Thank you for your interest in applying to the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology. Please check back at the beginning of September for information regarding the application cycle for fall 2022. At this time, we anticipate holding virtual interviews for invited applicants.
Students will be admitted into the program with a specific research mentor. Applicants are encouraged to contact potential research mentors for additional information and to express interest.
The VCPCP is committed to recruiting a diverse student body. Successful applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university with a substantial academic background in psychology. To identify applicants who are a good fit with the Program's resources and mission, applications are evaluated holistically along a variety of dimensions, including:
Equally important are personal attributes that are compatible for graduate training in clinical psychology.
Successful applicants typically have strong academic credentials, clinical and research experience, and personal characteristics (e.g., resiliency) conducive to successful clinical training experiences and the development of professional competence. We are particularly interested in giving consideration to applicants with backgrounds that are under-represented in the field of clinical psychology.
The Virginia Consortium has decided to make the GRE General Test optional for applicants applying in Fall 2021. Thus, you are not required to submit GRE scores and those applicants without GRE scores will be given full consideration by our faculty. While GRE scores are optional, choosing to submit a strong test score may increase your chances of receiving an invitation to interview because a strong score (rather than submitting no score) could off-set a lower-performing area (e.g., lower GPA, fewer applied experiences in research or clinical work). We take a holistic approach to our applicant review process and applications are evaluated in their entirety along a variety of dimensions. GRE scores, when submitted, are only one component of the overall application. Applicants will not be penalized for not submitting a GRE score.
Submit an application to Old Dominion University. This includes a general application for graduate admission, choice of VCP mentor, and instructions for a personal statement and other short essay responses.
The Program offers numerous scholarships and assistantships to reduce tuition and provide important experiences for students. Presently, all students receive a tuition reduction either through scholarships or assistantships to $6,000 per year. We expect to continue to offer similar reductions for the foreseeable future.
For students admitted to fall 2020, the Program expects to fund four students with graduate assistantships. These assistantships include a stipend and a full or partial tuition scholarship. Applicants will receive detailed information about their funding package at the time of admission. The Program may also admit students without program funding.
See www.odu.edu/tuition-aid/financial-aid/graduate for information about the financial aid process. VCP may offer teaching or research assistantships that provide stipends and tuition reductions; information about these will typically be made at the time of the admission offer. Students may also compete for university scholarships and assistantships. Typically, these will not be confirmed prior to accepting an offer, since offers of admission must be made by April 1, and accepted or declined by April 15. Thus, an applicant may need to be prepared to accept admission while a decision about a competitive award is still pending. Those who apply for student loans should include Old Dominion University  on their FAFSA lists.
For a breakdown of expenses for a single, first year student, see the sample student budget below.
Both personal and professional factors contribute to one's ability to conduct effective psychotherapy and provide a range of clinical services. Clinical psychology students are therefore encouraged to be open to personal insights that might affect their clinical performance. Courses and clinical training experiences are intended to facilitate self-reflection and self-awareness. In addition, personal psychotherapy may be a highly beneficial experience toward accomplishing this aim for those who choose it.
Students and applicants should be informed that the Virginia Consortium Program complies with the American Psychological Association (APA, 2002) ethics code 7.04 (Student Disclosure of Personal Information). Accordingly, students may be invited and expected to disclose personal information, if such information is deemed relevant to their performance in coursework, training-related activities and/or to their professional development. Students may be required to disclose personal information, if such information is deemed necessary for evaluation, or for obtaining assistance, if personal problems could reasonably be judged to interfere with the performance of training related activities in a competent manner.
The sharing of personal information can be a part of fostering professional growth in students. However, providing personal information may also be necessary for assuring professional standards of practice and client welfare. Students or applicants who have questions regarding this policy are encouraged to contact the Director of Clinical Training of the Virginia Consortium Program.
As specified in the American Psychological Association’s Standards of Accreditation, Clinical Psychology is a profession that can have profound impacts on the lives of clients/patients, students, research participants, and others. Its practice requires competencies in specific knowledge, skills, attitudes and values. The acquisition of these competencies is dependent upon a combination of cognitive and non-cognitive abilities to include behavioral, emotional, and communication skills. These competencies, referred to as Technical Standards, described below, are non-academic qualifications the Consortium considers critical for successful completion of the doctoral program. These skills are necessary for trainees to acquire substantial competence in the discipline of clinical psychology and essential to ensure the health and safety of clients, fellow students, faculty, and other health professionals. Therefore, meeting these Technical Standards to a degree that allows a student to be effective in their role as a trainee in clinical psychology is necessary in order to be admitted to, successfully progress through, and graduate from the Consortium. Students who are unable to meet these standards may be recommended for remediation or may be terminated from the Consortium, consistent with policies outlined in the Program Handbook. Satisfaction of these technical standards is evaluated by the primary mentor’s annual evaluation and practicum supervisors’ periodic evaluations.