The APA-accredited PsyD in Clinical Psychology degree program offered by the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) in Los Angeles gives you the advanced education and training you need to become a professional practitioner of health service psychology, with a focus in clinical psychology.
The PsyD program addresses the need for multiculturally competent psychology practitioners who effectively integrate scientific evidence with practice in responding to human problems of developmental deprivation, dysfunction, and trauma. The goal of the program is to educate you as one of the new generation of clinical psychologists who can effectively mediate, using methods of evidence-based assessment and intervention, with diverse populations, across many settings, in changing and evolving contexts.
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When you apply to the Clinical PsyD program you’ll select one of three emphasis areas:
- Clinical health psychology emphasis (Health CHP)
- Family/child and couple emphasis (FACE)
- Multicultural community-clinical psychology emphasis (MCCP)
You can also choose to opt-out of emphasis area specializations, which puts you in a category of the multi-interest option (MIO). No matter what you choose, you’ll receive a general education in clinical psychology.
The faculty in the Los Angeles PsyD program is the largest in the CSPP system, which gives you access to a wide range of educators, each with a unique specialty and area of research, and all with experience in the field.
A vibrant and diverse location
Los Angeles is the largest and most diverse city in California, which means you’ll have an extensive population of individuals from different backgrounds and cultures to work with throughout your clinical placement.
An exceptional approach
Each emphasis area takes a unique approach to clinical practice, so not only will you have all the basic skills taught at CSPP, you’ll also be trained in a more holistic style of clinical work with focus on overall health.
Nationally-Recognized Training in Multicultural Psychology
The Los Angeles Clinical Psychology PsyD program is proud of its national reputation for excellence in multiculturally relevant education and training. All core and elective course materials integrate multicultural perspectives, including areas of diversity such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, socioeconomic status, family composition, religious practice, medical and health conditions, international issues, and inherent psychometric-intelligence variances, among others.
The rich diversity of the Los Angeles area also offers a wealth of clinical placement opportunities where students in the PsyD degree program develop multicultural competencies to enhance their clinical skills.
The Los Angeles Clinical Psychology PsyD program was the 2010 recipient of the Suinn Minority Achievement Program Award for excellence in recruitment, retention, and graduation of ethnic minority students, and for its overall commitment to cultural diversity in all department activities.
Immediate Hands-On Experience in the Real World
The four-year Los Angeles Clinical Psychology PsyD program is structured to provide students with significant clinical experience that is integrated with classroom learning. A required first-year practicum enables students to start applying research and theory to their clinical work from the beginning of their program. Practica continues in the second and third years. Students receive mentoring and guidance as they pursue an APA-accredited internship in the fourth year of the program, with modification options available for students who feel that they would benefit from an additional year of practicum prior to undertaking their doctoral internship.
Los Angeles Program Features
The Los Angeles Clinical PsyD degree program offers three emphasis areas that provide a specialized learning focus:
- Family/Child and Couple Emphasis (FACE)
- Clinical Health Psychology Emphasis (CHP)
- Multicultural Community-Clinical Psychology Emphasis (MCCP)
Students who decide not to enter an emphasis area are considered Multi-Interest Option (MIO) students.
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 PhD and 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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The Clinical Psychology PsyD program has adopted seven aims, nine competencies, and related elements designed to implement its philosophy and meet the overall program aims.
Aim 1: To provide students with a graduate-level, scientific knowledge base that serves as a foundation for continued training in and practice of health service psychology.
Aim 2: To provide students with knowledge of scientific research methods, procedures, and practices; and the ability to apply this knowledge effectively to significant human problems.
Aim 3: To provide students with knowledge of ethical and legal principles, laws, regulations, and policies; and the ability to apply this knowledge effectively to all professional activities.
Aim 4: To provide students with the knowledge, awareness, attitudes, and skills required for effective and sensitive service delivery to diverse individuals and populations.
Aim 5: To provide students with the ability to develop, maintain, and evolve professional identities and behaviors through self-reflection, self-evaluation, and effective interpersonal communication skills.
Aim 6: To provide students with knowledge of evidence-based and culturally sensitive psychological assessment and intervention methods; and the ability to apply this knowledge effectively in-service delivery across multiple settings and contexts.
Aim 7: To provide students with knowledge of and respect for multiple professional roles and perspectives; and to apply this knowledge in supervision, consultation, and collaboration.
The competencies specify knowledge, attitudes, and skills related to clinical practice, research, and professional projects and activities that students are expected to develop by the time they graduate from the program, as well as perceptions and professional/scholarly achievements that program alumni are expected to report as they pursue employment in the field. The competencies are met operationally through various academic and training activities that include coursework, comprehensive exams, supervised clinical dissertation/research work, and clinical field training placements. Multiple data sources are used to assess proximal outcomes (e.g., course grades, comprehensive exam scores, dissertation evaluations, and field training evaluations) and distal outcomes (e.g., responses to alumni surveys, licensure and employment outcomes) in competency areas. Elements are the expected specific outcomes for each respective competency.
Competency 1: Research
- On substantially independent level, formulate research or other scholarly activities that are of sufficient quality and rigor to contribute to the scientific, psychological or professional knowledge base
- Conduct research or other scholarly activities.
- Critically evaluate and disseminate research or other scholarly activities via professional presentations and publications at the local, regional, and national level.
Competency 2: Ethical and Legal Standards
- Demonstrate knowledge of and act in accordance with the current version of the APA's Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct.
- Demonstrate knowledge of and act in accordance with relevant laws, regulations, rules and policies governing health service psychology at the organizational, state, regional, and federal levels.
- Demonstrate knowledge of and act in accordance with relevant professional standards and guidelines.
- Conduct self in an ethical manner in all professional activities.
Competency 3: Individual and Cultural Diversity
- Understand how one's own personal/cultural history may affect understanding of and interaction with people different from oneself.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the current theoretical and empirical knowledge base as it relates to addressing diversity, including research and service.
- Integrate awareness and knowledge of individual and cultural differences in the conduct of professional roles.
Competency 4: Professional Values and Attitudes
- Behave in ways that reflect the values and attitudes of psychology, including integrity, deportment, professional identity, accountability, lifelong learning, and concern for the welfare of others.
- Engage in self-reflection; engage in activities to maintain and improve performance, well-being and professional effectiveness.
- Actively seek and demonstrate openness and responsiveness to feedback and supervision.
- Respond professionally in increasingly complex situations with an increasingly greater degree of independence as they progress along levels of training.
Competency 5: Communication and Interpersonal Skills
- Develop and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of individuals, including colleagues, communities, organizations, supervisors, and those receiving professional services.
- Produce and comprehend oral, nonverbal, and written communications that demonstrate a grasp of professional language and concepts.
- Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills and the ability to manage difficult communication well.
Competency 6: Assessment
- Use multiple methods of information gathering to inform diagnostic decisions, including consideration of alternative diagnoses and selection of appropriate diagnoses.
- Support diagnostic decisions with clinical information gathered via evidence-based practices and knowledge of diagnostic taxonomies (i.e., DSM-5; ICD-10).
- Select and apply assessment methods that draw from empirical literature; collect relevant data using multiple sources and methods.
- Interpret assessment results to inform case conceptualization, classification, and recommendations.
- Communicate, orally and in written documentation, the findings and implications of an assessment in an accurate and effective manner sensitive to a diverse range of clients and audiences.
Competency 7: Intervention
- Establish and maintain effective relationships with the recipients of psychological services.
- Develop evidence-based intervention plans specific to the service delivery goals.
- Implement interventions informed by the current scientific literature.
- Apply the relevant research literature to critical decision-making.
- Evaluate intervention effectiveness and adapt intervention goals and methods consistent with ongoing evaluation.
Competency 8: Supervision
- Demonstrate knowledge of supervision models and practices.
- Integrate supervisor feedback into professional practice
Competency 9: Interdisciplinary skills
- Demonstrate knowledge and respect for the roles and perspectives of other professions.
- Demonstrate knowledge of consultation models and practices.
The program also instructs students in areas of discipline-specific knowledge and evaluates their mastery of knowledge and competency in these areas. Students will acquire:
- Substantial knowledge in History and Systems of Psychology, as well as in basic content areas of scientific psychology (i.e., Biological Aspects of Behavior; Development Aspects of Behavior; Social Aspects of Behavior; Cognitive Aspects of Behavior; and Affective Aspects of Behavior).
- Substantial understanding of and competence in the advanced integration of Cognitive and Affective Aspects of Behavior; Research Methods; Quantitative Methods; and Psychometrics.
Training in individual and cultural diversity competence is integrated throughout all program requirements; additionally, the program embraces the multicultural competencies supported by the University. In this way, the program and CSPP are responsive to the ethical mandates of the American Psychological Association.
The professional development of doctoral students of clinical psychology occurs within the context of both formal coursework and supervised clinical field training experiences in a variety of mental health service settings. The Clinical Psychology PsyD program requires students to complete three years of practica and a full-time pre-doctoral internship. Every student receives guidance and support through the clinical training placement selection and application process from the Practicum and Internship Training Directors, licensed professionals who work with students to develop and implement individualized training plans that expose students to a variety of clientele and professional role models. This intensive mentorship also supports students’ abilities to obtain clinical placements that are well-suited to each student’s skill level, clinical interests, and longer-term professional goals (including the successful acquisition of a full-time APA-accredited internship placement).
Students begin their clinical field training in their first year with Practicum I, a year-long experience (September – May) totaling approximately 250 hours, which students can count towards their pre-doctoral hours requirements for licensure.
In their second- and third-year practica, students obtain part-time professional training placements (15–20 hours per week) at diverse agencies throughout the Los Angeles area. In these settings, students assume more clinical responsibility for assessment and intervention while continuing to receive close supervision, appropriate to their training level and abilities. All training sites and placement are carefully reviewed and continually monitored on an ongoing basis by the Practicum Training Director, to ensure consistency and quality of training.
For all practicum placements, students are required to participate in a minimum of one hour of weekly supervision provided by a licensed psychologist; many practicum sites also require group supervision. Practicum supervision requirements also include a minimum of two hours per week spent in didactic training.
Prior to graduation, students are required to complete a full-time internship; this culminating experience integrates academic and clinical experiences and prepares students for their professional role as a psychologist. The program is committed to helping its students obtain APA-accredited internships. While the completion of an APA-accredited internship is not required to complete the program, all students are required to apply to a minimum number of APA-accredited internship sites, and are required to participate in Phases I and II of the APPIC Match process. Students should be aware that various postdoctoral training positions and some employers (e.g. the Veterans Administration) require that successful applicants have completed APA-accredited internships. For their full-time internship experience, many students leave the Los Angeles area in order to gain specialized training at APA-accredited/APPIC internship sites. Full-time APA-accredited/APPIC internships provide a stipend to students during their internship year. Most other internships (e.g., CAPIC) and practicum sites do not offer stipends. Students should not count on training stipends as a means of financing their education.
Students become eligible to apply for internship only after achieving post-proposal status on their clinical dissertation and advancing to doctoral candidacy; students are required to pass the proposal meeting by the end of finals week in the spring semester of their second year in order to apply to internship in the fall of the third year. In special cases via faculty advisement and with Program Director approval, students may be allowed to modify their program to five years by adding an extra practicum experience in their fourth year and complete the required full-time internship in their fifth year.
For all internship placements, students are required to participate in a minimum of one hour of weekly supervision provided by a licensed psychologist who serves as primary supervisor, who is available to the intern 100% of the time that the student is at the agency, and who is employed by the agency at least 50% of the duration of the student’s internship. A minimum of two hours of weekly didactic training is also required. At least two psychologists must be involved in internship training.
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