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Philosophy, Aims and Competencies

The Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology Residency Programs operate as a Consortium between the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) and the Oklahoma City Veterans Administration Health Care System.  Residency sites include the OUHSC hospitals and clinics and the Veteran’s Administration Hospital and clinics. The Residencies are consistent with the overall training goals of the OUHSC and the VA, which are 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 programs fit well with the overall culture of the institution.  The training culture includes an ongoing emphasis on the provision of clinical services, an involvement in and understanding of research, and on providing a challenging and supportive teaching and learning environment.


Aims and Competencies
Our programs subscribe to the scientist-practitioner model of training.  The Residency programs select individuals for specific emphasis areas within the Clinical Psychology and subspecialty of Neuropsychology. In addition to the broad training in Clinical Psychology, training in each emphasis area provides a focus on developing advanced clinical skills within the area as well as experience in research methodology.  The dual focus on clinical and research training is consistent with the programs’ adherence to the scientist-practitioner model.  While emphasizing a specific area of clinical interest, the residency programs require common training aims and competencies across all emphasis areas. 

Our program subscribes to the scientist-practitioner model and conforms to the Houston Conference Guidelines on Specialty Education and Training in Clinical Neuropsychology. Science provides the backbone for our clinical programs and activities. The majority of our faculty members are involved in research projects in their clinical arenas. Much of the resident's clinical and research training takes place in the same setting. Residents have experiences in assessment, psychotherapy/intervention, and consultation. Our major aim is to prepare residents for the advanced practice in clinical neuropsychology. In accordance with the Houston Conference Guidelines our program is "designed to provide clinical, didactic and academic training to produce an advanced level of competence in the specialty of clinical neuropsychology and to complete the education and training necessary for independent practice in the specialty".

The overall aim of the Clinical and Neuropsychology Residency Programs is to produce graduates who are prepared for the independent practice of Health Service Psychology at the advanced level of competency.  In addition, we expect to produce graduates who obtain knowledge of advanced research  and methodology.   

As a result of the training received, Residents at the end of training 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.

In addition to the aims and competencies for both the Clinical Psychology Residency and the Clinical Neuropsychology Residency, the Clinical Neuropsychology Specialty has a primary aim of producing graduates prepared for independent practice in the specialty area of Clinical Neuropsychology.

At the completion of the 2-year residency, Neuropsychology Residents will be able to perform the following specialty area competencies at an advanced level of competency in addition to the competencies noted above (1-7):

  1. Demonstrate advanced understanding of brain-behavior relationships across the lifespan, including the neuropsychology of behavior, behavioral neurology, neuroanatomy, and neuropathology.
  2. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of methods of measurement and psychometrics relevant to psychology and clinical neuropsychology.
  3. Demonstrate skill in neuropsychological assessment including information gathering, interpretation, and report writing sufficient to practice at an advanced level.
  4. Demonstrate skill in teaching and supervision sufficient to practice at an advanced level.
  5. Complete the specialty clinical and supervisory experiences sufficient for eligibility for board certification by the American Board of Professional Psychology in Clinical Neuropsychology.