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Academic Catalog 2016-2017 
Academic Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Respecialization in Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Certificate (with optional concentrations)

This postdoctoral certificate is designed for psychologists who hold a PhD in a nonclinical discipline of psychology. Typically such students hold PhDs in social, developmental, and organizational psychology and want to become licensed as a clinical psychologist.

The program provides the clinical training, both academic coursework and supervised clinical training, required for license eligibility in many states.

Students can optionally specialize in one of the following concentrations:

  • Forensic Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Parent-Infant Mental Health
  • Violence Prevention & Control

Required Respecialization Coursework:

Effective date: 09/01/2016

Core Academic Courses

Clinical Requirements

Theoretical Orientation Course

One 4-credit theoretical orientation course consistent with the Practicum Case Seminar plan you select:

Practicum Case Seminar

8cr (four terms) of one of the following Practicum Case Seminar tracks, to include six training days and ten case presentations:

  • PSY-629A1 -A4 Practicum Case Seminar: Psychodynamic, 2 semester credits each
  • PSY-629B1 -B4 Practicum Case Seminar: Cognitive/Behavioral, 2 semester credits each
  • PSY-629C1 -C4 Practicum Case Seminar: Humanistic/Systems, 2 semester credits each

Clinical Practicum and Internship

12 credits minimum of clinical practicum (1,000-2,000 clock hours).

One year fulltime or two years halftime internship placement.

Total Semester Credits: 94

Optional Concentrations

Forensic Psychology Concentration Requirements

  • (PhD only) A forensically oriented dissertation, with at least one committee member who is a member of the forensic concentration faculty.
  • 4 semester credits
  • 1 semester credits
  • 3 months of clinical experience in a forensically-oriented practicum or one internship rotation (may be substituted with 150 hours of forensic work in another setting)

One of the following:

Health Psychology Concentration Requirements


Internship must include a major rotation or its equivalent in Health Psychology

PhD students:

Dissertation must be on a Health Psychology topic

RCP Students:

Publishable quality research paper


* Course must emphasize a health psychology topic in the area. Topics in health psychology refer to the relationship between psychological factors and physical health, not including neuropsychology or psychopharmacology, but including health delivery systems. 

Neuropsychology Concentration Requirements


  • Neuropsychology of Neurological Disorders (2 days)
  • Language Development and Pathology (3 days)

Clinical Practicum

600 hours of Clinical Practicum in neuropsychology under the supervision of a licensed clinical neuropsychologist. The training should include direct service and/or psychologist assessment in neuropsychology, including administration, scoring, interpretation, and write-up of neuropsychological batteries. The practicum may occur in outpatient or inpatient setting with a variety of populations.


One internship rotation at fulltime status for three months in neuropsychology under the supervision of a licensed clinical neuropsychologist. Typically, this would include at least four complete neuropsychology batteries, at least one child/adolescent and at least one adult. 

Parent-Infant Mental Health Concentration Requirements


Internship that includes at least one minor rotation or its equivalent in parent-infant mental health psychology. Sites could include a psychology service in a hospital with participation in consultation services or in an out-patient setting or clinic. A high risk follow up clinic or work on a neonatal intensive care unit would meet this requirement.

Psychological Assessment Labs

1 credit of psychological assessment labs training in parent-infant mental health assessment, to include: clinical assessment of parent-infant interactions, infant behavior, parental behavior, Brazelton Neonatal Assessment Scale and mother infant interactions.


4 additional courses (2 credits each) with a focus in parent-infant mental health psychology chosen from the following advanced courses:

Dissertation (PhD Only)

Dissertation on a parent-infant mental health psychology topic. It may focus upon the interface between biological, psychological and health psychology as it relates to infants and their parents.

Violence Prevention & Control Concentration Requirements

National Session Seminars

3 national session seminars chosen from: Etiology of Anger and Violence, Assessment of Anger and Violence, Anger and Violence Intervention, or Prevention of Anger and Violence.

Preparation of an Action Protocol

Preparation of an action protocol dealing with some aspect of anger and/or violence prevention, assessment, or intervention at one of the national session meetings. If a session presentation is not possible, the VPC forum would be the medium for this presentation.


16 course credits that focus on topics related to violence. At least 8 of these credits must be chosen from:

If PhD student:

Dissertation on a violence related topic which contributes to some aspect of knowledge about the nature, etiology, prevention and/or management of anger and violence.

If RCP student:

Publishable quality research paper on a violence related topic which contributes to some aspect of knowledge about the nature, etiology, prevention and/or management of anger and violence.