OLLU Doctor of Psychology program re-accredited for five years

Posted on Friday, September 14, 2012

The Our Lady of the Lake University Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Counseling Psychology degree program has received re-accreditation from the American Psychological Association (APA) for the next five years.

The APA Commission on Accreditation conducted a preliminary review of the PsyD program in September 2011 and site visit in March 2012. The PsyD program also submitted a self-study report, a response to the preliminary review and a response to the site visit for consideration to the CoA. Based on all of the information submitted and the results of the review and site visit, the CoA voted to award accreditation to the program until 2017.

With the re-accreditation, the PsyD program will be listed annually among accredited programs of professional psychology in American Psychologist, the official print journal of the APA, and on the Accreditation pages of the APA website.

The PsyD degree program emphasizes skills and competencies for the professional practice of psychology and differs from other traditional PhD programs because it places a larger emphasis on the application of psychology and the delivery of services and less emphasis on traditional research activities. The PsyD degree is designed to meet state academic requirements for licensure as a psychologist.

Students in the PsyD program receive hands-on training offered at the department’s training clinic, Community Counseling Services (CCS). The CCS practicum highlights the application of brief, systemic, strengths-based approaches to psychotherapy, which are the theories emphasized in the coursework. The program also stresses multicultural competence and includes elective concentrations in Health Psychology, Psychological Services for Spanish Speaking Populations, and Child, Adolescent, and Family Therapy.

Graduate students with conversational proficiency in Spanish may elect to obtain the certificate in Psychological Services for Spanish Speaking Populations (PSSSP). The goal of the PSSSP program is to prepare practitioners to be equally competent in the delivery of psychological services in Spanish and in English in order to serve the growing number of clients who prefer to receive services in Spanish. 

To learn more about the PsyD program at OLLU, click here