Student Handbook

Clinical Psychology Student Handbook, University of Connecticut: 2020-2021

Welcome to the Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology at the University of Connecticut. Your arrival here today marks the beginning of a journey toward the development of specialized competencies as a clinical psychologist. This journey involves not only the acquisition of expert knowledge, but also alterations in your thinking about yourself, your actions, and your place in the world. You will find this trek to be alternatively exhausting and exhilarating; tortuous and thrilling. You will find the faculty and the more advanced students ready to provide compassionate and wise assistance as you make this transition to professional interdependence.

This handbook is designed to facilitate your progress through the Program. It is a mixture of official policies, recommendations for making your life easier, and the accumulated wisdom of your peers and faculty mentors. The handbook supplements (but does not replace) other important published material that appears in the current editions of the Graduate School Catalog, Policies and Rules for Graduate Study in Psychological Sciences, and the Policies and Procedures Manual of the Psychological Services Clinic. In this handbook, we periodically reference relevant portions of these sources, but you should become familiar with them to facilitate your progress through the Program.

The policies and recommendations contained in the above named documents and this handbook are considered to be in effect at the time you start the Program. With the Graduate School Catalog, we urge you to become familiar with all current degree requirements as well as with revisions of those policies. One of your first tasks as a graduate student is to review the contents of this handbook.

We hope that this handbook conveys with clarity that we are extremely proud of our current and former students. We keep abreast of their personal and professional activities through a wide variety of informal contacts as well as through more formal surveys. A vast majority of our graduates report staying in touch with faculty. We hope that you will look back on your graduate training with pride and fondness. We also hope that you will take the time to provide the information we need to make the Program even better.

Click on links in the menu on the right; or download the Handbook here.  Downloadable Appendices include: