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Sacramento PsyD in Clinical Psychology Program

A Practitioner-Scholar Program

The PsyD in Clinical Psychology program in Sacramento offers doctoral education and training in clinical psychology consistent with a practitioner-scholar model. The program, designed primarily for students interested in the professional practice of clinical psychology, emphasizes clinical skills and the application of research knowledge with diverse populations in a wide range of settings.

Systemically oriented, the Sacramento Doctor of Psychology program trains students to consider the role of diverse systems in creating and/or remedying individual and social problems. While students receive an exceptional grounding in traditional clinical assessment and intervention, they also are taught to consider the potential value of advocacy, consultation, or public policy work in helping both individuals and entire groups of clients with similar problems. The Sacramento PsyD faculty is committed to offering a broad array of elective courses reflecting theory, assessment, and intervention across a variety of systems, especially across cultural systems. The importance of the cultural system is emphasized throughout students’ academic and clinical training. An integral part of the mission and structure of CSPP since it began in 1999 as a satellite to the Clinical PsyD program in Fresno, the program’s competencies are well aligned with the university’s mission to prepare “students for professional careers of service and leadership” and to promote “the discovery and application of knowledge to improve the lives of people in diverse cultures and communities around the world.”

Duration and Requirements

During the PsyD in Clinical Psychology program students are evaluated on progressive developmental stages of their training. The evaluation begins prior to admission and includes evaluation of a student’s readiness for practicum training, readiness for internship and readiness for practice. The PsyD degree program requires a minimum of 90 academic units (3 years, full time) and 30 internship units (1 year, full time). Students typically advance to candidacy following their 2nd year. Requirements for advancement to candidacy include

  1. successful completion of 60 units of graduate study and demonstration of the following key competencies through the successful completion of the associated courses: assessment [Intellectual Assessment, Personality Assessment I & II]; diagnosis, psychological theory, and intervention [Basic Foundations of Clinical Practice I & II and 1 of the required psychotherapy courses]; and law and ethics [Introduction to Ethical Practice & Law]; 
  2. demonstration of competency in the foundational sciences through successful completion of at least 2 of the 5 Foundational Science Examinations;
  3. successful defense of the dissertation proposal at the Preliminary Oral Defense; and
  4. integrated clinical competency demonstrated by the successful completion of the Clinical Competency Progress Review (CPPR)

Students may not apply for internship until they have met all requirements for advancement to candidacy.


The California School of Professional Psychology’s PsyD in Clinical Psychology program in Sacramento is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA), which requires that we provide data on time to completion, program costs, internships, attrition and licensure. Please follow the link below for that information. We hope this information will help you to make an informed decision regarding your graduate study.


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, N.E., Washington DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979
Email: apaaccred@apa.org
Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

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