Frequently Asked Questions
Clinical Training Experiences
What client contact will students have?
The primary goal of this program is to train clinical research scientists capable of health service delivery. Practicum and externships train students in the delivery of empirically-supported interventions, many conducted within a research context. Client contact may occur in laboratory, hospital, and community settings. While applied psychotherapeutic techniques will be taught and practiced within these contexts, the HPCS clinical program is best suited for those interested in the scientific pursuit of clinical psychology.
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Is this program accredited by APA?
The program is new, and therefore is not accredited. Although we plan to apply for accreditation, this process typically takes several years per APA guidelines. If you are interested in a more traditional scientist-practitioner model, please look at the other clinical psychology training areas in the PhD program in Psychology. We have designed the clinical path program curriculum to be "accreditation ready", including the establishment of externships and a limited number of assessment and intervention courses. At this time, students completing the PhD will not be graduating from an APA-accredited program.
Will graduates of the program be eligible for licensure?
Students who anticipate applying for licensure should familiarize themselves with the regulations governing licensure well ahead of time. Regulations change from year to year, so it is crucial to obtain up-to-date copies of the regulations. For New York State guidelines, please visit the NY Department of Education.
Currently, the state requires (1) a Ph.D. or Psy.D. in Psychology from an accredited institution (such as CUNY) and (2) the equivalent of two years of full time work as a psychologist, before candidates are allowed to take the licensure examination. Typically, the year-long internship serves as the first year of this experience, but at least 1 year must take place after the Ph.D. The final decision as to the appropriateness of match between a work experience and educational preparation is made by the Board post-hoc, on the basis of a report by the work supervisor. Nevertheless, if you have doubt as to the appropriateness of a work experience, you are encouraged to consult with the Board. It may take some time to receive a written response, but often questions can be addressed informally by phone.