Program Philosophy and Description

The Combined CP/SP Program adheres to the scientist-practitioner model of training. Based on this philosophy of training, professional psychologists are encouraged to conduct research on significant social and educational issues, ensure that professional practice is based on a strong empirical foundation, and examine their practices by conducting ongoing research and evaluation. Given this model, the Program is designed to prepare psychologists who can evaluate, provide, and enhance human services through scientific inquiry and practice. As a result, graduates are firmly grounded in psychological science that addresses etiology, prevention, and intervention with contemporary problems.

Goals and Objectives

To put this model into practice, the CP/SP Program has identified the following 3 goals with related objectives stated in terms of competencies:

Goal 1

To facilitate students' professional identity development as psychologists and foster strong commitments to ethical guidelines and the provision of services in the context of a multicultural, pluralistic society such that inter-individual differences and differences in culture, race/ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status and sexual orientation are understood and respected.


  1. Students will demonstrate knowledge of, and adherence to, ethical and legal guidelines in all aspects of their professional work..
  2. Students will demonstrate knowledge of individual differences and the influence of social, cultural, racial/ethnic, experiential, socioeconomic, gender-related, and linguistic factors on development, behavior, and functioning. Students will use this knowledge to understand the psychologist's role in serving diverse populations in diverse communities.

Goal 2

To train students in the scientist-practitioner model who are competent in the evaluation, production, and dissemination of research.


  1. Students will demonstrate competence in the critical review and evaluation of the psychological and educational research literature.
  2. Students will demonstrate competence in research design, data analysis, and data interpretation.

Goal 3

To provide students with in-depth training of evidence-based practices under supervised conditions in assessment and intervention.


  1. Students will demonstrate conceptual understanding of evidence-based practices in assessment, group work, and individual counseling.
  2. Students will demonstrate competence in assessment, group work, and individual counseling.
  3. Students will demonstrate the ability to access, evaluate, and apply the current evidence base in specific areas of assessment and therapeutic intervention.
  4. Students will demonstrate the ability to incorporate relevant strategies of measurement, design, and analysis in the evaluation of the interventions they provide.