Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Curriculum Overview

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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.

Clinical Psychology Ph.D. classes take place in four-day sessions (Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon) once each month during Fall, Winter, and Spring. A seven-day summer session is also held each year. Between learning sessions, study and instruction continues through individual mentorship from faculty, online learning, and cohort support groups through individual mentorship from faculty, online learning, and cohort support groups.

"I travel across the United States to Santa Barbara because there is no place like Pacifica to receive a doctoral education in clinical psychology." – Angie, 3rd year student from Kentucky in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program.

 
  FIRST YEAR
 
  Practicum Seminars
 
   

Professional Development Seminar I, II, III – CL 755, CL 756, CL 757, 1 Unit each First Year Annual Assessment and Diagnostic Practicum Readiness Module – CL 758, 0 Units

 
 
  Clinical Practice Courses
 
   

History and Systems of Psychology – CP 700, 2 Units
Psychological Assessment I, II – CP 930, CP 931, 2 Units each

Legal, Ethical, & Professional Practice – CP 832, 2 Units Advanced Psychopathology I – CP 730, 2 Units Biological Foundations of Human Behavior – CP 735, 2 Units
Comparative Approaches to Psychotherapy – CP 770, 2 Units
Evidence-Based Best Practices – CL 912, 2 Units
Social Foundations of Human Behavior – CL 800, 2 Units

 
 
  Depth Psychology and Humanities Courses
 
   

Introduction to Depth Psychology and the Human Science Traditions – CL 819, 1 Unit
Myth, Literature, & Religious Studies – CL 820, 1 Unit
Jungian-Based Psychotherapy I – CP 810, 2 Units

 
 
  Research and Scholarly Inquiry Courses
 
   

Research Designs & Methodology I: Overview – CP 932, 2 Units
Research Designs & Methodology II: Qualitative Methods – CP 933, 2 Units
Quantitative Design and Univariate Statistical Analysis – CP 926, 2 Units

 
       
 

SECOND YEAR

 
 
  Practicum Seminars
 
   

Diagnostic Practicum Seminar I, II, III, – CL 759, CL 760, CL 761, 1 Unit each
Second Year Annual Assessment and Diagnostic Practicum Readiness Module – CL 762, 0 Units

 
 
  Clinical Practice Courses
 
   

Principles of Psychopharmacology – CP 873, 2 Units
Cognitive-Behavioral Psychology – CL 835, 2 Units
Cognitive-Affective Foundations of Human Behavior – CL 836, 3 Units
Developmental Psychology Through the Lifespan – CP 830, 3 Units
Advanced Psychopathology II – CP 731, 2 Units
Alcohol, Chemical Dependency, and Addictive Behaviors – CL 900, 2 Units
Principles of Group Dynamics – CL 751, 2 Units
Projective Personality Assessment – CL 938, 2 Units

 
 
  Depth Psychology Courses
 
   

Psychoanalytic-Based Psychotherapy I – CP 711, 2 Units
Psychoanalytic-Based Psychotherapy II – CP 712, 2 Units
Archetypal Psychology: Theory and Practice – CP 840, 2 Units

 
 
  Research and Scholarly Inquiry Courses
 
   

Research Designs & Methodology III: Advanced Quantitative Analysis and Scale Development – CL 939, 2 Units
Depth Psychological Methods I – CL 928, 2 Units
Dissertation Development I – CP 961, 1 Unit

 
       
 

THIRD YEAR

 
 
  Practicum Seminars
 
   

Psychotherapy Practicum Seminar I, II, III – CL 763, CL 764, CL 765, 1 Unit each
Third Year Annual Assessment and Diagnostic Practicum Readiness Module – CL 766, 0 Units

 
 
  Clinical Practice Courses
 
   

Psychotherapy with Diverse Populations – CP 845, 2 Units
Principles of Clinical Supervision and Consultation – CL 752, 2 Units

 
 
  Depth Psychology and Humanities Courses
 
   

Depth Psychology & Contemporary Culture I – CL 920, 1 Unit
Jungian-Based Psychotherapy II – CP 811, 2 Units
Post-Jungian Psychotherapy: Theory and Practice – CP 745, 2 Units
Imaginal Psychotherapy – CP 814, 2 Units
Cultural Foundations of Depth Psychology I, II – CL 723, 1 Unit, CL 724, 2 Units
Depth Psychology & Contemporary Culture II – CL 921, 1 Unit

 
 
  Research and Scholarly Inquiry Courses
 
   

Dissertation Development II – CP 962, 2 Units
Depth Psychological Methods II – CL 929, 2 Units
Dissertation Development III – CP 963, 2 Units
Research Designs & Methodology IV: Advanced Qualitative Methods – CL 940, 2 Units

 
     
  CONTINUING  
   

Comprehensive Exam – CP 989, 0 Units (Degree Requirement)
Dissertation Writing – CP 990, 15 Units (Degree Requirement)
Personal Psychotherapy – CP 950, 0 Units (Degree Requirement))

 
       
       
 

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.

The required fourth and fifth years of study focus on reading, research, and dissertation writing.

 
       

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology