Advising and Mentoring

  • Graduate students are assigned a faculty advisor who will assist them throughout their time in the program and serve as chair for Advancement to Candidacy and Exit Project committees.
  • The academic advising process will assist the student in the planning of academic curriculum and is done in conjunction with the Director, Program Office, and faculty advisor.
  • The mentoring process is highly valued and the mentoring relationship between students and faculty/staff is encouraged. It is anticipated that this relationship will be meaningful and beneficial as the graduate student is able to have one-to-one attention and interaction.

Personal Disclosure

Looking at one’s personal information, history and relationships is an integral part of clinical training. Some disclosure of such information is required in the admission process, course work and/or other program related activities. The faculty and staff respect that process and will strive to keep such information confidential.

Personal Therapy

It is anticipated that personal issues will arise for students in a graduate program in psychology and that it is of utmost importance for a future therapist to have been engaged in the therapeutic process as a client. Therefore, students are required to be involved in personal therapy concurrent with their course work. Prior to graduation students must complete 30 sessions of individual therapy and/or group therapy.

  • Therapists must be licensed as a Psychologist, Marriage and Family Therapist, or Clinical Social Worker.
  • Only psychotherapy groups fulfill this requirement. Groups created for the purpose of being a psycho-educational, marriage/pre-marital, support group, 12 step programs, or other non-psychotherapy formats will not be accepted. If you have questions about the acceptability of a specific group, the program will be happy to assess the group prior to you beginning sessions and, if it meets the requirements, will give approval.
  • Individual sessions are to be at least 45 minutes in length; group therapy sessions are to be at least 90 minutes in length.
  • Personal therapy requirement will be considered to be fulfilled when the student submits completed and signed Personal Therapy Record form(s) which indicate the required number of therapy hours have been completed.
  • Therapy requirement may be fulfilled through multiple therapists.
  • Therapy sessions must be accrued concurrent with enrollment in the program.
  • Professors and other professionals involved with the graduate psychology program may not provide therapy for students.

Advance to Candidacy

Advancement to Candidacy occurs midway through the program. All students must advance to candidacy before continuing in the program.

Advancement to Candidacy assesses the student’s knowledge at a beginning level of:

  • Basic clinical skills
  • Legal and ethical issues
  • Psychopathology and diagnoses
  • Report writing
  • Treatment planning

Exit Project

Completion of an exit project, which consists of a case presentation, is required for graduation. Under special circumstances other options for the project may be available with the approval of the Program Director.

The Exit Project is completed during the last semester. The goals of the Exit Project process are to assess the student’s application and knowledge at a Master’s level of the basic clinical skills of:

  • Report writing
  • Case formulation
  • Legal and ethical issues
  • Psychopathology
  • Therapeutic modalities
  • Spiritual integration
  • Clinical technique
  • Case presentation

Time Limit for Program Completion

All academic work for the Master of Science degree must be completed within five (5) years from the date of admission.

Grade Requirements

Since graduate courses generally require more time than undergraduate courses, students should enroll for a reasonable course load for each semester. Students in the Master of Science Degree program must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least “B” (3.0) throughout the program. Failure to do so will result in being either placed on Probationary Standing or dismissed from the program.

For complete information, please see our catalog.