Professional Clinical Training
At the predoctoral stage, students’ professional development occurs within the context of both formal coursework and supervised professional clinical training experiences (i.e. practica) in a variety of mental health settings in the community. The culminating clinical experience is the predoctoral “internship,” usually taken in the fourth year of the program. The Clinical Psychology PsyD program at the California School of Professional Psychology at the Los Angeles campus of Alliant has two field training experts who work closely with students throughout the placement process for practicum and internship sites and assist students in securing placement sites that meet their training goals (including the successful acquisition of a full-time APA-accredited internship placement).
All first-year students participate in a practicum that is a collaboration between the Los Angeles campus Division of Professional Field Training (DPFT) and the Alhambra Unified School District (AUSD). Students with prior clinical experience at the master's level provide individual therapy to children and adolescents at elementary and high schools. Students without prior clinical experience at the master's level administer evidence-based group curricula to children in elementary school (K-8th grade). In the spring semester of their practicum training, these students interview with AUSD and the primary practicum supervisor to determine readiness to begin providing individual therapy to children and adolescents at the elementary and high schools as well.
In their second and third years of the program, students complete at least 800 hours of practicum training each year in a variety of community settings such as medical centers, inpatient mental health facilities, drug and alcohol treatment programs, residential or day programs, community mental health centers, and outpatient clinics. Students assume a greater degree of clinical responsibility for assessment and intervention while being closely supervised at a level appropriate to the students’ training and abilities.
Our Psychological Services Center is one of the practicum options for students interested in community mental health. Students typically receive a minimum of 1900 hours of clinical training prior to internship.
Prior to graduation, students are required to complete a full-time internship. Many students will complete their coursework, clinical dissertation, and practica in the third year of the program, leaving the fourth year free for full-time internship. The internship experience integrates the students' academic and clinical experiences and prepares them for their professional role as a psychologist. Students may also choose to modify their academic schedule, distributing their coursework over four years in order to take a fourth practicum in their fourth year; these students take their full-time internship in their fifth year. The Clinical PsyD program is committed to helping its students obtain APA-accredited internships. While the completion of an APA-accredited internship is not required to complete the program, all students are required to apply to a minimum number of APA-accredited internship sites and are required to participate in both phases of the APPIC Match process. Students should be prepared to apply to a geographic range of internship sites, as limited numbers of full-time APA-accredited internship placements are available in the Los Angeles area.
Training Directors and Staff
Jessie Lowell, PsyD, Assistant Professor
Internship Training Director, CSPP-Los Angeles Clinical Psychology Doctoral Programs
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Allison Peters, PsyD
Practicum Training Director, CSPP-Los Angeles Clinical Psychology Doctoral Programs
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Executive Assistant, Division of Professional Field Training, Los Angeles
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