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The Chicago School's L.A. campus offers a Psy.D. in Applied Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Child Play Therapy and Adolescent Psychotherapy. Clinical Psychology

Psy.D. in Applied Clinical Psychology

Child Play Therapy and Adolescent Psychotherapy Concentration

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Full-Time
  • 3 Years

The Chicago School’s Child Play Therapy and Adolescent Psychotherapy concentration within the Applied Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at our L.A. campus provides students with a solid foundation in innovative approaches to child and adolescent therapy. Subjects addressed within this concentration include such areas as directive, non-directive, and systematic approaches to play therapy and adolescent psychotherapy; […]

The Chicago School’s Child Play Therapy and Adolescent Psychotherapy concentration within the Applied Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at our L.A. campus provides students with a solid foundation in innovative approaches to child and adolescent therapy. Subjects addressed within this concentration include such areas as directive, non-directive, and systematic approaches to play therapy and adolescent psychotherapy; sand play therapy; foundations of play therapy; and psychotherapy with adolescents.

The Child Play Therapy and Adolescent Psychotherapy concentration within the Applied Clinical Psychology program prepares students to enter the work force with essential diagnostic, therapeutic, and consultative skills as well as in-depth knowledge of psychodynamic theory and exposure to broad range of dynamically based clinical applications.

Graduates are equipped with expert knowledge in theory, research, and practice in clinical psychology, and are prepared to serve as lead practitioners and/or senior administrators in both educational and clinical settings. The program can be completed in just three years, including an internship.

 

Psy.D. in Applied Clinical Psychology, Child Play Therapy and Adolescent Psychotherapy: Los Angeles 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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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. 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.

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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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