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1 PSYD CURRICULUM AND COURSE DESCRIPTIONS 0999A D The Evolving Professional This sequence begins with practice in the acquisition of the growth oriented counseling skills necessary for working with individuals, couples, families, and groups, such as: basic response skills, relationship building, advanced empathy listening, and creation of meaning in 0999A. A major focus is on students developing their own professional identities and how that identity impacts professional practice. This includes developing awareness of values and beliefs that may impact professional practice. Learning self management skills to help the professional deliver optimal practice is also emphasized. An Assessment of interpersonal skills is included. Students demonstrate various interpersonal skills in dyads. They receive feedback about their level of Development in each interpersonal skill and suggestions for further development. Successful completion of 0999A is required before the predoctoral practicums or internship can be started. The 0999A D sequence will also involve the use of journals and self reflection regarding academic achievement and professional growth as it develops throughout the program. 3.0 PSYD 8110 Psychotherapy Proseminar: Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology Students are given an overview of basic growthoriented theories such as humanistic, personcentered, existential, experiential, relational psychodynamic, Jungian, spiritual and transpersonal. Emphasis is on how the theories relate to each other. Material from this course will be used to help students develop an awareness of their own evolving professional identities (see The Evolving Professional) in terms of their stances and beliefs about psychotherapy, Psychopathology, and professional practice. 18 hours of residence study. 2.0 PSYD 8120 OL Psychopathology I This course provides a critical overview of major schools of thought and research that have shaped modern thinking about psychopathology. Attention is given to current diagnostic criteria of the DSM, as well as the biological, behavioral, phenomenological, social, and intra psychic determinants of functional and dysfunctional behavior. Special attention is paid to humanistic perspectives as well as multicultural issues of relevance. Positive psychological contributions as an alternative to a focus on psychopathology are also considered. 3.0 PSYD 8125 OL Psychopathology II Challenging traditional conceptions of normal and abnormal, this course provides an advanced examination of a range of human mental states from a variety of perspectives including medical, social, aesthetic, phenomenological, and spiritual. This course presents a critical evaluation of current mainstream notions of psychopathology. Included are social/philosophical critiques, contextual/community psychology, multicultural and feminist psychology, and radical psychiatry. Alternative views of DSM along with transpersonal, cultural, and spiritual perspectives on Psychopathology will be studied. Prerequisite: PSYD 8120 Psychopathology I. 3.0 PSYD 8130 OL Multiculturalism for Clinical Psychologists In this course, students develop the attitudes necessary to value diversity and begin developing multicultural competence. Developmental, identity formation, and ethical issues related to multiculturalism are also covered. Students study the multicultural issues involved in the science and practice of psychology. Students begin to develop an awareness of issues surrounding practice with specific cultural groups and a global and social action perspective is to be included. 3.0 PSYD 8140 OL Psychopharmacology Students learn the effects of various psychoactive medications used in current mental health practice. They also learn the different kinds of problems they may be prescribed for, as well as mechanism of action, side effects, interactions, and integration with psychotherapy. The mechanism of action of other Psychoactive substances and multicultural aspects will be covered as well. Prerequisite: PSYD 8120 Psychopathology I. 3.0 units

2 PSYD 8150 Diagnostic Assessment Lab Students observe and practice interviewing techniques such as the mental status examination and history taking within a collaborative context. Students practice assessing individuals using an idiopathic, whole person approach. DSM s classifications, differential diagnosis, and multiaxial assessment system will also be used. Ethical, legal, and quality assurance aspects of the assessment interview are considered. Prerequisites: PSYD 8120 Psychopathology I, enrollment in PSYD 8125 Psychopathology II. 2.0 PSYD 8160 OL Ethics in Psychotherapy and Clinical Research Students are asked to critically evaluate APA Ethical Principles and state laws governing psychologists, and to examine the ethical implications of their personal beliefs and values for their work. This course focuses on the ethical issues that arise in the practice of psychotherapy and in designing and carrying out clinical and psychological research. 3.0 PSYD 8170 OL Developmental Psychology The processes and significant transition points for child, adolescent, and adult development are considered in this class. Classic and contemporary theories of development, including some modern western perspectives are contrasted by examining their principal concepts and uncovering their assumptions about what motivates and influences development. Topics such as mother/infant attachment, sex role socialization, cognitive and moral development, reciprocal effects in parent child interaction, higher stages of adult development, and the revolutionary impact of feminist theory and research on classic models of development are emphasized. 3.0 PSYD 8180 OL Systems of Psychotherapy This course explores four broad categories into which the types of therapy fall: psychodynamic; behavioral and cognitive behavioral; existential, humanistic, and transpersonal; and family systems. The course surveys the history and development of each school, and its views on human nature, psychological health, normal development, psychopathology, and approaches to intervention. 3.0 PSYD 8210 OL Psychotherapy and Spirituality This course presents an overview of spirituality in relation to clinical psychology and psychotherapy. It discriminates between spirituality and religion and considers the major spiritual traditions. The spiritual aspects of the person in the broadest definition are examined, including the nexus of beliefs, practices, relationships, and orientation to life that embodies a person s overall way of being in the world. 3.0 PSYD 8220 Consulting and Supervision Students learn how to provide appropriate information and feedback to others. This includes how to consult with other professionals, stakeholders, and those from other fields. It also includes how to provide appropriate supervision to students in clinical and counseling psychology. 1.0 unit. PSYD 8230 OL Cognitive Assessment Students learn how to use the major tools of cognitive and neuropsychological assessment to view the mind at work. Students practice writing psychological assessment reports that are a problem focused, comprehensive integration of the historical, biological, psychological, and social aspects of the person. A collaborative, strengthsbased approach is used. Students also apply statistical and measurement concepts, principles of assessment, theories of intelligence, ethical issues, and special populations issues to psychological assessment. Prerequisite: Prior Statistics course. 3.0 PSYD 8231 Cognitive Assessment Lab Students practice the administration, scoring, and interpretation of the Weschler intelligence tests, achievement tests, neuropsychological tests and selected additional instruments in a collaborative context of assessing the whole person. Legal, cultural, and ethical considerations are included. Prerequisite: PSYD 8230 Cognitive Assessment. 2.0 PSYD 8240 OL History and Systems The focus of this course is two fold: first to introduce the student to the craft of

3 historiography as a legitimate method in psychology, and second, to more accurately place the history of humanistic and transpersonal psychology within the larger framework of the history of American academic psychology. Persistent issues in psychology and the evolution of answers to these issues are examined. This course also focuses on the historical development of psychology as a separate scientific discipline in relation to applied psychology, the humanities, and the human sciences. 3.0 PSYD 8250 OL Personality Assessment Students learn the uses of standardized and nonstandardized instruments for assessing the person in process including personality, strengths, values, vocational interests, spirituality, social environment, psychopathology, cognitions, and behavior. Students practice writing comprehensive, strengths focused assessments that provide evidence, supporting conclusions and deal with the legal, ethical, and cultural issues in the selection, administration, and interpretation of personality tests and other instruments. Prerequisite: PSYD 8150 Diagnostic Assessment Lab. 3.0 PSYD 8251 Personality Assessment Lab Students practice the administration, scoring, and interpretation of major personality instruments (e.g. projectives, inventories, observations, narratives) in a collaborative context of assessing the whole person. Prerequisite: PSYD 8250 Personality Assessment. 2.0 PSYD 8260 OL Cognitive Psychology Major theories and concepts in the psychology of cognition and learning are studied in this course. Readings encompass educational psychology, information processing, cognitive development, cognition and emotion, language, gender differences, and cognitive psychology as ideology. 3.0 PSYD 8300 OL Predoctoral Practicum I Students are placed in practicum sites that meet the competencies listed by the Association of Directors of Psychology Training Clinics (ADPTC) and the Council of Chairs of Training Councils (CCTC). 500 hours of supervised clinical psychology experience. 3.0 PSYD 8305 OL Predoctoral Practicum II Students are placed in practicum sites that meet the competencies listed by the Association of Directors of Psychology Training Clinics (ADPTC) and the Council of Chairs of Training Councils (CCTC). 500 hours of supervised clinical psychology experience. Prerequisite: PSYD 8300 Predoctoral Practicum I. 3.0 PSYD 8310 Evidence Based Practice and Clinical Research Issues I Students consider issues and controversies concerning evidence based practice, and study current American Psychological Association policy. They receive an overview of empirically supported treatments and learn how their particular orientation stands with regard to evidence. They consider research issues associated with the nature of accruing evidence for practice. They specifically study the use of practice based evidence, both as a way of accumulating evidence on practice, and as a way of enhancing practice. Prerequisite: One intervention course. 1.0 unit. PSYD 8315 Evidence Based Practice and Clinical Research Issues II Students consider issues and controversies concerning evidence based practice and study current American Psychological Association policy. They receive an overview of empirically supported treatments and learn how their particular orientation stands with regard to evidence. They consider research issues associated with the nature of accruing evidence for practice. They specifically study the use of practice based evidence, both as a way of accumulating evidence on practice, and as a way of enhancing practice. Prerequisite: PSYD 8310 Evidence Based Practice and Clinical Research Issues I. 1.0 unit. PSYD 8320 OL Group Psychotherapy I Students review theories, research, and interventions of group psychotherapy across diverse populations. This course includes social psychological theories and research applied to group processes, and includes a developmental perspective for dyadic through small group relationships and observational tools. Ethical and diversity issues will also be addressed. Students

4 begin interacting in growth groups using observational tools. 1.0 unit. PSYD 8325 OL Group Psychotherapy II Students apply theories, research, and observational tools to group processes. They interact in growth groups and identify the processes that evolve, as well as markers of their own personal growth. The developmental stages and issues for groups and, in particular, the growth group the students are involved in, are compared to the developmental stages and issues of individuals. Prerequisite: PSYD 8320 Group Psychotherapy I. 1.0 unit. PSYD 8330 OL Contemporary Neuroscience Contemporary neuroscience is an increasingly important, indeed essential, component to the understanding of human nature in virtually every academic or applied context, reflected by its presence on the majority of advanced placement and certification examinations. This course leads the student to a basic understanding of the nervous system and particularly the brain. It begins with the basic facts and principles of nerve cells and the functional organization of the nervous system, and proceeds to examine the role of the nervous system in such functions as emotion, cognition, and other aspects of consciousness. 3.0 PSYD 8340 OL Social Psychology Social Psychology is fundamental to the study of psychology and the human sciences. In this course, major theories, methods and research findings that comprise the discipline of social psychology are examined from a critical standpoint. The primary objective of this course is to increase students awareness of the social, historical and political dimension to psychological understanding. The application of theoretical and empirical work to real world social problems is emphasized. 3.0 PSYD 9600 OL Integrative Comprehensive Examination Successfully completing this examination is required before the student can advance to candidacy. This written examination covers the content of all coursework completed for the doctoral degree and is assessed on comprehensiveness of knowledge, sophistication of critical analysis, accuracy of information and references, integration of information across course defined content, originality of thinking, ability to use scholarship to inform practice and practice to inform scholarship. Prerequisite: Completion of all required coursework for the doctoral degree. 1.0 unit. PSYD 9630 PSYD 9633 Predoctoral Internship I IV Students are placed in predoctoral internships that meet the standards of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) for a maximum of 1500 hours of supervised predoctoral internship experience. 0 RES 1006 OL Information Competency and Library Use PhD The course is designed for the student to leverage the prior learning experience and acquire new resources for graduate study and lifelong learning. It helps in the process of defining and articulating information needs, identifying and selecting the appropriate resources, formatting and executing research strategies, and then critically interpreting and analyzing the result and presenting it in a professional (APA) style. 1.0 unit. RES 8200 OL Methods of Research and Scholarship This course is open only to and required for PsyD students. Students learn how to formulate research questions and methods for answering those questions. They also learn how to critique psychological research articles in terms of the formulation of research question/hypotheses, research design, methodology, data analysis, conclusions, and legal ethical issues. Prerequisites: Undergraduate or graduate research course, RES 1025 Understanding Research, or completion of PSYD Statistics Module. 3.0 RES 8205 OL Qualitative and Quantitative Data Analysis This course is open only to and required for PsyD students. Data analyses consistent with various research designs are explored. Qualitative as well

5 as quantitative data analysis is presented, although the focus is on statistical analysis of quantitative data. Focus is on understanding statistics rather than on computation, although there is an introduction to SPSS. Prerequisite: RES 8200 Methods of Research and Scholarship and undergraduate or graduate statistics course or Saybrook PsyD statistics module. 3.0

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