Programme Code: 143-29290
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Fee: HK$545,400
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Doctor of Psychology (Clinical PsyD)


A practice-oriented doctoral degree program in clinical psychology 

Welcome to this homepage where you will find a prominent program of study in Clinical Psychology. Offered by the California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University in association with School of Continuing and Professional Education, City University of Hong Kong, the Clinical PsyD program is specially designed to prepare students for successful careers as practicing clinical psychologists. The program blends theory and application, classroom instruction and supervised field work. Participants in the program are dedicated to helping improve the lives of individuals and families as recognized professionals in healthcare and social service settings.

Special Features of the CSPP/Alliant PsyD Program 

  • Earn your degree from the first graduate school in the United States dedicated to preparing students for careers in clinical psychology 

  • Build skills with professionally focused doctorate that is the standard for clinical practice in the United States

  • Prepare for practice in this country with an emphasis on cross-cultural issues 

  • Learn from a blend of theory and practice, with supervised internships as an integral part of the program 

  • Gain from the teaching of experienced staff from both the United States and Hong Kong 

  • Study entirely in Hong Kong 

  • Benefit from support at every stage that will help you study successfully 

  • Enjoy the convenience of a program that is tailored for working professionals so you can complete the program while maintaining your job 

  • Advance your skills through the opportunity to spend a year in the US for academic study or clinical training

  • The Hong Kong PsyD Program is designated by the National Register and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) of the United States

California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) 

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The California School of Professional Psychology has provided quality training of professional psychologists for over 30 years. CSPP was established in 1969 by a group of practicing psychologists and professors who felt that university-based education in psychology was inadequate for training clinicians. The heavy emphasis on basic research in most doctoral programs in psychology fails to give students clinical skills, the basic tools needed to offer meaningful assistance to clients. CSPP and a number of other institutions pioneered the PsyD degree, a practice-oriented doctorate that has since become the standard for clinicians in the US. Hundreds of CSPP graduates now work in every type of clinical and social service setting throughout the world. Now over 30 schools of professional psychology are built on the CSPP model.

CSPP has been innovative in other ways. From the beginning, CSPP faculty has recognized that psychological practice must be grounded in a deep awareness of cultural differences. California is one of the most culturally diverse regions of the US, and CSPP has drawn on this rich tradition of diversity to inform its programs. One natural extension of this tradition is to advance the development of professional psychology in other countries. To that end, CSPP offers marriage and family therapy programs in Mexico City, a Master's degree in clinical psychology in Tokyo, and now the first U.S.-based PsyD in Asia, offered in association with SCOPE, City University of Hong Kong. 

The curriculum provides the scientific foundations of psychology and the hands-on skills a practitioner needs. The PsyD dissertation is meant to demonstrate the student's ability to think critically about clinical and social issues and to make appropriate use of scientific knowledge and psychological research in professional practice. 

The program is designed to be completed in four years, with a mixture of regular classes, intensive short courses, online courses, and supervised field work. Schedules are designed to accommodate working professionals. Teaching staff are drawn from both CSPP and the professional psychological community in Hong Kong.

The Alliant International University 

Formed in July 2001 by the combination of the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) and United States International University (USIU), Alliant International University is an independent, not-for-profit institution of higher education with a history distinguished by innovation. Alliant is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The University is composed of three schools, the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP), the Graduate School of Education and the Marshall Goldsmith School of Management.

Alliant International University is a doctoral intensive institution offering bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, and post-baccalaureate credentials through the three schools, and three educational centers: the Center for Undergraduate Education, the Center for International Studies and the Center for Forensic Studies.

Programs are delivered in six California sites and on a campus in Mexico City. Additionally, the University offers a master's-level psychology program in Tokyo, Japan and clinical psychopharmacology master's programs in various off-campus US sites. The Hong Kong program expands this international reach even farther.

The American Psychological Association (APA) accredits eight Alliant doctoral-level clinical psychology programs. The doctoral PsyD program in Marital and Family Therapy (MFT) at Alliant's San Diego and Irvine campuses was the first in the nation to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE); the MA in that field is also COAMFTE accredited. Teaching credential programs are accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).

This programme is an exempted course under Non-local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance (Ref. no.: 461589). It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognize any qualification to which this course may lead.