The Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology (CCSP) offers 3 programs:
1). A *counseling/clinical doctoral program designed to prepare the next generation of diverse scholars in applied psychology. Our primary mission is to prepare graduates for research/academic careers, with a particular focus on strengths-based approaches to working with vulnerable populations. Students complete coursework on research methods and evidence-based practice, gain research training and experience with faculty mentors, and complete practicum experiences in a range of settings. The doctoral program adheres to a scientist-practitioner model.
2). A *school psychology doctoral program which emphasizes a training model focused on developing the research skills needed to conduct basic and applied research that informs school psychology best practices. In addition, students learn how to effectively communicate evidence-supported practices to schools by directly engaging in the role of school psychologists and developing the skills needed to be a qualified practitioner as defined by state (CCTC) and national (NASP, APA) standards and also as leaders/innovators in comprehensive support services to schools. It is our belief that this type of training is needed to prepare school psychologist scholars, faculty, and leaders to contribute research and knowledge that will advance science, practice, and policy relevant to respond to the challenges of educating diverse student populations.
3). A Masters of Education in School Psychology Program that aims to be a model program for the preparation of school psychologists trained to support ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse students and families. These efforts are consistent with the mission of the CCSP department to engage in scholarship and prepare professionals who will foster the psychological well-being and social equity of all people, especially vulnerable populations. These efforts are also consistent with further educating and preparing students at UCSB to actualize UCSB’s commitment as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI). We are committed to meeting the rising need and demand for highly-skilled, well-trained, and culturally-responsive school psychologists, especially from underrepresented backgrounds in the field of education, to serve school children in California and across the U.S.
Please Note: This is Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology Department in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education. If you are interested in experimental psychology, please apply to the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences.