The Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology degree program provides formal training in the science and practice of clinical psychology. In addition to broad and rigorous preparation in clinical psychology, the program provides training in theory and treatment inspired by positive psychology and both secular and spiritual concepts and interventions. Mindfulness as a source of both clinician self-care and treatment interventions is a core component of the curriculum.
After degree completion, graduates are prepared for a career as a licensed clinical psychologist, which may include work in substance abuse and mental health treatment settings, corrections agencies, private practice, supervisory and program development positions in healthcare settings, teaching, and/or research.
Advisors meet with each student quarterly for ongoing mentoring, advising, and review of students’ progress. Annually, advisors meet with each student for a formal review of student progress. When necessary, students will meet with appropriate faculty members, advisors, and the Program Chair for further discussion and recommendation.
Students may elect to receive the Master of Arts in Psychology (MA) degree while enrolled in the PsyD program after successful completion of a sub-set of the total PsyD requirements. Students may not apply for the MA or enter Sofia University with the intention of completing the MA alone. However, during the course of their studies they may petition for receipt of the master’s degree.
“Studying as a Doctor of Psychology student at Sofia has been a period of intense learning and an eye-opening experience that led to growth on both a personal and professional level for me. Sofia’s strong commitment to diversity was one of the reasons I entered its psychology program. Students around the world learn from books about kindness, compassion, forgiveness, and empathy; we learn it through the role modeling of our teachers at Sofia University.”
– Imaan Farajallah / PsyD Alumna Class 18′