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Fielding Graduate University Announces APA Accreditation Renewal

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Tue, Aug 20, 2013

Fielding Graduate University: APA Accredited Since 1991

Fielding Graduate University is pleased to announce that the American Psychological Association (APA) has renewed its accreditation for the doctoral PhD program in Clinical Psychology. Fielding offers the only APA accredited clinical psychology doctoral program utilizing a distributed learning model. This program in the School of Psychology has been continually accredited by the APA since 1991.

The APA’s Commission on Accreditation commended the program in each of its areas of review, including, program resources, program self-assessment and quality enhancement, and the program’s philosophy, objectives and curriculum plan.

The report cited student-faculty relations as a “major strength of the program is its positive regard of its students, and its belief in their rights to courtesy, respect, collegiality, and sensitivity.” Fielding’s president, Katrina Rogers, PhD, stated, “Our clinical psychology program has served students and communities around the country for forty years, and we are pleased that APA has continued to affirm the quality of the program and its faculty. We are proud of our students, alumni, and faculty who continue to meet the highest of standards set by APA in a discipline that is so critical to the health and well-being of all societal members.”

The report also praised the School of Psychology’s value of diversity stating “the program recognizes the importance of cultural and individual difference and diversity in the training of psychologists…the program’s training mission is also committed to ensuring coverage of issues of diversity, requiring not only a formal course on multicultural diversity, but also the infusion of diversity throughout many aspects of the formal curriculum as well as informal, extra-curricular activities.”  

Fielding pioneered a distance education model comprised of blended and distributed learning that has served adult professionals for forty years. By creating flexible opportunities for individuals with career, family, and community responsibilities to achieve their advanced educational goals, Fielding’s community of scholar-practitioners helps define the future of psychology at every level—from theory to practice and research. Incorporating both intensive face-to-face interactions with online dialogue and other distance learning methodologies makes Fielding’s Clinical Psychology program accessible to students across the nation.

In a message to the Fielding community, President Katrina Rogers wrote:

I just want to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the clinical psychology faculty members for the many ways in which they continue to strengthen the program, support our students’ intellectual development, and contribute to making our program the best in the country.

In the letter, APA staff wrote:

“The program has made a compelling argument and is to be commended.  The program has a clearly specified philosophy of education and training, compatible with the mission of its sponsor institution and appropriate to the science and practice of psychology.  The program demonstrates a commitment to excellence through self-study, which assures that its goals and objectives are met, enhances the quality of professional education and training obtained by its students, and contributes to the fulfillment of its sponsor institution’s mission.”

Fielding Graduate University is an accredited nonprofit leader in blended graduate education, combining face‐to‐face and online learning. Our curriculum offers quality degrees and courses for professionals living and working anywhere in the world. Fielding’s faculty members represent a breadth of scholarship and practice in the fields of educational leadership, human and organizational development, and clinical and media psychology. Maintaining Fielding’s reputation for quality programs, faculty are mentors and guides to self‐directed students who use their skills to become powerful, and socially‐responsible leaders in their communities, workplaces, and society.

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