Applicants to the School of Professional Psychology (SOPP) ask a number of questions about our program. Below we address questions that are most often posed during the application process. If there are any additional questions not covered, please let us know.
The School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University is one of a relatively small number of university-based practitioner training programs. Are there advantages to attending a university-based program compared to a free-standing professional psychology program?
We believe SOPP students can take advantage of numerous resources at Wright State University. One of these resources is the university library with extensive holdings of books, electronic databases, and journals, as well as access to resources of all other public universities in Ohio. The Computing and Telecommunications Services (CaTS) Office is also in the library, offering students support and discounts for hardware, software, and the learning technologies on campus. The presence of several other graduate and professional schools at Wright State, including the School of Medicine, College of Nursing, Business Administration, Education and Counseling and other programs on campus allows SOPP students to interact, and in some cases, to enroll in courses and other training experiences in a wide range of professions and academic disciplines. Finally, SOPP students are able to take advantage of university housing, university sports and recreational facilities, and cultural events, including lecture and artist series as well as performances in music, dance, and theater.
Since it is a university-based program, does the SOPP provide opportunities for students to gain clinical experience in the community?
The SOPP’s faculty, students, classrooms and other training resources are housed in three locations; two of these, the Health Sciences Building and the Counseling and Wellness Services, are located on the main campus of Wright State University. The third location, the Ellis Human Development Institute, is located near downtown Dayton, approximately 20 minutes from campus. Our resources in the Health Sciences Building include classrooms, seminar and conference rooms, a student lounge, faculty offices, and the School’s main administrative offices.
The Counseling and Wellness Services (CWS), located on campus in the Student Union, houses faculty offices, students' offices, a student lounge, and a group therapy room. CWS is the university’s counseling center for students. SOPP trainees assigned to practica at CWS provide psychological services, including outreach and crisis services to Wright State undergraduate and graduate students. CWS is located next to Health Services, a primary care health center that provides medical services to students.
Finally, the Ellis Human Development Institute, located in Dayton, houses faculty and student offices, a student lounge, classrooms, and clinical offices for individual and group treatment. At the Ellis Institute, SOPP students provide a wide range of assessment and treatment services, mainly to a clientele drawn from the community. The practicum placements at both CWS and the Ellis Institute are considered “internal” practicum sites because supervision is provided by our core or adjunct faculty. On a side note, many SOPP classes are held at the Ellis Institute, rather than on campus, offering students a better opportunity to interact with each other, with faculty and with clients.
In addition to our internal practicum sites, the program has many other affiliated training sites in public, community agencies, and private practices that provide students with a wide range of clinical experiences. Practicum sites are located in the Dayton, Cincinnati, and Columbus, Ohio.
Does SOPP offer a Master’s degree?
SOPP awards the Master of Clinical Psychology (Psy.M.) degree after students have completed two years of the doctoral program, including First Year Clinical Experience (if required) and one year of Practicum. This may also include credit for supervised clinical practicum experience (not to exceed 12 credit hours). The Psy.M. degree is not a terminal degree program and is not applied for, but rather completed as students matriculate through the PsyD program. NOTE: Other degree requirements apply.
What financial support is available to SOPP students?
SOPP offers several academic scholarships for its students. In addition, the SOPP is one of the few programs nationally that provides several paid practicum placements.
I understand that the SOPP faculty emphasizes a “generalist” model of training. Is there an advantage to “generalist” training?
At SOPP, we emphasize generalist training because we believe that students are best served by a breadth of training and educational experiences at the pre-doctoral level. We believe that a solid foundation in generalist training is particularly important in today’s changing professional practice arena.
How have SOPP students fared in the national competition for internships?
There is no doubt that there has been increasing competition for internships over the past several years. For the past several years, the SOPP has maintained an outstanding record in terms of having its students place at APA accredited internship sites. This has been the case each year, even as the national internship crisis has worsened. In 2014, 88% of our students were placed in internships and over the past few years the placement has been 92%. However, our students have enjoyed 100% match-rate success into APA accredited internship placements the last three consecutive years.
What is the ratio of student to faculty at SOPP in class?
Class size for required courses, most of which are taken during the first year, will be close to or the same as the number of students admitted that year. Elective courses, most of which are taken during the second, third and fourth years have an average enrollment of 12 students. SOPP currently has 15 full-time faculty and approximately 50 volunteer clinical faculty members who are full-time practitioners in the Dayton, Cincinnati, and Columbus areas. Clinical faculty members are involved in supervising SOPP students in affiliated clinical practicum sites and they may also be involved in other training activities with SOPP students.
I have taken graduate courses in another program. Will the courses I have taken in my Master’s (or Doctoral) program transfer to the SOPP?
The SOPP does not issue transfer credit. If the content covered in a course you have taken in another graduate program is judged to be equivalent to that covered in a SOPP course, a course waiver may be approved.
If a student is granted course waiver for one or more graduate-level courses, the student will not be required to take the equivalent course in the SOPP curriculum. Credit for supervised clinical practicum experiences may also be waived if it is substantively equivalent to supervised practicum in the SOPP program.
Course waivers for prior courses or supervised clinical experiences will free up time during which students can enroll in other courses, work on their dissertation, or involve themselves in other educational experiences. In some cases, course waivers can shorten the SOPP program by one year. All waiver decisions made by the SOPP Administration are final.
Please contact us for further information or to schedule an appointment with an Admissions Representative.
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