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					                                                                                                                                                                                    GRADUATE
ClInICAl PsyChOlOGy                                                                                                                                                                 PROGRAM
                                                                                                                                                                                    OVERVIEW
Doctor of Psychology                  Psychology doctoral candidates work toward the degree of Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.)—a service-oriented degree emphasizing clinical skills. The
                                      program leading to the Psy.D. is based on a practitioner/scientist model. Florida Tech was the first university in the southeast to offer the Psy.D. and the
Program Chair                         model of training that it represents. In addition to classes and seminars, the training program in clinical psychology includes supervised experience in
Philip D. Farber, Ph.D.               testing, diagnosis, counseling and therapy, and research projects related to special fields of interest. Before completing the doctorate, students complete
                                      one year of supervised internship training. Graduates are licensed throughout the United States and hold positions of responsibility in mental health clin-
DireCtor of CliniCal training         ics, hospitals, medical centers, HMOs, PPOs and independent practice.
Richard T. Elmore Jr., Ph.D.
                                      Students are expected to be cognizant of various theories of human nature and of various treatment modalities. Students are encouraged to assess the
DireCtor of researCh anD evaluation   problems of the clients, to select the procedures for behavioral change most appropriate to the problem, to assess the effectiveness of the procedure and,
Thomas H. Harrell, Ph.D.              if necessary, to select alternate procedures. Every effort is made to emphasize the value and dignity of psychology as a profession. To this end, the impor-
Professors                            tance of a problem-solving approach, as well as knowledge of the results of scientific investigations in psychology and the other behavioral sciences, is
Thomas H. Harrell, Ph.D.              stressed.
Mary Beth Kenkel, Ph.D.               The program is designed with the view that the essence of professional psychology involves process and content. The process is the problem-solving
Radhika Krishnamurthy, Psy.D.         approach and the content involves the knowledge of basic principles and professional skills. Both process and knowledge are in a continuous state of
Frank M. Webbe, Ph.D.                 change but this state of change does not negate their significance. Because the model emphasizes the quality and quantity of professional skills, the
assoCiate Professors                  practicum and internship experiences are of special importance in our program.
Richard T. Elmore Jr., Ph.D.
                                      Professional conDuct of stuDents
Philip D. Farber, Ph.D.
                                      The university’s program in clinical psychology subscribes to the American Psychological Association Code of Ethics and all students are bound by the
assistant Professors
                                      principles enumerated in that code.
Felipa Chavez, Ph.D.
Paula Wolfteich, Ph.D.                Students who accept admission into the program are subject to the ethics, professional standards and laws relating to psychologists and the practice of
                                      psychology. To engage in activities that are either unethical or inappropriate to their level of training will be cause for dismissal from the program.
visiting Professor
Florence Kaslow, Ph.D.                licensing/certification
                                      Licensing/certification laws vary for the various states. Although the curriculum is based on recommendations of the Board of Educational Affairs of the
Professor emerita
                                      American Psychological Association, and the clinical psychology program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association’s Committee on
Carol L. Philpot, Psy.D.
                                      Accreditation, completion of any program does not ensure admission to the licensing/certification examinations of any state. The applicant or admitted
Professors emeriti                    student should obtain and study the laws and regulations pertinent to licensing/certification in the state or states in which they plan to practice and
Charles D. Corman, Ph.D.              should consider the educational demands on choosing both elective work and internship positions.
Thomas H. Peake, Ph.D.
                                      aDmission requirements
                                      An applicant must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning. Although it is not necessary for the major area to have
                                      been psychology, it is expected that those entering without a previous degree in psychology will have completed at least 18 credit hours of psychology
                                      course work at the time of application. These courses must have been taken in a department of psychology, and should include statistics, personality
                                      theory, abnormal psychology, learning, physiological psychology and social psychology.
                                      All application materials must be received by January 15. The application and application fee should be received by the university before receipt of refer-
                                      ence letters and transcripts, so the applicant’s file can be established. Applications cannot be acted on until all required materials have been received.
                                      Applicants may apply online at www.fit.edu.
                                      All applicants are required to submit:
                                      1. the completed graduate school application form, together with the application fee (forms are available from the College of Psychology and Liberal Arts);
                                      2. the psychology supplemental form (available from the College of Psychology and Liberal Arts);
                                      3. a résumé of professional experience;
                                      4. a statement of professional career objectives;
                                      5. three letters of recommendation from psychologists familiar with the applicant’s academic and/or clinical work, to be mailed directly by the
                                         recommenders (forms are available from the College of Psychology and Liberal Arts);
                                      6. official undergraduate and graduate record transcripts, mailed directly from the degree-granting institutions; and
                                      7. Graduate Record Examination General Test and Psychology Subject Test results. Please plan to take the GRE early enough to allow test results to be
                                         reported by January 15. Results may take up to six weeks to be reported by the Educational Testing Service.
                                      Attendance at the Open House/Interview Day is recommended. After acceptance, a signed statement that, if admitted, the student will comply with the
                                      professional conduct requirements of the psychology degree program must also be submitted.
                                      Degree requirements
                                      To receive the doctoral degree, the candidate must have been a matriculated student in full-time residence at the school for a minimum of four years
                                      (eight semesters and three summer terms). This period represents the minimum of attendance to complete the course requirements. In addition to these
                                      years of course work, the internship requires an additional year for completion. To obtain an approved internship, students must make application and be
                                      accepted at one of the many APA-accredited internship training facilities located throughout the country.
     College of Psychology            A student admitted to the doctoral program is awarded the master of science degree when the following 36 credit hours are successfully completed and
       and Liberal Arts               when the student has successfully completed the Clinical Proficiency Examination (CPE):
     School of Psychology                                                                                                                                                         PSY   5528   Projective Personality Assessment ..............3
                                      PSY   5101   Statistical Research Methods 1 ...................3   PSY   5502   Psychopathology ........................................3
150 West University Boulevard         PSY   5102   Statistical Research Methods 2 ...................3   PSY   5521   Assessment of Intelligence .........................3       PSY   5541   Clinical Skills and Techniques 1 ...................3
Melbourne, Florida 32901-6975         PSY   5105   Biological Foundations of Behavior .............3     PSY   5522   Laboratory in Assessment of Intelligence....1               PSY   5542   Clinical Skills and Techniques 2 ...................3
       (321) 674-8104                 PSY   5121   Cultural and Social Psychology....................3   PSY   5524   Laboratory in Assessment of Personality ....1               PSY   5591   Seminar in Professional Standards and
  http://cpla.fit.edu/clinical        PSY   5501   Personality and Psychotherapy ...................3    PSY   5527   Objective Personality Assessment ...............3                        Ethical Principles in Psychology ..................1

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financial aiD                                   All requirements for the doctoral degree must be completed no later than seven years from the date of first attendance. No more than 12 credit hours of
graduate student assistantships for             Doctoral Research Project (PSY 6998) may be counted toward the doctoral degree.
instruction and research are available          A student who completed graduate work at another accredited university can petition for transfer of a maximum of 18 semester credits. Such requests
to well-qualified master’s and doctoral         are evaluated by the program chair. Transfers are not granted for the core clinical specialization courses listed in the curriculum description.
degree students. assistantships carry           A student receiving a grade of C in a required course may be required to repeat the course and attain a grade of B or better. All grades will enter into the
stipends plus a tuition waiver. in some         grade point average, but only credit hours from the final repeat will be credited toward the minimum credit hour requirement.
cases, a tuition waiver alone may be            Requirements for the Psy.D. degree include:
awarded for a limited amount of service.        1. A minimum of 121 semester hours of credit beyond the bachelor’s degree, including the required courses described in the curriculum section below.
assistantships for master’s degree
                                                2. A minimum of four years of full-time residency: eight semesters and three summer terms. Full-time status is defined as nine or more credit hours.
students are normally for an academic
year; assistantships for doctoral students      3. Admission to candidacy requires the successful completion of the following three components:
are renewable on a yearly basis.                   a. Clinical proficiency examination (CPE). At the completion of nine practicum-related credit hours, the clinical faculty of the School of Psychology
                                                        makes an assessment of student progress in clinical skill development. This CPE contains numerous components, including a written conceptual-
the university                                          ization and treatment plan of the videotaped case and an oral presentation and defense of the case.
florida institute of technology is a distinc-
tive, independent university, founded in           b. Second year student review. At the end of the second year, the clinical faculty reviews all students across a number of personal and interpersonal
                                                        dimensions, which are directly tied to their ability to function as professional psychologists.
1958 by a group of scientists and engineers
to fulfill the need for specialized,               c. Satisfactory academic progress. A 3.2 grade point average, computed on the basis of all university course work applied to the doctoral program, is
advanced educational opportunities                      required for admission to candidacy.
on florida’s space coast. florida tech is       4. Written comprehensive examination. At the end of the third year of study, all students are required to take and pass a written comprehensive exami-
the only comprehensive, independent                 nation. The examination includes both in-class and take-home components, and covers the core academic and clinical areas of psychology.
scientific and technological university         5. Completion of the doctoral research project.
in the southeast. supported by both             6. An internship consisting of 2,000 clock hours of supervised experience in an internship facility accredited by the American Psychological Association
industry and the community, florida tech            to offer clinical training. This placement provides the trainee with the opportunity to take substantial responsibility for carrying out the major profes-
is the recipient of many research grants            sional functions with appropriate supervisory support. Liaison between the Office of Clinical Training and the internship facility is maintained.
and contracts, a number of which provide        curriculum
financial support for graduate students.        The curriculum for the doctor of psychology program consists of four levels of training, as summarized below.
location                                        Basic science, research and assessment course work occupy the early terms of residence and flow into intervention and practicum work that occupies the
melbourne is located on the central             later terms of residence.
east coast of florida. the area offers a        level i (Beginning): This level corresponds to the first year of training following the bachelor’s degree. It consists of basic science courses designed
delightful year-round subtropical climate       to develop a broad conceptual understanding of the theoretical foundations for clinical practice and entry-level assessment and intervention skills, and
and is 10 minutes from the ocean and            beginning exposure to practical work through shadowing and direct mentoring experiences.
beaches. Kennedy space center and the           level ii (intermediate): This level corresponds to the second residence year in the program. Didactic work consists of more advanced examinations of
massive nasa complex are just 45 minutes        broad-based conceptual foundations, further development of assessment and intervention strategies, and beginning and intermediate practica place-
north of melbourne. the city of orlando,        ments. The doctoral research project is begun in the latter part of this year.
Walt Disney World, ePcot and many other         level iii (advanced): This level corresponds to the third residence year in the program. Assessment and intervention skills are fine-tuned during this
attractions are one hour west of florida        year and are put into practical use in advanced practicum assignments, and the doctoral research project is completed and defended during this year.
tech’s main campus.
                                                level iv (advanced specialty): This level corresponds to the fourth year in the program. During this year, students may take advantage of our concen-
                                                tration areas, obtain more field experience in advanced practica and complete the sequence of courses related to ethics and professional issues.
                                                The Doctor of Psychology program includes the following required courses:
                                                foundations of Psychology                                                    clinical specialization                                               Professional issues (6 credit hours)
                                                Biological Bases of Behavior (6 credit hours)                                Psychological assessment (14 credit hours)                            PSY 6560 Supervision in Clinical Training ...................2
                                                PSY 5105 Biological Foundations of Behavior .............3                   PSY 5521 Assessment of Intelligence .........................3        PSY 6561 Consultation ...............................................2
                                                PSY 5511 Clinical Psychopharmacology......................3                  PSY 5522 Laboratory in Assessment of Intelligence....1                PSY 6562 Administration of Mental Health Services...2
                                                Cognitive/affective Bases of Behavior                                        PSY 5524 Laboratory in Assessment of Personality ....1                supervised Practical experience
                                                (3 credit hours)                                                             PSY 5527 Objective Personality Assessment ...............3            (27–33 credit hours)
                                                PSY 5116 Cognitive and Affective Bases                                       PSY 5528 Projective Personality Assessment .............3             PSY 5000 Clinical Colloquium .....................................0
                                                            of Behavior .................................................3   PSY 6521 Psychodiagnostics.......................................3    PSY 5002 Pre-practicum .............................................3
                                                                                                                             relationship and interpersonal skills                                 PSY 5595 Practicum ..........................................24–30
                                                social Bases of Behavior (6 credit hours)
                                                PSY 5121 Cultural and Social Psychology....................3                 (6 credit hours)                                                      *A list of approved intervention courses is available
                                                PSY 5570 Multicultural Psychotherapy .......................3                PSY 5541 Clinical Skills and Techniques 1 ...................3        on request.
                                                                                                                             PSY 5542 Clinical Skills and Techniques 2 ...................3        internship (2,000 clock hours)
                                                individual Differences (6 credit hours)
                                                PSY 5106 Life-span Development ..............................3               intervention (15 credit hours)                                        Students register for nine credits hours of
                                                PSY 5502 Psychopathology ........................................3           PSY 5501 Personality and Psychotherapy ...................3           internship credit (PSY 6595) in each of three
                                                                                                                             PSY 555x Psychotherapy Models ................................6       semesters. Grading is on a satisfactory/
                                                research methods (18 credit hours)                                           PSY 5xxx Approved Intervention Courses* .................6
                                                PSY 5101 Statistical Research Methods 1 ...................3                                                                                       unsatisfactory basis, and credits do not count
                                                                                                                                 or
                                                PSY 5102 Statistical Research Methods 2 ...................3                                                                                       toward the minimum 121 credit hours of
                                                                                                                                         Concentration Electives...............................6
                                                PSY 6998 Doctoral Research Project .........................12                                                                                     course work necessary for the doctor of
                                                                                                                             Professional standards and ethics (3 credit hours)                    psychology degree.
                                                history and systems (2 credit hours)                                         PSY 5591 Seminar in Professional Standards
                                                PSY 5115 History and Systems of Psychology .............2                                and Ethical Principles in Psychology 1 .........1
                                                                                                                             PSY 5592 Seminar in Professional Standards
                                                                                                                                         and Ethical Principles in Psychology 2 .........1
                                                                                                                             PSY 5593 Seminar in Professional Standards
                                                                                                                                         and Ethical Principles in Psychology 3 .........1



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for more information                                  Psychology Degree Programs anD the multicultural commitment
to obtain more detailed information                   The College of Psychology and Liberal Arts is committed to providing students with information and training that is not restricted to one cultural or
about this graduate Program or to                     national tradition. Exposure to information on the theory and practice of psychology in different cultures and with different ethnic and cultural minori-
obtain application materials, visit our               ties make graduates sensitive to cultural, national and ethnic differences, whether encountered at home or abroad.
home page at www.fit.edu/grad or the                  concentration areas
university catalog at www.fit.edu/                    The majority of students complete the program without pursuing a concentration. However, concentrations have been developed in marriage and family
catalog, or contact:                                  psychology, child psychology and neuropsychology/behavioral medicine. Most concentrations can be completed within the four years of required resi-
    florida institute of technology                   dence by selecting the appropriate electives and practicum sites.
    office of graduate admissions                     intensive classroom courses
    150 W. university Blvd.                           These courses are usually one credit hour and are taught by nationally known members of our visiting and adjunct faculty. The format of an intensive
    melbourne, fl 32901-6975                          course is as follows. Each registered student is given a syllabus that includes reading and report assignments. Several weeks into the term, the class
    (321) 674-8027                                    meets formally with the professor for one, two or three days. Papers or tests can be given during this time, and papers and projects are usually assigned
    (321) 723-9468/fax
                                                      for the remaining weeks of the term. All assignments are due by the end of the semester. This format allows our students to gain exposure to distin-
                                                      guished psychologists from throughout the world. Generally, one of these courses is available each semester.
    (800) 944-4348
                                                      acaDemic Dismissal
florida institute of technology is an independent
university located in melbourne, florida. florida     Students will be dismissed from further graduate study under the following circumstances:
tech is accredited by the southern association        1. A grade point average below 3.0 at any stage of the doctoral program.
of Colleges and schools to award associate,
baccalaureate, master’s, education specialist and     2. Two or more grades of D or F.
doctoral degrees. florida tech admits students        3. Unsatisfactory grades for nine credit hours of internship.
of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, and
does not discriminate on the basis of disability in
                                                      4. Nonadmission to doctoral candidacy as defined under “Degree Requirements.”
admission or access to its programs.                  5. Failure to abide by the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Ethics of the American Psychological Association.
                                                      6. Hampering the academic efforts of other students.
                                                      7. Failure to maintain satisfactory progress in course work and/or research, regardless of grade point average.
                                                      8. Violation of the legal and ethical standards of the university, including, but not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, knowingly furnishing false informa-
                                                         tion to the university, or forging, altering or misusing university documents or academic credentials.
                                                      9. Failure to demonstrate adequately those personal and interpersonal skills and attributes deemed suitable for the profession, as delineated in the
                                                         psychology graduate student handbook.
                                                      The Graduate Information and Regulations section of the University Catalog presents information concerning dismissal and the rights of the student to
                                                      appeal dismissal decisions.




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