Program Overview

The APA-accredited PsyD in Clinical Psychology program at our Fresno campus is designed primarily for students interested in clinical practice. The program emphasizes clinical skills and the application of research knowledge with diverse populations in a wide range of settings.

The Fresno PsyD program takes a systemic approach, training students to consider the role of diverse systems in creating and/or remedying individual and social problems such as child abuse. It also teaches students to think beyond treating individual problems to becoming advocates for groups of clients with similar issues. In this way, they can become powerful agents of change in their communities.

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Emphasis Areas


In order to obtain an emphasis in any one of the following areas, students must complete 12 units of coursework as designated by the emphasis area, complete the requirements for clinical training as defined by the emphasis area, and complete a dissertation with a topic that focuses on that emphasis area. It may be possible to complete more than one emphasis area because of the overlap between the areas.

In addition to formal emphasis areas, students may create a program of study emphasizing their own area(s) of interest. For example, a student might create a program emphasizing “Family Advocacy” by combining topics such as family therapy, play therapy, juvenile justice, education law as it applies to the rights of emotionally disturbed children, pediatric psychology, child custody evaluation, divorce mediation, and so forth. The Ecosystemic focus of the PsyD program lends itself particularly well to the creation of such individualized programs of study.

There is also a specific Clinical Forensic Psychology Emphasis.

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Program Competencies

All students are expected to acquire and demonstrate substantial understanding of and competence in the following nine profession-wide competency areas:

  • Research
  • Ethical and Legal Standards
  • Individual and Cultural Diversity
  • Professional Values and Attitudes
  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills
  • Assessment
  • Intervention
  • Supervision
  • Consultation and Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary Skills

In addition, students are expected to possess discipline-specific knowledge in the following four areas:

  • History and Systems of Psychology
  • The basic content areas of scientific psychology, including effective, biological cognitive, developmental, and social aspects of behavior.
  • Advanced integrative knowledge in scientific psychology.
  • Research Methods, Statistical Analysis, and Psychometrics.

Fresno: A Great Place to Study and Take a Break

The proximity of the Fresno campus to national parks and lakes offers opportunities for sightseeing, hiking, kayaking, skiing and other recreational activities, to offset the intensive pace of doctoral training. These amenities combine with a relatively low cost of living to make the strong Fresno programs especially attractive.

Fresno Program Features

Students in the Fresno PsyD degree program benefit from several unique campus-specific features. In addition to their basic education in clinical psychology, students at the Fresno campus have the opportunity to focus their study and clinical expertise by specializing their degree with an emphasis area. Emphasis areas offered in the Fresno PsyD in Clinical Psychology program include:

The Fresno Doctor of Psychology program also offers students the opportunity to gain practical skills providing mental health services through campus-based practica. For more information, visit the Fresno Area Community Services and Placements page.


Accreditation

The California School of Professional Psychology’s PsyD in Clinical Psychology program in Fresno is accredited, by the Commission on Accreditation of 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 information. We hope this information will help you to make an informed decision regarding your graduate study.

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The California School of Professional Psychology’s Clinical Psychology PhD and PsyD programs offered on the Fresno, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco campuses are individually accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA).

*Please direct program accredited status inquiries to the Commission on Accreditation.

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979
Email: apaaccred@apa.org
Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation


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