Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Degree Requirements

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Degree Requirements for Graduation

  1. Students must complete a total of 104 quarter units to fulfill the unit requirement for graduation.
  2. A minimum grade of "B" is required in each completed course. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 must be maintained.
  3. Students must meet attendance requirements as articulated in the Student Handbook.
  4. Students must submit and defend an original dissertation accepted by the faculty.
  5. Students are required to complete a minimum 1,000 hours of practicum, 1,500 hours of intern ship, and 60 hours of personal therapy.
  6. Students must successfully pass the evaluation of their Comprehensive Examination Portfolio at the end of the third year.

Clinical Training

A minimum of 1,000 hours of practicum and 1,500 hours of internship are required. Students will be placed in practicum in coordination with the Director of Clinical Training. Students must obtain Internship through a competitive application process. It is highly recommended that these internships be completed in a multidisciplinary setting offering a variety of training experiences. Pre-doctoral internship in clinical psychology is a supervised summative training experience, which integrates academic learning and previous applied clinical training at the practicum level. Upon completion of the academic program, comprehensive exam, dissertation, and 1,000 hours of practicum training, students in good standing are required to complete 1,500 hours of pre-doctoral internship in clinical psychology. Students from California may participate in the California matching system for internships through the California Psychology Internship Council (CAPIC). Candidates for internship must demonstrate readiness to apply for internship to the Director of Clinical Training.

For a full description of all requirements, consult the current edition of the Pacifica Student Handbook, the Clinical Training Handbook, and the Dissertation Handbook. .

Faculty Mentorship

Each student is assigned a Faculty Advisor for mentorship throughout the program. Faculty Advisors meet regularly with their student advisees to monitor their academic performance, discuss research interests, oversee clinical development, assist with dissertation decisions, and provide personal and professional support.

Preparation for Clinical Psychology Licensure

This curriculum is not intended to meet all the requirements of each state for licensure in clinical psychology. Students will acquire the accredited doctoral training necessary for licensure as a clinical psychologist in the state of California. Students may need to meet additional licensure requirements in their home states. Each student is responsible for determining and remaining current on their state licensure requirements.

 

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