The PGSP-Stanford Consortium's academic program is taught by an outstanding faculty drawn from PGSP at Palo Alto University and the Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. The curriculum emphasizes three years of core course work that prepares the student in evaluating research, the use of empirically supported psychological interventions, psychological assessment, ethics, the impact of diversity and culture, and psychopathology; and also includes a solid foundation of coursework in psychological science.
The training program is a full-time, five-year training program; three years of academic course work, a year for the clinical dissertation and a year for a full-time pre-doctoral internship. The nine-month academic year runs on the quarter system with only a limited number of courses offered during the summer quarter; however some clinical practica may take place during summer months. The Consortium provides a series of academic and applied experiences via coursework and practicum placements that build upon each other over the four-year training period. The goals of these didactic and experiential trainings are to prepare students for a pre-doctoral clinical internship and a career as a clinical psychologist.
Palo Alto University (PAU) is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology and the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium are accredited by the American Psychological Association.