Orange County Clinical Psychology: PsyD Degree Program

Our Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology degree program in Orange, California is designed to prepare you to contribute to your community as a practicing clinical psychologist. We offer a concentration in Child & Adolescent Psychology as well as one in Forensic Psychology.

Our PsyD program in Clinical Psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). In 2008, APA granted the program accreditation for 7 years.

Orange County Clinical Training Overview

Our PsyD program offers clinical training, which involves supervised out-of-class contact with a clinical population in the Los Angeles area. Through this experience, you’ll have the opportunity to apply your theoretical knowledge, implement clinical techniques based on this knowledge, and develop the professional and personal attitudes important to the identity of a professional psychologist. By the end of clinical training, you should possess effective assessment and intervention skills and practice in a highly ethical manner.

The Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology Program at the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Southern California is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (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 / E-mail: Web:

Argosy University does not guarantee third-party certification/licensure. Outside agencies control the requirements for taking and passing certification/licensing exams and are subject to change without notice to Argosy University.

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Program Goals and Objectives

The Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology degree program at the American School of Professional Psychology–at Argosy University| Southern California has the following goals and objectives.

Goal 1

Preparing students to become competent and effective clinical psychologists using the practitioner-scholar model of clinical training.

Objective 1.1: Knowledge of Scientific Psychology– Students will understand key concepts underlying the science of psychology as a foundation for clinical practice.

  • Competency 1.1.a Foundational Knowledge of Scientific Psychology: Knowledge of key concepts, theories and empirical research in the study of biological, cognitive-affective, and social bases of human behavior and in the study of lifespan development. Knowledge of history and systems of psychology and psychometric theory.
  • Competency 1.1.b Scientific Inquiry and Methods: Recognition of scientific inquiry as a means for understanding human behavior. Knowledge and application of research and statistical methods in psychology to generate knowledge and to evaluate effectiveness. Critically evaluating empirical literature in psychology and related disciplines as applied to one's clinical practice.

Objective 1.2: Assessment–Students will conduct competent psychological assessments through application of psychometric theory, interviewing and diagnostic skills, and proficiency in using psychological tests.

  • Competency 1.2.a Methods of Psychological Assessment: Conducting clinical interviews and/or observations of identified clients, families, and collateral informants. Selecting, administering, scoring, interpreting and reporting psychological tests and measures Integrating interview data, psychological testing results, behavioral observations, and information from other sources to formulate an understanding of presenting concerns and to make recommendations.
  • Competency 1.2.b Diagnosis: Identifying relevant DSM criteria and utilizing other clinical information to generate diagnostic formulations. Knowledge of key concepts, theories and empirical research in the study of maladaptive behavior. Applying knowledge of psychopathology to case formulation and treatment planning.

Objective 1.3: Intervention –Students will deliver clinical interventions that are grounded in conceptual models of intervention and evidence-based practices.

  • Competency 1.3.a Knowledge of Interventions: Understanding conceptual/theoretical models of clinical intervention and principles of change associated therewith. Ability to prepare case formulations utilizing specific theories and/or models of clinical intervention. Knowledge of the empirical support for clinical practices.
  • Competency 1.3.b Basic Intervention and Relationship Skills: Demonstrating basic therapeutic skills – e.g., empathic listening, reflection, framing problems, questioning, redirecting, making process comments, supportive confrontation, etc. Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship and/or treatment alliance with clients.
  • Competency 1.3.c Planning and Implementing Interventions: Utilizing interventions that are grounded in assessment findings and appropriate to the individual client and/or population. Implementing specific theoretically-guided and evidence-based clinical interventions, strategies, and/or techniques with clients. Knowledge of the process and means of assessing intervention progress and outcomes. Basic skills in evaluating the effectiveness of one's interventions with clients.

Objective 1.4: Supervision and Consultation–Students will understand the processes of supervision and consultation and how to provide these services to individuals and organizations.

  • Competency 1.4.a Supervision: Utilizing supervision to guide one's clinical work. Understanding how supervision models and interventions are used to provide effective clinical supervision.
  • Competency 1.4.b Consultation and Interdisciplinary Practice: Knowledge of consultation models and the role of a consultant. Basic application of consultation practices assessment and intervention to specific referral questions.

Goal 2

Assuring that students understand how competent clinical practice occurs in a broader context of cultural diversity and professional standards.

Objective 2.1: Diversity–Students will apply knowledge about human diversity to clinical practice and other areas of professional competence.

  • Competency 2.1.a Awareness of Cultural Identities: Developing awareness of one's own personal values, biases, and cultural identities that inform perceptions of self, other, and engagement with others.
  • Competency 2.1.b Culturally-informed Practice: Awareness of social, political, economic and cultural factors that impact individuals, institutions, systems, and communities. Understanding a conceptual framework of individual and cultural differences that guides one's work with diverse persons and groups. Utilizing cross-cultural skills and appropriate APA multicultural guidelines on to provide services to persons with diverse cultural values and lifestyles.

Objective 2.2: Professional and Ethical Standards–Students will understand and apply ethical principles and professional standards that guide the practice of clinical psychology.

  • Competency 2.2.a Knowledge of Ethical, Legal, and Professional Standards: Understanding and applying the current APA Code of Ethics and the general ethical principles that serve as the foundation for this code. Integrating ethical, legal, and regulatory principles and standards into all areas of professional competence and practice. Adherence to standards of ethical conduct. Articulating and applying a model of ethical decision-making to resolve ethical issues or dilemmas.
  • Competency 2.2.b Professional Development: Establishing identity as a professional psychologist. Using the existing and evolving body of knowledge and methods in the practice and science of psychology to enhance their practice as demonstrated by attending educational and professional meetings, life long learning events, subscribing to professional journals, or presenting scholarly work.