The mission of the Doctor of Psychology ( Psy.D.) Program in Clinical Psychology at Carlos Albizu University, Miami Campus is to train culturally competent clinical psychologists at the doctoral level with special emphasis on the training of minorities, particularly Hispanics. As our nation and the world continue to become more diverse, this focus is an invaluable resource for our graduates. While you may think of therapy when you hear the word “psychologist,” this profession actually encompasses a wide range of specialty areas including research, testing, assessment, supervision, and consultation. In addition, psychologists can be found in an array of different settings, including hospitals, private practice, universities, and the military.
Our Psy.D. Program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). This is a key feature not only for the prestige and employment opportunities it brings our graduates, but is also required in many states to secure internship and afterwards allows you to become a licensed clinical psychologist.
If you are selected to become a student in our Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology Program, you will have the singular experience to be part of a program that prides itself in the education and training of culturally competent psychologists. This will give you the ability to rise to the challenge of providing services to an increasingly complex and diverse world.
As a student in our program, you will be trained by a highly committed, diverse faculty with expertise in the areas they teach. Our faculty members are academicians, as well as practitioners, who will bring to your classes their real life experiences in the field, thus enriching your learning experience while in the Program.
We pride ourselves on small, personalized classroom settings that allow you the hands on experience and direct participation and interaction with peers and faculty. Our students boast about the accessibility and availability of our faculty in helping them navigate the rewards and challenges consistent with any graduate career. We infuse diversity into all our courses and clinical experiences. We work with over 50 different external practicum sites in the community and are proud to be a strong presence in the South Florida area.
A great benefit for CAU’s Psy.D. students is the opportunity to receive training in one of four areas of emphasis: Child Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology, Forensic Psychology, and General Practice. This would allow you early career specialization while enrolled in the Program, which enhances your training, and provides you with a competitive edge for internship and future career opportunities. (Click here to learn about each concentration).
Our program graduates will be eligible for licensure in the United States upon completion of a required one year of post-doctoral training.
The Child Psychology Concentration is designed to train you in the understanding of childhood psychopathology including learning disabilities, in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents, and training you to understand the impact of social problems on this population. In addition to the core curriculum required of all CAU Psy.D. students, the specific courses required for the Child Psychology concentration are: Child Psychology (CPSY700), Child Psychopathology (CPSY701), Child Psychotherapy (CPSY702), Child and Adolescent Assessment (CPSY703), and Children at Risk (CPSY704)
CAU’s Psy.D. graduates go on to secure gainful employment, with our most recent alumni survey showing 100% of respondents were working in the field. The majority of our graduates are employed in private practice, medical centers, or community agencies, many of them holding high level positions. The field of psychology has a promising job outlook. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov), employment for psychologists is expected to grow 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.