Thank you for your interest in applying to the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology. The application for academic year 2021-2022 is NOW CLOSED.
We anticipate admitting approximately five students for the 2021-2022 academic year. 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:
  • academic background and preparation (courses taken, undergraduate and graduate grade point averages),
  • clinical interests and experience,
  • research interests and experience,
  • personal statement, responses to application questions,
  • letters of recommendation
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.

Please note that our program has eliminated the GRE General Test for the Fall 2021 admission cycle. We will NOT accept or consider GRE scores for applications submitted this fall 2020. Applicants should NOT submit their GRE scores through ETS nor report their scores in the application portal or on their CVs or personal statements.


To Submit An Application

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.

Admission for academic year
2021-2022 is now CLOSED.   

To submit an application for admission to the Virginia Consortium you must complete ALL the following steps:
  1. Submit an application to Old Dominion University when the process re-opens. The application includes instructions for submitting a personal statement and other short essay responses.  
  2. Submit an unofficial transcript with coursework completed and grades achieved (you will be directed to do this after completing step 1 above.
  3. Submit a current curriculum vita (CV).
  4. Submit three (3) letters of recommendation
Interviews and Offers of Admission
An interview is required for admission. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all interviews will be conducted virtually. Selected applicants will be notified of their invitation to interview virtually by the second week of January. Interview dates are Friday, January 29th and Friday, February 5th. We hope to provide an interview experience that allows you to learn about our program and for us to get to know you as much as possible. This is the reason for the set virtual interview dates which will allow us to schedule structured activities. These are the only days on which interviews will be held. If you are strongly considering the Virginia Consortium we encourage you to mark our interview dates on your calendar now and reserve these dates in the event you are invited to interview.
Tuition/Financial Aid
Tuition

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.

Financial Aid

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 [003728] on their FAFSA lists.

For a breakdown of expenses for a single, first year student, see the sample student budget below.

Tuition Budget Example: for 1st year, single student
Per calendar year (3 semesters) In-state or Out-of-state
Adjusted annual tuition $6,000
Itemized expense estimates
Medical Insurance (required) $1,400
Books/Materials $1,200
Room $10,800
Board $7,800
Travel/Transportation $2,240
Miscellaneous* $2,600
Subtotal-Single Student $32,040
Less stipend **

* Normal personal and recreational uses
**Assistantships typically provide a tuition reduction amounts of which vary by source. Currently, stipends range between $7,500 and $18,000/year.

Policy on Self Disclosure

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.

Technical Standards

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, satisfaction of these Technical Standards are 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.

TECHNICAL STANDARDS

Emotional
  1. Students must have and demonstrate a capacity for self-reflection and self-knowledge, to include the ability to recognize the role of their own histories and personalities in clinical practice and decision making.
  2. Students’ emotional health must not impair their professional functioning.
  3. Students must demonstrate the ability to tolerate affect, including appropriately managing and containing emotions in academic and professional settings.
Attitudinal
  1. Students must possess a fundamental respect for all people and embrace diversity as a positive attribute of the human condition.
  2. Students must be dedicated to excellence in professional practice to include psychotherapy, research, teaching, and other professional activities.
  3. Students must be able to use feedback constructively to modify behavior and attitudes when needed.
  4. Students must understand their position in terms of power, privilege and its impact on therapeutic and other professional relationships.
  5. Students must effectively tolerate uncertainty and ambiguity, as this is an important part of conducting research or clinical practice.
Behavioral
  1. Students must interact collaboratively, responsibly and respectfully in the classroom, laboratory, clinical training sites, and all other professional settings.
  2. Students must effectively manage time to meet multiple responsibilities across multiple roles.
  3. Students must be able to advocate for their own needs in professional settings without being directly or indirectly aggressive.
  4. Students must be able to seek relevant resources and build relationships needed to advance their professional or academic goals.