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Graduates of the Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology (PsyD) program are prepared to be leaders in providing exceptional psycho-educational and mental health services to children, youth, and families.
Disclaimer: The Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology (PsyD) program will undergo changes starting Summer 2016. Details regarding these changes may be found here.
This innovative applied professional psychology program is designed for working professionals and builds on the advanced training and experience of the certified school psychologist.
A specialty of the program is an emphasis in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which includes a three-course sequence taught by well-trained faculty in the area of CBT. The PsyD program draws on the unique strengths of being set in an osteopathic medical college. With a tremendous need today for school psychologists and physicians to collaborate on behalf of children, adolescents, and families, PCOM provides the unique opportunity to study and work with students from a variety of medical-related disciplines, with a common goal of addressing the needs of the whole child.
In addition to PsyD coursework, candidates complete a series of field experiences in advanced assessments, cognitive behavior therapy in schools, and brain-based interventions. Each PsyD student must satisfy a residency requirement within the first year. Practicum experiences are integrated into the curriculum in several areas and the internship provides an intensive, supervised work experience to develop, practice, and integrate new clinical skills. All can be completed while continuing to work in the field.
Most faculty are certified school psychologists who are internationally renowned practitioner-scholars and researchers in the field.
The program's multicultural focus prepares school psychologists to have a positive impact on pluralistic systems and communities.
High-fidelity simulators and standardized patient actors immerse students in realistic experiences and clinical situations.
Students complete coursework in specialized areas such as Neuropsychology in the Schools and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
The Doctor of Psychology program in School Psychology is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). PCOM’s PsyD program in School Psychology is also approved by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Board (ASPPB). Refer to their website for a listing of programs meeting designation criteria.