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PSYCHOLOGY IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY CALIFORNIA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY GRADUATE SCHOOL


CALIFORNIA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY

FPO OUR AIM

Our aim is to prepare doctoral students for entry-level practice in the field of clinical psychology.

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to graduate the next generation of health service psychologists to live their purpose as 21st century “Good Samaritans.� We train burgeoning mental health professionals to be academically prepared through discipline-specific knowledge, globally minded, equipped to serve via profession-wide competencies, and biblically rooted by integrating psychological science and the Christian faith.


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PSYCHOLOGY IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY OUR GOAL

Our goal is to prepare practitioner-scholars to competently, ethically and effectively acquire clinical skills in the foundational and functional areas of professionalism; relationships; psychological science; the application of theoretical and empirical models of assessment, intervention and consultation; and supervision in multidisciplinary settings. By concentrating on a sequential, developmental approach that emphasizes the gradual attainment of clinical competencies at three successive levels of training, graduates will secure the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors necessary to transition from doctoral education to the internship process, culminating with independent psychology licensure and practice. Through blending empirical evidence and clinical practice—drawing inspiration from the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25–36) along the way— graduates from the program will be equipped to serve those in need within contemporary society, responding to suffering with a servant’s heart so as to ameliorate the stigma of mental disorders through compassion, kindness and empathy.


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Student Learning Outcomes1 Develop General Knowledge in the Discipline of Psychology Students will understand and apply a knowledge of the history and systems of psychology; theories of psychotherapy; affective, biological, cognitive, developmental, sociological and abnormal bases of behavior; integrative knowledge within multiple domains of psychology; research approaches; and psychometrics to health service psychology.

Develop Specific Competencies in the Profession of Clinical Psychology Students will understand the role that several key competencies play in health service psychology, developing these skills incrementally as they move from practicum placement to internship, followed by graduation and independent practice. The six competency domains within the program focus on (a) professionalism; (b) relationships; (c) science; (d) the application of evidence-based practice, assessment, intervention and consultation; (e) supervision; and (f) systems, all of which emphasize the value of individual and cultural diversity and the empirical literature within clinical psychology.

Blend Psychological Science and a Christian Worldview Students will be biblically rooted within the profession of clinical psychology, developing the ability to integrate a Christian worldview into previously developed and well-established theories and empirical models, starting with psychological science as the foundation and exploring ways the Christian tradition aligns with clinical psychology. Students will also learn how to begin with a Christian worldview, using several biblical traditions to build, test and evaluate theory, starting with the Bible as the foundation and exploring ways the scientific method can help to enrich, deepen and empirically validate a biblical view of suffering and healing in the 21st century by focusing on assessment and intervention for Christian clients. The first two student learning outcomes for the program, including the structure and much of the language and terminology, are drawn from the knowledge and competencies presented in the APA’s “Standards of Accreditation for Health Service Psychology” and “Implementing Regulations” (see www.apa.org/ed/accreditation/index.aspx), as well as the APA’s “Competency Initiatives in Professional Psychology” (see www.apa.org/ed/graduate/competency. aspx). “The California Board of Psychology Laws and Regulations” (see article 3, Education and Experience, under the “California Code of Regulations”) has also been used to develop the areas of knowledge that are necessary for California psychology licensure. All three outcomes draw from CBU’s Core 4 university outcomes. 1


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Accreditation Status WASC: Pending WSCUC approval APA: The CBU PsyD program is not currently accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). However, the curriculum was designed to meet the APA’s accreditation standards via the “Standards of Accreditation for Health Service Psychology.” We intend to seek “intent to apply” status by fall 2018. In turn, we are aiming to apply for “accredited, on contingency” status by fall 2019, which is the earliest we can do so, followed by “accredited” status as soon as we are eligible to apply for this final step in the accreditation process. There is no guarantee, though, that our program will be accredited by the APA. Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association 750 1st Street NE, Washington, DC 20002 Phone: 202.336.5979 apaaccred@apa.org www.apa.org/ed/accreditation


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Features •

An emphasis on individual and cultural diversity

A focus on the peer-reviewed psychology literature

An exploration of the intersection between psychology and Christianity

Training Philosophy and Model The program is based on the practitioner-scholar model, emphasizing both the practice and science of clinical psychology. In preparing students to enter the mental health field as practitioner-scholars, the program utilizes sequential training, adopting the APA’s benchmarks model to assess professional competencies at three stages of learning—prior to practicum placement, prior to internship placement and after graduation—as students move toward independent practice.

Coursework The program requires 128 units with several course sequences (CS) that focus on sequential learning, including: •

Basic content CS (15 units)

Assessment CS (10 units)

State of California CS (12 units)

Supervision CS (3 units)

Research CS (18 units)

Faith integration CS (12 units)

Practicum CS (31 units)

Elective CS (9 units)

Intervention CS (18 units)

Structure •

A traditional, full-time, five-year program with mostly evening and weekend courses

Four years of academic coursework

Three years of practicum placements (one internal and two external)

A one-year, full-time internship placement

Cohort sizes of approximately 20 students


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Graduation Requirements •

128 units

One internal (500 hours) and two external (1,000 hours) practicum placements

One full-time internship placement (1,800 hours)

Dissertation

Clinical competency exam

Personal psychotherapy

Student membership in APA

Attendance at one state, regional or national psychology conference

Career Paths •

Clinical psychologist, conducting assessments and interventions in a wide variety of settings

Professor in higher education

Consultant

Administrator

Researcher

Application Requirements •

Application

Six undergraduate psychology prerequisite courses

Completion of a regionally accredited bachelor’s degree

GRE scores

Four professional recommendation forms

Professional essay

Current résumé

Interview process

Priority Deadline March 1*

Program Tuition $950 per unit

*Late applications are accepted and considered as space allows.


ABOUT THE COLLEGE OF BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at California Baptist University focuses on equipping students to make a definitive, positive impact in their respective fields. We are uniquely designed to prepare students for compassion, global-mindedness and scientific rigor, rooted in our biblical foundation. For over 40 years, the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences has been making a difference in the lives of its students, Southern California and the greater international community. Our graduate programs have the distinguished reputation for producing well-equipped and compassionate professionals to “be the difference� across corporate, government, nonprofit and faith-based settings.

For more information visit:

calbaptist.edu/psyd Graduate School at California Baptist University 8432 Magnolia Avenue Riverside, CA 92504 USA

Phone: 951.343.4249 graduateadmissions@calbaptist.edu 05.17/500

Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)  
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)