Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology
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 serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or phobias. 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.
Many clinical psychologists choose to work in private practice, while others work in hospitals, school counseling centers, substance abuse treatment facilities, mental health clinics, or residential facilities. Some join comprehensive treatment teams, collaborating with a range of physicians and other specialists—such as those working in rehabilitation settings providing care to patients coping with spinal cord injuries, chronic pain, or various neurological conditions.
Some clinical psychologists focus strictly on providing clinical services, while others extend their professional work to become professors and administrators in higher education, supervisors and administrators in clinical settings, as well as advocates for mental health and social change.
Our Clinical Psychology doctorate program in Washington is based on a practitioner/scholar model of training, which focuses on providing students with a broad knowledge of scientific and theoretical clinical psychology principles they can apply to a variety of clinical disorders in the diverse populations they will encounter in their professional practices. D.C. Doctoral students will choose from concentrations in Child and Adolescent Psychology, Forensic Psychology, International/Multicultural Psychology, and General Clinical Psychology.
ABOUT THE CHICAGO SCHOOL
The Chicago School is a not-for-profit, accredited institution with more than 3,500 students at campuses across the country (Chicago, Los Angeles and Orange Counties, Calif., and Washington, D.C.) and online. As the nation's oldest and largest graduate school devoted exclusively to psychology and related behavioral science, TCSPP offers more than 20 degree programs and a wealth of opportunities for international experiences. Our focus is not strictly on research or traditional clinical practice, but on preparing students to be extraordinary practitioners, equipped to make a lasting impact on individual lives, in business settings, in diverse and underserved communities, and around the globe.
ABOUT OUR WASHINGTON D.C. CAMPUS
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology has brought its singular focus on preparing extraordinary psychology practitioners to the East Coast. Our newest campus, located in Washington, D.C., builds on the success of campuses in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Orange County, Calif. Few cities or metropolitan areas are better matches for our long-held commitment to diversity and our steadfast determination to work within multicultural communities.
Located at the center of the political and governmental action, the D.C. Campus provides students easy access to the historical and cultural riches that our capital city has to offer. Students find themselves close to national monuments and museums, eclectic dining and shopping, and a plethora of organizations and agencies that can provide unparalleled real-world experiences for the psychology-professional-in-training. Like those enrolled at Chicago School campuses in other cities, D.C. Campus students learn from distinguished faculty members whose teaching credentials reach far beyond research and theory. All are active practitioners and leaders in their fields of expertise, bringing a wealth of first-hand understanding, perspective, and insight to the classroom. Integrally engaged in the community around them, faculty will immerse students in dynamic learning communities that include an unsurpassed level of hands-on skill building.
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.
Tuition & Financial Aid
Financial Aid Offered: No
Classification: Other Specialized Institutions
Institution Sector: Private not-for-profit
Locale: Large City
Size & Settings: 1,000 - 4,999