Clinical Psychology, Psy.D.
The mission of the Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology is to produce graduates who can integrate the science and practice of psychology with Christian theology, and who are prepared to meet the psychological needs of the world in general and the Christian community specifically through professional service and scholarship.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology:
- An aim of the PsyD program is to produce clinical psychologists who possess enhanced clinical skills (including knowledge and professional attitudes) to implement a broad spectrum of psychological interventions to meet the needs of society (ULO 1).
- An aim of the PsyD program is to produce clinical psychologists who can demonstrate a requisite ability in research or other scholarly activities, which ultimately can serve psychological practitioners and society at large. (ULO 2).
- An aim of the PsyD program is to produce clinical psychologists who, by knowledge and training, can meet the psychological needs of the Christian community (ULO 3).
Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.
Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology
Although Rosemead does not offer a terminal Master's program, a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology is granted after the completion of the first two years of either the Ph.D. or Psy.D. curriculum, including:
- A minimum of 45 semester credits in psychology (including practicum and psychotherapy lab courses).
- A minimum of 9 semester credits in theology, 3 credits in statistics, and 3 credits in ethics.
- A minimum of one year of resident graduate work (the final semester must be in residence).
- A transfer maximum of 9 credits in psychology may be counted toward the M.A. in Clinical Psychology.
Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology
- Residence and Course Work
Normally, four years of residency are required unless transfer of credit is brought in and advanced standing granted. While the doctorate is not awarded simply for completion of stated course work, there are basic credit requirements for the degree (133 semester credits). Each student is assigned a faculty advisor who assists in the planning of each semester's schedule of courses and supervises the student's progress in the program. For transfer credit, see General Academic Information.
Psychology: Psy.D. students must complete a minimum of 77 semester credits of psychology. These 77 credits must include 50 required psychology credits, 18 credits of practicum and 9 credits of elective psychology courses. Students may apply up to 6 credits of graduate coursework from the Cook School of Intercultural Studies toward the total psychology elective hours requirement.
Psychotherapy Laboratory: Students in the Psy.D. program must complete 21 credits selected from psychotherapy lab courses. These are taken in the second, third and fourth years.
Theology: All students must complete a minor in theology which includes a minimum of 18 semester credits.
Integration Seminars: All students participate in a series of seminars (12 credits) devoted to the integration of a variety of theological and psychological concepts in research, theory and practice.
Dissertation Research: Students in Rosemead's Psy.D. program may fulfill the research component of their program either by writing a dissertation or by successfully completing a research consumership sequence (5 credits), which includes a year-long doctoral research seminar, a doctoral paper consisting of a critical review of research literature on a clinical topic, and a comprehensive proficiency examination for consumers of clinical research.
- Progress Evaluations
Each year students are evaluated on their general progress toward completion of degree requirements. These evaluations include review of each student's academic skills, clinical skills, and personal/interpersonal/spiritual growth as required by the program. Because all of these areas are integral to the practice of clinical psychology and the distinctive of Rosemead's program, deficiencies in any of them may result in program termination. However, the general objective of such evaluation is to provide feedback conducive to continued growth and development toward successful completion of the degree, high quality of service to clients, and high level of professional competence. Procedures and processes for the evaluations are specified in the Rosemead Student Handbook.
- Comprehensive Examinations
All students must pass a set of doctoral-level comprehensive examinations covering the following areas: (1) psychological assessment and intervention, (2) integration of psychology and theology, and (3) ethics.
These examinations are scheduled annually and serve as the major means of evaluating a student's suitability to continue studies toward the doctorate. The examinations may be taken after completion of 75% (100 credits) of the course work and must be successfully completed prior to the Professional Qualifying Examination.
Only one retake of the examination is allowed. The dates of the Comprehensive Examinations are specified in the Academic Calendar.
- Admission to Candidacy
Official candidacy for the doctorate signifies an advanced stage in the student's progress. In order to be admitted to candidacy the student must have:
- Successfully completed the Second Year Evaluation
- Passed the Comprehensive Examinations
- Received approval of the dissertation proposal by the Doctoral Committee or completed the three-semester, 5-credit Doctoral Research Seminar and clinical comprehensive proficiency research examination
- Completed training therapy experience
- Professional Qualifying Examination
All doctoral students must successfully complete an examination that evaluates the student's readiness for a full-time internship. It may be taken any time after the comprehensive examinations have been passed and must be completed prior to acceptance of an internship. Only one retake of the exam is allowed. The examining committee may require the student to complete additional course work, practicum, or other professional growth experiences prior to beginning the internship. See the Professional Qualifying Examination Guidelines in the student handbook for further detail.
All students are required to successfully complete a one year, full-time clinical internship prior to graduation. All internships are to be approved in advance by the Clinical Training Committee. For further details, refer to the Internship Guidelines in the student handbook. Also, all students need to meet with a Graduate Graduation Counselor in the Office of the Registrar to have their internship eligibility confirmed one year prior to their internship. Internship fees are listed in the psychology course section (RSTN 731 Internship). There is some provision for students to complete this requirement in two years at half-time.
- Completion of Training Therapy
All students must receive certification of completion of training therapy from the Director of Clinical Training. 86 hours of training therapy is required, at least 50 of which must be individual therapy. See Training Therapy Guidelines in the student handbook for further details.
- Dissertation or Research Consumership Sequence
All Psy.D. students must demonstrate doctoral-level mastery of a research area in clinical psychology. This may be done either by a dissertation or by a research consumership sequence. The research consumership sequence is composed of:
- A three-semester, 5-credit doctoral research seminar focusing on the critical evaluation and utilization of clinical research;
- A doctoral paper involving a critical review of research on a selected, clinically relevant topic; and
- A clinical comprehensive proficiency examination evaluating the student's ability to critically evaluate current clinical research. This comprehensive proficiency exam is taken in conjunction with the first semester of the doctoral research seminar. Psy.D. students must either register for 5 credits for dissertation or for the doctoral research seminar.
- Final Examination
The final examination for Psy.D. students who write a dissertation is an oral defense of the dissertation before the doctoral committee and other invited professionals. Students completing the doctoral research sequence must pass the research consumership exam given during the Doctoral Research Seminars.
|RSDS 711||Doctoral Research Seminar I||1|
|RSDS 712||Doctoral Research Seminar II||3|
|RSDS 713||Doctoral Research Seminar III||1|
|RSPY 501||Introduction to Psychotherapy||1|
|RSPY 502||Advanced Statistics||3|
|RSPY 506||Program Evaluation and Consultation||3|
|RSPY 515||Introduction to Psychopathology||3|
|RSPY 530||History and Systems of Psychology||2|
|RSPY 561||History of Psychoanalytic Thought||2|
|RSPY 601||Research Design||3|
|RSPY 603||Cognitive-Affective Aspects of Behavior||2|
|RSPY 607||Biological Aspects of Behavior||3|
|RSPY 608||Social Psychology||3|
|RSPY 615||Advanced Developmental Psychology||3|
|RSPY 623||Seminar in Multicultural Issues I 1||1|
|RSPY 624||Seminar in Multicultural Issues II 1||1|
|RSPY 625||Multicultural Issues in Clinical Psychology||3|
|RSPY 641||Measurement and Assessment I: Cognitive Assessment||3|
|RSPY 642||Measurement and Assessment II: Personality||3|
|RSPY 643||Measurement and Assessment III: Performance-Based Measure (Rorschach)||3|
|RSPY 681||Pre-practicum I||1|
|RSPY 682||Pre-practicum II||2|
|RSPY 688||Practicum Consultation 2||0|
|RSPY 691||Practicum I||3|
|RSPY 692||Practicum II||3|
|RSPY 693||Practicum III||3|
|RSPY 694||Practicum IV||3|
|RSPY 695||Practicum V||3|
|RSPY 696||Practicum VI||3|
|RSPY 711||Seminar in Ethical and Professional Issues||3|
|RSPY 713||Principles and Practices in Clinical Supervision||2|
|RSPY 715||Training Therapy (Interpersonal) 3||0|
|RSPY 716||Training Therapy (Individual) 3||0|
|RSTH 515||Theological and Psychological Anthropology I||2|
|RSTH 516||Theological and Psychological Anthropology II||2|
|RSTH 540||Theology I: Theoretical Foundations of Integration||2|
|RSTH 550||Theology II: Spiritual Theology and the Dynamics of Change||3|
|RSTH 613||Theology III: Spiritual Theology and the Dynamics of Change II||3|
|RSTH 614||Theology IV: Biblical Interpretation and New Testament Psychology||3|
|RSTH 615||Theology V: The Kingdom of God and Human Flourishing||3|
|RSTN 731||Full-Time Internship in Clinical Psychology 4||0|
|RSTN 733||Internship in Clinical Psychology-Continuation||0|
|RSTP 500||Psychotherapy and Religion||1|
|Students must take the following for elective credit:|
|RSPY Psychology Electives||9|
|RSTP Integration Electives||11|
|RSLB Psychotherapy Lab Electives||21|
Must be taken during the first year.
Must be taken at least two times.
Will be taken twice.