Definition of Professionalism
The doctoral program in clinical psychology expects that students will exhibit professional behavior in the classroom, in their clinical practica, in their research activities, and in all interactions with fellow students, staff, patients, and faculty.
The following areas represent our operational definition of professional standards of behavior. Students who exhibit significant or persistent problems in any of these areas and who need improvement to meet expected standards of professional behavior can be placed on probation or face dismissal from the program.
- Reliabilty and responsibility: this includes problems with attendance and tardiness, completing assignments on time, and giving notification of absences for required activities (including classes, practica, and scheduled meetings).
- Self-improvement and adaptability: this includes problems with accepting feedback and constructive criticism, recognition of personal limitations and willingness to seek help, ability to incorporate feedback and adapt to change, and maintaining professional composure.
- Relationships with students, faculty, staff, and patients: this includes problems establishing rapport, placing the needs of patients ahead of personal needs, establishing and maintaining appropriate boundaries in work situations, and maintaining respectful relations with fellow students, faculty, staff, and patients. It also includes maintaining professional manner in language, deportment, and appearance, respecting patient confidentiality, maintaining honesty and integrity, and shopwing respect for all people equally without regard to age, gender, race or ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, social status, or political ideology.