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PhD in Clinical Psychology Curriculum, San Francisco

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Curriculum Plan (2022 – 2023)


Please note that there may be other requirements for completion or options for elective and specialized courses. Please see the academic catalog for the full curriculum. Course offerings and sequence are subject to change.

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Academic Year 1

Semester 1

  • PSY61210 – Intercultural Awareness Development (1.5 units)
  • PSY60210 – Advanced Statistics I (3 units)
  • PSY60260 – Psychometrics and Research Design (3 units)
  • PSY65180 – Principles of Psychotherapy (3 units)
  • PSY65280 – Observation and Interviewing (3 units)
  • PSY61020 – Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior (3 units)

Semester 2

  • PSY61220 – Intercultural Awareness Development (1.5 units)
  • PSY60220 – Advanced Statistics II (3 units)
  • PSY60160 – PhD Research Seminar I (1st Year) (3 units)
  • PSY61170 – Human Development/Lifespan (3 units)
  • PSY61123 – Social Basis of Behavior (3 units)
  • PSY65230 – Advanced Psychopathology (3 units)
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Academic Year 2

Semester 1

  • PSY70130 – PhD Research Seminar I (2nd Year) (3 units)
  • PSY75053 – Clinical and Ethical Issues (3 units)
  • PSY65120 – Psychological Assessment I: Cognitive Personality (3 units)
  • PSY75252 – PhD Practicum I (2 units)
  • PSY75040 – Theory and Technique of Clinical Practice (3 units)*

Semester 2

  • PSY70140 – PhD Research Seminar II (2nd Year) (3 units)
  • PSY75063 – Clinical and Ethical Issues (3 units)
  • PSY65120A – Psychological Assessment II: Personality (3 units)
  • PSY75262 – PhD Practicum I (2 units)
  • PSY75040 – Theory and Technique of Clinical Practice (3 units)*

Semester 3

  • PSY75213 – Psychological Assessment III: Integration (3 units)
  • PSY61050 – Biological Aspects of Behavior (3 units)
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Academic Year 3

Semester 1

  • PSY80050 – PhD Research Seminar (3rd Year) (3 units)
  • PSY85310 – Advanced Clinical Seminar (3 units)*
  • PSY85350 – PhD Practicum II (3 units)
  • PSY75020 – Sociocultural Diversity (3 units)
  • PSY80070 – Advanced Research Methodology (3 units)

Semester 2

  • PSY80060 – PhD Research Seminar (3rd Year) (3 units)
  • PSY85323 – Advanced Clinical Seminar (3 units)*
  • PSY85360 – PhD Practicum II (3 units)
  • PSY71123 – History and Systems of Psychology (3 units)
  • PSY85612 – Consultation (2 units)

*Choose among cognitive-behavioral, family systems, and psychodynamic. A third Theory and Technique course may be taken as an elective.

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Academic Year 4

Semester 1

  • PSY99270 – PhD Research Seminar IV (4th Year) (1 unit)
  • PSY99254 – PhD Doctoral Dissertation (4 units)
  • PSY85642 – Supervision (2 units)
  • Elective (3 units)

Semester 2

  • PSY99280 – PhD Research Seminar IV (4th Year) (1 unit)
  • PSY99264 – PhD Doctoral Dissertation (4 units)
  • Elective (3 units)
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Academic Year 5

Semester 1

  • PSY95310 – Full-Time Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology (11 units)**
  • PSY99253 – PhD Doctoral Dissertation (3 units)

Semester 2

  • PSY95320 – Full-Time Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology (11 units)
  • PSY99263 – PhD Doctoral Dissertation (3 units)

Semester 3

  • PSY95330 – Full-Time Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology (8 units)

**Two years of half-time internship rotations may be substituted beginning in the G5 year with consent of the advisor and program director.

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For online programs, instruction is provided online; however, some programs may include an in-person residency requirement at one of Alliant’s campuses. Additional instructional activities, including, but not limited to internships, practicums, or field placement activities may take place at a location appropriate for the particular activity.

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