Clinical Psychology (PSYD)

Clinical Psychology (PSYD)

PSYD 700  Research Design I  3 Credit Hour(s)  

A rigorous examination of the spectrum of methods available for research in the clinical domain, ranging from basic to applied, and including descriptive, traditional experimental research, sampling techniques, and strategies used in evaluating the effectiveness of intervention programs in a variety of mental health settings. An emphasis is given to developing an advance understanding, identifying, and controlling for threats to internal and external validity.

Offered: Resident

PSYD 701  Adult Psychopathology  3 Credit Hour(s)  

This course provides an overall introduction to psychopathology and diagnostic clinical work with children and adolescents. It includes an overview of classification, the context of normal development, diagnostic procedures and techniques, issues of culture and diversity in regard to assessment and diagnosis, as well as some of the biological underpinnings of psychological development (genetics, temperament, etc.).

Note: Course goes toward MA in Clinical Psychology

Offered: Resident

PSYD 702  Biological Bases of Behavior  3 Credit Hour(s)  

An introduction to the biological mechanisms underlying behavior. A review of basic neuroanatomy, neuron function, neurotransmitters, emotion process, language, learning and memory function. Topics will illustrate both the breadth and depth of influence that physiological processes have on normal as well as pathological behavior.

Offered: Resident

PSYD 703  Statistics I  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Concepts and techniques involved in the analysis and interpretation of clinical and research data pertaining to the field of psychology. Review of key concepts and strategies involved in using SPSS as well as analyzing and interpreting descriptive and inferential statistics. Major topics include correlation, multiple regression, tests of significance in both analysis of variance and covariance. Special emphasis is placed on interpreting research outcome data using concepts of statistical significance versus clinical significance, interpretation of effect sizes, remission rates, response rates, dropout rates, relapse rates, and number needed to treat (NNT) to remission indices.

Note: Course goes toward MA in Clinical Psychology

Offered: Resident

PSYD 704  Statistics II  3 Credit Hour(s)  

More advanced statistical concepts are covered with an emphasis on properly analyzing and interpreting scientific studies involving hierarchical linear modeling (HLM), more advanced multiple regression techniques (stepwise, simultaneous, hierarchical), mediation, moderation and conditional process analysis as well as structural equation modeling.

Note: Course goes toward MA in Clinical Psychology

Offered: Resident

PSYD 705  Research Design II  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Covers additional threats to validity involving construct and statistical outcome validity. Also covers additional research designs tailored for clinical practice‐based research involving single case series designs, evidence‐based single case designs, program evaluation, and qualitative research designs. An emphasis is on how to use scientific data to inform clinical practice as well as applying research from clinical practice to inform science.

Offered: Resident

PSYD 706  Diversity and Cross Cultural Psychology  3 Credit Hour(s)  

The Multicultural Psychology course has been designed to engage students in learning about the psychological foundations of the influences and effects of culture and society on individuals and groups, and their interactions. Students will learn about culture and society’s potential impacts on the experience and management of similarity and difference in the therapeutic relationship, in clinical assessment, in research practices, in everyday life, and on the interpretation of empirical data. The course consists of an academic and an experiential component in order to provide exposure to the knowledge and self‐ and other‐ awareness that facilitates multicultural competence. Students will learn to place in psychological context American and cross‐cultural experience, multiculturalism and diversity, and individual differences within and amongst people.

Note: Course goes toward MA in Clinical Psychology

Offered: Resident

PSYD 707  Social Bases of Behavior  3 Credit Hour(s)  

An overview of some of the major theories, concepts, and research topics in social psychology. The social aspects of the individual's behavior are studied along with the application of social psychology to professional practice and organizational consultation and development.

Note: Course goes toward MA in Clinical Psychology

Offered: Resident

PSYD 708  Ethics and Professional Issues in Clinical Psychology  3 Credit Hour(s)  

The application of current ethical and professional standards to professional practice. Focus includes integration of working ethically within a biblical worldview.

Note: Course goes toward MA in Clinical Psychology

Offered: Resident

PSYD 709  Advanced Family Systems and Development  3 Credit Hour(s)  

A review of family therapy models, with special emphasis placed upon family change issues over the life span. Specifically, research is reviewed on family assessment, the family life cycle, and family pathology in the developmental context.

Offered: Resident

PSYD 710  Advanced Theories of Psychotherapy  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Covers major theories of psychotherapy including psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral, and experiential approaches. Emphasis is given to understanding the nature of empirically supported treatments and how classical theories are currently manifested and adapted to empirically based treatment protocols.

Offered: Resident

PSYD 715  Psychometrics  3 Credit Hour(s)  

This course examines the theories, techniques, and statistics of psychological measurement. Topics covered include classical test theory, methods of reliability and validity, assessment, and item analysis, scaling procedures, test construction, item response theory, and generalizability theory. Both conceptual understanding and practical application are covered.

Offered: Resident

PSYD 735  Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior  3 Credit Hour(s)  

This course will review core theories of Cognition and Affect by examining how humans process information and organize their knowledge and emotional experiences. Core theories of cognition and affect will be evaluated based on research relevant to various aspects of thinking and feeling and they influence behavior.

Offered: Resident

PSYD 740  Evidence-Based Psychotherapy for Adults  3 Credit Hour(s)  

This course covers the conceptual foundation and scientific basis for evidence‐based treatments for adults. Major emphasis is on covering evidence‐based treatments for common psychological disorders in adults, including but not limited to anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, bipolar disorders, trauma, addictions, and personality disorders. Attention is also given to identifying, experiential practicing and integrating common core elements manifested across most evidenced based approaches.

Offered: Resident

PSYD 745  Evidence Based Psychotherapy for Children  3 Credit Hour(s)  

This course covers the conceptual foundation and scientific basis for evidence‐based treatments for children and adolescents. Major emphasis is on covering evidence‐based treatments for common psychological disorders in children and adolescents, including but not limited to anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, bipolar disorders, trauma, addictions, ADHD, autism, and disruptive behaviors. Attention is also given to identifying, experiential practicing and integrating common core elements manifested across most evidenced based approaches.

Offered: Resident

PSYD 750  Advanced Group Psychotherapy  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Students learn counseling leadership styles in task-oriented and personal growth groups. Emphasis is placed upon leadership behaviors, verbal and non-verbal behaviors that are most facilitative to the group process. Students will learn and demonstrate these skills to facilitate various groups.

Offered: Resident

PSYD 755  Applied Theology for Clinical Psychologists  3 Credit Hour(s)  

This course covers core elements of Christian theology and emphasizes methods and strategies for applying them to the practice of clinical psychology. Particular attention is given to understanding the implications of redemption and a life in Christ regarding guilt, shame, legalism, and loneliness. Attention is also given to the developmental stages of spiritual growth, the role of the Spirit in transforming the heart in light of the dynamics of original sin, early relationship development and the process of sanctification, and reversing the habits of sin developed over time. An emphasis is also given to understanding the practices of spiritual disciplines and their application to the psychologist’s own self‐care as well as integrating them into Christian community settings.

Offered: Resident

PSYD 770  Clinical Competency Exam I  0 Credit Hour(s)  

This course will consistent of taking the competency exam at the end of year 2.

Offered: Resident

PSYD 780  Clinical Neuropsychology  3 Credit Hour(s)  

The study of the relationship between brain function and behavior. Major topics include anatomy and physiology of the human brain, behavioral functions associated with the cerebral hemispheres and lobes, neurobehavioral presentations of common neurologic and psychiatric conditions, administration and interpretation of major neuropsychological test batteries, and diagnostic examination for brain dysfunction.

Offered: Resident

PSYD 785  Clinical Health Psychology  3 Credit Hour(s)  

This course defines the field of health psychology, providing a conceptual overview of current assessment and treatment models. Emphasis is placed on the interrelationships among affective responses, recurrent behavior patterns, and organ system performance. Intervention strategies include behavior medicine-oriented intervention designed to manage stress and improve health through regulated patterns of lifestyle choices, as well as specific behavior changes strategies.

Offered: Resident

PSYD 796  Clinical Seminar I  1 Credit Hour(s)  

Year‐long seminar teaching the clinical, professional, and ethical competencies needed as students undertake professional training in applied settings. Students are provided with a forum to explore issues related to the initial clinical session, professional role definition, boundary management, multi‐disciplinary collaboration, management of collateral relationships, ethical and legal obligations, and treatment failures.

Note: Course goes toward MA in Clinical Psychology

Offered: Resident

PSYD 797  Clinical Seminar II  1 Credit Hour(s)  

Intermediate level practicum seminar of supervision, development, and evaluation of Psy.D. students in all aspects of their work. The purpose of this year long seminar is to teach the clinical, professional, and ethical competencies needed as students undertake professional training in applied settings. Students are provided with a forum to explore issues related to the initial clinical session, professional role definition, boundary management, multi‐disciplinary collaboration, management of collateral relationships, ethical and legal obligations, and treatment failures. This course must be taken twice, fall and spring semesters of the third year.

Offered: Resident

PSYD 798  Clinical Practicum I and II  2 Credit Hour(s)  

This is a sequence of at least two semesters that builds on PSYD 600, 700, and 702 and emphasizes practical training in assessment, diagnosis, psychotherapy, and case management through supervised practice in a variety of clinical settings. Students also participate in team meetings, didactics, and oversight training groups. This course must be taken twice in the fall and spring semester of the second year.

Offered: Resident

PSYD 805  Psychological Assessment I: Cognitive and Intellectual Assessment  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Introduction to assessment principles and approaches. Administration, scoring, and interpretation of intellectual, cognitive, and neuropsychological measures. Introduction to integrated report writing.

Offered: Resident

PSYD 810  Psychological Assessment II: Personality Assessment: Objective and Projective Methods  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Continued study of assessment. Introduction to objective and projective personality measures and disorder‐based assessments and integration of the tests with various cognitive, intellectual, or neuropsychological measures.

Offered: Resident

PSYD 815  Psychological Assessment III: Integrative Assessment  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Advanced study of integrated assessment, reviewing major instruments already learned in Personality, Projectives, Cognitive, and Achievement assessment. Discusses further instrument selection as well as interpretation and synthesis of test findings in writing psychological reports. Specific applications of comprehensive psychological assessments in settings such as schools and forensics are also discussed.

Offered: Resident

PSYD 820  Psychopharmacology in Clinical Psychology  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Introduction to pharmacology with emphasis on drugs that act on the nervous system. Absorption distribution and biotransformation of drugs. Drug receptors, site and mechanism of action.

Offered: Resident

PSYD 825  Consultation  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Reviews a range of consultation methods in professional psychology, from expert‐prescriptive models to collaborative models. Principles of education and program evaluation are also explored. Specific skills such as articulating effective consultation questions, developing questionnaires, conducting qualitative data analyses in professional psychology are considered.

Offered: Resident

PSYD 830  Supervision  3 Credit Hour(s)  

This course provides an introduction to the theory, research and practice of clinical supervision and to the management of clinical service provision. The student will become acquainted with theory and research on management and supervision and engage in experiential learning of supervision and management skills.

Offered: Resident

PSYD 831  Clinical Interventions for Depressive Disorders  3 Credit Hour(s)  

This course will cover the assessment, diagnosis, and treatments of depressive disorders, ranging from Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder to Persistent Depressive Disorder. Available literature on treatment outcome studies will be reviewed. The course will focus on actual treatment applications of depressed patients. Treatment modalities will include cognitive/behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral analysis of system of psychotherapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and group approaches. Students must be in practicum and should expect to demonstrate some direct patient experience with the interventions studied.

Offered: Resident

PSYD 840  Advanced Learning Theories  3 Credit Hour(s)  

An advanced treatment of the study of human learning. Topics to include contemporary perspectives on memory, language, problem solving, intelligence, and thinking involved in learning processes.

Offered: Resident

PSYD 845  Developmental Psychopathology  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Explores the ways in which relationships and the brain interact to shape psychological and emotional functioning across the life span. Draws heavily from general systems theory and developmental psychopathology, examining the dynamic interactions between various lines of development (social, emotional, neurocognitive, moral, gender, identity), individual differences (sensory processing and modulation, motor planning and sequencing), and relational systems (family, social, cultural) and how these interactions result in a various outcomes, from normal to abnormal. Registration

Note: Required Elective

Offered: Resident

PSYD 850  Neuropsychology  3 Credit Hour(s)  

An introduction to the anatomical, empirical and clinical aspects of neuropsychology, with an emphasis upon assessment administration and scoring competencies.

Offered: Resident

PSYD 855  Clinical Health Psychology  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Foundations of clinical health psychology, applications of behavioral medicine, and the promotion and maintenance of health.

Offered: Resident

PSYD 860  Advanced Cognitive-Behavior Therapy  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Current research and theory on cognitive behavioral approaches to clinical problems. This course emphasizes the development of core competencies needed to effectively use cognitive behavioral therapies for a broad range of clinical syndromes and personality disorders.

Offered: Resident

PSYD 861  Advanced Psychodynamic Therapy  3 Credit Hour(s)  

This class explores the theory and practice of psychodynamic psychotherapy, including analytic, object relations, and self-psychologies. Major theorists, interventions, techniques, and assessment strategies are critically appraised; and process and outcome research related to these approaches is critically examined.

Offered: Resident

PSYD 889  Dissertation  2 Credit Hour(s)  

The dissertation is a research project reflecting the student’s individual interests, providing an opportunity for the consolidation of the student’s knowledge and understanding of current research and thought in a specific area. Students will review the dissertation process and complete the proposal and defend proposal.

Offered: Resident

PSYD 890  Dissertation Defense  0 Credit Hour(s)  

The dissertation is a research project reflecting the student’s individual interests, providing an opportunity for the consolidation of the student’s knowledge and understanding of current research and thought in a specific area. The student will work with their chair to prepare for defense.

Offered: Resident

PSYD 897  Advanced Seminar in Psychotherapy I  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Advanced study of current research, theory and practice in evidence‐based psychotherapy, interventions, and treatment planning. Introduction to third wave cognitive‐behavioral psychotherapies including dialectical behavior therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, motivational interviewing, mindfulness‐based, and positive psychological interventions.

Offered: Resident

PSYD 898  Clinical Practicum III and IV  2 Credit Hour(s)  

This is an advanced practicum sequence that builds on Practicum I. Students are placed in various community settings to perform psychological assessments and interventions under the supervision of licensed psychologists. Students also receive weekly clinical oversight on campus by faculty members. Thus course must be taken twice in the fall and spring of the third year.

Offered: Resident

PSYD 970  Clinical Competency Exam II  0 Credit Hour(s)  

This course will consistent of taking the competency exam at the end of year 4.

Offered: Resident

PSYD 997  Clinical Seminar III  1 Credit Hour(s)  

Intermediate level practicum seminar of supervision, development, and evaluation of Psy.D. students in all aspects of their work. The purpose of this year long seminar is to teach the clinical, professional, and ethical competencies needed as students undertake professional training in applied settings. Students are provided with a forum to explore issues related to the initial clinical session, professional role definition, boundary management, multi‐disciplinary collaboration, management of collateral relationships, ethical and legal obligations, and treatment failures. This course must be taken twice, fall and spring semesters of the third year.

Offered: Resident

PSYD 998  Clinical Practicum V and VI  2 Credit Hour(s)  

This is an advanced practicum sequence that builds on Practicum I. Students are placed in various community settings to perform psychological assessments and interventions under the supervision of licensed psychologists. Students also receive weekly clinical oversight on campus by faculty members.

Offered: Resident

PSYD 999  Clinical Leadership  3 Credit Hour(s)  

A full‐time internship comprising 50 weeks and 2,000 hours is required. The internship may be scheduled as a half‐time placement for two calendar years or a full‐time placement for a single year. Students are strongly encouraged to obtain an APA‐accredited or APPIC‐recognized internship site. It is likely that students will have to move out of state to complete the approved internship.

Offered: Resident

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