Course Descriptions: Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with Emphasis in Depth Psychology
Clinical Psychology Ph.D. courses draw from three areas of study:
The 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 their academic coursework.
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 as psychologists. Professional values, attitudes and behaviors are emphasized. 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. Ethical, legal, and professional behavior and attitudes are emphasized. Pass/No Pass
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 multicultural competencies. A practicum application workshop will also be included in this seminar. Professional values, attitudes and behaviors are emphasized. Pass/No Pass
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. The seminar will include topics of the public mental health care system, levels of care, ethical and legal issues, career planning, and self-care. Professional values, attitudes and behaviors are emphasized. Pass/No Pass
1st Year Annual Assessment for Program Advancement
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 as well as professional values, attitudes and behaviors in order to advance to the second year of the clinical program and to a Supervision Practicum. Pass/No Pass
Supervision Practicum Seminar I
CL 759, 1 unit
This seminar is designed to assist students in the integration of clinical training and issues at their practicum sites with the academic coursework at Pacifica. Professional values, attitudes and behaviors continue to be highlighted. The students discuss issues of case formulation, assessment, and treatment planning. Ethical and cultural aspects of clinical practice and supervision are emphasized. Prerequisite: CL 758. Pass/No Pass
Supervision Practicum Seminar II
CL 760, 1 unit
This seminar continues assisting students in the ongoing integration of clinical training and issues at their practicum sites with coursework at Pacifica. The students discuss issues related to affective regulation, therapeutic communication, symptomology, and function of defenses. Communication and interpersonal skills are specifically highlighted and examined. Ethical and cultural aspects of clinical practice and supervision are emphasized. Prerequisite: CL 758. Pass/No Pass
Supervision 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 clinical training and issues at their practicum site with academic coursework at Pacifica. Issues of transference and countertransference, boundaries, and projective functions are discussed. Communication and interpersonal skills are specifically highlighted and examined. Ethical and cultural aspects of clinical practice and supervision are emphasized. Prerequisite: CL 758. Pass/No Pass
2nd Year Annual Assessment for Program Advancement
CL 762, 0 units
In this assessment, each student will be evaluated with focus on case formulation, conceptualization, academic and interpersonal functioning to assure readiness to perform in the advanced practicum. Professional values, attitudes and behaviors as well as communication and interpersonal skills are reviewed. Pass/No Pass Prerequisite: CL 758
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, relational function, managing boundaries in psychotherapy, and evidence-based practices. Professional values, attitudes and behaviors as well as relational skills continue to be highlighted. Prerequisite: CL 762. Pass/No Pass
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. Professional values, attitudes and behaviors as well as relational skills continue to be highlighted. Prerequisite: CL 762. Pass/No Pass
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 interpretations, additional consideration of boundaries in psychotherapy, and issues related to the development of a private practice. Professional values, attitudes and behaviors as well as relational skills continue to be highlighted. Prerequisite: CL 762. Pass/No Pass
3rd Year Annual Assessment for Program Advancement
CL 766, 0 units
In this module, each student will have a written 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. Pass/No Pass
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. The Clinical Practice courses provide a broad foundation for the development of a generalist practitioner, with diverse training in multiple psychotherapeutic orientations, assessment, supervision, consultation, and evidence-based approaches.
Introduction to Depth Psychology and the Human Science Traditions
CL 819, 2 units
This course is a scholarly introduction to the theories and traditions of depth psychology with an emphasis on the role that depth psychology 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 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.
Psychoanalytic-Based Psychotherapy I
CP 711, 2 units
This course focuses on the fundamental assumptions underlying psychoanalytic treatment beginning with the seminal contribution 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-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 Winnicott, Klein, Lacan, Bion, and Green who helped delineate the dynamics and treatment of borderline, narcissistic, and psychotic conditions. Prerequisite: CP 711
Archetypal Psychology: Theory and Practice
CP 840, 2 units
This course formulates a differentiated understanding of archetypal psychology as exemplified in the works of James Hillman. "Archetypal psychology," according to Hillman, "can be seen as a cultural movement part of whose task is the re-visioning of psychology, psychopathology, and psychotherapy in terms of the Western cultural imagination." The theory and practice of archetypal psychology will be critically engaged by way of an in depth examination of seminal texts and key themes including soul, imagination, psychologizing, the anima mundi, polytheism, pathologizing, and character.
Jungian-Based Psychotherapy II
CP 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
This course examines the works of post-Jungian theorists and psychotherapists such as Edinger, von Franz, Hannah, Woodman, Perera, Whitmont, Cambray, Kalsched, and other current scholars doing innovative work in Jungian/Post-Jungian psychotherapy. The course discusses recent developments in the evolution of Jungian thought and practice which includes cultural, alchemical, somatic, and ecological considerations. The importance of creation myths, fairytales, the mystery traditions and various cultural mythologies (Greek, Egyptian, Native American, et al.) is explored (selectively) 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.
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.
Phenomenological Psychology: Theory and Practice
CL 917, 2 units
This course provides a detailed theoretical and historical introduction to the clinical practice and research orientation of phenomenological psychology. Topics to be investigated include: the nature of psychological life; the structure of thought, emotion, and embodiment; the character of psychopathology; and the dynamics of psychotherapy. Phenomenological understandings of freedom, engagement, and meaning will be explored in light of their relationship to existential philosophy, and in critical dialogue with both natural science psychology and depth psychology.
Special Topics in Clinical Psychology
CP 799, 2 units
This course utilizes a rotating schedule to introduce students to a wide range of topics relevant for psychological theory, practice and research. An interdisciplinary approach is applied to transformative practices, and community, diversity, and cultural issues. The goal of each course is to engage the students in a dialogue between their current clinical and research practices and depth psychological traditions that address vital global, community, and individual questions.
Affective Foundations of Human Behavior
CL 838, 2 units
This course aims to provide an overview and clinical implications of understanding the development of affective regulation related to psychological functioning. In addition to discussing theories of emotions and emotional regulation, the course focuses on how capacity for affective self-regulation and communication is influential in intrapersonal and relational functioning of individuals and communities. Discussion of emotion involves the biological and social bases of emotion, its cognitive correlates, and the impact on emotional states. Specifically, the course emphasizes classic and contemporary psychoanalytic and Jungian literature on affect.
Cognitive Foundations of Human Behavior
CL 837, 2 units
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, learning, 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. Neuropsychoanalytic and complexity theories of cognitive experience are emphasized.
Indigenous Approaches to Psychology
CP 803, 1 unit
The course will introduce students to indigenous approaches to psychology, which emphasize integration of folk healing, traditions in addressing the psychological, physical and spiritual challenges faced by individuals, families, and communities. Integrative views on mind-body-spirit will be discussed. The course will review this history and current practices employed by indigenous healers both outside and inside the U.S. The efficacy of alternative healing traditions will be explored in the context of cultural diversity as well as current psychological practices.
History and Systems of Psychology
CP 700, 2 units
This course focuses on examination of the evolution of consciousness and mind-body approaches to understanding human experience as foundational to development of Western psychology. Critical and constructivist viewpoints on the development of Western psychotherapeutic modalities will be presented. Non-Western approaches to psychological phenomena will be emphasized. Specific attention will be given to historical and contemporary foundations of depth psychologies, including psychoanalysis, Jungian/analytic psychology, post-colonial and liberation approaches, phenomenology, and existentialism. Primary source reading is emphasized.
Psychological Assessment I
CP 930, 2 units
The course focuses on the foundations of assessment practices in clinical practice, including integrative and multiculturally focused assessment strategies. Specifically, the course emphasizes cognitive and intellectual administration, scoring, and interpretation of the Wechsler intelligence scales including a depth psychology analysis of linguistic and imaginal activity, Wechsler Memory Scales-IV with analysis of working memory as a brain metaphor for Practical Hermeneutics, and the Bender Visual Motor Gestalt Test for it neuropsychological value as well as the opportunity to examine the lived imagination through an analysis of Merleau-Ponty's Reflective, and Tacit, Cogito. Special emphasis will be placed on integrating the results with clinical judgment, report writing, evidence-based and imagination informed treatment planning, depth psychological perspectives, and communication of assessment results.
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. A focus is given to integrating results into case-focused and problem oriented reports for clinical, vocational, medical, and forensic settings. In addition, theories and applications of projective personality assessments will be evaluated by including Jung's theory of personality as the realization of the innate idiosyncrasies of a living being and Hillman's The Soul's Code as the comprehensive container for understanding personality, character, necessity, and freedom.
Projective Personality Assessment
CL 938, 1 unit
This course will focus on psychometric theory, controversies, and practical applications of Projective instruments with an emphasis on the Rorschach but will include the Thematic Appreciation Test, Sentence Completion Test, and projective drawings. Information derived from performance-based personality assessment will be used to develop case-focused reports that focus on clinically relevant personal, contextual, and emerging phenomena. There will also be an emphasis on using assessment results to enhance the therapeutic process utilizing evidence-based and imagination informed best practices. Prerequisite: CP 930, CP 931
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 as well as contemporary feminist and social justice critiques of Western ethics. Ethical Theory will be examined with emphasis on Ethical Subjectivity, The Ethics of Desire, and Ethical Foundations of Imaginal Psychology. 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, ethics as first philosophy, ethics and desire, and postmodern ethical practice. 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 while Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual is also introduced. 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
This course covers the theory and treatment of addictive behaviors. Areas covered in this course include current theories of etiology, physiological and medical aspects of substance abuse and dependence, psychopharmacological and interaction of varied classes of drugs, dual-diagnosis, cultural and ethnic considerations, iatrogenic dependency, treatment approaches, differences in populations related to substance abuse, prenatal effects of abuse, implications for elderly clients, referral process, 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
Advanced Psychopathology II
CP 731, 2 units
This course will focus on the diagnosis, psychodynamics, and treatment of disintegrated and disordered personality organizations. Borderline, narcissistic, hysterical, obsessive, and paranoid organizations of self and consciousness will be focused. Issues of negation, destructiveness, masochism, and narcissism will be studied in depth. Envy, rage, shame, humiliation, and their relationship to early traumas and primitive mental states will be explored. Impairment in symbol formation, blank depression and difficulties in mourning will be studied. 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. Specific depth psychological evidence approaches (e.g., brief dynamic psychotherapy) are emphasized.
Violence and Trauma
CP 834, 1 unit
The course will review the occurrence of violence in intimate relationships and families with special focus on partner abuse, detection, intervention and prevention. The intrapersonal and interpersonal dynamics related to trauma and recovery will be discussed. The coursework also provides coverage of child abuse assessment and reporting. The impact of early trauma, including splitting, dissociation, and interjection as well as depth psychological treatment approaches will be emphasized. The course meets the criteria set forth by the California Board of Psychology for training in Child Abuse and Spousal/Partner Abuse required for licensure.
Gender and Human Sexuality
CP 901, 1 unit
This course will focus on cultural, historical, theoretical and clinical constructions of gender and sexuality. Biological and psychological as well as socio-cultural variables associated with gender, sexual identity, sexual desire, sexual behavior and disorders are discussed. Feminist, critical, cross-cultural and depth psychological lens will be applied within the material. The course meets the criteria set forth by the California Board of Psychology for training in Human Sexuality required for licensure.
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 units
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. Special focus is given to aging and long term care as part of developmental human trajectory. Specifically, the course provides a review of biological, social, and psychological aspects of aging.
Social Foundations of Human Behavior
CL 800, 2 units
This course explores human science approaches in social psychology - hermeneutic, existential-phenomenological, depth psychological, social-constructionist, deconstructionist as alternatives to the conventional natural scientific orientation in the field. Social psychology is first situated in relation to a critical appraisal of the underlying philosophical assumptions, models of science, and disciplinary goals of both human science and natural science approaches. Additionally, psychological understandings of social influence are utilized in the analysis of contemporary relationship between self, others, and the world. Current research findings in human science social psychology are emphasized.
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, 0 units (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.
The program of study in research provides 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 III: Test and Measurement
CP 934, 2 units
The course covers classical and current psychometric theory and procedures involved in constructing and evaluating measurement instruments 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. Prerequisites: CP 932.
Research Designs and Methodology I: Overview
CP 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 positionality, reflexivity, 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, 3 units
This course provides an overview of univariate and multivariate 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: Descriptive statistics, measures of linear relations; inferential statistics, multivariate analysis of variance and covariance, factor analysis, binary logistic regression, multiple regression, discriminant analysis, power, and meta-analysis. Prerequisite: CP 932
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 critical 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.
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 revisions 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
Research Designs and Methodology IV: Advanced Qualitative Methods
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, CP 934
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. Pass/No Pass
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. Pass/No Pass
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, ethics, professional, and diversity issues relevant to dissertation writing are discussed. Prerequisites: CP 961, CP 962. Pass/No Pass
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. Pass/No Pass
Comprehensive Exam Portfolio
CP 989, 0 units
Upon completion of nine quarters of Ph.D. coursework, a student in good academic standing is eligible to take the Comprehensive Exam Portfolio. The Comprehensive Exam Portfolio is designed to assess student competencies in the area of each of the Program Domains with emphasis on depth psychological scholarship and clinical applications: Clinical Practice and Research and Scholarly Inquiry. Students must pass all components of the Comprehensive Exam Portfolio in order to advance in the Clinical Psychology Program to Dissertation Writing (CP 990) or Internship. Students must retake any failed portion of the Portfolio 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 Portfolio within two attempts he or she will be academically disqualified. Pass/No Pass