The Doctor of Psychology, Psy.D., is the highest degree for those who wish to apply their knowledge as practicing clinicians. The Health Psychology concentration offered by our L.A. doctoral program prepares graduates to work in a broad range of settings, including primary care clinics, hospitals, colleges and universities, government agencies, corporations, specialized health care centers, and rehabilitation facilities. Students develop essential diagnostic, therapeutic, and consultative skills through rigorous coursework, challenging practicum and internship experiences, and an applicable dissertation.
Clinical psychology students in the L.A. Campus program may apply to complete their clinical training hours at our Westwood or Irvine Counseling Centers, two of Southern California's largest and most well-respected community counseling centers. Through this training model, students learn marketing and operations related to running a private practice, provide individual and group psychotherapy services, and graduate with critical skills and connections, preparing them to sit for licensure and launch successful careers.
Graduates of this program will be prepared to pursue positions as licensed clinical psychologists provided they pass the appropriate licensure examination and complete any state-required post-doctoral residency requirements. Outside agencies control the requirements for taking and passing certification/licensing exams and are subject to change without notice to this campus.
Biopsychosocial Aspects of Medical Disorders
Using a biopsychosocial paradigm, this course provides a general introduction to the epidemiology, etiology, assessment, and treatment of medical disorders seen by clinical health psychologists. Physical systems covered include cardiovascular, endocrine, gastroenterological, gynecologic, immune, nervous, pulmonary, and urologic. Specific medical disorders including AIPY, arthritis, asthma, cancer, chronic pain, headache, heart disease, hypertension, multiple sclerosis, Raynaud's disease, stroke, and temporomandibular disorders are also examined.
Considers the models of hypnosis and their clinical application. Students participate in demonstrations and have an opportunity to practice methods of hypnotic induction and deepening.
Pediatric Health Psychology
Introduces students to the complex issues involved when children and adolescents present with physical and/or medical health concerns and problems. The course explores the challenges, adjustments, and losses faced by youth and their families when young people become medically ill. It investigates ways in which psychologists can interface with both parents and professionals to facilitate communication with healthcare providers, parent integration in the physical, and psychological care of youth.
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