A Practitioner Model

The APA-accredited PsyD in Clinical Psychology program at the Los Angeles campus of Alliant International University’s California School of Professional Psychology provides graduate education and training for practitioners of health service psychology, with a focus in clinical psychology.

The Los Angeles Clinical PsyD program addresses the societal need for multiculturally competent health service psychology professional practitioners who effectively integrate scientific evidence with practice to respond to human problems of developmental deprivation, dysfunction, and trauma. The overarching goal of the program is to educate new generations of clinical psychologists who are able to intervene effectively, using multiple methods of evidence-based assessment and intervention with diverse populations, across many settings, in changing and evolving contexts.

Nationally-Recognized Training in Multicultural Psychology

The Los Angeles Clinical Psychology PsyD is proud of its national reputation for excellence in multiculturally relevant education and training.  All core and elective course materials integrate multicultural perspectives, including areas of diversity such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, socioeconomic status, family composition, religious practice, medical and health conditions, international issues, and inherent psychometric-intelligence variances, among others. The rich diversity of the Los Angeles area also offers a wealth of clinical placement opportunities where students in the PsyD degree program develop multicultural competencies to enhance their clinical skills.  The Los Angeles Clinical Psychology PsyD program was the 2010 recipient of the Suinn Minority Achievement Program Award for excellence in recruitment, retention, and graduation of ethnic minority students, and for its overall commitment to cultural diversity in all department activities.

Immediate Hands-On Experience in the Real World

The four-year Los Angeles Clinical Psychology PsyD program is structured to provide students with significant clinical experience that is integrated with classroom learning. A required first-year practicum 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. Students receive mentoring and guidance as they pursue an APA-accredited internship in the fourth year of the program, with modification options available for students who feel that they would benefit from an additional year of practicum prior to undertaking their pre-doctoral internship.

Academic Training and Applied Scholarship

The education students receive in the Los Angeles Clinical Psychology PsyD program provides a strong generalist foundation in clinical health service psychology, emphasizing the applications of theory and research to evidence-based practice within a multicultural society. Training across multiple domains includes the ethical values and orientation of the professional psychologist; the psychological, biological, sociocultural, and systemic factors that influence human behavior, and population-based intervention strategies from a variety of theoretical frameworks. The program teaches students to conduct scientific inquiry and frames scholarship as fundamental to effective psychological practice, professional engagement, and advocacy. Students have opportunities for collaborative scholarship with faculty and are encouraged to think creatively about applying knowledge through their clinical dissertation process, which begins in the second year of the program.

Los Angeles Program Features

The Los Angeles Clinical PsyD degree program offers three emphasis areas that provide a specialized learning focus:

  • Family/Child and Couple Emphasis (FACE)
  • Clinical Health Psychology Emphasis (CHP)
  • Multicultural Community-Clinical Psychology Emphasis (MCCP)

Students who decide not to enter an emphasis area are considered Multi-Interest Option (MIO) students.

More information about emphasis areas can be found on our Emphasis Areas page.

Program Aims, Competencies, and Elements

The Clinical Psychology PsyD program has adopted seven aims, nine competencies, and related elements designed to implement its philosophy and meet the overall program aims.

Aim 1: To provide students with a graduate-level, scientific knowledge base that serves as a foundation for continued training in and practice of health service psychology.

Aim 2: To provide students with knowledge of scientific research methods, procedures, and practices; and the ability to apply this knowledge effectively to significant human problems.

Aim 3: To provide students with knowledge of ethical and legal principles, laws, regulations, and policies; and the ability to apply this knowledge effectively to all professional activities.

Aim 4: To provide students with the knowledge, awareness, attitudes, and skills required for effective and sensitive service delivery to diverse individuals and populations.

Aim 5: To provide students with the ability to develop, maintain, and evolve professional identities and behaviors through self-reflection, self-evaluation, and effective interpersonal communication skills.

Aim 6: To provide students with knowledge of evidence-based and culturally sensitive psychological assessment and intervention methods; and the ability to apply this knowledge effectively in service delivery across multiple settings and contexts.

Aim 7: To provide students with knowledge of and respect for multiple professional roles and perspectives; and to apply this knowledge in supervision, consultation, and collaboration.

The competencies specify knowledge, attitudes, and skills related to clinical practice, research, and professional projects and activities that students are expected to develop by the time they graduate from the program, as well as perceptions and professional/scholarly achievements that program alumni are expected to report as they pursue employment in the field. The competencies are met operationally through various academic and training activities that include coursework, comprehensive exams, supervised clinical dissertation/ research work, and clinical field training placements. Multiple data sources are used to assess proximal outcomes (e.g., course grades, comprehensive exam scores, dissertation evaluations, and field training evaluations) and distal outcomes (e.g., responses to alumni surveys, licensure and employment outcomes) in competency areas. Elements are the expected specific outcomes for each respective competency.

Competency 1: Research

  • On substantially independent level, formulate research or other scholarly activities that are of sufficient quality and rigor to contribute to the scientific, psychological or professional knowledge base
  • Conduct research or other scholarly activities.
  • Critically evaluate and disseminate research or other scholarly activities via professional presentations and publications at the local, regional, and national level.

Competency 2: Ethical and Legal Standards

  • Demonstrate knowledge of and act in accordance with the current version of the APA’s Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and act in accordance with relevant laws, regulations, rules and policies governing health service psychology at the organizational, state, regional, and federal levels.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and act in accordance with relevant professional standards and guidelines.
  • Conduct self in an ethical manner in all professional activities.

Competency 3: Individual and Cultural Diversity

  • Understand how one’s own personal/cultural history may affect understanding of and interaction with people different from oneself.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the current theoretical and empirical knowledge base as it relates to addressing diversity, including research and service.
  • Integrate awareness and knowledge of individual and cultural differences in the conduct of professional roles.

Competency 4: Professional Values and Attitudes

  • Behave in ways that reflect the values and attitudes of psychology, including integrity, deportment, professional identity, accountability, lifelong learning, and concern for the welfare of others.
  • Engage in self-reflection; engage in activities to maintain and improve performance, well-being and professional effectiveness.
  • Actively seek and demonstrate openness and responsiveness to feedback and supervision.
  • Respond professionally in increasingly complex situations with an increasingly greater degree of independence as they progress along levels of training.

Competency 5: Communication and Interpersonal Skills

  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of individuals, including colleagues, communities, organizations, supervisors, and those receiving professional services.
  • Produce and comprehend oral, nonverbal, and written communications that demonstrate a grasp of professional language and concepts.
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills and the ability to manage difficult communication well.

Competency 6: Assessment

  • Use multiple methods of information gathering to inform diagnostic decisions, including consideration of alternative diagnoses and selection of appropriate diagnoses.
  • Support diagnostic decisions with clinical information gathered via evidence-based practices and knowledge of diagnostic taxonomies (i.e., DSM-5; ICD-10).
  • Select and apply assessment methods that draw from empirical literature; collect relevant data using multiple sources and methods.
  • Interpret assessment results to inform case conceptualization, classification, and recommendations.
  • Communicate, orally and in written documentation, the findings and implications of an assessment in an accurate and effective manner sensitive to a diverse range of clients and audiences.

Competency 7: Intervention

  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with the recipients of psychological services.
  • Develop evidence-based intervention plans specific to the service delivery goals.
  • Implement interventions informed by the current scientific literature.
  • Apply the relevant research literature to critical decision-making.
  • Evaluate intervention effectiveness and adapt intervention goals and methods consistent with ongoing evaluation.

Competency 8: Supervision

  • Demonstrate knowledge of supervision models and practices.
  • Integrate supervisor feedback into professional practice

Competency 9: Interdisciplinary skills

  • Demonstrate knowledge and respect for the roles and perspectives of other professions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of consultation models and practices.

The program also instructs students in areas of discipline-specific knowledge and evaluates their mastery of knowledge and competency in these areas.  Students will acquire:

  • Substantial knowledge in History and Systems of Psychology, as well as in basic content areas of scientific psychology (i.e., Biological Aspects of Behavior; Development Aspects of Behavior; Social Aspects of Behavior; Cognitive Aspects of Behavior; and Affective Aspects of Behavior).
  • Substantial understanding of and competence in the advanced integration of Cognitive and Affective Aspects of Behavior; Research Methods; Quantitative Methods; and Psychometrics.

Training in individual and cultural diversity competence is integrated throughout all program requirements; additionally, the program embraces the multicultural competencies supported by the University. In this way, the program and CSPP are responsive to the ethical mandates of the American Psychological Association.

Accreditation

The California School of Professional Psychology’s Los Angeles PsyD in Clinical Psychology program is accredited by the American Psychological Association, which requires public disclosure of 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

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