DOCTOR OF PSYCHOLOGY IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY (PSY.D.)Carlos
Albizu University, Miami Campus offers a Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.)
degree in clinical psychology with concentrations in child psychology,
clinical neuropsychology, forensic psychology, and general practice.
The mission of the Psy.D. program in Clinical Psychology at the
Carlos Albizu University, Miami Campus is to train culturally competent
clinical psychologists at the doctoral level of professional competence
with special emphasis on the training of minorities, particularly
PHILOSOPHY OF TRAINING
The philosophy of training for the Psy.D. Program is based upon
the value that the needs of a multicultural society are best served
by a psychology profession that is both culturally competent and
inclusive. In accordance with this value, the Program seeks to
provide students with a rich exposure to culturally and individually
diverse populations through its academic training and applied experiences.
It also seeks to train students that have been underrepresented
in the field.
The Psy.D. Program follows the practitioner-scholar model, as
defined by the Vail Conference and further articulated in the Mission
Bay Resolutions. The Psy.D. Program is designed to prepare students
as clinical psychologists to provide comprehensive psychotherapeutic
and psychodiagnostic services, to assume administrative and supervisory
positions in mental health programs, and to provide professional
psychological consultation. The Program trains students in the
theories and concepts of cultural and individual diversity and
in their application to the practice of professional psychology.
It also trains students to be consumers of research and base their
work on the foundation of scientific evidence and scholarly works.
1. Prepare students to become clinical psychologists who provide
comprehensive psychodiagnostic and psychotherapeutic services in
an ethical and competent manner.
2. Educate students in theories and concepts of cultural diversity
and individual differences, and their application to the practice
of professional psychology.
3. Prepare students to function as clinical supervisors, program
administrators, and/or consultants.
4. Educate students to practice clinical psychology as informed
by the theories, methods, and findings of scientific research and
Upon successful completion of academic courses and clinical practica,
students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate comprehensive clinical assessment skills.
2. Demonstrate comprehensive skills in clinical intervention.
3. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of and ability to apply ethical
principles to clinical practice.
4. Identify and understand issues related to cultural diversity
and individual differences as they affect clinical competencies.
5. Demonstrate the ability as clinical psychologists to serve as
clinical supervisors, administrators, and consultants in diverse
6. Demonstrate the skills to be discerning consumers of scholarly
works and research, including studies of empirically based treatment
The curriculum of the Psy.D. Program is derived from its mission,
philosophy, training model, and goals as articulated above. The
Psy.D. Program offers four concentrations: Child Psychology,
Clinical Neuropsychology, Forensic Psychology, and General Practice.
The Child Psychology Concentration is designed to train students
in the understanding of childhood psychopathology including learning
disabilities, in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents,
and in the training of students to understand the impact of social
problems on this population.
The Clinical Neuropsychology Concentration is designed to train
students in the assessment, management, and rehabilitation of brain-injured
individuals as well as those diagnosed with degenerative brain
The Forensic Psychology Concentration is designed to train students
to deliver psychological services (psychodiagnostic assessment,
case law, legal standards, and expert testimony) within the judicial
and correctional systems.
The General Practice Concentration is designed to train students
in the assessment and treatment of mental and emotional disorders
as well as practice management.