The Clinical Psychology PsyD Program in Los Angeles addresses the societal need for professionals who deliver or facilitate the delivery of psychological services to diverse populations and to underserved or poorly-served populations. This societal need is for practitioners and programs that are culturally aware, culturally sensitive, and responsive to human problems of developmental deprivation, dysfunction, trauma, and oppression.
The goals of the PsyD Program are to develop practitioners who: Acquire knowledge of theory and research in the scientific foundations of professional psychology, including biological, individual, and social aspects of human functioning, as well as knowledge of basic statistics and research methodology; Identify, clarify, and evolve professional attitudes pertaining to professional ethics, self-awareness, openness and responsiveness to critical feedback, lifelong professional learning, and to the evidence-based practice of psychology; Acquire skills in ethical reasoning, in critically evaluating and synthesizing both theories and professional research, and in identifying the social-political context and issues in theory, research, and service delivery; and Achieve competence in relationship skills and applying skills in service delivery, in clinical supervision, and in other activities chosen by the student, such as teaching, consultation, or the management of mental health organizations.
The PsyD Program includes multicultural training to address issues of diversity in regard to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, social class, and religion.
Special features of the Los Angeles campus include a national reputation for excellence in multiculturally relevant education and training, a wealth of diverse clinical placements available in the Los Angeles region, and a mentoring model firmly integrated with the academic experience.
The CSPP Clinical PsyD Program in San Francisco is fully accredited by APA (202-336-5979).