Previous graduates of AUSB’s PsyD Program have accepted postdoctoral fellowships or employment as Licensed Clinical Psychologists in a variety of settings across the United States, including mental health organizations, hospitals, university counseling centers, prisons, correctional facilities, community agencies, outpatient facilities, child abuse treatment centers, and as psychological assistants within private practices. The following are just a few examples from a complete list of specific employment sites:
- Corcoran State Prison
- Epilepsy Institute of North Carolina
- Santa Barbara County Mental Health
- Child Abuse and Mediation Center
- Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
- Behavioral Health Network, Massachusetts
- Kapi’olani Child Protection Center, Hawaii
- San Luis Obispo Latino Mental Health
Students in the PsyD program are required to complete a one-year, full-time pre-doctoral internship (or two years of half-time internship) to graduate, usually during the 5th year of the academic program. This traineeship provides students with the opportunity to enter fully into the role of a clinical therapist in the community, working as part of a team with the mission of serving marginalized and underserved people who are struggling with psychological pain. As interns, students often find their identities as colleagues in a larger community of helping professionals and see more clearly their role as a psychologist-in-training. Most of the internship training sites are accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and meet the membership criteria of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) or the California Psychology Internship Council (CAPIC).
Because the PsyD is an applied degree, the Clinical Dissertation is intended to demonstrate that students have integrated the material they have learned during the doctoral program. Early in their program, students select an appropriate project that involves the investigation of a practical application through empirical (quantitative or qualitative), theoretical, or clinical evaluation strategies. In order to encourage student creativity and foster a wide range of approaches, the options for completing this project vary considerably. Students will be guided in their work by their dissertation advisor, a second faculty member, a student member, and an outside expert. For more details and a sampling of past dissertation topics, visit this page.
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.