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Clinical Psychology Learning Models

Each graduate level psychology program in the School of Clinical Psychology uses one of two Learning Models:  a hybrid online learning model, or a LIOS residential learning model. 

Hybrid Online Learning Model

Our hybrid degree programs combine online learning with periodic in-person conferences, intensives, and classes where you can earn your MA in Counseling or PhD in Clinical Psychology. This low-residency model offers the flexibility to tailor coursework to your individual interests and to integrate your studies with your busy professional schedule and requires participation in two five day residential conferences per year.

Our online courses utilize a combination of learning goals, objectives, strategies, and delivery formats, including assigned readings, papers, and projects as well as asynchronous online discussions and at times synchronous teleconferences and/or Skype or ToGoMeetings sessions with your faculty and peers.

In addition, all students participate in two five day long required residential conferences per year (one at the beginning of the Fall semester and one at the beginning of the Spring semester) for the duration of the program.  In addition, two optional mid-term, three day long weekend, residential conferences are offered each year (one in the Fall semester and one in the Spring semester).

Activities during the required and optional residential conferences are designed to further expand on the knowledge from coursework, to practice and hone your clinical and research skills, and to participate in professional development through lectures, workshops, invited talks, roundtables, courses, and seminars as well as formal and informal meetings and discussions with faculty, advisors, and peers.

Faculty mentoring is a distinguishing feature of our approach. When you begin your studies, you will be assigned a Faculty Mentor, who supports you in the achievement of your goals, provides a connection to your chosen discipline, connects you with other faculty, and works with your academic advisor and Academic Services Coordinator to ensure your academic needs and expectations are fulfilled.

LIOS Seattle Campus Learning Model

The LIOS blended learning programs in Seattle are rooted in self-development through integrated, rigorous course work pursued in seven (four to five day) residential conferences each year. This approach integrates experiential learning within a cohesive, constructed learning community. Both of the LIOS masters programs share this approach with a common, first-year curriculum. Click here to see the Seattle Campus Residential Academic Calendar.

Experiential Learning involves the student as both scientist and participant in the systematic exploration of self, and self in relation to others.

The Learning Community, which develops in the context of seven residential conferences per term, is enriched by the the diversity of its own socio-economic, racial, cultural, and gender composition and fostered with its exceptionally small faculty-to-student ratio of 1:8.

These conferences are scheduled for four to five consecutive days at the Seattle campus. While residency at a nearby hotel is mandatory only for  the first and fifth conference, we encourage even local students to stay at the hotel for all conferences to help form a cohesive group. This approach fosters community growth and development, helps build trust, and encourages learning without outside distractions.

Education within each conference may consist of any or all of the following forms:

  • individual
  • one-on-one
  • group work
  • focused simulations
  • lecture
  • videotaped interactive presentations
  • consistent feedback from faculty and peers

Theoretical Basis for the LIOS Model

The LIOS model rests on the foundations of Applied Behavioral Science (ABS) and Systems Theory.

ABS refers to the collection of theories and skills that places the self of the practitioner in the center of observed events. It can be defined as "the art and science of getting things done through and with others." 

Systems Theory recognizes a system as an entity that maintains its existence, and functions as a whole, through the interaction of its parts. It posits that a particular system can be understood only by analyzing or engaging in the system in its entirety. In this program, you will learn the skills needed to analyze and improve a system and its processes whether the system is an individual client, group, or organization.