California School of Professional Psychology

Educating Psychologists since 1969.

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CSPP Overview


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Transforming Experience into Expertise, and Expertise into Leadership

As the demand for psychology professionals continues to rise (a projected 19% through 2024), so too, does the demand for qualified, accredited, hands-on, and multicultural-focused psychology schools in California.

For more than 45 years, the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University has responded to this demand by transforming over 16,000 students into working professionals. Our graduates are now making an impact in people's lives through their professions as:

  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Clinical Counselors
  • Organizational Psychologists
  • Organizational Behavior Psychologists
  • Organizational Development Psychologists
  • Psychopharmacologists
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Psychology Degree Programs Offered at CSPP
Don’t Just Chase Your Dreams – Catch Them!

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A psychology school is only as good as the psychologists it trains. Founded in 1969, the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) has educated over 16,000 psychology graduates as one of the nation’s first free-standing schools of professional psychology.

Today, CSPP continues its commitment to preparing the next generation of mental health professionals and advocates. Our dedication to ensuring every community’s access to quality mental health care extends from integrated care to inclusive family therapy, and our students and alumni begin making an impact in the communities they serve from the moment they set foot in our classrooms.

The CSPP is a psychology school that understands the need for flexibility with today’s student. This is why we offer fully online programs, as well as hybrid programs that blend online and campus-based learning.

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Programs & Degrees

Explore the degree programs the California Professional School of Professional Psychology offers to find out how you can make your impact.

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Faculty

Get the information you need in order to start your Alliant experience and browse our diverse list of faculty members. 

Faculty

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CSPP Information


Continuing a Legacy of Excellence

Each year, hundreds of students join CSPP and hundreds more leave prepared, confident, and excited about their future in psychology. Here are 10 reasons why:

1. Accredited

Longstanding APA and COAMFTE accreditations of our clinical psychology and marriage and family therapy programs, respectively, ensures students that their education is among the highest of California's standards.

Our online master's in marriage and family therapy program is designed to follow the COAMFTE-accredited curriculum of the on-ground program and is accredited by COAMFTE.

2. Emphasis Areas

A specialized world requires specialized individuals. CSPP offers hundreds of different combinations of degrees and emphasis areas, so every student has the ability to graduate with a specialized skillset. CSPP's areas of emphasis include:

  • Child & Family Track
  • Child and Family Emphasis
  • Clinical Forensic Psychology Emphasis
  • Clinical Health Psychology Emphasis (CHP)
  • Ecosystemic Child Emphasis
  • Family/Child and Couple Emphasis (FACE)
  • Family/Child Psychology Emphasis
  • Forensic Family/Child Track
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Gender Studies and LGBT Psychology Emphasis
  • Health Psychology Emphasis
  • Health Track
  • Integrative Health Track
  • Integrative Psychology Emphasis
  • Multicultural and International Emphasis
  • Multicultural Community-Clinical Psychology Emphasis (MCCP)
  • Multi-Interest Option (Non-Emphasis) (MIO)
  • Psychodynamic Emphasis
  • Social Justice Psychology Track
  • Trauma, Stress, Resilience, Health Psychology

3. Online Offerings

Many of CSPP's master's programs are offered online, allowing for flexible, convenient schedules while maintaining the necessary on-ground practica CSPP is known for.

4. Multiculturalism

Multiculturalism is a foundational feature and core commitment at CSPP. Whether it's our Marriage and Family Therapy and Clinical Psychology programs' multicultural competencies woven throughout the curriculum, multicultural specializations, or a certificate in LGBT Human Services and Mental Health, CSPP is committed to promoting diversity within our campuses and celebrating diversity throughout our programs.

5. I-MERIT

In demographically diverse California, those skills include the ability to work with people from a variety of different backgrounds. In keeping with our mission-driven commitment to multiculturalism, CSPP founded the Multicultural Education, Research, Intervention and Training (MERIT) Institute in 1991, which takes its current form as the International-Multicultural Education, Research, Intervention and Training (I-MERIT) institute at Alliant.

I-MERIT’s goals are to enhance and support multicultural academic and training activities on Alliant campuses through collaboration and coordination, as well as to promote multicultural research, interventions, educational activities, and the professional development of students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

6. Hands-On Experience

For more than 45 years, CSPP has established practicum opportunities with organizations across California. These relationships provide students invaluable opportunities to receive real-world experience in an environment relevant to their studies and future employment goals. We've partnered with organizations like:

  • Community mental health centers and clinics
  • Inpatient mental health facilities
  • Rehabilitation programs
  • Medical settings
  • Residential treatment centers
  • Forensic/correctional facilities
  • Businesses
  • Research organizations
  • Governmental agencies
  • Integrated care sites
  • Veteran administrations
  • And more

7. Consulting Services

CSPP offers students the opportunity to provide consulting services to respected organizations, who've in the past included Goodwill, Disney, City of Hope National Medical Center, Ingenium Schools, and the City of Pasadena. These consulting opportunities provide CSPP students an advantage when entering the workforce.

8. Mentoring

Our small class sizes will allow you to get to know your professors as individuals. Under their mentorship, you will receive the support and personal attention needed to excel and become a professional even before graduation.

9. Community

CSPP is a service-oriented community. Our students provide over 1 million hours of service annually to their local communities, and our postdoctoral CSPP graduates provide an additional 450,000 hours of professional service in the United States in preparation for licensure.

10. You

The reason CSPP remains one of the top psychology colleges in California begins and ends with our amazing students. We are immensely proud to be represented by a talented and passionate community of diverse individuals who use their education and skills to better lives not only in California but throughout the world.

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Research on Real Problems and Important Issues

CSPP is the home of several interdisciplinary research institutes, each of which is focused on an area of urgent importance. Students have the opportunity to participate in the activities of these institutes and, through them, to work with faculty from across the Alliant system.

You can search the topics of CSPP’s graduate research from the Alliant library page. Some students work on their doctoral research in research clusters with faculty; others choose to explore an area of their own interest, often related to an academic emphasis.

Alliant faculty members are also actively involved in research in their fields. Explore CSPP faculty backgrounds for their areas of research interest as well as their publications.

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Rockway Institute

The Rockway Institute, a national center for LGBT psychology research, education and public policy, advances the use of scientific and professional expertise to counter anti-gay prejudice and inform public policies affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.

Rockway Institute

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California Psychology Internship Consortium (CPIC)

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Training and Research Institute for Emotionally Focused Therapy (TRI-EFT)

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Welcome from the Dean

It is a pleasure to introduce you to the innovative clinical psychology, marital and family therapy, organizational psychology, clinical counseling and psychopharmacology programs offered at the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University.

Our CSPP professional family includes over 15,000 alumni working in schools, community clinics, medical centers, companies, courts and prisons, and universities. They are therapists, educators, advocates, policy-makers, supervisors, researchers, administrators and consultants, strengthening the communities in which they live and work.

Our programs integrate scholarship with professional practice. CSPP graduates understand what interventions are effective with people and organizations, and also know how to implement and evaluate them. We offer concentrations in cutting-edge fields such as psychopharmacology, health psychology, organization development, forensic psychology, gender studies, social justice advocacy and multicultural psychology.

The largest of the five schools at Alliant, CSPP embodies the university’s focus as a professional practice university in a multicultural and international context. CSPP has been recognized nationally and internationally for its expertise in and commitment to preparing behavioral science professionals to work effectively with diverse and multicultural populations. Faculty members are experts in their fields and strong role models for students.

CSPP students are smart, committed, service-oriented and independent. Collectively, CSPP students provide over one million hours of service annually to their local communities. Postdoctoral CSPP graduates provide an additional 450,000 hours of professional service in the United States in preparation for licensure. The contributions that CSPP students make to this nation are inspiring.

I thank you for your interest in CSPP and I wish you great success in your graduate studies.

Dalia Ducker, PhD
Academic Dean, California School of Professional Psychology

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CSPP International Programs

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The CSPP Choice

For a psychology university to thrive for more than 45 years, it requires an undeniable commitment from our administrators, professors, and especially from our students. Choosing us for your higher education means choosing quality from start to finish. We are proud of CSPP's tradition, but we are prouder of our students' success and the work they are doing across our country for people.

The California School of Professional Psychology invites you to continue our legacy of impactful, professional practice, leadership, and service.

Contact an Alliant admissions counselor today to ask a question, discuss your current and future goals, or take the next step to begin your education at the California School of Professional Psychology.

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