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Introduction to Clinical Psychology (306-0-1)


Alissa Levy Chung

Meeting Info

2122 Sheridan Rd Classroom 250: Tues, Thurs 9:30AM - 10:50AM

Overview of class

In this class, students will learn about the field of clinical psychology, including its scope, range of activities, required educational/training background, and career possibilities. The course will focus mostly on the primary activities of practicing clinical psychologists: assessment, diagnosis, and treatment, but will also cover topics including research, ethics, forensics, and consultation. We will discuss the research on each topic but also cover clinical case examples. One of the textbooks will follow a single clinical case through a range of different therapeutic approaches (e.g., psychodynamic, family systems, CBT) to see how clinicians from different schools of thought would treat the same individual.

Teaching Method

This class will be taught in person and may include guest lectures from people in the field, as well as regular lectures, class discussions, and analyses of case studies.

Evaluation Method

Evaluation will include an applied case analysis paper, a research paper, a midterm exam, and a final exam. Participation will help with borderline grades.

Class Materials (Required)

Bernstein, D.A., Teachman, B.A., Olatunji, B.O., & Lilienfeld, S.O. (2021). Introduction to Clinical Psychology, 9th Ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN13: 9781108735797

Corey, G. (2013). Case Approach to Counseling and Psychotherapy, 8th Ed. Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole. ISBN13: 9781111841768

Selected articles (Canvas)

I will ensure that there are affordable textbook options for students.

Class Attributes

Social & Behavioral Sciences Distro Area