Early in training, students’ exposure to clinical work comes primarily through courses in assessment, psychotherapy, and a clinical intervention sequence. Once students have demonstrated the attainment of basic therapy skills through an oral comprehensive examination at the conclusion of the clinical intervention sequence, they may be placed in various community agencies to further their clinical training. Research involvement is expected to begin during students’ first semester and to continue throughout their tenure in the program. Both basic and applied research training that is relevant to clinical psychology is emphasized.
To accomplish our training goals, we emphasize individually supervised involvement by students in research and professional activities. Formal courses and seminars are supplemental to the individual student's research and professional activities. This approach requires a one-to-one relationship between faculty and students. Reflecting their high research productivity, CPTP students published in 19 journals (e.g., Child Abuse and Neglect, Pediatrics, Journal of Threat Assessment and Management) and presented their research at 16 conferences (e.g., Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Research Society on Alcoholism, American Psychology-Law Society) during the past year.