General Standards of Education and Training
The Council of Applied Master's Programs in Psychology exists for the purpose of fostering the advancement of master's training and education in applied psychology. One objective of the Council is to establish and maintain standards of training and education for these master's programs. The following standards represent the consensus of participants at two National Conferences on Applied Master's Training in Psychology (1990 and 1993) and have been ratified by the membership of the Council. The standards exemplify characteristics of a well-designed and high quality program for preparing master's graduates for employment which requires application of the principles of psychology.
I. The program should be identifiable as a Psychology program. This is to be defined primarily in terms of the disciplinary affiliations of those who teach in and administer the program.
II. The program must have a mission statement which guides the structure and content of the curriculum. The mission statement should reflect a commitment to the CAMPP model of practitioners who bring scholarship and reflection to their work, and an understanding of diversity in clientele, methodology and application.
III. The program and its curriculum should have a coherent organization and structure that reflects its mission statement.
IV. The program should be the equivalent of two academic years of full time study. This would normally include a minimum of 40 semester hours, or the equivalent, of program requirements.
V. Typically, the program will include evidence of graduate level education and training in the following areas:
A. A base of general/theoretical Psychology include the following:
B. Understanding of methodology used to investigate questions and acquire knowledge in the discipline. This could include study in research design and/or methodology, statistics or critical thinking and scientific inquiry. At a minimum, there should be one course in research methods and/or statistics as applied to psychological questions.
C. Applied Psychology
VI. Entrance requirements for the applied master's program in psychology should reflect the responsibility that the program has to the public. Efforts should be made to ensure that students have the intellectual and personal capabilities required to perform as competent professionals in the subdiscipline.
VII. Programs will demonstrate that appropriate procedures are used to assess student competencies and professional behavior consistent with each program's mission statement and goals prior to the completion of the program.
VIII. The program will have a sufficient number of appropriately trained faculty to accommodate the labor-intensive nature of teaching the skills of applied Psychology.