PSYC613 Ethics, Practice, and Professional Issues (3 credit hours)
Examines ethical principles and professional guidelines to help develop ethical decision-making and behavior to meet the appropriate standards of care in providing clinical services, as well as the practice of clinical neuropsychology. Legislation relevant to clinical work is taught, and students will also be familiarized with codes of ethics and ethical guidelines. This course will examine topics such as confidentiality, ethical competence, professional relationships, and what constitutes malpractice. Emphasis will be placed upon rights, duties, and professional responsibilities under the law. The style is dialectical, requiring discernment of the ethical issues, argument about the issues, and knowledge of how to approach new issues in order to engage in ethical best practice.
PSYC623b Clinical Psychology Practicum II (1.5 credit hours)
Continuation of PYSC623a Clinical Psychology Practicum I.
PSYC615a Psychopathology I: Adulthood (3 credit hours)
This course will provide an advanced exposure to several issues in the area of adult psychopathology and diagnostics, and an in-depth review of a broad spectrum of psychopathological conditions (as defined by the DSM-V). First, the mental status exam will be covered as the basic tool for gathering information on psychopathology. Second, the logic and method of diagnostic classification will be covered, as well as the diathesis / stress model of mental illness. Third, the majority of the course will consist of using the DSM-V as the model for in-depth exposure and practice in the diagnosis of mental disorders. The major emphasis of the course will be on developing the differential diagnostic skills of the student through didactic and experiential modalities. Furthermore, it will include the etiology, prevalence & incidence, signs & symptoms, and criteria for differential diagnosis, and the emphasis will be on comparing different theoretical perspectives on each disorder, as well as reviewing the empirical literature in support of these theoretical perspectives. Finally, there will be discussion of cross-cultural diagnostic issues, and the most effective treatment approaches used for each of the major diagnostic categories.
PSYC615b Psychopathology II: Childhood & Adolescence (3 credit hours)
This seminar offers an advanced introduction to the field of child and adolescent psychopathology. It will review contemporary theoretical approaches to understanding the phenomenology, diagnosis, etiology, developmental course, and prevention of major behavior disorders in childhood and adolescence. Core emphases include (1) Conceptual understanding (developing a vocabulary of conceptual tools that allow one to think critically about the nature of psychopathology in childhood and adolescence); (2) Developmental systems framework (Understanding children's symptoms within the developmental and social contexts in which they occur; thus, we will emphasize complex theoretical approaches that integrate biological, psychological, and social influences as they unfold in developmental space and time; (3) Integration of clinical- and research-based knowledge (e.g., using clinical phenomenology to enrich one's understanding of research issues (first person accounts, case studies), and using research knowledge to inform our ability to treat or prevent childhood disorders); and (4) Child gender — Its overwhelming significance in the development and expression of psychopathology.
* PSYC617a Personality/Psychosocial Assessment (3 credit hours)
This course will provide an overview of basic issues in psychological assessment. The course is designed to familiarize the student with fundamental concepts and principles in testing and assessment and to identify the primary constructs assessed by clinical psychologists. Students will also learn about professional issues in psychological assessment. This course provides the foundation for more advanced and additional assessment coursework and training. The course is organized around six content domains relevant for psychological assessment: (1) reliability, validity, standardization, prediction; (2) objective assessment of personality and psychopathology; (3) special topics - behavioral medicine, forensic assessment, multicultural assessment; (4) diagnostic interviewing; (5) very brief coverage of intelligence and neuropsychological assessment and (6) professional issues.
* PSYC617b Cognitive Assessment (3 credit hours)
This course will focus upon assessment theory and technique as it applies to cognition and intelligence. Students will be exposed to a variety of cognitive and intellectual measures throughout the course of the semester. Primary focus will be given to the Wechsler Scales (WISC-V, WAIS-IV), along with other strategic cognitive measures that assess visual-motor integration, scanning, attention, memory, conceptual thinking and language-based functions. In preparation for field placement testing assignments and future APA internships, students will learn to administer, score, interpret, integrate and present these testing measures in oral and written report formats.
PSYC619 Biological Bases (Neuroscience) of Psychopathology (3 credit hours)
This course addresses the current state of understanding of the role of biological factors in psychopathology, including genetic, neuroanatomical, neurophysiological, neurochemical, and neuropsychological findings. Although the focus is on human studies and on etiology, we also cover seminal work on animal models and biological intervention approaches. Topics to be covered include classification and diagnosis, brain systems and neuroscience methods, behavioral genetics, depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, addictions, personality disorders, and developmental disorders. In addition, the course will cover sensation and perception, the regulation of hunger and thirst, physiological psychology, comparative psychology; learning, memory, and the role of hormones, pheromones and neurotransmitters in regulating human behavior and emotion. The interplay of biological and psychological factors (e.g., gene-environment interaction) is a central theme throughout.
PSYC621a Clinical Interventions I (3 credit hours)
This is a two-part course is designed to critically examine the historical/theoretical frameworks that the major forms of psychotherapy interventions utilize. Some of the theoretical perspectives will include: (but are not limited to) Psychodynamic, Person-Centered (Humanistic), Existential, Adlerian, Behavioral, Cognitive-Behavioral, Gestalt, Multimodal, and Systems theory. In addition, the course will cover specific topics, such as clinical interviewing and group psychotherapy.
PSYC621b Clinical Interventions II (3 credit hours)
Continuation of PSYC621a.
PSYC623a Clinical Psychology Practicum I (1.5 credit hours)
The bulk of students’ applied clinical training takes place during the second year of the program. The practicum in clinical psychology includes placement in a program-approved , supervised clinical training setting. To ensure a balance between theoretical and practicum learning and to facilitate student progress in meeting the research and other program requirements, students are asked to place a reasonable limit on clinical practicum activities. The expectation is that students are engaged in practicum activities from 12-15 hours per week, spanning 8 – 10 months. Although caseloads are small, intensive supervision and detailed consideration of clients are intended to give a firm base for developing the concepts and skills necessary for effective intervention.
The purpose of this practicum is to develop a student’s ability to integrate theory and empirical evidence in order to competently deliver evidence-based psychotherapy. It would also consist of discussions of evidence-based psychotherapy practice, supervision and self-reflection of the therapeutic process. Typically, students first observe and then perform initial interviews and psychotherapy. The training could involve screening and assessment, using standardized assessment instruments and clinical interviewing, as well as psychotherapy, team meetings, supervision, and didactic experiences. Weekly supervision is provided by a licensed psychologist, and applicable ethics and local laws will be reviewed.