2015-2016 Academic Catalog

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Training and Research Facilities


Fuller Psychological and Family Services (FPFS) is the clinical training and community mental health outreach arm of the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology. We are located on the campus of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Fuller’s School of Psychology was the first clinical psychology professional school in the United States established in a theological seminary, and in 1974 became the first seminary-based psychology school to receive American Psychological Association accreditation. The clinic opened in November 1964 as the “Pasadena Community Counseling Center,” a year before the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology opened.

One way in which FPFS is unique is that its very existence is predicated upon treating mind, body, and spirit in an integrated manner. Simply put, this means that people are more than just physical beings. It also means that psychological symptoms such as depression and anxiety often manifest as physical symptoms such as fatigue or pain. Further, it means that our spiritual health can impact and be impacted by our physical and psychological symptoms. These beliefs are inextricably linked to the establishment and ongoing vision of FPFS, a vision strongly influenced by both the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology and Fuller Theological Seminary.

Most of our clinicians are students from the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology’s Clinical Psychology Program and Marriage and Family Therapy Program. They are closely supervised by a network of licensed professionals employed by FPFS to help ensure they operate in an effective, safe, and ethical manner. In this way, FPFS contributes to the development of future mental health professionals while also addressing the mental health needs of local communities in an affordable manner.

FPFS therapists provide therapy services to individuals (childrenadolescents, and adults), couplesfamilies, and groups, to address a variety of symptoms associated with issues including but not limited to anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, trauma, guilt, and bereavement.

FPFS also provides neuropsychological assessment services. These services help detect the presence of neurodevelopmental disorders, which usually occur during childhood but also manifest in adults. These disorders include but are not limited to ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, learning disorders, intellectual disabilities, dyslexia, processing issues, depression, and anxiety.


The Role of Religion and Spirituality in Mental Health and Optimum Human Function

One of the primary goals of the School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary is to engage in research that significantly advances the understanding of the relationship of religion and spirituality to mental health and optimum human functioning. This project has been labeled “The Fuller Project.”

Several factors have motivated the decision to launch this project:

  1. Religion and spirituality are attributes central to the core of human nature and psychological functioning, yet these variables have been largely ignored in much of the psychological research.
  2. There is currently an increasing openness within the field of psychology and its various research journals to consider this important aspect of human nature.
  3. The Graduate School of Psychology at Fuller Seminary is strategically placed both institutionally and historically to carry out important research on religion and mental health, and to make a substantial contribution to knowledge in this area.
  4. The commitment of Fuller to the process of integration of psychology and theology demands a concerted effort toward investigating religion and spirituality with respect to optimum psychological and social functioning.

Issues in Religion and Mental Health

A majority of the population of the United States considers itself to be religious in some way, and a large percentage regularly participates in some form of religious worship. Although these percentages vary from culture to culture throughout the world, there are few (if any) societies within which religion does not play a significant and formative role.

However, the effects of religion on mental health and optimum psychosocial function have received a disproportionately small amount of attention in psychological research. Compared to the roles of other variables such as parenting, social support, stress, emotional learning, cognitive functioning, and neurobiological systems, which continued to be intensively researched, religion and spirituality have been ignored by much of the research of the past century.


The Travis Research Institute is committed to fostering interdisciplinary research into the relationships between social systems, environmental situations, personality, mental and affective states, cognitive processes, neurobiological functions, and spiritual and religious states and practices. The Institute provides a distinctive context within the Fuller School of Psychology in which interested faculty, research collaborators, and students can engage in regular and ongoing research activities. The Institute fosters collaborative research within the School of Psychology, with faculty from the Schools of Theology and Intercultural Studies, and with researchers at other institutions.

The Travis Research Institute is organized into several Research Centers, constituting the major foci of ongoing, large-scale collaborative work within the Institute. Centers involve both empirical and theoretical scholarship. More specific research projects are resignated Research Programs, and are organized either directly within the Travis Research Institute or within the various Research Centers.

Center for Biopsychosocial Research. The Center for Biopsychosocial Research seeks to understand the interactions between neural and biologic systems and the social, psychological, and spiritual/religious functioning of persons. Neurobiological variables include brain and cognitive function, congenital neuropathology, autonomic/affective responses, neurotransmitter and hormonal milieu, immune activity, and physical health. Current or recent research programs include :

  • Autonomic Psychophysiology and Behavior
  • Hormones and Cognition
  • Interhemispheric Interactions and Human Higher Cognitive Abilities
  • Spirituality, Wellbeing, and Health

Center for Research in Trauma, Coping, and Community Resilience. The purpose of the Center is to conduct innovative research that will lead to: 1) a better understanding of the variables affecting acute, chronic, and post-traumatic stress; and 2) creative application of this knowledge to the development of better methods of identification and treatment of individuals, families, and communities that have been affected by an environment of chronic stress and trauma. Particularly central to the mission of the Headington Program in International Trauma, a focused program of CSTA, will be post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic stress occurring in ministry and international relief/development settings. Current or recent collaborative research projects include:

  • Stress and Success in Short-Term Missions
  • Member Care Project
  • The Headington Project in International Trauma

The Thrive Center for Human Development. The Thrive Center serves two important aims: to study how young people develop into thriving adults and to provide practical tools and resources to nurture optimal human development. It seeks to promote positive child and youth development through basic and applied research and the creation of interventions and resources for parents, educators, ministers, youth workers and other adults who invest in kids. Current research programs concern thriving and spirituality, the development of character strengths and virtues, and the natural foundations of religious development.

Psychology Graduate Union: Doctoral and MF PGU

Students 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.  The Psychology Graduate Union is split into two cabinets, the MFT Graduate Union and the Doctoral Graduate Union.

Responsible for all affairs related to the Graduate Unions are the executive cabinets composed of the Doctoral Psychology Department and the Marriage and Family Department. The Doctoral Psychology Department cabinet is composed of two co-presidents, a vice-president, administrator, diversity representative, student life director, professional development director, and spiritual formation representative, as well as a representative from each year in each degree program in the department. The Marriage and Family Department cabinet is composed of two co-presidents, a vice-president, a representative from each year in each degree program in the department, as well as a diversity representative, mentorship program representative, and professional development representative.

The Doctoral Psychology Department cabinet 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 cabinet also hosts a variety of events for students, faculty, and staff throughout the year.  Events focus on a variety of areas, including professional, spiritual, and community development. The Marriage and Family Department cabinet hosts a variety of events for students and faculty throughout the year, ranging from social activities with both first- and second-year students in attendance to a faculty appreciation event in the spring.  The Doctoral Psychology Department cabinet and the Marriage and Family Department cabinet co-host events throughout the year as well, including an all-seminary event at the end of fall quarter.

Psychology 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 departments’ four co-presidents are members of the faculty policy-making body, with full responsibilities and privileges. They represent the concerns of their fellow students by acting as a bridge between faculty and students. The co-presidents also 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 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 professor’s sensitivity to issues related to women, ethnic minorities and religious dimensions.

Clinical Facilities for Field Training: Clinical Psychology

The institutions listed below are those which were directly engaged in recent years in providing clinical experience and training to students. Some of the institutions listed have an ongoing training agreement with the Department of Clinical Psychology so that they accept a fixed number of trainees each year. Others select their trainees from many different educational institutions. The specific institutions involved in clinical training vary from year to year.

  • ABA-BEARS, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
  • Alhambra Unified School District, Alhambra, CA
  • Aurora Las Encinas Behavioral Health Care, Pasadena, CA
  • Azusa Pacific University Counseling Center, Azusa, CA
  • Bienvenidos Children’s Center, Montebello, CA
  • Biola University Counseling Center, Biola, CA
  • California Behavioral Health Clinic, Los Angeles, CA
  • Carrie Horn and Associates, Private Practice, Pasadena, CA
  • Casa Colina Rehabilitation Hospital Transitional Living Center, Pomona, CA
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Woodland Hills, CA
  • Cheerful Helpers Child and Family Study Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Child and Family Guidance Center-Balboa, Northridge, CA
  • Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
  • Christian Counseling Ministries, Pasadena, CA
  • City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, CA
  • Della Martin Center at Huntington Hospital, Pasadena, CA
  • Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, Inglewood, CA
  • El Monte Police Community Relations Office, El Monte, CA
  • Elizabeth House, Pasadena, CA
  • Emmaus Road Counseling/Life Pacific Bible College, San Dimas, CA
  • ENKI Health and Research Systems, Inc., El Monte, CA
  • Faithful Central Bible Church – Family of Champions Counseling Center, Inglewood, CA
  • Fuller Psychological and Family Services, Pasadena, CA
  • Greenhouse Therapy Center, Pasadena, CA
  • Harbor UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA
  • Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services, South Pasadena, CA
  • Heritage Clinic at the Center for Aging Resources, Pasadena, CA
  • Hillview Mental Health Center, Pacoima, CA
  • Intercommunity Counseling Center, Whittier, CA
  • Jerry L. Pettis VA Medical Center, Loma Linda, CA
  • Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, Dept. of Psychiatry, Los Angeles, CA
  • LA County + USC Medical Center, Dept. of Psychiatry, Los Angeles, CA
  • LA County + USC Medical Center, Dept. of Neurology, Los Angeles, CA
  • LA County-DHS Hubert H. Humphrey Comprehensive Health Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Loma Linda University Health Care, Dept. of Pediatrics, Loma Linda, CA
  • Los Angeles Christian Health Centers, Los Angeles, CA
  • Los Angeles LGBT Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Pacific Clinics, Pasadena, CA
  • Pacific Clinics East, Monrovia, CA
  • Pasadena Mental Health Center, Pasadena, CA
  • Patton State Hospital, Patton, CA
  • Pepperdine University Counseling Center, Malibu, CA
  • Prototypes – ICAN HCFP, El Monte, CA
  • Prototypes – REACH, Pasadena, CA
  • Psychology Resource Consultants, Pasadena, CA
  • Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, Downey, CA
  • San Gabriel Unified School District, San Gabriel, CA
  • Southern California Neurology Consultants (SHARP), Pasadena, CA
  • Stein Psychological Associates, Encino, CA
  • UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Los Angeles, CA
  • USC Engemann Student Health Center – Counseling Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Vanguard University Counseling Center, Costa Mesa, CA
  • VA Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Clinic, Los Angeles, CA
  • VA Medical Center, Long Beach, CA
  • VA Medical Center, Sepulveda, CA
  • VA Medical Center, West Los Angeles, CA
  • Ventura County Behavioral Health, Oxnard, CA

Out of State (for 2014-15):

  • VA CT Healthcare System, Newington, CT
  • Central Washington University-Student Medical and Counseling Clinic, Ellensberg, WA


The institutions listed below provided clinical training for marital and family therapy students in recent years.

  • Alhambra Unified School District, Alhambra, CA
  • Asian Pacific Counseling and Treatment Centers, Los Angeles, CA
  • Asian American Christian Counseling Service, Alhambra, CA
  • Asian Pacific Women’s Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Aveson Charter School, Altadena, CA
  • Cancer Center of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Cancer Support Community, Pasadena, CA
  • Center for Individual and Family Therapy, Orange, CA
  • Chinatown Service Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Christ’s Church of the Valley, San Dimas, CA
  • C LARE Foundation, Santa Monica CA
  • Community Family Guidance Center, Cerritos, CA
  • Didi Hirsch, Culver City, CA
  • El Monte Police Community Relations, El Monte, CA
  • Emmaus Road Christian Counseling Center (Life Pacific College), San Dimas, CA
  • ENKI Health & Research Systems, Inc., El Monte, CA
  • FACES, Fullerton, CA
  • Family Agency of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Family Services of Long Beach, Long Beach, CA
  • Foothill Family Services, Pasadena, CA
  • Friends of the Family, Van Nuys, CA
  • Fuller Psychological and Family Services, Pasadena, CA
  • The Gooden Center (Family Program), Pasadena CA
  • Hathaway-Sycamores, Pasadena, CA
  • Intercommunity Counseling Center, Whittier, CA
  • Korean American Family Service Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Korean Community Services, Buena Park, CA
  • La Vie, Pasadena, CA
  • Lake Ave Church Counseling Center, Pasadena, CA
  • McKinley Children’s Center, San Dimas, CA
  • Odyssey Charter School, Altadena, CA
  • Outreach Counseling, Arcadia, CA (not utilized in several years)
  • Pacific Asian Counseling Services, Los Angeles, CA
  • Pacific Clinics, Pasadena, CA
  • Partnerships to Uplift Communities, Burbank, CA
  • Pasadena Mental Health Center, Pasadena, CA
  • Project Impact, Lynwood, CA
  • Salvation Army, Whittier, CA
  • San Diego Vet Center, San Diego, CA
  • San Gabriel Unified School District, San Gabriel CA
  • Santa Anita Family Services, Monrovia, CA
  • SYNC Counseling Center, Pasadena, CA
  • Turning Point Center for Families, Santa Ana, CA
  • Vanguard University Counseling Center, Costa Mesa, CA
  • Ventura County Behavioral Health, Oxnard, CA
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