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Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.)
The Clinical Psychology PhD program in San Francisco is a scholar practitioner program that gives students the knowledge, skills, and professional attitudes necessary to evaluate psychological functioning and provide effective interventions with diverse clients across a range of settings. Equally important, we educate students to conduct applied research and to contribute actively to the knowledge base in psychology. Our program subscribes to the belief that effective professional psychologists must be aware of and responsive to the broader social context in which they function. Thus, students must attain proficiency in providing services to individuals of diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. To achieve this goal, we infuse diversity throughout our entire curriculum, offer courses focusing on diverse populations, and provide clinical training experiences that offer exposure to a range of populations. The program as a whole is designed to address all five levels of the biopsychosocial model of human functioning: biological, psychological, familial, community, and sociocultural. With regard to theoretical orientations to treatment, we encourage students to develop a personal integration of contemporary psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, family systems, and multicultural approaches. Because of the extensive clinical course offerings at CSPP-San Francisco, students can develop in-depth expertise in one or more of these orientations by selecting sections of required courses, elective courses, field placements (practica), and supervisors that emphasize a specific theoretical orientation in therapy. The standard PhD curriculum is five years and is designed to give students the opportunity to complete the dissertation before beginning a full-time internship in the fifth year. However, students may extend their time to take additional courses, complete research work, or spread their internship over two years (usually, the fifth and sixth years).
Classification: Specialized Institution—Other
Locale: Large City
Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999