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Radford University's Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) Program in Counseling Psychology, has rural mental health as its primary emphasis. The Program includes four rural courses and rurality is infused ...

Radford University's Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) Program in Counseling Psychology, has rural mental health as its primary emphasis. The Program includes four rural courses and rurality is infused into nearly all other courses as well. The presenter will discuss the development of the Program, the efforts to provide mental health services in rural areas, and plans for the future.

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    • Radford University’s Psy.D. Program in Counseling Psychology www.radford.edu/~psyc-web/psyd James L. Werth, Jr., Ph.D. Program Director [email_address] November, 2009
    • Historical Foundation
      • Radford University – founded in 1910
        • Located in Appalachia
        • Approximately 30 minutes from Virginia Tech
        • Began as a teacher’s college for women
        • Became co-educational in 1972
        • Currently approximately 8900 students
          • Of these, about 1000 are graduate students
        • Named as one of the nation’s “Top Up-and-Coming Schools”
    • Department of Psychology
      • 22 faculty members
      • Department Chair: Dr. Hilary Lips
      • Large undergraduate program
      • Several graduate concentrations
        • Master of Arts / Master of Science
          • Clinical Psychology
          • Experimental Psychology
          • Industrial – Organizational Psychology
        • Educational Specialist (Ed.S)
          • School Psychology
    • Development of Psy.D. Program
      • Prior to 2008 also had a Master’s program in Counseling Psychology
      • Consultants said this program overlapped with the Master’s program in Counselor Education (in the College of Education) because both prepared students to become Licensed Professional Counselors
      • Consultants recommended phasing out the Counseling Psychology Master’s program and starting a doctoral program
      • Planning for doctoral program began in 2004
      • Decision to develop a Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Counseling Psychology
        • Counseling Psychology
          • Because of the Master’s program
          • Because VT has a Clinical Psychology doctoral program
          • Only one other Counseling Psychology doctoral program in VA
        • Psy.D.
          • Because there is a need for practicing psychologists
          • Fits with RU’s focus on applied programs
          • Because VT has a Ph.D. program with an emphasis on research and teaching
      • Emphasis on rural mental health was original mandate
        • Roanoke is midpoint of the state
        • Virtually all of Southwest Virginia is a mental health shortage area
        • Very few psychologists working outside of institutions
      • Program was approved by SCHEV in 2006 and by the Commonwealth Legislature in Spring 2007
      • First doctoral program on campus
      • Program planning
        • Faculty
          • One long-term faculty member who had started the Counseling Psychology Master’s program
          • Another hired in 2006
          • Director and 2 other faculty members hired in 2007
          • Final faculty member hired in 2008
          • Most senior faculty member retired at end of 2008
        • Students
          • First cohort of 5 students began in Fall 2008
          • Second cohort of 3 students began in Fall 2009
          • Will interview for third cohort in February 2010
    • Psy.D. Faculty
      • Tracy Cohn, Ph.D.
        • Graduated from the University of Kansas (2007)
        • Areas of interest: Close relationships, in particular conflict resolution and sexual discord; individuals with poly-traumas; substance abuse; gender and sexual orientation/identity
      • Sarah L. Hastings, Ph.D.
        • Graduated from the University of Kansas (1999)
        • Areas of interest: Women’s issues, rural practice, positive psychology, narrative conceptualizations of therapy
      • Valerie Leake, Ph.D.
        • Graduated from the University of Kentucky (2006)
        • Areas of interest: Couples and family therapy, particularly with stepfamilies; adolescent issues; posttraumatic stress disorder; children's and adolescents' psychosocial and academic issues
      • Ruth Riding-Malon, Ph.D.
        • Graduated from the University of Kentucky (2008)
        • Areas of interest: Rural mental health, posttraumatic stress disorder, trauma and dual diagnosis issues and treatment, women’s issues, social justice, spirituality, multicultural and cross-cultural issues
      • James L. Werth, Jr., Ph.D.
        • Graduated from Auburn University (1995)
        • Areas of interest: HIV disease, end-of-life issues, suicide, professional ethics, social justice, rural issues
    • Accreditation
      • The goal is for the Program to be accredited by the American Psychological Association
      • The APA will not review a program until students are at all phases of the program so we cannot apply until the Fall of 2011
      • Our goal is to be accredited by the time the first cohort of students is ready to graduate at the end of Summer 2012
    • Core Aspects of the Program
      • Practitioner-Scholar Model
        • Designed to train students to be practitioners able to provide a full range of psychological services
      • Rural Mental Health Emphasis
        • 4 courses
        • Inclusion in all Psy.D. courses
      • Infusion of Several Foci in all Psy.D. Courses
        • Cultural Diversity (broadly defined)
        • Social Justice
        • Evidence Based Practice in Psychology
    • Program Overview
      • 3 years of coursework
        • Very full curriculum, so it will require students to devote 40+ hours per week (i.e., practica work, 4 courses per semester, completing assistantship responsibilities, meeting with faculty, and doing homework)
        • Must be a full-time student
        • All courses are offered on T & Th on Radford campus
        • At practicum sites all day on Mondays & Wednesdays
        • Meetings and assistantship work on Fridays
          • We anticipate that students will not have to pay tuition and will receive assistantships of nearly $14,000/year for the three years they are taking classes on campus
        • A dissertation is required (the faculty hope this will be completed before students start internship)
      • 1 year full-time or 2 year ½-time internship
        • Internship imbalance so we hope to develop our own consortium
    • Psy.D. Curriculum
      • Fall 1 - 12 credits
        • 612 Psychometrics
        • 800 Introduction to Counseling Psychology
        • 801 Multicultural Counseling
        • 840 Practicum 1(a)
      • Spring 1 – 12 credits
        • 628 Biological Foundations
        • 802 Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues in Psychology
        • 803 Vocational Psychology
        • 840 Practicum 1(b)
      • Summer 1 -12 credits
        • 660 Human Growth and Development
        • 806 Advanced Personality Assessment
        • 811 Health Psychology in Rural Areas
        • 843 Summer Practicum
      • Fall 2 - 12 credits
        • 774 Psychopharmacological Medications
        • 777 Multivariate Analysis of Behavioral Data
        • 805 Advanced Cognitive and Intellectual Assessment Techniques
        • 841 Practicum 2(a)
      • Spring 2 - 12 credits
        • 772 Couples and Family Systems Therapy
        • 785 Neuropsychological Assessment
        • 808 Qualitative Research Methods
        • 841 Practicum 2(b)
      • Summer 2 - 9 credits
        • 809 Supervision
        • 810 Rural Consultation and Program Evaluation
        • 843 Summer Practicum
      • Fall 3 - 10 credits
        • 623 Advanced Social Psychology
        • 630 Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior
        • 842 Practicum 3(a)
        • 850 Dissertation
      • Spring 3 - 13 credits
        • 622 Historical Foundations of a Scientific Psychology
        • 773 Assessment and Treatment of Addictive Disorders in Rural
        • Settings
        • 812 Rural Cultural Issues
        • 842 Practicum 3(b)
        • 850 Dissertation
      • Summer 3 - 3 credits
        • 843 Summer Practicum
      • YEAR 4 – 3 credits
        • 870 Doctoral Internship
    • Practicum Placements
      • Students will be placed in 3 different sites, each for 1 year, before internship
        • Two days a week, ideally seeing 10 clients and receiving at least 1 hour of face-to-face supervision on-site each week
        • Examples of sites
          • RU and VT Counseling Centers
          • New River Valley Community Services
          • New Horizons in Roanoke
          • Southwest Virginia Mental Health Institute (Marion)
        • New arrangement with the Mental Health Association of the New River Valley
          • Guaranteed placement for our first year students at their facilities, supervised by faculty
            • Free Clinic in Christiansburg
            • Free Clinic in Giles
            • On RU campus
            • New: Pulaski Wellness Center
          • Collaboration with Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems and the Center for Family Health to provide medical services through mobile unit and through an office where we can work together to offer integrated care
    • Social Justice / Community Service
      • Social Justice Practicum
        • Second and third summers
          • Placed at a social justice organization 1 day/week providing consultation and other non-direct service assistance
      • Community Service
        • Service learning built into many courses
          • Vocational Psychology
          • Rural Consultation and Program Evaluation
    • Future Plans
      • Continue to do outreach to the region
        • Practicum placements
        • Potential future internship consortium
        • Continuing education workshops
        • Consultation
      • Bringing rural mental health issues to the table in other organizations
        • Virginia Psychological Association
        • Virginia Rural Health Association