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PsyD in Clinical Psychology Curriculum, San Diego

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Curriculum Plan (2021 – 2022)


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

  • PSY61290 – Multicultural Competency Development (3 units)
  • PSY65010 – Intellectual Assessment (3 units)
  • PSY65200 – Introduction to Psychotherapy (2 units)
  • PSY65210 – Introduction to Psychotherapy Practicum (1 unit)
  • PSY65230 – Advanced Psychopathology (3 units)
  • PSY65410 – First-Year Practicum (1 unit)
  • Choose one of the following:
    • PSY65240 – Theories of Personality, Pathology and Psychotherapy: Psychoanalytic (3 units) 
    • PSY65250 – Theories of Personality, Pathology and Psychotherapy: Behavioral/Social Learning (3 units) 

Semester 2

  • PSY60030 – History and Systems of Psychology (1 unit)
  • PSY60140 – Qualitative Methods of Research (3 units)
  • PSY60310 – Statistics, Psychometrics and Research Design (3 units)
  • PSY65030 – Personality Assessment I (Objective) (3 units)
  • PSY65410 – First Year Practicum (1 unit)
  • PSY67203 – Advanced Psychotherapy (3 units)
  • Choose one of the following:
    • PSY66050 – Introduction to Integrative Psychology (2 units) 
    • PSY65400 – Family Systems Theory (2 units)
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Academic Year 2

Semester 1

  • PSY60300 – Psychometrics and Advanced Statistics (3 units)
  • PSY61012 – Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior (2 units)
  • PSY65040 – Personality Assessment II (Projective) (3 units)
  • PSY75500 – Practicum in Professional Psychology (1 unit)
  • PSY75515 – Practicum Consultation (1.5 units)
  • PSY75640 – Ethics and Law (1 unit)
  • PSY79111 – PsyD Proposal Development (1 unit)
  • Choose one of the following (cannot be the same as the one taken in the Academic Year 1 – Semester 1):
    • PSY65240 – Theories of Personality, Pathology and Psychotherapy: Psychoanalytic (3 units) 
    • PSY65250 – Theories of Personality, Pathology and Psychotherapy: Behavioral/Social Learning (3 units) 

Semester 2

  • PSY61050 – Biological Aspects of Behavior (3 units)
  • PSY61122 – Social Basis of Behavior (2 units) *
  • PSY61402 – Developmental Psychology/Lifespan Development (2 units)
  • PSY75500 – Practicum in Professional Psychology (1 unit)
  • PSY75515 – Practicum Consultation (1.5 units)
  • PSY75640 – Ethics (1 unit)
  • PSY79111 – PsyD Proposal Development (1 unit)
  • Elective (3 units)
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Academic Year 3

Semester 1

  • PSY61160 – Issues in Chemical Dependency and Treatment (2 units)
  • PSY75650 – Advanced Ethics and Professional Issues (2 units)
  • Elective (3 units)*
  • PSY85120 – Supervision Seminar (1 unit) **
  • PSY85130 – Supervision Lab (1 unit) **
  • PSY85500 – Practicum III (2 units)
  • PSY85510 – Clinical Consultation Group - Practicum III (1 unit)
  • PSY89800 – PsyD Clinical Dissertation Group (1 unit)

Semester 2

  • Therapy Elective/Clinical Elective (3 units) *
  • Therapy Elective/Clinical Elective (3 units) *
  • Multicultural Practice Elective (3 units) - PSY76100A-F
  • PSY85220 – Professional Development (2 units)
  • PSY85500 – Practicum III (2 units)
  • PSY85510 – Clinical Consultation Group - Practicum III (1 unit)
  • PSY89800 – PsyD Clinical Dissertation Group (1 unit)
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Academic Year 4

Semester 1

  • PSY95310 – Full-Time Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology (11 units)

Semester 2

  • PSY95320 – Full-Time Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology (11 units)

Semester 3

  • PSY95330 – Full-Time Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology (8 units)
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Academic Year 4 (Half-Time Internship Option)

Semester 1

  • PSY95610 – Half-Time Predoctoral Internship (5 units)

Semester 2

  • PSY95620 – Half-Time Predoctoral Internship (5 units)

Semester 3

  • PSY95630 – Half-Time Predoctoral Internship (5 units)
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Academic Year 5 (Half-Time Internship Option)

Semester 1

  • PSY95640 – Half-Time Predoctoral Internship (5 units)

Semester 2

  • PSY95650 – Half-Time Predoctoral Internship (5 units)

Semester 3

  • PSY95660 – Half-Time Predoctoral Internship (5 units)
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Instruction may be provided on-ground, online or in hybrid modalities, and varies by program. For on-ground and hybrid programs, instruction is primarily provided at an Alliant campus; however, some instructional activities may take place off campus at a location appropriate for the particular activity, including, but not limited to, online courses or online portion of courses, internships, practicums, or field placement activities.

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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