The philosophy of our clinical training flows from the practitioner-scholar model. During graduate study, the student forms the foundation upon which all later clinical development will occur. The experiences that students receive in their practicum training are central to their development. Habits and skills will be formed which will limit or enhance the student's subsequent professional development. In light of their importance, it is imperative that these practicum training experiences be directed by the faculty who also oversee the other aspects of the students' training.
At the core of our program's identity is our commitment to Christian distinctiveness. The assignment of Practica I - IV students to Faculty Preceptor Groups (described below) assures that each student receives oversight from Christian clinical psychologists during the early formative years of the program.
The general philosophy of training entails a process of gradual introduction of the student into the responsibilities of the clinician. As greater knowledge and skill are developed, a greater level of responsibility and autonomy is given. While those outside of the psychology program have substantial input into the students' training through clinical supervision, the oversight and final responsibility of that training must remain with the psychology department faculty.