Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology
The California Baptist University (CBU) Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology degree draws from the practitioner-scholar model of doctoral training. Students focus on the practice of clinical psychology, using the science of clinical psychology to guide their professional work. In addition, students have the opportunity to develop research skills through research teams and other avenues that result in original, empirical research projects. Through coursework, practicum training, a full-time internship, a clinical competency exam, and an original dissertation project, students develop the requisite skills, attitudes, knowledge, and behavior to serve a diverse public. The ultimate aim of the CBU PsyD Program is to prepare students to pursue state licensure as a psychologist.
CBU’s PsyD Program is 128 units, and students are eligible to apply for a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology after completing the first two years of the Program (62 units). The master’s degree, though, is not a license-eligible degree.
5 years (full-time)
The CBU PsyD Program highly values and emphasizes individual and cultural diversity, the peer-reviewed psychology literature, and ways to explore the intersection between psychological science and the Christian faith.
The Program does not solely draw from any one particular theoretical orientation to guide clinical practice. Instead, students learn about a range of theories to inform treatment, including traditional cognitive behavioral and mindfulness-based, transdiagnostic, psychodynamic, attachment-based, systems, and other well-developed models. Moreover, because of the emphasis we place on evidence-based intervention and assessment strategies, our students complete coursework that focuses on a wide variety of psychotherapy and assessment topics, ranging from individual, couples, family, child and adolescent, and group modalities, to personality, intelligence, and projective testing.
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Pending WSCUC approval.
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” (SoA). 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: