San Diego PsyD in Clinical Psychology Program
A Practitioner Model
The APA-accredited PsyD in Clinical Psychology program at the San Diego campus of Alliant International University follows a practitioner model that emphasizes the applications of theory and research to clinical practice. The program develops competent professional clinical psychologists skilled in delivering a variety of clinical services to diverse populations in varied settings.
The San Diego Doctor of Psychology program’s most distinctive component is its dual emphasis on clinical expertise and clinical scholarship. Our students take courses in a wide range of subjects, including
- Theories of personality
- Cultural psychology
- Integrative psychology
They also participate in a clinical dissertation group, an intensive seminar that integrates practice and directed reading in small group format and prepares them for the clinical dissertation requirement for graduation.
The Psy.D. Program has adopted a series of three aims, nine competencies and related elements designed to implement its philosophy and meet the overall program aims. The competencies are met operationally through various academic and training activities that include courses, practicum and internship placements, and supervised research experiences. Multiple data sources are used to assess outcomes relative to these competencies. These competencies specify attitudes, knowledge, and skills that students are expected to achieve by the time they graduate from the program and perceptions, feelings, and professional achievements alumni are expected to report as they pursue their profession. The elements are the expected specific outcomes for each of the respective competencies.
Aim 1: To prepare students as effective professional psychologists who are skilled at evaluating psychological functioning and providing empirically-supported interventions with diverse clients across a range of settings.
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.
All students are expected to acquire and demonstrate substantial understanding of and competence in the following nine profession-wide competency areas:
- Ethical and Legal Standards
- Individual and Cultural Diversity
- Professional Values and Attitudes
- Communication and Interpersonal Skills
- Consultation and Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary Skills
The competencies are met operationally through various academic and training activities that include courses, practicum and internship placements, and supervised research experiences. Multiple data sources are used to assess outcomes relative to these competencies. These competencies specify knowledge, attitudes, and skills that students are expected to achieve by the time they graduate from the program.
In addition, all students are expected to possess discipline-specific knowledge in the following four categories:
- 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.
San Diego Program Features
The PsyD degree program in San Diego offers six emphasis areas, allowing doctoral students to enhance their studies with advanced coursework. Emphasis areas include:
- Forensic Psychology
- Family/Child Psychology
- Integrative Psychology
- Multiculturalism and International
Doctoral students in the San Diego program also have the opportunity to improve their skills by providing supervised mental health services at a variety of locations in the San Diego community. For more information, visit the San Diego Community Services and Placements.
Duration and Degree Requirements
On average, students who progress successfully should expect to complete the San Diego Clinical Psychology PsyD program in a minimum of four to five years. The recommended plan is for three years of coursework followed by a full-time APA-accredited internship.
The California School of Professional Psychology’s PsyD in Clinical Psychology program in San Diego 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 data. We hope this information will help you to make an informed decision regarding your graduate study.
*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
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