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Clinical Counseling: Professional Training

Supervised Clinical Experience

Students in the Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling program begin to acquire “real world” experience even in their first year in the program, with unique observation experiences with clients in clinical settings. As they progress in the program, students build on this initial exposure and develop their portfolio of clinical skills – gaining professional confidence along the way.

Students receive a total of 700 hours of clinical experience counseling individuals, families and groups. Of these, a minimum of 280 hours are direct supervised clinical experience.

Students at both the San Francisco and Fresno campuses have opportunities for professional clinical training at the CSPP Psychological Service Center, which is in Oakland for San Francisco students and is on-campus in Fresno. Students also utilize resources of field opportunities in the surrounding communities in order to gain the necessary supervised training.

San Francisco: Oakland Psychological Service Center

The Psychological Services Center (PSC) in Oakland, California was established in 1983 to enrich the education of students at the San Francisco Bay Area campus of Alliant International University (Alliant)’s California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) and to serve the underserved. Currently, the PSC provides mental health services to more than 800 people a year at its clinic, at schools throughout the Bay Area, and at Head Start sites in the North Bay.

Through the PSC, interns have opportunities to engage in clinical training experiences that serve a broad range of client populations. In turn, the internship provides a comprehensive psychology internship program in the Bay Area.

Students gain experience with individual, family, group, and couple therapy, as well as psychodiagnostic and neuropsychological assessment services, are provided for children, adolescents, and adults.

Fresno: Fresno: W. Gary Cannon Psychological Services Center

The W. Gary Cannon Psychological Services center is a mental health agency operated by the Fresno campus of the California School of Professional Psychology. A guiding philosophy of CSPP throughout its history has been serving community needs innovative and responsive ways. The PSC opened in 1985 and has been serving the needs of clients from Fresno and the San Joaquin Valley for nearly 30 years. In addition, we are training the future psychologists of the San Joaquin Valley.

Trainees provide a range of psychological services with close support from the supervisors on our staff. Students gain experience with adults, children, families and couples. They learn to counsel individuals who are struggling with ADHD, anxiety and depression, social skills, difficult behavior, anger management, grief and loss, relationship problems, sexual concerns, divorce, infidelity, intimacy and emotional closeness along with many other conditions.