PsyD in Clinical Psychology

Using the Practitioner-Scholar model, the Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology trains professionals to provide clinical services and to implement and evaluate innovative treatment programs. This program is normally accomplished in five years and requires the completion of at least 214 units in the School of Psychology, and, as part of our commitment to deep theological integration, at least 28 units in Fuller’s School of Theology. In the PsyD in Clinical Psychology program, students are awarded a Master of Arts in Psychology after completing 88 selected units.

Course work is divided into the following categories:

General Psychology 40 units
Clinical Psychology 48 units
Psychology Electives 16 units
Dissertation Research 8 units
Theology 28 units
Integration of Psychology and Theology 20 units
Field Training 82 units
Total 242 units

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COMPETENCIES

All students who complete their doctoral training at the Fuller School of Psychology will develop certain competencies as part of their preparation for practice in health service psychology. However, the emphasis placed within each competency area will differ, depending upon whether one pursues a PhD or a PsyD. Students who complete the PhD in Clinical Psychology will develop the following competencies:

RESEARCH

Conduct original empirical or theoretical research that contributes to the scholarly literature 

Disseminate this research primarily to national and/or international audiences

ETHICAL AND LEGAL STANDARDS

Recognize and respond appropriately to legal and ethical situations and dilemmas, with enhanced competency in knowing and applying legal and ethical statutes governing research

INDIVIDUAL AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY

Understand how one’s own individual, cultural, and religious history, attitudes, and biases affect one’s work, with an enhanced understanding of the impact of those factors on research participants, clients, and colleagues 

Demonstrate enhanced knowledge, application, and awareness of current theory and research as they apply to addressing diversity in the execution of research

PROFESSIONAL VALUES AND ATTITUDES

Engage in self-reflection, pursue self-improvement, and seek supervision to enable behavior that reflects the profession’s values and attitudes (e.g., integrity, deportment, professional identity, accountability, lifelong learning, and compassion)

Across training, grow in the ability to respond effectively and independently to increasingly complex professional challenges, with enhanced competence in the domain of research

COMMUNICATION AND INTERPERSONAL SKILLS

Develop and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of individuals and groups, including colleagues, organizations, communities, supervisors, supervisees, and clients 

Demonstrate excellent oral, nonverbal, and written receptive and expressive communication skills, with enhanced competence in the domain of research

ASSESSMENT

Demonstrate an ability to use assessment tools to answer increasingly complex and varied clinical questions, interpret results to draw informed conclusions, and make treatment recommendations 

Communicate assessment findings and implications in an accurate and effective manner to all levels of research and clinical audiences

INTERVENTION

Select and provide interventions informed by the current scientific literature, considering assessment findings, diversity characteristics, and contextual factors 

When the literature does not provide a clear evidence base, seek consultation to effectively modify and adapt evidence-based approaches

SUPERVISION

Demonstrate knowledge of supervision models and practices

CONSULTATION AND INTERPROFESSIONAL / INTERDISCIPLINARY SKILLS

Demonstrate knowledge of and respect for the roles and perspectives of other professions, working effectively in interdisciplinary field training settings and consulting when appropriate

COMPARE THE PHD AND PSYD

How do the PhD in Clinical Psychology and PsyD in Clinical Psychology programs differ? Download this chart detailing the differences in emphasis within each competency area.

FIELD TRAINING

Fuller places a high emphasis on field training. Students gain supervised training through a variety of placements in the greater Los Angeles area, including Fuller's Psychological and Family Services clinic. Students will spend a minimum of 1,000 hours engaging in a variety of clinical experiences, including psychological assessment and diverse interventions.

ACCREDITATION

The PhD program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org
Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

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