Year One Curriculum
The Year One curriculum (post bachelor’s entry) consists of 3 quarters of coursework (and a total of 150 hours of supervised experience to be acquired during the spring and summer quarters) as follows:
WRK-601 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-602 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-603 Introduction to Legal and 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.
PSC-601 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-602 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-603 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-604 Human Development (3 units)
This course examines the process of human growth and development throughout the life span. Development is examined from the perspectives of psychodynamic, cognitive, and social psychological theories with an emphasis on applying developmental concepts to clinical cases.
PSC-605 Multicultural Competence (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-606 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 IV-TR).
PSC-607A Family Systems (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-608A 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-620D 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-620E Professional Seminar IB: Foundations of Clinical Practice (3 units)
In this preparatory class for supervised experience, students view a live psychotherapy session conducted by the instructor 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/instructor. Through their participation, students demonstrate their readiness to engage with clients in agency settings. Ethical and legal issues are reviewed.
PSC-621 Group Psychotherapy (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-622A Professional Seminar II: Case Conceptualization and Treatment Planning (3 units)
In the 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 the clinical supervision and the development of a professional identity are also addressed.
PSC-652 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.
*Consisting of a total of 150 hours of supervised experience to be acquired during the spring and summer quarters