Doctor of Philosophy

Breadth and Depth.

These words we live by. A mantra that permeates every aspect of the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Clinical Psychology degree program at Alliant International University. The words can be heard throughout every hallway and classroom of the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP).

Breadth and Depth. Two simple words, but with such massive implications.

The word “breadth” embodies the core of our approach: A scholar-practitioner model that covers the pillars of psychology. Foundations, theory, and skills, applied clinical research, diversity competence, and professional growth. Fieldwork, coursework, and self-work; nothing is left untouched.

The word “depth” embodies the complex and profound nature of our scholarship. Within each course, every internship, and in the field, we challenge you to think. To profoundly examine yourself, your fellow students, and your community – so you learn to assess, consult, evaluate, supervise, teach, and treat. You learn to look at the complex variables in mental health and illness in a sociocultural and sociopolitical context.

The breadth and depth of the PhD in Clinical Psychology program at Alliant ensures that you leave prepared to contribute. To your patients, your community, and to the sociologically-vital field of psychology.

A Breadth of Hands-On Training

You’ll find our mantra lives in every aspect of the Clinical Psychology PhD program and the experiential nature of this doctoral degree. At minimum, 1,500 hours of supervised internship are required by this program and the California Board of Psychology.

From evidence-based treatment modalities to theoretical orientations, your training will arm you with a breadth of experience. You’ll be exposed to various treatment settings as well as diverse patient populations. New yearly placements are encouraged so that you are equipped with an even wider array of experiences.

And you have options for how to get it all done.

Full-time Internship: APA-accredited or APPIC-member internships, many of which offer stipends, are part of the full-time placement options. Additional options include CAPIC-accredited internships offered as either full- or part-time.

Part-time Internship: While we recommend students apply for the full-time APA or APPIC internships, other part-time internship options are accepted with approval by the program.

Critical Core Competencies

Every endeavor in life demands that you master a set of skills. Skills that are essential to successful continuity. Our Clinical Psychology degree program is much the same, requiring knowledge, understanding, and experience in the following areas:

  • Interpersonal/Relational
  • Assessment
  • Multimodal Intervention
  • Research and Evaluation
  • Consultation/Teaching
  • Management/Supervision/Training
  • Quality Assurance

These areas of expertise are required of graduates because they are also requirements for success in the field. Each of these topics is thoroughly covered throughout the 5-year program, ensuring you not only know them but can apply them.

Depth of Diversity

Race. Ethnicity. Gender. Orientation. Age. Class. Physical Ability. Religion. The ways in which we define ourselves and others are numerous and complex. You simply can’t help those who struggle within these defining aspects unless you have been given just as diverse an education.

That education starts with your surroundings. Peers. Mentors. Teachers. Staff. They are all from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. This offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in different perspectives.

That education grows from within. Coursework focuses on self-awareness as it applies to multicultural concerns, awareness of group dynamics within society, and how all of this impacts psychotherapy. Students will challenge themselves, learning to leave their stereotypes or prejudices at the door. It takes honesty, self-reflection and a willingness to disclose from everyone.

That education continues throughout every course in the Clinical Psychology Degree Program. Theory, research, and clinical applications focus on diverse populations. Electives are designed with multiculturalism in mind. Field training with a wide range of groups develops the skills and experience needed to move forward into the field. Because while our training begins with self-reflection, if you are to become an effective practitioner you must learn to empathize with those you will be serving. In an increasingly interconnected society, we must be able to understand each other if we are to truly help each other.

The Alliant Choice

We don’t take it lightly when a student chooses us for their education. Making Alliant International University your home means choosing more than just a school. It means choosing quality, from faculty to finish.

Learning at Alliant is not just about coursework, though that’s paramount. It’s not just about internships, though they’re vital. The greatness of an institution of higher education can be found in the harmonious balance of both scholarship and hands-on training. It’s also found in those you are learning with, learning from, and how you will transform your education into impact.

In our interconnected world, homogeny has been replaced with heterogeneity. At Alliant, it’s not about “fitting in,” because there is no one way to be. Our student body is uniquely diverse, they come from a world of backgrounds and they’ve all had a unique experience. Your exposure to this wealth of diverse experiences will help shape you into a more culturally- refined individual, while still sharing the one thing that all of our students have in common: A desire to better the world.

Helpful. Supportive. Open. These are just some of the ways our staff has been described by students. From application to graduation, we are here to help you succeed. And our faculty? They’re some of the best in their field, working professionals who are not only intimately familiar with changing trends but are often the ones making change happen.

We know that everyone has a unique story and situation. That is why we tailor our programs to fit the needs of first-time freshmen and transfer students alike. We firmly believe that education should be accessible to all. Alliant will meet you right where you are. Right when you need us.

Get Started Today!

Psychology is an exciting and important field that allows people like you to directly help those in need. To take the first step toward earning your degree, call 1-866-825-5426 or click here for more information about our PhD in Clinical Psychology degree program.