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Doctor of Psychology

This program is designed to prepare individuals for the practice of psychology and provides academic, scientific, and practitioner training for work involving individuals, families and organizations. Humanistic values such as diversity, inclusiveness, education for personal as well as professional development, the centrality of relationships and importance of responsible use of power and authority are emphasized. This program meets the California Board of Psychology educational requirements for licensing in California. Eligibility for licensure as a Psychologist in requires:
-An educational degree that meets the California Board of Psychology requirements,
-3,000 hours of supervised work experience,
-Two state exams (CSPE and EPPP).

A Master of Arts in Counseling, Clinical Psychology, Marriage, Family & Child Counseling or its equivalent. Including the following courses:

The Doctor of Psychology degree requires the completion of 105 quarter units at the doctoral level. 500 supervised internship hours while in practicum courses must be fulfilled, in addition to 60 hours of personal counseling with licensed professionals during the student’s first year of study or 108 within two years prior to enrollment. Successful passage of the Doctoral Comprehensive Examination is required, after which the student must complete a Psy.D. Dissertation project.

Course Units
CPS 601 Counseling Theories &
Strategies 5
CPS 603 Developmental Psychology 5
CPS 604 Introduction to Psychological
Research 5
CPS 605 Clinical Counseling Skills
Training 5
CPS 610 Psychopathology 5
CPS 612 Legal & Ethical Issues in
Counseling 5
CPS 613 Human Sexuality 5
CPS 615 Cross Cultural Counseling 5
CPS 617A Assessment & Treatment 2.5
of Child Abuse
CPS 617B Assessment & Treatment 2.5
of Partner Abuse
Graduate Course Requirements (95 units)
Course Units
CPS 501 Writing Skills & Research 5
CPS 611 Advanced Clinical Skills
Training 5
CPS 614 Theories, Therapy & Issues
in Chemical Dependency 5
CTR 672 East/West Psychology 5

TRP 771 Foundations of Contemplative
Depth Psychology 5
CPS 691 Behavioral Statistics 5
CPS 693 Social Psychology 5
CPS 702 Group Therapy: 5
Theory & Practice
CPS 704 Psychopharmacology 5
CPS 705 Advanced Research Design 5
CPS 706 Physiological Psychology 5
CPS 710 Assessment A: Intelligence
Testing 5
CPS 711 Assessment B: Personality/
Objective Testing 5
CPS 712 Assessment C: Projective
Testing 5
CPS 714 Advanced Psychopathology 5
CPS 724 Supervised Practicum A 5
CPS 725 Supervised Practicum B 5
CPS 727 Psychotherapy w/Difficult &
Special Populations 5
CPS 728 Humanistic Psychology 5
CPS 729 Cognitive Therapy: Theory
& Practice 5

Dissertation (10 units)
Course Units
CPS 800 Dissertation/Project Writing I 5
CPS 801 Dissertation/Project Writing II 5
Students working on their Dissertation, Master’s Thesis, or Senior Project must be registered for the respective course every quarter until the project has been completed. The Dissertation, Master’s Thesis, or Senior Project is complete when the student has successfully passed the oral examination where applicable and the final approval forms have been signed by the project chairperson and SDUIS Director of Research.
Required Total Units: 105


1) All residential courses, other than independent study, are taught in a classroom setting. Each instructor provides students with a syllabus that contains an outline of the course objectives, the course content, student performance expectations, textbooks and related study materials, and evaluation methods used for grading purposes.
2) Courses are traditionally taught in lecture style with group discussions, student presentations and written assignments.
3) Instructional methods also include research projects and experiential components such as internship and practicum requirements. Faculty provide individualized academic advising as needed and encourage ongoing student dialogue in class and online. Upon completion of the core curriculum, students become involved in their capstone research project, the Doctoral Dissertation. Students are required to complete sixty (60) clock hours of personal counseling provided by a licensed therapist approved by the University. Grading criteria are presented to students in the course syllabus provided at the beginning of class. The University’s grading policy is designed to meet the highest professional standards of objectivity, fairness, and accuracy.
4) Independent study courses are an in-depth study of a topic and directed by SDUIS faculty or an equally qualified mentor who is approved by the Chief Academic Officer.
5) Student learning performance outcome evaluations include essay and objective examinations, research, reports, and experimental activities.

Distance Education
1) The Doctor of Psychology program is also offered through distance education. Direct education is delivered to students via e-mail. Students submit their assignments to the instructor and class weekly. The instructor reviews the work and prepares a feedback to be sent to the students and class weekly.
2) Each student is provided with a syllabus that contains an outline of the course objectives, course content, weekly assignments and student performance expectations.
3) Instructors work closely with students to monitor their progress.

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• Become institutionally accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education, with the scope of the accreditation covering at least one degree program.

• Achieve accreditation candidacy or pre-accreditation, as defined in regulations, by July 1, 2017, and full accreditation by July 1, 2020.

If this institution stops pursuing accreditation, it must:

• Stop all enrollment in its degree programs, and
• Provide a teach-out to finish the educational program or provide a refund.

An institution that fails to comply with accreditation requirements by the required dates shall have its approval to offer degree programs automatically suspended. “