Integration of Our Christian Faith in the PsyD Program

George Fox University provides a Christian context for PsyD training, rooted in and influenced by the Friends (Quaker) tradition. While aspects of faith and spirituality are part of most courses as the context is appropriate, eight specific courses define a formal faith integration component in the curriculum.

Three of the required courses are team-taught along with a theologian or biblical scholar who is a faculty member in the College of Christian Studies. The role of the psychologist in those classes is to help apply and integrate the theological/biblical concepts with psychology.

The Spiritual Formation series is designed to be experiential and applied. Students are challenged to think about individual and community formation. Each student meets individually with a trained Spiritual Director during the second and third year in the program. This relationship is designed to facilitate spiritual formation while honoring individual differences between students. 

Two additional integration courses bookend the curriculum, with the first-year students taking an introduction to integration and fourth-year students taking a capstone course highlighting religious and spiritual issues in the work of professional psychologists.


Community Agreement

In the Graduate School of Clinical Psychology, we attempt to explore together what it means to be followers of Jesus, both individually and collectively. While the university’s Statement of Faith provides a summary of what we believe, Christians have always held that beliefs (orthodoxy) have implications for behavior (orthopraxy), and so we strive to encourage one another toward a lifestyle that demonstrates love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22).

 When Jesus was asked to identify the most important commandment of scripture, he replied by saying that we are to love God with our whole being, and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:37). This is our aspiration, our telos, as a community and as individuals. As such, we make every effort to create an environment where students, faculty, and staff consider the welfare of the community and the needs of the world in addition to personal aspirations. This calls all of us toward personal awareness, cultural humility, intellectual honesty, and interpersonal compassion as we are being formed spiritually.