CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY

Course of Study for the Clinical Psychology (PsyD) Program

2013-2014 Full-time Course Sequence >>

Course Descriptions

PSY 5001: Biological Bases of Clinical Practice (3 units)
This course offers a foundational introduction to biological psychology with special reference to clinical implications. Course content includes the following: functional neuroanatomy and gross brain organization, neural functioning, arousal mechanisms and sleep, sensory-motor systems, memory and learning processes, emotional experience, and consciousness, orientation, and awareness. The course fulfills APA accreditation expectations and state licensing requirements by providing a broad and general overview of biological psychology.

PSY 5002: Culture and Ethnicity in Clinical Practice (3 units)
One of three required courses in the Diversity sequence, this course covers theory, historical and contemporary research, and best clinical practice related to multiculturalism and the impact of culture and difference on psychotherapy. It provides the necessary level of knowledge and understanding of cultural, sociopolitical frameworks and multicultural issues related to race and ethnicity for beginning clinical practice.

PSY 5014: Gender and Sexuality in Clinical Practice (2 units)
One of three required courses in the Diversity sequence, this course examines theory, historical and contemporary research, and best clinical practice related to gender identity and sexuality. Students will gain knowledge and attitudes necessary for working with sexuality in a clinical context and for understanding treatment issues unique to gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender-identified persons.

PSY 5019: Religion and Spirituality in Clinical Practice (2 units)
One of three required courses in the Diversity sequence, this course examines theory, historical and contemporary research, and best clinical practice related to religion and spirituality. Spirituality is understood as a common aspect of human experience that presents in the therapeutic context. Students acquire knowledge and attitudes necessary for recognizing and addressing spiritual issues in the therapeutic context and for responding sensitively to religious beliefs of clients.

PSY 5401 and PSYL 5401: Research Design and Statistics I (3 units)
This course focuses on statistical methods of analysis used in the conduct of quantitative research. Students develop analytical skills and critical thinking to guide interpretation and critical appraisal of the psychological research literature, including understanding of probability and hypothesis testing, power and effect size, correlational and regression analysis (including multiple regression), ANOVA and factor analysis, and chi-square methods. The laboratory section is devoted to use of SPSS software for statistical analysis of class-generated data.

PSY 5402: Research Design and Statistics II (3 units)
This course is the second in the PsyD research sequence. It offers a review of research designs and strategies for quantitative approaches involving groups and single participants. Research and issues related to evidence-based practice of psychology are addressed. The course includes an introduction to qualitative research and data-reduction methods, program evaluation, research ethics, guided practice in interviewing, and consensual coding.

PSY 5502: Theories and Practice of Psychotherapy: Psychodynamic (3 units)
One of the Theories and Practice sequence in PsyD, this course offers an overview of classical and contemporary psychodynamic theories and practice, using social, clinical, cultural, and historical examples to illustrate concepts. Theoretical perspectives include the following: classical (Freudian) theory, ego psychology (Neo-Freudian), object relations theory, self-psychology, analytical psychology (Jungian), interpersonal psychoanalysis, attachment theory, and feminist psychoanalysis.

PSY 5503: Theories and Practice of Psychotherapy: Cognitive-Behavioral and Emerging Treatments (3 units)
One of the Theories and Practice sequence in PsyD, this course offers an overview of conceptual foundations underlying classical and contemporary cognitive-behavioral approaches. Cognitive and behavioral techniques are illustrated in the context of specific clinical challenges such as depression, anxiety, and interpersonal difficulties. The course also provides an introduction to other contemporary interventions commonly referred to as "third wave therapies" such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP).

PSY 5504: Theories and Practice of Psychotherapy: Existential-Humanistic (3 units)
One of the Theories and Practice sequence in PsyD, this course offers an overview and critical appraisal of contemporary theory and
practice of humanistic and existential psychology, in terms of direct work with individuals as well as relevant philosophical interface with social issues.

PSY 5601: Psychopathology (3 units)
One of the foundation clinical skills courses in the PsyD program, this course is an introduction to the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders, with an emphasis on a multidimensional approach to understanding the sources of human suffering. The course begins with exploring history, culture and politics in the identification and understanding of psychopathology and wellness, followed by critical examination of the development of diagnostic classification systems in light of these issues. The remainder of the course is devoted to becoming familiar with the use of the DSM classification in diagnosing mental disorders and experience in the use of diagnostic interviews. Throughout the course the students will work on developing a multi-layered and integrative view of psychopathology and wellness that includes consistent consideration of culture and diversity issues.
Co-requisite: PSYL 5601 (experiential portion of PSY 5601)

PSY 5602: Treatment of Alcoholism and Chemical Dependence (1 unit)
This course begins by developing a foundation for assessment and treatment of substance abuse. In this process, an attempt is made to deepen student perspectives on how concerns about substance use fit into broader clinical practice. Course topics include the following: models of substance abuse and dependence, substance abuse and family systems, modes of assessment, typical presentation of users in psychotherapy, and modes of treatment.

PSY 5703: Professional Ethics for Psychologists (3 units)
In this course, students will learn how to apply the American Psychological Association's Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct to the practice of psychologists and psychologists-in-training over a broad spectrum of professional roles and responsibilities, as well as learn how to make decisions about ethical practice as psychologists in complex or difficult situations. Learning is guided by the APA Ethics Code Preamble, which identifies core ethical principles: Beneficence and Nonmaleficence, Fidelity and Responsibility, Integrity, Justice, and Respect for People's Rights and Dignity.

PSY 5704: Foundation Clinical Skills: Adult: Individuals and Couples (3 units)
This course is one of the foundation clinical skills courses in PsyD, offered in the first semester of graduate work. Students master basic clinical skills needed to begin working with adult clients, individually and in couples, through classroom role-plays and other experiential methods. Core topics include, among others, clinical interview and interview formats, empathy and establishing rapport, basic diagnosis and development of treatment targets, history taking, and stages of change.
Co-requisite: PSYL 5704 (experiential portion of PSY 5704)

PSY 5705: Foundation Clinical Skills: Child and Family (3 units)
One of the foundation clinical skills courses in PsyD, this course offers an introduction to child and adolescent psychotherapy in the context of the family: theoretical orientations, conceptualizing common presenting problems, developmentally appropriate practices, diagnostic and treatment strategies, and ethical issues. Emphasis is put on developmental, familial, and cultural factors relevant to treatment.

PSY 5708: Pilgrimage to Sri Lanka: An Exploration of Culture, Buddhism, and Self (2-3 units - elective)
This is a two-week study abroad course held at various locations in Sri Lanka. Its broad objective is to provide therapists-in-training a unique opportunity to learn "in situ" about the irreducible relationship between culture and psyche. As participant-observers in a vibrant yet unfamiliar cultural setting, students explore a wide variety of historical, spiritual, medical, artistic, ritual, and everyday aspects of Sinhala Buddhism. This unique course utilizes an experiential learning model. It fully engages the learner's spirit of adventure, as well as the clinician's keen interest in grasping the complexities of cultural variation in human experience.
Prerequisite: PSY student or MCP student.

PSY 6192: Social Psychology (3 units)
In this foundation course, students master current theory and research in social psychology, including interpersonal processes, identity development, attitudes and influence, prejudice, stereotypes, diversity, peace and conflict, and social cognition. The course fulfills APA accreditation expectations and state licensing requirements by providing a broad and general overview of social psychology.

PSY 6201: Lifespan Development (3 units)
In this course, students acquire knowledge about individual psychological development throughout the lifespan, including theory, and research concerning physical, cognitive, affective, and social growth, with special attention to diversity, gender, and sexual orientation aspects. The course fulfills APA accreditation expectations and state licensing requirements by providing a broad and general overview of developmental psychology.

PSY 6301: Cognitive and Affective Foundations of Behavior (3 units)
In this course, students master knowledge of current theory and research on perception, learning, memory, conscious and unconscious processing, theory of mind, simple and complex emotion, and language, as well contemporary theories of normative and nonnormative affective development. Attention is given to cultural differences in fundamental cognitive and affective processes and how these processes influence clinical practice. The course fulfills APA accreditation expectations and state licensing requirements by providing a broad and general overview of cognitive and affective knowledge bases.

PSY 6503: History and Systems of Psychology (3 units)
This course reviews the origin and evolution of psychology as a discipline, emphasizing philosophic influences, schools of thought and "three streams" in psychology, and interdisciplinary crosscurrents. Consideration is given to the evolution of clinical psychology theory, practice, and training through the twentieth century.

PSY 6331: Psychological Assessment I: Psychometric Theory (3 units)
The course introduces students to psychometric theory, principles and methods of test development and construction and the use of psychological tests to identify and measure a wide range of human behaviors. Relevant literature, theory, and applications of a variety of psychometric concepts such as measurement, scaling, validity, true test score theory, measurement error, reliability, item analysis, generalizability theory, item response theory, measurement biases, as well as associated statistical methods are covered. The course further provides basic skills in understanding and critical evaluation of a variety of psychological measures including tests of personality, intelligence, and psychopathology. Major issues and controversies associated with psychological assessments and their uses are also covered in the course.

PSY 6601: Psychological Assessment II: Cognitive and Intelligence Testing (3 units)
The course offers an overview of theories of intelligence, followed by an introduction to standard scores and intelligence test development and practice in administering, scoring, and interpretation of widely used tests for assessing child and adult intelligence and learning disabilities. Tests receiving special attention are current versions of WISC and WAIS.
Co-requisite: PSY 6601L (experiential portion of Psychological Assessment II).

PSY 6333: Psychological Assessment III: Personality (3 units)
The course introduces students to the concepts, theories and applications of standardized psychometric instruments used for assessing personality and psychopathology. The course further provides students with in-depth knowledge and experience in the administration, scoring and interpretation of the most widely used objective and projective methods, with emphasis on the MMPI-2 and the Rorschach. The course further focuses on development of skills in the integrated applications of the assessment batteries and the use of test results in clinical evaluation of individuals and writing psychological reports that include therapeutic applications of the test results.
Co-requisite: PSYL 6333 (experiential portion of Psychological Assessment III).

PSY 6664: Neuroscience and Spirituality (2 units)
Spirituality is understood as a common aspect of human experience that presents in the therapeutic context. Recent neuroscience evidence provides potential insights for refining psychotherapy theory and practice. This course offers an overview of the conceptual foundations and clinical applications of the relevant neuroscience research on attachment, trauma, dreaming and spontaneous thought, creativity and mental illness, peak performance, mindfulness and other forms of meditation, empathy, multiple selves, sense of selfhood, and coherent narrative formation.

PSY 6724: Buddhism and Psychotherapy (3 units)
This course brings the principles and practices of major schools of Buddhism-Theravada, Zen, and Tibetan-to bear on contemporary varieties of psychological suffering. Central themes such as the nature of self, impermanence, suffering, insight, and liberation will be explored from both Buddhist and Western psychotherapeutic perspectives. The specific Buddhist and psychotherapeutic approaches to be highlighted in the course may vary depending on the expertise and orientation of the instructor. Likewise, the extent of experiential exploration of Buddhist meditation and its use in psychotherapy in this course may vary depending on the instructor.

PSY 6726: Professional Seminar - Case Formulation and Treatment Planning A (3 units)
This seminar provides case presentation and consultation for students currently completing supervised clinical practicum in community agencies. Didactic content includes treatment planning, first sessions and termination, consent, continuing assessment, case formulation, sustaining a therapeutic relationship, developing a professional persona, and boundaries and self-disclosure. Note: Please review PsyD Clinical Training Handbook or check in with the PsyD Field Placement Office for additional information about registration requirements.
Prerequisites: Concurrent practicum; approval of instructor.

PSY 6727: Professional Seminar - Case Formulation and Treatment Planning B (3 units)
This seminar provides case presentation and consultation for students currently completing supervised clinical practicum in community agencies. Didactic content includes treatment planning, first sessions and termination, consent, continuing assessment, case formulation, sustaining a therapeutic relationship, developing a professional persona, and boundaries and self-disclosure. Note: Please review PsyD Clinical Training Handbook or check in with the PsyD Field Placement Office for additional information about registration requirements.
Prerequisites: Concurrent practicum; approval of instructor.

PSY 6728: Professional Seminar - Advanced Clinical Skills A (3 units)
The objective of this course is to promote the continuing development of advanced clinical skills in five broad areas: treatment planning, case formulation, understanding of therapeutic relationships, development of a therapeutic sensibility, and case discussion/consultation skills.
Note: Please review PsyD Clinical Training Handbook or check in with the PsyD Field Placement Office for additional information about registration requirements.
Prerequisites: Concurrent practicum; approval of instructor.

PSY 6729: Professional Seminar - Advanced Clinical Skills B (3 units)
The objective of this course is to promote the continuing development of advanced clinical skills in five broad areas: treatment planning, case formulation, understanding of therapeutic relationships, development of a therapeutic sensibility, and case discussion/consultation skills.
Note: Please review PsyD Clinical Training Handbook or check in with the PsyD Field Placement Office for additional information about registration requirements.
Prerequisites: Concurrent practicum; approval of instructor.

PSY 6775: Foundation Skills Practicum (0 units)
Students completing their first PsyD practicum at the Psychological Services Center register for this course during all academic semesters of their placement.
Note: Please review PsyD Clinical Training Handbook or check in with the PsyD Field Placement Office for additional information about practicum levels and registration requirements.

PSY 6776: Practicum I (0 units)
Students complete their practicum at a community agency register for this course during all academic semesters of their placement.
Note: Please review PsyD Clinical Training Handbook or check in with the PsyD Field Placement Office for additional information about practicum levels and registration requirements.

PSY 6777: Practicum II (0 units)
Students complete their practicum at a community agency register for this course during all academic semesters of their placement.
Note: Please review PsyD Clinical Training Handbook or check in with the PsyD Field Placement Office for additional information about practicum levels and registration requirements.

PSY 6778: Practicum III (0 units)
Students complete their practicum at a community agency register for this course during all academic semesters of their placement.
Note: Please review PsyD Clinical Training Handbook or check in with the PsyD Field Placement Office for additional information about practicum levels and registration requirements.

PSY 6998: Dissertation Research Seminar I (1 unit)
In this course, PsyD students begin work on the doctoral dissertation process by developing their dissertation proposal. The course provides support for problem selection, review and critical appraisal of relevant literature, design of appropriate research methodology, plans for data analysis, and locating and beginning work with their Dissertation Chair.

PSY 6999: Dissertation Research Seminar II (1 unit - elective)
PsyD students continue work on the doctoral dissertation process by developing their dissertation proposal. The course provides support for problem selection, review and critical appraisal of relevant literature, design of appropriate research methodology, plans for data analysis, and locating and beginning work with their Dissertation Chair.

PSY 7033: Supervision and Consultation (2 units)
Students learn contemporary approaches to supervision and consultation, reflecting on their own experience of being supervised and role-playing supervision of other clinicians in training. The distinction between supervision and consultation is highlighted, as well as the appropriate occasions and uses of each. Course content is designed to prepare clinicians for work as clinical supervisors.

PSY 7575: Buddhism and Psychotherapy (2 units)
The course surveys principles and practice of major schools of Buddhism: Theravada, Zen, and Tibetan. Focus is on central themes such as the nature of self, suffering, insight, and liberation, with comparisons and contrasts with Western psychotherapy and personality theories.

PSY 7162: Exploring Embodied Transformation: In Psychotherapy, Creativity, and Spirituality
Evidence from neuroscience, psychotherapy, creativity research, shamanism, other spiritual traditions and sacred art will suggest a core set of common transformation processes. An embodied transdisciplinary approach will be introduced that integrates research, reflection and experience in assignments and activities to enhance experiential transformation.

PSY 7810: Child Health and Psychopathology (3 units)
The seminar covers emotional, psychological, and behavioral health, problems, and psychopathology in children, integrating theories of primary prevention and psychopathology and linkage to healthy development and effective treatment.

PSY 7900: Dissertation Research (6 units minimum)
Students register for this course with their dissertation chair as they conduct dissertation research and write the final dissertation.
Prerequisites: PSY 6998 Dissertation Research Seminar I

PSY 7906: Neuropsychological Assessment (3 units - elective)
This course will introduce the field of neuropsychology and neuropsychological assessment. After reviewing functional neuroanatomy, the operating assumptions and models of neuropsychology as they relate to human behavior, cognition, and emotion will be discussed. Students receive exposure to contemporary methods of neuropsychological assessment.
Prerequisite: PSY 6601.

PSY 8410: Fantasy and Dreams in Psychotherapy (2 units - elective)
The course examines how to employ the client's fantasy and dreams for constructive change in psychotherapy. It explores theories of symbolism, dream interpretation, and use of dreams in clinical practice. Students are expected to provide dreams or fantasy material from clients
or others.
Prerequisite: PSY 5502.

PSY 8513: Psychotherapy of Trauma and Abuse (3 units - elective)
This seminar covers psychotherapy of individuals who have been emotionally, sexually, or physically traumatized. Diagnosis, dynamics, and assessment of trauma from a developmental/psychodynamic perspective are examined, using social, clinical, cultural, and historical examples in conjunction with myth and fairytale to illustrate concepts.
Prerequisite: PSY 5502.

PSY 8514: Taoist and Existential Approaches to Psychotherapy (2 units - elective)
This course is an intensive seminar on the Taoist and existentialist perspectives on the human predicament and the means to its resolution, particularly in terms of theory and practice in psychotherapy.
Prerequisite: PSY 5704.

PSY 8515: Psychology of Jung: Theory and Practice (3 units - elective)
This seminar covers theories, techniques, and critical appraisal of psychotherapy from the perspective of Jung's analytic psychology.
Prerequisite: PSY 5502.

PSY 8520: Psychology of Women (3 units - elective)
This seminar covers theory and research in the psychology of women and gender issues, including psychological aspects of women's spirituality.

PSY 8780: Child and Adolescent Assessment (3 units - elective)
This seminar covers theory and methods of psychological assessment of children and adolescents, including test administration, scoring, interpretation, and reporting of common measures used to assess child and adolescent functioning across developmental levels.
Prerequisite: PSY 6601.

PSY 8799: Independent Study (1-3 units - elective)
Coursework that extends a student's field of inquiry beyond current CIIS courses. Requires a syllabus and contract signed by the student and faculty member, and approved by the department chair.

PSY 9110: Advanced Theory Seminar - Object Relations and Contemporary Psychodynamic Approaches (3 units - elective)
One of the advanced theory courses, this seminar examines the theories and practices of three foremost representatives of the "British School" of object relations psychoanalysis, Fairbairn, Winnicott, and Guntrip, using primary texts. These authors' ideas and insights are explored in the context of case material from clinical vignettes, the participants' practicum experiences, and other relevant interpersonal encounters. The object relations insights and the case material are further related to contemporary attachment theory and interpersonal approaches to psychodynamic therapy. The objective is to deepen and empower the seminar participants' psychodynamic understanding and work with their clients. Issues of spirituality/religion as these arise in specific contexts will also be explored.

PSY 9599: Internship (Half-Time) (0 units)
Students who are completing their predoctoral internship should register for PSY 9599 during each semester that they are in their placement. Six-semester repeat limit.

PSY 9699: Internship (Full-Time) (0 units)
Students who are completing their predoctoral internship should register for PSY 9699 during each semester that they are in their placement. Three-semester repeat limit.

PSY 9999: Dissertation Continuance (0 units)
Students who have completed 6 units of PSY 7900 may register for Dissertation Continuation until they complete work on their dissertation.
Prerequisite: 6 units of PSY 7900.