Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology in Chicago


Program Description

The Chicago School’s Clinical Psychology Psy.D. program in Chicago has been nationally recognized for its unparalleled training in culturally competent service provision and offers students a remarkably wide variety of professional training opportunities. 

The doctorate in clinical psychology is the highest degree for practitioners in the field who wish to apply their knowledge as practicing clinicians. Students will experience extensive clinical training with community partners, including prestigious clinics, hospitals, mental health centers, and governmental agencies. 

The Chicago Campus' Clinical Psychology doctoral program qualifies graduates to sit for the licensing exam in Illinois. Graduates of the program have performed better than average on licensure exams as evidenced in recent years’ 76% pass rate—ranking among the highest of the Chicago-area Clinical Psy.D. programs.

Chicago students complete foundational coursework in four intervention orientations (Cognitive Behavioral, Psychodynamic, Humanistic Existential, and System) and have the opportunity to tailor their coursework with specializations to meet particular educational and professional goals. 

A unique aspect of the doctorate in Clinical Psychology program in Chicago is the Research Clerkship model, where students are paired with core faculty to receive mentorship in research and scholarship, and obtain important support and preparation for their dissertation. All students complete three years of practicum experiences positioning them to be well prepared for internship placement and opportunities.

Optional Track:

Child and Adolescent Track

Optional Concentration:

Neuropsychology

Opportunities for Areas of Study:

Child, Adolescent, and Family
Forensic Psychology
Health Psychology
International Psychology and Human Rights
Psychotherapy and Spirituality
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND DATA ABOUT THE CHICAGO CAMPUS’ ACCREDITED CLINICAL PSY.D. PROGRAM

 

 

Department

Clinical Psychology

Concentrations

Licensure

The Chicago campus’ Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology program prepares graduates to sit for the national licensure exam, a requirement to becoming a clinical psychologist. The program meets the academic requirements to sit for licensure as a Clinical Psychologist in the State of Illinois. Students who wish to practice in jurisdictions other than Illinois should consult with their local licensing agency to determine licensure requirements.

Total Credits

106

Fieldwork Requirements

Program Time to Completion

Degree
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
Coursework
  • 18 semester hours of psychology credit with grades earned of B- or better including three specific courses; 
    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Statistics
    • Child/Human Development or Lifespan
Additional
  • N/A
Admission Requirements

GRE Requirements

Sample Courses

Advanced Psychopathology

Advanced Psychopathology builds on students’ understanding of concepts and diagnostic issues presented in Basic Psychopathology as they have gained clinical and training experiences throughout their first year and a half of doctoral studies. Advanced Psychopathology will explore psychopathology and diagnostic issues from applied, multi-dimensional perspectives, adding layers of treatment planning and critical considerations to clinical case material. Students in Advanced Psychopathology will be expected to discuss diagnostic and treatment planning aspects of cases introduced by the instructor (e.g., via written material, oral presentation and other media) and by students themselves. Students will also learn to conceptualize client’s concerns from biopsychological, empirically supported, and theory-specific approaches, with particular attention to the theory students identify as their curricular track.

Diversity in Clinical Psychology

This course lays a theoretical and experiential foundation for students in multicultural psychology. The course blends exposure to theory and literature, cross-cultural immersion, and personal introspection. It provides a basic framework for understanding privilege and power, systems of oppression and domination, worldview, cultural competency, and identity. It will explore the impact and social construction of culture, gender, ethnicity, religion/spirituality, class, race, abledness, and immigrant status. Students will address the intersection of multiple identities and will explore the impact of their own culture and held personal stereotypes, beliefs and assumptions.

Gender Identity: Development, Expression and Clinical Considerations

This course begins with an overview of the biological and physiological underpinnings of gender. Students will then examine the development of gender identity expectations and the systems that reinforce traditional presentations. Social contexts and issues impacting the gender roles of females, males, and transgender and intersex individuals will be explored. Gender development theories will be examined and integrated with clinical perspectives. The unique challenges encountered when working with clients for whom gender identity and/or gender expression do not fit into a binary system will be discussed.

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