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M.S. in Applied Clinical Psychology

Department of Psychology

Mission Statement and Objectives

The University of South Carolina Aiken’s M.S. program in Applied Clinical Psychology provides students with opportunities to develop the knowledge, self-awareness, and skills needed to become highly competent and ethical scientist-practitioners trained to integrate evidenced-based and multicultural practices into their professional work. The program prepares students for independent practice as licensed professional counselors* or continued graduate study. The program strives to support students’ personal growth and encourages them to extend the use of their skills as engaged members and leaders in their communities.  

* The term licensed professional counselor is used in SC and many states and is dictated by state law. Licensing requirements vary across states; thus, applicants are encouraged to discuss this with the program director if they are interested in becoming licensed outside of SC.

The program is designed to fulfill this mission through a set of six objectives that students must achieve prior to completion of the program. Prior to graduation, students will demonstrate competence in the following:

  1. understanding and application of ethical principles in clinical and other professional settings
  2. application of multicultural awareness when working with individuals, groups, and communities with diverse backgrounds and characteristics
  3. the ability to form effective relationships with clients, colleagues and supervisors
  4. development of biopsychosocial case conceptualizations, creation and implementation of treatment plans and intervention strategies to alleviate suffering and promote health and well-being
  5. assessment, including administration, scoring, interpretation, and communication of results
  6. effective use of research to inform clinical practice.

Facts About the Program

The M.S. in Applied Clinical Psychology program is accredited by the Master’s in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) for the period of September, 2014 through September, 2024.

2017-2018

  • Number of graduates: 10
  • Number applications: 32
  • Number of applicants accepted: 17
  • Number of applicants matriculated: 11
  • Number of adjunct faculty that taught graduate courses: 0

2018-2019

  • Number of graduates: 14
  • Number applications: 25
  • Number of applicants accepted: 14
  • Number of applicants matriculated: 8
  • Number of adjunct faculty that taught graduate courses: 0

2019-2020

  • Number of graduates: 8
  • Number applications: 22
  • Number of applicants accepted: 12
  • Number of applicants matriculated: 8
  • Number of adjunct faculty that taught graduate courses: 2

2020-2021

  • Number of graduates: 11
  • Number applications: 20
  • Number of applicants accepted: 14
  • Number of applicants matriculated:11
  • Number of adjunct faculty that taught graduate courses: 0

 

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