batteries under supervision at the Psychological Services Clinic. Minimal competence will be demonstrated by students’ obtaining a rating of 3 or higher (scale = 1 – 5) on the evaluation form on items related to psychological assessment.
Goal Goal 4. To educate and train students in a life-span developmental perspective that facilitates optimal human functioning and adaptation across the life-span. 
Objectives Objective 4a. To educate students in basic foundations of life-span development.
Objective 4b. To train students to be aware of the developmental contexts of clients.
Objective 4b. To train students to be cognizant of developmental issues in research
Competencies Competency 4a. Students will demonstrate the ability and the disposition to incorporate a life-span developmental perspective into all of their professional activities.
Outcomes Outcome 9A. Students will successfully complete Developmental Psychology. Minimal competence will be demonstrated by a grade of A or B.
Outcome 9B. Students will receive satisfactory practicum and internship supervisor ratings related to the incorporation of a life-span developmental perspective in the choice and implementation of treatment modalities. Minimal competence will be demonstrated by students’ obtaining a rating of 3 or higher (scale = 1 – 5) on the practicum evaluation form on items related to life-span development or by interns’ achieving at least a “satisfactory” (or similar) rating on internship evaluation forms.
Outcome 9C. Students will receive satisfactory practicum and internship supervisor ratings related to the incorporation of a life-span development perspective in the choice and interpretations of assessment strategies. Minimal competence will be demonstrated by students’ obtaining a rating of 3 or higher (scale = 1 – 5) on the practicum evaluation form on items related to life-span development or by interns’ achieving at least a “satisfactory” (or similar) rating on internship evaluation forms.
Outcome 9D. Annual alumni survey will indicate that the program is providing/provided adequate or better training in life span perspectives on psychological interventions and assessments. Minimal competence will be demonstrated by an average rating higher than 2 (scale = 1 – 4).
Goal Goal 5. To educate and train students to be sensitive to issues of multiculturalism and individual differences and to incorporate these issues in their work as professional psychologists.
Objectives Objective 5a. To educate students in multicultural and diversity issues as well as obtain self-understanding.
Objective 5b. To train students to be cognizant of the cultural context and diversity issues in clinical practice and research
Competencies Competency 5a. Students will demonstrate sensitivity to multi-cultural issues and individual differences in all aspects of their professional work. 
Outcomes Outcome 10A. Students will receive satisfactory annual ratings on the Cross-Cultural Counseling Inventory completed yearly by the Core Committee. Minimal competence will be demonstrated by each student’s rating of 3 or higher on each item.
Outcome 10B. Students will demonstrate multicultural competence by completing Multiculturalism and Diversity. Minimal competence will be demonstrated by a grade of A or B.
Outcome 10C. Students will be rated at or above expected levels for their understanding of, and sensitivity to, multicultural values and issues as well as individual differences by practicum supervisors on their practicum evaluations. Minimal competence will be demonstrated by students’ obtaining a rating of 3 or higher (scale = 1 – 5) on relevant items on the practicum evaluation form.
Outcome 10D. Students will receive satisfactory ratings on evaluations from internships regarding understanding and sensitivity to multicultural issues and diversity. Minimal competence will be demonstrated by interns’ achieving at least a “satisfactory” (or similar) rating on relevant items on internship evaluation forms.
Goal Goal 6. To educate and train students to be aware of and function within accepted standards of ethical and professional conduct and promote their development of professional identities.
Objectives Objective 6a. To educate students in ethics and professional behavior.
Objective 6b. To train students in ethical decision making models.
Objective 6c. To prepare students to practice within legal and ethical boundaries.
Competencies Competency 6a. Students will demonstrate skill in applying ethical principles to professional practice through an ethical decision-making model.
Outcomes Outcome 11A. Students will satisfactorily complete Professional Issues and Ethics, a course designed to help students learn, critically evaluate, and apply a decision-making model for the implementation of ethical principles. Minimal competence will be demonstrated by a grade of A or B.
Outcome 11B. Students will achieve satisfactory performance on practicum evaluations related to ethical and professional conduct. Minimal competence will be demonstrated by students’ obtaining a rating of 3 or higher (scale = 1 – 5) on relevant items on the practicum evaluation form.
Outcome 11C. Students will pass the Professional Issues (Ethics and Multicultural/Diversity Issues) section of the comprehensive examination
Outcome 11D. Students will receive satisfactory internship supervisor ratings related to ethical and professional conduct. Minimal competence will be demonstrated by interns’ achieving at least a “satisfactory” (or similar) rating on relevant items on internship evaluation forms.
Outcome 11E. Graduates of the program will perform adequately on the EPPP exam section on professional issues and ethics Minimal competence will be demonstrated by graduates scoring at or above the required score for licensure in their respective states.
Competency 6b. Students will exhibit ethical and professional behavior in their roles as counselors, instructors, supervisors, and researchers.
Outcomes Outcome 12A. Students will satisfactorily complete Professional Issues and Ethics, the doctoral-level ethics course. Minimal competence will be demonstrated by a grade of A or B.
Outcome 12B. Students will receive adequate ratings on the annual review and feedback evaluation sections on ethical and professional behavior and teaching. Minimal competence will be demonstrated with a rating of “meets standards” or higher.
Outcome 12C. Students will achieve satisfactory ratings on the professional conduct section of the practicum supervisor evaluations. Minimal competence will be demonstrated by students’ obtaining a rating of 3 or higher (scale = 1 – 5) on relevant items on the practicum evaluation form.
Outcome 12D. Students will receive satisfactory internship supervisor ratings related to ethical and professional conduct. Minimal competence will be demonstrated by interns’ achieving at least a “satisfactory” (or similar) rating on relevant items on internship evaluation forms.
Competency 6c. Students will exhibit ethical and professional behavior in their identity development as psychologists, instructors, supervisors, and researchers.
Outcomes Outcome 13A. Students will satisfactorily complete Professional Seminar in Counseling Psychology. Minimal competence will be demonstrated by a grade of A or B.
Outcome 13B. Students will receive satisfactory or better ratings on practicum evaluations in establishing an identity consistent with being a professional Counseling Psychologist. Minimal competence will be demonstrated by students’ obtaining a rating of 3 or higher (scale = 1 – 5) on relevant items on the practicum evaluation form.
Goal Goal 7. To train students to teach university level psychology classes.
Objectives Objective 7a. Train students in the basics of classroom management.
Objective 7b. To train students in the basics of course preparation.
Objective 7c. To train students in basic teaching strategies.
Competencies Competency 7a. Students will demonstrate effective skills in teaching, managing, and assessing students in undergraduate psychology classes. 
Outcomes Outcome 14A. Students will satisfactorily complete Issues in Academic Psychology and Teaching. Minimal competence will be demonstrated by a grade of A or B.
Outcome 14B. Graduate assistant students will receive satisfactory ratings from their mentor in their first year of teaching. Minimal competence will be demonstrated by a grade of A or B in Psychology 600.
Outcome 14C. Students will receive satisfactory ratings on the teaching section of the annual review and feedback evaluations. Minimal competence will be demonstrated with a rating of “meets standards” or higher.
Outcome 14D. Students will independently teach an undergraduate level psychology course for a minimum of 3 quarters, during which students will prepare and deliver lectures, administer and score exams, calculate grades, and maintain course records. Minimal competence will be demonstrated with a rating of “meets standards” or higher on the annual evaluation form.
Outcome 14E. Students will achieve satisfactory student evaluations in their third quarter of teaching. Minimum competence will be demonstrated by achieving ratings equal to or higher than the departmental average for each survey item.
  

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