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PhD in Psychology
". . . education, therefore, is a process of living and not a preparation for future living."John Dewey
The Ph.D. in Psychology curriculum offers four years of coursework in Imaginal Psychology (three years for Advanced Standing students) drawing on spiritual traditions, somatic practices, creative arts, mythology, indigenous wisdom, literary and poetic imagination, deep ecology, mystical philosophy, cultural history, and social critique.
Building on the core curriculum of the first two years, the third and fourth years of the Ph.D. program emphasize research, clinical, and cultural praxis skills as well as acquiring the knowledge base of psychology as a profession. The research coursework prepares students for the completion of an original research dissertation.
The Ph.D. in Psychology is designed to meet the educational requirements for the state of California Psychologist license. The Ph.D. in Psychology also meets the educational requirements for the state of California MFT license (Board of Behavioral Sciences, Senate Bill 33, Section 4980.36, Business and Professions Code), and the state of California Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), (Senate Bill 788, Section 4999.33, Business and Professions Code), provided that fieldwork is done in accordance with BBS requirements.
The Ph.D. curriculum builds cumulatively upon the Masters in Counseling Psychology curriculum and entails the following elements:
- To develop leadership capacities which further professional engagement with the profession of psychology.
- To develop creative inquiry practices and skills.
- To develop cultural praxis skills.
- To develop conceptual understanding and the capacities and skills to undertake participatory research that can create new meaning and serve to potentially revitalize personal and cultural transformation.
- To develop competencies required to facilitate transformative learning with an understanding of human development and therapeutic outcomes across multiple domains of psychological practice and levels of human systems.
- Students who enter with a Bachelor’s degree must complete 133 credits (1080 hours) of which 25 credits are from fieldwork (750 hours).
- Students who enter the program with a qualified Master’s degree (Advanced Standing) must complete 117 credits (920 hours) of which 25 credits are from fieldwork (750 hours).
- Students are required to attend 6 residencies. (Or 5 residencies if admitted with Advanced Standing)
- The completion of an original research dissertation is required.
- Sixty hours of personal therapy in an individual, couple, family, and/or group setting are required. In some cases, this experience may be obtained prior to enrollment in the program.
- Students have a maximum of eight years from their initial date of enrollment to complete the PhD in Psychology.
Please consult the Academic Catalog for the curriculum overview, course descriptions, and clinical licensure information relevant to the Ph.D. in Psychology.
"These leaves, our bodily personalities, seem identical, but the globe of soul-fruit we make, each is elaborately unique."