Program Overview

The APA-Accredited Clinical PsyD Program in Sacramento offers doctoral education and training in clinical psychology consistent with a practitioner-scholar model. The program, designed primarily for students interested in the professional practice of clinical psychology, emphasizes clinical skills and the application of research knowledge with diverse populations in a wide range of settings.

The Clinical PsyD Program in Sacramento has two aims:

Aim 1: To train students to become clinical psychologists who will bring critical thinking and active problem solving skills to bear on human problems and who will be able to intervene effectively, using multiple methods of evidence-based assessment and intervention with diverse populations, across many settings, in changing and evolving contexts.

Aim 2: To educate professionals who will evaluate and conduct applied research and be able to effectively communicate their knowledge to others.

Although students receive a thorough grounding in traditional clinical assessment and intervention, they are also trained to consider the role of diverse systems in creating and/or remedying individual and social problems. The Sacramento PsyD faculty is committed to offering a broad array of elective courses reflecting theory, assessment, and intervention across a variety of systems, especially across cultural systems.

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Emphasis Areas

Correctional Psychology

PsyD students of the Clinical Psychology program in Sacramento may specialize their degrees with an emphasis in correctional psychology. This emphasis prepares students with the specialized knowledge, skills and experience to effectively work as members of treatment teams in often difficult environments and provides a curriculum that incorporates this knowledge, skill set and experiences. In order to complete the emphasis, students are required to take their eight units of elective coursework in this emphasis area, complete at least one year-long practicum in a setting providing treatment to offenders, and focus their dissertation on a topic related to correctional psychology. These elective courses are also available individually for students who wish to include an exposure to this specialty area in their curriculum but do not want to dedicate all of their elective units and/or dissertation topic to this area of clinical practice.

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Program Competencies and Elements

The Clinical PsyD Program in Sacramento has nine competencies with related elements that form the basis for the practitioner-scholar model. The competencies are met operationally through various academic and training activities that include courses, practicum and internship placements, supervised research experiences, and comprehensive examinations. Multiple data sources are used to assess outcomes relative to these competencies. These competencies specify attitudes, knowledge, and skills that students are expected to achieve by the time they graduate from the program and perceptions, feelings, and professional achievements alumni are expected to report as they pursue their profession. The elements are the expected specific outcomes for each of the respective competencies.

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Duration and Requirements

During the PsyD in Clinical Psychology program students are evaluated on progressive developmental stages of their training. The evaluation begins prior to admission and includes evaluation of a student’s readiness for practicum training, readiness for internship, and readiness for practice. The PsyD degree program requires a minimum of 90 academic units (3 years, full time), 30 internship units (1 year, full time), and 30 hours of personal therapy completed with a licensed clinical psychologist. Students typically advance to candidacy following their 2nd year and may not apply for internship until they have met all the following requirements for advancement to candidacy.


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

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