Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology
Disclosure of Personal Information
The following policies about student disclosure of personal information comply with the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (APA, 2002):
Disclosure in Courses: Some courses require students to share personal information, either orally or in writing, germane to understanding self-growth, developing insight into counter-transference dynamics, or conducting effective treatment. This may include family of origin issues and other personal information that could affect clinical and professional development.
Disclosure in Supervision: Students are required to share personal information with their supervisors germane to understanding self-growth, developing insight into counter-transference dynamics, or conducting effective treatment. This may include family of origin issues, history of abuse or trauma, psychological treatment and other personal information that could affect clinical and professional development.
Policy on Psychotherapy for Students: The Department of Professional Psychology strongly recommends that all students in the program undergo psychotherapy to gain the insight necessary for optimal professional development. Although this is not a requirement, it may be mandated for students about whom the faculty has questions regarding their personal fitness for a career in clinical psychology.
The faculty has the right and professional responsibility to obtain and evaluate personal information when students are unable to perform training or professionally related activities competently or pose a threat to themselves or others. To discharge this duty, the faculty may require a student to undergo a psychological evaluation or participate in psychotherapy. The department must approve the provider of these services in advance and the student is responsible for all fees associated with the evaluation and/or treatment. Refusal to participate in the mandated evaluation and/or treatment and/or refusal to authorize release of information from the evaluating or treating psychologist constitutes grounds for immediate suspension or dismissal from the program.