Clinical Psychology PsyD Los Angeles
A PRACTITIONER MODEL
The APA-accredited Clinical Psychology PsyD program at the Los Angeles campus of Alliant International University's California School of Professional Psychology prepares professionals who can provide psychological services to diverse populations. In addition to service delivery, we emphasize the important role of psychologists as consultants, program developers and administrators, clinicians, community advocates, and agents of social change. Students benefit from a mentoring model firmly integrated with the academic experience.
TOP TRAINING IN AN UNMATCHABLE MULTICULTURAL SETTING
We enjoy a national reputation for excellence in multiculturally relevant education and training. The Los Angeles Clinical Psychology PsyD program received the Suinn Award from APA in 2010 for its training and education in the area of diversity. Multicultural perspectives are integrated through required and elective courses. Diversity training at CSPP – LA includes many variables and classes include an emphasis on areas of diversity such as family composition, culture, religious practice, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, disability, medical and health conditions, international issues, and access to social privileges among others. The rich diversity of the Los Angeles area also offers a wealth of clinical placement opportunities.
GAIN REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCE IMMEDIATELY
Our four year program is structured to provide students with significant clinical experience that is integrated with classroom learning. Field placements start in the first year, which enables students to start applying research and theory to their clinical work from the beginning of their program. Practica continue in the second and third years. The students pursue a full-time internship in the fourth year, and also have the option to pursue half-time internships in the fourth and fifth years.
ACADEMIC TRAINING AND APPLIED SCHOLARSHIP
The program introduces students to the ethical values and orientation of the professional
psychologist and provides a background in the psychological, biological, sociocultural,
and systemic factors that influence human behavior. Students develop clinical and
research competences and apply those competencies throughout the program. Scholarship
with faculty is encouraged, and students are encouraged to think creatively about
applying knowledge through their clinical dissertation process, which begins in the
second year of the program. Options for conducting clinical dissertation scholarship
include applications such as training programs for professionals, creating resources
such as children’s books, and development of programs serving local communities, as
well as data-driven scholarship.
SPECIAL LOS ANGELES PROGRAM FEATURES AND REQUIREMENTS
Applicants are required to apply to one of four emphasis areas: Multicultural Community-Clinical Psychology, Clinical Health Psychology, Family/child and Couple, or the Multi-Interest Option. The emphasis areas provide a learning focus as well as specialized training opportunities. More information about emphasis areas can be found on our emphasis page.
- Dr. Tirengel's experience as a psychologist and cancer patient were featured in an article in the Summer 2012 edition of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's semi-annual Discoveries Magazine
- Dr. Caffaro devoted his recently completed sabbatical year to working on the 2nd Edition of his seminal book, Sibling Abuse Trauma: Assessment and Intervention Strategies for Children, Families, and Adults. The new book is scheduled for publication in 2013. In addition, he conducted more than a dozen national and international presentations, including the Keynote Address at the Sibling Sexual Abuse Symposium hosted by Sydney Children’s Hospital Network, and 6 full-day workshops on sibling violence throughout cities in Australia and New Zealand sponsored by The Australian and New Zealand Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abuse (ANZATSA) and National Ministries of Health.
- Dr. Noblitt and Dr. Magelhaes presented (individually and with students) at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women Conference in New York in March of 2012
- Dr, O’Callaghan has presented scholarship at national and area conferences with students 15 times in the past year and has a manuscript written with students accepted for publication
- Drs. Tirengel and O'Callaghan, along with alumnus and Adjunct Faculty member Stephen Phillips, JD, PsyD, will present on "The Psychologist as Cancer Patient: Professional, Personal, and Practical Perspectives" at the 24th Annual Convention of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association in October 2012. Their article on this topic appeared in the September/October 2012 edition of The Los Angeles Psychologist Magazine.
The CSPP Los Angeles Clinical Psychology PsyD program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), which requires that we provide data on time to completion, program costs, internships, attrition and licensure. Please follow the link below for that data. We hope this information will help you to make an informed decision regarding your graduate study.
Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, N.E., Washington, DC 20002