Doctorate programs in counseling and clinical psychology from Auburn University and the University of California in Los Angeles, respectively, have American Psychological Association accredited programs. The Clinical Child Psychology Postdoctoral Training Program at the University of Michigan Health System is another APA-accredited program.
Auburn University’s counseling program uses a scientist-practitioner training system that emphasizes mental health care. Students learn about the cultural and social situations of human problems and techniques for conducting psychotherapy. They go through a year-long internship that enables them to practice psychology under supervision. The program covers courses in the biological bases of behavior, counseling psychology practicum and research design and evaluation in counseling.
UCLA’s program focuses on producing competent clinical scientists who can find employment in academic and research environments. Students can specialize in different areas of clinical psychology such as community psychology and child psychopathology. They learn about evaluative processes, human neurophysiology and clinical psychopharmacology, and receive doctorate degrees after completing dissertations and the required internships.
Michigan University’s clinical child postdoctoral program aims to provide advanced training in child and adolescent psychology and to help students develop skills in evaluations and the diagnosis of mental health in children. It offers knowledge of the appropriate treatments for children and families. Residents get involved in seminars and discussions of the weekly forum and also follow presentations that promote professional development.