Program Resources and Forms
Each student is held to the Graduate Catalog that they entered the program through, as well as the most current Student Handbook. The Catalog holds general University standards and Program requirements, but it does not hold the more specific policies of the Psy.D. Program. The most recent Graduate Catalog can be found here. Earlier Catalogs can be requested from the Registrar’s Office.
Cohort Curriculum Tracks
The Psy.D. Handbook contains a list of all the courses you need to take in the program; however, curriculum tracks may vary by cohort. Please use the following links to view your cohort’s specific curriculum track:
Additionally, you must be registered for continuation each semester until you have completed the internship hours and/or the entirety of the dissertation requirements of the program.
Internship Continuation: PSYC 8011
Dissertation Continuation: PSYC 8021
Required Therapy Hours
Once you have completed the ten hours of therapy, please hand in the following form to the Program Coordinator: Counseling Verification Form
Additional Resource: Counseling Referral List
Clinical and Dissertation Forms
All clinical and dissertation forms are found here and in the student handbook. Please use the the current versions only.
Clinical forms with original signatures must be submitted to Dr. Jenny Harris, DCT.
Dissertation forms must be submitted to the Psy.D. Program Coordinator after you have collected the appropriate signatures.
Psy.D. Research Policy
As participants in the larger academy, we seek to contribute to psychological science through our scholarship and, in turn, build knowledge that has impact on the world and society. Our faculty have built a policy about this research which can be found here.
Attendance Policy and Appeals
Class attendance is extremely important for student learning and achievement of specified course outcomes and, in turn, the program aims. More than one missed class session will result in failure of the course and require a retake to continue in the Psy.D. program. In this circumstance, the student is encouraged to withdraw from the course and retake the class when it is offered again. In the event of unusual circumstances (e.g., extended illness, emergency), a student may appeal the automatic course failure. The form to initiate this appeal can be found here.
Competency Assessment and Feedback
Each academic year, the core faculty provide feedback to students on their progress demonstrating required competencies. A detailed listing of the competencies and their evaluation methods are provided here.
Additionally, here is a copy of the feedback form given to students each year.
If a student is given a verbal warning or placed on probation of any kind, they will meet with a member of the core faculty and will be given a form outlining any necessary remediation plan. There will also be a follow-up progress report. The form used for such a report can be found here, for your reference.
Smarthinking Writing Resource
Smarthinking is a 24/7 online tutor service available to NU students. Through this service students have access to an online writing center, live sessions, or can submit a question to a tutor. The average tutor response rate to a question is 24 hours. Smarthinking provides a variety of tutoring subjects, study aids, and group meeting capabilities. Each student is allotted 7 hours a year but can always request additional hours if needed. Smarthinking services of particular interest to PsyD students include:
- Writing review
- Submit your paper online – papers may be up to 10 pages long (or 20 pages long, with the Extended Review)
- A variety of writing elements may be evaluated (e.g., grammar, organization and structure, content development, APA style)—indicate which you are interested in receiving feedback on
- Feedback does NOT include copy editing
- Feedback is available within 24 hrs – will identify both strengths and areas for growth, with feedback inserted into the document
- Writing support
- Live support available – this is helpful as a follow-up to written feedback on your writing
- Submit a question – for example, about usage or APA style
- Statistics tutoring (30 min appointments)
Access Smarthinking using the following link and your NU credentials: http://eagle.northwestu.edu/apps/lms/smarthinking.php
Research and Conference Presentations
Students are highly encouraged to participate in research and to present their finds at professional conferences. A limited number of scholarships are available each year to student to support their research and professional development. Please fill out the Conference Scholarship Application
Students who are pursuing teaching positions and have successfully defended their dissertation are eligible to receive doctoral candidacy status: Doctoral Candidacy Application
Helpful Information for WA State Licensure
Here are a few helpful links when applying for licensure as a psychologist in the State of Washington.