Psychology | Honors Seminar
P402 | 3653 | 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 process 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: Nietzel, Bernstein, and Milich (1994; 4thEdition or
5th Edition, if available)
Introduction to Clinical Psychology. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.
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 choosing (with the
approval of the professor) in clinical psychology. The paper constitutes
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.