PsyD in Clinical Psychology

Accepting applications
for Fall 2015

AUSB Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology Statement of Values

The doctoral program in clinical psychology at Antioch University Santa Barbara values creativity, different ways of knowing, scientific integrity, diversity, economic and environmental justice, and serving the social good.

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Antioch University Santa Barbara’s doctoral program in clinical psychology (PsyD) is grounded in the humanistic values of the college’s founders of over a century ago. Our program holds true to Antioch’s university-wide mission statement, in that it is learner-centered and that it “empower[s] students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice.”

Designed in the practitioner-scholar model following the standards of the American Psychological Association and the core competencies of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology, it is a unique program that blends current cutting edge psychological research and practice with the traditional “Antiochian” stance of prioritizing community engagement for the social good. Our five-campus university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).

We hold that contextual/systemic influences are crucial factors in lifespan development. We explore healthy versus unhealthy factors not only from the perspective of the individual, but from the family and other systems in which development and potential thriving occurs. You can expect that, as a doctoral student in our program, you will be engaged in a curriculum that spans the core areas of psychology in a broad and general manner in addition to developing particular knowledge and skills in the increasingly important areas of family systems and forensic psychology.

We emphasize family forensic psychology because we want to prepare you for the very real fact that psychologists are increasingly called upon to intervene with families involved with the legal system. Fortunately, advocacy is a burgeoning area in the psychological field as well. You will often be engaged in clinical traineeships that focus on the marginalized and underserved in our communities. The role of a clinical psychologist is not to be taken lightly.

Antioch University shares a strong commitment to the inclusion of diversity. In fact, this means so much to us that we have come up with a university-wide formal statement of such. We are pleased to be able to invite those into our program who fit well within a small, sequential, face-to-face weekly format where individual life purpose is nurtured and different ways of knowing in a diverse world are respected.

We have an outstanding array of faculty with a variety of orientations and expertise in our blended core and adjunct faculty pool. Our core faculty members are on campus all day during the week and we spend a good deal of our time in advisory and mentoring endeavors with our PsyD students. Our adjunct faculty members are equally committed to your success. We get to know each and every one of you as the unique individuals that you are. To gain a sense of the faculty you will be working with, please review our faculty page.

Thank you for perusing our webpages. We welcome any further questions that you may have about the details of our program.

PsyD Clinical Psychology Program Enrollment Metrics

Includes both full-time and part-time students.

Graduation rate – % of cohort who entered in 2008 and graduated by June 30, 2012
n/a – PsyD will begin reporting in 2013 (8 year cohort)

Retention Rate (1 Year) based on 2011-12 cohort – 92.9%