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Clinical Psychology

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

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

Students from The Chicago School’s Doctor of Psychology, Clinical Psychology in Clinical Psychology program in Los Angeles build a strong foundation in the theory, tools, and intervention techniques to serve as licensed clinical psychologists in a variety of settings, such as: Clinics Private practice Hospitals Government agencies Nonprofit agencies Educational institutions Guided by practitioner faculty, Doctor […]

Students from The Chicago School’s Doctor of Psychology, Clinical Psychology in Clinical Psychology program in Los Angeles build a strong foundation in the theory, tools, and intervention techniques to serve as licensed clinical psychologists in a variety of settings, such as:

  • Clinics
  • Private practice
  • Hospitals
  • Government agencies
  • Nonprofit agencies
  • Educational institutions

Guided by practitioner faculty, Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology students will learn how to conduct clinical interviews and psychological testing, create treatment plans, consult and collaborate with physicians and other professionals, and provide multiple forms of therapy to alleviate mental illness, behavioral problems, and emotional distress.

With a strong focus on cultural competency, 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.

Equipped with expert knowledge in theory, research, and practice in clinical psychology, graduates will be prepared to serve as lead practitioners and/or senior administrators in both educational and clinical settings.

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology Program Concentrations

  • Generalist
  • Child & Adolescent
  • Health
  • Neuropsychology

Doctor of Psychology, 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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Psychopathology I

This course surveys the major theories of the etiology of mental disorders emphasizing a biopsychosocial approach and familiarizes students with the DSM approach to diagnosis and classification. Disorders of childhood and adolescence are covered, as well as dementias, schizophrenia, mood disorders, and substance abuse. Cultural and developmental factors related to mental illness are emphasized.

Child and Adolescent Neuropsychological Assessment

Students use child and adolescent case studies to understand neuro-cognitive deficits, and the relationship between neuropsychological assessment and intervention. Knowledge, skills, and attitudes to collaborate with other professionals in multidisciplinary settings is emphasized.

Pediatric Behavioral Health Seminar

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the field of pediatric (child health) psychology, including underlying historical foundations.  Course topics will include an introduction to the specialty area in psychology, incorporating theoretical perspectives and research, as well as evidence-based assessments and interventions.  Students will also explore overarching psychosocial and contextual factors relevant to pediatric behavioral health assessment and intervention.  An overview of different presenting issues, disorders, and diseases within the specialty area will be provided (via presentation of clinical case studies).  Finally, issues such as comorbidity and legal and ethical concerns will be discussed for topics as appropriate.

Basic Intervention: Cognitive-Behavioral

This course addresses the basic assumptions of cognitive-behavioral theory, reviews the major theorists, and introduces the student to issues of treatment planning, case conceptualization, evaluation of treatment efficacy, therapeutic technique, and intervention through that theoretical lens. The course emphasizes acquisition of a range of cognitive behavioral assessment and intervention techniques and intervention skills.

The LA campus’ Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology program prepares graduates to sit for the national licensure exam, the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) a requirement to becoming a psychologist. Students should consult with the licensing agency, in state(s) in which they wish to practice, to determine licensure requirements.


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 four semester hours each of Basic and Advanced Practica, and six semester hours of Intermediate Practicum (see below). The first three-semester (Basic) practicum sequence is focused on developing rapport with clients, developing proficiency with diagnostic interviewing, differential diagnoses, developing case formulations, and beginning to understand how to implement treatment and evaluate its outcome.

The second three-semester (Intermediate) sequence is primarily focused on strengthening case formulation skills, understanding how to identify, implement, and appropriately modify evidence-based interventions, understanding how to evaluate treatment outcome and implementing relapse-prevention strategies.

The third three-semester (Advanced) sequence enables students to work with specialized populations and begin to develop a specialization. All practica require individual and group supervision offered by the practicum site, as well as small group seminars offered by the school.

More specific information is located in the Practicum Manual and Program Guidebook.


All students are required to complete an internship following the completion of all course work, practicum, and dissertation requirements. On 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.

The internship experience consists of a minimum of 2,000 hours of training over a 12-24 month (full- or part-time, respectively) period. Appropriate sites for internship training include programs that are approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) and programs that are members of the Association of Psychology Pre-doctoral and Post-doctoral Internship Centers (APPIC) or The California Psychology Internship Council (CAPIC). The internship is a vital component of the educational department and is never waived or transferred. Students are required to register for Internship during each semester they are on internship. Registration for Internship automatically assigns full-time student status.

More specific information is located in the Program Guidebook.

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350 N Orleans ST STE 1050
Chicago, IL 60654-1822

Application to The Chicago School’s Clinical Psychology program is open to any person who has earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and who meets other entrance requirements. Students applying to the Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology program must submit the following:

  • Application
  • Application Fee: $50
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Essays – Please answer the following two questions on separate sheets of paper (approximately 500 words each).
    • In your role as a clinical psychology student, you are likely to work and study with people from many backgrounds. Tell us what will be some of the challenges for you studying with people different from yourself, and what you would contribute in your interactions with them.
    • Many people choose clinical psychology as a career because they are interested in helping other people. Please tell us additional reasons, other than helping people, why you would like to be a clinical psychologist.
  • Official College/University Transcripts
    • Students must submit official transcripts from all schools where degrees have been earned. 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
    • 18 hours of psychology credit with earned grade of C or better, including one course in each:
      • Child/Human Development or Lifespan
      • Abnormal Psychology
      • Statistics

International Application Requirements

The Chicago School is dedicated to keep 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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