Program Mission and Aims
School Psychology (PsyD)
The program has a clearly articulated mission and set of goals and objectives. The
School Psychology (PsyD) Program at PCOM is fully committed to the goal of training,
in the practitioner-scholar model (Vail Model), doctoral-level school psychologists
who are thoroughly and carefully prepared to meet the challenges of psychological
practice in the 21st century.
The training includes an integrated and sequential program of study and supervised
practice that is consistent with the mission, goals and objectives. The explicit mission
of the program is, in a spirit of commitment to excellence, to prepare school psychologists
who, as practitioners-scholars, are uniquely capable and committed to the provision
of high quality, empirically based, ethical and legal professional psychological services.
This includes a full range of direct and indirect services including psychological
assessment and evaluation services, with a special focus on the developmental process
of children within the multicultural context of schools, families, and other systems.
Grounded in the cognitive-behavioral orientation, students also will be prepared to
provide research-based, effective interventions and programs that prevent and treat
problems and promote learning in all children. The program also strives to train students
to collaborate and form partnerships with families, educators, health care providers
and the community at large, as well as to engage in scholarly activities essential
to contributing new knowledge in the field of school psychology. The program seeks
to bring the best of the discipline and practice of school psychology to understanding
and enhancing the development of all children. As such, the graduate is fully prepared
to assume the role and responsibility of the school psychologists at an advanced level
with specialized training in applied behavior analysis, advanced assessment practices and application of cognitive-behavior therapy.
To train students to become general practitioner-scholars such that school psychological
practice is firmly grounded on the scientific knowledge base and ethical standards
of psychology and education.
To train students to provide both direct and indirect school psychological services
based on data-based decision-making and empirically supported strategies and interventions.
To train practitioner-scholars who are capable of being an integral part of the interdisciplinary
teams, interfacing to collaborate and form partnerships with families, health care
providers and the community.
To train practitioner-scholars to provide school psychological services in the context
of a multicultural, pluralistic society such that inter-individual differences and
differences in social, culture, ethnicity, experiential, gender-related, socio-economic
status, linguistic and other such factors are understood and respected.