The APA-accredited PsyD in Clinical Psychology program at our Fresno campus is designed primarily for students interested in clinical practice. The program emphasizes clinical skills and the application of research knowledge with diverse populations in a wide range of settings.
The Fresno PsyD program takes a systemic approach, training students to consider the role of diverse systems in creating and/or remedying individual and social problems such as child abuse. It also teaches students to think beyond treating individual problems to becoming advocates for groups of clients with similar issues. In this way, they can become powerful agents of change in their communities.
In order to obtain an emphasis in any one of the following areas, students must complete 12 units of coursework as designated by the emphasis area, complete the requirements for clinical training as defined by the emphasis area, and complete a dissertation with a topic that focuses on that emphasis area. It may be possible to complete more than one emphasis area because of the overlap between the areas.
In addition to formal emphasis areas, students may create a program of study emphasizing their own area(s) of interest. For example, a student might create a program emphasizing “Family Advocacy” by combining topics such as family therapy, play therapy, juvenile justice, education law as it applies to the rights of emotionally disturbed children, pediatric psychology, child custody evaluation, divorce mediation, and so forth. The Ecosystemic focus of the PsyD program lends itself particularly well to the creation of such individualized programs of study.
There is also a specific Clinical Forensic Psychology Emphasis.
- 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
In addition, students are expected to possess discipline-specific knowledge in the following four areas:
- History and Systems of Psychology
- The basic content areas of scientific psychology, including effective, biological cognitive, developmental, and social aspects of behavior.
- Advanced integrative knowledge in scientific psychology.
- Research Methods, Statistical Analysis, and Psychometrics.
Fresno: A Great Place to Study and Take a Break
The proximity of the Fresno campus to national parks and lakes offers opportunities for sightseeing, hiking, kayaking, skiing and other recreational activities, to offset the intensive pace of doctoral training. These amenities combine with a relatively low cost of living to make the strong Fresno programs especially attractive.
Fresno Degree Features
Students in the Fresno PsyD degree program benefit from several unique campus-specific features. In addition to their basic education in clinical psychology, students at the Fresno campus have the opportunity to focus their study and clinical expertise by specializing their degree with an emphasis area. Emphasis areas offered in the Fresno PsyD in Clinical Psychology program include:
The Fresno Doctor of Psychology program also offers students the opportunity to gain practical skills providing mental health services through campus-based practica.
The California School of Professional Psychology’s PsyD in Clinical Psychology program in Fresno 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 information. We hope this information will help you to make an informed decision regarding your graduate study.
The California School of Professional Psychology’s Clinical Psychology PhD and PsyD programs offered on the Fresno, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco campuses are individually accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA).
*Please direct program accredited status inquiries to the Commission on Accreditation.
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Aim 1: Provide students with discipline-specific scientific knowledge to support the effective entry-level practice of clinical psychology.
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.
Professional Training and Internship Opportunities
The PsyD program emphasizes the integration of academic coursework with clinical practice. In order to integrate clinical skills with material learned in the classroom, students typically participate in a professional training placement beginning in the first year. Clinical training placements completed prior to the full-time predoctoral internship are known as practicum experiences. Students train in diverse settings, gaining experience with different populations in order to ensure a broad base of training.
Students complete a 10-12 hour/week (minimum) practicum in Alliant’s Psychological Services Center (PSC) in the second semester of their first year. Second-year clinical PsyD students spend 20 hours per week in a practicum at the PSC on the Fresno campus. Third-year clinical PsyD students spend 20 hours per week in a community practicum. Clinical training coursework is graded on a CR/NC basis. Students receive at least one hour of individual supervision each week in all practicum training settings.
Students in field placement are required to meet at least once a week for an hour of individual supervision and to also meet in a group supervision setting that may or may not include their primary supervisor (depending on requirement). Internships also require weekly face-to-face supervision with the assigned primary supervisor as well as the group supervision requirement.
Assignments to the practica are accomplished with guidance from the Office of Professional Training which screens each placement site for quality and appropriateness to our students’ training needs. Each site is evaluated annually by the students and the OPT staff.
Fourth year students are responsible for obtaining an appropriate yearlong, full-time internship (2,000 hours) and are assisted in this process by our faculty and the Office of Professional Training. For many students in the fourth year, the internship stipend covers the costs of tuition and living expenses. The Golden State Psychological Internship Association, a consortium of local APA-accredited internship sites is administrated from the Alliant - Fresno campus.
International students should discuss regulations and issues related to stipends well in advance with the Director of Professional Training.
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