Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology Course Descriptions

YEAR 1 COURSES

PSC 6010 Psychotherapy Theories
3 units
In this course, students learn the concepts and techniques used in traditional theories of psychotherapy and examine the social, cultural, and historical contexts that produced them. The emphasis is on a critical examination of the relevance of theory to practice with contemporary populations.

PSC 6020 Academic Writing
3 units
The purpose of this course is to develop skills in academic writing, critical analysis and professional literature review. Students learn how to search psychology literature, write using APA style, and acquire other skills needed to produce graduate level papers.

PSC 6030 Research Methods
3 units
This course examines different approaches to the generation and evaluation of psychological theory and data. The strengths and weaknesses and ethical practice of quantitative and qualitative methods are examined with attention to the descriptive and inferential statistical methods used in hypothesis testing and psychological assessment.

PSC 6060 Psychopathology
3 units
This course provides a survey of the major theories, categories and treatment of psychopathology including psychopharmacological approaches. Students develop their diagnostic skills and a mastery of the categories and concepts of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-V).

PSC 6071 Family Systems I
3 units
This course examines the major concepts of family systems theories and helps students conceptualize systemically. The history, premises, cultural influences and approaches of family therapy are explored. The application of systems theory with couples and families is also considered.

PSC 6081 Psychological Measurement
3 units
This course provides a broad and general examination of psychometric theory and its application to assessment instruments. Students will learn how tests are developed and how normative data is provided, including learning information about reliability and validity and the development of standard scores. In addition to understanding test construction, students will be introduced to the various test families and will learn how to select and critique assessment instruments.

PSC 6090 Lifespan Development I: Child & Adolescent
3 units
This course examines the process of human growth and development throughout the lifespan. Development is examined from the perspectives of psychodynamic, cognitive, and social psychological theories with an emphasis on applying developmental concepts to clinical cases.

PSC 6120 Social Justice & Cultural Competency I
3 units
This experiential course fosters multicultural awareness, teaches students about the impact of multiple cultural influences and identities on clinical issues, and introduces students to culturally responsive assessment practices and clinical skills. Cultural influences and identities include: age, disability, religion/spirituality, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, indigenous heritage, national identity and gender.

PSC 6130 Group Process & Therapy
3 units
Students are introduced to the concepts and theories of group process, group membership and behavior. All students participate in the classroom group process under the leadership of the instructor, where opportunity is provided for learning group facilitation skills.

PSC 6204 Professional Seminar IA: Psychotherapy Skills
3 units
This course provides an introduction to basic psychotherapeutic concepts and skills, with particular attention to the nature of the relationship between psychotherapist and client. Students practice fundamental psychotherapy skills in the roles of therapist, client and observer. Students also learn to attend to process variables in psychotherapy, to differentiate between content and process, and to work with client affect, resistance and defense, transference and counter transference. Basic ethical and legal standards are explored.

PSC 6205 Professional Seminar IB: Foundations of Clinical Practice
3 units
In this preparatory class for supervised experience, students view a psychotherapy session during the first hour of class. The remaining class time is devoted to a discussion of the case and the interventions implemented by the therapist. Through their participation, students demonstrate their readiness to engage with clients in agency settings. Ethical and legal issues are reviewed.

PSC 6221 Professional Seminar II: Case Conceptualization & Treatment Planning
3 units
In this class, students integrate the theoretical knowledge and clinical skills that they have been developing into case conceptualization and treatment planning skills. Learning objectives include formulating a theoretical conceptualization that also addresses developmental, multicultural and systemic factors. Students also learn to formulate short and long term therapy goals appropriate to the various phases of psychotherapy. Use of clinical supervision and the development of a professional identity are also addressed.

PSC 6520 Supervised Experience*
Field experience takes students out of the classroom and brings them into the community to work with clients, professional psychotherapists and peers from other schools and disciplines. The experience allows students to develop psychological knowledge and psychotherapeutic skills by providing services in a variety of settings.

*A total of 150 hours of supervised experience is acquired during the spring and summer quarters.

WRK 6010 Human Sexuality
0 units
In this workshop, students examine current topics including biological, psychological, psychosocial and cultural aspects of sexuality. Students explore their own sexual identities and their values regarding sexual behavior. In order to receive credit with the Board of Psychology or the Board of Behavioral Sciences for the Human Sexuality requirement for licensure, students must attend all ten hours of instruction.

WRK 6020 Child Abuse Reporting
0 units
In this workshop, students learn how to assess for and report incidents of child abuse (sexual, physical, emotional or child neglect). The course considers indicators of abuse, crisis counseling techniques, community resources, the rights and responsibilities of reporting, the consequences of failure to report, how to care for a child’s needs after a report is made, sensitivity to previously abused children and adults and the implications and methods of treatment for children and adults. In order to receive credit with the Board of Psychology or the Board of Behavioral Sciences for the Child Abuse Assessment Training requirement for licensure, students must attend all seven hours of instruction.

WRK 6030 Introduction to Legal & Ethical Issues
0 units
This course provides an organized introduction to ethical, legal, and professional issues that affect psychological practice, including issues such as confidentiality, privilege, standards of care, multiple relationships, duties imposed on therapists (such as the duty to protect and warn), and child, elder adult, and dependent adult abuse reporting mandates.

YEAR 2-5 COURSES

Foundational Courses in Psychology

PSC 7010 The Roots of Modern Psychology
3 units
This course examines the philosophical and historical origins of the discipline of psychology and of the perspectives which have shaped contemporary psychology. The course includes the various schools of thought associated with the field of psychology and the impact of these schools on contemporary practice in psychology. The emergence of family psychology as a synthesis of empiricism, systems thinking, and clinical psychotherapy is integrated.

PSC 7030 Social Systems
3 units
This course focuses on the interrelationships between individuals and the social environment. Traditional approaches to understanding social behavior are examined within a systemic paradigm. Topics include attitude and attitude change, socialization, attribution theory, social influence theory, interpersonal attraction, small group interaction, and prejudice and discrimination.

PSC 7050 Human Learning & Cognitive Processes
3 units
This course examines theories of learning, memory, thought processes, and decision-making. Historical and current approaches to understanding the individual, environmental, and social processes that determine knowledge and behavior change are reviewed.

PSC 7060 Psychobiology
3 units
This course provides a broad and general perspective of the biological and neurological bases of human behavior. Central nervous system and organically-based dysfunctions and the implications for psychopharmacology are examined. The effects of trauma, head injury, and the neuropsychological aspects of psychological disorders are discussed in a systemic context. The role of medication in the treatment of psychological disorders is considered.

PSC 7071 Research Methods in Clinical Psychology I
3 units                                                                                    
This course provides a rigorous examination of basic conceptual and methodological issues related to conducting research in clinical psychology. Quantitative approaches are emphasized. Introduction to SPSS is provided.

PSC 7072 Advanced Research Methods in Clinical Psychology II
3 units
This course continues the broad and general approach to the study of research with more advanced conceptual and methodological issues related to conducting research in clinical psychology. Qualitative approaches are emphasized. Qualitative analytic strategies as well as the use of computer software for qualitative analysis are also reviewed.

PSC 7080 Data Analysis Strategies in Clinical Psychology
3 units
This course focuses on data analysis strategies used in quantitative research. Traditional statistical approaches to research both univariate and multivariate are considered.

PSC 7090 Affective Bases of Behavior
3 units
This course explores the current knowledge in the area of affective aspects of behavior, including affect, mood, and emotion. The investigation into this content area incorporates the history of thought and development, its methods of inquiry and research, and the evolving nature of affect, mood, and emotion and their expression. Cognitive and affective neuroscience aspects will also be examined.

PSC 7160 Lifespan Development II: Adult
3 units
This course considers both individual theories of development throughout the lifespan and theories of the family life cycle and their interactions. Special attention is paid to issues of aging and long-term care.

Assessment Courses

PSC 7200 Cognitive Assessment
2 units
Taken in conjunction with PSC 7201, Cognitive Assessment Lab, this course covers the theory of test construction and psychometrics as the first course in a series on assessment. The use of cognitive tests such as the Wechsler Intelligence Scales with children and adults for purposes of assessing intelligence, development, learning and emotional disorders are studied. Cultural issues in testing are considered.

PSC 7201 Cognitive Assessment Lab
1 unit
This course is taken in conjunction with PSC 7200 Cognitive Assessment. Students practice the administration of cognitive tests in a laboratory setting and prepare test reports.

PSC 7210 Psychodiagnostic Assessment
2 units
Taken in conjunction with PSC 7211 Psychodiagnostic Assessment Lab, this course focuses on objective measures of personality and psychopathology, such as the Millon, the MMPI, and symptom inventories. Administration, scoring, interpretation, and report writing are emphasized.

PSC 7211 Psychodiagnostic Assessment Lab
1 unit
This course is taken in conjunction with PSC 7210 Psychodiagnostic Assessment. Students practice the administration of objective personality tests and symptoms inventories and the production of test reports in a laboratory setting.

PSC 7220 Projective Testing
2 units
Taken in conjunction with PSC 7221 Projective Testing Lab, this course focuses on projective tests such as the Rorschach and the TAT. Administration, scoring, and interpretation are emphasized.

PSC 7221 Projective Testing Lab
 1 unit
This course is taken in conjunction with PSC 7220 Projective Testing. Students practice the administration of projective personality tests and the production of test reports in a laboratory setting.

PSC 7230 Neuropsychological Assessment
2 units
Taken in conjunction with PSC 7231 Neuropsychological Assessment Lab, this course focuses on screening and assessing for neuropsychological impairment. Selection of appropriate neuropsychological tests is included. The use of tests covered in other assessment courses in the series is also considered for neuropsychological purposes.

PSC 7231 Neuropsychological Assessment Lab
1 unit
This course is taken in conjunction with PSC 7230 Neuropsychological Assessment. Students practice the administration of neuropsychological tests and the production of test reports in a laboratory setting.

Intervention and Professional Courses

PSC 7101 Family Systems II
3 units
This course provides an introduction to the discipline of Family Psychology and the theoretical orientation of the PsyD curriculum. It includes an overview of systems concepts and their application to psychotherapy. The functioning of the individual and the family within the larger context (ecosystemic) is inherent in the course approach. Examination is made of other psychological theories from a systemic perspective.

PSC 7111 Advanced Family Therapy
3 units
This course reviews current theories and methods of family intervention. The application of family systems models includes transgenerational approaches, systems structural models, experiential approaches, and family behavioral and cognitive-behavioral approaches, and brief and postmodern approaches. Students analyze case material and develop interventions based on these approaches.

PSC 7120 Couples Therapy
3 units
The literature on couples relationships and the application of couples interventions is reviewed. Students examine relationships of intimacy in order to understand the characteristics and processes in functional and dysfunctional relationships as well as the extra-relationship factors that influence them. Assessment, treatment planning and intervention skills from multiple theoretical perspectives will be covered through case studies, simulations, and demonstrations.

PSC 7130 Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy
3 units
This course covers the major intervention techniques for working with child and adolescent clients in the systemic context. Distinctions between normal and pathological behavior are drawn for the purposes of selecting appropriate treatment.

PSC 7140 Family Violence
3 units
Violence in the family is considered from a number of theoretical and psychotherapeutic perspectives. Assessment and treatment issues related to child physical and sexual abuse, intimate partner abuse, and elder abuse are the primary focus of the course with students learning through case material and simulations. Legal and ethical responsibilities are also reviewed.

PSC 7150 Addictive Behaviors
2 units
The etiology and progression of addictive behaviors provide the core of this course. Assessment of and treatment models for addictive behaviors, including substance abuse, eating disorders, sexual addictions and other high risk behaviors (e.g., gambling and spending addictions) are considered.

PSC 7400 Integrating Science & Practice
3 units
Today’s psychologist must be well versed in the science behind psychology as well as in practice-related issues. This course examines the interface between the scientific database of psychology and its application to clinical work. In particular, students will consider empirically supported treatments and the need to defend clinical interventions from a scientific perspective. Outcome research and its application to practice will also be reviewed. Students will apply multicultural and other forms of critique to these data.

PSC 7410 Clinical Issues in Multicultural Psychology
3 units
Continual demographic changes in client populations have made cultural competence an essential aspect of ethical psychotherapeutic practice. This course builds on students’ basic ability to work with multicultural clientele and focuses on the integration of culture into clinical assessment, intervention, treatment planning, and evaluation. Students learn to integrate culture into traditional approaches to treatment and are introduced to culturally-specific models and techniques.

PSC 7420 Legal & Ethical Issues
3 units
This course reviews ethical guidelines and legal issues in professional psychology. Topics include confidentiality and privilege, family laws regarding divorce and child custody, relevant court decisions, involuntary hospitalization, suicide assessment, the APA Ethics Code, and policies of the California Board of Psychology.

PSC 7430 Teaching Psychology
2 units
This course focuses on strategies for teaching psychology at the university level. Students will learn skills including preparing a course, delivering effective classroom presentation, designing student-centered learning activities, fostering academic integrity, teaching with technology, and evaluation and documentation of learning

PSC 7442 Professional Seminar IV: Advanced Clinical Skills
2 units
Electives are offered according to current student and faculty interest. Possible offerings include: focus on specific disorders (e.g., affective disorders, anxiety and stress disorders, eating disorders, personality disorders, etc.), on specific clinical problems (e.g., sexual dysfunction, impact of chronic illness on individual and family functioning, etc.), or on particular approaches to clinical intervention (e.g., consideration of certain theoretical orientations, such as postmodern approaches or techniques like psychodrama). Students enroll for a minimum of two of these electives.

PSC 7501 Professional Seminar III: Case Conference
3 units
The case conference is the first course in the clinical sequence. Students view a psychotherapy session during the first hour of class. The remaining class time is devoted to a discussion of the case and the interventions implemented by the therapist.

PSC 7510 Practicum I
3 units
Students practice basic skills in assessment, interviewing, conducting mental status exams, and crisis management with culturally diverse clients in a clinical agency and receive consultation from the practicum instructor and student peers in class. The role of the psychologist is distinguished from other mental health professionals.

PSC 7520 Practicum II
3 units
Students receive consultation from the practicum instructor and student peers while discussing legal, ethical and clinical issues which emerge in the course of their clinical field placement. Professional development is also addressed.

PSC 7530 Practicum III
3 units
Students receive consultation from the practicum instructor and student peers while discussing legal, ethical and clinical issues which emerge in the course of their field placement. Professional development is also addressed and issues of gender receive special consideration.

PSC 7540 Practicum IV: Supervision & Consultation
3 units
Students receive consultation from the practicum instructor and student peers while discussing clinical issues based on their clinical field placement and related legal, ethical and professional issues. Models of supervision will be considered and students will discuss opportunities for consultation in outside agencies.

PSC 7550 Practicum V: Integrating Family Forensics
3 units
Students receive consultation from the practicum instructor and student peers while discussing clinical issues based on their clinical field placement and related legal, ethical and professional issues. Issues of Family Forensics will be the primary focus of this practicum and students will be encouraged to obtain clinical training at sites that provide experience with family forensic clients. Special issues related to ethics, practice, consultation, and supervision in the family forensic field will be highlighted.

PSC 7300 Introduction to Family Forensic Psychology & Family Law
3 units
This course considers the role of the psychologist in applying a family systems perspective to assessment and intervention with individuals and families who interact with the legal system. Family forensics involves such areas as child custody, family violence, alternative families, elder law, and family businesses. The course provides an overview of the field of family forensics, introduces students to the legal system and to the relevant laws impacting the area.

PSC 7310 Assessing Families & Children in the Legal Context
3 units
This course considers the specific assessment issues encountered in family forensic settings and introduces students to the special assessment tools available for children and families. Students are taught to present psychological data in a format meaningful to the court.

PSC 7320 Expert Testimony
1 unit
This course provides skills for psychologists to feel comfortable participating in the legal system as an expert witness (in contrast to providing testimony as a treating psychologist). Awareness of the various legal documents encountered (e.g., subpoenas, depositions, pleadings, etc.) is also included.

PSC 7330 Child Custody Evaluation
2 units
Critical issues related to the well-being of children in the context of custody and visitation disputes are covered in this course. The course will consider how to do interviews of adults and children involved in such disputes (including collateral parties), the type of psychological testing necessary, and the need for home visits. Collaboration of the psychologist with other forensic team members is emphasized.

PSC 7340 Mediation & Conflict Resolution
3 units
This course considers ethical, professional and legal issues in conducting mediation and using conflict resolution strategies. The application of unique family law issues to this area is examined. Also, students develop effective mediation and conflict resolution skills. Different models used in approaching mediation and conflict resolution and the different stages in these processes are included.

Workshops

WRK 7010 Psychopharmacology for Psychologists
0 units
This supplementary course is a 6 hour workshop that will review principles of neurotransmission and investigate the role of pharmaceuticals in the treatment of mental disorders. Topics to be discussed include: depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, insomnia, bipolar disorder, attention-deficit disorder, and dementia. Current research and pharmacological treatment of these and other disorders will be discussed in lecture, case study and vignette format.

WRK 7020 Academic Writing in Psychology
0 units
The purpose of this workshop is to review and strengthen skills in critical analysis and academic writing in psychology. Principles of APA style, scholarly research and writing, and academic integrity are emphasized.

WRK 7040 Advances in the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual
0 units
This supplementary course is a 6 hour workshop describing recent advances in the development of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual and controversies surrounding its development and use.

Dissertations

PSC 7600 Clinical Dissertation Seminar I
3 units
Students enroll for dissertation credit while they work with their Advisor and committee on the Clinical Dissertation. Development of a research proposal and completion of a literature review constitute the specific tasks which must be accomplished in order to receive credit for this course.

PSC 7610 Clinical Dissertation II
3 units
Students enroll for dissertation credit while they work with their Advisor and committee on the Clinical Dissertation. Data collection constitutes one of the specific tasks which must be accomplished in order to receive credit for this course.

DC 7000 Dissertation Continuation
0 units
Only students who have not completed the Clinical Dissertation prior to the internship should enroll in this status. Students enroll for dissertation continuation each quarter until the dissertation is complete. Students who are continuing to complete their dissertation after they proceed to or complete internship are required to enroll in this status each quarter until the dissertation is completed. Students will continue to meet with the dissertation chair and committee to facilitate completion of the dissertation.

Internship

PSC 7901-7908 Internship 1 unit
A one-year full-time doctoral internship is required prior to graduation. Students must complete this internship at a site approved by the Director of Clinical Training. Internship training sites are usually accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), are members or meet membership criteria of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) or the California Psychology Internship Council (CAPIC). The internship is an integral part of doctoral degree requirements and must be completed regardless of whether the student intends to obtain a license as a psychologist and independent of any previous clinical licenses obtained (e.g., MFT, LSCW, etc.).

PrerequisitesCompletion of all Antioch University Santa Barbara PsyD courses, completion of a minimum of 1,000 hours of practicum at external sites, and successful completion of the Professional Competency Evaluation (PCE), the Comprehensive Examination (Comps) and dissertation proposal demonstrating students’ skill and knowledge in the field of psychology.

 

 

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