Licensure or Licensure-Readiness. To apply for admission, applicants must hold one of the following licenses in the State of California: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT); Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW); Licensed Educational Psychologist (LEP); Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). MFT Interns (IMF); Associate Clinical Social Workers (ASW); and Professional Clinical Counselor Interns (PCCI) are also eligible for application if they are currently engaged in meeting the requirements of clinical supervision for the license in that area and will be licensed within three years of application. Licensed Clinical Psychologists are also eligible to apply.
Official Transcript. Applicants will arrange for the Reiss-Davis Graduate Center office to receive an official certified transcript from each college or university attended, showing every graduate unit attempted. Applicants may arrange for transcripts to be mailed directly from these schools to the Reiss-Davis Graduate Center, enclose them with their application or mail them in separately as long as they are in sealed envelopes. If the transcript does not indicate the degree awarded, proof of that degree must also be provided.
Letters of Recommendation. Applicants are required to have two letters of recommendation submitted to the Reiss-Davis Graduate Center. Recommenders should be familiar with the applicant’s recent academic, clinical and/or other professional abilities and accomplishments. Applicants are to follow the instructions specified on the Recommendation Form included in the application packet and provide copies of that Form to recommenders. A third letter of recommendation may be requested at the discretion of the Dean.
Personal Interview. A personal interview will be conducted. A second interview may be held upon request of the applicant or the Admissions Committee. Interviews will be conducted by members of the Faculty or Administration. A biographical statement and other narrative material written by the applicant may be requested by the Reiss-Davis Graduate Center.
Completed Application Form and Fee. Applicants will complete and submit the Application form, accompanied by a non-refundable application fee ($60).
Personal Psychotherapy Experience. Personal psychotherapy experiences are encouraged.
Application and Enrollment Procedures
The potential applicant must receive a copy of this catalog before an application is accepted by the Reiss-Davis Graduate Center. The completed application, application fee of $60, official transcripts, proof of degrees and letters of recommendation must be received in the Reiss-Davis Graduate Center before the admissions interviews are conducted. Application deadlines are at the discretion of the Dean. The successful applicant will receive a letter of acceptance and an Enrollment Agreement to review and sign. Receipt in the office of the Reiss-Davis Graduate Center of the signed acceptance letter, the signed Enrollment Agreement and a $500 deposit constitutes enrollment in the program.
Transfer of Credits and Prior Experiential Learning
Transfer Credit Policy As part of its admissions process, it is the policy of the Reiss-Davis Graduate Center that the Reiss-Davis Graduate Center may accept transfer credits from other postsecondary institutions approved by the Bureau and from public or private institutions of higher learning accredited by an accrediting association recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. If an applicant to the Reiss-Davis Graduate Center wants to apply to transfer credits as part of the application process they must submit an official transcript or transcripts stating the course(s) completed and grade(s) received. There is no cost to the student for this process.
Transfer credits will not be accepted after the first 3 months of enrollment.
The Reiss-Davis Graduate Center, in the course of considering requests for transfer credits, will request such additional documentation as syllabi, transcripts, etc. so as to demonstrate the equivalency of the content of such course(s) to the corresponding Reiss-Davis Graduate Center courses. All decisions regarding the acceptance of transfer credits will be made by the Dean or the Deans designee. With the approval of the Dean or the Dean’s designee, students who take courses at other institutions during their enrollment at the Reiss-Davis Graduate Center may apply to have those units transferred in if they meet the same criteria as other transfer units. For doctoral degree students, the maximum amount of transfer credit from another approved or accredited institution shall be 10 quarter units.
The Reiss-Davis Graduate Center has not entered into an articulation or transfer agreement with any other college or university.
a. The Process for Evaluation Transfer credit must meet the expectations of an ad hoc review committee consisting of members of the faculty and the Dean or the Dean’s designee, and the content of each course being transferred in must bear a sufficient relationship to an existing course in the curriculum of the degree being sought. Academic credit earned more than ten years prior to admission will be reviewed as to applicability to the present course of study. The review committee reserves the right to require examinations, or other proof of competence, regardless of transfer credits listed on the student’s records. It is not the policy of the Reiss-Davis Graduate Center to impose redundant programs or requirements on any student.
b. The Process of Establishing Equivalency Transfer credit may be accepted from postsecondary institutions approved by the Bureau and from public or private institutions of higher learning accredited by an accrediting association recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Transfer credit must support the degree program and have a close correlation to an existing course. The ad hoc review committee consisting of members of the faculty and the Dean or the Dean’s designee will evaluate all transcripts and requests for credit to determine transfer credit acceptable to the Reiss-Davis Graduate Center.
c. Administrative Position Responsible for Transfer Evaluation The Dean is the administrator ultimately responsible for the transfer evaluation, though he or she may delegate individual evaluations to faculty members.
d. The Process for Monitoring the Transfer Evaluation Once each year the Dean will review a random sample of transfer requests received and evaluations completed to insure that both the academic and administrative policies and standards are being met. This sample will include at least 75% of the transfer requests in each degree program. Prior Experiential Learning
Due to the unique nature of the Reiss-Davis Graduate Center's program and curriculum, its intensity, and the importance of continuity, it is the policy of the Reiss-Davis Graduate Center that no credit towards completion of our degree program will be granted for prior experiential learning.
Policy on Minimum Incoming Class Size
It is the policy of the Reiss-Davis Graduate Center that each incoming class of students beginning a degree program must have a minimum of ten new students. If there are less than ten students admitted and registered prior to the first scheduled class, the Reiss-Davis Graduate Center reserves the right to cancel the incoming class. Any and all funds paid by entering students will be fully refunded. It is the policy of the Reiss-Davis Graduate Center to continue to provide all necessary classes and instruction to continuing students through graduation. The circumstance of the Reiss-Davis Graduate Center not having an incoming class will in no way affect continuing students.