Psy.D. Applied Clinical Psychology Psychodynamic Concentration
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Learn more about the Psy.D. Applied Clinical Psychology Psychodynamic Concentration offered at our Irvine Campus at The Chicago School. Clinical Psychology

Psy.D. in Applied Clinical Psychology

Psychodynamic Concentration

  • Irvine, CA
  • Full-Time
  • 3 Years

The Psychodynamic Concentration at The Chicago School is one of the only clinical psychology programs in the nation that allows students to immerse themselves in this particular theoretical orientation while earning a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from a regionally accredited graduate program. The Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, Psychodynamic Concentration prepares students for careers in a […]

The Psychodynamic Concentration at The Chicago School is one of the only clinical psychology programs in the nation that allows students to immerse themselves in this particular theoretical orientation while earning a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from a regionally accredited graduate program.

The Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, Psychodynamic Concentration prepares students for careers in a variety of settings, including:

  • Schools
  • Children’s hospital
  • Specialized health care centers
  • Universities
  • Public health agencies
  • Private consultation/practice settings

Guided by practitioner faculty, psychodynamic psychology students will study the complex interplay between unconscious and conscious processes and the effect those thoughts have on behavior and overall mental functioning. With a strong focus on cultural competency, graduates will have gained exposure to a broad range of dynamically based clinical applications, such as:

  • Modern psychoanalysis
  • Dream analysis
  • Self psychology
  • Object relations psychotherapy
  • Analysis of the transference and countertransference in the here and now
  • Understanding resistance and defense mechanisms

Students may apply to complete their clinical training hours at one of The Chicago School Counseling Centers, located in West LA and Irvine.

The Chicago School’s Psy.D. in Applied Clinical Psychology, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Concentration prepares graduates to become licensed clinical psychologists, focusing on the following skills:

  • Essential diagnostic
  • Therapeutic
  • Consultative
  • Psychodynamic theory
  • Broad range of dynamically based clinical applications

Psy.D. in Applied Clinical Psychology, Psychodynamic Concentration: 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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Freudian Psychoanalysis and Ego Psychology

A study of the major writings of Sigmund Freud from 1895-1940, this course includes Freud’s major theories, such as the drive theory, structural theory, topographic theory, and his psycho-sexual theory. Implications for present theory and practice are considered. Ego Psychology as represented by Anna Freud, Strachey, and others is also examined.

Dream Analysis

Introduction to the theory and clinical application of the technique of dream interpretation, covering contributions from Freud and Jung, to present. Dream interpretation allows the psychotherapist to understand dreams as expressions of the client’s inner life. Theoretical material on dream interpretation, and dream symbols provide the background to focus on the use of dreams in clinical work.

Kleinian Psychology and Object Relations

Discover important contributions from the British School of Object Relations and more recent American authors. Focus is on primitive mental states, early infantile development, environmental influences, and the way in which these early primitive experiences are re-created with the psychodynamic psychotherapist and patient.

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.

The practicum is an integral component of clinical training. It provides a closely supervised clinical experience in which students use the knowledge obtained in the classroom to understand their clients and to develop skills in assessment, psychotherapy, and other discipline related areas. As such, the practicum serves to integrate the theoretical and practical aspects of the education of the professional psychologist. It allows students to become familiar with professional collaboration and consultation in a clinical setting.

Students in the Psy.D. Applied Clinical Psychology program are required to complete 800 hours in the practicum. Those students who completed a practicum in their master’s program will be able to apply for a waiver of 200 hours from the current 800-practicum hour requirement. Students who wish to apply for a waiver must do so by the end of their first semester or the deadline for applying to practicum sites, whichever comes first. Students must have been in a practicum experience that lasted at least 600 hours during their master’s program. They must have provided psychotherapy during the practicum. Their psychotherapy work must have been supervised by a licensed professional (MFT, LCSW, or Psychologist). They must offer proof that they met the above requirements to the Applied Clinical Psychology Director of Training who will make the final determination, and process the waiver.

 

Dissertation

The dissertation is an essential aspect of a student’s academic experience and clinical education at the school. The dissertation provides the school with the opportunity to formally evaluate the student’s ability to contribute to the field by applying theory and research to areas of clinical psychology, thinking critically and creatively about professional psychology, and demonstrating self-direction and professional/scholarly writing. The dissertation should clearly and concisely demonstrate the student’s command of the body of knowledge in a chosen area, as well as ability to critically evaluate and synthesize this knowledge. The student’s Dissertation Committee is responsible for assessing the student’s abilities and critical thinking, determining the professional standards the dissertation must meet, and giving final approval to the dissertation.

Internship

All students are required to complete an internship following the completion of all coursework, practicum, and dissertation requirements. During their internship, students integrate academic knowledge with clinical skills and demonstrate the effective and ethical use of these skills in clinical practice. Through intensive supervised training, students gain direct experience in applying their knowledge with a clinical population.

More specific information is located in the Program Guidebook.

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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. Letters should arrive in a sealed envelope, signed across the seal.
  • 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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