Psychology | Honors Seminar
P402 | 3791 | R. McFall
Introduction to Clinical Psychology
This course provides a critical overview of the field of clinical
psychology, with particular attention to questions of interest to
individuals contemplating careers in the field. There is discussion,
for example, of the processes of applying to graduate schools. The
course is divided into four main areas related to these four
questions: How do we define clinical problems? How do we decide what
the objectives of change should be? How do we select and implement
the methods of change? And how do we evaluate the effects of our
interventions? Within each area, the traditional perspective of
clinical psychology is examined critically, and a clinical science
perspective is developed.
Format: Lectures combined with class discussion.
Text: Required text: (Currently being selected. Trull & Phares text
6th Edition, when available, most likely choice.)
Required papers, tests, and grades: A 10-20 page term paper is
required, to be completed by the last day of class. It is to review
critically the empirical research on a topic of each student's chosing
(with the approval of the professor) in clinical psychology. The
paper constitutes one half of the final grade in the course. In
addition, there are two objective exams (midterm and final); these are
weighted equally, and in combination account for the other half of the
final grade. Class participation is expected. Students also give an
oral presentation of the basic findings from their research papers.
Availability of Instructor: By appointment; also before and after
class; and by email.