Doctor of

Psychology Non-Licensure

DOCTOR OF PSYCHOLOGY
NON-LICENSURE (PSY.D.)
54–69 UNITS

AVAILABLE ON CAMPUS, WITH ONLINE OPTIONS

The Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) program provides students with a biblically based training program, designed to equip them for ministry opportunities in the local church, private practice counseling, or service in organizational and institutional settings. This unique integration of psychology and theology will prepare students to impact individuals, families, and communities with counseling skills and psychological tools, encompassed in a genuine spiritual environment. Students in the PsyD program must choose at least one of four emphases available: (1) Psychology (no emphasis), (2) Educational Psychology, (3) International / Multicultural Psychology, and (4) Industrial / Organizational Psychology. SCS offers a MA to PsyD program and a PsyD program.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

Upon successful completion of the Doctor of Psychology program the student will be able to:

  1. Apply accepted psychological research, testing, and theory to mental health related issues.
  2. Utilize in-depth biblical and theological knowledge to enhance the profession of psychology.
  3. Demonstrate values such as integrity and ethical standards of conduct according to the laws and professional standards regulating the psychology field throughout the academic process.
  4. Integrate academic knowledge, psychological research, and clinical skill to enhance the profession of clinical psychology in whatever area of choice or expertise the student may choose.
  5. Bring glory to God by training and equipping Christians with Bible knowledge, psychological understanding, and clinical skills to impact lives and positively influence the mental health field.

MA TO PSYD GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Each candidate for the PsyD degree must meet the general graduation requirements and:

  1. Complete 99 units of advanced psychology courses, biblical integration, dissertation, and emphasis requirements with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  2. Complete the 9 units of master’s level biblical foundation courses. These courses may be taken prior to or concurrently with the doctoral studies.
  3. Students will be required to take 6 units of undergraduate course work in psychology and in abnormal psychology if needed.
  4. Complete and demonstrate mastery of research in a specific area of psychology. The capstone requirements in the PsyD program include the dissertation and its oral defense before the doctoral committee and other invited clinicians and professionals by the February before commencement.
  5. Be recommended by the faculty based on demonstrated moral integrity and competency. A quorum of at least four Behavioral Science faculty (including the Dean) must agree to recommend the student for graduation.

PSYD GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Each candidate for the PsyD degree must meet the general graduation requirements and:

  1. Complete a minimum of 45 units of advanced psychology courses, biblical integration, and dissertation requirements with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  2. Complete 9 units of master’s level biblical foundation courses. These courses may be taken prior to or concurrently with the doctoral studies.
  3. Each student may be required to take additional prerequisite psychology courses contingent on previous coursework or degree.
  4. Complete and demonstrate mastery of research in a specific psychology topic. The capstone requirements in the PsyD program include the dissertation and its oral defense before the doctoral committee and other invited clinicians and professionals by the February before commencement.
  5. Be recommended by the faculty based on demonstrated moral integrity and competency. A quorum of at least four Behavioral Science faculty (including the Dean) must agree to recommend the student for graduation

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CORE CURRICULUM - MA TO PSYD

GRADUATE COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY CORE – 54 UNITS

  • CO-501 COUNSELING THEORY 1
  • CO-505 HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
  • CO-506 COUNSELING TECHNIQUES
  • CO-507 CRISIS AND SUICIDE RISK INTERVENTION
  • CO-508 PSYCHOPATHOLOGY
  • CO-509 PREMARITAL AND MARITAL COUNSELING
  • CO-515 COUNSELING THEORY 2
  • CO-516 LAW AND PROFESSIONAL ETHICS IN COUNSELING
  • CO-608 RESEARCH AND PROGRAM EVALUATIONS
  • CO-611 CROSS-CULTURAL MORES AND VALUES
  • CO-612 APPROACHES TO THE TREATMENT OF CHILDREN
  • CO-613 ETHICS OF SEXUAL CARE AND HUMAN SEXUALITY
  • CO-614 ALCOHOL AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE
  • CO-615 CHILD, SPOUSAL/PARTNER ABUSE
  • CO-617 PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING AND APPLICATION
  • CO-618 GROUP COUNSELING
  • CO-619 COUNSELING PROCESS
  • CO-620 DEPENDENT ADULT, ELDER CARE, AND AGING
  • CO-625 ADVANCED CASE MANAGEMENT
  • CO-774 PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY

ADVANCED PSYCHOLOGY CORE COURSES – 15 UNITS

  • PY-811 ADVANCED PSYCHOSOCIAL BASIS OF BEHAVIOR
  • PY-813 ADVANCED LEGAL AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES
  • PY-815 ADVANCED CRISIS RESPONSE AND INTERVENTION TECHNIQUES
  • PY-818 PSYCHOLOGY OF MULTICULTURAL AND ETHNIC DIVERSITY
  • PY-781 SYSTEMS OF INTEGRATION AND INTERVENTION
  • PY 807 ADVANCED PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING 1 (OPTIONAL)

RESEARCH AND DISSERTATION – 18 UNITS

  • PY-805 DISSERTATION RESEARCH AND STATISTICAL METHODOLOGY
  • PY-905 DISSERTATION RESEARCH 1: CHAPTER 1 DEVELOPMENT (TR)
  • PY-910 DISSERTATION RESEARCH 2: LITERATURE REVIEW (TR)
  • PY-915 DISSERTATION RESEARCH 3: METHODOLOGY & INSTRUMENTATION DEV. (TR)
  • PY-920 DOCTORAL DISSERTATION (TR)
  • PY-921 DISSERTATION COMPLETION / EXTENSION
  • RS-502 GRADUATE RESEARCH AND WRITING IN APA STYLE (IF NECESSARY)

BIBLICAL FOUNDATIONS & INTEGRATIONS – 9 UNITS

  • BC-600 FAITH INTEGRATION AND PRAXIS
  • BH-501 HERMENEUTICS
  • BH-505 METHODS OF INDUCTIVE STUDY

AREA OF EMPHASIS – 12 UNITS

CORE CURRICULUM - PSYD

ADVANCED PSYCHOLOGY CORE COURSES – 27 UNITS

  • PY-811 ADVANCED PSYCHOSOCIAL BASIS OF BEHAVIOR
  • PY-813 ADVANCED LEGAL AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES
  • PY-815 ADVANCED CRISIS RESPONSE AND INTERVENTION TECHNIQUES
  • PY-818 PSYCHOLOGY OF MULTICULTURAL AND ETHNIC DIVERSITY
  • PY-781 SYSTEMS OF INTEGRATION AND INTERVENTION
  • CO-619 COUNSELING PROCESS 1 (ONLY IF NOT FULFILLED PREVIOUSLY)
  • PY-807 ADVANCED PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING 1 (OPTIONAL)

RESEARCH AND DISSERTATION – 18 UNITS

  • PY-805 DISSERTATION RESEARCH AND STATISTICAL METHODOLOGY
  • PY-905 DISSERTATION RESEARCH 1: CHAPTER 1 DEVELOPMENT (TR)
  • PY-910 DISSERTATION RESEARCH 2: LITERATURE REVIEW (CHAPTER 2) (TR)
  • PY-915 DISSERTATION RESEARCH 3: METHODOLOGY & INSTRUMENTATION, AND ANALYSIS (CHAPTER 3) (TR)
  • PY-920 DOCTORAL DISSERTATION (TR)
  • PY-921 DISSERTATION COMPLETION / EXTENSION (TR)
  • RS-502 GRADUATE RESEARCH AND WRITING IN APA STYLE (IF NECESSARY)

BIBLICAL FOUNDATIONS & INTEGRATIONS* – 9 UNITS

  • BC-600 FAITH INTEGRATION AND PRAXIS
  • BH-501 HERMENEUTICS
  • BH-505 METHODS OF INDUCTIVE STUDY

AREA OF EMPHASIS – 12-19 UNITS

PREREQUISITES – 12–15 UNITS

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Southern California Seminary is more than just another Bible seminary — more than just another Christian College or Christian University. We hold ourselves to the highest standards of biblical study and truth. Our distinctives cumulatively make our institution unique among biblical seminaries in a day and age where the Word of God is not taken at face value, and core doctrines are being diluted.

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Southern California Seminary’s mission is to bring glory to God by assisting local churches to equip believers of various cultures and languages to live and minister biblically based on the inerrant Word of God. This equipping includes building biblical knowledge, Christian character, and ministry skills—all at modest tuition.

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Southern California Seminary is a private institution of higher education dedicated to teaching from the inerrant Word of God. Here you will learn about God from His book – the Bible. As a ministry of Shadow Mountain Community Church, under the leadership of Dr. David Jeremiah, SCS offers the highest quality of biblical education with a tuition that is refreshingly affordable.

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