The doctoral program in clinical psychology at WSPP is
organized around principles inspired by the Vail Conference, but also reflects
some values (e.g. personalized mentorship relationships) unique to our identity
as a small, independent, non-profit graduate program. The application of these
principles to a diverse clinical population through the integration of
didactic, practicum, and service experiences in the context of personalized,
mentorship relationships characterizes the essence of our approach to graduate
The overarching aims of our training
Aim 1: Students will demonstrate understanding of
the foundations of scientific psychology.
Aim 2: Students will possess effective intra- and
interpersonal qualities, including self-awareness, appropriate relationships
and respect for diversity.
Aim 3: Students will be competent in basic
clinical areas of assessment, intervention and the integration of research and
Aim 4: Students will be competent and ethical in
their roles as professionals, including consultation, management, and
Aim 5: Students will be socially responsible
professionals who understand the needs of disenfranchised groups.