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.

Fall 2014 Graduate Registration Form

Summer Registration will start February 3rd for matriculated students and March 3rd for all others.

Fall 2014 Clinical Psychology Courses

Course Code Courses and Credits Instructor(s) Days Time/Dates
GPS 505 Physiological Dimensions of Psychology (3 cr.)+ Melissa VanderKaay Tomasulo T 5:00pm-7:25pm
GPS 507 Psychological Assessment I (4 cr.)*
Lab fee $45.00
Cindy Cole Th 7:30pm-9:55pm
Lab: Monday, 8:00pm-9:30pm (beginning 9/8/2014)
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 601 Group Therapy (3 cr.)* Jaime Elliott  W 5:00pm-7:25pm 
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 686 Independent Study (3 cr.)*
GPS 687 Directed Readings (3 cr.)*
GPS 689 Research Seminar (3 cr.)* Jason Fechter/Leila McVeigh M

5:00pm-7:25pm
(Meets bi-monthly beginning 9/1/14)

* Degree students only.
+Please note GPS 505 and GPS 515 are being offered the same day/time.

GPS 505 Physiological Dimensions of Psychology (3cr.)
Instructor: Melissa VanderKaay Tomasulo
Tuesday, 5:00pm-7:25pm*

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 relationship between psychological well-being and physical health. The interrelationships between behavior, emotion, stress, lifestyle, and illness, including psychological factors and interventions for prevention in disorders such as cardiovascular disease and cancer will be discussed.  The impact of psychoactive substances on the brain and behavior will also be examined.  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.

*Please note this course is offered at the same day/time as GPS 515 Advanced Abnormal Psychology.

GPS 507 Psychological Assessment I (4cr.)
Instructor: Cindy Cole
Thursday, 7:30pm-9:55pm
Lab: Monday, 8:00pm-9:30pm

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. Note: There will be a lab on Mondays from 8:00pm-9:30 pm starting September 8, 2014.

Lab Fee: $45.00. Prerequisites: GPS 515 must be taken prior to or concurrently with this course. Course 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 begins with a review of the research process followed by an in-depth treatment of exploratory data analysis and inferential statistics. The course emphasis will be on those univariate and multivariate procedures commonly used in clinical research. During the course of the semester students will also develop a working knowledge of statistical software, especially SPSS. 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 V, 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 505 Physiological Basis of Behavior.

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 601 Group Psychotherapy (3cr.) 
Instructor: Jaime Elliott
Wednesday, 5:00pm-7:25pm

This course provides an overview of theory, research, practice and a basic appreciation for Group Psychotherapy.  Topics include: history, contrasting approaches, group development, the role of the therapist, special issues, and organizational and ethical concerns.  Didactic and experiential learning activities are part of the student's experience.  Prerequisites: GPS 525-526 or permission of the instructor.

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 continues in the spring as GPS 609 (3cr.). Prerequisites: GPS 525-526 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 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.)
Instructors: Jason Fechter, Leila McVeigh
Monday, 5:00-7:25pm
(Meets bi-monthly in the fall semester and monthly in the spring semester)

This is a yearlong seminar for all students beginning work on their traditional literature review, scholarly personal narrative, case study, or thesis.  It allows students to share their research and receive feedback and supervision on a continuous basis.  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
(E) GPS 691 Case Study * 3 X

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

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