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Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

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

Students from The Chicago School’s Doctor of 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 […]

Students from The Chicago School’s Doctor of 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 Advanced Focus Area

  • Interdisciplinary Psychology Advanced Focus Area

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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Additional Information About the Los Angeles Campus’ Clinical Psy.D. Program

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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.

Applied Neuropsychology

This course will familiarize students with the most commonly used neuropsychological tests including their administration, scoring, and interpretation, with emphasis on integrating test results with interview, observational, historical, and medical information for the purposes of diagnosing brain disease or dysfunction, assessing change in brain function, and making recommendations.

Interdisciplinary Interventions with Children & Adolescents

This course focuses on specific challenges and responsibilities that arise in work with children and adolescents in various health care settings, across a variety of health and social service disciplines.  The course addresses relevant neurodevelopmental and pediatric issues related to collaboration with social service agencies, caretakers, and health services providers from multiple disciplines outside the field of psychology.

 

The Psy.D. Clinical Psychology program at the Los Angeles campus 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 must complete the following in addition to the Psy.D. program requirements:

  • Human Sexuality (10 contact hours)
  • Child Abuse Assessment and Reporting (7 contact hours)
  • Spousal/Partner Abuse (15 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.

The Psy.D. Clinical Psychology program may meet some or all of the requirements of other states, but additional coursework and/or training hours may be required beyond the program’s graduation requirements. Some state licensing requirements include the following: post-graduate field work, additional didactic training, examination, and application for license. It is the student’s responsibility to determine the licensure requirements of states not listed above. Students should contact the specific state licensing board directly to verify information regarding professional licensure. A list of state board contact information is available via the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards.

Licensure and Certification FAQ

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.

Internship

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.

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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. 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
    • 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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