A Practitioner-Scholar Program

The APA-accredited PsyD in Clinical Psychology program on 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.

Program Aims

Aim 1: Provide students with discipline – specific scientific knowledge to support the effective entry-level practice of clinical psychology.

Aim 2:  Train competent health service psychologists (HSPs) to deliver scientifically-informed psychological services to diverse individuals and groups.

Aim 3: Provide students with strong professional identities as licensed psychologists and the clinical skills, professional behaviors, and attitudes that reflect the highest ethical and professional standards in the entry-level practice of clinical psychology.

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 affective, biological cognitive, developmental, and social aspects of behavior.
  • Advanced integrative knowledge in scientific psychology.
  • Research Methods, Statistical Analysis, and Psychometrics.

Treating Humans, Seeing Human Systems

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 society.

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 selecting an emphasis area to their degree. 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.

Duration and Requirements

The Fresno PsyD degree program takes a minimum of four years to complete, with the fourth year spent in a full-time internship. A doctoral research project is required. 

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.

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.

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

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