The Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology offers a three-year course of advanced study grounded in the depth psychological scholarly and clinical traditions. The depth psychological orientation is emphasized in both didactic and practical aspects of training. Research and depth psychological scholarship are integral within the curriculum, and seek to prepare students for career opportunities such as teaching, writing and publishing and other academic pursuits. A sequence of clinical courses and training requirements also allow students to prepare for clinical practice grounded in a depth psychological perspective.
Pacifica's Ph.D. clinical education draws upon traditions within psychology that seek to attend to soulful, whole person approaches. In addition, we emphasize contemporary psychological perspectives that focus on context, culture, and multiplicity of meanings. Therefore, our program immerses students in broad and general education in psychology while also helping students build a specialty in depth psychological scholarship and practice. The Ph.D. curriculum provides graduates with the coursework and training necessary to sit for licensure as a Clinical Psychologist in California as well as many other states.