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Utilizing a psychotherapy approach, Applied Clinical Psychology students establish a foundation in innovative approaches to child and adolescent therapy. Clinical Psychology

Psy.D. in Applied Clinical Psychology

Child Play Therapy and Adolescent Psychotherapy Concentration

  • Irvine, CA
  • Full-Time
  • 3 Years

Utilizing a psychotherapy approach where young children express their feelings through art, activities, and toys, students establish a solid foundation in innovative approaches to child and adolescent therapy, Psy.D. in Applied Clinical Psychology students establish a solid foundation in innovative approaches to child and adolescent therapy. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the California […]

Utilizing a psychotherapy approach where young children express their feelings through art, activities, and toys, students establish a solid foundation in innovative approaches to child and adolescent therapy, Psy.D. in Applied Clinical Psychology students establish a solid foundation in innovative approaches to child and adolescent therapy. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the California Board of Psychology (BOP) national licensure exam and become licensed clinical psychologists to work in health clinics, education, and private practice.

Guided by practitioner faculty, Psy.D. in Applied Clinical Psychology students will cover a wide range of scientific and theoretical principles and build the ability to apply that knowledge to specific clinical situations. Subjects addressed within this concentration include:

  • Foundations of play therapy
  • Psychotherapy with adolescents
  • Directive, non-directive, and systematic approaches to these areas of therapy

With a strong focus on cultural competency, students may apply to complete their clinical training hours at one of The Chicago School Counseling Centers.

 

Psy.D. in Applied Clinical Psychology: Irvine Student Experience

Our Irvine campus, is located in Orange County next to UC Irvine in the heart of University Plaza. Over 100 national and multinational businesses are headquartered in Irvine, opening up significant networking and job opportunities.

Our Irvine campus is also home to one of our well-known Chicago School counseling centers, which provide students the extraordinary opportunity to apply to gain real-world training at the centers while also learning marketing and operations related to running a private practice or mental health clinic.

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Foundations of Play Therapy

Provides an overview of play therapy principles and practice. Students learn and demonstrate play therapy skills and assessment procedures utilized in individual, family, and group play therapy with children in clinical and community settings. Topics include: the history of play therapy, selection of toys and play materials, play therapy assessment, and the stages of play therapy. Particular emphasis will be placed on the rationale for using play in child and adolescent psychotherapy through experiential based learning activities.

Sandplay Therapy

Introduces Sandplay therapy as a therapeutic intervention and process in child play therapy and adolescent psychotherapy in clinical and community settings. Topics include the history of Sandplay therapy, setting up a sandplay, and the extension of sandplay to group and family play modalities.

Psychotherapy with Adolescents

Overview of theoretical and treatment approaches to psychotherapy with adolescents in individual, family, and group treatment in clinical and community settings. Topics include the history of adolescent psychotherapy; its roots in psychoanalytic psychotherapy; and contemporary psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral and family systems therapeutic perspectives.

The curriculum integrates the eight core competencies informed by the educational model of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP), and qualifies graduates to sit for the national licensure exam and licensure by the California Board of Psychology (BOP). Students in the Psy.D. Applied Clinical Psychology program are required to complete 800 hours in the practicum.

Applied Clinical Psychology doctoral students may apply to complete their clinical training hours at one of The Chicago School Counseling Centers, two of Southern California’s largest and most well-respected community counseling centers. Through our innovative training model, students learn marketing and business operation techniques related to running a private practice and provide individual and group psychotherapy services.

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c/o The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
350 N Orleans St, Suite 1050
Chicago, IL 60654-1822

Application to The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Psy.D. Applied Clinical Psychology program is open to any person who has earned a master’s degree in a mental health field from a regionally accredited institution and who meets other entrance requirements. Applicants must submit the following materials:

  • Application
  • Application Fee: $50
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Essay – Please answer the following question within three double spaced typed pages (approximately 750 words).
    • In your role as a psychology student, you will likely assist individuals from diverse backgrounds in a variety of contexts. Tell us reasons why you want to receive your Psy.D. in Applied Clinical Psychology. Include what your career aspirations are and some of the challenges you might encounter when working with diverse individuals.
  • Official College/University Transcripts
    • Students must submit official transcripts from all schools where degrees have been earned. The Chicago School requires that all schools be regionally accredited higher education institutions. Official transcripts may be sent directly from the institution or with your application for admission as long as they are official, sealed, and signed across the envelope flap when they arrive.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
    • Appropriate recommendations are from professors and/or supervisors from significant work or volunteer experiences, who can appraise your academic or professional performance.
  • Previous Coursework
    • Specific courses must be complete in a student’s Master’s program or completed as part of the Psy.D. in Applied Clinical Psychology elective options.

International Application Requirements

The Chicago School is dedicated to keeping our professional degree programs accessible to anyone regardless of financial status. In addition to the scholarships that may be available, our Financial Aid department will help provide you with information to determine what financial arrangements are right for you.

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