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Department of Psychology

College of Arts & Sciences

Clinical Training

University of Wyoming Clinical Psychology training programThe clinical program adheres to the "scientist-practitioner" model. Research knowledge and experience are viewed as fundamental parts of student's education and critical to the role of a clinical psychologist. The fundamental principles of research (such as hypothesis formation and testing) guide the process of psychotherapy. Although there are many careers available to clinical psychologists, all require adequate research knowledge. Academic psychologists (university or medical school based) participate in research activities as an integral part of their job responsibilities. Private practitioners must be able to evaluate effectively the existing research literature and apply it to their activities as appropriate. In a service providing agency, common research activities of clinical psychologists include program evaluation and needs assessment.

Research knowledge includes expertise in research methodology, design, statistics, and the ability to carry out an independent study; familiarity with the research related to areas of study in the program, such as psychopathology, psychotherapy, and individual areas of interest; the ability to evaluate research literature; and the ability to use the existing research literature to inform clinical activities.

Knowledge of theory and technique gained in the classroom is applied to research conducted under faculty supervision. Mentoring is a crucial aspect of our professional training model. Consistent with this orientation, students are accepted into the clinical program under a faculty mentor based on similar research interests.

Students entering the program without a master's degree in psychology are expected to complete a thesis by the end of the second year in the program. Students entering the program with a master's degree in psychology that includes a research-based thesis may apply to the Transfer/Waiver Committee to have their thesis accepted as fulfilling the program's thesis requirement.

All students will complete a dissertation, usually during the 4th or 5th year. Research projects in addition to theses and dissertations are available, and students are encouraged to pursue as much research activity as they wish, given their individual career goals.

Please see the Clinical Faculty and Department Faculty listings for specific research interests and representative publications of our faculty.

In-House Clinical Training

Assessment

5400 - Clinical Assessment I
5410 - Clinical Assessment II
5425 - Diagnostic Interviewing

The two semester assessment sequence provides coursework and practical experience in intellectual, academic achievement, personality assessment, and structured diagnostic interviewing. A grounding is provided in the standardization, administration, scoring, interpretation, and communication of the results of psychological evaluation both in writing and in consultation with referral sources. Under close supervision, students learn to integrate information, write comprehensive psychological reports, and provide feedback to clients.

Direct observation and videotape review facilitates the acquisition of basic assessment skills. Volunteers, Psychology Clinic clients, and community referrals serve as the basis for clinical experiences.

Therapy

Psychology Clinic
307 Biological Sciences
5330 - Intro to Clinical Practicum
5340 - Intro to Clinical Supervision
5450 - Departmental Clinical Practica

The Psychology Clinic provides services to UW and the Laramie community. Facilities include a reception area, individual and group therapy rooms. Capabilities exist for direct observation and video taping.

Clinical training begins during the first year with an introduction to the clinic and diagnostic interviewing. In the second year, students provide psychotherapy to clients. They receive individual supervision with clinical faculty. They also attend a weekly 2-hour case presentation with the other clinical students and faculty supervisors. Group supervision provides exposure to different approaches to case formulation and treatment. The third year practicum includes a focus on implementing empirically supported treatments and therapy with a broader range of clients.

Off Campus Clinical Training

Students work full-time (40 hours/wk for 10 weeks) in a variety of settings, during their second and third summers in the program.

Three basic goals are common to all placements. These are to:

  1. develop clinical skills through supervision by professionals outside the University;
  2. allow the student opportunity to gain knowledge of the programs, administration, clients, and problems of an agency similar to one in which he or she may eventually work or to which consultation services may be provided.

Settings may include outpatient mental health centers, inpatient hospitals, VA medical centers, residential programs, and private practice settings.

Clients served include children, adolescents, adults, elderly adults, and incarcerated individuals.

Experiences in these settings can include assessment; individual, group and family psychotherapy; intake evaluations; case management; and skills training.

Specialty experiences such as forensic evaluations, substance abuse training, and parent training are sometimes available. 

Locations of placements cover a wide geographical region, primarily in Wyoming, but also in neighboring states such as Colorado, South Dakota, and Nebraska. Relocation is usually necessary each summer.

The summer clerkships are regarded as an integral part of the student's training. Coordination between agencies and the program is maintained by a faculty member charged with this responsibility. Prior to placement, this faculty member discusses with the placement agencies and students the goals and experiences desired. In the summer, he or she travels to these agencies to consult with agency supervisors and students regarding the student's activities and progress.

Summer clerkships are funded by the host agencies and salaries vary. Tuition for each clerkship is the fee for 3 credit hours. This cost is borne by the student and is not covered by assistantship waivers.


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Department of Psychology

University of Wyoming

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1000 E University Ave

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-6303

Fax: (307) 766-2926

Email: psyc.uw@uwyo.edu

1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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