Fall 2018 Clinical Psychology Courses
||Courses and Credits
||Psychopharmacological Agents and Physiological Psychology (3 cr.)+
||Psychological Assessment I (4 cr.)*+
Lab fee $45.00
||Research Methods I (3 cr.)
||Advanced Abnormal Psychology (3 cr.)*+
||Introduction to Clinical Intervention I (4 cr.)*
||Practicum I (3 cr.)*
||Internship Ethics and Professional Affairs Seminar I (3 cr.)*
| GPS 612
|Marital and Family Therapy (3 cr.)*
| Molly Millwood
||Independent Study (3 cr.)*
||Directed Readings (3 cr.)*
||Research Seminar (3 cr.)*
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.
GPS 505 Psychopharmacological Agents and Physiological Psychology (3cr.)
Instructor: Phyllis Paro
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: Phyllis Paro
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
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
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
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
This course provides supervision, clinical training and support for students participating in their first year practicum experience. The course includes a minimum of 8 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
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
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
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 27, 2018
Section B begins on September 3, 2018
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.