Clinical Training and Psychology Services Center

Clinical training is an integral part of our clinical science program and is attained through a combination of resources on campus and in the Los Angeles community. In conjunction with coursework, first year students do an assessment placement conducting cognitive, personality, and behavioral assessments with a variety of clients seen through the on-campus clinic.  Our diprac (didactic-practicum) model of training for second and third year students provides an integrated educational and application model with in-depth supervised clinical experience. We offer year-long dipracs on the following populations: adults; older adults; and children, couples and families. External clinical placements may be arranged during a student's fourth or fifth year, depending on the student's specific interests and training needs. Such placements have included the Alzheimer Disease Research Center, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, outreach parenting programs, and The Help Group.

Students complete an APA-approved year-long clinical internship prior to being awarded the Ph.D. in clinical science. They typically complete this internship during the sixth year of training but it could be done during the fifth or seventh years. USC students have done well in the nationwide match process for highly regarded, fully funded internships.

Psychology Services Center

The clinical sciences program established the Psychology Services Center (PSC) to provide high quality and low-cost outpatient services to the greater Los Angeles community as well as to the USC community. The Tingstad Older Adult Counseling Center, housed within the PSC, provides services for problems related to aging.

The PSC is committed to providing cutting-edge, empirically supported services. The PSC serves as a training clinic for doctoral students in the clinical science program, which means that services typically are provided through a team approach in which students work closely with a supervisor who is a Ph.D. psychologist—either a faculty member in our program or a clinical associate.

The PSC provides a wide-range of assessment and therapeutic services, for example:

  • Psychological assessment for children with emotional and educational problems;
  • Psychological assessment for adults with a wide variety of emotional, cognitive, or educational concerns;
  • Individual therapy to address a variety of emotional problems (for example, anxiety and depression) as well as to cope with complicated life circumstances (bereavement, divorce, and other life stresses);
  • Caregiver support groups for spouses, adult children, or other caregivers of people with cognitive decline or dementia (through the Tingstad Older Adult Counseling Center);
  • Couples therapy for conflict, mistrust, and problems in communication;
  • Parenting and family therapy to foster family and individual adjustment throughout the family life cycle and with particular focus on children’s behavioral, emotional and school problems.

The PSC is committed to providing services to traditionally underserved and special populations including ethnic and cultural minorities, gay and lesbian people, older adults, individuals with physical illness, and children and families with a history of violence.

Please visit the clinic website for more information about our services, intake procedures, hours and directions: /usc-psychology-services-center. Fees are $20 per therapy session, and a flat rate of $500 for assessments. Reduced fees are available when needed to serve clients at all levels of the economic spectrum.

To make an appointment, please call 213-740-1600.

The Executive Director of the Psychology Services Center is Dr. Shannon Couture.

  • Department of Psychology
  • University of Southern California
  • SGM 501
  • 3620 South McClintock Ave.
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-1061