PhD & PsyD Programs in Clinical Psychology Overview
The California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) offers nine APA- Accredited doctoral degree programs in clinical psychology. Explore our programs below.
Clinical Psychology Degrees
Clinical Psychology Programs
Each of our Clinical Psychology PhD and PsyD programs is individually accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association.*
- Our emphasis area offerings include:
- Clinical Health Psychology
- Family/Child and Couple
- Multicultural Community-Clinical Psychology
- Forensic Psychology
- Clinical Health
- Forensic Psychology
- Integrative Psychology
- Multicultural and International
- Trauma, Stress, Resilience, Health Psychology
Each of our clinical psychology programs is unique, as are their emphasis, specialization, and track offerings. Please see program pages for specifics on emphasis area offerings in the field of psychology to help you become an effective psychologist.
Hands-on Experience and Training
Our Clinical Psychology degree programs are built on a foundation of scholarship paired with hands-on training. Each of our students have a plethora of opportunities to get professional practice through practica and internships. We have partnerships with thousands of practice sites which include hospitals, community mental health organizations, prison and correctional systems, veteran service centers, college counseling centers, and non-profits among others.
All Doctorate in Clinical Psychology students participate in required field experiences during most years of their program. The programs require students to experience a breadth of practicum experiences, including a range of populations and age groups. This offers extensive practical exposure and continual opportunities to apply research and theory in real-world situations.
Breadth and depth are the hallmarks of Clinical Psychology training, with practice involving:
- Numerous evidence-based treatment modalities
- A broad range of theoretical orientations
- Multiple treatment settings
- A wide, diverse range of patient populations
Practica and internships are generally assigned on a one-year basis. Students usually assume new field placement positions at the beginning of each academic year so they can gain exposure to a variety of training models. We attempt to match student interests and needs to training site offerings, although procedures for matching vary from campus to campus.
The culminating clinical training component of the clinical psychology doctoral degree is the doctoral internship. Beginning with the first year and continuing throughout the degree program, CSPP doctoral students are provided with education about the internship process. The Offices of Professional Training faculty and staff provide continuous support as students build their clinical training experiences, and they provide guidance to students across all phases of the internship application, interview, and acceptance process. Throughout the degree program, faculty actively work with students to develop competitive applications for APA-accredited internships and obtain internships that are a good fit for their career goals. For additional information about a program’s specific internship application requirements, please refer to the program’s webpage.
Our Clinical Psychology faculty collaborate with their students on various research projects and our students go on to publish their work and present at local, regional, national, and international conferences.
Network Building and Mentorship
Aside from taking on the role of life-long mentor, our faculty are preparing their students to become their colleagues. They expect each of their pupils to, one day, stand beside them as a leader in the field. Our clinical psychology students often attend conferences and community events with CSPP and their faculty— whether it is presenting at psychological conventions or connecting with CSPP’s thousands of alumni, our students begin making connections in the field from the day they first set foot in our classrooms.
Each of CSPP’s Clinical PhD and the Clinical PsyD programs prepare graduates for licensure as psychologists in California and most other states. All CSPP clinical psychology doctoral students graduate with at least 1,500 hours of supervised internship experience to meet the doctoral internship placement requirement for California Board of Psychology licensure. Students planning to seek licensure in California must accrue an additional 1,500 post-doctoral hours.
Multicultural Competence Training
Clinical psychology doctoral programs at CSPP have developed multicultural training to embrace consideration of diversity regarding issues of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, social class, and religion. This is reflected in specific required courses for all clinical students, as well as through the integration of multicultural perspectives in all courses throughout the curriculum.
The diversity of the campus community provides students with the opportunity to interact with faculty, staff, administrators and other students from many different cultural backgrounds. Increasing self-awareness relevant to multicultural issues, increasing awareness of multicultural dynamics in larger society, and examining their implications for psychotherapy are the primary goals of the specific intercultural awareness and development courses. Students are asked to look at their own multicultural identities, as well as at their values, stereotypes, prejudices, and potential “blind spots.” A willingness to self-evaluate and self-disclose are essential to the courses.
In addition, courses throughout the curriculum include a focus on increasing multicultural knowledge by gaining familiarity with theory, research, and clinical applications relevant to diverse populations. Elective courses and the availability of field training sites that provide experience with diverse groups offer opportunities to develop skills that enhance work with culturally diverse clients.
*Questions related to each program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: