Welcome to Doxa International University, home of the Professional Graduate School of Psychology. If your interest is to train in Counseling and Clinical Psychology with an accent on Christian Ethics, do not take a step further you have arrived to the institution which will fulfill your dream. Our program is unique in that it takes the highly scientific training you'll find in most schools in America offering similar programs, but committed to a training mission that is faithful to both the scientific-professional discipline of clinical psychology and to our distinctive Christian identity. We refer to this as “integration across the curriculum”, and you will find that we take seriously the relationship between Christianity and psychology, and that we offer seamless integration that occurs in each core course and elective. Our academic community seeks to contribute to the ongoing development of Counseling and Clinical Psychology from a Christian perspective. We pursue this passion through our training, scholarship and service activities.
We offer training in counseling and clinical psychology, and we'll seek accreditation by the American Psychological Association, while simultaneously integrating faith and learning throughout the curriculum. The intent of our training is to produce graduates whose career primarily involves psychological practice.
Our program is designed to train students to practice in a highly professional manner that is informed by the science of counseling and clinical psychology. Students are trained to apply analytic, problem-solving skills of scientific thinking to their clinical practice. Although the faculty represents a variety of clinical orientations, an emerging emphasis in empirically supported treatments is present throughout the curriculum. This means that students are trained to utilize intervention techniques, which have empirical support for their effectiveness. Our goal is to produce 'local clinical scientists.' In their influential text,
The Scientific Practice of Professional Psychology , Trierweiler and Stricker (1998 pg. 6) explain that professional psychologists are: "critical investigators of local (as opposed to universal) realities who are knowledgeable of research, scholarship, personal experience and scientific methodology. They also are able to develop plausible, communicable formulations for understanding essentially local phenomena using theory, general world knowledge including scientific research, and, most importantly, their own abilities as skeptical scientific observers."
As an institution, Doxa is committed to training professionals who are prepared to develop as leaders in their professional contexts. Consequently, our program is designed to produce students who are well equipped to emerge as leaders in health, mental health and other practice settings. This is accomplished through a carefully planned sequence of course work, clinical practice, and adjunctive training experiences. Students are also afforded other opportunities, such as participation on faculty research teams and exposure to a range of preeminent scholars through the program's colloquium series. All of these program components are designed to cultivate a life-long commitment to ongoing learning and professional scholarship, which is particularly relevant to practice and professional service.
Dr. Osvaldo O. Marino President