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Doctoral Academic Programs

The following are the criteria for academic programs seeking membership with CAPIC.

The psychology doctoral academic program meets the requirements outlined in Section 1386 of the California Board of Psychology Laws and Regulations or equivalent for the state or province in which the program is located, and meets the following criteria: 

  1. Is regionally accredited or accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA)
  2. Offers one of the following degrees:
    PsyD or PhD or EdD in either: clinical psychology, counseling psychology, or school psychology
  3. Has existed for a minimum of two consecutive years.
  4. The psychology doctoral academic program requires the following prerequisites for internship application: 
      (a)  Completion of 48 semester/trimester or 72 quarter units of doctoral coursework in psychology, not including thesis, internship or dissertation, as stated in the California Board of  Psychology [Laws and Regulations, Section 1387(a)]. 
  5. Completion of a minimum of 500 program-approved practicum hours as part of the doctoral academic program. 
  6. Completion of a doctoral internship as part of the doctoral academic program.
  7. Doctoral-level training in the following areas:
    (a) Professional ethics and California law or equivalent state or provincial law.
    (b) Developmental or lifespan psychology
    (c) Theories of psychopathology and diagnosis
    (d) Clinical theories and interventions
    (e) Multicultural competency and social justice/diversity (6) Diagnostic assessment

In addition, psychology doctoral academic program members adhere to the annual doctoral academic membership fee schedule as set by the CAPIC board, as well as offer additional support as appropriate.

Note for schools with multiple programs: Each program within a school is evaluated for membership separately. All relevant information must  be accessible from the website or available in consultation with the program chair.