Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Curriculum Overview

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Curriculum Overview

When students begin their studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute, they join a cohort of like-minded students who are also enrolling in that particular degree program. The majority of students remain with the same cohort throughout their academic journey. A very real sense of community is soon established as students collaborate within their cohorts and share the intense experiences that are part of graduate-level work at Pacifica. Close personal and professional bonds are formed, often lasting long after studies are completed and extending into graduates' new careers.

Pacifica has developed an educational format that enhances rigorous academic study while meeting the needs of individuals who wish to pursue graduate education while continuing their existing professional and personal commitments.

Clinical Psychology Ph.D. classes take place in four-day sessions (Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon) once each month during fall, winter, and spring. There is also one seven-day summer session each year. Between learning sessions, advising, mentoring, study and instruction continue through individual and group mentorship from faculty, web-enhanced learning, and cohort support groups.

"I travel across the United States to Santa Barbara because there is no place like Pacifica to receive a doctoral education in clinical psychology." – Angie, 3rd year student from Kentucky in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program.

 
FIRST YEAR
  Practicum Seminars  

Professional Development Seminar I, II, III – CL 755, CL 756, CL 757, 1 Unit each
1st Year Assessment for Program Advancement – CL 758, 0 Units

  Clinical Practice Courses   History and Systems of Psychology – CP 700, 2 Units
Psychological Assessment I, II – CP 930, CP 931, 2 Units each
Legal, Ethical, & Professional Practice – CP 832, 2 Units
Advanced Psychopathology I – CP 730, 2 Units
Biological Foundations of Human Behavior – CP 735, 2 Units
Social Foundations of Human Behavior – CL 800, 2 Units
Psychoanalytic-Based Psychotherapy I – CP 711, 2 Units
Introduction to Depth Psychology and the Human ScienceTraditions – CL 819, 2 Units
Jungian-Based Psychotherapy I – CP 810, 2 Units
Special Topics – CP 799, 2 units
  Research and Scholarly Inquiry Courses   Research Designs & Methodology I: Overview – CP 932, 2 Units
Research Designs & Methodology II: Qualitative Methods – CP 933, 2 Units
Quantitative Design and Univariate Statistical Analysis – CP 926, 3 Units
 
SECOND YEAR
  Practicum Seminars   Supervision Practicum Seminar I, II, III, – CL 759, CL 760, CL 761, 1 Unit each
2nd Year Assessment for Program Advancement – CL 762, 0 Units
  Clinical Practice Courses   Principles of Psychopharmacology – CP 873, 2 Units
Developmental Psychology Through the Lifespan – CP 830, 3 Units
Alcohol, Chemical Dependency, and Addictive Behaviors – CL 900, 2 Units
Indigenous Approaches to Psychology – CP 803, 1 Unit
Cognitive Foundations of Human Behavior – CL 837, 2 Units
Affective Foundations of Human Behavior – CL 838, 2 Units
Psychoanalytic-Based Psychotherapy II – CP 712, 2 Units
Archetypal Psychology: Theory and Practice – CP 840, 2 Units
Phenomenological Psychology: Theory and Practice – CL 917, 2 Units
Special Topics – CP 799, 2 Units
Jungian-Based Psychotherapy II – CP 811, 2 Units
  Research and Scholarly Inquiry Courses  
Depth Psychological Methods I – CL 928, 2 Units
Dissertation Development I – CP 961, 1 Unit
Research Designs & Methodology III: Test and Measurement – CP 934, 2 Units
 
THIRD YEAR
  Practicum Seminars   Psychotherapy Practicum Seminar I, II, III – CL 763, CL 764, CL 765, 1 Unit each
3rd Year Assessment for Program Advancement – CL 766, 0 Units
  Clinical Practice Courses  

Advanced Psychopathology II – CP 731, 2 Units
Psychotherapy with Diverse Populations – CP 845, 2 Units
Principles of Clinical Supervision and Consultation – CL 752, 2 Units
Projective Personality Assessment – CL 938, 1 Unit
Evidence-Based Best Practices – CL 912, 2 Units
Violence and Trauma – CP 834, 1 Unit
Gender and Human Sexuality – CP 901, 1 Unit
Post-Jungian Psychotherapy: Theory and Practice – CP 745, 2 Units
Imaginal Psychotherapy – CP 814, 2 Units
Special Topics – CP 799, 2 Units

  Research and Scholarly Inquiry Courses  

Dissertation Development II – CP 962, 2 Units
Depth Psychological Methods II – CL 929, 2 Units
Dissertation Development III – CP 963, 2 Units
Research Designs & Methodology IV:
Advanced Qualitative Methods – CL 940, 2 Units

  Capstone Projects and Program Requirements
 

Comprehensive Portfolio – CP 989, 0 Units (Degree Requirement)
Dissertation Writing – CP 990, 15 Units (Degree Requirement)
Personal Psychotherapy – CP 950, 0 Units (Degree Requirement)

 

Selected Courses have web-enhanced learning components. The curriculum is not intended to meet all the requirements of each state for licensure in clinical psychology. The curriculum may vary based upon evolving academic needs. The required fourth and fifth years of study focus on internship training, reading, research, and dissertation writing.

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