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 for the summary and full course descriptions. Research Methods I and II and Candidacy are required before registering for the Major Paper or GPS 690 Thesis (Spring).
Practicums and Internships are for degree-seeking students and are under the approval of the Program Director.

FALL 2017 REGISTRATION begins for admitted students on Monday, June 5, 2017.

Students registering for the first time must submit a hard copy registration form by mail or email to Diana Hoppe, Administrative Assistant.

Saint Michael's College
Diana Hoppe/Box 288
One Winooski Park
Colchester, VT 05439
dhoppe@smcvt.edu

•    Students who previously have registered for a course may register through Knight Vision.
•    Required textbooks:  Choose "booklist for the upcoming semester" and then scroll through until you
     find the GPS course numbers.
•   Syllabi may be found on Canvas, our learning management system.

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, Administrative Assistant, dhoppe@smcvt.edu, 802.654.2206, before registering.

Visit our Academic Forms page to download the forms you need.

Fall 2017 Clinical Psychology Courses

Course            Code Courses and Credits Instructor(s) Days Time/Dates
GPS 505 Psychopharmacological Agents and Physiological 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-7:25pm
Lab: 7:30pm-9:00pm
GPS 510 Research Methods I (3 cr.) Amy Curtis
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 Practicum I (3 cr.)* Naomi Shapiro Th 5:00pm-7:25pm
GPS 610 Internship Ethics and Professional Affairs Seminar I (3 cr.)* Matthew Sadowsky
Th 5:00pm-7:25pm
Lab: 5:00pm-6:00pm
Entire Class: 6:00pm-7:25pm
 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 28, 2017
Section B begins on September 4, 2017
(This course meets every other week)

* 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 have up to 12 months (fall and spring semesters and the following summer) to complete the major paper. A continuation XT fee equivalent to a one-credit charge will be made for each additional semester. 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 Psychopharmacological Agents and Physiological Psychology (3cr.)
Instructor: Phyllis Paro
Thursday, 7:30pm-9:55pm*

This course will review the cognitive, neurological, physiological, and psychological effects of psychoactive drugs such as sedatives, stimulants, opiates, antidepressants, alcohol, and hallucinogens. The anatomy, physiology, and endocrinology of the brain that are influenced by these drugs will also be reviewed, as will the use of psychoactive drugs in treatment of a variety of mental and physical disorders in both adults and children. 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: Amy Curtis
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 explore 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 7:30pm-9:00pm. 
Prerequisites: The course is open to degree students only or with permission of the director.

GPS 608 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 9 hours per week of clinical experience during 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 (3cr.)
Instructor: Matthew Sadowsky
Thursday, 5:00 - 7:25 pm
Lab Thursday, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Entire Class: Thursday, 6:00 - 7:25 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. Internship class provides supervision on clinical and ethical practice decision making for students doing half time internship (20 hours per week).  The course continues in the spring as GPS 611.
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 unsolvable 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. Each section meets every other week in the fall semester and monthly from January through July.
Section A begins on August 28, 2017
Section B begins on September 4, 2017

Students only register once for this course (the fall semester).
This is a yearlong seminar for all students beginning work on their major paper, case study or thesis.  It allows students to share their research and receive feedback and supervision on a continuous basis. The major paper is an in-depth analysis of the theoretical, clinical, and experimental literature in a specific area of clinical psychology. It demonstrates the student's ability to synthesize, integrate, and critique the knowledge base of professional psychology, and contribute to the growth of that knowledge.  Articles in the Psychological Bulletin serve as a model of this type of paper.

There are two types of major papers: the literature review and the case study.  The literature review is a traditional research project drawing from the existing body of clinical and psychological publications.  The case study is an intensive examination of an individual clinical assessment.  The thesis is an empirical study of a particular hypothesis in the field of clinical psychology conducted using the standards of the profession and contributing to the empirical knowledge base of professional psychology.  It may be quantitative or qualitative in method.

Prerequisites: GPS 510, GPS 511, and Candidacy.
The course is open to degree students only.
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.
Students writing a Thesis must register for GPS 690 in the subsequent spring semester.

Spring 2017 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. 23, 2017)
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 Multicultural and Social Psychology (3 cr.)+ Tara McCuin
Th 7:30pm-9:55pm
GPS 526 Introduction to Clinical Intervention II (3 cr.)* Ronald Miller W 5:00pm-7:25pm
Lab: 7:30pm-9:00pm
 GPS 601
Group Psychotherapy (3 cr)*
Jaime Elliott
W 5:00pm-7:25pm
GPS 609
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 686    Independent Study (3 cr.)*

 

 



GPS 687 Directed Readings (3 cr.)*


GPS 690    Thesis (3 cr.)*


*Degree students only.
+Please note GPS 508 and GPS 520 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.

GPS 689 Research Seminar

Students have up to 12 months (fall and spring semesters and the following summer) to complete the major paper. A continuation XT fee equivalent to a one-credit charge will be made for each additional semester. 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 690 Thesis

Students have up to 16 months (fall and spring semesters, the following summer, and one additional semester) to complete the thesis. Although registration for this class is in the spring, the allotted 16 months begin in the previous fall with GPS 689 Research Seminar. A continuation XT fee equivalent to a one-credit charge will be made for each additional semester. 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 508 Psychological Assessment II (4cr.)

Instructor: Greg Tomasulo
Thursday, 7:30pm-9:55pm
Lab: Monday, 7:30pm-9:00pm (Lab begins on Jan. 23, 2017)
This course is a continuation of GPS 507 with an emphasis on objective and projective personality tests.  Administration and scoring procedures, underlying theoretical principles, and clinical application of tests will be reviewed in detail.  Over the course of the semester students will learn how test data is used to enhance diagnostic decision-making and case conceptualization through the creation of a comprehensive assessment report.  The course includes a lab component during which students will gain additional hands-on experience with psychometric tests.
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.
+Please note this course is offered at the same day/time as GPS 520 Advanced Social Psychology.
 

GPS 511 Research Methods (3cr.)

Instructor: Susan Kuntz
Monday, 5:00pm-7:25pm
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, 5:00pm-7:25pm*
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 Multicultural and Social Psychology (3cr.)

Instructor: Tara McCuin
Thursday, 7:30pm-9:55pm*
This course examines the fundamental social and interdependent nature of human behavior.  Multicultural psychology as well as selected topics from social psychology will be reviewed with an emphasis on exploring clinical applications and developing an increased understanding of living in a complex world.
Prerequisite: Bachelor’s degree and Social Psychology or its equivalent.
+Please note this course is offered at the same day/time as GPS 508 Psychological Assessment II.

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

Instructor: Ronald B. Miller
Wednesday, 5:00pm-7:25pm
Lab: Wednesday, 7:30pm-9:00pm
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 601 Group Therapy (3cr.)

Instructor: Jaime Elliott
Wednesday, 5:00pm-7:25pm
This course provides an overview of theory, research, and practice, and a basic appreciation for group psychotherapy. Topics include history’s 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, GPS 526 or with permission of the instructor.

GPS 609 Practicum II (3cr.)

Instructor: Naomi Shapiro
Thursday, 5:00pm-7:25pm
This course is a continuation of Practicum I.  Practicum II provides supervision, clinical training and support for students in their continuing applied clinical psychotherapy training experience. The course includes 10 hours per week of clinical experience.
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: Bradie Hansen
Thursday, 5:00pm-8:25pm
Lab A: 5:00pm-6:00pm
Entire Class: 6:00pm-7:25pm
Lab B: 7:25pm-8:25pm
This course is a continuation of GPS 610. The seminar is only for students completing their internship. Internship class provides supervision on ethical practice decision making for students doing half-time internships (20 hours per week).
Prerequisites: GPS 610. The course is open to degree students only.

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 Pharmacological Agents and Physiological Psychology
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 Social and Multicultural 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 2017 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 23-June 22
5:00pm-8:30pm
GPS 605 Play Therapy (3) Naomi Shapiro

F/SAT/SUN

 

 


Friday, May 5
Saturday, May 6
Sunday, May 7
Monday, May 8
Monday, May 15
(5:00pm-10:00pm
      SUN May 21
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
GPS 606 The Practice of Intensive Psychotherapy (3) Ronald Miller M-F Tuesday, June 27
Thursday, June 29
Wednesday, July 12
Friday, July 14
Monday, July 17
Wednesday, July 19
Friday, July 21
Monday, July 24
Wednesday, July 26
Friday, July 28

5:00pm-8:30pm

GPS 513 Advanced Developmental Psychology (3 cr.)

Instructor: Renee Carrico
Tuesday and Thursday, 5:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. (May 23-June 22)
Advanced Developmental Psychology is designed to provide you with an opportunity for in-depth exploration of major topics in human development throughout the lifespan. Topics include genetics, brain & 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 experimental approaches. The culminating project of the course is a comprehensive study of a specific developmental disorder, including its etiology, effects across domains and throughout the lifespan, the impacts on parenting and family life, and implications for clinical practice.
Prerequisites: Bachelor’s degree and Developmental Psychology.

GPS 605 Play Therapy (3 cr.)

Instructor: Naomi Shapiro
May 5, 6, 7, 8, and 15 (5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.)
Place to be announced
Sunday (May 21)
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saint Michael's College (Farrell Room)
This course will involve an experiential approach to the therapeutic understanding of children and adolescents. Humanistic play therapy will be the foundation for the course. 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, June 27;Thursday, June 29; Wednesday, July 12; Friday, July 14; Monday, July 17; Wednesday, July 19; Friday, July 21; Monday, July 24; Wednesday, July 26; and Friday, July 28
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.

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