Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program Format

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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 Graduate Institute's Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology includes four years of coursework designed to teach increasingly complex, sequential, competency-based and integrative content which makes up the building blocks of professional competence in clinical psychology.

The first two years include emphasis on knowledge and practice skills in such core topics as psychopathology, diagnosis, psychological testing and assessment, ethics, and research, including depth psychology approaches in all these areas. The third and fourth years include increasing focus on advanced psychotherapy skills, with particular focus on Jungian, archetypal, psychoanalytic, and other psychodynamic perspectives.

Clinical Psychology Psy.D. classes take place in four-day sessions (Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon) once each month during Fall, Winter, and Spring. In between learning sessions, study, instruction, and advising continue through individual and group mentorship from faculty, web-enhanced learning, and cohort support groups.

 

FIRST YEAR

PRACTICUM SEMINARS
Professional Development Seminar I, II, III – CY 755, CY 756, CY 757, 1 Unit each

CLINICAL PRACTICE COURSES
Cognitive and Intellectual Assessment – CY 930, 3 Units
Objective Personality Assessment – CY 931, 3 Units
Advanced Psychopathology I – CY 730, 2 Units
Legal, Ethical, & Professional Practice – CY 832, 2 Units

DEPTH PSYCHOLOGY COURSES
Introduction to Depth Psychology and the Human Science Traditions – CY 819, 2 Units
Jungian-Based Psychotherapy I – CY 810, 2 Units

RESEARCH AND SCHOLARLY INQUIRY
Statistics and Quantitative Research Designs and Methods I – CY 950, 3 Units
Statistics and Quantitative Research Designs and Methods II – CY 951, 3 Units
Theories of Psychometric Measurement – CY 933, 3 Units

ANNUAL ASSESSMENT  
1st Year Annual Assessment for Program Advancement – CY 758, 0 Units

 
SECOND YEAR

PRACTICUM SEMINARS
Assessment Practicum Seminar I, II, III – CY 759, CY 760, CY 761, 1 Unit each

CLINICAL PRACTICE COURSES
Projective Personality Assessment – CY 938, 2 Units
Clinical Interviewing – CY 940, 1 Unit
Biological Foundations of Human Behavior – CY 735, 3 Units
History and Systems of Psychology – CY 700, 2 Units
Alcohol, Chemical Dependency and Addictive Behaviors – CY 900, 2 Units
Evidence-Based Psychotherapy – CY 913, 2 units
Psychotherapy with Diverse Populations – CY 845, 2 Units
Integrative and Interprofessional Treatment Approaches – 1 Unit

DEPTH PSYCHOLOGY AND HUMANITIES COURSES
Psychoanalytic-Based Psychotherapy I – CY 711, 2 Units

RESEARCH ANDSCHOLARLY INQUIRY COURSES
Qualitative Research Designs and Methods CY 952, 2 Units
Dissertation Development – CY 955, 2 Units

ANNUAL ASSESSMENT
2nd Year Annual Assessment for Program Advancement - CY 762, 0 Units

 
THIRD YEAR

PRACTICUM SEMINARS
Psychotherapy Practicum Seminar I, II, III – CY 763, CY 764, CY 765, 1 Unit each

CLINICAL PRACTICE COURSES
Cognitive Foundations of Human Behavior– CY 837, 3 Units
Advanced Psychopathology II – CY 731, 2 Units
Comparative Approaches to Psychotherapy – CY 770, 2 Units
Social Foundations of Human Behavior I – CY 800, 3 Units
Developmental Psychology I: Childhood through Adolescence – CY 830, 2 Units
Gender and Human Sexuality – CY 901, 1 Unit
Community Mental Health, Public Policy, and Depth Psychology – CY 825, 2 Units

DEPTH PSYCHOLOGY AND HUMANITIES COURSES
Psychoanalytic-Based Psychotherapy II – CY 712, 2 Units
Psychoanalytic-Based Psychotherapy III – CY 715, 2 Units

RESEARCH AND SCHOLARLY INQUIRY COURSES
Advanced Research Methods in Clinical Psychology I – CY 956, 2 Units
Advanced Research Methods in Clinical Psychology II – CY 957, 2 Units
Dissertation Completion I – CY 958, 3 Units

ANNUAL ASSESSMENT
Third Year Annual Assessment for Program Advancement – CY 766, 0 Units
Comprehensive Portfolio – CY 989, 0 Units

 
FOURTH YEAR

CLINICAL PRACTICE COURSES
Developmental Psychology II: Adulthood through Old Age – CY 801, 3 Units
Social Foundations of Human Behavior II: Group Processes – CY 802, 3 Units
Principles of Clinical Supervision and Consultation – CY 752, 2 Units
Principles of Psychopharmacology – CY 873, 3 Units
Indigenous Approaches to Psychology – CY 803, 1 Unit
Affective Foundations of Human Behavior – CY 838, 2 Units
Violence and Trauma – CY 834, 3 Units
Mindfulness and Imagery in Integrative Treatment – 1 Unit

DEPTH PSYCHOLOGY AND HUMANITIES COURSES
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy IV – CY 716, 2 Units
Post-Jungian Based Psychotherapy – CY 815, 3 Units
Jungian-Based Psychotherapy II – CY 811, 2 Units

RESEARCH AND SCHOLARLY INQUIRY COURSES
Dissertation Completion II – CY 959, 3 Units

ORAL DEFENSE Faculty Approval of Dissertation

 
FIFTH YEAR

INTERNSHIP Completion of 1,500 hours of a Pre-Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology  – CY 980, 3 units & CY 980A, 0 units
Selected courses may have online components. This curriculum is not intended to meet all the requirements of each State for licensure in clinical psychology. This curriculum may vary based upon evolving academic needs.

 

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