Preparing Graduates to Be Ready for Anything

The Career Crusaders talk to the Florida School of Professional Psychology

Posted May 12, 2017

Courtesy of The Florida School of Professional Psychology
Source: Courtesy of The Florida School of Professional Psychology

With a flexible, diverse program, the Florida School of Professional Psychology is training clinicians for a range of careers.

“The only true measure of a school's success is the accomplishments of its alumni,” says Florida School of Professional Psychology program dean and associate professor Crystal S. Collier, Psy.D., and so the school trains clinicians across its 10 campuses to step up to lead roles in clinical practice, courts, colleges, military facilities, hospitals, and public service.

What do you consider the most distinctive feature of a graduate education at your school?

The Argosy University College of Clinical Psychology cares about each student's growth and has a strong commitment to training students as practitioner-scholars who demonstrate high levels of professionalism and clinical skills and who can become well-trained, multiculturally competent clinical psychologists. Our curriculum offers a unique integration of psychological science, theory, and clinical practice. This provides a solid foundation, as well as a logical and practical path for students to acquire the expertise and credentials needed to be competent clinical psychologists. Students are also provided with many opportunities to participate in community engagement projects with an emphasis on social justice, student interests, and scientific research. Many of these projects lead to collaboration with faculty on professional presentations and/or publications.

What kinds of clinical training do students get in the program?

The Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology program within the Argosy University College of Clinical Psychology can be completed in as little as five years with a student’s own unique curriculum, clinical training, and faculty. Students are placed in practicum sites during their second and third years as they complete their diagnostic and intervention practica. During their fourth year, students are placed in an advanced practicum where they gain additional experience with specialized populations. During these three practica experiences, students receive supervised training in a variety of settings, including schools, hospitals, clinics and social service agencies, community mental health centers, and university and college counseling centers, as well as in neuropsychology and forensic settings. Like other Psy.D. programs, students in the fifth or final year of the program participate in internships all over the country.

What distinguishes the professional work that your graduates do after they are licensed?

At the Florida School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University (FSPP), our comprehensive program is designed to help train students to be proficient in the empirical and theoretical underpinnings of integrated behavioral health interventions, while remaining sensitive to the many cultural, contextual, and socioeconomic environments in which they serve. Our curriculum not only helps train our students to become proficient practitioner-scholars, it also prepares them for licensure and provides the valuable skill set needed to critically evaluate both existing and future research findings to better inform their practice. In the end, the students can develop the intellectual and relational capacity to experience a truly transformative relationship with the diverse world in which they live and serve.

Can students specialize in a particular area of psychology?

Across the 10 Psy.D. programs within the Argosy University College of Clinical Psychology, the concentrations vary as they tend to reflect the particular expertise and experience of each program's faculty. For example, FSPP offers concentrations in Neuropsychology, Geropsychology, Couples & Family Therapy and Child and Adolescent Psychology. As a result, you will find that there are several FSPP faculty members who have active practices and tend to present or publish within these specialty areas. This diverse complement of faculty expertise and experience allows the clinical psychology program to offer interested students additional opportunities to grow and expand beyond the broad and general discipline-specific knowledge and profession-wide competencies that are taught within the program. Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty and instructors.

What kinds of jobs are available to your graduates?

The Argosy University College of Clinical Psychology Program Deans and faculty are very proud of our graduates and their accomplishments. With every graduating class, COCP alumni take on important roles that make a difference in the communities in which they serve.

We conduct yearly surveys of our alumni, and based upon the data we’ve collected, we know we have graduates achieving in the following areas: first, working in a variety of settings, including school systems, hospitals, and medical centers, Veterans Administration centers, military facilities, courts and correctional facilities, outpatient mental health agencies, psychiatric facilities, university and college counseling centers, and private practice; second, providing leadership within local, state, and national psychological associations—one of our alumni is currently serving as the President of the Florida Psychological Association; third, obtaining post-doctoral training in areas that include, but are not limited to, forensic psychology, neuropsychology, health psychology, military psychology, child and adolescent psychology, and couples/family therapy; and fourth, instructing at the college, university, or doctoral level within psychology programs.

Courtesy of The Florida School of Professional Psychology
Source: Courtesy of The Florida School of Professional Psychology

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The Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology Program at Argosy University, Atlanta, Chicago, Hawaii, Orange County, Phoenix, San Francisco Bay Area, Schaumburg, Tampa, Twin Cities and Northern Virginia is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA). Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 1st Street, NE, Washington DC 20002 Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: apaacred@apa.org(link sends e-mail) / Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation.

The stated completion time is suggested and may not be typical of all students. Please speak to your advisor to help determine the appropriate credit load and completion time for you and to make sure you understand the process and repercussions of adding and dropping classes. Argosy University does not guarantee third-party certification/licensure. Outside agencies control the requirements for taking and passing certification/licensing exams and are subject to change without notice to Argosy University.

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