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.

Summer 2014 Graduate Registration Form

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

Summer 2014 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 20-June 19
5:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
GPS 605 Play Therapy (3) Naomi Shapiro

M, W, F 

Sun 

May 5, 9, 12, 14, 16
5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

May 18
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

GPS 649 Special Topics: Play Therapy II (3) Naomi Shapiro

M, W, F 

Sun

June 16, 20, 23, 25, 27
5:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.

June 29
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
GPS 606 The Practice of Intensive Psychotherapy (3) Ronald Miller T, TH

June 24-July 31
5:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

GPS 513 Advanced Developmental Psychology (3 cr.)

Instructor: Renee Carrico 
Tuesday and Thursday, 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (May 20 - June 19)

This course is a 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 heredity, 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
Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. (May 5, 9, 12, 14, 16)
Sunday – 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (May 18)

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

Instructor: Naomi Shapiro
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. (June 16, 20, 23, 25, 27)
Sunday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (June 29)

This course will be a more advanced look at our clinical work with children presented again in an experiential format. The class size will be limited. Note: This course is open to degree students or graduates of the program who have taken Play Therapy I. Permission of the instructor is required.

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

Instructor: Dr. Ronald Miller
Tuesday and Thursday, 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (June 24 - July 31)

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.

Spring 2014 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, 8:00pm-9:30pm (Lab begins Jan. 20)
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 601 Group Psychotherapy (3 cr.)* Jaime Elliott W 5:00pm-7:25pm
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.)* Irene Sharp Th 5:00pm-8:25pm
Lab A: 5:00pm-6:00pm
Entire Class: 6:00pm-7:25pm
Lab B: 7:25pm-8:25pm
GPS 649    Play Therapy III (3 cr.)* Naomi Shapiro     To be determined
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, 8:00pm-9:30pm (Lab begins on Jan. 20)
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 601 Group Therapy (3 cr.)

Instructor: Jaime Elliott
Wednesday, 5:00 p.m.-7:25 p.m.
This course provides an overview of theory, research, practice and a basic appreciation for Group Psychotherapy.  Topics include: history, contrasting approaches, group development, 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 permission of the instructor.

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 649 Special Topics: Play Therapy III (3cr.)

Instructor: Naomi Shapiro
Monthly meetings (The dates will be determined by the participants and the instructor.) 
This is an advanced class for individuals doing therapeutic work with children and their families.  The course is open to pre or post degree students who have previously taken Play Therapy I and Play Therapy II.

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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