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Philosophy, Goals and Objectives

The Clinical Psychology Residency Program operates as a Consortium between the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) and the Oklahoma City Veterans Affairs Health Care System.  Residency sites include the OUHSC and OKC VA hospitals and clinics.  The Residency program is consistent with the overall training goals of the OUHSC and the VA, which is committed to providing quality training to all health professionals.  The OUHSC and the VA are also committed to ensuring students in all health disciplines are fully prepared, both academically and clinically.  Because the OUHSC and OKC VA are training facilities for a variety of healthcare providers, the Residency program fits well with the overall culture of the institutions. The training culture includes an ongoing emphasis on the provision of clinical services; working in multidisciplinary settings; involvement and understanding of research; and providing a challenging, supportive teaching and learning environment.
The Clinical Psychology Residency Program’s Aim
The Residency program subscribes to the scientist-practitioner model of training.  The program selects individuals for specific emphasis areas within the Clinical Psychology. In addition to the broad training in Clinical Psychology, training in each emphasis area provides the opportunity for developing advanced skills within the specific focused area of interest. However, clinical psychology residency programs require common training aims and competencies across all emphasis areas. 

The overall aim of the Clinical Psychology Residency Program is to prepare graduates for independent practice of Health Service Psychology at the advanced level of competencies. By the end of training, Residents will be able to perform at an advanced level in the following competency areas:

  1. Demonstrate skills in assessment sufficient to practice at an advanced level.
  2. Demonstrate skills in psychological treatment/intervention sufficient to practice at an advanced level.
  3. Demonstrate advanced practice skills in the provision of consultation to providers in related disciplines and function effectively in consulting roles across settings.
  4. Demonstrate an advanced understanding and awareness of individual and cultural diversity and integration of these issues into professional practice.
  5. Demonstrate advanced knowledge related to the integration of science and practice in clinical psychology in addition to research and methods through scholarly activity.
  6. Complete the clinical  training and  supervisory experiences necessary for applying for or obtaining state or provincial license or certification for the independent practice of psychology (or to obtain a certificate of proficiency in specific areas of practice as applicable).
  7. Demonstrate advanced professionalism with patients and colleagues and in professional situations independently across settings and contexts.  This includes an understanding of professional conduct, ethics and law, and professional standards for providers of psychological services sufficient to practice at an advanced level.