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Ph.D. in Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology - Santa Barbara

Program offered is a Doctorate.

  • May be completed in three years, plus one year of dissertation
  • Program consists of 122 quarter units of coursework and credits, 60 hours of personal therapy, 450 hours of community fieldwork, and an original research dissertation and oral defense
  • Students may choose from two convenient formats:
  • Monthly On-Campus Format: Students attend class on campus just one weekend each month (Thursday-Sunday). In addition, students participate in a six-day on-campus residency each July.

    Distance Learning Format: Students take core classes and specialty classes. To complete their core coursework, students participate in two eight-day on-campus residencies each year (in fall and spring) with the balance of coursework on line. The Prenatal and perinatal psychology specialty is taught through a combination of online courses and on-campus courses offered along with the fall and spring core segments.

  • Program is intended for students who may already be working in clinical, healthcare, healing arts, education, or other settings -and wish to incorporate a prenatal and perinatal psychology perspective into their lives and work.
  • During the third year of study, in conjunction with Professional Practice Coursework, each student completes 450 hours of fieldwork in his/her home community. Working as a trainee volunteer at an approved site (e.g. hospital, social service, non-profit organization, or another approved facility), each student receives supervision and applies skills and knowledge in direct work with clients while further developing his/her area of expertise.
  • After successfully completing all required coursework, fieldwork, and a written comprehensive examination, students are enrolled in their "post-coursework" phase. This phase provides students with a structured and supportive environment through which to complete their dissertations in a timely fashion. Students select and have their committees approved by administration, complete their proposals, carry out their research, and complete their dissertations under the close supervision and mentorship of a faculty advisor. Upon final approval of the dissertation by the committee and administration, students complete their Ph.D. requirements by oral defense of their research.
  • Graduates are equipped with a solid foundation in prenatal and perinatal psychology theory as well as having the therapeutic skills they need to be outstanding psychoeducators. They specialize in working from a prenatal and perinatal psychology perspective to educate clients around their difficult or traumatic early experiences and achieve greater well-being.

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2020 Alameda Padre Serra, Suite 135
Santa Barbara, CA 93103