PsyD in Clinical Psychology San Francisco

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Degree Overview


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The California School of Professional Psychology’s APA-accredited PsyD in Clinical Psychology program in San Francisco is a practitioner program that was initiated in the fall of 1991.

We educate and train students to use multiple methods of assessment and intervention, working with diverse populations across many settings and in changing contexts. Our local clinical scientist-practitioner model focuses on applying empirically derived knowledge to work with individuals, families, groups, and local communities, as well as using practice-based evidence to enhance assessments and interventions.

Additionally, diversity is not just a buzzword—it’s our philosophy. We, the faculty of the PsyD program in San Francisco, believe in:

  • Enriching our community with diverse identities and perspectives.
  • Students and faculty all learning from each other.
  • Processing microaggressions if and when they happen.
  • Including cultural considerations in all of our courses.
  • Preparing students for a multicultural world.
  • Faculty embodying diversity.
  • Diversity and social justice as core paradigms across the curriculum.
     

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Academic Tracks


The PsyD program requires a solid foundation in the theory and practice of clinical psychology for all students. Therefore, the initial phases of the curriculum address the basic areas of clinical psychology consistent with the guidelines of the American Psychological Association. Building upon this strong foundation, students may select coursework from tracks to begin preparation for their future professional roles. Tracks focus on one or more of the following variables: special populations, specific problems, identified theories and techniques, and special settings. As described below, Tracks involve a greater commitment and more specialized training than do Emphasis Areas. Students are considered for admittance into tracks after being admitted into the PsyD program. Track acceptance does not impact admissions decisions. Students do not need to select a track. Non-track students are welcome to take classes designated for track students if space allows.

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Degree Information


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Psychology Internships, Practicum and Professional Training

A hallmark of our Clinical Psychology PsyD program is the integration of classroom learning and clinical training, and students benefit from this approach immediately. Beginning in the first year and continuing throughout the program, field training placements are paired with a required course. By the end of the PsyD degree program, doctoral students will have a minimum of one year of clerkship (year 1), two years or practicum (years 2 and 3), and one full-time or two half-time internships (final years).

The San Francisco PsyD program offers unique community engagement opportunities for doctoral students to develop their skills. Students in the San Francisco PsyD degree program are placed in agencies throughout Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Solano counties.

San Francisco Bay Area Community Services and Placements

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Conduct Meaningful Research

In the second year, students begin working on a clinical dissertation, a major research project that demonstrates the ability to think critically about clinical and social issues and to make appropriate use of scientific knowledge and psychological research in professional practice.

Types of clinical dissertations include:

  • Conceptual-analytic investigation with content analysis
  • Case studies
  • Surveys and epidemiological questionnaires
  • Program evaluations
  • Educational or clinical interventions
  • Quantitative studies
  • Qualitative studies

The San Francisco PsyD clinical psychology program is designed to allow students to complete the dissertation in the third year prior to beginning the fourth year internship.

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San Francisco Program Features

The PsyD degree program in San Francisco offers two academic tracks. These academic tracks build upon the foundational elements of the program, allow students to focus their studies in an area that interests them, and helps students to better prepare for their future professional roles.

The two academic tracks offered at the San Francisco PsyD program are:

  • Child and Family Psychology (C/FT)
  • Integrated Health Psychology
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Accreditation

The California School of Professional Psychology’s San Francisco Clinical Psychology PsyD program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), which requires that we provide data on time to completion, program costs, internships, attrition, and licensure.

Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data (.pdf)

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.

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979
Email: apaaccred@apa.org
Web: https://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

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Academic Tracks

The PsyD program requires a solid foundation in the theory and practice of clinical psychology for all students. Therefore, the initial phases of the curriculum address the basic areas of clinical psychology consistent with the guidelines of the American Psychological Association. Building upon this strong foundation, students may select coursework from tracks to begin preparation for their future professional roles. Tracks focus on one or more of the following variables: special populations, specific problems, identified theories and techniques, and special settings. As described below, Tracks involve a greater commitment and more specialized training than do Emphasis Areas. Students are considered for admittance into tracks after being admitted into the PsyD program. Track acceptance does not impact admissions decisions. Students do not need to select a track. Non-track students are welcome to take classes designated for track students if space allows.

Child and Family Psychology Track (C/FT)

The Child and Family Track is designed for PsyD students who specifically intend to dedicate their careers to working primarily or exclusively with children, adolescents, and their families. In the Child and Family Track, about 50 percent of the student’s coursework and field training focuses on child and family issues, with the remainder focusing on adult-clinical and general psychology.

Applicants interested in being considered for the PsyD Child and Family Track will indicate their interest at the time of application. Those unable to be accommodated in the track due to space limitations can take the child/family electives offered to those in the general program. Students start in the track during the first semester and commit to being in the track for their entire graduate program. If students’ career goals change, they must formally petition to transfer out of the track.

Students in this track have the same graduation requirements as those for the clinical PsyD program with the following modifications. In the first year, track students take designated sections with an enhanced focus on child and adolescent issues in Observation and Interviewing, Assessment, and Advanced Psychopathology. Also, it is recommended that they complete the first-year Practicum in a Child/Family setting. In the second year, track students take designated sections of Clinical and Ethical Issues. To meet the first and second year Theory and Technique of Clinical Practice requirement, track students must take family systems as their first Theory and Technique course.

In the third year, track students take specified sections of the Advanced Clinical Seminar and at least two of the four units of the Supervision/Consultation/Management requirement from Child/Family selections. Students must also take Advanced Clinical Skills: Child Therapy as one of their Advanced Clinical Skills course requirements. Either the second or third year practicum must be in a Child/Family setting involving families, children, or adolescents. It is recommended that the internship for Child/Family Track students be in a setting where at 50 percent of clients served are children, adolescents, or families. Also, the student’s clinical dissertation must focus on a Child/Family topic.

Integrated Health Psychology Track

Integrated Health Psychology is focused on the psychological and behavioral aspects of physical and mental health, specifically how biological, environmental, cultural, social, cognitive, emotional and behavioral faculty impact health and illness. Additional factors related to health, illness, and/or disability include the health care system, health care policy, and health care providers. The PsyD Program has certain requirements for an area to be designated as a Track. These include sufficient expertise in at least twoof the faculty, placement opportunities for practica, and enough student interest so that Track classes fill with at least ten students. For this Track we have been adding a new feature each year, but are still short on being able to declare it a full Track. Nonetheless several features of a track on in place.

Students interested in Integrated Health Psychology are introduced to this emerging field which deals with the important psychological, behavioral, and social concomitants of physical symptoms, chronic and life threatening illness, and rehabilitation as well as speaks to the mid-body connection in mental illness Faculty have interests in health across the lifespan; ethical issues in medical and mental health care and policy; positive aging; health care disparities; the impact of exercise on health; stress management; mindfulness; substance abuse; children, parents and families with disabilities; collaboration with medical professionals; models of disability; telehealth provision in primary care settings; complex trauma and neurophysiologically informed interventions for complex trauma; risky health behaviors of adolescents; increasing diversity in the health workforce; clients with Multiple Sclerosis; cultural-specific health and health care access issues.

Students in this track will have the same graduation requirements as other clinical PsyD students, with the following modifications. In the first two years, track students take designated sections in Observation and Interviewing, Advanced Psychopathology, and Clinical and Ethical Issues. These designated sections offer track students an enhanced focus on the intersection of physical and mental health and working in integrative health settings. Track students must take CBT as one of their Theory and Technique requirements.

In the third year, track students must complete at least three units of the Advanced Clinical Skills requirement from integrative Health sections and must complete Consultation in Medical Settings as their 2-unit Consultation Requirement. Either the second or third year practicum must be in a integrative or primary care health setting. It is recommended that the fourth year internship for Integrative Health Track students be in a setting where at least 50 percent of the work is in a integrative health or primary care setting. The student’s clinical dissertation must focus on a integrative health topic.

Academic Track Requirements

Child and Family Psychology Track (C/FT)

Students in this track have the same graduation requirements as those for the clinical PsyD program with the following special sections or modifications:

  • Observation and Interviewing - C/FT designated section
  • Psychological Assessment I and II: Cognitive and Personality - C/FT designated section
  • Advanced Psychopathology - C/FT designated section
  • Psychological Assessment III: Integration - C/FT designated section
  • Clinical and Ethical Issues - C/FT designated section if offered
  • Theory and Technique: Family Systems
  • Advanced Clinical Seminar - C/FT designated section if offered
  • Advanced Clinical Skills: Child Therapy or Couples
  • Consultation: Youth, Youth Agencies or Family Court
  • Practicum II or III - Required: Child/Family setting involving families, children, or adolescents
  • Research Proposal Design and Dissertation
  • Internship

Students start in the track during the first semester and commit to being in the track for their entire graduate program. If students’ career goals change, they must formally petition to transfer out of the track.

Integrated Health Psychology Track (IHT)

Students in this track have the same graduation requirements as those for the clinical PsyD program with the following special sections or modifications. There also are courses in substance abuse, biological aspects of behavior, neuropsychology, and psychopharmacology.

  • Observation and Interviewing - IHT designated section
  • Advanced Psychopathology - IHT designated section
  • Biological Aspects of Behavior (must be combined with Psychopharmacology)
  • Clinical and Ethical Issues - IHT designated section if offered
  • Theory and Technique: CBT
  • Advanced Clinical Skills: IHT approved section*
  • Consultation: Medical Settings
  • Practicum II or III
  • Research Proposal Design and Dissertation
  • Internship

Students start in the track during the first semester and commit to being in the track for their entire graduate program. If students’ career goals change, they must formally petition to transfer out of the track.

*Examples of Advanced Clinical Skills IHT approved courses include primary care psychology, palliative care, complex trauma’s impact on the brain, body and health; chronic pain; health at every size; pediatric and infant psychology; and disability studies.

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