We have designed a multi-faceted, rigorous, broad and comprehensive 6 year curriculum that includes academic coursework, clinical practicum, professional development, and internship. Clinical science in child and adolescent psychology necessitates a solid foundation and breadth of training in (1) developmental psychology emphasizing the dynamic and complex interplay between the individual child and their ecology (e.g., parents, family, peers, schools, and community), (2) developmental psychopath-ology emphasizing adaptation, coping, and resilience, (3) cultural diversity, in particular as it relates to access, quality, and impact of mental health care, and (4) methodology and statistics. The curriculum plan is informed by the evolving literature on pedagogy and thus incorporates innovative training processes and educational methods to build knowledge, skills, and competencies that reflect the program’s broad professional goals and specific learning objectives.
The curriculum is broad and comprehensive; guided by our training philosophy, four professional goals and their specific learning objectives; strategic in terms of its sequencing of training requirements and opportunities; cumulative in that learning opportunities build on one another incrementally; and graded over time by academic, research and clinical demands that increase in challenge and complexity, accompanied by increasingly more advanced competency benchmarks and performance expectations. At each stage of the sequence, students engage in a fully integrated set of research and clinical activitites to ensure that their delivery of psychological assessment and treatment services are informed by the scientific literature and that their developing research questions and methods are informed by their clinical experiences, reflecting an overall university value of integrating scholarly and local knowledge.