PSY 334 – Introduction to Clinical Psychology

Course Information

Professor: Department
Semester: Fall, Spring
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: PSY 254

Catalog Description: Emphasis on scope of the field, functions of the clinical psychologist, methods used, and problems encountered, both scientific and professional.

Course Goals & Outcomes

We will explore the traditional ‘scientist practitioner’ model, its meanings, advantages and realities.
By the end of the semester students will be able to:

  • Articulate the activities of the clinical psychologist.
  • Gain theoretical and practical knowledge of the major theories and methods used in clinical psychology practice and research.
  • Develop the basic listening and responding skills necessary for working with people of diverse backgrounds in a variety of settings.
  • Provide and receive feedback from the instructor and from peers to help in developing and assessing basic helping skills.
  • Engage in critical thinking through classroom discussions, presentations, and research and reflection papers.
  • Express their thoughts concisely in writing
  • Refine their study skills and their ability to follow directions
  • Engage in respectful and courteous classroom behavior
  • Use professional journals to access the most recent and relevant data on contemporary mental health issues
  • Prepare a cover letter and resume appropriate for applying to real life employment opportunities
  • Organize their thoughts for a personal statement for future use with a gradate school application
  • Critique the portrayal of psychological disorders in the popular media
  • Gain confidence in conducting a case history and producing a case history report
  • Increase comfort and confidence in understanding the importance of the scientific method and its impact of new research findings on contemporary diagnosis and treatment.
  • Gain information about the possible career path for themselves by interviewing a professional currently employed in the field.
  • Take part in campus research participation to gain first hand experience and appreciation for the importance of informed consent and an Institutional Review Board.
Course Syllabus

Class time will combine lecture/discussion and active learning, using small groups and dyadic discussion. Emphasis will be divided between theory and methods of clinical work and student skill development. All students are expected to participate in small group discussions, role-playing exercises, presentations and other experiential exercises designed to demonstrate practical implementation of clinical psychology theory. Changes/additions to the syllabus may be made at the instructor’s discretion.

Class Topics:

  • Asylum History in the U.S.
  • Clinical Interviewing
  • Attending/Listening Skills
  • Responding/Empathy Skills
  • Intellectual Assessment
  • Intellectual Presence
  • Personality Assessment
  • Neurological/Behavioral Assessment
  • Intro to Psychotherapy
  • Schools of Therapy
  • Individual, Couple, Group, and Family Therapy
  • Community Psychology and Public Policy
  • Health and Sports Psychology
  • Neurological and Forensic Assessment
  • Gerontology
  • Child/Adolescent Psychology
About The Professor

This course is taught by multiple instructors, please refer to the URI Course Schedule.

Reasons To Take This Course

PSY 334 meets the Psychology major requirement for an applied psychology course. This 3-credit course is designed for college undergraduates as an introduction to the field of professional clinical psychology. Students that may have an interest in advancing their degrees, would find this course useful.

Cool Links
  • A guide to Psychology and it’s practice.