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 two degree programs, the Doctor
of Philosophy (PhD) and the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD). The PsyD
program offers two options for study: a generalist track, and a track
focused on family psychology. 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 faith.
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.
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.
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
- 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, and communities.
- 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 partnerís graduate
education. This may include small groups, lectures and social
Students 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
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, Womenís 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, womenís 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 Picnic.
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 studentís option to serve and the candidateís
option to select.
The 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 professorís 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 Therapy. Faculty are encouraged to incorporate
research and theory on women from the social and behavioral sciences
into all courses, and this issue is included in all course evaluations.
In the Department of Clinical Psychology, seminars on The Psychology of
Gender and Women in Therapy are offered every other year. Persons
interested in integrating feminism, social and behavioral sciences and
their Christian faith will find support for this in the larger Fuller
One student in each department is appointed each year
as Womenís Issues Resource Coordinator. The persons in these positions
are responsible for providing bibliographic and other resources to
students and faculty in the program, sensitizing the community to issues
pertinent to therapy with women, and the educational process for women
students. These persons also plan regular social events for students and
faculty and keep them informed of local workshops, meetings, speakers,
and other events focused on womenís issues.
School of Psychology is committed to the recruitment and training of
students with ethnic American backgroundsñAsian, African-American,
Hispanic and Native American. It 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 in 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 extnsive 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.
students (one in each department) are appointed each year as a
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 ethnic-Americans, and
providing resources for students and faculty. This person also serves on
the admissions committee as a full member in their respective
Social 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 World Mission.
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.
For students who are not
able to support their education in one of the above ways, limited
grant-in-aid is 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
For eligible students, loans through government and
commercial sources are available in amounts up to $18,500 per year, and
may be applied for through the Seminaryís Financial Aid Office.
Applicants are encouraged to explore opportunities for financial aid
available in their states of residence prior to matriculation.
clinical, research and teaching assistantships are provided to the
extent they are available. Fuller Psychological and Family Services and
associated clinics provide a large number of assistantships. The Travis
Institute provides partial support through research assistantships in
the various centers.
The Seminaryís Office of Career Services 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. Typically, salaries
range from $10 per hour to $15 per hour, and hours vary from eight to 20
per week for students and up to full time for spouses. 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
Students should be aware that the clinical settings
often have no commitment to coordinate their work opportunities with the
studentís 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:
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 Fullerís 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 studentís 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 studentís term of
In 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 jobís beginning.
of Fullerís 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.