Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology
Our doctoral program in clinical psychology has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1971. The program follows a scientist-practitioner model of training in which the development of research skills, coursework and clinical practica are integrated into a coherent program of study. This integrated approach has prepared our graduates to function successfully in the many settings in which clinical psychologists work, such as colleges and universities, medical schools, community mental health centers, hospitals, research centers, and private practice. The overarching goals of our clinical program center on producing graduates who can meaningfully contribute to the knowledge and practice of psychology. Our training objectives focus on enabling our students to understand and conduct rigorous and relevant research and providing them with the foundational knowledge and skills needed to engage in clinical practice. The clinical program aims to produce graduates who understand and strive to promote the integration of science and practice in psychology. We stress the importance of sensitivity to individual differences and human diversity in our training program as essential to the science and practice of psychology. The clinical training program highlights the need for life-long education to foster personal and professional growth and development in our graduates. For more information about how we accomplish these goals, see our Program Curriculum.
Areas of Concentration within Clinical Psychology
All students get a core background in basic clinical skills and exposure to a broad range of clinical problems in their first two years of required courses and practica. In their later years, students may chose to concentrate in one of three areas within clinical psychology -- Clinical Child Psychology , Health Psychology or Clinical Community Psychology -- by taking specific electives and getting specific practica and research experiences. (Students who do not choose an area of concentration may participate in concentration-specific experiences, but only as space permits.) In addition to the areas of concentration, Psychology of Religion and Spirituality is offered as an area of specialization. (Learn more at these links: Psychology of Religion and Spirituality and The Psychology of Spirituality and Family Relationships).
Psychological Services Center (PSC)
The PSC is our in-house training clinic for graduate students. The PSC draws its clients from agencies in northwest Ohio, including referrals from human services and health departments, law enforcement agencies and the juvenile justice system, domestic relations courts, physicians, rehabilitation facilities, clergy, schools, and mental health agencies.
The Clinical Program Director is Dr. William O'Brien. Any questions about the program may be directed to him at:
Department of Psychology
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio 43403
Paula Watson, Graduate Secretary
phone: (419) 372-2306
For additional information about accreditation of our program contact:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: (202) 336-5979
TDD/TTY (202) 336-6123
WORKING WITH DIVERSE POPULATIONS
Adapted from University of Southern California clinical doctoral program handbook https://dornsife.usc.edu/assets/sites/210/docs/Clinical_Science_Handbook-9-1-17_002.pdf, pp. 11-12:
- Our program is designed so that students gain knowledge, awareness, sensitivity and skills when working with diverse individuals and communities, in accordance with the Professional Competencies outlined by the American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation (CoA). The CoA defines cultural and individual differences and diversity as including, but not limited to, age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, language, national origin, race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. Students will have opportunities to work with diverse clients in both our on-site training clinic and during external placements.
- Training to work with diverse clients is integral to the curriculum and consists of both didactic coursework and practical training. Consequently, students do not have the option to avoid working with clients with the diverse characteristics listed above or to refuse to develop professional competencies because of their attitudes, beliefs, or values.
- We encourage students to evaluate their clinical experiences from multiple cultural lenses and request, as needed, to work with specific client groups to broaden their experience with diverse groups.
- We encourage students to engage in open dialogues with their direct clinical supervisors, clinical core faculty, and peers about how client-therapist differences in culture or worldview may impact client engagement, case conceptualization, and treatment planning. Students are especially encouraged to raise such issues in group and individual supervision.
- The clinical psychology program at BGSU has a commitment to helping students navigate conflicts that arise between their worldviews, beliefs or religious values and our commitment to offering culturally responsive psychological services to all members of the public, including those from traditionally marginalized groups.
- Clinical core faculty are responsible for evaluating whether students have gained professional competence as needed for the benefit and protection of the public.
 Commission on Accreditation Implementing Regulations, Section C-8 D Profession-Wide Competencies, III. Individual and cultural diversity. Retrieved 11/28/17, from: http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation/section-c-soa.pdf
Current Clinical Graduate Students
Regular reporting of our clinical graduate students' professional and clinical activities is necessary for accreditation purposes. It is also useful for individual students to keep track of these activities because this information is needed when applying for pre-doctoral internships. Please follow this link to do your Clinical and Professional Reporting.
All clinical students in the program can have access to the latest version of the BGSU Clinical Student Handbook by following this link: