The doctor of psychology, Psy.D., is the highest-level degree for those who wish to apply their knowledge as practicing clinicians. Clinical psychologists are highly trained in various theories, tools, and intervention techniques, and often work with clients who have experienced severe trauma or mental illness. They 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.
Students develop essential diagnostic, therapeutic, and consultative skills through rigorous coursework, challenging practicum and internship experiences, and an applicable dissertation. They graduate equipped with expert knowledge in theory, research, and practice in clinical psychology, and prepared to serve as lead practitioners and/or senior administrators in both educational and clinical settings.
Clinical psychology students in the program may apply to complete their clinical training hours at one of our own community counseling centers, two of Southern California's largest and most well-respected community counseling centers. Students learn marketing and operations related to running a private practice, provide individual and group psychotherapy services, and graduate with critical skills and connections, preparing them to sit for licensure and launch successful careers.
Graduates of this program will be prepared to pursue positions as licensed clinical psychologists provided they pass the appropriate licensure examination and complete any state-required post-doctoral residency requirements. Outside agencies control the requirements for taking and passing certification/licensing exams and are subject to change without notice to this campus.