2016-2017 COURSE SEQUENCE

Course Descriptions

PSY 5001 Biological Bases of Clinical Practice (3.00 Units) LG Grade Option

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. Prerequisite: PsyD student

PSY 5002 Culture and Ethnicity in Clinical Practice (3.00 Units) LG Grade Option

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 (2.00 Units) LG Grade Option

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. Prerequisite: PsyD student

PSY 5019 Religion and Spirituality in Clinical Practice (2.00 Units) LG Grade Option

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 5037 Professional Development Workshops I (0 Units) PF Grade Option

These workshops support students in orientation to professional training, understanding PsyD program requirements, applying for practicum as well as learning about the graduate-level library resources and writing skills. Students are also offered an opportunity to participate in colloquia where they are encouraged to engage in discussions of various topics relevant to clinical psychology and psychotherapy (e.g. building a client-therapist relationship, addressing diversity, and setting up reflective practices to support self-care). Participation is mandatory for first year PsyD students. Prerequisite: PSY student

PSY 5038 Professional Development Workshops II (0 Units) PF Grade Option

These workshops and colloquia series support PsyD students in more advanced levels of professional engagement such as deeper participation in scholarship activities, clinical training, and learning how to better navigate emerging professional networks and communities. Prerequisite: PSY student

PSY 5039 Advanced Topics in Professional Development (0 Units) PF Grade Option

This course is designed to expand students' professional development in clinical psychology. Students will explore emerging topics and recent trends relevant to the development and practice of psychology. Prerequisite: PSY student

PSY 5401 Research Design and Statistics I (3.00 Units) LG Grade Option

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 to conduct statistical analysis of class-generated data.

PSY 5402 Research Design and Statistics II (3.00 Units) LG Grade Option

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. Prerequisite: PSY 5401

PSY 5502 Theories and Practice of Psychotherapy: Psychodynamic (3.00 Units) LG Grade Option

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 classical (Freudian) theory, ego psychology (Neo-Freudian) theory, object relations theory, self-psychology, analytical psychology (Jungian), interpersonal psychoanalysis, attachment theory, and feminist psychoanalysis. Prerequisite: PsyD student

PSY 5503 Theories and Practice of Psychotherapy: Cognitive-Behavioral and Emerging Treatments (3.00 Units) LG Grade Option

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) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Prerequisite: PsyD student

PSY 5504 Theories and Practice of Psychotherapy: Existential-Humanistic (3.00 Units) LG Grade Option

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. Prerequisite: PsyD student

PSY 5601 Psychopathology (3.00 Units) LG Grade Option

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 gaining experience in the use of diagnostic interviews. Throughout the course, the students will work on developing a multilayered and integrative view of psychopathology and wellness that includes consistent considerations of culture and diversity issues. Prerequisite: PsyD student

PSY 5602 Treatment of Alcoholism and Chemical Dependence (1.00 Units) LG Grade Option

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 Standards and Ethics for Psychologists (3.00 Units) LG Grade Option

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: Adults: Individuals and Couples (3.00 Units) LG Grade Option

This course is one of three 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. Prerequisite: PsyD student

PSY 5705 Foundation Clinical Skills: Child and Family (3.00 Units) LG Grade Option

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. Prerequisite: PsyD student

PSY 5708 Pilgrimage to Sri Lanka: An Exploration of Culture, Buddhism, and Self (2.00 - 3.00 Units) LG Grade Option

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 clinican's keen interest in grasping the complexities of cultural variation in human experience. Prerequisite: PSY, CMH, PDT, EXA, ICP, SOM, IHL, or HSX student

PSY 6192 Social Psychology (3.00 Units) LG Grade Option

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.

PSY 6201 Lifespan Development (3.00 Units) LG Grade Option

In this course, students acquire knowledge and 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.

PSY 6301 Cognitive and Affective Foundations of Behavior (3.00 Units) LG Grade Option

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 as contemporary theories of normative and non-normative affective development. Attention is given to cultural differences in fundamental cognitive and affective processes and how these processes influence clinical practice.

PSY 6331 Psychological Assessment I: Psychometric Theory (3.00 Units) LG Grade Option

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. Prerequisite: MCP or PsyD student

PSY 6333 Psychological Assessment III: Personality Assessment (3.00 Units) LG Grade Option

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. Prerequisite: PsyD student; PSY 6601 

PSY 6601 Psychological Assessment II: Cognitive and Intelligence Testing (3.00 Units) LG Grade Option

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. Prerequisite: PsyD student

PSY 6664 Neuroscience and Spirituality (2.00 Units) LG Grade Option

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. Prerequisite: Priority to PsyD students

PSY 6703 Chronic Pain: Contemporary Issues in Psychotherapy (2.00 Units) LG Grade Option

Chronic pain can render an otherwise productive life unbearable. This course will study the etiology of pain and its control through both pharmacological agents and non-pharmacological interventions. Prerequisite: Priority to PsyD students

PSY 6724 Buddhism and Psychotherapy (3.00 Units) LG Grade Option

The course surveys principles and practice 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. Prerequisite: PsyD student 

PSY 6726 Professional Seminar I - Case Formulation and Treatment Planning A (3.00 Units) LG Grade Option

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 the PsyD Clinical Training Handbook or check in with the PsyD Field Placement Office for additional information about registration requirements. Prerequisite: PsyD student

PSY 6727      Professional Seminar I - Case Formulation and Treatment Planning B (3.00 Units) LG Grade Option

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 the PsyD Clinical Training Handbook, or check in with the PsyD Field Placement Office for additional information about registration requirements. Prerequisite: PsyD student

PSY 6728 Professional Seminar II - Advanced Clinical Skills A (3.00 Units) LG Grade Option

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 the PsyD Clinical Training Handbook, or check in with the PsyD Field Placement Office for additional information about registration requirements. Prerequisite: PsyD student 

PSY 6729 Professional Seminar II - Advanced Clinical Skills B (3.00 Units) LG Grade Option

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 therapetuic relationships, development of a therapeutic sensibility, and case discussion/consultation skills. Note: Please review the PsyD Clinical Training Handbook, or check in with the PsyD Field Placement Office for additional information about registration requirements. Prerequisite: PsyD student

PSY 6775  Foundation Skills Practicum (0 Units) PF Grade Option

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 the PsyD Clinical Training Handbook, or check in with the PsyD Field Placement Office for additional information about practicum levels and registration requirements. Prerequisite: PsyD student

PSY 6776 Practicum I (0 Units) PF Grade Option

Students completing their practicum at a community agency register for this course during all academic semesters of their placement. Note: Please review the PsyD Clinical Training Handbook, or check in with the PsyD Field Placement Office for additional information about practicum levels and registration requirements. Prerequisite: PsyD student

PSY 6777 Practicum II (0 Units) PF Grade Option

Students completing their practicum at a community agency register for this course during all academic semesters of their placement. Note: Please review the PsyD Clinical Training Handbook, or check in with the PsyD Field Placement Office for additional information abotu practicum levels and registration requirements. Prerequisite: PsyD student

PSY 6778 Practicum III (0 Units) PF Grade Option

Students completing their practicum at a community agency register for this course during all academic semesters of their placement. Note: Please review the PsyD Clinical Training Handbook, or check in with the PsyD Field Placement Office for additional information about practicum levels and registration requirements. Prerequisite: PsyD student; PSY 6777

PSY 6998 Dissertation Research Seminar I (1.00 Units) LG Grade Option

In this course, PsyD students begin work on the doctoral dissertation process by developing their dissertation proposal. The course provides support for problem selection, reveiw and critical appraisal of relevant literature, design of appropriate research methodology, plans for data analysis, and locating and beginning work with their dissertation chair. Note: review PsyD Dissertation Handbook for additional information about dissertation requirements. Prerequisite: PsyD student

PSY 6999 Dissertation Research Seminar II (1.00 Units) LG Grade Option

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 the relevant literature, design of appropriate research methodology, plans for data analysis, and locating and beginning work with their dissertation chair. Note: Review PsyD Dissertation Handbook for more information about dissertation requirements. Prerequisite: PsyD student

PSY 7000 Dissertation Proposal Writing: Independent Study (2.00 Units) PF Grade Option

PsyD students who have not completed their initial proposal in PSY 6998 Dissertation Research Seminar I take this course with their dissertation chair until they complete their proposal and are ready to register for PSY 7901 Dissertation Research I. Note: Review PsyD Dissertation Handbook for more information and about dissertation requirements. Prerequisite: PsyD student; Not Advanced to Candidacy

PSY 7033 Supervision and Consultation (2.00 Units) LG Grade Option

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. Prerequisite: PsyD student

PSY 7162 Exploring Embodied Transformation: In Psychotherapy, Creativity, and Spirituality (2.00 Units) LG Grade Option

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 7174 History and Systems of Psychology (3.00 Units) LG Grade Option

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 20th century.

PSY 7901 Dissertation Research I (2.00 Units) PF Grade Option

Students register for Dissertation Research with their dissertation chair as they conduct research and write the final dissertation. Six units maximum. Note: As of Fall 2015, PSY 7900 was replaced with PSY 7901, PSY 7902, and PSY 7903. See PsyD Dissertation Handbook and consult with your dissertation chair if you need to register for this course or the new sequence. Prerequisite: PSY student; PSY 6901 or PSY 6998

PSY 7902 Dissertation Research II (2.00 Units) PF Grade Option

The goal of this course it to have dissertation students complete their data collection and data analyses. By the end of the semester students will also begin to write up their results. Prerequisite: PSY student; PSY 7901

PSY 7903 Dissertation Research III (2.00 Units) PF Grade Option

This course involves the final phase of the dissertation project where students finish the write up of their dissertation proposal, receive approval of this proposal from their Dissertation Committee, and successfully complete their oral defense. Prerequisite: PSY student; PSY 7902

PSY 8513 Psychotherapy of Trauma and Abuse (3.00 Units) LG Grade Option

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.

PSY 8514 Taoist and Existential Approaches to Psychotherapy (2.00 Units) LG Grade Option

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.

PSY 8799      Independent Study (1.00 - 3.00 Units) PF Grade Option

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 8888 Special Topics (1.00 - 3.00 Units) PF Grade Option

Occasional courses offered by faculty regarding their current interests and research Prerequisite: PSY student

PSY 9695 Internship (Part-Time) Year One (0 Units) PF Grade Option

Students who are completing their predoctoral internship should register for PSY 9695 during each semester of the first year that they are in their internship. Three-semester repeat limit. Prerequisite: PSY student

PSY 9696 Internship (Part-Time) Year Two (0 Units) PF Grade Option

Students who are completing their predoctoral internship should register for PSY 9696 during each semester of the second year that they are in their internship. Three-semester repeat limit. Prerequisite: PSY student; PSY 9695

PSY 9699 Internship (Full-Time) (0 Units) PF Grade Option

Students who are completing their pre-doctoral internship should register for PSY 9699 during each semester that they are in their placement. Three-semester repeat limit. Prerequisite: PsyD student

PSY 9999 Dissertation Continuance (0 Units) PF Grade Option

Students who have completed PSY 7903 or six units of PSY 7900 may register for PSY 9999 until they complete work on their dissertation. Note: Review PsyD Dissertation Handbook for more information about dissertation requirements. Prerequisite: Advanced to candidacy; Six units of PSY 7900 or PSY 7901, PSY 7902, and PSY 7903

PSYL 5401 Research Design and Statistics I Lab (0 Units) PF Grade Option

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 to conduct statistical analysis of class-generated data. Prerequisite: PsyD student

PSYL 5601    Psychopathology LAB (0 Units) PF Grade Option

Experiential portion of PSY 5601 Psychopathology. Prerequisite: PsyD student

PSYL 5703    Professional Ethics LAB (0 Units) PF Grade Option

Experiential portion of Professional Ethics and Foundation Skills Practicum. Prerequisite: PsyD student; Co-requisites: PSY 5703 and PSY 6775

PSYL 5704    Foundation Clinical Skills: Adult: Individuals and Couples LAB (0 Units) PF Grade Option

Experiential portion of PSY 5704. Co-requisites: PSY 5704, PSY 6775 Prerequisite: PsyD student

PSYL 6333   Psychological Assessment III: Personality LAB (0 Units) PF Grade Option

The experiential portion of the Personality Assessment course. Prerequisite: PsyD student

PSYL 6601 Psychological Assessment II: Cognitive and Intelligence Testing LAB (0 Units) PF Grade Option

The experiential portion of Psychological Assessment II. Corequisite: PSY 6601. Prerequisite: PsyD student

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