Clinical Psychology

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Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology

(48 hours & GRST 501)

The specialization in Clinical Psychology provides the opportunity for the student to understand, evaluate and counsel persons with psychological problems, and to draw upon community resources for assistance in working with these persons. During completion of the 48-hour Clinical Psychology graduate program, which includes approved practica, the student is provided the opportunity to administer psychological tests and use various techniques of counseling and psychotherapy. Students who complete all requirements in the clinical area, and who become a licensed clinical psychologist, often work in psychiatric hospitals, prisons, in mental health centers, or with doctoral-level psychologists in private practice.

Additional benefits offered to the clinical psychology student include 1) intensive training in clinical assessment, including intelligence tests, personality evaluations, and assessments regarding developmental disabilities, 2) the possibility for a variety of guided practicum opportunities, such as community mental health, school based programs, private practice, hospitals, and government agencies, 3) class schedules to fit the working professional’s needs (the majority being evening & online courses with the exception of practica) 4) and faculty supervision for each practicum limited to a 1 to 5 ratio offering intensive training and feedback on therapeutic skill development and documentation procedures.

Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology Program Requirements

Foundational Courses (28 hours)

GRST 501    Introduction to Psychology Graduate Studies
PSYH/COUN 502 Theories of Counseling & Psychotherapy
PSYH/COUN 511 Advanced Developmental Psychology
PSYH 512     Statistics for Mental Health Professionals
PSYH 515     Quantitative & Qualitative Research Methods
PSYH/COUN 520 Advanced Psychopathology
PSYH 575     Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience
PSYH 592     Social & Community Psychology
PSYH 660     Ethics & Professional Practice
PSYH/COUN 665 Diagnosis & Treatment Planning

Clinical Program Courses (18 hours)

PSYH /COUN 503 Techniques of Counseling & Psychotherapy
PSYH 650     Emotion, Motivation, & Cognition
PSYH 670     Clinical Assessment of Emotional/Psychological Functioning
PSYH 675     Clinical Assessment of Intellectual Functioning
PSYH/COUN 688 Practicum in Counseling/Psychotherapy
PSYH/COUN 689 Practicum in Assessment

Elective Courses (select 3 hours)

PSYH 504     Advanced Industrial/Organizational Psychology
PSYH 590     Advanced Forensic Psychology
PSYH 605     Health Psychology
COUN 625     Theories of Career Counseling & Development
COUN 630     Family Systems Theory
PSYH 640     Group Processes
COUN 645     Group Counseling & Psychotherapy
COUN 655     Multicultural & Diversity Issues

See also:
Endorsement for Clinical Psychology (LPP) (12 hours)
For More Information, Please Contact:
Regina Shackelford
2013-14 - Clinical Psychology Program Catalog
2013-14 Clincal Psychology Curriculum Contract




The Master’s degree plan fulfills the educational requirements and prepares students for the successful passing of the Examination in Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP) in order to qualify for the Licensed Psychological Associate licensure from the Kentucky State Board of Examiners of Psychologists. The educational requirements for licensure as a Psychological Practitioner include an additional 15 hours of coursework beyond the Psychological Associate (indicated as “Endorsement Courses” in the curriculum below) and 5 years “on the job” supervision and training. Additionally students should also be aware that psychology licensing can vary from state to state, and thus are encouraged to make sure they are aware of these different qualifications should they decide to practice outside of the state of Kentucky. Complete information may be found at the official website of the Kentucky State Board of Examiners of Psychology, available at the following URL:
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