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Psy.D. in Applied Clinical Psychology

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

The Chicago School’s Psy.D. in Applied Clinical Psychology is recognized for its culturally competent training and offers students a multitude of opportunities to utilize their education in real-world settings. At our Los Angeles Campus, Applied Clinical Psychology students may apply to complete their clinical training hours at one of The Chicago School Counseling Centers, two […]

The Chicago School’s Psy.D. in Applied Clinical Psychology is recognized for its culturally competent training and offers students a multitude of opportunities to utilize their education in real-world settings.

At our Los Angeles Campus, Applied Clinical Psychology 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. Graduates leave with the skills and training to sit for licensure and launch their careers.

Psy.D. in Applied Clinical 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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Diagnostic and Clinical Interviewing

Teaches techniques of clinical and diagnostic interviewing and observation. Students learn a variety of techniques for interviewing new clients, including listening skills, aids for giving and receiving feedback, and establishing a relationship with a client. Students also learn ways of incorporating these techniques into models of diagnostic interviewing. Students are exposed to non-verbal methods of interviewing and observation. Techniques for interviewing family members and other collateral sources are taught. Consideration of cultural differences in establishing a relationship and conducting an interview is integral to this course.

Advanced Psychological Assessment

The primary objective of this course is to develop skills that are essential to the interpretation of psychological test findings. Emphasis is placed upon the integration of assessment material from multiple test instruments to develop a comprehensive understanding of the client. Students continue to develop their skills in report writing, differential diagnosis, and formulation of effective therapeutic recommendations.

Dissertation 1: Advanced Statistics and Research Design

Students will learn the specific paradigms of qualitative and quantitative methodologies and will apply specific research methodologies according to the dictates for desired research outcomes. Emphasis will be placed upon the following: understanding research questions through the lens of a clinical theoretical approach,; the appropriate operational definition of research terms; and developing an understanding of the significance of research to the field as a whole. Students will learn the appropriate techniques to ethically research a question and will be required to complete the NIH certification for ethical treatment of human research subjects. Students will also examine the structural elements of a dissertation, begin developing a dissertation plan, and form their dissertation committee to carry out that plan. After the student forms a dissertation committee, they will submit Form A to the dissertation office.

The Psy.D. Applied Clinical Psychology program aligns with degree requirements for licensure as a Psychologist in California. In order to meet the coursework requirements for eligibility to become a licensed psychologist in California, students who have not completed the following courses in their master’s degree program will be required to complete coursework in the following content areas in addition to the program coursework requirements:

  • Human Sexuality (10 contact hours)
  • Child Abuse Assessment and Reporting (7 contact hours)
  • Alcohol and Chemical Dependency Detection and Treatment (1 semester credit hour)
  • Spousal/Partner Abuse (15 contact hours)
  • Aging and Long Term Care (10 contact hours)

This coursework may be completed either while enrolled in the Psy.D. program or post-degree completion. More information about these requirements can be found at the California Board of Psychology’s application information webpage.

Prior to applying for licensure, students must complete a minimum number of hours of post-doctoral supervised professional experience. Candidates for licensure are required to apply for and pass the National Examination of Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) and the California Psychology Law and Ethics Examination (CPLEE). All candidates must complete the licensure application process, which includes fees and/or background check. For further information about licensure, please visit the California Board of Psychology.

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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. If you are mailing in your letters, they should arrive in a sealed envelope, signed across the seal. You can also submit the letters online via the applicant portal.
  • 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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