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Training Model

The Ph.D. Clinical Psychology program of PSMHS aims at training clinicians to approach the profession from a scientific perspective and to become competent in the production of new knowledge using scientific methods. PSMHS Ph.D. Clinical Psychology program is based on the Scientist-Practitioner model of professional psychology as articulated by the Boulder Conference of 1949 (Raimy, 1950). Further elaboration and updating of the model was accomplished through the National Conference on Scientist/Practitioner Education and Training for the Professional Practice of Psychology (Belar & Perry, 1992). The Scientist/Practitioner model aims at fostering the development of both research and clinical competencies in the training of Clinical Psychologists. Clinical Psychologists trained within the Scientist/Practitioner model use a scientific epistemology in their approach to the discipline of Psychology and guide their clinical work by the tenets of Evidence-Based Practice in Psychology (EBPP).

Mission of the Clinical Psychology PhD Program

Based upon its Scientist/Practitioner model, the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program of Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences (PSMHS) is training a new generation of Clinical Psychologists to contribute towards the development of the psychological and behavioral sciences in Puerto Rico and to provide high quality health services to persons and communities of diverse sociocultural backgrounds and lifestyles.

Program Goals

The program goals and objectives are based upon the Cube Model for competency development in professional psychology (Rodolfa, et al., 2005)

Goal #1: Prepare students to become competent clinical psychologists capable of integrating the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values that serve as the foundation of clinical practice and capable of assuming an evidence-based scientific perspective of the profession.

Goal #2: Prepare clinical psychologists for the ethical delivery of evidence-based psychological services when assuming the contemporary roles of the profession in diverse clinical situations.


Competency-Based Program Objectives

Content Area

Reflective Practice-self-assessment Competencies

Program graduates will conduct themselves professionally within the boundaries of competencies, with a commitment to lifelong learning, engagement in scholarly work, critical thinking, and a commitment to the development of the profession.
Scientific knowledge- methods Competencies Program graduates will demonstrate scientific mindedness and apply scientific methodology in their professional practice.
Relationship Competencies Program graduates will demonstrate ability to form and maintain professional relationships with clients, colleagues, supervisors, faculty, other multidisciplinary healthcare team professionals, and community members in accordance with the ethical standards and values of the profession.

Ethical Competencies

Program graduates will demonstrate independence and confidence in complex ethical reasoning and decision making in their clinical practice.
Individual- cultural Diversity Competencies Program graduates will demonstrate awareness, attitudes of respect, and appropriate responses regarding intersecting and complex dimensions of diversity (e.g. gender, socioeconomic status, affectional orientation, ethnicity, physical and mental capacities, religion, spirituality, and age) in their professional practice.
Interdisciplinary Competencies Program graduates will demonstrate ability to recognize and engage in opportunities for effective collaboration with other professionals toward shared goals and actively enhance team interdisciplinary functioning.


Content Area

Assessment & Testing Competencies Program graduates will demonstrate understanding and solid command of clinical assessment and use of psychometric and personality tests.

Therapeutic Intervention Competencies
Program graduates will be able to appropriately select and implement psychological interventions and document therapeutic progress accurately.
Consultation Program graduates will effectively articulate, implement, and evaluate consultation services/ interventions, applying a variety of intervention models appropriate for a broad range of settings.
Education and Supervision competencies Program graduates will utilize appropriate supervisory and teaching strategies/skills in enhancing the professional functioning of the more junior colleagues and monitoring the quality of professional services.

Research Competencies
Program graduates will be able to apply current research to their clinical practice, to exercise command of different methods of scientific inquiry and to develop new knowledge on issues relevant to the understanding of the psychological, neurobiological and psychosocial determinants of human behavior.

Management and Administration Competencies
Program graduates will be able to serve as competent managers and administrators by applying a variety of models appropriate to lead direct delivery of professional services in a broad range of settings.

Contact Information

Chairperson: Josť Pons Madera, Ph.D.
Jean Marie Schmidt, M.ED.
Telephone: (787) 813-5700, (787) 844-5209
Location: Psychoneurometric Resources and Educational Center
E-mail: jschmidt@psm.edu or jpons@psm.edu
Hours: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Mail: Clinical Psychology Program 
Ponce School of Medicine
P.O. Box 7004

Ponce, P.R. 00732-7004

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