Psy.D. in Clinical Forensic Psychology in Southern California
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Learn about The Chicago School's Psy.D. in Clinical Forensic Psychology, a doctorate in psychology program offered at our Los Angeles and Irvine campuses. Forensic Psychology

Psy.D. in Clinical Forensic Psychology

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Full-Time
  • 4-5 years

Forensic psychology is one of the fastest growing areas of psychology and practitioners find work in a rapidly expanding range of settings—including child welfare agencies, forensic units in state mental health facilities, jails and prisons, community mental health centers, juvenile correctional facilities, government agencies, family courts, and private practice. The Chicago School’s Doctorate in Psychology […]

Forensic psychology is one of the fastest growing areas of psychology and practitioners find work in a rapidly expanding range of settings—including child welfare agencies, forensic units in state mental health facilities, jails and prisons, community mental health centers, juvenile correctional facilities, government agencies, family courts, and private practice. The Chicago School’s Doctorate in Psychology in Clinical Forensic Psychology equips graduates with the skills necessary to work in these fields and more.

Through the preparation and presentation of training materials at the Forensic Training Institute, psychology doctoral students develop an in-depth understanding of topics covered in the classroom and establish essential contacts within the forensic community, including the Los Angeles Police Department, Sheriff’s Department, Coroner’s Office, and City Attorney’s office. Forensic students have also served as lead presenters at national and regional conferences.

Clinical Forensic Psychology doctoral students at our Los Angeles campus also benefit from opportunities to bolster their knowledge and expertise by participating in educational seminars on topics such as hostage negotiation and police de-escalation techniques.

Graduates of the Psy.D. program are qualified to provide a broad range of assessment and treatment services within the community and for the criminal, civil, and family court systems.


Psy.D. in Clinical Forensic Psychology: L.A. Student Experience

Immersed in the heart of the most diverse city in the most diverse state in the U.S., students attending the Los Angeles Campus will benefit from significant networking opportunities as they experience real-world training in the city’s rapidly evolving downtown business district. Together they learn from and work side-by-side with an experienced, qualified, and passionate faculty practitioners.

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In addition, students enrolled in the program are offered the opportunity for hands-on learning through ConCISE, a student run consulting firm with a mission of providing solutions to business and organizations throughout Southern California.

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Family Systems and Family Treatment

Introduces students to treatment within the major models of family therapy. Primary theorists, assumptions, and techniques of each family systems model are discussed and students have the opportunity to learn through video examples of various theoretical approaches. This course focuses attention on working with multi-stressed and diverse families.

Group Processes of Therapy

Explores the key concepts of the theory and practice of group counseling with particular emphasis on group therapy in forensic settings. Various theoretical approaches are discussed along with issues such as group development, group process, group leadership, and the use of group counseling with diverse client populations.

Diversity in Forensic Psychology

Engage students in a level of self-awareness through self-reflection to identify their personal value systems, culture, and biases. In addition, students gain knowledge with regard to the worldview of others in the context of psychological, socio-political, historical, privilege/power, and economic factors that form social identity. This course specifically addresses individual and group differences across racial, ethnic, gender, age, disability, social class, sexual orientation, and religious boundaries. Attention is given to diversity-related issues within the forensic context.

The program integrates the eight core competencies informed by the educational model of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP), helping prepare students to sit for the national and state licensure exams in clinical psychology.

The doctorate in Clinical Forensic Psychology in Los Angeles is designed to meet the educational components necessary to petition for licensure with the California Board of Psychology (BOP).

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. All students are required to take six semester hours each of Assessment and Therapy practicum.

All students are required to complete an internship following the completion of all course work, practicum, and dissertation requirements. In 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 or clinical forensic population.

More specific information is located in the Program Guidebook.

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

Students applying to the Psy.D. in Clinical Forensic Psychology program must submit the following:

  • Application
  • Application Fee: $50
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Essay – Please answer the following question within three double spaced typed pages (approximately 500-750 words).
    • The field of Forensic Psychology focuses on psychology as it relates to the law and the legal system. In forensic settings you will likely assist individuals with diverse backgrounds in a variety of different contexts. Please tell us reasons why you want to become a Forensic Psychologist. Include your career aspirations 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.
  • Official GRE Scores
    • You must arrange for your official GRE scores to be sent to the school – ourschool code is 1119.
    • Students who have yet to take the GRE examination should contact GRE at to register for an exam date.
    • Students who have taken the test within the last five years should contact GRE at or 1-888-GRE SCORE, to have their scores forwarded directly to the school.
  • Previous Coursework
    • 18 hours of psychology credit with earned grades of C or better, including one course in each:
      • Abnormal Psychology
      • Statistics

International Application Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • 18 semester hours of psychology credit with grades earned of C or better including two specific courses;
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Statistics

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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