Current CCP Student Resources

This page currently under construction.  It will be continually updated with resources and links for current CCP students who are approaching or actively working on various program milestones.  Although this page is intended to be comprehensive (once completed), it is not a substitute for thorough review of the CCP Student Handbook. 

▼   Master's Thesis

Purpose: To facilitate and assess a student's skills and knowledge in their chosen area of study and the application of research methods and statistical analysis.

Requirement: The Master's Thesis is an empirical research project that may involve new data collection or novel use of extant data. The Master's Thesis is comprised of two parts: the Thesis Proposal and the Thesis Defense. Within the Proposal and the Defense, there are also both written and oral presentation components. The student is responsible for scheduling all relevant meetings, collecting and preparing documents, and finalizing the submission of the Thesis to the Graduate School. 

Steps to Completion:

  1. Identify a research question and review the existing literature in consultation with the primary mentor. While you're doing that, you should also visit the Graduate School's website that houses a lot of information about the thesis, including templates and other documents you'll need all along the way to completing your thesis. 
  2. Identify and recruit the Thesis Committee. The Committee includes the Chair (the primary mentor), two members who are CCP Core Faculty, and one member who is external to the CCP Program. The Appointment of Faculty to the Thesis Committee form must be submitted before a student can register for Thesis Credit (PSY 599) hours.
  3. Complete the Written Proposal Document.
  4. Schedule the Oral Proposal Meeting. The Written Proposal Document must be submitted to the Thesis Committee not later than two weeks prior to the Oral Proposal Meeting date.
  5. The Oral Proposal Meeting will involve review of the Written Document and Oral Presentation with a focus on providing feedback and guidance on the proposed project. The Committee will use the Research Evaluation Rubric in performing this review. 
  6. Following approval from the Thesis Committee and the Institutional Review Board (as appropriate), the student may commence with data collection, analysis, and the writing of the Written Defense Document. 
  7. Schedule the Oral Defense Meeting. The Written Defense Document must be submitted to the Thesis Committee not later than two weeks prior to the Oral Defense Meeting date.
  8. The Oral Defense Meeting will involve review of the Written Document and Oral Presentation with a focus the evaluation of the completed project and determination of whether the student has demonstrated competence in the relevant domains using the Research Evaluation Rubric. The Thesis Committee must also sign the Written Document Signature (title) Page and the Graduate School's Submission form after the student is determined to have successfully passed their Thesis Defense. 
  9. Obtain the additional necessary signatures (i.e., Department Chair, Dean, Graduate Director) and submit all material to the College Graduate School Services Specialist. It is likely that the document will require additional revisions prior to being accepted by the Graduate School Services Specialist. The student is responsible for ensuring that all requirements are completed by the relevant deadline to ensure that they are able to matriculate the MS Degree and proceed to the PhD Program of Study. 
▼   Master's Competency Examination
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▼   Doctoral Dissertation

Purpose: To provide a capstone experience and assessment of students’ skills and knowledge in their chosen area of study and the application of research methods and statistical analysis.

Requirement: The Doctoral Dissertation is an empirical research project that may involve new data collection or novel use of extant data. The Dissertation is comprised of two parts: the Dissertation Proposal and the Dissertation Defense. Within the Proposal and the Defense, there are also both written and oral presentation components. The student is responsible for scheduling all relevant meetings, collecting and preparing documents, and finalizing the submission of the Dissertation to the Graduate School. 

Steps to Completion:

  1. Identify a research question and review the existing literature in consultation with the primary mentor. While you're doing that, you should also visit the Graduate School's website that houses a lot of information about the dissertation, including templates and other documents you'll need all along the way to completing your dissertation. 
  2. Identify and recruit the Dissertation Committee. The Committee includes the Chair (the primary mentor), two members who are CCP Core Faculty, and one member who is external to the CCP Program. The Appointment of Faculty to the Dissertation Committee form must be submitted before a student can register for Dissertation Credit (CCP 799) hours.
  3. Complete the Written Proposal Document.
  4. Schedule the Oral Proposal Meeting. The Written Proposal Document must be submitted to the Dissertation Committee not later than two weeks prior to the Oral Proposal Meeting date.
  5. The Oral Proposal Meeting will involve review of the Written Document and Oral Presentation with a focus on providing feedback and guidance on the proposed project. The Committee will use the Research Evaluation Rubric in performing this review.
  6. Following approval from the Dissertation Committee and the Institutional Review Board (as appropriate), the student may commence with data collection, analysis, and the writing of the Written Defense Document.
  7. Schedule the Oral Defense Meeting. The Written Defense Document must be submitted to the Dissertation Committee not later than two weeks prior to the Oral Defense Meeting date.
  8. The Oral Defense Meeting will involve review of the Written Document and Oral Presentation with a focus the evaluation of the completed project and determination of whether the student has demonstrated competence in the relevant domains using the Research Evaluation Rubric. The Dissertation Committee must also sign the Written Document Signature (title) Page and the Graduate School's Submission form after the student is determined to have successfully passed their Dissertation Defense.
  9. Obtain the additional necessary signatures (i.e., Department Chair, Dean, Graduate Director) and submit all material to the College Graduate School Services Specialist. It is likely that the document will require additional revisions prior to being accepted by the Graduate School Services Specialist. The student is responsible for ensuring that all requirements are completed by the relevant deadline
▼   Doctoral Clinical Competency Examination

Purpose: To assess a student’s ability to present, discuss and defend, both written and orally, their understanding and integration of the fields of Clinical and Counseling Psychology.

Requirement: Students must compose a written document consisting of a clinical case report and a review of relevant literature. Students will then present the case orally to their committee members and answer questions relevant to the case, as well as questions about other general areas of psychology as they apply to the case and relevant literature.  Students are rated by their committee using the Doctoral Clinical Competency Examination Scoresheet. 

Steps to Completion:

  1. Select an appropriate therapy case in consultation with the relevant clinical supervisor and CCP mentor. Complete and submit to the DCT via email the Doctoral Clinical Competency Examination Application no later than the first day of classes during the semester in which you intent to sit for the exam. 
  2. The application will be reviewed by the DCT and, if approved, a committee will be assigned. Notification of approval and committee assignment will be sent via email.
  3. Once approved, you should coordinate to schedule the date and time for the examination meeting. Once the meeting has been scheduled, you should notify the DCT via email.  You must also complete and submit to the DCT via email the Appointment of Graduate Faculty form
  4. The written document (literature review and case report) must be submitted to each committee member via email no later than two weeks prior to the examination date.
  5. On the day of the examination, the student should print, complete, and bring with them the Comprehensive Exam Report form. This form must be completed by the the committee chair and returned to the program assistant. 
  6. On the day of the examination, the committee chair must access and complete the Doctoral Clinical Competency Examination Scoresheet.