Clinical Psychology Courses

Some of the courses listed below are General Core Courses (GC), Clinical Core Course (CC), other Required Courses (R), or Elective Courses (E) for the degree program. See below the summary for the full course description. Research Seminar I and II are required before registering for the Major Paper, Case Study, or Thesis. Practicums and Internships are for degree-seeking students and are under the approval of the Program Director.

Clinical Psychology courses are generally not open to non-matriculated (non-degree seeking) students without the Director's approval. Non-matriculated students need to contact the Director, Dr. Ronald Miller, rmiller@smcvt.edu, 802.654.2288 or Diana Hoppe, Program Assistant, dhoppe@smcvt.edu, 802.654.2206, before registering.

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Fall 2015 Clinical Psychology Courses

Course            Code Courses and Credits Instructor(s) Days Time/Dates
GPS 505 Physiological Dimensions of Psychology (3 cr.)+ Phyllis Paro
Th 7:30pm-9:55pm
GPS 507 Psychological Assessment I (4 cr.)*
Lab fee $45.00
Cindy Cole T 5:00pm-7:30pm
Lab: Tuesday, 7:30pm-9:00pm
GPS 510 Research Methods I (3 cr.) Jeffrey Adams M 5:00pm-7:25pm
GPS 515 Advanced Abnormal Psychology (3 cr.)*+ Helene Nilsen T 5:00pm-7:25pm
GPS 525 Introduction to Clinical Intervention I (4 cr.)* Ronald Miller W 5:00pm-7:25pm
Lab: 7:30pm-9:00pm
GPS 608 First Year Practicum I (3 cr.)* Naomi Shapiro Th 5:00pm-7:25pm
GPS 610 Internship Ethics and Professional Affairs Seminar I (3 cr.)* Bradie Hansen  Th 5:00pm-8:25pm
Lab A: 5:00pm-6:00pm
Entire Class: 6:00pm-7:25pm
Lab B: 7:25pm-8:25pm
 GPS 612
Marital and Family Therapy (3 cr.)*
 Molly Millwood
W 5:00pm-7:25pm
GPS 686 Independent Study (3 cr.)*


GPS 687 Directed Readings (3 cr.)*


GPS 689 Research Seminar (3 cr.)* Jason Fechter
M

5:00pm-7:25pm
Section A begins on August 31, 2015
Section B begins on September 7, 2015
This course meets bi-monthly

* Degree students only.
+Please note GPS 507 and GPS 515 are being offered the same day/time.

Note: Students may choose the option to write a major paper or a thesis (GPS 690) after registering for Research Seminar (GPS 689) in the fall semester.

Students will have 12 months (two semesters and the following summer) to complete the major paper and 16 months (two semesters, the following summer and one additional semester) to complete the thesis.  After these time periods, a continuation XT fee equivalent to a one-credit charge will be made for each additional semester that the student is working on the final project.  The purpose of the fee is to cover the costs for supervision, use of the library, maintenance of school records, and to provide an incentive to complete the project in a timely manner.

GPS 505 Physiological Dimensions of Psychology (3cr.)
Instructor: Phyllis Paro
Thursday, 7:30pm-9:55pm*

This course will critically examine theory and research on the physiological correlates of behavior, emphasizing the structure and function of the nervous system and the research on the utilization of psychotropic medications and their effectiveness.  The role of psychological well-being and behavior in health and illness will also be explored.  Prerequisites: Bachelor’s Degree, Introduction to Psychology and Physiological Psychology or its equivalent. The instructor recommends reviewing Neil R. Carlson’s Behavioral Neuroscience text prior to enrolling in this course.

GPS 507 Psychological Assessment I (4cr.)
Instructor: Cindy Cole
Tuesday 5:00pm-7:25pm
Lab: Tuesday 7:30pm-9:00pm

This course is an introduction to the construction, administration, and interpretation of psychological tests.  Emphasis during the first semester will be on the assessment of cognitive functions and abilities. Students will have an opportunity to practice and administer individual cognitive measures both in lab and independently with supervision. The course includes a testing skills lab that meets one and one-half hours per week, which will follow class each week from 7:30pm-9:00pm.
Lab Fee: $45.00.
Prerequisites: GPS 515 must be taken prior to or concurrently with this course. The course is open to degree students only or with permission of the Director.

GPS 510 Research Methods I (3cr.)
Instructor: Jeffrey Adams
Monday, 5:00pm-7:25pm

This course focuses on understanding the strengths and limitations of the methodological techniques and statistical analysis used within quantitative psychological research.
Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree and an undergraduate statistics course.

GPS 515 Advanced Abnormal Psychology (3cr.)
Instructor: Helene Nilsen
Tuesday, 5:00pm-7:25pm*

An in-depth look at clinical theory as it relates to child and adolescent development. With a basis in theoretical knowledge, the student will then study the DSM-5, the ICD-10 and the PDM child and adolescent disorders with an added focus on the phenomenological experience of the child/adolescent.
Prerequisites: Course open to degree students only or by permission of the director.
*Please note this course is offered at the same day/time as GPS 507 Psychological Assessment.

GPS 525 Introduction to Clinical Intervention I (4cr.)
Instructor: Ronald Miller
Wednesday, 5:00pm-7:25pm
Lab: Wednesday, 7:30-9:00pm

This course will critically examine the therapeutic relationship as a basis for clinical assessment and intervention. Also, crisis intervention and psychotherapy will be viewed from the following theoretical perspectives: cognitive behavioral, humanistic and community psychology.
Note:  There will be a lab following class from 7:30-9:00pm. 
Prerequisites: The course is open to degree students only or with permission of the director.

GPS 608 First Year Practicum I (3cr.)
Instructor: Naomi Shapiro
Thursday, 5:00pm-7:25pm

This course provides supervision, clinical training and support for students participating in their first year practicum experience. The course includes 10 hours per week of clinical experience over the fall semester.
The course continues in the spring as GPS 609 (3cr.).
Prerequisites: GPS 525 should be taken prior to or concurrently with this course.

GPS 610 Internship, Ethics and Professional Affairs I (3 cr.)
Instructor: Bradie Hansen
Thursday, 5:00 - 8:25 pm
Lab A: Thursday, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Entire Class: Thursday, 6:00 - 7:25 pm
Lab B: Thursday, 7:25-8:25 pm

The seminar is only for students completing their internship.  Its objective is twofold: 1) an in-depth review of the ethical principles of psychologists and of relevant legal and policy issues in the profession; and 2) a forum for the discussion of specific clinical issues arising from the varied internship settings.  The course continues in the spring as GPS 611. Note: The entire class meets for the first and last two classes of the semester between 5:00 and 7:25.  On other dates there will be two lab sections:  Lab A meets between 5:00 – 6:00 on the night of class, Lab B meets between 7:25 - 8:25 on the night of class.   Please specify on the registration form for which lab you are registering.
Prerequisites: GPA 515-516, 525-526 and 608-609.  GPS 507-508 must be taken prior to or concurrently, those taking the course concurrently with internship may find their site options more limited. 

GPS 612 Marital and Family Therapy (3cr.) 
Instructor: Molly Millwood
Wednesday, 5:00pm-7:25pm

This course involves a critical and in-depth examination of theory and empirical research regarding the functioning of marriages and family systems and the practice of couple and family therapy.  The course is designed to provide relatively equal emphasis on 1) foundational information about the challenges and rewards of intimate relating and 2) practical information about models of couple and family therapy.
Prerequisites: GPS 525-526 or with permission of the instructor.

GPS 686 Independent Study (3cr.)

Under special circumstances, when a course is not offered during a given semester, or when there is an irresolvable scheduling conflict, a student may complete some course work on an independent basis. The student must have the approval of a faculty sponsor and the department chair. Requests must be completed by the last day of the course change period. The student, with the supervisor would outline in proposal form the objectives, topics, evaluation mechanisms and outside source material.  The form must be signed by both student and advisor and submitted to the Director. The Director will then submit the form to the Dean of the College for final approval.

GPS 687 Directed Readings (3cr.)

This option provides the student with an opportunity to undertake a study in a specific area not covered in the regular course offerings. The student must have the approval of a faculty sponsor and the department chair. Requests must be completed by the last day of the course change period. The student, with the supervisor would outline in proposal form the objectives, topics, evaluation mechanisms and outside source material.  The form must be signed by both student and advisor and submitted to the Director. The Director will then submit the form to the Dean of the College for final approval.

GPS 689 Research Seminar (3cr.)
Instructor: Jason Fechter
Monday, 5:00-7:25pm
This course will consist of two sections and each section meets bi-monthly in the fall semester and monthly from January through July.
Section A begins on August 31, 2015
Section B begins on September 7, 2015 

Students only register once for this course (the fall semester).
This is a yearlong seminar for all students beginning work on their major paper or thesis.  It allows students to share their research and receive feedback and supervision on a continuous basis. The major paper can be 1) a literature review; 2) a scholarly personal narrative or 3) a case study.  The thesis involves conducting a research study in the field or laboratory.  Students should consult the catalogue for a more detailed description of these options.
Prerequisites: GPS 510 and GPS 511.
The course is open to degree students only.
Students writing a Thesis must register for GPS 690 in the subsequent spring semester.

Spring 2015 Clinical Psychology Courses

Course Code Course Name and Credits Instructor Days Time/Dates
GPS 508 Psychological Assessment II (4 cr.) *
Lab fee $45.00
Greg Tomasulo Th 7:30pm-9:55pm
Lab: Monday, 7:30pm-9:00pm (Lab begins Jan. 19)
GPS 511 Research Methods II (3 cr.) Susan Kuntz M 5:00pm-7:25pm
GPS 516 Advanced Abnormal Psychology II (3 cr.) *+ Helene Nilsen T 5:00pm-7:25pm
GPS 520 Advanced Social Psychology (3 cr.)+ Jeffrey Adams T 5:00pm-7:25pm
GPS 526 Introduction to Clinical Intervention II (3 cr.)* Ronald Miller W 5:00pm-7:25pm
Lab: 7:30pm-9:00pm
GPS 609 First Year Practicum II (3 cr.)* Naomi Shapiro Th 5:00pm-7:25pm
GPS 611      Internship Ethics and Professional Affairs Seminar II (3 cr.)* Bradie Hansen Th

5:00pm-8:25pm
Lab A: 5:00pm-6:00pm
Entire Class: 6:00pm-7:25pm
Lab B: 7:25pm-8:25pm

GPS 612 Marital and Family Therapy (3 cr.)* Molly Millwood W 5:00pm-7:25pm
GPS 686    Independent Study (3 cr.)*

 

 

GPS 687 Directed Readings (3 cr.)*
GPS 690    Thesis (3 cr.)*

* Degree students only.
+Please note GPS 520 and GPS 516 are being offered on the same day/time.

Note: Students may choose the option of writing a major paper or a thesis (GPS 690) after registering for Research Seminar (GPS 689) in the fall semester.

Students have 12 months (two semesters and the following summer) to complete the major paper, and 16 months (two semesters and the following summer and one additional semester) to complete the thesis. After these time periods, a continuation XT fee equivalent to a one-credit charge will be made for each additional semester that the student is working on the final project. The purpose of the fee is to cover the costs for supervision, use of the library, maintenance of student records, and to provide an incentive to complete the project in a timely manner.

GPS 508 Psychological Assessment II (4cr.)

Instructor: Greg Tomasulo
Thursday, 7:30 p.m.-9:55 p.m.
Lab: Monday, 7:30pm-9:00pm (Lab begins on Jan. 19)
This course is a continuation of GPS 507 with an emphasis on personality assessment, objective and projective.
Lab Fee: $45.
Prerequisite: GPS 507. GPS 516 must be taken prior to or concurrently with this course. The course is open to degree students only or with permission of the Director.

GPS 511 Research Methods II (3cr.)

Instructor: Susan Kuntz
Monday, 5:00 p.m.-7:25 p.m.
This course is designed to give students an introduction to the philosophical, conceptual, and practical basis of qualitative methodologies. We will survey the most common types of qualitative inquiry and their theoretical roots, differences between qualitative and quantitative methods, techniques of data collection and analysis, integration of qualitative and quantitative methods, and current debates regarding qualitative inquiry. Students will become familiar with published qualitative work in the discipline of psychology and conduct their own qualitative project. Prerequisites: Bachelor’s degree and either Research Methods I or undergraduate statistics.

GPS 516 Advanced Abnormal Psychology II (3cr.)

Instructor: Helene Nilsen
Tuesday, 5:00 p.m.-7:25 p.m.*
This course is a continuation of GPS 515 with the focus on adult psychopathology.  Initially, the focus will be on the study of several theories regarding adult self-development and psychopathology.  The DSM-5, ICD-10 and the PDM will be utilized to understand the classification and inner experience of people with a spectrum of clinical disorders.  The goal of this course is to give students a sense of the phenomenological experience of the person living with a disorder, along with a grounding in developmental theoretical constructs that make the disorders more meaningful clinically.  Finally, students will present in-depth case studies along with experience formulating clinical diagnoses.  Prerequisite: GPS 515.  The course is open to degree students only or with permission of the director.

GPS 520 Advanced Social Psychology (3cr.)

Instructor: Jeffrey Adams
Tuesday, 5:00 p.m.-7:25 p.m.*
This course offers an in-depth look at selected topics from the field of social psychology. Theory and research from areas such as the self, social cognition, and social learning theory will be emphasized. Prerequisite: Bachelor’s degree and Social Psychology or its equivalent.
*Please note this course is offered at the same day/time as GPS 516 Advanced Abnormal Psychology.

GPS 526 Introduction to Clinical Intervention II (3cr.)

Instructor: Ronald B. Miller
Wednesday, 5:00 p.m.-7:25 p.m.
Lab: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
This course is a continuation of GPS 525 and covers the psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, and strategic approaches to the therapeutic relationship. Prerequisite: The course is open to degree students only or with permission of the director.

GPS 609 First Year Practicum II (3cr.)

Instructor: Naomi Shapiro
Thursday, 5:00 p.m.-7:25 p.m.
This course is a continuation of First Year Practicum I. GPS 526 Clinical Interventions should be taken either prior to or concurrently with this course. Prerequisites: GPS 608. The course is open to degree students only.

GPS 611 Internship Ethics and Professional Affairs Seminar II (3cr.)

Instructor: Irene Sharp
Thursday, 5:00 p.m.– 8:25 p.m.
Lab A: Thursday, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m
.Entire Class: Thursday, 6:00 p.m.– 7:25 p.m.
Lab B: Thursday, 7:25 p.m. - 8:25 p.m.
This course is a continuation of GPS 610. The seminar is for students doing their internship. It provides a forum for the discussion of professional ethics and affairs, legal and policy issues in psychology, and specific clinical issues arising in the internship setting.  Prerequisites: GPS 610. The course is open to degree students only.

GPS 612 Marital and Family Therapy (3 cr.)*

Instructor: Molly Millwood
Wednesday, 5:00 p.m.-7:25 p.m.
This course involves a critical and in-depth examination of theory and empirical research regarding the functioning of marriages and family systems and the practice of couple and family therapy.  The course is designed to provide relatively equal emphasis on (1) foundational information about the challenges and rewards of intimate relating and (2) practical information about models of couple and family therapy.  Prerequisites: GPS 525-526 or with permission of the instructor.

GPS 686 Independent Study - Elective (3cr.)

Under special circumstances, when a course is not offered during a given semester, or when there is an irresolvable scheduling conflict, a student may complete some course work on an independent basis. The student must have the approval of a faculty sponsor and the department chair. Requests must be completed by the last day of the course change period. The student, with the supervisor, would outline in proposal form the objectives, topics, evaluation mechanisms, and outside source material. The form must be signed by both student and advisor and submitted to the director. The director will then submit the proposal to the Dean of the College for final approval.

GPS 687 Directed Readings - Elective (3cr.)

This option provides the student with an opportunity to undertake a study in a specific area not covered in the regular course offerings. The student must have the approval of a faculty sponsor and the department chair. Requests must be completed by the last day of the course change period. The student, with the supervisor, would outline in proposal form the objectives, topics, evaluation mechanisms and outside source material. The form must be signed by both student and advisor and submitted to the director. The director will then submit the proposal to the Dean of the College for final approval.

GPS 690 Thesis (3cr.)

The thesis is an empirical study of a particular hypothesis in the field of clinical psychology conducted up to the standards of the profession and contributing to the empirical knowledge base of professional psychology. It may be quantitative or qualitative in method. Students register for three credits in addition to Research Seminar and should register for these credits during the spring semester with Research Seminar instructor approval. Prerequisite: GPS 689.

Future Clinical Psychology Course Offerings

NOTE: This is a tentative schedule for planning purposes. Some courses may need to be offered at other times. See below for registration information and contacts.

Course Code Course Title CR SU FA SP
(GC) GPS 505 Physiological Basis of Behavior 3 X
(CC) GPS 507 Psychological Assessment I * 4 X
(CC) GPS 508 Psychological Assessment II * 4 X
(GC) GPS 510 Research Methods I 3 X
(GC) GPS 511 Research Methods II 3 X
(GC) GPS 513 Advanced Developmental Psychology 3 X
(CC) GPS 515 Advanced Abnormal Psychology I * 3 X
(CC) GPS 516 Advanced Abnormal Psychology II * 3 X
(GC) GPS 520 Advanced Social Psychology 3 X
(CC) GPS 525 Introduction to Clinical Intervention I * 4 X
(CC) GPS 526 Introduction to Clinical Intervention II * 3 X
(E) GPS 601 Group Psychotherapy * 3 X
(E) GPS 605 Play Therapy * 3 X
(E) GPS 606 The Practice of Intensive Psychotherapy * 3 X
(R) GPS 608 First Year Practicum I * 3 X
(R) GPS 609 First Year Practicum II * 3 X
(R) GPS 610 Internship Ethics and Professional Affairs Seminar I * 3 X
(R) GPS 611 Internship Ethics and Professional Affairs Seminar II* 3 X
(E) GPS 612 Marital and Family Therapy * 3 X
(E) GPS 686 Independent Study* 3 X X X
(E) GPS 687 Directed Readings * 3 X X X
(R) GPS 689 Research Seminar (year long)* 3 X X
(E) GPS 690 Thesis * 3 X

* = for degree students only
All courses require prerequisites
FOR ASSISTANCE OR QUESTIONS: Contact Diana Hoppe, dhoppe@smcvt.edu, 802.654.2206.

Summer 2015 Clinical Psychology Courses

Course Code Course Name and Credits Instructor(s) Days Time and Dates
GPS 513 Advanced Developmental Psychology (3) Renee Carrico T, TH May 19 - June 18
5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
GPS 605 Play Therapy (3) Naomi Shapiro

M, Th, F 

 

 

 

Sun 

Thursday, April 30
Friday, May 1
Monday, May 4
Thursday, May 7
Friday, May 8
(5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.)

Sunday, May 17
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

GPS 606 The Practice of Intensive Psychotherapy (3) Ronald Miller T, TH June 23 - July 30
5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

GPS 649

Play Therapy II (3) Naomi Shapiro

 T-M

 

Sun

 August 4, 5, 6, 7, 10
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

August 16
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

GPS 513 Advanced Developmental Psychology (3 cr.)

Instructor: Renee Carrico 
Tuesday and Thursday, (May 19 - June 18) 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

This course is designed to provide you with an opportunity for in-depth exploration of major topics in child development. Topics include genetics, brain and motor development, cognition, language, attachment, and parenting and family.  Within each area of study we will consider the hereditary, psychological, and social influences on development, and discuss a variety of theoretical and empirical approaches.  Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree and Developmental Psychology.

GPS 605 Play Therapy (3 cr.)

Instructor: Naomi Shapiro
Thursday, April 30; Friday, May 1; Monday, May 4; Thursday, May 7
(5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.) 
Place: To be announced
Friday, May 8 (5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.) (Saint Edmund’s Hall, Farrell Room)
Sunday, May 17 (8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) (Saint Edmund’s Hall, Farrell Room)
This course will involve an experiential approach to the therapeutic understanding of children and adolescents.  Humanistic play therapy will be the primary orientation discussed.  Class attendance is mandatory.
Note:  This course is open to degree students with the permission of the instructor only.  Prerequisites: GPS 525, GPS 526, GPS 608, and GPS 609.

GPS 606 The Practice of Intensive Psychotherapy (3 cr.)

Instructor: Dr. Ronald Miller
Tuesday and Thursday, (June 23 - July 30) 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Through an examination of comprehensive case studies this course will explore the process of both brief and long-term intensive psychotherapy. A psychodynamic model supplemented by humanistic and interpersonal theory will serve as the framework for the course. Prerequisites: GPS 525 & 526 or permission of the instructor.

GPS 649 Special Topics: Play Therapy II (3 cr.)

Instructor: Naomi Shapiro
Tuesday - Monday, (August 4, 5, 6, 7 10) 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, (August 16) 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
By permission of instructor

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