Doctor of Psychology Degree (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology

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Curriculum

Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) Degree in Clinical Psychology

Year 1 - Fall

PSY 601 - Foundations of Behavior: Biological

This course focuses on the biological underpinnings of behavior including neural, physiological, anatomical, and genetic influences.

Credits: 3

PSY 603 - Psychopathology: Adult

This series goes through the DSM-5 reviewing mental conditions found in adult patients.  Attention will also be given to the construction of the DSM and a comparison to the ICD 10.

Credits: 3

PSY 605 - History and Systems of Psychology

This course includes the origins and development of major areas in the discipline of psychology.  The class will move through historical changes in the profession while examining the social and cultural factors that contributed to the advent of particular theories.  The course will also examine the changes that have occurred in the discipline, its expanding role in healthcare, and its current state as a profession

Credits: 3

PSY 613 - Research Methods and Statistics 1

These classes prepare students to critically read research, understand the mathematical underpinnings of assessment measures, and to begin work on their own research and dissertation.  They will learn the strengths and limitations, means of interpretation, and the technical aspects of rigorous case study.  They will learn the difference between correlational, descriptive, and experimental research designs while studying measurement techniques such as sampling, replication, and theory testing.  Along with quantitative measures, students will be introduced to qualitative methods including meta-analysis and quasi-experimentation.  Using statistics, they will learn to engage in mathematical modeling, analysis of psychological data, description, inference, univariate and multivariate analysis, null-hypothesis testing, power, and estimation.

Credits: 3

PSY 650 - Practicum Preparation 1

These two courses are designed to prepare students for starting work in the community as new practitioners.  Students work toward understanding theoretical orientations, their role as a student volunteer, what their rights and responsibilities will entail as a practicum student, procedural elements such as charting and organizing their appointments, and how they can best use practicums as a means of applying the knowledge they have learned in class.  These courses are also an open forum where students can express concerns, support, and questions regarding their first year in graduate school.  As part of this course, students will engage in interaction with standardized patients (actors) under the guidance and observation of faculty.

Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15

Year 1 - Spring

PSY 602 - Foundations of Behavior: Cognitive and Affective

This course examines the ways in which humans learn, elements that affect memory, how thought processes are categorized, and a general overview of decision making.  It will also cover response, mood, feeling states, and the interplay between behavior and emotion.  Topics will include arousal, intensity, and interaction.

Credits: 3

PSY 604 - Psychopathology: Child and Adolescent

This course will review DSM-5 diagnoses that are most commonly found among children or adolescents.  Special attention will be given to the autistic spectrum and learning disabilities.

Credits: 3

PSY 608 - Standards and Ethics

This course reviews the current American Psychological Association’s Ethics and Professional Code through the lens of real-world cases.  Students will be challenged in their thinking as they move from recipients of healthcare to practitioners. 

Credits: 3

PSY 614 - Research Methods and Statistics 2

These classes prepare students to critically read research, understand the mathematical underpinnings of assessment measures, and to begin work on their own research and dissertation.  They will learn the strengths and limitations, means of interpretation, and the technical aspects of rigorous case study.  They will learn the difference between correlational, descriptive, and experimental research designs while studying measurement techniques such as sampling, replication, and theory testing.  Along with quantitative measures, students will be introduced to qualitative methods including meta-analysis and quasi-experimentation.  Using statistics, they will learn to engage in mathematical modeling, analysis of psychological data, description, inference, univariate and multivariate analysis, null-hypothesis testing, power, and estimation.

Credits: 3

PSY 651 - Practicum Preparation 2

These two courses are designed to prepare students for starting work in the community as new practitioners.  Students work toward understanding theoretical orientations, their role as a student volunteer, what their rights and responsibilities will entail as a practicum student, procedural elements such as charting and organizing their appointments, and how they can best use practicums as a means of applying the knowledge they have learned in class.  These courses are also an open forum where students can express concerns, support, and questions regarding their first year in graduate school.  As part of this course, students will engage in interaction with standardized patients (actors) under the guidance and observation of faculty.

Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15

Year 2 - Fall

PSY 606 - Foundations of Behavior: Developmental

This class focuses on the human lifespan, transitions through various stages of growth, and the intellectual and behavioral changes that occur across an individual’s lifespan.

Credits: 3

PSY 703 - Psychometrics

This course builds on the basics learned in Research Methods and Statistics, preparing students for a deeper understanding of topics that will be necessary as they move through the assessment series and start work on their dissertation.  This course reviews theory and techniques of psychological measurement, scale and inventory construction, reliability, validity, evaluation of measurement quality, classical and contemporary measurement theory, and standardization.  This is also the first class that introduces students to the formal requirements of the dissertation process.

Credits: 3

PSY 711 - Interventions Series: Adults

This course will examine common psychological conditions and treatments for adult patients in a variety of settings.

Credits: 3

PSY 720 - Assessment Series: Intellectual

This class focuses on the intellectual assessment of both children and adults.  It also introduces students to assessment report writing, the various components necessary in patient interviews, and how to review supplementary information.

Credits: 3

PSY 713 - Practicum Case Conference

This seminar series takes place while the student is in practicum and provides a space where participants can share their clinical experiences and receive feedback from their peers and the professor.  These sessions occur once per week and are kept at a maximum enrollment of 8 students per session.

Credits: 1

PRC 750 - Practicum 1

In years 2, 3, and 4 of our doctoral program, students are placed in practicum sites offering a diverse experience with regard to site, clientele, and clinical presentation. Practicums promote the integration of academic knowledge with practical experience in a real-world setting, preparing students for future training in professional psychology. Yearly practicum commitments vary by site and training year. Some practicum contracts require students to be on-site during summer months.

Credits: 2

Total Credits: 15

Year 2 - Spring

PSY 607 - Foundations of Behavior: Social and Cultural

The study of social and cultural behavior includes group process, attributions, discrimination, societal attitudes, and the interface between the subjects of sociology and psychology.

Credits: 3

PSY 710 - Interventions Series: Child and Family

This course will examine common psychological conditions and treatments for children and their families in a variety of settings.

Credits: 3

PSY 712 - Interventions Series: Groups and Organizations

This course focuses on interventions for groups, with special attention given to substance disorders and the ethical and professional issues that differentiate work with groups and individuals.  The course will also examine the structure, process, and culture of organizations by examining the relationship between employees and the companies they serve.  Motivation, change management, and the process of business consultation will be major topics of the course.

Credits: 3

PSY 721 - Assessment Series: Personality and Emotion

This portion of the Assessment Series focuses on tests that gauge a patient’s personality and emotional state.  Measurements will include those that detect personality disorders and mood disturbances.

Credits: 3

PSY 714 - Practicum Case Conference

This seminar series takes place while the student is in practicum and provides a space where participants can share their clinical experiences and receive feedback from their peers and the professor.  These sessions occur once per week and are kept at a maximum enrollment of 8 students per session.

Credits: 1

PRC 751 - Practicum 1 

In years 2, 3, and 4 of our doctoral program, students are placed in practicum sites offering a diverse experience with regard to site, clientele, and clinical presentation. Practicums promote the integration of academic knowledge with practical experience in a real-world setting, preparing students for future training in professional psychology. Yearly practicum commitments vary by site and training year. Some practicum contracts require students to be on-site during summer months.

Credits: 2

Total Credits: 15

Year 2 - Summer

PRC 752 - Practicum 1 

Summer hours vary by practicum. Not all placements require a summer commitment.

Credits: 0-2

Total Credits: 0-2

Year 3 - Fall

PSY 801 - Human Diversity and Cultural Awareness

This course will review the social and cultural context of both patient care groups and the clinicians themselves.  Students are expected to promote a healthy and safe environment in the class while challenging their own preconceptions and attitudes.  They will also be taught the latest research regarding cultural attitudes and norms and the way human diversity effects psychological treatment.

Credits: 3

Elective

See Elective Course Descriptions Here

Credits: 3 

PSY 811 - Leadership in Health Professions 1

This yearlong course is attended by students from all three colleges at California Northstate University.  It uses experiential learning, real world cases, class discussion, and the latest research to help students develop their own voices as future leaders in the healthcare industry.  Students will also gain a deeper appreciation of the talents, skills, and abilities each profession brings to case formulation and the treatment of patients. 

Credits: 3

PSY 722 - Assessment Series: Neuropsychology

This course is the culmination of the assessment series, using knowledge students have gained about both brain function and the capabilities of psychological assessment.  Students will complete full neuro-psychological batteries and review cases of severe impairment, injury, stroke, and dementia.

Credits: 3

813 - Practicum Case Conference

This seminar series takes place while the student is in practicum and provides a space where participants can share their clinical experiences and receive feedback from their peers and the professor.  These sessions occur once per week and are kept at a maximum enrollment of 8 students per session.

Credits: 1

PRC 850 - Practicum 2 

In years 2, 3, and 4 of our doctoral program, students are placed in practicum sites offering a diverse experience with regard to site, clientele, and clinical presentation. Practicums promote the integration of academic knowledge with practical experience in a real-world setting, preparing students for future training in professional psychology. Yearly practicum commitments vary by site and training year. Some practicum contracts require students to be on-site during summer months.

Credits: 3

Total Credits: 16

Year 3 - Spring

PSY 804 - Consultation and Supervision

All psychologists will be consulting throughout their career, whether it is with other psychologists and healthcare providers or with members of the public and professional organizations.  This course addresses effective means of supervision and spotlights ethical issues that present themselves in the supervisor/supervisee relationship.

Credits: 3

Elective

See Elective Course Descriptions Here

Credits: 3

PSY 808 - Psychopharmacology

Patients are often prescribed medication in conjunction with behavioral interventions.  This course reviews medications that can be used to treat disorders, the resultant physiology, and their overall effectiveness.

Credits: 3

PSY 812 - Leadership in Health Professions 2

This yearlong course is attended by students from all three colleges at California Northstate University.  It uses experiential learning, real-world cases, class discussion, and the latest research to help students develop their own voices as future leaders in the healthcare industry.  Students will also gain a deeper appreciation of the talents, skills, and abilities each profession brings to case formulation and the treatment of patients.

Credits: 3

PSY814 - Practicum Case Conference

This seminar series takes place while the student is in practicum and provides a space where participants can share their clinical experiences and receive feedback from their peers and the professor.  These sessions occur once per week and are kept at a maximum enrollment of 8 students per session.

Credits: 1

PRC 851 - Practicum 2 

In years 2, 3, and 4 of our doctoral program, students are placed in practicum sites offering a diverse experience with regard to site, clientele, and clinical presentation. Practicums promote the integration of academic knowledge with practical experience in a real-world setting, preparing students for future training in professional psychology. Yearly practicum commitments vary by site and training year. Some practicum contracts require students to be on-site during summer months.

Credits: 3

Total Credits: 16

Year 3 - Summer

PRC 852 - Practicum 1 

Summer hours vary by practicum. Not all placements require a summer commitment.

Credits: 0-2

Total Credits: 0-2

Year 4 - Fall

Course load is reduced to accommodate increased practicum hours, internship applications, and dissertation work.

PSY 860 - Preparation for Internship Workshop

This workshop assists students in the construction and development of their internship application.  Materials will be reviewed and constructive criticism given to improve students’ chances of obtaining the internship of their choice.  Students will also assist each other through mock interviews, needed motivation, and assistance in finding the best fit for each applicant.

Credits: 2

PSY 861 - Dissertation Seminar 1

This series assists students with the completion of their dissertation.  Students will find a supportive environment where they can work through challenges, seek feedback, and progress in a systematic fashion towards completing the capstone to their doctorate experiences.

Credits: 2

PSY 913 - Practicum Case Conference

This seminar series takes place while the student is in practicum and provides a space where participants can share their clinical experiences and receive feedback from their peers and the professor.  These sessions occur once per week and are kept at a maximum enrollment of 8 students per session.

Credits: 1

PRC 951a - Practicum 3 

In years 2, 3, and 4 of our doctoral program, students are placed in practicum sites offering a diverse experience with regard to site, clientele, and clinical presentation. Practicums promote the integration of academic knowledge with practical experience in a real-world setting, preparing students for future training in professional psychology. Yearly practicum commitments vary by site and training year. Some practicum contracts require students to be on-site during summer months.

Credits: 3

Total Credits: 8

Year 4 - Spring

Course load is reduced to accommodate increased practicum hours, internship applications, and dissertation work.

PSY 862 - Dissertation Seminar 2

This series assists students with the completion of their dissertation.  Students will find a supportive environment where they can work through challenges, seek feedback, and progress in a systematic fashion towards completing the capstone to their doctorate experiences.

Credits: 2

PSY 914 - Practicum Case Conference

This seminar series takes place while the student is in practicum and provides a space where participants can share their clinical experiences and receive feedback from their peers and the professor.  These sessions occur once per week and are kept at a maximum enrollment of 8 students per session.

Credits: 2

PRC 951b - Practicum 3 

In years 2, 3, and 4 of our doctoral program, students are placed in practicum sites offering a diverse experience with regard to site, clientele, and clinical presentation. Practicums promote the integration of academic knowledge with practical experience in a real-world setting, preparing students for future training in professional psychology. Yearly practicum commitments vary by site and training year. Some practicum contracts require students to be on-site during summer months.

Credits: 3

Total Credits: 6

Year 4 - Summer

PRC 952 - Practicum 1 

Summer hours vary by practicum. Not all placements require a summer commitment.

Credits: 0-2

Total Credits: 0-2

Year 5 

Students are away at full-time predoctoral internship

PSY 960 - Internship (fall, spring, summer)

Credits: 40

Total Credits: 40
TOTAL CREDITS for DOCTOR OF PSYCHOLOGY (PSY.D.) DEGREE: 146

 

Electives

Introduction to Health Psychology-PSY 802

This class will focus on the interface between behavior, cognition, and illness.  A review of conditions most commonly referred to psychologists in a hospital setting will form the foundation of the subject along with the interface between psychologists, physicians, and nursing staff.  Special attention will be given to healthcare delivery systems and the different populations they serve.


Introduction to Forensic Psychology-PSY 806

This course will examine the interface between psychology and the law.  Discussion topics will include competency, violence risk, commitments, malingering, and testimony.  There will also be a review of common assessment tools and report writing for the courts.


Crisis/Trauma Intervention-PSY 803

Students in this course will learn effective means to evaluate and treat patients in crisis or whom have experienced recent traumatic events.  Subjects covered will include an extensive review of the legal avenues for treatment and the ethical responsibilities of clinicians.


Substance Abuse Treatment-PSY 805

This course will focus on both individual and group treatment, the interaction between substance abuse and mental disorders, and community resources.  Students will go into depth regarding substances and their effects on the brain.