Clinical Psychology (MA)

The Clinical Psychology Program is a full-time, two-year research-oriented course of study which provides theoretical and applied training to students who wish to pursue doctoral study. Graduates typically pursue the doctorate in professional psychology.

Program Requirements

Common Core

An overview of the diagnostic criteria and procedures of adult mental disorders using the DSM classification system. Controversies and ethics relating to the utilization of the DSM are emphasized.

Prerequisites: none

This course will provide an in-depth view to the philosophy of behavioral science, which will include the understanding and history of the core concepts in radical behaviorism and its relation to other fields in psychology. This course will also provide further analysis in the basic principles identified in the experimental analysis of behavior, B.F. Skinner¿s view on verbal behavior, derived relational responding, and provide an introduction into contextual behavioral science. The application of these behavioral concepts and principles have on society will be also discussed.

Prerequisites: none

This course is designed to be an overview of empirically-supported interventions for common behavioral problems of childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. The course will focus on behaviorally and cognitive-behaviorally oriented intervention techniques.

Prerequisites: none

This course trains students in the diagnosis of child psychological disorders using DSM classification procedures. Case conceptualization from a developmental psychopathology perspective is emphasized.

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The primary purpose of this graduate course is to introduce the principles and techniques of assessment and case formulation utilized by behaviorally oriented clinical psychologists. The course focuses on behavioral assessment and case formulation as a process of identifying specific behaviors of concern, developing a treatment plan, and evaluating treatment outcomes.

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Details the principles and standards put forth by the APA to guide the profession of psychology. The course is oriented towards those going into either a career in therapy (i.e., clinical, counseling, or school psychology), research or teaching.

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Students are placed in clinical settings under the supervision of a licensed psychologist. Placements vary among hospitals, private clinics, and county mental health agencies. Clinical Practicum I covers the first 150 clock hours of the 300 hours needed to fulfill the practicum requirement.

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Extension of Practicum I. Students complete the second 150 hours of the 300 hours of supervised practice.

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Continuation of Research in Clinical Psychology II. Emphasis is placed on further developing research and scholarly skills by engaging in additional research activities and assuming a more active and independent roll in developing and conducting research under the supervision of a faculty advisor.

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Students participate on laboratory teams with clinical faculty. Emphasis is placed on developing a variety of research and scholarly skills related to clinical psychology. Students are expected to begin assisting faculty with ongoing research and develop a greater understanding of applied research methods and skills.

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Continuation of Research in Clinical Psychology I. Emphasis is placed on continuing to develop advanced research and scholarly skills by engaging in a wider variety of research activities and by beginning to develop independent research projects.

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Research/Methods Course(s)

Research methodology and statistical procedures involving descriptive and inferential techniques for simple and multivariate situations involving parametric and non parametric variables using manual and computer methods.

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Covers methods for analyzing treatments and experimental (as well as quasi-experimental) manipulations that focus on the behavior of the individual subject, multiple N=1, and small group designs.

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Overview of multivariate statistical analyses including: multiple regression, ANCOVA, MANOVA, discriminate function analysis, and factor analysis.

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Unrestricted Electives

Choose 5 Credit(s). Courses may not double-count in degree.

Prerequisites: none

Capstone Course

Individualized student research paper which involves a literature review and original research.

Prerequisites: none