Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology
Clinical Psychology Psy.D. courses draw from these four areas of study:
Clinical Practice Courses
Depth Psychology and Humanities Courses
Research and Scholarly Inquiry Courses
The Clinical Practice courses provide a broad foundation for the development of a generalist practitioner in clinical psychology with diverse training in multiple psychotherapeutic orientations, assessment, consulting, and evidence-based best practices.
History and Systems of Psychology
CP 700................2 Units
Students analyze the scientific evolution of psychological systems from antiquity to the present era. The course examines the historic development of the schools of psychoanalysis, behaviorism, gestalt, humanistic, and postmodern psychology. There is an evaluation of the systems developed throughout history to treat mental illness. The course also examines the history of the American Psychological Association in the context of current trends in clinical psychology as a scientific discipline and profession.
Theories of Psychometric Measurement
CY 933................2 Units
The course covers classical and current psychometric theory and procedures involved in constructing and evaluating measurement in-struments in clinical psychology including the key concepts of scale development. Cronbach's alpha, exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis, types of reliability and validity, multi-trait and multi-method validation, item response theory, psychometric scaling and structural equation modeling are examined.
Cognitive and Intellectual Assessment
CY 930................3 Units
The psychological assessment course series begins with the study of psychometric theory including test construction, standardization, validity, reliability, and the appropriate and ethical use of assessment for individuals from diverse backgrounds. The administration, scoring, and interpretation of the Wechsler intelligence scales, Wechsler Memory Scales-IV, and Bender Visual Motor Gestalt Test are high-lighted with special emphasis on integrating the results with clinical judgment, effective report writing, evidence-based treatment planning, and communication of assessment results. The course will focus on foundational psychometric theory in the context of emphasizing practical, evidence-based best practices in cognitive assessment.
Objective Personality Assessment
CY 931................3 Units
The course focuses on foundational psychometric theory in the context of emphasizing practical, evidence-based best practices in personality assessment Students learn the principles of personality assessment and become familiar with, and learn how to administer, score, and interpret the MMPI-2, MCMI-III, CPI, PAI, MBTI, and BDI-II. Students are provided with an overview of neuropsychological assessment in-cluding interviewing, familiarity with common tests, and strategies of interpreting and integrating neuropsychological assessment data. There is a focus on integrating results into user-friendly, case-focused, problem- oriented reports for clinical, vocational, medical, and forensic settings. Prerequisite: CP 930
Projective Personality Assessment
CL 938................2 Units
This course focuses on psychometric theory, controversies, and practi-cal applications of performance-based personality instruments (projec-tives) with an emphasis on the Rorschach. Course includes examination of the the Thematic Apperception Test, Sentence Completion Test and projective drawings. Information derived from performance-based personality assessment will be used to develop clear, user-friendly, case-focused reports that describe the psychological context of the client as well as answer the referral question. There is an emphasis on using as-sessment results to enhance the therapeutic process utilizing evidence-based best practices. Prerequisites: CP 930, CP 931
CY 940................1 Units
Students learn the essential skill sets involved in biospsychosocial assessment and related clinical interviewing. The course focuses on how to conduct a clinical interview as part of an initial assessment. The course also examines the ethical dilemmas, interdisciplinary conflicts, human diversity and system of care issues that surface during the clinical interview. Students practice their interviewing skills through mock case presentations, role play, vignettes, and other forms of case applications.
Comparative Approaches to Psychotherapy
CP 770................2 Units
This course provides a theoretical and applied introduction to current approaches in psychotherapeutic treatment. Students examine the therapeutic applications and the theoretical tenets of the schools of psychoanalysis, Jungian analysis, cognitive-behavioral, person-centered, humanistic- existential, and postmodern psychology. Students develop the ability to compare, contrast and integrate psychotherapeutic approaches in the context of clinical research, and evidence-based best practices.
Legal, Ethical, and Professional Practice
CP 832................2 Units
The ethical and legal considerations involved in the practice of clini-cal and scientific psychology are examined with an emphasis on the American Psychological Association's ethical guidelines. The course features discussion of key issues involved in academic work, research and professional practice with an emphasis on the development of ethical and professional judgment. Topics include forensic psychology, cultural competence, malpractice, and legal responsibilities. This course meets the criteria set forth by the California Board of Psychology for training in Legal, Ethical, and Professional Practice required for California licensure
Advanced Psychopathology I
CP 730................2 Units
CP 747, 748, 749 Prerequisite
In the context of the historical and cross-cultural perspectives of psychopathology, students focus on the diagnosis, etiology, treatment, and prognosis of disturbed behavior. The multi-axial system of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is the central organizing structure of the course. Emphasis is on major Axis I disorders.
Advanced Psychopathology II
CP 731................2 Units
This course continues the examination of major syndromes included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders with an emphasis on Axis II disorders and the multiaxial diagnostic system. The course also examines other psychopathology classification systems, the role of biology, society and culture in the understanding of psychopathology. Prerequisite: CP 730.
Biological Foundations of Human Behavior
CY 735................3 Units
Students examine the theoretical concepts and constructs that explain the phylogenic origins underlying human experience, behavior, and the processes of change. This course reviews anatomical and neurological functioning, examining the importance on behavior of micro- biologicalsystems (neuron, synapse, neurotransmitter systems) and macro-level biological systems (central and autonomic nervous systems). Current trends in psychological research regarding the neurobiological foundation of consciousness, dreaming, sensory-motor systems, cognitions, motivation, memory, mindfulness, and attention will be evaluated. The sense of a biological self in relation to attachment, trauma, empathy, neuroplasticity, and the expression of archetypes throughout the life cycle will be examined.
Principles of Psychopharmacology
CP 873................3 Units
This course examines the principles of psychopharmacology as well as an overview of pertinent neurochemistry. The indications and side effects of common psychoactive medications are evaluated. The impact of medications on the psychotherapeutic process and the importance of a coordinated treatment plan with the prescribing psychiatrist are examined. Prerequisite: CP 735
Alcohol, Chemical Dependency, and Addictive Behaviors
CL 900................2 Units
This course examines the theoretical foundation for the treatment of addictive behaviors. The focus of the course includes the current theories related to etiology, physiological and medical aspects, dual-diagnosis, cultural and ethnic considerations, iatrogenic dependency, current evidence-based treatment approaches, family issues, prevention and education, and ethical and legal issues. The course meets the criteria of the California Board of Psychology for training in Alcoholism/Chemical Dependency Detection and Treatment required for California licensure.
CL 835................2 Units
This course presents the foundational theories of cognitive behavioral psychology. Topics include the behavioral integration of attention, learning, perception, attribution, schema development, memory, context, language, problem solving, and decision making. Contemporary theories and applications common to cognitive behavioral psychology as well as cognitive neuroscience are addressed. Advanced topics of consciousness and intuition are explored. The role of evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral interventions are examined within the conceptual framework of integrative models of cognitive-behavioral psychology.
Cognitive-Affective Foundations of Human Behavior
CL 836................3 Unit
This course examines the interdependence of cognition and emotion in psychological experience and behavior. Discussion of this relationship includes the interactive influence of perception, attention, learn-ing, memory, contextual appraisals and biases, emotional regulation, creative thinking, conscious and unconscious processing and problem solving. Related topics include sensation, perception, memory, cognition, emotion, motivation, and psychophysiological processes. The neurobiological, biological and social bases of emotion, its cognitive correlates, and the impact of emotional states on behavior are examined.
CY 912................2 Units
This course examines Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy as an example of clinical treatments that are supported by scientific study and data. Contemporary theory, research and practice in state of the art applications of evidence-based cognitive-behavioral practices are evaluated, compared and contrasted. The optimal cognitive-behavioral interventions, or combination of psychotherapeutic interventions, for the major mental disorders are examined. The latest findings of outcome research and evidence-based practices in cognitive behavioral psychotherapeutic treatment are evaluated, including mindfulness, acceptance, and commitment psychotherapies.
Social Foundations of Human Behavior I
CY 800................2 Unit
This course studies current advancements in social psychology and provides an overview of the three main areas of social psychologi-cal thought which include social thinking, social influence, and social relations. Social thinking area includes discussion of self, beliefs, judgments, and attitudes. The study of social influence includes the impact of culture, conformity, persuasion, and group behavior on social functioning. Social relations area examines social relationships and how they are influenced by prejudice, aggression, attraction, and helping. This course emphasizes social thinking and social relationships as well as current social psychological research findings and the role of depth psychology in each of these areas.
Social Foundations of Human Behavior II
CP 845................2 Units
This course continues the examination of social psychology with an emphasis on social influence which includes the principles and theory of group formation and development, impact of culture on group be-havior, conformity, and persuasion. The course also examines current research in group dynamics, interpersonal behavior, intimacy, leadership, and helping. Discussion also includes relevance of social psychological research to clinical practice and depth psychology.
Psychotherapy with Diverse Populations
CL 752................2 Units
The knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to work effectively as a diversity-sensitive clinician are an ethical responsibility in a multicul-tural society. This course examines the role of culture in psychotherapy and assessment as well as key issues in the provision of psychological services to under-represented populations. Biases in traditional clinical theory and practice are analyzed. Appropriate intervention strategies with individuals of different cultural backgrounds are developed. Depth psychological concepts in relation to culture, such as the unique attributes of an ethnic or minority unconscious are explored.
Developmental Psychology II - Adulthood through Old Age
CY 801................2 Units
This course continues the study of developmental theories, constructs, research, and methods as they contribute to understanding normative human development and its variants in adulthood through old age. Emphasis is on the psychological and neurological development during adulthood and the later stages of life. Current developmental research, clinical implications, cultural considerations, and contemporary trends in adulthood and old age are examined.
Principles of Clinical Supervision and Consultation
CL 752................2 Units
This course provides an exposure to the professional role of psycholo-gists as supervisors and consultants. Approaches to clinical supervi-sion and consultation are examined with special attention given to the interpersonal and psychodynamic aspects of the supervisor-supervisee interaction. The goal is for students to develop an "internal supervisor." Ethics, diversity, and other professional issues related to clinical supervision and consultation are examined.
CP 950................(No Units Assigned (Degree Requirement)
Students study developmental theories, constructs, research, and methods as they contribute to understanding normative human devel-opment and its variants in early childhood and adolescence. Emphasis is on the psychological and neurological development from conception through childhood and adolescence and attachment issues that shape early human development. Current developmental research, clinical implications, cultural considerations, and contemporary trends in childhood and adolescent development are examined.
The Practicum Seminars prepare students for applied clinical work in practicum and internship sites. Practicum Seminars offer students a forum to integrate academic coursework with the clinical experiences from their practicum sites. Practicum Seminars also serve as a place for students to be mentored into the profession by the Clinical Psychology Faculty. Seminars are typically limited to six to eight students. Through this intimate seminar setting students are exposed to the clinical diversity of the faculty in order to develop a strong professional identity as a clinical psychologist with a depth specialty.
During the first year Practicum Seminars focus on professional development in preparation for a diagnostic practicum. During the first year students begin the process of developing an iden-tity as a professional psychologist with a depth psychology specialty. The second year focus is on diagnostics and preparation for psychotherapeutic practicum. Second year seminars are designed to offer students a forum by which to integrate diagnostic experiences of their practicum sites with their academic coursework. The third year focus is on the practice of psychotherapy, particularly from a depth psychological perspective. Third year seminars are designed to offer students a forum by which to integrate psychotherapeutic experiences of practicum sites with academic coursework.
Professional Development Seminar I
CL 755......................1 Unit
In this initial seminar of the first-year series, students are asked to de-velop educational and career goals and strategies to become licensed as a clinical psychologist. Students begin the process of developing a professional identity as a clinical psychologist, the needed inter-personal and emotional capacities vital to the discipline and the importance of organizational knowledge about mental health systems. Topics covered in this seminar include an overview of Pacifica's clinical training program, the development of a professional identity as a clinical psychologist and the career path to licensure.
Professional Development Seminar II
CL 756......................1 Unit
Students will continue the process of developing a professional identity as a clinical psychologist, the needed interpersonal and emotional capacities vital to the discipline and the importance of organizational knowledge about mental health systems and requirements for licensure. Topics include basic psychotherapeutic processes and interview skills, including cross-cultural competencies. This seminar provides a practicum application workshop in order for students to be successful in the practicum application process.
Professional Development Seminar III
CL 757......................1 Unit
The final seminar of the first-year Practicum Seminar series con-tinues the introduction to the profession of clinical psychology. The seminar finalizes preparation for applied clinical work in a practicum setting during the second year and beyond. The seminar includes topics related to the public mental health system, levels and systems of care, ethical and legal issues, career planning and the importance of self-care.
First Year Annual Assessment and Diagnostic Practicum Readiness Module
CL 758......................0 Units
In this module each student will have a face-to-face evaluation by Clinical Psychology Faculty to assess academic, clinical and research progress in order to advance to the second year of the clinical program and to a Diagnostic Practicum.
Diagnostic Practicum Seminar I
CL 759......................1 Unit
This seminar is designed to assist students in the integration of di-agnostic assessment issues at their practicum site with academic coursework. Topics for discussion include clinical and diagnostic interviewing, risk assessment, and culturally appropriate psychological test selection. Prerequisite: CL 758
Diagnostic Practicum Seminar II
CL 760......................1 Unit
This seminar is designed to continue to assist students in the continual integration of diagnostic issues at their practicum site with coursework at Pacifica. This seminar will cover topics such as the mental status exam, motivational interviewing, stages of change models, and ASAM criteria for assessment of substance abuse. Prerequisite: CL 758
Diagnostic Practicum Seminar III
CL 761......................1 Unit
This seminar completes the second-year diagnostic practicum se-quence. It offers students a forum to further integrate diagnostic issues at their practicum site with academic coursework. This seminar covers diagnostics with personality disorders, psychological report writing and integrative assessment. Prerequisite: CL 758
Second Year Annual Assessment and Psychotherapy Practicum Readiness Assessment Module
CL 762......................0 Units
In this module each student will have a face-to-face evaluation by Clinical Psychology Faculty to assess academic, clinical, and research progress in order to advance to the third year of the clinical program and to a Psychotherapy Practicum.
Psychotherapy Practicum Seminar I
CL 763......................1 Unit
This seminar offers students a forum to integrate psychotherapeutic experiences of their practicum site with academic coursework. This seminar includes topics of empathy and attunement to affect, Jung's transcendent function, managing boundaries in psychotherapy and evidence-based best practices. Prerequisite: CL 762
Psychotherapy Practicum Seminar II
CL 764......................1 Unit
This seminar offers students a forum to integrate the psychothera-peutic experiences of their practicum site with academic coursework. Scheduled topics include Imaginal techniques in therapy, therapeutic use of dreams, the therapeutic frame, transference/countertransference, and continued discussion of appropriate therapeutic boundaries. Prerequisite: CL 762
Psychotherapy Practicum Seminar III
CL 765......................1 Unit
This seminar is the final seminar in the psychotherapy sequence. This seminar provides students a forum to continue the integration of their psychotherapeutic experiences at their practicum site with academic coursework. Topics include active listening, appropriate use of psy-chodynamic interpretations, importance of personal and professional boundaries in psychotherapy and issues related to the development of a private practice. Prerequisite: CL 762
Third Year Annual Assessment and Internship Readiness Module
CL 766......................0 Units
In this module each student will have a face-to-face evaluation by Clinical Psychology Faculty to assess academic, clinical and research progress in order to advance to the fourth year of the clinical psychology program.
Depth Psychology and Humanities Courses
The Depth Psychology and the Humanities courses prepare clinical students for the practice of a specialty in depth (psychoanalytic and Jungian) psychology. This includes an understanding of the rich traditions of depth psychology, the humanities, and interdisciplinary and cultural studies. Students learn how literature, culture, myth, history, and art infuse the science of clinical psychology and the practice of psychotherapy. The coursework in the theory and practice of Jungian and psychoanalytic psychotherapy is presented in an organized and sequential manner in order for students to develop strong psychotherapeutic skills in the practice of depth psychology throughout the academic program.
Introduction to Depth Psychology and the Human Science Traditions
CY 819......................2 Unit
This course is a scholarly introduction to the theories and traditions of depth psychology with an emphasis on the role that depth psychol-ogy attributes to the unconscious. Exploration of the cultural-historical contexts of depth psychology in relation to myth, religion, philosophy, art and literature is explored. Particular attention is given to the origins of depth psychology in the works of Sigmund Freud and C.G Jung, the traditions that followed, as well as contemporary developments in depth psychology.
Jungian-Based Psychotherapy I
CP 810......................2 Unit
Classical Jungian concepts such as ego, Self, persona, shadow, anima/animus, archetype, collective unconscious, transcendent func-tion, and individuation are examined. Clinical application of Jungian thought is demonstrated through theoretical discussions, case examples, and the reading of primary Jungian sources. Particular attention is given to understanding how various forms of psychopathology can be imagined as manifestations of ego-Self axis dynamics. An analy-sis is provided of the critiques of Jungian concepts from postmodern and multicultural perspectives,
Jungian-Based Psychotherapy II
CP 811......................2 Units
This course will expand consideration of classical Jungian concepts to include the individuated ego, personal and collective shadow, the contra-sexual archetypes anima/animus, manifestations of the Self, dreams and numinous experiences, and their application to clinical practice. In addition, Jungian typology is examined, archetypal figures and patterns explored and the use of myths in depth psychotherapy elaborated. The course also examines the works of post-Jungian scholars. Students continue the work of self-reflection to further their individuation process as central to their work as clinical and depth psy-chologists. Prerequisite: CP 810
Post-Jungian Psychotherapy: Theory and Practice
CP 745......................2 Unit
This course examines the works of post-Jungian theorists and psy-chotherapists such as Hillman, Edinger, von Franz, Hannah, Woodman, Perera, Whitmont, Cambray, and current scholars or group of scholars doing innovative work in Jungian psychotherapy. The course discusses recent developments in the evolution of Jungian thought and practice which includes cultural, alchemical, neuroscientific, somatic and eco-logical considerations. The importance of creation myths, fairytales, the mystery traditions and various cultural mythologies (Greek, Egyptian, Nation American, et al.) is explored in relation to their applicability to clinical practice. Students continue the work of self-reflection to further their individuation process as central to their work as clinical and depth psychologists Prerequisites: CP 810, CP 811
Archetypal Psychology: Theory and Practice
CP 840......................2 units
Students re-vision basic psychological concepts through the study of archetypal psychology as exemplified in the works of James Hillman. Emphasis is placed on the development of a mythic sensibilityin confronting the complexity of psychological life. Subjective and Imaginal realities are considered as they relate to therapeutic inter-vention. The therapy room is extended to include the wider realm of the collective imagination, the arts, culture, multicultural reflections, and philosophy.
CP 814......................2 units
Utilizing a phenomenological attitude an Imaginal approach is devel-oped in order for the clinical psychologist to be attentive to the process of psychotherapy and to the experience of being a psychotherapist . Within this approach issues such as transference, countertransfer-ence, the unconscious, clinical symptoms, and dreams are examined. Special attention is paid to the development of Imaginal capabilities which foster sensitivity to the symbolic depths and metaphorical rich-ness of language in the client/therapist relationship. In this context diversity and cultural considerations are analyzed.
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy I
CP 711......................2 units
This course focuses on the fundamental assumptions underlying psychoanalytic treatment beginning with the seminal contributions of Sigmund Freud. The establishment of the therapeutic frame and the building of a therapeutic alliance are examined. Students explore the complexities of the transference-countertransference field and develop an understanding and rationale of specific types of psychoanalytic interventions. The work of Nancy McWilliams serves as a basis for exploration of current trends in psychoanalytic assessment and treatment.
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy II
CL 712......................2 unit
The contributions of Klein helped to delineate the dynamics and treat-ment of borderline and psychotic conditions. This course articulates the Klein-Bion model of psychoanalytic theory and practice. Special attention is given to projective identification and utilization of countertransference in the treatment of borderline and psychotic problems. Contemporary modifications of object relations approaches are examined. Current research on developmental issues and mentalization are evaluated. Prerequisite: CP 711
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy III
CY 715......................2 units
This course examines contemporary relational psychoanalysis as de-rived from the work of Kohut and Stolorow. The implications of conflict versus deficit psychology on psychoanalytic technique will be examined. The major paradigmatic changes brought forth by Self psychology are compared and contrasted with classical theory illuminating the different approaches to the therapeutic frame and to psychoanalytic interpretation. Prerequisites: CP 711, CP 712
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy IV
CY 716......................2 units
The final course in the psychoanalytic sequence addresses current trends in psychoanalytic thought including neurophysiological and psy-chodynamic research and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. The seminal work of Alan Schore serves as a basis for the exploration of thera-peutic issues related to affect regulation and construction of the self. The recent efficacy research of Jonathan Shedler, which establishes psychodynamic psychotherapy as an evidence-based best practice, serves as a model for further psychodynamic research. Students ex-amine ways to integrate the variety of psychoanalytic perspectives into an analytic perspective in their clinical practice. Prerequisites: CP 711, CP 712, CY 715
Cultural Foundations of Depth Psychology I, II
CL 723, CL 724,......................1 units, 2 units
These courses focus on the formative contexts which have given rise to depth psychology. For example, healing systems from differ-ent cultures and the archetypal images they evoke are studied to provide a deeper appreciation and critique of contemporary clinical practice. Other emphases include an examination of cultural and his-torical issues which have shaped the emergence of depth psychology. Philosophical antecedents of depth psychology as well as the relation-ship between depth psychology, the arts, and the poetic imagination are explored. The implications of depth psychology for a multicultural world view are examined.
Depth Psychology and Contemporary Culture I, II
CL 920, CY 921......................1 unit, 2 units
This course continues to focus on the formative contexts which have given rise to depth psychology. For example, healing systems from different cultures and the archetypal images they evoke are studied to provide a deeper appreciation of contemporary clinical practice. Other emphases include an examination of cultural and historical issues which have shaped the emergence of depth psychology. Philosophical antecedents of depth psychology are a focus of study as well as the relationship between depth psychology, the arts, and poetic imagination. The implications of depth psychology for a multicultural world are discussed.
Research and Scholarly Inquiry Courses
The program of study in research provides a solid grounding in both quantitative and qualitative research traditions while specializing in innovative human science methodologies ad-dressing the multiple dimensions of psychological life.Research courses emphasize the complementary interdepen-dence of clinical intervention and empirical inquiry providing the skills necessary to complete a Clinical Research Project (CRP) in order to make a significant research contribution to the practice of clinical psychology.
The Clinical Research Project research process is integrated throughout the academic program in order to model the importance of research and scholarly inquiry in the daily practice of a clinical psychologist. The integration of the Clinical Research Project with the academic program assures the completion of doctoral research in order to advance in a timely manner toward Internship and licensure as a clinical psychologist.
Statistics and Quantitative Research Designs and Methods I
CY 950......................3 Units
This course provides an overview of univariate statistical methods or those pertaining to analysis of a single, continuous, dependent vari-able. The goal of this overview is to prepare students to be competent and critical consumers of quantitative research for clinical practice. An applied overview of both descriptive and inferential statistics is pro-vided. Topics covered include: (1) Descriptive statistics (Measurement scales, frequency distributions, measures of central tendency, mea-sures of spread (variability), measures of linear relationships, and standard scores), and (2) Inferential statistics (hypothesis testing, cor-relation and regression, Z-tests, t-tests, one way analysis of variance [ANOVA], Chi-Square tests and estimation of population parameters from sample data). Survey and experiential approaches to research and clinical investigations are examined.
Statistics and Quantitative Research Designs and Methods II
CY 951......................3 Units
This course continues to prepare students to be competent and criti-cal consumers of quantitative research for clinical practice by the ex-amination and applicability of advanced quantitative methods including multivariate statistical analysis. This course assists students in becom-ing skilled in reading, understanding, and using quantitative research designs. Course also examine the broad principles and application of multivariate statistical models for the design of quantitative studies and the treatment of data as well as the statistical methods employed in clinical research studies. Topics include multivariate analysis of variance and covariance, factor analysis, binary logistic regression, multiple regression, discriminant analysis, power, and meta-analysis.
Qualitative Research Designs and Methods
CY 952......................2 Units
The course examines the strengths and weaknesses of the major human science traditions such as phenomenology, hermeneutics, heu-ristic approaches, ethnography, grounded theory, biography and case study. Theory and praxis of these approaches are examined with stu-dents having an experience with a particular qualitative approach (i.e., phenomenology). Emphasis is given to ethics and cultural diversity as well as the parallels between research and clinical practice.
Advanced Qualitative Methods: Depth Psychological Research
CY 953......................3 Units
This course continues to expand understanding of the major human science traditions and their applicability to qualitative research. The vocational and transference dimensions of the research process are explored with students practicing psychological dialogues as a means to make more conscious their own unconscious transference to their research material. In addition this course evaluates the ways in which quantitative, qualitative, and hermeneutic methods both reveal and conceal their topics. A key focus of the course is the development of a critical attitude toward the multiple levels of the psyche as it pres-ents itself in the selection of research topics through an exploration of personal history, diverse cultures, and the collective and ecological dimensions of experience. Prerequisite: CY 952
Clinical Research Project Development
CY 955......................2 Units
This course emphasizes the development of critical thinking skills related to evaluating research studies and the writing of a Clinical Research Project (CRP) in clinical psychology. The course focuses on the completion of an initial proposal, which contains a literature review of the seminal sources, a well-defined clinical research question, a preliminary review of method(s) to be used in addressing the question and an explication of the relevance of the question for the practice of clinical psychology.
Advanced Research Methods in Clinical Psychology I
CY 956......................2 Unit
This course focuses on the review of current approaches to applied research in clinical psychology. Particular attention is given to research methodologies as well as the philosophical and epistemological foundations of clinical research. The course results in an advanced review of the literature on a selected topic related to the clinical research question developed for the Clinical Research Project.
Advanced Research Methods in Clinical Psychology II
CY 957......................2 Units
This course critically examines the variety of applied methods in clinical psychology, including both quantitative and qualitative methods as well as theoretical and interpretative approaches. The course results in an advanced application of selected research method(s) to the clinical research question of the Clinical Research Project. Prerequisite: CY 955
Clinical Research Project Completion I
CY 958......................3 Units
At the beginning of the third year in order to assure timely completion of the Clinical Research Project students must (1) complete the com-position of their CRP committee, (2) complete Introduction, Literature Review and Methods sections and (3) finalize their ethics application. In addition students are encouraged to begin their data collection and analysis. This course is taken under the direction of the Chair of the CRP committee and concurrently with third year academic courses. Students are required to complete all three units by the end of the third academic year.
Clinical Research Project Completion II
CY 959......................3 units
At the beginning of the fourth year in order to assure timely comple-tion of the Clinical Research Project students must (1) complete data collection (2) complete data analysis (3) complete the final CRP docu-ment including Results and Discussion sections (the Discussion section needs to include implications of CRP for the advancement of the practice of clinical psychology), (4) participate successfully in the Oral Defense of the CPR and (5) complete the final document edits as re-quired by the Dissertation Office. This course is taken under the direc-tion of the Chair of the CRP committee and concurrently with fourth year academic courses. Prerequisite: CY 958 Students are required to complete all three units by the end of the fourth academic year to ad-vance to Internship.
CP 989......................0 Units
Upon completion of nine quarters of academic coursework, a student in good academic standing is eligible to take the Comprehensive Examination. The Comprehensive Examination is designed to as-sess student competencies in the area of each of the three Program Domains: Clinical Practice, Research and Scholarly Inquiry, and Depth Psychology and Humanities. Students must pass all components of the Comprehensive Examination in order to advance to the fourth year in this Clinical Psychology Program. Students must retake any failed portion of the exam by the end of the fall quarter of the year in which the exam was administered. A student is eligible to take an academic tutorial in preparation for re-examination. The inability to pass any aspect of the Comprehensive Exam within two attempts results in academic disqualification from the Clinical Psychology Program.