School of Psychology
Degree Programs and Accreditation
of Psychology consists of two departments, the Department of Clinical
Psychology and the Department of Marriage and Family.
Department of Clinical Psychology offers three degree programs: the Doctor of
Philosophy (PhD-Clinical), the Doctor of Philosophy in Psychological Science
(PhD-Nonclinical) and the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD). The PsyD program offers
three options for study: a generalist track, a community track, and a family
track. Both the PhD and PsyD programs are accredited by the American
Psychological Association (APA).
Department of Marriage and Family offers the Master of Science in
Marital and Family Therapy and the Master of Arts in Family Studies, as
well as a Certificate in Marriage and Family Enrichment.
School of Psychology, in embracing the broader mission of the Christian church
to minister to the spiritual, moral, emotional, relational, and health needs of
people throughout the world, seeks to prepare men and women as distinctive
scholars and practitioners whose scientific and therapeutic endeavors are
formed by a deep understanding of both the human sciences and the Christian
The primary goals of the School of Psychology are:
- To train qualified Christian persons to function as
competent practitioners in the field of mental health.
- To foster the formation of a theological understanding
of the human condition and to provide an educational environment for the
study of the integration of the human sciences and the Christian faith.
- To provide opportunities for faculty and students to
engage in scholarship and research into the biopsychosocial and spiritual
bases of human behavior and to apply this research and scholarship wherever
they may serve.
- To strengthen marriage and family life by researching
and developing strategies for family life education, and the treatment and
prevention of marital and family dysfunction, at a time when the erosion
of these components of society is of great concern to the church and
community at large.
- To assist the seminary in fulfilling its mission to the
church throughout the world by seeking to supplement the theological
education of all its students and graduates and other Christian leaders
with appropriate psychological, sociological, and educational knowledge
that can alleviate human suffering and build healthier families, churches,
- To offer continuing and extended education to
professionals in various health fields that will aid in improving the
spiritual, moral, and mental health of society.
bonds develop between students as they progress through the program. Informal
gatherings are opportunities for developing relationships and for taking
advantage of the many recreational and cultural opportunities to be found in
Pasadena and the greater Los Angeles area. Students represent a diversity of
geographical, denominational, ethnic and educational backgrounds. Opportunities
are provided for spouses to participate in many of the activities of their
partner’s graduate education. This may include small groups, lectures and
are strongly encouraged (but not required) to take advantage of opportunities
for personal, psychological and spiritual growth while progressing through the
program. A list of clinical psychologists in the area who are willing to see
students at a reduced rate is available at the front desk of the School of
Psychology Graduate Union
in the School of Psychology have an opportunity to become actively involved in
decision-making and administrative processes. All students in the School are
members of the Psychology Graduate Union. The purpose of this organization is
to represent members in all matters affecting student life, and to afford
members the experience of serving their peers and the school in the area of
academic and professional concerns.
for all affairs related to the Graduate Union is an executive cabinet composed
of the cabinets of the Clinical Psychology Department and the Marriage and
Family Department. The Clinical Psychology Department cabinet is composed of a
co-president, secretary, multicultural concerns coordinator, Women’s Concerns
Committee representative, internship liaison, Theology Graduate Union
representative, professional liaison, social events coordinator, two student
representatives to the faculty, as well as a representative from each year in
each degree program in the department. The Marriage and Family Department
cabinet is composed of a co-president, the secretary-treasurer (who serves both
cabinets), a representative from each year in each degree program in the
department, as well as the ethnic resource coordinator, women’s resource
coordinator, professional liaison, and social events coordinator.
Clinical Psychology Department cabinet publishes weekly cabinet notes. It
sponsors a short-term emergency loan fund and the annual Travis Awards for
Predissertation Study of Issues Relating to the Integration of Psychology and
Religion. The Marriage and Family Department cabinet publishes a monthly
newsletter, and the Marriage and Family Department president publishes a
periodic newsletter. The executive cabinet (combined departments) provides
students making professional presentations with small honoraria, and provides
short-term emergency loans. It also holds quarterly social events for the
membership, and plans the annual Gene Pfrimmer Memorial Softball Game and
Graduate Union members also have an opportunity to serve as members of various
planning, administrative and evaluation committees. Such involvement gives
students experience in administrative work and the chance to share in
policy-making. The two faculty representatives and the president are members of
the faculty policy-making body, with full responsibilities and privileges. Two
students represent psychology students on the All Seminary Student Council.
Other students serve on the library, clinical psychology curriculum, admissions,
and spiritual life committees, as well as on numerous ad hoc committees. In
every instance students serving on committees in the program have full voting
rights. Students may serve without vote on dissertation committees for other
students; it is the student’s option to serve and the candidate’s option to
active participation of the Psychology Graduate Union in the decision-making
processes of the program means that students are deeply involved in the
recruitment, evaluation, retention and release of faculty. Students complete
extensive course evaluations of the professor’s sensitivity to issues related
to women, ethnic minorities and religious dimensions.
School of Psychology follows an equal opportunity admissions policy. The
faculty endorses the guidelines to reduce bias in language of the American
Psychological Association and the American Association of Marriage and Family
School of Psychology is committed to the recruitment and training of students from
all ethnic and racial background, and follows a proactive admissions policy.
All School of Psychology faculty are encouraged to address ethnic and
cross-cultural issues in their teaching, research and practice. For all
students, part of the core curriculum is the course Clinical Interventions:
Diversity, which aims to address issues concerning multiculturalism in the
therapy room. Also, a number of our faculty and students conduct extensive
research in the area of multiculturalism and diversity. Clinical experience
with relevant groups is encouraged in the diverse population, which surrounds
Pasadena and the Los Angeles area.
from each department are appointed each year to the Multicultural Concerns
Committee. The persons in these positions are responsible for sensitizing
students, faculty, and staff of the psychology programs and the seminary as a
whole to issues related to minorities. This includes identifying the unique
needs of students, addressing issues pertinent to therapy with people from
diverse backgrounds, and providing resources for students and faculty. These persons
also serve on the admissions committee as a full member in their respective
events and workshops are conducted each year to increase awareness and
facilitate a sense of community among all the School of Psychology students. In
addition, students are encouraged to participate in the related activities in
this area offered by the Schools of Theology and Intercultural Studies.
assistance for these degree programs is limited. Students are strongly
encouraged to finance their education through parental and other private support,
personal savings, veterans or state disability benefits, outside scholarships,
church care, etc.
students who are not able to support their education in one of the above ways,
limited scholarships and fellowships are available. It should be stressed that
this assistance is minimal, and students are required to provide for the
greater portion of their own living expenses and educational costs. Financial
aid application forms may be requested as soon as notice of admission is
eligible students, loans through government and commercial sources are
available and may be applied for through the Seminary’s Financial Aid Office.
Applicants are encouraged to explore opportunities for financial aid available
in their states of residence prior to matriculation.
traineeships, research fellowships, and teaching assistantships are provided to
the extent they are available. Fuller Psychological and Family Services provide
some clinical traineeships. The Travis Institute provides partial support
through research fellowships in the various centers.
The seminary aids students and spouses in finding
part-time positions in Pasadena and the surrounding areas. A large percentage
of these jobs are in the mental health fields (clinics, counseling centers,
etc.) or in residential homes, state or private hospitals, colleges, churches,
etc. Some jobs are available in the areas of teaching and research as well as
counseling, and involve service to all age groups. Many of these positions
supplement the learning process for students. Students should be aware that
graduate study is demanding and those working over 20 hours per week will
severely compromise the quality of their educational experience.
should be aware that the clinical settings often have no commitment to
coordinate their work opportunities with the student’s clinical training needs.
The most serious problem present in many situations is the lack of regularly
scheduled supervision provided by the setting. In order to ensure that students
not engage in employment, which is incompatible with the degree training
program, the faculty has established the policy outlined below:
must obtain the approval of their director of clinical training before
accepting employment in any setting in which the student will be carrying out
any of the functions which are normally performed by clinical psychologists or
marital and family therapists and for which the student is in training within
Fuller’s degree programs.
clinical psychology student must obtain a written commitment from the
prospective employer stating that the employer will provide not less than one
hour a week of individual supervision from a licensed clinical psychologist
throughout the student’s term of employment.
marital and family therapy student must also obtain a written commitment from
the prospective employer stating that the employer will provide not less than
one hour a week of individual supervision from a licensed marriage and family
therapist, a licensed clinical psychologist, or a board-certified psychiatrist
throughout the student’s term of employment.
either case, the employer will pay for this supervision. This written agreement
must be accepted by the appropriate director of clinical training prior to the
of Fuller’s fortunate location in a major metropolitan area, students have
continuous access to a wide variety of lectures, symposia and workshops
presented by nationally and internationally renowned figures in the fields of
psychology and marriage and family. Extensive library holdings and major
research and clinical facilities in the area provide resources, which
supplement those provided in the School of Psychology. Distinguished psychologists,
family therapists and other leaders in the mental health professions speak on
an occasional basis to students and faculty. In addition, students are
encouraged to join professional organizations and attend their conventions.