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The Psy.D. in Applied Clinical Psychology with a Psychodynamic Psychology concentration at our L.A. and Irvine campuses can be completed in three years. Clinical Psychology

Psy.D. in Applied Clinical Psychology

Psychodynamic Concentration

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • 3 Years

Study Psychodynamic Psychology with a Psy.D. in Applied Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School in Los Angeles. Psychodynamic psychology is an empirically validated approach to the study of the complex interplay between unconscious and conscious processes, and the effect those thoughts have on behavior and overall mental functioning. Founded by Sigmund Freud, psychodynamic psychology rests […]

Study Psychodynamic Psychology with a Psy.D. in Applied Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School in Los Angeles.

Psychodynamic psychology is an empirically validated approach to the study of the complex interplay between unconscious and conscious processes, and the effect those thoughts have on behavior and overall mental functioning.

Founded by Sigmund Freud, psychodynamic psychology rests on the idea that an individual’s life experiences influence his or her unconscious and conscious beliefs and motivations—and in turn their feelings, behaviors, and overall functioning. Psychologists trained in psychodynamic approaches assist their clients in understanding the rich interplay that occurs between themselves and others, thus helping improve interpersonal skills and relational satisfaction.

The Psy.D. in Applied Clinical Psychology, Psychodynamic 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 a broad range of dynamically based clinical applications, such as modern psychoanalysis, clinical hypnosis, dream analysis, play therapy, and others that assist the therapeutic process.

 

Psy.D. in Applied Clinical Psychology, Psychodynamic Psychology: 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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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.

Applied Clinical Psychology students also may apply to complete their clinical training hours at one of our Chicago School Counseling Centers,two of Southern California’s largest and most well-respected community counseling centers.

 

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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.

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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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