If you’re interested in building your own clinical practice, this APA-accredited PsyD program at our Fresno campus is an excellent place to gain the needed skills and experience. 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 you to consider the role of diverse systems in creating and remedying individual and social problems such as child abuse. It also teaches you to think beyond treating individual problems to becoming an advocate for groups of clients with similar issues, acting as a powerful agent of change in your community.
The Fresno PsyD faculty is committed to offering a broad array of elective courses reflecting theory, assessment, and intervention across systems, especially cultural systems. The importance of the cultural system is emphasized throughout your academic and clinical training. This focus on cultural issues ensures you’ll be prepared for professional practice in a pluralistic society.
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In addition to basic education in clinical psychology, as a student in the program you may focus your study and clinical expertise by selecting either of two experience areas: Forensic Psychology or a Self-Designed emphasis.
Forensic Psychology Experience Area
The field of clinical forensic psychology includes clinical services provided to clients with criminal and non-criminal contact with the legal system. In addition to work in prisons and jails, the field covers needs related to divorce, custody mediation, worker's compensation evaluations, disability evaluations, child abuse, and adoption. The Forensic Psychology experience area in Fresno includes courses and a practicum experience designed to prepare students for working with clients in forensic settings. To obtain the Forensic Psychology experience area, students must complete at least two elective courses designated as Forensic Psychology by the experience area and complete at least one practicum or internship approved as Forensic Psychology by the experience area.
Self-Designed Emphasis Area
In addition to the Forensic Psychology experience area, 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. Students who claim a self-designed emphasis area 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.
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, attitudes and behaviors
- 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 biological, affective/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 experience or emphasis area as mentioned above.
The Fresno Doctor of Psychology program also offers students the opportunity to gain practical skills providing mental health services through campus-based practica.
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
Gain Clinical Skills, Meet Critical Needs
Direct service to the community is an important component of every graduate student’s learning experience at CSPP. Students in the clinical psychology doctoral programs at the Fresno campus have exceptional opportunities to gain practical skills as they provide crucial services to under-served populations at the W. Gary Cannon Psychological Services Center and through internships facilitated by the many community and mental health agencies that are members of the California Psychology Internship Consortium.
W. Gary Cannon Psychological Services Center (PSC)
The W. Gary Cannon Psychological Services Center (PSC) of Fresno is a mental health agency operated by Alliant. It is an outpatient community clinic, providing a wide range of mental health services in the Central Valley, including services for underserved populations. Clinical services are provided by practicum students and interns under the supervision of licensed clinical psychologists. All treatment modalities foster sensitivity to ethnicity, class, race, gender and sexual orientation. All students spend at least one year of their practicum training within the PSC.
The Clinical Psychology PsyD program 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 in higher education.
The California School of Professional Psychology’s Clinical Psychology PsyD program is offered on the Fresno, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco Bay Area campuses. Each are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA).
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