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2016-2017 Graduate Studies Bulletin (Archived Copy) 
  Jun 22, 2024
2016-2017 Graduate Studies Bulletin (Archived Copy) [Archived Catalog]

Clinical-Community Psychology, Ph.D.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will select and use appropriate assessment tools and methods, effectively conduct clinical interviews, and write integrated, systems-based assessment reports and case conceptualizations. Students will appropriately implement and evaluate evidence-based interventions in applied work. Students effectively gives and receives feedback from supervisors. Students demonstrate effective interpersonal and communication skills in applied work. Students demonstrate awareness of how one’s biases influence all aspects of applied work. 
  • Students demonstrates understanding of differences in beliefs and practices that emerge from various aspects of identity and how these affect one’s own work. Students demonstrate an understanding of diversity issues and multi-cultural sensitivity issues in their own work and the broader field of psychology. 

Degree Requirements (81 hours)

A minimum of 69 credit hours of course and practica work and 12 hours of dissertation work (PSYC 899 ) are required beyond the baccalaureate degree.  Course work is distributed across five categories with a minimum number of credits in each category.

Electives (9 hours)

  • Psychology courses numbered 700+ (500+ for other departments)

Additional Requirements

The Ph.D. degree in clinical-community psychology also requires successful completion of qualifying requirements (masters thesis and masters oral), a general comprehensive examination (comprehensive paper), a specialty comprehensive examination (either in clinical or community), an oral comprehensive examination, and a predoctoral research internship.

Also required are an approved Ph.D. dissertation, and a one- year, predoctoral, full-time internship. Most students obtain an APA-approved (or approval-seeking) internship. Students have the option of declaring a concentration in Quantitative Methods in Psychology.

Quantitative Methods in Psychology Concentration Requirements:

  • Must be accepted to a University of South Carolina Psychology Department Doctoral Program (Clinical-Community, School, or Experimental)
  • Make a B or better in four courses (12 hours) that have 710 as a pre-requisite (i.e., advanced quantitative courses.) 709/710 do not count, nor do assessment or methods classes. Courses must be at the 700 level or higher.
  • Two of the four courses (6 hours) are required to be taught in the department d. The third and fourth courses can optionally be taught in another department contingent upon approval from the Concentration Program Director.

The sequence of events and more details concerning specific aspects (including the required concurrent master’s degree) are in the current Clinical-Community Psychology Doctoral Program Graduate Student Handbook, provided to all incoming students.