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Ph.D. Clinical Psychology: Child and Family Emphasis

The Child and Family Emphasis in the Ph.D. Clinical Psychology program was first introduced at Palo Alto University (PAU) in May 2006.  Recently, in 2018, the emphasis area introduced new curricular offerings.  The emphasis area is broken into two sub-focus areas: Pediatric Behavioral Health Care Specialty Focus and General Clinical Child Psychology.  In both sub-focus areas, students acquire knowledge and experience through additional coursework, clinical practica placements, and research.

Students who participate in the Child and Family emphasis complete the core courses required of all clinical students. In addition, they complete a series of six advanced courses that focus on child, adolescent, and family psychology.  All clinical students may take child emphasis courses and acquire child-related experiences. However, students can only report that they have received additional child and family experience and training if they complete the following requirements:

 

  1. In addition to the basic program course requirements, students in this emphasis must take six elective courses (see below for list of courses)
  2. Students in the Child and Family Emphasis are required to complete at least one year of field practicum placement where they provide treatment and/or conduct assessments on children, adolescents, and/or and families.
  3. Students must complete a dissertation related to child, adolescent, siblings,  or family issues.
  4. Students are required to complete an internship where at least 33% of one's time is spent working with child, adolescent, or family clients. The Child and Family Emphasis is directed by Robert D. Friedberg, Ph.D, ABPP. For more information regarding the program please contact Dr. Friedberg.

 

**Pediatric Behavioral Health Care Focus**

The Pediatric Behavioral Health Care (PBHC) Focus is a new sub-focus within the Child Emphasis area.  The PBHC is founded upon recent bench science, translational community studies, advances in clinical intervention, policy/funding initiatives, and workforce trends in behavioral health care. In an effort to balance the demand for skilled clinicians to enter the workforce equipped to meet the high volume, high intensity workloads with the short supply of genuinely well-trained doctoral level students, the faculty in the Child Emphasis area crafted the following curriculum. Accordingly, students enrolled in this sub-focus area MUST:

1).Successfully complete all FIVE (5) required courses

2). Successfully complete at least ONE (1) elective WITHIN THE SUB-FOCUS AREA

3).Successfully complete a dissertation in pediatric behavioral health care

4). Successfully complete at least 1 clinical experience in a health care setting and 1 child/adolescent setting

 

Required courses

CLIN848 Developmental Psychopathology I

CLIN849 Developmental Psychopathology II

CLIN851 Health Psychology I

CLIN855 Pediatric Medical and Health Psychology: Chronic Illness and Bereavement

CLIN835 Supervision, Administration and Management in Behavioral Health

Electives

CLIN852 Health Psychology II

CLIN810 Transdiagnostic Approach to Child and Family Psychotherapy

Substance Use and Behavioral Medicine Interventions for Adolescents  (new course)** This course will meet the California requirement for Substance Use training

 

 

General Clinical Child Psychology

Accordingly, students enrolled in this sub-focus area MUST:

1).Successfully complete all FOUR (4) required courses

2). Successfully complete at least TWO (2) electiveS WITHIN THE SUB-FOCUS AREA

3).Successfully complete a dissertation in general clinical child psychology

4). Successfully complete at least 1 clinical experience in a  1 child/adolescent clinical setting

REQUIRED COURSES

1. Clin XXX Professional Issues in Clinical Child Psychology

2.  CLIN848 Developmental Psychopathology I: Conception to Pubescence (3 units; Winter)    

3.  CLIN849 Developmental Psychopathology II:

4. ASMT841 Child Assessment  

Electives

PSY885 Psychology of the African American Child

CLIN845 Family Therapy I: Family Systems

CLIN810 Transdiagnostic Approach to Child and Family Psychotherapy

Clin 839 Substance Abuse

Clin XXX Behavioral Intervention Technologies (BITs) in Clinical Child Psychology

 

Important Useful Links

American Psychological Association Division 53 (clinical child psychology) https://sccap53.org/

American Psychological Association Division 54 (pediatric psychology) 
www.societyofpediatricpsychology.org

Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy http://www.abct.org/Home/

Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry https://www.aacap.org/

American Academy of Pediatrics https://www.aap.org/en-us/Pages/Default.aspx

 

 

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