Core Courses

PsyD 8201 Psychological Assessment I
The lecture course includes two modules. Because all psychological assessment and testing have as their basis an encounter between a clinician and a client/patient, structured as an informal, semi-formal, or formal clinical interview, we will begin by learning how clinical interviews are conceptualized and understood, especially within the psychodynamic tradition.

The second and largest portion of the course will develop your clinical ability to administer and interpret cognitive tests. We will focus primarily on the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-IV (WAIS-IV), as a model of a cognitive test, spending the final few weeks of the semester thinking about the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-IV (WISC-IV) and the Bender Gestalt II. It is possible to learn about each (WAIS-IV and WISC-IV) somewhat simultaneously, as both employ many of the same concepts. Obviously, due time and diligence will be given to exploring the differences in the ways children and adults learn and how each test is conceptualized.   

PsyD 8202 Psychological Assessment II 
This course introduces students to the historical, empirical, theoretical, clinical, and professional aspects of various personality and emotional functioning assessment instruments, with particular focus upon the Rorschach Inkblot Method (RIM). The Thematic Apperception Test (TAT), and House-Tree-Person (HTP) projective drawings will also be discussed.    

PsyD 8270 Psychological Assessment III

PsyD 8204 Biological Bases of Clinical Psychology
The structure and function of the nervous system and its application to understanding psychopathology. Development of the nervous system in interaction with learning and experience as a central basis of human growth and disability.

Students will know the biological underpinnings of normal cognitive and affective functioning and their alteration in various forms of psychopathology. They will be able to summarize alternative methodological approaches to the study of the biological bases of behavior, and illustrate these approaches with examples from the recent empirical literature. They will be able to analyze in detail a specific form of psychopathology through review of contemporary scientific literature, noting areas of consensus and contention. Finally, students will learn to evaluate the relevant scientific literature to propose appropriate next steps to advance our understanding of the disorder of interest.

PsyD 8205 Psychodynamic Psychopathology
To learn the foundations of psychodynamic psychopathology, terminology and concepts of the clinical field of abnormal psychology, the behavior patterns and syndromes that define the various groups and subgroups of mental disorders, the distinctive features, behaviors, and symptoms that differentiate character styles and levels of functioning, the major issues and controversies that dominate research and practice in the field of abnormal psychology, and to develop a critical perspective, based on scientific principles, in regard to the developmental and neuropsychological factors that lead to psychopathology. Overall students will be able to understand the purpose behind psychiatric diagnosis, the innovations and limitations to the DSM-IV-TR, the advantages of integrating the recently published Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (PDM), and how to understand psychopathology from diverse psychodynamic theoretical positions. Students will be able to have a clearer understanding of psychopathology and be able to apply their knowledge to the clinical assessment of diverse patients.  

PsyD 8206 Cognitive Bases of Clinical Psychology
This course emphasizes both historical antecedents and recent developments in cognitive and affective bases of behavior. Areas of emphasis will include: seminal cognitive theorists, dialectic theory, perception, representation, memory, language development, self-knowledge and creativity. Of primary importance to us is the relevance of these topics to psychotherapy and change, as well as the possible impact of social issues on these topics.

PsyD 8207 Group and Organizational Dynamics 
This course explores the contributions of Social Psychology to the understanding of human behavior, and the implications of social psychological concepts for clinical practice Topics covered include social perception, social influence, stereotyping and prejudice, conformity, pro-social behavior, aggression, and attitude formation and change. Also included in this course will be an exploration of the psychodynamic principles that underlie group dynamics.  

PsyD 8210 Ethics & Professional Issues
This course will help students develop a grounded understanding of the origins, underpinnings, evolution, dynamics, principles, and standards of the American Psychological Association Code of Ethics. Students will compare and contrast psychology ethics with the ethics of a different discipline, as applied to issues faced in professional psychological practice. Students will demonstrate emerging competence in using the peer consultation model to evaluate and resolve problems in ethics in clinical psychology as well as integrate and understanding of psychology as an organized and legally regulated profession.   

PsyD 8209 Advanced Statistics
This course is a survey of statistical methods used in the behavioral and health sciences, with emphasis on clinical psychology. It includes consideration of related issues in research design, summarizing research, and epidemiology.

PsyD 8220 Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with Discussion Section (Lab)
Clinical theories, research, techniques, therapeutic action, and ethics. The aim for the two-course sequence is to develop a solid understanding of several major contemporary theoretical “schools” regarding psychodynamic mental functioning. This first course focuses on ego supportive psychotherapy; psychodynamic formulations; object relational and self-psychological perspectives.

PsyD 8221 Psychodynamic Psychotherapy II with Discussion Section (Lab)
Clinical theories, research, techniques, therapeutic action, and ethics. The aim for the two-course sequence is to develop a solid understanding of several major contemporary theoretical “schools” regarding psychodynamic mental functioning. This second course focuses on Object Relations and Relational theories.

PsyD 8222 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with Discussion Section (Lab)
The overarching goal of this course is to help students become good consumers of scientific literature on psychotherapy by providing them with an introduction to prominent behavioral and cognitive approaches to psychotherapy and behavior change. Other goals of this course are to enable students to conceptualize clinical problems and treatments from multiple perspectives, to help students become scientifically accountable in their own clinical practice, and to communicate effectively when collaborating with behaviorally or cognitively oriented colleagues.    

PsyD 8225 Theories of the Mind I
Our goal in the two theories courses is to develop a solid understanding of several major contemporary theoretical "schools" regarding the psychodynamic mental functioning. In Theories I, we cover Freud's theories, Ego Psychology, and Self Psychology. We hope to explore central areas of debate and to read some primary sources as well as more recent authors, contrast the strengths and weaknesses of the theoretical perspectives, and apply theory to published cases and to your own cases, in order to understand patients and the clinical process in a subtler manner. You will learn to convey this understanding both orally and in writing as well as build formulation skills through the two semesters. We will cover the components of psychodynamic formulation and how to convey an integrated understanding of the dynamics of the patient and of the therapeutic dyad. These skills will enable you to use theory to inform your therapeutic interventions, and to manage relevant sections of the Comprehensive Exam and internship interviews.

PsyD 8226 Theories of the Mind II
Our goal in the two theories courses is to develop a solid understanding of several major contemporary theoretical "schools" regarding the psychodynamic mental functioning. In Theories II, we cover Kleinian and Object Relations Theories, and the Intersubjective perspective. We hope to explore central areas of debate and to read some primary sources as well as more recent authors, contrast the strengths and weaknesses of the theoretical perspectives, and apply theory to published cases and to your own cases, in order to understand patients and the clinical process in a subtler manner. You will learn to convey this understanding both orally and in writing as well as build formulation skills through the two semesters. We will cover the components of psychodynamic formulation and how to convey an integrated understanding of the dynamics of the patient and of the therapeutic dyad. These skills will enable you to use theory to inform your therapeutic interventions, and to manage relevant sections of the Comprehensive Exam and internship interviews.

PsyD 8227 History and Systems of Clinical Psychology
Study of the history of psychology and the diverse, sometimes divergent systems of thought that undergird our field is important for all psychologists. Without critically examining the historical, intellectual, and philosophical contexts out of which we have developed, we cannot be informed citizens of our profession or equipped to help determine its future. This is why history and systems knowledge is prominently included on the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology, which all must pass to become recognized as licensed psychological professionals. Our domain of study includes interweaving streams: the pre-history, in ancient and modern philosophy, out of which psychology as a science and a profession has arisen; prominent individuals and schools of thought that have shaped, and continue to shape, the larger field of which clinical psychology is a part; the basic ways of thinking, sometimes explicit but often powerfully implicit, that contextualize all psychological thought.

PsyD 8260 Life Span Human Development
This course explores physical, psychological, cognitive, social, and moral development from birth to death. Theoretical, empirical, and clinical aspects are considered and integrated to provide a detailed understanding of human development across the life span.

PsyD 8270 Supervision
This course is aimed at learning about theories of contemporary supervision and developing basic skills of clinical supervision. The readings address issues of transference, supervisory alliance, parallel process, methods of supervision; etc. Special attention is given to factors impacting clinical supervision, such as ethical dilemmas, culture and gender. In addition to class discussions students are expected to participate in a variety of supervisory tasks and exercises, such as peer supervision, Balint groups, supervisor’s support discussion groups, and etc. 

PsyD 8270 Empirical Research
Students will be able to describe the empirical bases of the practice of clinical psychology, understand reliability and validity and their application to research and treatment.  They will learn the threats to reliability and validity as well as know the fundamentals of research design and how to conduct clinical studies.  Using primary clinical research literature, student will learn how to enhance their clinical skills with an empirical base.

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 8246 Community Intervention
(consultation)

PsyD 8270 Prevention 
(consultation)