Years 2-5 Curriculum
WRK-701 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, bi-polar 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-704 Advances in the Diagnostic and 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.
PSC-701 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-702 Individual and Family Development through the Lifespan (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.
PSC-703 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-705 Human Learning and 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-706 Psychobiology (3 units)
This course provides a broad and general perspective of the biological and neuropsychological 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-707A Research Methods in Clinical Psychology I (3 units)
The 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-707B Advanced Research Methods in Clinical Psychology II (3 units)
The 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 reviewed.
PSC-708 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-709 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-710A Family Systems II (3 units)
This course provides an introduction to the discipline of Family Psychology and the theoretical orientation of the Psy.D. 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 (eco-systemic) is inherent in the course approach. Examination is made of other psychological theories from a systemic perspective.
PSC-711A Advanced Family Therapy (3 units)
The course reviews current theories and methods of family intervention. The application of family systems models includes transgenerational approaches, systems structural models, experiential approaches, family behavioral and cognitive-behavioral approaches, brief and postmodern approaches. Students analyze case material and develop interventions based on these approaches.
PSC-712 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 extrarelationship factors that influence them. Assessment, treatment planning and intervention skills from multiple theoretical perspectives will be covered through case studies, simulations and demonstrations.
PSC-713 Child and 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-714 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-715 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-720 Cognitive Assessment (2 units)
Taken in conjunction with PSC 720L, 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. Cultural issues in testing are considered.
PSC-720L Cognitive Assessment Lab (1 unit)
Taken in conjunction with PSC 720, Cognitive Assessment: Students practice the administration of cognitive tests in a laboratory setting and prepare test reports.
PSC-721 Psychodiagnostic Assessment (2 units)
Taken in conjunction with PSC 721L, Psychodiagnostic Assessment Lab: This course focuses on objectives measures of personality and psychopathology, such as the Millon, the MMPI and symptom inventories. Administration, scoring, interpretation and report writing are emphasized.
PSC-721L Psychodiagnostic Assessment Lab (1 unit)
Taken in conjunction with PSY 721 Psychodiagnostic Assessment: Students practice the administration of objective personality tests and symptoms inventories and the production of test reports in a laboratory setting.
PSC-722 Projective Testing (2 units)
Taken in conjunction with PSC 722L, Projective Testing Lab: This course focuses on projective tests such as the Rorschach and the TAT. Administration, scoring and interpretation are emphasized.
PSC-722L Projective Testing Lab (1 unit)
Taken in conjunction with PSC 722, Projective Testing: Students practice the administration of projective personality tests and the production of test reports in a laboratory setting.
PSC-723 Neuropsychological Assessment (2 units)
Taken in conjunction with PSC 723L, 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-723L Neuropsychological Assessment Lab (1 unit)
Taken in conjunction with PSC 723, Neuropsychological Assessment: Students practice the administration of neuropsychological tests and the production of test reports in a laboratory setting.
PSC-730 Introduction to Family Forensic Psychology and Family Law (3 units)
The 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-731 Assessing Families and 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-732 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-733 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-734 Mediation and 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.
PSC-740 Integrating Science and 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 data base of psychology and its application to clinical work. In particular, we 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-741 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-742 Legal and 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-743 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-744A 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 such as psychodrama). Students enroll for a minimum of two of these electives.
PSC-750A 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/instructor.
PSC-751 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-752 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-753 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-754 Practicum IV Supervision and 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-755 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 and supervision in the family forensic field will be highlighted.
PSC-760 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 must be accomplished in order to receive credit for this course.
PSC-761 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.
PSC-763 Dissertation Continuation (0 units – flat fee)
Only students who have not completed the Clinical Dissertation prior to the internship should enroll in this course. 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 course each quarter until the dissertation is completed. Students will continue to meet with the dissertation chair and committee to facilitate completion of the dissertation.
PSC-790 Internship (1 unit):
A one year full time predoctoral 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 and Postdoctoral 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.). Prerequisites-Completion of all AUSB Psy.D. courses, completion of a minimum of 1000 hours of practicum at external sites and successful completion of a Professional Competence Evaluation, demonstrating students’ skill and knowledge in the field of psychology. Students must also be advanced to candidacy after successfully completing a Comprehensive Examination at the end of Year 3 of the program.