Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program Format

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Program Format

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. Between learning sessions, study and instruction continues through individual mentorship from faculty, online learning, and cohort support.

 
  FIRST YEAR
 
  Practicum Seminars
 
     

Professional Development Seminar I, II, III – CL 755, CL 756, CL 757, 1 Unit each

 
 
  Clinical Practice Courses
 
     

Cognitive and Intellectual Assessment – CY 930, 3 Units
Objective Personality Assessment – CY 931, 3 Units
Objective Personality Assessment – CY 931, 3 Units
Advanced Psychopathology I – CP 730, 2 Units
Legal, Ethical, & Professional Practice – CP 832, 2 Units
Developmental Psychology I: Childhood through Adolescence – CY 830, 2 Units

 
 
  Depth Psychology and Humanities Courses
 
   

Introduction to Depth Psychology and the Human Science Traditions – CY 819, 2 Unit
Cultural Foundations of Depth Psychology I – CL 723, 1 Unit

 
 
  Research and Scholarly Inquiry Courses
 
   

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
 
   

First Year Annual Assessment and Diagnostic Practicum Readiness Module – CL 758, 0 Units

 
       

 

SECOND YEAR

 
 
  Practicum Seminars
 
     

Diagnostic Practicum Seminar I, II, III, – CL 759, CL 760, CL 761, 1 Unit each

 
 
  Clinical Practice Courses
 
   

Projective Personality Assessment – CL 938, 2 Units
Clinical Interviewing – CY 940, 1 Unit
Biological Foundations of Human Behavior – CY 735, 3 Units
Cognitive-Affective Foundations of Human Behavior – CL 836, 3 Units
Social Foundations of Human Behavior I – CY 800, 3 Units

 
 
  Depth Psychology and Humanities Courses
 
   

Jungian-Based Psychotherapy I – CP 810, 2 Units
Depth Psychology and Contemporary Culture I – CL 920, 1 Unit
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy I – CP 711, 2 Units

 
 
  Research and Scholarly Inquiry Courses
 
   

Qualitative Research Designs and Methods – CY 952, 2 Units
Clinical Research Project Development – CY 955, 2 Units
Advanced Qualitative Research: Depth Psychological Research – CY 953, 3 Units

 
 
  Annual Assessment
 
   

Second Year Annual Assessment and Psychotherapy Practicum Readiness Module – CL 762, 0 Units

 
       

 

THIRD YEAR

 
 
  Practicum Seminars
 
   

Psychotherapy Practicum Seminar I, II, III – CL 763, CL 764, CL 765, 1 Unit each

 
 
  Clinical Practice Courses
 
   

History and Systems of Psychology – CP 700, 2 Units
Cognitive-Behavioral Psychology – CL 835, 2 Units
Advanced Psychopathology II – CP 731, 2 Units
Principles of Psychopharmacology – CP 873, 2 Units
Comparative Approaches to Psychotherapy – CP 770, 2 Units
Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy – CY 912, 2 Units

 
 
  Depth Psychology and Humanities Courses
 
   

Jungian-Based Psychotherapy II – CP 811, 2 Units
Psychotherapy with Diverse Populations – CP 845, 2 Units
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy II – CP 712, 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
Clinical Research Project Completion I – CY 958, 3 Units

 
 
  Annual Assessment
 
   

Third Year Annual Assessment and Internship Readiness Module – CL 766, 0 Units
Comprehensive Exam – CP 989, 0 Units

 
     

 

FOURTH YEAR

 
 
  Clinical Practice Courses
 
   

Developmental Psychology II: Adulthood through Old Age – CY 801, 2 Units
Alcohol, Chemical Dependency and Addictive Behaviors – CL 900, 2 Units
Social Foundations of Human Behavior II – CY 802, 2 Units
Principles of Clinical Supervision and Consultation – CL 752, 2 Units

 
 
  Depth Psychology and Humanities Courses
 
   

Depth Psychology and Contemporary Culture II – CY 921, 2 Units
Archetypal Psychology: Theory and Practice – CP 840, 2 Units
Cultural Foundations of Depth Psychology II – CL 724, 2 Units
Post-Jungian Psychotherapy: Theory and Practice – CP 745, 2 Units
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy III – CY 715, 2 Units
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy IV – CY 716, 2 Units
Imaginal Psychotherapy – CP 814, 2 Units

 
 
  Research and Scholarly Inquiry Courses
 
   

Clinical Research Project Completion II – CY 959, 3 Units

 
 
  Oral Defense
 
   

Faculty Approval of Clinical Research Project

 
     
  FIFTH YEAR  
 
  Internship
 
   

Completion of 1,500 hours of a Pre-Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology

 
       
     
      
  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 depending upon changing academic needs.