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Graduate School of Professional Psychology

Program Overview


Broadly, our mission is to provide comprehensive education and training, relevant to the application of psychological theory, knowledge, skills, and competencies to the civil and criminal justice systems. Our courses actively encourage scholarly inquiry and critical thinking, and challenge the students to become self‐reflective in their approach to their education and clinical training. Through the course work and field work, students learn to apply their psycho‐legal knowledge and skills in an ethical and culturally competent manner. The MAFP program is committed to an active presence in the community through direct service to underserved populations, continued collaboration with community agencies, and training future competent professionals to work within the community once they have graduated.

The MAFP program upholds the vision, values, mission, and goals set forth by the University of Denver. Since its inception, the MAFP program has demonstrated its commitment to excellence, and is viewed locally and nationally as a leader in providing education that promotes scholarly inquiry and cultivates critical and creative thought. Our practical training emphasis models the vision of the University's mission to partner with "local and global communities [to] contribute to a sustainable common good."


The MAFP program has established six broad goals including: 1) to ensure exposure to, and critical analysis of, the broad spectrum of scientific and philosophical perspectives concerning the bases of human development and behavior across the life span; 2) to provide experience with, and critical analysis of, a wide range of clinical and/or forensic assessment and intervention strategies and techniques; 3) to provide exposure to a wide array of clinical and/or forensic populations through the use of supervised practicum experiences; 4) to inculcate the highest standards of ethical and professional functioning into clinical thinking and practice; 5) to foster a deep and abiding respect for, and understanding of, the diversity of the human experience; and 6) to instill an understanding of the application of the scientific and experimental methods to applied clinical forensic practice, and to prepare students to conduct and critically evaluate psychological research.

In keeping with these goals, the program endorses the concept of preparing our students in a number of professional foundational and functional competencies.

These foundational competencies include:

1) reflective practice;
2) scientific mindedness;
3) interpersonal relations and conduct;
4) individual‐cultural diversity; and
5) ethical‐legal standards.

The functional competencies include:

1)interdisciplinary system;
2) assessment‐diagnosis case formulation/presentation;
3) intervention;
4) research/evaluation; and
5) application of supervision/learning/advising


The program is designed to be completed in two academic years of full-time study. The University of Denver is on a quarter system, and students must attend fall, winter and spring quarters. The program focuses on three knowledge and skill areas and provides the necessary training for an individual to work as a Master's level mental health professional in agency and institutional settings or under the supervision of a licensed clinical psychologist. The three areas of competency include assessment of a variety of populations, individual and group therapy across the lifespan, and consultation in a variety of legal and criminal justice settings.