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Doctor of Psychology

This program is designed to provide individuals the 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.

Disclaimer: Licensing laws and regulations vary considerably from state to state outside California, and states also make changes to their laws and regulations periodically. SDUIS makes no claim as to whether our PsyD program curriculum would meet the educational requirements for licensing in any state outside California. SDUIS’s PsyD program is not accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and has not received designation by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards/National Register (ASPPB/NR), which are requirements for licensure in some states. If you are considering applying for licensure in other states, either after graduation or at a later time, it is essential for you to determine the other state’s licensing requirements and whether the degree from SDUIS would meet those requirements. SDUIS does not and cannot make any claim or assurance about this issue.

As of January 01, 2020, psychology licensing in California will require a doctoral degree from a regionally accredited university. SDUIS is not a regionally accredited university.

CPS 601 Counseling Theories & Strategies
CPS 603 Developmental Psychology
CPS 604 Introduction to Psychological Research
CPS 605 Clinical Counseling Skills Training
CPS 610 Psychopathology
CPS 612 Legal & Ethical Issues in Counseling
CPS 613 Human Sexuality & Gender Issues
CPS 615 Cross Cultural Counseling
CPS 617A Assessment & Treatment of Child Abuse
CPS 617B Assessment & Treatment of Partner Abuse

GRADUATE COURSE REQUIREMENTS (95 Credit Hours) Quarter Credit Hours
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: Theory & Practice 5
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 Credit Hours ) Quarter Credit Hours
CPS 800 Dissertation/Project Writing I 5
CPS 801 Dissertation/Project Writing II 5

Required Total Credit Hours: 105

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.

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 November 1, 2021.
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.”