PsyD Department News

Message From Barbara Lipinski, PhD, JD

Welcome to the PsyD Program Newsletter for the 2011-2012 Academic Year! What a delight to share the news, activities, and accomplishments emerging from our vibrant academic community. This publication is an occasion to celebrate students, staff, faculty, and alumni as we acknowledge their successes and accomplishments.

Doctoral training in clinical psychology is a rigorous and challenging endeavor, replete with ongoing evaluations of competencies in academic and clinical areas. We understand that evidence based assessment and evaluation is foundational to the educational process. In our discipline of psychology, we critically analyze scholarly works, synthesize vast amounts of research, and assess our development as competent practitioner-scholars.

Our mission statement indicates that Antioch University: “provides learner-centered education to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice,” and our vision statement holds that “Antioch aspires to be a leading university offering learners and communities transformative education in a global context that fosters innovation and inspires social action.”

While other educational institutions privilege evidence based assessment over experiential based learning, our university embraces both, which results in a synergistic integration, greater than the sum of these parts. Reflecting upon personal and subjective experiences throughout the educational process serves to augment and refine our own growth as well as the growth of others. A profound way to honor this process of reflection is through anecdotal stories and accounts of experiences that contribute to our lives in meaningful ways. There are many creative ways to achieve this synergy including dialogue, council process, journaling, course reflection papers, class presentations, and individual or group meetings. Our newsletter is yet another way we can engage in these reflections within our community!

You are invited to read the thoughtful offerings within this issue. Inside, you’ll discover engaging stories on conference attendance, professional development, practicum, news from alumni and faculty, and reflective writings on what diversity means to an Antiochian, a global conference on forgiveness, and the ethos of social justice advocacy.

This edition represents a collaborative effort which was developed over time with generous contributions from our faculty and students. Thank you to all of our writers and contributors. An additional thank you is extended to Dr. Linda Holder for her work on the newsletter. I recall the phrase “it takes a village” and am grateful to each one of the dedicated members of our extended academic village.