Aims

The APA-accredited PhD in Clinical Psychology program offered at the Fresno campus has a scholar-practitioner model, focusing on clinical training and research, with a strong additional focus on preparation for teaching psychology. It is designed to train students to be competent in nine broad areas:

  • Foundational Science of Psychology
  • Research and Evaluation
  • Relationship Skills
  • Diversity Competence
  • Assessment Skills
  • Intervention Skills
  • Professional Development
  • Supervision and Consultation
  • Teaching

The program has nine specific aims.

Aim #1: Competence as scholar-practitioners

To produce students/graduates who are competent in integrating the foundations of scientific psychology in all of their work as clinical psychologists.

Objective: Students/graduates will link core scientific theories and contemporary thought in the field of clinical psychology, as discussed in research and in practice.

Outcome Measurement and Minimum Thresholds for Achievement for Aim #1:

  1. Passing grades (B- or higher) in foundational theory and core therapy courses
  2. At least 75% of alumni will be licensed within 2 years of graduating from the program

Aim #2: Competence in research and evaluation

To produce students/graduates who are competent in research and evaluation

Objectives: Students/graduates will:

  1. Scholarly evaluate and integrate research literature, critically evaluate research design and statistical methods, and identify issues of ethical research and the protection of human subjects
  2. Conduct independent research and submit empirical work for dissemination
  3. Collaborate with a community agency, write a grant proposal

Outcome Measurement and Minimum Thresholds for Aim #2:

  1. Passing grades (B- of higher) on all research, statistics, and research practicum courses
  2. Passing scores (80%+) on Research Competency Exam (RCE), for both sections
  3. Average scores on internship evaluations for Research and Evaluation of ”emerging competence” (3.5 or higher)

Aim #3: Competence as Ethical Professionals (Relationships)

To produce students/graduates competent in developing and maintaining constructive professional relationships.

Objectives: Students/graduates will:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of and engage in ethical and professional behavior
  2. Engage in self-reflection to promote and develop a strong sense of self, and maintain appropriate self-other boundaries as is appropriate to the multicultural context in which they are operating
  3. Understand and engage in appropriate meta-communication with clients, so as to establish and maintain rapport

Outcome Measurement and Minimum Thresholds for Achievement for Aim #3:

  1. Passing grades (B- or higher) in ethics courses
  2. Passing scores (3.5 or higher) on Clinical Practicum Evaluations, sections on Ethical. Legal Standards & Policy; Reflective Practice/Self-Assessment/Self-Care; Professionalism; & Interdisciplinary Systems
  3. Passing scores (3 or higher) on Clinical Proficiency Performance Review (CPPR), sections on Relationship and Self-Examination
  4. Passing score (2 or higher) on Multicultural Assessment of Practice-Revised Exam (MAP-R), Relations section

Aim #4: Competence as Multiculturally Sensitive Professionals

To produce students/graduates who demonstrate competence in understanding and engaging in diversity.

Objectives: Students/graduates will:

  1. Show an understanding of culture as defined to include but not limited to an individual’s nationality, race, age, ethnicity, ability, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, and religiosity/spirituality
  2. Show an understanding of their own culture and the culture(s) of others, and articulate how these might mediate one’s world views, and moral codes
  3. Show an understanding of how research, clinical practice and teaching processes are affected by cultural and personal world views
  4. Identify and seek out culture specific knowledge and consultation as needed

Outcome Measurement and Minimum Thresholds for Achievement for Aim #4:

  1. Passing grades (B- or higher) in all diversity courses
  2. Passing scores (overall 2 or higher) on Multicultural Assessment of Practice-Revised Exam (MAP-R)
  3. Passing scores (3 or higher) on Clinical Proficiency Performance Review (CPPR), Diversity composite
  4. Passing scores (80%+) on Research Competency Exam (RCE), section on Diversity
  5. Passing scores (3 or higher) on Teaching Practicum Evaluation, section on Diversity Issues

Aim #5: Competence in Assessment

To produce students/graduates competent in assessment skills as an ongoing process that informs and guides professional practice

Objectives: Students/graduates will:

  1. Show competency in completing all phases of the assessment process in a competent and ethical manner
  2. Show competency in selecting instruments appropriate to the client’s culture, background, and developmental level
  3. Show competency in using assessment as an inherent part of doing evidence based work of any kind
  4. Engage in ongoing informal and formal evaluation to inform and guide professional practice

Outcome Measurement and Minimum Thresholds for Achievement for Aim #5:

  1. Passing grades (B- or higher) in all required assessment courses
  2. Passing scores (3.5 or higher) on Clinical Practicum evaluations, Intake, Interview, & Assessment
  3. Passing scores (3 or higher) on Clinical Proficiency Performance Review (CPPR), sections on Assessment and Formulation
  4. Passing score (2 or higher) on Multicultural Assessment of Practice-Revised Exam (MAP-R) Diagnosis section

Aim #6: Competence in Intervention

To produce students/graduates competent in intervention skills.

Objectives: Students/graduates will:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of different theoretical and research bases of interventions in professional psychology
  2. Show competency in completing all phases of the intervention process in an ethical manner
  3. Show competency in evaluating the efficacy of interventions, and use this information to continuously assess and modify treatment plans
  4. Engage in culturally appropriate interventions tailored to the individual and diverse needs of clients, using current clinical research evidence and standards of practice to inform interventions

Outcome Measurement and Minimum Thresholds for Achievement for Aim #6:

  1. Passing grades (B- or higher) in all required clinical/intervention courses
  2. Passing scores on Clinical Practicum evaluations, Intervention
  3. Passing scores (3 or higher) on Clinical Proficiency Performance Review (CPPR), Intervention Strategy section
  4. Passing score (2 or higher) on Multicultural Assessment of Practice-Revised Exam (MAP-R), Treatment section

Aim #7: Commitment to Continued Professional Development

To train students/graduates who will engage in lifelong learning and ongoing professional development.

Objectives: Students/graduates will:

  1. Use self-evaluation and consultation as a basis for professional growth and development.
  2. Demonstrate their willingness to engage in self-learning, and commit to ongoing professional development
  3. Achieve relevant professional goals and career milestones in a timely manner
  4. Engage with and support their professional community, so as to contribute to their own development

Outcome Measurement and Minimum Thresholds for Achievement for Aim #7:

  1. Passing scores on Clinical Practicum Evaluations – Use of Supervision
  2. Passing scores on Clinical Competency Exam – Professional Communication
  3. First round applications only to APA accredited internship sites
  4. At least 50% of students will be placed in APA accredited internships

Aim #8: Competence in Supervision and Consultation

To prepare students/graduates to be competent supervisors and consultants

Objectives: Students/graduates will:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of one or more theoretical models of supervision and associated research and applications
  2. Engage as a supervisor in the supervision process, in a competent and ethical manner
  3. Demonstrate analytic and self-reflective skills in the evaluation of the supervision process as well as in the evaluation of the supervisee
  4. Understand and identify power and diversity issues impacting on the supervision process
  5. Engage competently in collaboration and consultation roles with a variety of potential client and professional populations in a variety of settings.

Outcome Measurement and Minimum Thresholds for Achievement for Aim #8:

  1. Passing grades (B- or higher) in all required supervision and consultation or grant writing courses
  2. Passing scores (overall 3 or higher) on Supervision Evaluation rating form
  3. Passing scores on Clinical Practicum evaluations, Interdisciplinary Systems (3.5 or higher)

Aim #9: Competence in Teaching

To produce students/graduates competent in being teachers of psychology at the university level.

Objectives: Students/graduates will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of theories and methods for effective educational instruction of adult learners and associated research on learning outcomes
  2. Develop, design and teach a course, using varied instructional methods

Outcome Measurement and Minimum Thresholds for Achievement for Aim #9:

  1. Passing grades (B- or higher) on all required teaching courses
  2. Passing scores on Teaching Practicum Evaluation (3 or higher), including high quality syllabus

Highly Developed Skills to Serve Highly Multicultural Populations

The Fresno Clinical PhD program introduces students to the ethical values and orientation of the professional psychologist and provides a background in the psychological, biological and sociocultural factors that influence human behavior. Students develop clinical, research and teaching competencies and build the technical skills to work effectively with diverse populations in clinical settings.

Treating Human Beings, Seeing Human Systems

Our program takes a systemic approach to analysis and intervention, examining the role of ecosystemic contributions such as familiy, ethnicity, religious practice, medical and legal issues and access to social privileges amongst others.  In addition to training students in the role of clinical psychologist, we emphasize the important role of psychologists as consultants, community advocates and contributors of social change.

Special Fresno Program Features

Students in the PhD in Clinical Psychology program in Fresno can choose between three areas of emphasis to direct their studies:

Doctoral students in the Fresno Clinical Psychology program also have the opportunity to gain practical skills by providing mental health services through the W. Gary Cannon Psychology Service Center, as well as through local psychology internships. For more information, visit the Fresno Area Community Services and Placements page.

Recent Accomplishments

  • Our Ecosystemic Play Therapy Training Center was approved (2012) as an Association for Play Therapy Approved Center of Play Therapy Education Program. Ours is one of only 15 such centers in the country and the only one housed in a clinical psychology doctoral program
  • Dr. Kevin O’Connor received a Lifetime’s Achievement award from the Association of Play Therapy, for his outstanding contribution to the field of child and adolescent therapy

Accreditation

The California School of Professional Psychology’s Fresno Clinical Psychology PhD 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.

STUDENT ADMISSIONS, OUTCOMES AND OTHER DATA – (PDF)

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
Phone: (202)336-5979
Email: apaaccred@apa.org
Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

LEARN MORE ABOUT US

Explore the Fresno Clinical Psychology PhD program in more detail in the university catalog.