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 2019 Registration for admitted students begins on June 3, 2019.

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.

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.
Fall Courses Offered
505 Psychopharmacological Agents and Physiological Psychology
507 Psychological Assessment I *
510 Research Methods I
515 Advanced Abnormal Psychology I *
525 Introduction to Clinical Intervention I *
608 Practicum I *
610 Internship Ethics and Professional Affairs Seminar I *
612 Marital and Family Therapy *
686 Independent Study*
687 Directed Readings *
689 Research Seminar (year long)*
Spring Courses Offered
508 Psychological Assessment II *
511 Research Methods II
516 Advanced Abnormal Psychology II *
520 Multicultural and Social Psychology
526 Introduction to Clinical Intervention II *
601 Group Psychotherapy *
609 Practicum II *
611 Internship Ethics and Professional Affairs Seminar II*
686 Independent Study*
687 Directed Readings *
689 Research Seminar (year long)*
690 Thesis *
Summer Term Courses Offered
513 Advanced Developmental Psychology
535  Career Counseling 
605 Play Therapy *
606 The Practice of Intensive Psychotherapy *
686 Independent Study*
687 Directed Readings *
  * = for degree students only

All courses require prerequisites

FOR ASSISTANCE OR QUESTIONS: Contact Diana Hoppe, dhoppe@smcvt.edu, 802.654.2206.

Fall 2019 Clinical Psychology Courses

# Course Title Instructor Credits Course Date
GPS 505 Psychopharmacological Agents and Physiological Psychology + Phyllis Paro 3 Th 7:30pm-9:55pm
GPS 507 Psychological Assessment I *+ Phyllis Paro 4 T 5:00pm-7:25pm | Lab: 7:30pm-9:00pm
GPS 510 Research Methods Amy Curtis 3 M 5:00pm-7:25pm
GPS 515 Advanced Abnormal Psychology *+ Helene Nilsen 3 T 5:00pm-7:25pm
GPS 525 Introduction to Clinical Intervention I * Jacob Rusczek 4 Th W 5:00pm-7:25pm | Lab: 7:30pm-9:00pm
GPS 608 Practicum * Naomi Shapiro 3 W 5:00pm-7:25pm
GPS 610 Internship Ethics and Professional Affairs Seminar I * Matthew Sadowsky 3 Th 5:00pm-8:00pm | Lab A: 5:00pm-6:00pm | Entire Class: 6:00pm-7:25pm | Lab B: 7:25pm-8:25pm
GPS 612 Marital and Family Therapy * Molly Millwood 3 W 5:00pm-7:25pm
GPS 686 Independent Study * 3
GPS 687 Directed Readings * 3
GPS 689 Research Seminar * Kristin Mount 3 M 5:00pm-7:25pm | Section A begins on August 26, 2019 | Section B begins on September 2, 2019 | (This course meets every other week)

* Degree students only.

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

Spring 2019 Clinical Psychology Courses

Course            Code Courses and Credits Instructor(s) 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. 21, 2019)

GPS 511 Research Methods II (3 cr.) Alexandra Altman 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.)+ Nalini Cheatham Th 7:30pm-9:55pm

GPS 526

Introduction to Clinical Intervention II (3 cr.)*

Jacob Rusczek

TH

W

5:00pm-7:25pm

Lab: 7:30pm-9:00pm (Lab begins on Jan 23,2019)

 GPS 601
Group Psychotherapy (3 cr)*
Jaime Elliott
W 5:00pm-7:25pm
GPS 609
Practicum II (3 cr.)* Naomi Shapiro

M

W

Section A: 8:00am-10:25am

Section B: 5:00pm-7:25pm

 

GPS 611 Internship Ethics and Professional Affairs Seminar II (3 cr.)* Matthew Sadowsky Th Class: 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 508 and GPS 520 are being offered on the same day/time.

GPS 508 Psychological Assessment II (4cr.)

Instructor: Greg Tomasulo
Thursday, 7:30pm-9:55pm
Lab: Monday, 7:30pm-9:00pm (Lab begins on Jan. 21, 2019)
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: Alexandra Altman
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: Nalini Cheatham
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: Jacob Rusczek
Thursday, 5:00pm-7:25pm
Lab: Wednesday, 7:30pm-9:00pm (Lab begins on January 23, 2019)
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 Psychotherapy (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
Section A: Monday, 8:00am-10:25am
Section B: Wednesday, 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 8 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: Matthew Sadowsky
Thursday, 5:00pm-7:25pm
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).
GPS 508 must be taken prior to or concurrently with this course. 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.

Summer 2019 Clinical Psychology Courses

# Course Title Instructor Credits Course Date
GPS 513 Advanced Developmental Psychology Renee Carrico 3cr. T/TH
May 21-June 20
5:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
GPS 535 Career Counseling Brian Ashley 3cr. T/TH
May 21-June 20
5:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
GPS 605 Play Therapy Naomi Shapiro 3cr.

F/Sat/Sun
August 2, 3, 4, 9
5:00 p.m.-10 p.m.

Sat
August 10
5 p.m.-10 p.m.

Sun
August 11
8:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

GPS 606 The Practice of Intensive Psychotherapy Ronald Miller

3cr.

 T/TH
June 25-July 30
5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Sat
June 29
8:30 am-12:25 pm

No classes on July 2 or July 4

 


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.

Through an experiential learning process of self-assessment and theoretical exploration, this course will offer the foundations of career and lifestyle counseling. Students will engage with the material through the lens of their own experiences of career development as they are introduced to the major theoretical frameworks, ethical and inter/multicultural factors, and applications of career counseling skills and practice. (This course is required only of students pursuing the mental health counseling track and results in a student earning 63 credits for the MA in Clinical Psychology degree.)
Prerequisites: GPS 507-508, GPS 513, and GPS 525-526.

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.

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.
GPS 525 & 526 or permission of the instructor.

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