Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Course Descriptions

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Clinical Psychology Psy.D. courses draw from these four areas of study:

Clinical Practice Courses

Practicum Seminars

Depth Psychology and Humanities Courses

Research and Scholarly Inquiry Courses

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CLINICAL PRACTICE

The Clinical Practice courses provide a broad foundation for the development of a generalist practitioner in clinical psychology with diverse training in multiple psychotherapeutic orientations, assessment, consulting, and evidence-based best practices.

History and Systems of Psychology
CP 700................2 Units
Students analyze the scientific evolution of psychological systems from antiquity to the present era. The course examines the historic development of the schools of psychoanalysis, behaviorism, gestalt, humanistic, and postmodern psychology. There is an evaluation of the systems developed throughout history to treat mental illness. The course also examines the history of the American Psychological Association in the context of current trends in clinical psychology as a scientific discipline and profession.

Theories of Psychometric Measurement
CY 933................2 Units
The course covers classical and current psychometric theory and procedures involved in constructing and evaluating measurement in-struments in clinical psychology including the key concepts of scale development. Cronbach's alpha, exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis, types of reliability and validity, multi-trait and multi-method validation, item response theory, psychometric scaling and structural equation modeling are examined.

Cognitive and Intellectual Assessment
CY 930................3 Units
The psychological assessment course series begins with the study of psychometric theory including test construction, standardization, validity, reliability, and the appropriate and ethical use of assessment for individuals from diverse backgrounds. The administration, scoring, and interpretation of the Wechsler intelligence scales, Wechsler Memory Scales-IV, and Bender Visual Motor Gestalt Test are high-lighted with special emphasis on integrating the results with clinical judgment, effective report writing, evidence-based treatment planning, and communication of assessment results. The course will focus on foundational psychometric theory in the context of emphasizing practical, evidence-based best practices in cognitive assessment.

Objective Personality Assessment
CY 931................3 Units
The course focuses on foundational psychometric theory in the context of emphasizing practical, evidence-based best practices in personality assessment Students learn the principles of personality assessment and become familiar with, and learn how to administer, score, and interpret the MMPI-2, MCMI-III, CPI, PAI, MBTI, and BDI-II. Students are provided with an overview of neuropsychological assessment in-cluding interviewing, familiarity with common tests, and strategies of interpreting and integrating neuropsychological assessment data. There is a focus on integrating results into user-friendly, case-focused, problem- oriented reports for clinical, vocational, medical, and forensic settings. Prerequisite: CP 930

Projective Personality Assessment
CL 938................2 Units
This course focuses on psychometric theory, controversies, and practi-cal applications of performance-based personality instruments (projec-tives) with an emphasis on the Rorschach. Course includes examination of the the Thematic Apperception Test, Sentence Completion Test and projective drawings. Information derived from performance-based personality assessment will be used to develop clear, user-friendly, case-focused reports that describe the psychological context of the client as well as answer the referral question. There is an emphasis on using as-sessment results to enhance the therapeutic process utilizing evidence-based best practices. Prerequisites: CP 930, CP 931

Clinical Interviewing
CY 940................1 Units
Students learn the essential skill sets involved in biospsychosocial assessment and related clinical interviewing. The course focuses on how to conduct a clinical interview as part of an initial assessment. The course also examines the ethical dilemmas, interdisciplinary conflicts, human diversity and system of care issues that surface during the clinical interview. Students practice their interviewing skills through mock case presentations, role play, vignettes, and other forms of case applications.

Comparative Approaches to Psychotherapy
CP 770................2 Units
This course provides a theoretical and applied introduction to current approaches in psychotherapeutic treatment. Students examine the therapeutic applications and the theoretical tenets of the schools of psychoanalysis, Jungian analysis, cognitive-behavioral, person-centered, humanistic- existential, and postmodern psychology. Students develop the ability to compare, contrast and integrate psychotherapeutic approaches in the context of clinical research, and evidence-based best practices.

Legal, Ethical, and Professional Practice
CP 832................2 Units
The ethical and legal considerations involved in the practice of clini-cal and scientific psychology are examined with an emphasis on the American Psychological Association's ethical guidelines. The course features discussion of key issues involved in academic work, research and professional practice with an emphasis on the development of ethical and professional judgment. Topics include forensic psychology, cultural competence, malpractice, and legal responsibilities. This course meets the criteria set forth by the California Board of Psychology for training in Legal, Ethical, and Professional Practice required for California licensure

Advanced Psychopathology I
CP 730................2 Units
CP 747, 748, 749 Prerequisite
In the context of the historical and cross-cultural perspectives of psychopathology, students focus on the diagnosis, etiology, treatment, and prognosis of disturbed behavior. The multi-axial system of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is the central organizing structure of the course. Emphasis is on major Axis I disorders.

Advanced Psychopathology II
CP 731................2 Units
This course continues the examination of major syndromes included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders with an emphasis on Axis II disorders and the multiaxial diagnostic system. The course also examines other psychopathology classification systems, the role of biology, society and culture in the understanding of psychopathology. Prerequisite: CP 730.

Biological Foundations of Human Behavior
CY 735................3 Units
Students examine the theoretical concepts and constructs that explain the phylogenic origins underlying human experience, behavior, and the processes of change. This course reviews anatomical and neurological functioning, examining the importance on behavior of micro- biologicalsystems (neuron, synapse, neurotransmitter systems) and macro-level biological systems (central and autonomic nervous systems). Current trends in psychological research regarding the neurobiological foundation of consciousness, dreaming, sensory-motor systems, cognitions, motivation, memory, mindfulness, and attention will be evaluated. The sense of a biological self in relation to attachment, trauma, empathy, neuroplasticity, and the expression of archetypes throughout the life cycle will be examined.

Principles of Psychopharmacology
CP 873................3 Units
This course examines the principles of psychopharmacology as well as an overview of pertinent neurochemistry. The indications and side effects of common psychoactive medications are evaluated. The impact of medications on the psychotherapeutic process and the importance of a coordinated treatment plan with the prescribing psychiatrist are examined. Prerequisite: CP 735

Alcohol, Chemical Dependency, and Addictive Behaviors
CL 900................2 Units
This course examines the theoretical foundation for the treatment of addictive behaviors. The focus of the course includes the current theories related to etiology, physiological and medical aspects, dual-diagnosis, cultural and ethnic considerations, iatrogenic dependency, current evidence-based treatment approaches, family issues, prevention and education, and ethical and legal issues. The course meets the criteria of the California Board of Psychology for training in Alcoholism/Chemical Dependency Detection and Treatment required for California licensure.

Cognitive-Behavioral Psychology
CL 835................2 Units
This course presents the foundational theories of cognitive behavioral psychology. Topics include the behavioral integration of attention, learning, perception, attribution, schema development, memory, context, language, problem solving, and decision making. Contemporary theories and applications common to cognitive behavioral psychology as well as cognitive neuroscience are addressed. Advanced topics of consciousness and intuition are explored. The role of evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral interventions are examined within the conceptual framework of integrative models of cognitive-behavioral psychology.

Cognitive-Affective Foundations of Human Behavior
CL 836................3 Unit
This course examines the interdependence of cognition and emotion in psychological experience and behavior. Discussion of this relationship includes the interactive influence of perception, attention, learn-ing, memory, contextual appraisals and biases, emotional regulation, creative thinking, conscious and unconscious processing and problem solving. Related topics include sensation, perception, memory, cognition, emotion, motivation, and psychophysiological processes. The neurobiological, biological and social bases of emotion, its cognitive correlates, and the impact of emotional states on behavior are examined.

Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapy
CY 912................2 Units

This course examines Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy as an example of clinical treatments that are supported by scientific study and data. Contemporary theory, research and practice in state of the art applications of evidence-based cognitive-behavioral practices are evaluated, compared and contrasted. The optimal cognitive-behavioral interventions, or combination of psychotherapeutic interventions, for the major mental disorders are examined. The latest findings of outcome research and evidence-based practices in cognitive behavioral psychotherapeutic treatment are evaluated, including mindfulness, acceptance, and commitment psychotherapies.

Social Foundations of Human Behavior I
CY 800................2 Unit
This course studies current advancements in social psychology and provides an overview of the three main areas of social psychologi-cal thought which include social thinking, social influence, and social relations. Social thinking area includes discussion of self, beliefs, judgments, and attitudes. The study of social influence includes the impact of culture, conformity, persuasion, and group behavior on social functioning. Social relations area examines social relationships and how they are influenced by prejudice, aggression, attraction, and helping. This course emphasizes social thinking and social relationships as well as current social psychological research findings and the role of depth psychology in each of these areas.

Social Foundations of Human Behavior II
CP 845................2 Units
This course continues the examination of social psychology with an emphasis on social influence which includes the principles and theory of group formation and development, impact of culture on group be-havior, conformity, and persuasion. The course also examines current research in group dynamics, interpersonal behavior, intimacy, leadership, and helping. Discussion also includes relevance of social psychological research to clinical practice and depth psychology.

Psychotherapy with Diverse Populations
CL 752................2 Units
The knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to work effectively as a diversity-sensitive clinician are an ethical responsibility in a multicul-tural society. This course examines the role of culture in psychotherapy and assessment as well as key issues in the provision of psychological services to under-represented populations. Biases in traditional clinical theory and practice are analyzed. Appropriate intervention strategies with individuals of different cultural backgrounds are developed. Depth psychological concepts in relation to culture, such as the unique attributes of an ethnic or minority unconscious are explored.

Developmental Psychology II - Adulthood through Old Age
CY 801................2 Units
This course continues the study of developmental theories, constructs, research, and methods as they contribute to understanding normative human development and its variants in adulthood through old age. Emphasis is on the psychological and neurological development during adulthood and the later stages of life. Current developmental research, clinical implications, cultural considerations, and contemporary trends in adulthood and old age are examined.

Principles of Clinical Supervision and Consultation
CL 752................2 Units
This course provides an exposure to the professional role of psycholo-gists as supervisors and consultants. Approaches to clinical supervi-sion and consultation are examined with special attention given to the interpersonal and psychodynamic aspects of the supervisor-supervisee interaction. The goal is for students to develop an "internal supervisor." Ethics, diversity, and other professional issues related to clinical supervision and consultation are examined.

Personal Psychotherapy
CP 950................(No Units Assigned (Degree Requirement)
Students study developmental theories, constructs, research, and methods as they contribute to understanding normative human devel-opment and its variants in early childhood and adolescence. Emphasis is on the psychological and neurological development from conception through childhood and adolescence and attachment issues that shape early human development. Current developmental research, clinical implications, cultural considerations, and contemporary trends in childhood and adolescent development are examined.

 

PRACTICUM SEMINARS

The Practicum Seminars prepare students for applied clinical work in practicum and internship sites. Practicum Seminars offer students a forum to integrate academic coursework with the clinical experiences from their practicum sites. Practicum Seminars also serve as a place for students to be mentored into the profession by the Clinical Psychology Faculty. Seminars are typically limited to six to eight students. Through this intimate seminar setting students are exposed to the clinical diversity of the faculty in order to develop a strong professional identity as a clinical psychologist with a depth specialty.

During the first year, students in the Practicum Seminars focus on professional development in preparation for a diagnostic practicum and begin the process of developing an identity as a professional psychologist with a depth psychology specialty. The second-year focus is on diagnostics and preparation for psychotherapeutic practicum , giving students a forum to integrate diagnostic experiences of their practicum sites with their academic coursework. The third- year focus is on the practice of psychotherapy, particularly from a depth psychological perspective , allowing students to integrate psychotherapeutic experiences of practicum sites with academic coursework.

Professional Development Seminar I
CY 755, 1 unit
This seminar provides an initial exposure to the professional practice of psychology with focus on ethical practices, basic clinical skills, and attention to issues of context and diversity.  Pass/No Pass

Professional Development Seminar II
CY 756, 1 unit
This seminar provides an initial exposure to the professional practice of psychology with focus on ethical practices, basic clinical skills, and attention to issues of context and diversity.  Pass/No Pass

Professional Development Seminar III
CY 757, 1 unit
This seminar expands professional preparation for the advanced practice in doctoral practicum training.  The focus is given to development of case conceptualization, integration of depth and non-depth strategies across clinical settings, and application of ethical knowledge to working with complex cases.

1st Year Annual Assessment for Program Advancement

CY 758, 0 units
In this module, each student will have a face-to-face evaluation by Clinical Psychology Faculty to assess academic, clinical, and research progress in order to advance to the second year of the clinical program and to a Supervision Practicum.  Pass/No Pass

Assessment Practicum Seminar I
 CY 759, 1 unit
This seminar is designed to assist students in the integration of clinical training and issues at their practicum sites with the academic coursework at Pacifica.  The students discuss issues of case formulation, assessment, and treatment planning.  Ethical and cultural aspects of clinical practice and supervision are emphasized.  Prerequisite: CY 758.  Pass/No Pass

Assessment Practicum Seminar II
CY 760, 1 unit
This seminar continues assisting students in the ongoing integration of clinical training and issues at their practicum sites with coursework at Pacifica.  The students discuss issues related to affective regulation, therapeutic communication, symptomology, and function of defenses.  Ethical and cultural aspects of clinical practice and supervision are emphasized.  Prerequisite: CY 758Pass/No Pass

Assessment Practicum Seminar III
CY 761, 1 unit
This seminar completes the second-year diagnostic practicum sequence.  It offers students a forum by which to further integrate clinical training and issues at their practicum site with academic coursework at Pacifica.  Issues of transference and countertransference, boundaries, and projective functions are discussed.  Ethical and cultural aspects of clinical practice and supervision are emphasized.  Prerequisite: CY 758. Pass/No Pass

2nd Year Annual Assessment for Program Advancement
CY 762, 0 units
In this assessment, each student will be evaluated to assure readiness to perform in the advanced practicum.  Pass/No Pass

Psychotherapy Practicum Seminar I
CY 763, 1 unit
This seminar offers students a forum in which to integrate psychotherapy experiences of practicum with academic coursework at Pacifica.  This seminar will include topics on empathy and attunement to affect, relational function, managing boundaries in psychotherapy, and evidence-based best practices.  Prerequisite: CY 762.  Pass/No Pass

Psychotherapy Practicum Seminar II
CY 764, 1 unit
This seminar offers students a forum to integrate the psychotherapeutic experiences of their practicum site with academic coursework. Scheduled topics include Imaginal techniques in therapy, therapeutic use of dreams, the therapeutic frame, transference/countertransference, and continued discussion of appropriate therapeutic boundaries. Prerequisite: CY 762

Psychotherapy Practicum Seminar III
CY 765, 1 unit
This seminar is the final seminar in the psychotherapy sequence. This seminar provides students a forum to continue the integration of their psychotherapeutic experiences at their practicum site with academic coursework. Topics include active listening, appropriate use of psychodynamic interpretations, importance of personal and professional boundaries in psychotherapy and issues related to the development of a private practice. Prerequisite: CY 762

3rd Year Annual Assessment for Program Advancement
CY 766, 0 units
In this module, each student will have a face-to-face evaluation by Clinical Psychology Faculty to assess academic, clinical, and research progress in order to advance to the fourth year of the clinical psychology program.  Pass/No Pass

 

CLINICAL PRACTICE COURSES
The Clinical Practice courses provide a broad foundation for the development of a generalist practitioner in clinical psychology with diverse training in multiple psychotherapeutic orientations, assessment, consulting, and evidence-based best practices.

History and Systems of Psychology
CY 700, 2 units
Students will explore the scientific evolution of psychological systems from antiquity to the present era.  The course will examine how the historic development of the schools of psychoanalysis, behaviorism, Gestalt, humanistic, and postmodern psychology has led to current practices in clinical psychology.  The importance of a multicultural perspective will be emphasized.  The systems developed throughout history to treat mental illness will be evaluated.  The course will examine the history of the American Psychological Association in the context of current trends in clinical psychology as a scientific discipline and profession.

Cognitive and Intellectual Assessment
CY 930, 3 units
The psychological assessment course series begins with the study of psychometric theory including test construction, standardization, validity, reliability, and the appropriate and ethical use of assessment for individuals from diverse backgrounds. The administration, scoring, and interpretation of the Wechsler intelligence scales, Wechsler Memory Scales-IV, and Bender Visual Motor Gestalt Test are highlighted with special emphasis on integrating the results with clinical judgment, effective report writing, evidence-based treatment planning, and communication of assessment results. The course will focus on foundational psychometric theory in the context of emphasizing practical, evidence-based best practices in cognitive assessment.

Objective Personality Assessment
CY 931, 3 units
The course focuses on foundational psychometric theory in the context of emphasizing practical, evidence-based best practices in personality assessment Students learn the principles of personality assessment and become familiar with, and learn how to administer, score, and interpret the MMPI-2, MCMI-III, CPI, PAI, MBTI, and BDI-II. Students are provided with an overview of neuropsychological assessment including interviewing, familiarity with common tests, and strategies of interpreting and integrating neuropsychological assessment data. There is a focus on integrating results into user-friendly, case-focused, problem- oriented reports for clinical, vocational, medical, and forensic settings.

Projective Personality Assessment
CY 938, 2 units
This course focuses on psychometric theory, controversies, and practical applications of performance-based personality instruments (projectives) with an emphasis on the Rorschach. Course includes examination of the Thematic Apperception Test, Sentence Completion Test and projective drawings. Information derived from performance-based personality assessment will be used to develop clear, user-friendly, case-focused reports that describe the psychological context of the client as well as answer the referral question. There is an emphasis on using assessment results to enhance the therapeutic process utilizing evidence-based best practices.

 

DEPTH PSYCHOLOGY AND HUMANITIES COURSES

The Depth Psychology and the Humanities courses prepare clinical students for the practice of a specialty in depth (psychoanalytic and Jungian) psychology. This includes an understanding of the rich traditions of depth psychology, the humanities, and interdisciplinary and cultural studies. Students learn how literature, culture, myth, history, and art infuse the science of clinical psychology and the practice of psychotherapy. The coursework in the theory and practice of Jungian and psychoanalytic psychotherapy is presented in an organized and sequential manner in order for students to develop strong psychotherapeutic skills in the practice of depth psychology throughout the academic program.


Introduction to Depth Psychology and the Human Science Traditions
CY 819, 2 units
This course is a scholarly introduction to the theories and traditions of depth psychology with an emphasis on the role that depth psychology attributes to the unconscious. Exploration of the cultural-historical contexts of depth psychology in relation to myth, religion, philosophy, art and literature is explored. Particular attention is given to the origins of depth psychology in the works of Sigmund Freud and C.G Jung, the traditions that followed, as well as contemporary developments in depth psychology.

Jungian-Based Psychotherapy I
CY 810, 2 units
Classical Jungian concepts such as ego, Self, persona, shadow, anima/animus, archetype, collective unconscious, transcendent function, and individuation are examined. Clinical application of Jungian thought is demonstrated through theoretical discussions, case examples, and the reading of primary Jungian sources. Particular attention is given to understanding how various forms of psychopathology can be imagined as manifestations of ego-Self axis dynamics. An analysis is provided of the critiques of Jungian concepts from postmodern and multicultural perspectives,

Jungian-Based Psychotherapy II
CY 811, 2 units
This course will expand consideration of classical Jungian concepts to include the individuated ego, personal and collective shadow, the contra-sexual archetypes anima/animus, manifestations of the Self, dreams and numinous experiences, and their application to clinical practice. In addition, Jungian typology is examined, archetypal figures and patterns explored and the use of myths in depth psychotherapy elaborated. The course also examines the works of post-Jungian scholars. Students continue the work of self-reflection to further their individuation process as central to their work as clinical and depth psychologists. Prerequisite: CY 810

Post-Jungian Based Psychotherapy
CY 815, 3 units
This course examines the works of post-Jungian theorists and scholars.  Archetypal and Imaginal psychology contributions are examined.  The course discusses recent developments in the evolution of Jungian thought and practice, which includes cultural, alchemical, neuroscientific, somatic, and ecological considerations.  The importance of cultural myths and wisdom traditions is explored in relation to their applicability to clinical practice.  Prerequisites: CY 810, CY 811.

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy I
CY 711, 2 units
This course focuses on the fundamental assumptions underlying psychoanalytic treatment beginning with the seminal contributions of Sigmund Freud. The establishment of the therapeutic frame and the building of a therapeutic alliance are examined. Students explore the complexities of the transference-countertransference field and develop an understanding and rationale of specific types of psychoanalytic interventions. The work of Nancy McWilliams serves as a basis for exploration of current trends in psychoanalytic assessment and treatment.

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy II
CY 712, 2 units
This course continues examining psychoanalytic theory and practice, including a focus on cultural dimensions of practice.  In particular, the contributions of Winnicott, Klein, Lacan, Bion, and Green who helped delineate the dynamics and treatment of Borderline, narcissistic, and psychotic conditions.  Prerequisite: CY 711

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy III
CY 715, 2 units
This course examines contemporary relational psychoanalysis as derived from the work of Kohut and Stolorow. The implications of conflict versus deficit psychology on psychoanalytic technique will be examined. The major paradigmatic changes brought forth by Self psychology are compared and contrasted with classical theory illuminating the different approaches to the therapeutic frame and to psychoanalytic interpretation. Prerequisites: CY 711, CY 712

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy IV
CY 716, 2 units
The final course in the psychoanalytic sequence addresses current trends in psychoanalytic thought including neurophysiological and psychodynamic research and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. The seminal work of Alan Schore serves as a basis for the exploration of therapeutic issues related to affect regulation and construction of the self. The recent efficacy research of Jonathan Shedler, which establishes psychodynamic psychotherapy as an evidence-based best practice, serves as a model for further psychodynamic research. Students examine ways to integrate the variety of psychoanalytic perspectives into an analytic perspective in their clinical practice. Prerequisites: CY 711, CY 712, CY 715

 

RESEARCH AND SCHOLARLY INQUIRY COURSES

The program of study in research provides a solid grounding in both quantitative and qualitative research traditions while specializing in innovative human science methodologies ad-dressing the multiple dimensions of psychological life.Research courses emphasize the complementary interdepen-dence of clinical intervention and empirical inquiry providing the skills necessary to complete a Clinical Research Project (CRP) in order to make a significant research contribution to the practice of clinical psychology.

The Clinical Research Project research process is integrated throughout the academic program in order to model the importance of research and scholarly inquiry in the daily practice of a clinical psychologist. The integration of the Clinical Research Project with the academic program assures the completion of doctoral research in order to advance in a timely manner toward Internship and licensure as a clinical psychologist.

Theories of Psychometric Measurement
CY 933, 3 units
The course covers classical and current psychometric theory and procedures involved in constructing and evaluating measurement instruments in clinical psychology including the key concepts of scale development. Cronbach’s alpha, exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis, types of reliability and validity, multi-trait and multi-method validation, item response theory, psychometric scaling and structural equation modeling are examined.

Statistics and Quantitative Research Designs and Methods I
CY 950, 3 units
This course provides an overview of univariate statistical methods or those pertaining to analysis of a single, continuous, dependent variable. The goal of this overview is to prepare students to be competent and critical consumers of quantitative research for clinical practice. An applied overview of both descriptive and inferential statistics is provided. Topics covered include: (1) Descriptive statistics (Measurement scales, frequency distributions, measures of central tendency, measures of spread (variability), measures of linear relationships, and standard scores), and (2) Inferential statistics (hypothesis testing, correlation and regression, Z-tests, t-tests, one way analysis of variance [ANOVA], Chi-Square tests and estimation of population parameters from sample data). Survey and experiential approaches to research and clinical investigations are examined.

Statistics and Quantitative Research Designs and Methods II
CY 951, 3 units
This course continues to prepare students to be competent and critical consumers of quantitative research for clinical practice by the examination and applicability of advanced quantitative methods including multivariate statistical analysis. This course assists students in becoming skilled in reading, understanding, and using quantitative research designs. Course also examine the broad principles and application of multivariate statistical models for the design of quantitative studies and the treatment of data as well as the statistical methods employed in clinical research studies. Topics include multivariate analysis of variance and covariance, factor analysis, binary logistic regression, multiple regression, discriminant analysis, power, and meta-analysis. Prerequisite CY 950.

Qualitative Research Designs and Methods
CY 952, 2 units
The course examines the strengths and weaknesses of the major human science traditions such as phenomenology, hermeneutics, heuristic approaches, ethnography, grounded theory, biography and case study. Theory and praxis of these approaches are examined with students having an experience with a particular qualitative approach (i.e., phenomenology). Emphasis is given to ethics and cultural diversity as well as the parallels between research and clinical practice.

Dissertation Development
CY 955, 2 units
This course emphasizes the development of critical thinking skills related to evaluating research studies and the writing of a dissertation in clinical psychology. The course focuses on the completion of an initial proposal, which contains a literature review of the seminal sources, a well-defined clinical research question, a preliminary review of method(s) to be used in addressing the question, and an explication of the relevance of the question for the practice of clinical psychology.

Advanced Research Methods in Clinical Psychology I
CY 956, 2 units
This course focuses on the review of current approaches to applied research in clinical psychology. Particular attention is given to research methodologies as well as the philosophical and epistemological foundations of clinical research. The course results in an advanced review of the literature on a selected topic related to the clinical research question developed for the dissertation.

Advanced Research Methods in Clinical Psychology II
CY 957, 2 units
This course critically examines the variety of applied methods in clinical psychology, including both quantitative and qualitative methods as well as theoretical and interpretative approaches. The course results in an advanced application of selected research method(s) to the clinical research question of the dissertation. Prerequisite: CY 955

Dissertation Completion I
CY 958, 3 units
At the beginning of the third year in order to assure timely completion of the dissertation students must (1) complete the composition of their dissertation committee, (2) complete Introduction, Literature Review and Methods sections and (3) finalize their ethics application. In addition students are encouraged to begin their data collection and analysis. This course is taken under the direction of the Chair of the dissertation committee and concurrently with third year academic courses. Students are required to complete all three units by the end of the third academic year. Pass/No Pass.

Dissertation Completion II
CY 959, 3 units
At the beginning of the fourth year in order to assure timely completion of the dissertation students must (1) complete data collection (2) complete data analysis (3) complete the final dissertation document including Results and Discussion sections (the Discussion section needs to include implications of dissertation for the advancement of the practice of clinical psychology), (4) participate successfully in the Oral Defense of the dissertation and (5) complete the final document edits as required by the Dissertation Office. This course is taken under the direction of the Chair of the dissertation committee and concurrently with fourth year academic courses. Students are required to complete all three units by the end of the fourth academic year to advance to Internship. Prerequisite: CY 958  Pass/No Pass.

Dissertation Completion Extension
CY 959A, 3 units
Students who have not completed Dissertation Completion I or Dissertation Completion II during the third and/or fourth year register for a dissertation extension. Students will be billed at the regular per unit rate.

Comprehensive Portfolio
CY 989, 0 units
Upon completion of nine quarters of Psy.D. coursework​, a student in good academic standing is eligible to take the Comprehensive Portfolio.  The Comprehensive Portfolio is designed to assess student competencies in the area of each of the three Program Domains: Clinical Practice, Research and Scholarly Inquiry, and Depth Psychology and Humanities.  Students must pass all components of the Comprehensive Portfolio in order to advance to Internship.  Students must retake any failed portion of the Portfolio within a quarter following the initial submission of the Portfolio. ​A student is eligible to take an academic tutorial in preparation for re-examination.  If a student does not pass any aspect of the Comprehensive Portfolio within two attempts he or she will be academically disqualified.  Pass/No Pass​

Pre-Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology
CY 980, 3 units
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. Students may apply for financial aid for the initial 3 quarter enrollment period. A quarterly fee will apply. Students must submit quarterly evaluations to be eligible to pass the quarter and register for the next quarter. The inability to pass Internship may result in loss of enrollment status, financial aid, and possible disqualification from the Clinical Psychology Program.

Pre-Doctoral Internship Extension in Clinical Psychology
CY 980A, 0 units
Upon completion of three quarters of pre-doctoral internship, all students who are continuing to accrue pre-doctoral internship hours will be eligible to enroll in pre-doctoral internship extension. Students must submit quarterly evaluations to be eligible to pass the quarter and register for the next quarter.

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology

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