The doctoral respecialization program (DRP) in clinical psychology is designed for you if you have already earned a doctorate in another area of psychology, or a closely related field, from an accredited institution and wish to re-specialize in clinical psychology. Typically this is done with the goal of becoming a license-eligible psychologist. Based on your background, a specialized curriculum that includes both academic work and clinical training experiences is individually designed.
Most students complete the clinical psychology program in two years, but in some cases prior academic work adaptable to the curriculum in clinical psychology is sparse, and your particular course of study may require three years. As you go through this clinical psychology program, you will have the opportunity to gain a high level of knowledge and experience through your coursework and research.
A major focus of the DRP is the required two years of supervised professional experience (in qualified practicum or internship agencies) of approximately 20 hours per week of clinical practice. Courses covering California licensure requirements (e.g., child abuse, human sexuality, chemical dependency, domestic violence, and aging and long term care) are recommended in the DRP curriculum. Each of the clinical counseling and psychology programs that offer respecialization training has requirements consistent with its program requirements, and individualized programs must be developed with program directors or advisors. As a DRP student, you must pass a competency examination as required by the program in which you are enrolled. The DRP is offered at the San Francisco campus.
As a DRP student seeking licensure in California, you are responsible for:
Determining with the Board of Psychology that your prior doctoral degree meets the requirements for licensure
Registering with the Board of Psychology before beginning clinical training hours through CSPP to ensure that the hours will be counted towards the postdoctoral requirements for licensure
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