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1Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)in Counseling PsychologyStudent HandbookREV. 8/6/19

2Table of ContentsSTUDENT AGREEMENT. 4PSYD FACULTY AND STAFF . 5CHATHAM UNIVERSITY MISSION STATEMENT AND POLICIES . 6PSYD MISSION STATEMENT AND PROGRAM AIM . 8STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY . 8ACCREDITATION . 8PROGRAM IDENTITY . 8PHILOSOPHIES . 9PROGRAM AIM AND PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCIES. 10GOALS AND OBJECTIVES .11-12DEGREE REQUIREMENTS . 13SEQUENCING . 13PLAN OF STUDY . 13RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT . 14CONTINUOUS ENROLLMENT . 14LEAVE OF ABSENCE. 14STUDENT RECORDS . 14STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS . 15PRACTICUM .16-19ADVANCE TO INTERNSHIP APPLICATION READINESS: PORTFOLIO & COMPREHENSIVE EXAMS . 20-25DISSERTATION .26-29DOCTORAL INTERNSHIP . 30-31EXPECTATIONS OF STUDENTS .32ADVISING RELATIONSHIP .33-34PROFESSIONAL BEHAVIOR . 35ACADEMIC COMPETENCE . 35CLINICAL COMPETENCE .36ADHERENCE TO ETHICAL PRINCIPLES. 36PERSONAL GROWTH AND SELF-DISCLOSURE . 36LAWFUL BEHAVIOR . 37PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT AND ACTIVITIES .37COMMUNICATION WITHIN THE PROGRAM: E-MAIL, MOODLE, AND OTHER COMMUNICATION. 37CONSIDERATIONS FOR SOCIAL MEDIA USAGE . 38

3STUDENT INVOLVEMENT IN PROGRAM GOVERNANCE . 39OUTSIDE EMPLOYMENT . 39STUDENT SELF-CARE, HEALTH AND WELLNESS . 40CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES .40-41EVALUATION OF STUDENTS . 42REGULAR EVALUATION PROCESS . 43ADDITIONAL EVALUATIONS BY FACULTY RELATED TO STUDENT COMPETENCE .43CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES . 44PROFESSIONAL GROWTH PLANS . 44REMEDIATION PLANS . 45CHATHAM UNIVERSITY STUDENT SERVICES-PROGRAM & COMMUNITY RESOURCES .46-47REFERENCES . 48APPENDIX 1: ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS .49-51APPENDIX 2: PROGRAM MISSION, AIM, & PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCIES .52-55APPENDIX 3: ACADEMIC COURSES . 56APPENDIX 3: PLAN OF STUDY FORM.57-58APPENDIX 3: COURSE DESCRIPTIONS .59-65APPENDIX 4: STUDENT PROGRESS REPORTS PREPARED BY FULL FACULTY . 66APPENDIX 4: BASELINE COMPETENCIES FORM .67-70APPENDIX 4: ANNUAL PROGRESS REPORT TO STUDENTS . 71APPENDIX 4: PROFESSIONAL GROWTH PLAN .72-73APPENDIX 4: REMEDIATION PLAN .74-75APPENDIX 5: PRACTICUM EVALUATION FORM .76-83APPENDIX 6: PSYD FIELD PLACEMENT HANDBOOK .84-94APPENDIX 7: PORTFOLIO & COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION POLICIES & PROCEDURES . 95APPENDIX 7: PORTFOLIO GRADING RUBRIC . 96APPENDIX 7: ORAL EXAMINATION GRADING RUBRIC .97-104APPENDIX 7: CASE PRSENTATION INFORMATION (INGRAM TABLES) .105-113

4STUDENT AGREEMENTAll students are expected to read this student handbook and abide by the policies and procedures thatare detailed within the handbook. Students will follow the academic requirements outlined in thestudent handbook made available in the semester of entry into the program. Students are expected tofollow the university policies and procedures that are issued in the current Chatham University catalogand referenced throughout the handbook. In addition, students are expected to follow the professionalperformance guidelines and competences that are issued in the student handbook.Please feel free to ask program faculty any questions that you may have about the contents of thehandbook. Once you have finished reading the handbook within the first month of entering theprogram, you are asked to provide your electronic signature. Your electronic signature indicates thatyou have read and understand the handbook and agree to abide by the policies and procedures.Upon entrance to the graduate psychology programs (PsyD – MSCP – MAP), enrolled students agree toverbal, written and electronic exchange of grades, academic, performance-based and clinicalcompetence-related information within and across departmental faculty, staff, clinical preceptors, andfield placement supervisors for academic standing and advising reviews.This signed document will be stored in a DocuSign electronic database within Chatham University and ahard copy will be kept in the student’s file within the Graduate Psychology Programs.Instructions on How to Provide your Electronic Signature1.Read the Student Handbook2.Click on the “Electronic Student Signature” hyperlink below3.You will receive a validation code in your email4.Enter validation5.Complete form and provide your electronic signature6.Submit the formClick on the hyperlink to add your signature to this documentElectronic Student SignatureStudent signatureDateNOTE: Changes may be made to certain sections of the handbook mid-year, in response to discussionswith students and faculty. All changes will be announced to students via email and Moodle.

5PSYD FACULTY AND STAFFBelow are names and contact information for full-time faculty and staff who are involved ininstruction and operation of the PsyD program.Complete faculty bio’s are found at: https://www.chatham.edu/psyd/faculty.cfmNAMEMary Jo Loughran, Ph.D.,Associate Professor,Director of Graduate Programs in 2783Eastside 2704Michael Cadaret, Ph.D.,Assistant Professorm.cadaret@chatham.edu412-365-1568Eastside 2709Jonathan Dimoff, Ph.D.,Visiting Professorj.dimoff@chatham.edu412-365-1133Eastside 2720Anthony Goreczny, tside 2713Deanna Hamilton, Ph.D.,Associate Professordhamilton@chatham.edu412-365-1176Eastside 2702aisacco@chatham.edu412-365-2478Eastside 2703jmorse@chatham.edu412-365-1366Eastside 2711412-365-2767Eastside 2707t.russell-brown@chatham.edu 412-365-2481Eastside 2708Anthony Isacco, Ph.D.,Associate Professor,Masters Programs CoordinatorPsyD Director of TrainingJennifer Morse, Ph.D.,Associate ProfessorExecutive Director of Counseling &WellnessJill Paquin, Ph.D.,Associate ProfessorTina Russell-Brown, Ph.D.,Visiting ProfessorLei Wang, Ph.D.,Assistant ProfessorGina Zanardelli, Ph.D.,Associate Professor,Field Placement CoordinatorSheila Rodgers, MPW,Program u412-365-2701Eastside 2710gzanardelli@chatham.edu412-365-2479Eastside 2712srodgers@chatham.edu412-365-1704Eastside 2705

6CHATHAM UNIVERSITY MISSION STATEMENT AND POLICIESUNIVERSITY MISSION: Chatham University prepares its students to build lives of purpose,value, and fulfilling work. Through professional skill development and liberal arts learning,Chatham prepares its graduates to be informed and engaged citizens in their communities;to recognize and respect diversity of culture, identity, and opinion; and to live sustainably.Please refer to the Chatham University Catalog for information related to the ChathamUniversity Mission Statement /20182019ChathamUniversityCatalog.pdfUNIVERSITY POLICIES: Chatham University has several important policies that govern thepractices in all programs university-wide, which are located in the university catalog. Theuniversity catalog webpage has a Table of Contents with more information about thesespecific areas and related center/20182019ChathamUniversityCatalog.pdf Nondiscrimination PolicyDisability PolicyChatham University Honor CodeCheating and PlagiarismHealth InsuranceCourse Registration PolicyFinancial AssistanceStudents Rights and Responsibilities

7PsyD IN COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAM OVERVIEW

8PSYD PROGRAM MISSIONThe mission of Chatham University’s Counseling Psychology PsyD program is to preparehealth service psychology practitioners capable of performing strength-based, multiculturallycompetent, science-informed practice.STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITYThe Counseling Psychology program at Chatham University is a community of diverselearners. We believe that learning is optimized in an atmosphere of safety, support, andrespect. We strive to create this atmosphere by welcoming community members from thefull spectrum of human experience, including diversity in age, class, ethnicity, gender identity,physical abilities, political beliefs, race, religion, sexual orientation, spirituality, and size. Westrive to acknowledge the role power and privilege play in our multiple, intersecting identitiesand to work towards creating a climate of egalitarianism, justice, and affirmation of allpersons. We encourage students to challenge themselves to think beyond their currentunderstanding of the world. As part of our program’s commitment to diversity, we endeavorto infuse consideration of multicultural issues into every aspect of our students’ graduatetraining, including classroom instruction, practicum and internship experience, anddissertation research.ACCREDITATIONDefinition of Accreditation: “The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education providedby institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality. Accrediting agencies,which are private educational associations of regional or national scope, develop evaluationcriteria and conduct peer evaluations to assess whether or not those criteria are met.Institutions and/or programs that request an agency's evaluation and that meet an agency'scriteria are then "accredited" by that agency” (US Department of Education, 2009).Chatham University’s Accreditation: Chatham University is accredited by the Middle StatesCommission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, (267) 2845000; and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In addition, several degree programsare accredited by external accrediting bodies(please see details at: http://www.chatham.edu/about/index.cfm).PsyD in Counseling Psychology Program Accreditation: Chatham University is accreditedby the American Psychological Association. The program is designed to meet theguidelines and principles for accreditation set forth by the Commission on Accreditation.For information about these guidelines and principles, please see the followingdocument: http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation/. The program was first accredited onSeptember 10, 2013. The next site visit is scheduled for 2020.COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAM IDENTITYCounseling Psychology: The American Psychological Association defines Counseling Psychologyas the subfield of psychology that helps people “recognize their strengths and resources tocope with their problems. Counseling psychologists do counseling/psychotherapy, teaching,and scientific research with individuals of all ages, families, and organizations (e.g., schools,hospitals, businesses). Counseling psychologists help people understand and take action on

career and work problems. They pay attention to how problems and people differ across lifestages. Counseling psychologists have great respect for the influence of differences amongpeople (such as race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability status) on psychologicalwell-being. They believe that behavior is affected by many things, including qualities of theindividual (e.g., psychological, physical, or spiritual factors) and factors in the person'senvironment (e.g., family, society, and cultural groups)”. For more information, please go ng-psychology/Counseling Psychology Values & Philosophy: Chatham University’s PsyD in CounselingPsychology program has adopted the unifying philosophical themes of counseling psychologyas developed by Gelso and Fretz (2001) and the Council of Counseling Psychology TrainingPrograms. Program objectives, curriculum, and competencies are derived from the followingthemes: A focus on working within a developmental framework across a widerange of psychological functioning. A focus on assets and strengths, regardless of level of functioning. The inclusion of relatively brief counseling approaches. An emphasis on person-environment interactions, rather than an exclusivefocus on either person or environment. An emphasis on prevention, including psycho-educational interventions. An emphasis on the educational and vocational lives of individuals. A strong commitment to attending to issues of culture, race, and ethnicity, as wellas other areas of individual diversity such as gender, age, ability, socioeconomicstatus and sexual orientation. Evaluation and improvement through critical thinking and acommitment to the scientific approach. A systems perspective that considers how the domains of mental,physical, social, financial, spiritual, vocational, political, and communalfunctioning, among others, might be related to client concerns.Doctor in Psychology (PsyD): Doctoral training in psychology culminates in the awarding ofeither a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degree. Each degreeenables its holder to pursue licensure as a psychologist and to practice independently. Thedifference between the two degrees lies in their relative emphasis during the trainingprocess. Ph.D. programs adhere to a scientist-practitioner model of training, which includesemphasis on both conducting scholarly research and clinical practice, often with a greateremphasis on conducting research. In contrast, the training model adopted by most PsyDprograms emphasizes practice informed by research, commonly known as the practitionerscholar model.Practitioner-Scholar Model: Chatham’s PsyD program in Counseling Psychology has adoptedthe practitioner-scholar model of training. This means that students will receive training inboth psychology research and practice, but that there will be a strong emphasis on practice.For additional information about this model of training, please see Stoltenberg et al (2000).Stoltenberg, C. et al., (2000). Training models in counseling psychology. The CounselingPsychologist. 28. 10.1177/0011000000285002.9

PROGRAM AIM AND PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCIESChatham University’s Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology program is committed to developingentry level health service psychologists who practice ethically and capably within the boundsof their competence.In line with the profession-wide competencies set forth by the American PsychologicalAssociation’s Standards of Accreditation for Health Service Psychologists, we seek to developthe professional competencies of our students in the following areas:Competency 1: ResearchStudents will demonstrate the ability to: Independently formulate research and/or other scholarly activities (such as criticalliterature reviews, program development/evaluation, clinical case studies, efficacystudies, theoretical papers, dissertation research). Conduct research and/or other scholarly activities. Critically evaluate and disseminate research and/or other scholarly work.Competency 2: Ethical and Legal StandardsStudents will demonstrate the ability to: Understand and act in accordance with APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists andCode of Conduct, relevant laws governing health service psychologists, and relevantprofessional standards and guidelines. Recognize ethical dilemmas as they arise, and apply ethical decision-makingprocesses in order to resolve dilemmas. Conduct oneself in an ethical manner in all professional activities.Competency 3: Individual and Cultural DiversityStudents will demonstrate: Understanding of how their own personal/cultural history, attitudes, and biases mayaffect how they understand and interact with people different from themselves. Knowledge of the current theoretical and empirical knowledge base as itrelates to addressing diversity in all professional activities including research,training, supervision/consultation, and service. The ability to integrate awareness and knowledge of individual and culturaldifferences in the conduct of professional roles (e.g., research, services, and otherprofessional activities). This includes the ability apply a framework for workingeffectively with areas of individual and cultural diversity not previously encounteredover the course of their careers. Also included is the ability to work effectively withindividuals whose group membership, demographic characteristics, or worldviewscreate conflict with their own. The requisite knowledge base, ability to articulate an approach to working effectivelywith diverse individuals and groups, and apply this approach effectively in theirprofessional work.Competency 4: Professional Values, Attitudes and BehaviorsStudents will demonstrate the ability to: Behave in ways that reflect the values and attitudes of psychology, including10

integrity, deportment, professional identity, accountability, lifelong learning, andconcern for the welfare of others.Engage in self-reflection regarding one’s personal and professional functioning;engage in activities to maintain and improve performance, well-being, andprofessional effectiveness.Actively seek and demonstrate openness and responsiveness to feedback and supervision.Respond professionally in increasingly complex situations with a greaterdegree of independence as they progress across levels of training.Competency 5: Communication and Interpersonal SkillsStudents will demonstrate the ability to: Develop and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of individuals,including colleagues, communities, organizations, supervisors, supervisees, andthose receiving professional services. Produce and comprehend oral, nonverbal, and written communications that areinformative and well-integrated; demonstrate a thorough grasp professionallanguage and concepts. Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills and the ability to manage difficult communication well.Competency 6: AssessmentStudents will demonstrate the ability to: Demonstrate current knowledge of functional and dysfunctional behaviors,including consideration of client strengths and psychopathology. Apply the knowledge of client strengths and psychopathology to the assessmentprocess with sensitivity to cultural and individual differences. Select and apply assessment methods that draw from the best available empiricalliterature and that reflect the science of measurement and psychometrics; collectrelevant data using multiple sources and methods appropriate to the identified goalsand questions of the assessment as well as relevant diversity characteristics of theservice recipient. Interpret assessment results, following current research and professional standardsand guidelines, to inform case conceptualization, classification, and3recommendations, while guarding against decision-making biases, distinguishingthe aspects of assessment that are subjective from those that are objective. Communicate orally and in written documents the findings and implicationsof the assessment in an accurate and effective manner sensitive to a range ofaudiences.Competency 7: InterventionStudents will demonstrate the ability to: Establish and maintain effective relationships with the recipients of psychological services. Develop evidence-based intervention plans specific to the service delivery goals. Implement interventions informed by the current scientific literature, assessmentfindings, diversity characteristics, and contextual variables. Apply the relevant research literature to clinical decision making. Modify and adapt evidence-based approaches effectively when a clear evidencebase is lacking. Evaluate intervention effectiveness, and adapt intervention goals and methodsconsistent with ongoing evaluation.11

12Competency 8: SupervisionStudents will demonstrate: Knowledge of supervision models and practices.Competency 9: Consultation & Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary SkillsStudents will demonstrate: Knowledge and respect for the roles and perspectives of other professions. Knowledge of consultation models and practices.

13DEGREE REQUIREMENTSIn order to earn the PsyD degree, students must successfully complete the followingrequirements, as described in detail throughout this handbook: All academic courses, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, and with grades of B- orabove in all courses Practicum placements (12 credits) Comprehensive Examination (Portfolio and Oral Examination) Doctoral dissertation (6 credits) Doctoral internship (3 credits)Post-masters students with the foundational coursework take 85 credits in the PsyD program. Postmasters students who do not have all of the foundational coursework completed when they start thePsyD program will be expected to complete the needed courses while in the program and as a result,may need to take more than 85 credits for the PsyD degree conferral.Students entering the PsyD program after accruing their bachelor's degree in psychology or relatedfield earn a Masters of Arts in Psychology (MAP) in route to their PsyD. The MA covers 18 credits forthe foundational coursework (Helping Skills, Statistics/Research Methods, Multiculturalism & Diversity,Clinical Assessment, Counseling Theories, and Professional Ethics), 15 credits in relevant counselingpsychology topics that are shared between the MA and PsyD degrees, an additional 3-credit elective,and 67 credits in the PsyD program, for a total of 103 post-bachelors credits for the PsyD degreeconferral.SEQUENCINGPsyD students typically take academic courses through the first three to four years in theprogram. Practicum experiences may begin in the Spring of the first year (for individuals whoenter the program with a Masters degree in Counseling/Clinical Psychology) or the Fall of thesecond year (for students who are Bachelor level entry). Practicum experiences continues forat least four semesters. Comprehensive Examinations, consisting of a Portfolio and an OralExamination, are typically taken in the summer of the second year (post-masters) or summerof third year (BA entry). The Dissertation may be proposed after completion of the requiredresearch courses. In order to apply for doctoral internship, the student must be in goodstanding in the program in terms of academic work and professional behavior, have passedboth parts of the Comprehensive Examination, and have successfully presented theDissertation proposal. The Director in Training, in consultation with the full faculty, certifiesthe student’s readiness to apply for doctoral internship.PLAN OF STUDYThe PsyD in Counseling Psychology courses and curriculum pattern were developed with twoprimary aims in mind:1) to provide students with excellent training in preparation for careers as effective,ethical professional psychologists2) to be consistent with the requirements for accreditation as established by theCommission on Accreditation of the American Psychological AssociationAppendix 3 includes a plan of study form that lists all of the course requirements. Students

should develop their plan of study in consultation with their advisor. As noted above,Chatham’s PsyD program is a full-time program, offering course work and other requiredtasks throughout all three semesters of the year. It is recognized, however, that the studentmight encounter life circumstances while in the program that would make it difficult toadhere to their plan of study. A student who encounters such difficulties should consult withtheir advisor to adjust their plan of study. NOTE: Any deviation from the student’s plan ofstudy may have an impact on the timing of the student’s Comprehensive Examination, andapplication and completion of the Doctoral Internship.RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTConsistent with the regulations of the American Psychological Association, ALL students mustbe in residence at Chatham University for a minimum of two years, one of which MUST befull-time, defined by Chatham University policy as having completed a minimum of 18 creditswithin a twelve-month period of time.CONTINUOUS ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTChatham University policy dictates that graduate students must maintain continuousenrollment for all semesters (excluding Summer session) until they graduate from theprogram. Options for continuous enrollment may include a minimum of one credit hour ofdissertation credit, PSY800 Continuing Education credit (1 credit), or additional practicum

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