Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology
Clinical Psychology Ph.D. courses draw from four areas of study:
Depth Psychology and Humanities
Research and Scholarly Inquiry
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The Clinical Practice courses provide a broad foundation for the development of a generalist practitioner, with diverse training in multiple psychotherapeutic orientations, assessment, consulting, and empirically-validated approaches.
History and Systems of Psychology
CP 700................2 Units
Students will explore the scientific evolution of psychological systems from antiquity to the present era. The course will examine how the historic development of the schools of psychoanalysis, behaviorism, gestalt, humanistic and postmodern psychology has led to current practices in clinical psychology. The importance of a multicultural perspective will be emphasized. The systems developed throughout history to treat mental illness will be evaluated. The course will examine the history of the American Psychological Association in the context of current trends in clinical psychology as a scientific discipline and profession.
Psychological Assessment I
CP 930................2 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 highlighted with special emphasis on integrating the results with clinical judgment, 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.
Psychological Assessment II
CP 931................2 Units
Students will 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 will also be provided with an overview of neuropsychological assessment including interviewing, familiarity with common tests, and strategies of interpreting and integrating neuropsychological assessment data. There will be a focus on integrating results into user-friendly, casefocused, problem oriented reports for clinical, vocational, medical, and forensic settings. The course will also focus on foundational psychometric theory in the context of emphasizing practical, evidence-based best practices in personality assessment. Prerequisite: CP 930
Projective Personality Assessment
CL 938................ 2 Units
This course will focus on psychometric theory, controversies, and practical applications of performance-based personality instruments (projectives) with an emphasis on the Rorschach but will also include 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 a person and his/her psychological context as well as answer the referral question. There will also be an emphasis on using assessment results to enhance the therapeutic process utiizing evidence-based best practices. Prerequisites: CP 930, CP 931Psychological Assessment III
Comparative Approaches to Psychotherapy
CP 770................2 Units
This course provides a theoretical and applied introduction to current approaches in psychotherapeutic treatment. Students will examine the therapeutic applications of the theoretical tenets of the schools of Psychoanalysis, Jungian Analysis, Cognitive-Behavioral, Person-Centered, Humanistic- Existential, and Postmodern psychology. Students will 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 clinical and scientific psychology are reviewed, 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 a view towards 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 licensure.
Advanced Psychopathology I
CP 730................2 Units
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.
Biological Foundations of Human Behavior
CP 735................2 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 biological systems (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.
Alcohol, Chemical Dependency, and Addictive Behaviors
CL 900................2 Units
CP 747, 748, 749 Prerequisite
This course covers the theory and treatment of addictive behaviors. Areas covered in this course include: current theories of etiology, physiological and medical aspects, dual-diagnosis, cultural and ethnic considerations, iatrogenic dependency, treatment approaches, family issues, prevention and education, and ethical and legal issues. The course meets the criteria set forth by the California Board of Psychology for training in Alcoholism/Chemical Dependency Detection and Treatment required for licensure.
Principles of Psychopharmacology
CP 873................2 Units
This course covers the general principles of psychopharmacology, as well as an overview of the pertinent neurochemistry. The indications and side effects of common psychoactive medications will be evaluated. The impact of medications on psychotherapy process and working with a prescribing psychiatrist will be examined. Prerequisite: CP 735
CL 835................2 Units
This course presents the foundational theories of cognitive behavioral psychology. Topics include the integration of attention, perception, attribution, schema development, memory, context, language, problem solving, and decision making. Theories common to cognitive-behavioral assessment and treatment are evaluated. The role of evidencebased, cognitive-behavioral interventions is examined within the conceptual framework of integrative models of cognitive-behavioral psychology.
Cognitive-Affective Foundations of Human Behavior
CL 836................3 Units
This class examines the interdependence of cognition and emotion in psychological experience. Discussion of the cognitive processes include: creative thinking, conscious and unconscious processing, and problem solving. Related areas are also covered: sensation, perception, memory, learning, cognition, emotion, motivation, and psychophysiological processes. Discussion of emotion involves the biological and social bases of emotion, its cognitive correlates, and the impact of emotional states.
Advanced Psychopathology II
CP 731................2 Units
Building on Advanced Psychopathology I, this course examines major syndromes included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, with an emphasis on Axis II disorders. Other classification systems, multiaxial diagnosis, the role of society, culture, and biology, as well as meta-issues surrounding the diagnostic enterprise are evaluated. Prerequisite: CP 730.
Evidence-Based Best Practices
CL 912................2 Units
This course is an overview of clinical treatments that are supported by scientific study and data. The latest findings in outcome research regarding therapeutic interventions are evaluated. Optimal interventions or combinations of interventions for the major disorders are examined, as well as the integration of individual, group, and psychopharmacological therapy.
Principles of Group Dynamics
CL 751................2 Unit
This class provides a critical overview of principles, theories, and practical applications of various techniques in group psychotherapy, as well as issues in group process, including: stages in group formation and development, cohesiveness, transference and countertransference, cross-cultural dynamics, strategies and specific interventions. The curative forces operating in a group setting are illuminated through role-playing, case discussions, readings, experiential exercises, and intensive group participation.
Psychotherapy with Diverse Populations
CP 845................2 Units
Cultural competency or the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to work effectively as a diversity-sensitive clinician is an ethical responsibility in a multicultural society. This course examines the role of culture in counseling, 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 discussed, while appropriate intervention strategies with individuals of different cultural backgrounds are introduced. Depth psychological concepts in relation to culture, such as the notion of an ethnic or minority unconscious, are also explored.
Developmental Psychology Through the Lifespan
CP 830................3 Unit
Students study developmental theories, constructs, research, and methods as they contribute to understanding normative human development and its variants. Emphasis is on the psychological and neurological development from conception through old age and attachment issues that shape development through the lifespan. Clinical implications, cultural considerations, and contemporary trends are examined.
Social Foundations of Human Behavior
CL 800................2 Units
This course studies current advancements in social psychology. Students examine three main areas of social psychological thought which include social thinking, social influence, and social relations. Social thinking area includes discussion of self, beliefs, judgments and attitudes. Social influence area 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. The class also emphasizes current research findings and the role of depth psychology in each of these areas.
Principles of Clinical Supervision and Consultation
CL 752................2 Units
This course provides an exposure to the professional role of psychologists as supervisors and consultants. Approaches to clinical supervision and consultation are examined with special attention paid 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 are examined.
CP 950................No Units Assigned (Degree Requirement)
During the program, students must take part in a total of 60 hours of personal psychotherapy (preferably with a depth orientation) with a licensed psychotherapist or a certified analyst of their choice.
Depth Psychology and Humanities Courses
These classes stimulate dialogue among the traditions of clinical psychology, depth psychology, and cultural studies. The student is encouraged to understand that a wide variety of cultural sources inform the craft of psychotherapy. Literature, myth, history, and art infuse the science of clinical psychology with an essential sense of our connection to the recurring archetypal motifs of the psyche.Introduction to Depth Psychology and the Human Science TraditionsCL 819......................1 Unit
This course is a scholarly introduction to the theories and traditions of depth psychology. The cultural-historical contexts of depth psychology's development, along with its relation to philosophy, science, art, religion, myth, and literature will be explored. Attention is given to the origins of depth psychology in the works of Sigmund Freud and C.G. Jung, the traditions that followed, and contemporary developments in the field. Students will be introduced to current research—clinical, theoretical, and cultural—and publication in depth psychology with a focus on the contributions of Pacifica Graduate Institute and its faculty. The scholar-practitioner model of education in depth psychology will be elaborated.
Myth, Literature, and Religious Studies
CL 820......................1 Unit
Mythology, literature, and religious traditions provide images and motifs which vividly reflect the underlying patterns of psychological life. This course focuses upon the study of symbolic experience and includes ancient and modern dramatic literature, scriptural narratives from multicultural sources, philosophy, poetry, or accounts of personal religious experience. The course helps students develop the attitude and skills necessary to discern the aesthetic, affective, and dramatic dimensions of symbolic texts and to present such findings in clear scholarly writing.
Jungian-Based Psychotherapy I
CP 810......................2 Units
Classical Jungian concepts such as ego, Self, persona, shadow, anima/animus, archetype, collective unconscious, transcendent function, and individuation are studied. Clinical application of Jungian thought is demonstrated through theoretical discussions, case examples, and the reading of primary sources. Particular attention is brought to understanding how various forms of psychopathology can be imagined as manifestations of ego-Self axis dynamics. Critiques from postmodern and multicultural perspectives are covered.
Cultural Foundations of Depth Psychology I
CL 723......................1 Unit
This course focuses 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.
Psychoanalytic-Based Psychotherapy I
CP 711......................2 units
This course focuses on the evolution of psychoanalytic thought from Freud's seminal writings through British traditions of Object Relations, up to and including contemporary Self and intersubjective approaches. Working within the transference-countertransference field is a major focus.
Psychoanalytic-Based Psychotherapy II
CP 712......................2 units
This course continues examining psychoanalytic theory and practice, including a focus on cultural dimensions of practice. In particular, the contributions of Klein and Bion, who helped to delineate the dynamics and treatment of Borderline and Psychotic conditions. Prerequisite: CP 711
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 sensibility in confronting the complexity of psychological life. Subjective and imaginal realities are considered as they relate to therapeutic intervention. The therapy room is extended to include the wider realm of the collective imagination, the arts, culture, multicultural reflections, and philosophy.
Depth Psychology and Contemporary Culture I
CL 920......................1 unit
This course applies the principles of depth psychology to addressing various crises in contemporary society. Activist, social justice, and community fieldwork manifestations of depth psychology are presented. Postmodern critiques are discussed, and depth psychological theory and clinical practice are viewed through non-Western, postcolonial, and minority perspectives. Individual psychopathology is seen as having collective, historic, and contextual sources. Symbolic healing is explored at community and societal levels.
Jungian-Based Psychotherapy II
CL 811......................2 Units
This course will expand consideration of classical Jungian concepts such as 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, typology will be examined, other archetypal figures and patterns explored, and the use of myths in depth psychotherapy elaborated. Students will also continue the work of self-reflection to further their individuation process as central to their work as clinical depth psychologists. Prerequisite: CP 810
Post-Jungian Psychotherapy: Theory and Practice
CP 745......................2 units
The works of Post-Jungian psychotherapists such as Fordham, Samuels, and Jacobi are studied. Issues of transference and ego development are explored. Recent post-Jungian research and diversity considerations are discussed. Prerequisites: CP 810, CP 811
CP 814......................2 units
Utilizing a phenomenological attitude, which is attentive to the process of psychotherapy and to the experience of being a psychotherapist and doing psychotherapy, an imaginal approach is developed. Within this approach, issues such as transference, the unconscious, symptoms, and dreams are examined. Special attention is paid to the development of those imaginal capabilities which foster sensitivity to the symbolic depths and metaphorical richness of the patient's and therapist's ways of using language. Diversity and cultural considerations are discussed in these contexts.
Cultural Foundations of Depth Psychology II
CL 724......................2 Units
This course continues the focus on 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 examined.
Depth Psychology and Contemporary Culture II
CL 921......................1 unit
This course considers the role of depth psychology in contemporary culture and explores the cutting edges of depth psychology. Topics may include current works in transpersonal psychology, psychology and quantum physics, spirituality, body/mind studies, alternative healing forms, and the latest research in the field.
The Practicum Seminars prepare students for applied clinical work in practicum and internship sites. The seminars serve as a context for students to be mentored into the profession by the Clinical Psychology Faculty, through a seminar format wherein students learn from the clinical expertise of the faculty. Seminars are also designed to offer students a forum in which to integrate clinical experiences gained in practicum with academic coursework; the Practicum Seminars act in conjunction with the focus of the academic program. The first year focus is on Professional Development and preparation for a Diagnostic Practicum. During the first year students will begin the development of an identity as a professional psychologist, with a depth psychology emphasis. The second year focus is on diagnostics and preparation for a Psychotherapeutic Practicum. These seminars are designed to offer students a forum in which to integrate diagnostic experiences gained in practicum with academic coursework at Pacifica. The third year focus is on psychotherapy, particularly from a depth psychological perspective, and preparation for a pre-doctoral Internship. These seminars are designed to offer students a forum in which to integrate psychotherapeutic experiences of practicum with academic coursework at Pacifica and to prepare students for their pre-doctoral Internship.
Professional Development Seminar I
CL 755......................1 Unit
In this initial seminar of the first-year series, students will be asked to develop educational and career goals, and strategies to eventually become licensed. Students will begin 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 licensure. Topics covered in this seminar include overview of Pacifica's clinical psychology training program, the professional identity of 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 licensure. Planned topics include basic psychotherapeutic processes and interview skills, including cross-cultural competencies. A practicum application workshop will also be included in this seminar.
Professional Development Seminar III
CL 757......................1 Unit
The final seminar in the first-year series is intended to introduce the student to professional practice as a clinical psychologist, and to prepare the student to begin applied clinical work in a field practicum setting in the 2nd year and beyond. The seminar will include topics of the public mental health care system, levels of care, ethical and legal issues, career planning, and self-care.
First Year Annual Assessment and Diagnostic Practicum Readiness Module
CL 758......................0 Units
In this module each student will be evaluated to assure readiness to perform in the Diagnostic Practicum.
Diagnostic Practicum Seminar I
CL 759......................1 Unit
This seminar is designed to assist students in the integration of diagnostic issues at their practicum sites with the academic coursework at Pacifica. Topics scheduled for discussion in this seminar 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 continues assisting students in the ongoing integration of diagnostic issues at their practicum sites 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 sequence. It offers students a forum by which to further integrate diagnostic issues at their practicum site with academic coursework at Pacifica. This seminar covers diagnostics with personality disorders, psychological report writing, and integrative assessment. Prerequisite: CL 758.
Second Year Annual Assessment and Diagnostic Practicum Readiness Module
CL 762......................0 Units
In this module each student will be evaluated to assure readiness to perform in the Psychotherapy Practicum.
Psychotherapy Practicum Seminar I
CL 763......................1 Unit
This seminar offers students a forum in which to integrate psychotherapy experiences of practicum with academic coursework at Pacifica. This seminar will include topics on 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 an additional forum in which to integrate psychotherapy experiences of practicum with academic coursework at Pacifica. Scheduled topics include imaginal techniques in therapy, 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 psychotherapy; it provides students a last forum in which to integrate psychotherapy experiences of practicum with academic coursework at Pacifica. Scheduled topics include active listening, making psychodynamic interpretations, additional consideration of boundaries in psychotherapy, and issues related to the development of a private practice. Prerequisite: CL 762.
Third Year Annual Assessment and Diagnostic Practicum Readiness Module
CL 766......................0 Units
In this module each student will be evaluated to assure readiness for pre-doctoral Internship.
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 addressing the multiple dimensions of psychological life. Research courses emphasize the complementary interdependence of clinical intervention and empirical inquiry, and provide the skills necessary to complete the doctoral dissertation as well as contribute to the academic field of clinical and depth psychology as a lifelong researcher.Research Designs and Methodology I: OverviewCP 932......................2 Units
The intent of this course is to foster an introductory knowledge of design and methodology in psychological research, including an understanding of the history and characteristics of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches. The theoretical frameworks, techniques, and critiques of a variety of research perspectives are surveyed, with a focus on the human science traditions. Additional issues discussed include: bias, ethics, diversity, postmodernism and critical theory, and the relationship between research and clinical practice. The course also emphasizes the development of critical thinking and proficiency with a representative method of the student's choosing.
Research Designs and Methodology II: Qualitative Methods
CP 933......................2 Units
The course examines the strengths and weaknesses of the major human science traditions, such as: phenomenology, hermeneutics, heuristic approaches, ethnography, grounded theory, biography, and case study. Theory and praxis of these approaches are covered, and students gain hands-on experience with a particular qualitative approach (i.e., phenomenology). Emphasis is given to ethics and diversity, as well as the parallels between research and clinical practice. Prerequisite: CP 932
Quantitative Design and Univariate Statistical Analysis
CP 926......................2 Units
This course provides an overview of univariate statistical methods or those pertaining to analysis of a single, continuous, dependent variable. 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 provided. Topics covered include: (1) Descriptive statistics (Measurement scales, frequency distributions, measures of central tendency, measures of spread (variability), measures of linear relationships, and standard scores), and (2) Inferential statistics (Hypothesis testing, correlation and regression, Z-tests, t-tests, one way analysis of variance [ANOVA], Chi-Square tests, and estimation of population parameters from sample data). Prerequisite: CP 932
Research Designs and Methodology III: Advanced Quantitative Analysis and Scale Development
CL 939......................2 Units
The goal of this class is to provide students with an overview of advanced quantitative methods including multivariate statistical analysis and scale development procedures. This course will help students become skilled in reading, understanding, and using these designs. It will 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 statistical methods employed in scale development. Topics include multivariate analysis of variance and covariance, factor analysis, binary logistic regression, multiple regression, discriminant analysis, power, and metanalysis. These methods will also be used to understand scale development along with knowledge and application of reliability, validity, types of scales, item analysis, multi-trait multi-method validation, and item response theory. Prerequisite: CP 932, CP 926
Depth Psychological Methods I
CL 928......................2 Units
The foundation for a complex psychological epistemology that honors the autonomous character of soul, and an approach to research that keeps soul in mind are developed. Students dialogue with traditions of empirical psychology, depth psychology with particular emphasis on Jung's psychology, and phenomenology. The course articulates an ethical and therapeutic approach to research which takes into account dynamic unconscious factors in research. In addition to this focus on approach, this course briefly introduces the processes of research that arise from it and discusses the role of method. A key aim of the course is the development of a critcal attitude toward the multiple levels of the psyche as it presents itself through personal history, diverse cultures, and the collective and ecological dimensions of experience.
Dissertation Development I
CP 961......................1 Unit
This course emphasizes the development of critical thinking skills, related to evaluating research studies and the writing of a doctoral dissertation in clinical psychology. Other basic skills covered include: APA format, library research skills, grant-writing, as well as ethics and professional issues regarding writing and publishing. In addition, the course focuses on the identification of appropriate topics for one's dissertation within the academic field of clinical psychology, and the beginnings of a literature review. Faculty members review students' potential topics and their initial literature review efforts.
Research Designs and Methodology IV: Advanced Qualitative Method
CL 940......................2 Units
The course focuses on one or two of the major human science traditions, such as: phenomenology, hermeneutics, heuristic approaches, ethnography, grounded theory, biography, and case study. This quarter the theory and praxis of hermeneutics, with an emphasis on social constructionism and metabletics (investigation of historical changes) are covered in depth, and students gain more extensive, hands-on experience with these particular qualitative approaches. Emphasis is given to ethics and diversity, as well as the parallels between research and clinical practice. Prerequisites: CP 932, CP 933
Dissertation Development II
CP 962......................2 Units
This course continues addressing the knowledge, skills, and personal process involved with the development of a dissertation. This second course focuses on refining one's dissertation topic into a specific research question. By reviewing the literature on prospective topics as well as deep introspection and self-exploration, a unique query and potential contribution to the field of clinical psychology is discerned. The student begins to construct the literature review relevant to the chosen research question and considers appropriate research methods. Students present research questions and literature reviews for faculty review. Advanced students may present Concept Papers for formal approval. Professional and diversity issues relevant to dissertation writing are discussed. Prerequisite: CP 961.
Depth Psychological Methods II
CL 929......................2 units
This course expands upon the research processes introduced in the first Depth Psychological Methods course. The vocational and transference dimensions of the research process are explored, and students practice psychological dialogues as a means to make more conscious their own unconscious transference to their material. In addition this course re-visons the role of method as a metaphoric perspective and looks at the ways in which various research methods, such as imaginal and archetypal methods, both reveal and conceal their topics. Prerequisite: CL 928
Dissertation Development III
CP 963......................2 Units
The last course in the dissertation sequence focuses on the completion of the Concept Paper, which contains a literature review of the seminal sources, a well-defined research question, a sketch of the method(s) to be used in addressing the question, and an explication of the relevance of the question for clinical psychological practice. Students present Concept Papers for formal approval. For advanced students with approved Concept Papers, work will be directed toward Proposal completion (i.e., expanding literature review, explicating method). Committee formation, professional, and diversity issues relevant to dissertation writing are discussed. Prerequisites: CP 961, CP 962.
CP 990......................15 Units
During this course, students assemble their dissertation committees, write their dissertation proposals, and complete the dissertation process. Students are required to complete all 15 units. This course may be taken concurrently with other courses. Additional fees are assessed for this course.
CP 989......................0 Units
Upon completion of ten quarters of Ph.D. coursework, a student in good academic standing is eligible to take the Comprehensive Examination. The Comprehensive Examination is designed to assess 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 in the Clinical Psychology Program to Dissertation Writing (CP 990) or Internship. 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. If a student does not pass any aspect of the Comprehensive Exam within two attempts he or she will be academically disqualified.