Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, Child, Adolescent, and Family Psychology Area of Study in D.C.

Area of Study Description

The Child, Adolescent, and Family Psychology Area of Study within The Chicago School's Washington, D.C. Psy.D. Clinical Psychology program enhances the preparation of students interested in serving the mental health needs of children and adolescents. Both course work and related practicum experiences develop a conceptual and experiential framework from which to work effectively with children and adolescents representing a wide range of family and cultural life styles.

The Chicago School's Child, Adolescent, and Family Psychology Area of Study provides Clinical Psychology doctoral students with opportunities to study child and adolescent psychopathology, diagnostic evaluation, and therapeutic interventions. In addition to working with diverse economic, social, and ethnic/racial populations, students have opportunities to explore a range of settings including: 

  • hospital inpatient and outpatient clinics, 
  • community centers, 
  • school-based centers, 
  • forensic settings, and 
  • private practice settings.

Students are also able to work with children representing the full-age spectrum, from early childhood through adolescence.

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

GRE Requirements

Sample Courses

Introduction to Child and Adolescent Treatment

This course examines the relevant therapeutic and developmental considerations in treatment with children and adolescents. This course provides an overview of the major theoretical approaches and the basic interventions when working with children and adolescents in treatment. This course will emphasize the importance of conceptualizing and intervening within the child's systemic context and include systemic interventions within families, schools, and communities.

Divorce and Child Custody

Divorce and Child Custody is an advanced fourth year course introducing students to the reliable and valid methods of assessment, the forensic issues, and the ethical requirements for psychologists conducting child custody evaluations. The course also includes the conceptualization of intervention in such cases.

Developmental Disabilities

This course builds upon basic principles of learning and applied behavior analysis. The course will offer advanced coverage of special topics and will include behavior analysis in applied settings such as schools and hospitals; parent training; assessment and treatment procedures for improving communication skills of individuals with developmental disabilities; managing problem behaviors such as self-injury, food refusal, and noncompliance; and working with special populations such as children with autism.

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