Adult Track Courses

The Adult Track offers students the opportunity to study the theory and technique of individual adult psychotherapy in depth.

PsyD 8231 Short Term Psychotherapy
This course is designed as an advanced level seminar aimed at teaching the participants to conduct short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy. Through the readings and discussion of cases the participants will be introduced to different ideas on how to select appropriate patients and formulate the focus of planned short-term therapy. Based on their experience of psychodynamic conceptualization the participants will be able to practice in class their intervention and formulation skills though presenting their own clinical cases. The students will, also, be introduced to some non-dynamic short-term therapies. They also will be expected to write a short paper aimed at their ability to understand the key principals that can determine the length and depth of different approaches of individual psychotherapy.

PsyD 8240 Group Psychotherapy
The objectives are to learn the theories and basic concepts of group psychotherapy. Students will specifically, learn the basic concepts of group dynamics and the process related to group treatments, understand the diverse theoretical approaches to group treatment, understand the impact of the group leader and how different techniques foster group cohesiveness, and learn the ethical issues that are paramount to group therapists.

PsyD 8265 Family Therapy
This course serves as an introduction to the field of Family Psychotherapy. Students will learn about the history, general concepts and basic clinical techniques of Family therapy. Special attention will be devoted to studying System theory and its applications to family and group dynamics. Students will also learn about other approaches to family psychotherapy, such as object relations, intergenerational approach, behavioral approach, etc. Special assignments, such as creating a genogram of the family of origin, cultural analysis of the family, role-plays, etc., will help the students learn how to apply the concepts of Family Psychotherapy to clinical work with their patients. A special section of the course will be devoted to working with couples. Educational videos and role-play will be widely used throughout the class to help the participants develop practical clinical skills.

PsyD 8270 Attachment
Students will gain an understanding of attachment theory and current empirical research, be able to apply attachment theory to psychotherapy process and outcome, gain knowledge of how attachment theory applies to diverse patients (including patients with different sexual orientations and cultural backgrounds), and be able to begin to integrate psychotherapy techniques into clinical work (individual, family, couples and group) based on attachment theory.

PsyD 8270 Trauma
Recognize symptoms of trauma even when they are not part of the presenting complaints. Evaluate the nature and severity of symptoms in order to formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Identify defenses that contribute to functional disorganization following a traumatic experience and help the patient work through these maladaptive defenses. Understand the utility and application of various psychodynamic theories to treat trauma. Demonstrate knowledge of simple and complex PTSD. Apply knowledge of transference and countertransference dynamics with trauma survivors in clinical situations. Develop an understanding of vicarious trauma and countertransference enactments. Demonstrate an ability to work with traumatized individuals across cultures.

PsyD 8270 Severe Psychopathology
Schizophrenia and Bipolar disorder as diagnostic entities are over 100 years old, yet controversy remains regarding their definition, course, and treatment. This seminar will explore the history of the diagnosis and subsequently focus on advances in the characterization of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder as valid and specific forms of psychopathology and on the boundaries of the syndromes. As with any scholarly seminar, each student’s active and engaged participation is expected.

PsyD 8270 Advanced Adolescent/Adult Psychotherapy

PsyD 8270 Cross Cultural Psychology
The intent of this course is to build upon the foundation of basic concepts and competencies developed throughout our integrated curriculum, in which culturally related and diversity topics are widely addressed, and develop advanced-level skills. Thus, this course will be of particular relevance to students with focal interests in work in minority communities and in cross-cultural clinical work, and with aspirations to participate in leading this edge in the development of our profession. This course, in seminar format, will cover three domains: Foundational topics in the scientific base of cross-cultural psychology relevant to the conceptualization and practice of cross-cultural clinical psychology, issues in cross-cultural psychological assessment, and how psychological science, psychoanalytic theory, and clinical discoveries bear upon the practice of cross-cultural psychotherapy and other forms of psychological intervention, especially, but not only, in the psychodynamic and psychoanalytic traditions and frameworks.