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The Graduate School Madonna University
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Livonia, Michigan 48150-1176
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MSCP Clinical Psychology
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MSCP Clinical Psychology    
   Required Courses    
      Knowledge Base            (15 cr. to be chosen)    
         PSY 5100   Introduction to Clinical Theory I: Psychoanalytic Approaches 3 cr.  An introduction to contemporary psychoanalytic theory: an historical review of the development of the theory, grounding in its philosophical underpinnings, and an appreciation for areas of current debate. Overview of the main schools of psychoanalytic thought with a focus on psychoanalytic concepts of special relevance to clinicians conducting assessments and treatment with child and adult patients. Current empirical research concerning psychoanalytic treatment and concepts is considered. Prerequisite: admission to MSCP program. 
         PSY 5110   Introduction to Clinical Theory II: Non-Psychoanalytic Approaches 3 cr.  An introduction to the major non-psychoanalytic theoretical approaches in clinical psychology, including cognitive-behavioral, person-centered, and family systems. Focus is on each approach’s philosophical assumptions about the individual, historical background, and key theoretical constructs. Discussion of research and clinical approaches (both child and adult) consistent with each approach, with efforts to focus on areas of overlap and difference among various approaches. Prerequisite: PSY 5100. 
         PSY 5500   Psychopathology in Adults 3 cr.  An introduction to the nature of psychopathology in adults and an in-depth study of the major diagnostic categories: issues in the definition of psychopathology in adults; approaches to clinical diagnosis of psychopathological syndromes; clinical syndromes: their major symptoms, courses, prognoses, with current understandings of each disorder’s etiology and phenomenology. The impact of multicultural factors upon diagnosis and the clinical presentation of the various syndromes is considered. Prerequisite: admission to MSCP program. 
         PSY 5550   Child Psychopatholgy 3 cr.  A rigorous introduction to both the theoretical content used to comprehend early pathology and the clinical processes employed in diagnosis and formulation: biological, cognitive, affective, and relational contributions to childhood psychopathology. The impact of multicultural factors upon diagnosis and the clinical presentation of the various syndromes is considered. Prerequisite: PSY 5500. 
         PSY 6100   Biological Bases of Behavior: Neuropsychology &Psychopharmacology 3 cr.  Two areas within the broad field of neuroscience (the biological bases of behavior): neuropsychology, the study of brain-behavior relationships, and psychopharmacology, the study of the behavioral effects of interaction between exogenous chemicals (drugs) and the brain’s own neurotransmitters. Approaches to and methods of neuropsychological testing and pharmacological treatment with both child and adult patients. Prerequisite: admission to MSCP program, PSY 5700, or permission of instructor. 
      Research Foundations      (4 cr. to be chosen)    
         PSY 6300   Statistics & Research Design 4 cr.  Advanced knowledge and skills related to quantitative research in clinical psychology: basic research designs, univariate and bivariate statistics, and data analysis. Introduction to multivariate research design, statistical analysis, and clinical research design and measurement. Application and synthesis of these concepts through review, summary and critical analysis of clinical psychology research articles, and through analysis and interpretation of existing databases. Prerequisite: admission to MSCP program or permission of instructor. 
      Clinical Skills           (22 cr. to be chosen)    
         PSY 5300   Psychological Assessment I 4 cr.  The fundamental issues and concepts within assessment, including test validity and reliability, with a focus on the adult patient. Students learn the administration, scoring. and interpretation of those instruments used to assess cognitive and intellectual functioning. Emphasis on the development of sophisticated, multi-level interpretations of assessment data, awareness of professional and ethical issues inherent in assessment, and the need for special considerations in assessing diverse groups. Prerequisite: admission to MSCP program. 
         PSY 5310   Psychological Assessment II 4 cr.  The second semester of the three-semester assessment sequence. The rationale and development of projective tests, their reliability and validity, and considerations in their use, including their applicability to diverse groups; training in administering and interpreting projectives with adults. Questionnaire methods of assessment, with training in administration and interpretation of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI-2). Emphasis is on teaching an approach to testing that prepares psychologists to evaluate and select tests they need in their practice. Prerequisite: PSY 5300 and PSY 5010 or completion of an equivalent statistics course with a minimum final grade of a B (3.0) or a passing score on the department's statistics placement exam. 
         PSY 5320   Psychological Assessment III 4 cr.  Using background gained through participation in Assessment I and II, Assessment III is a comprehensive survey of the issues and skills involved in the assessment of children, emphasizing the development of a sophisticated portrait of the child’s functioning in all clinically-relevant domains. Tests covered include the WISC, WIAT, Rorshach, CAT, etc. Students complete a comprehensive assessment with a child patient. Prerequisite: PSY 5310. 
         PSY 5700   Introduction to Psychotherapeutic Intervention 2 cr.  The basic skills required for effective interventions, with an emphasis on pragmatic elements: attending to clinical material on several different levels simultaneously, listening for derivatives and other evidence of conflict; consideration of the current material in the larger context of the overall case formulation and treatment objectives and the individual’s cultural, economic, and racial background; basic clinical technique. Prerequisite: PSY 5100. 
         PSY 5750   Psychotherapuetic Interventions with Children & Families 2 cr.  Conceptual and technical frameworks for psychotherapeutic intervention with children and families, which requires a nuanced understanding of child development and psychopathology, as well as of the dynamics of the individual child, the parent-child dyad, the larger family unit, and the family’s diverse background. Prerequisite: PSY 5700. 
         PSY 5800   Ethics & Professional Practice 3 cr.  A thorough examination and analysis of the ethical dimensions of professional practice, with a focus on sound decision making processes across varied work settings. Topics covered include confidentiality, informed consent, and privileged communication. Additionally, the various entities that govern practice (licensing boards, etc.) are discussed, so that the student may understand their role and function. Prerequisite: admission to MSCP program. 
         PSY 6450   Advanced Clinical Methods 3 cr.  Advanced interpretation of projective tests; the theory and process of clinical inference and reasoning; advanced psychotherapy skills and concepts, such as counter-transference, enactments, and resistance analysis; techniques for working with more challenging patients; psychological approaches to substance abuse; advanced discussion of work with diverse populations; and advanced topics in risk management. Prerequisite: PSY 6930. 
      Field Experience          (9 cr. to be chosen)    
         PSY 5930   Clincal Psychology Practicum I 3 cr.  The first semester of a three-semester sequence. Students attend a weekly two-hour seminar while completing a 15-hour per week practicum experience in an agency where they provide clinical services. Hands-on learning of case formulation through presentation of their cases, clinical interaction, and clinical technique. Selected consultants may attend seminars to respond to case presentations. Topics to be covered this term include: methods to begin treatment or evaluation; assessing suitability for various interventions; making recommendations; developing helpful relationships with supervisors and staff; and elements of clinical listening and ongoing case formulation. Prerequisites: PSY 5110, PSY 5300, PSY 5310, PSY 5500, PSY 5700, and permission of program codirector. 
         PSY 6930   Clinical Psychology Practicum II 3 cr.  The second semester of the three-semester practicum sequence, with 15-hour per week clinical experiences. The seminar focuses on issues related to conducting treatment in established cases, with special attention towards clinical listening, identification of transference themes, and making appropriate interventions. Additional focus on appropriate documentation, ethical concerns raised in treatment, and liability issues, as well as students developing the ability to reflect upon themselves and their reactions to clinical interactions. Prerequisite: PSY 5930. 
         PSY 6940   Clinical Psychology Practicum III 3 cr.  The third semester of the practicum sequence, with 15-hour per week clinical experiences. The seminar focuses on more advanced clinical listening, intervention, and self-reflection skills, with a special focus upon issues related to termination and transfer as students complete their practicum: ways to evaluate treatment progress and the use of termination and transfer as an opportunity to advance and solidify treatment gains. Prerequisite: PSY 6930. 
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