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INTRODUCTION TO CLINCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
PSYS 271, Summer 2016
Class Time: 9:00 AM—12:45 PM
205A Mann Hall
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, May 23-June 17
Instructors:
Elyse Rosenberg, M.A.
Elyse.Rosenberg@uvm.edu
Office: 310E John Dewey Hall
Office Hours: By Appointment

Virginia Peisch, M.A.
Virginia.Peish@uvm.edu
Office: 227 John Dewey Hall
Office Hours: By Appointment

Prerequisites
Students must have completed, with a passing grade, Psychology 053 (Psychology Research Methods I)
and Psychology 170 (Abnormal Psychology).
Course Description
This course is designed to build on knowledge obtained in prior courses (e.g., abnormal psychology;
research methods) to provide an introduction to the field of clinical psychology. This course is designed to
offer applied concepts regarding clinical assessment and intervention generally, as well as for specific
topics including clinical child psychology and health psychology. This course also incorporates topics
including clinical research and dissemination of evidence-based approaches to psychology and ethics in
clinical psychology. Further, this course covers relevant professional development content, including
graduate school and career paths in the field. Students will have the opportunity to learn from current
graduate students engaged in the clinical, research, and teaching aspects of the field. This course will
emphasize discussion, critical thinking, and applied assignments to demonstrate mastery of course
content.
Course Objectives
Students who successfully complete this course will possess an extensive knowledge in clinical
psychology, which includes:
 Knowledge of a broad range of assessments for mental health disorders
 Knowledge of the different theoretical orientations of clinical practice
 Knowledge of a broad range of clinical interventions
 Awareness of ethical issues for practicing clinical psychologists
 Awareness of professional opportunities, including careers and graduate school options in clinical
psychology
Required Materials
TBD- Textbook information will be made available well before the start of the course to allow students
time to order the required materials.
Blackboard
Blackboard will be used to post readings and course information and submit assignments. Please check
Blackboard often!

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Grading Policy
Your final grade will be based upon how many points out of 100 you receive. Here is how you earn
points:
Source
Points
Grad School Prep
10
Critical Thought Responses (8 x 3 points each)
24
Intake Report
20
Presentation of Clinical Science in the Media
20
Debate
20
Attendance
6
Final Grades
Grade
A
AB+
B
BC+
C
CD
F

Points Earned
92-100
90-91
86-89
82-85
80-81
76-79
72-75
70-71
65-69
64 and below

The grade point distribution is final. This class will not include any additional extra credit assignments,
make-up assignments, or additional points.
Assignments
Here is a preliminary outline of the course assignments. Additional information regarding each
assignment will be provided as the course approaches.
1. Graduate School Materials Preparation
 Preparation of a curriculum vita (CV)
 Preparation of a Statement of Purpose (based on the UVM Clinical Psychology PhD
Program)
2. Intake Report
 Write a 4-5 page intake report for a fictional character from popular media (e.g., Olivia
Pope from Scandal; Luke Skywalker from Star Wars)
 Include components such as history of presenting problem, current symptoms, assessment
tools; treatment recommendations
3. Presentation of Clinical Science in the Media
 Prepare an oral presentation that compares clinical science as presented in the media (e.g.,
news article; news clip) with a scientific article
4. Debates of Clinical Controversies
 Group Project- Students will debate on topics such as categorical versus dimensional
diagnostic systems and prescription privileges for clinical psychologists
5. Critical Thought Responses

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For 8 class periods (students may choose any 8) students should prepare a one-paragraph
(approximately ½ page) thought response
b. This can include comments, additional insights, connections to other course topics
c. Each response should include at least one question posed to obtain additional information
6. Attendance:
a. Because of the condensed nature of the course, it is very important that you are there each
day!
b. Attendance is worth 6 points total, or ½ point per class meeting
Make Up Policy
There is no make up policy. If you are unable to complete an assignment, you will receive zero points.
Policy on Cheating (Academic Honesty)
The Department of Psychology follows the University system policy on academic honesty that is
published on the student affairs website. You may download a version from here:
http://www.uvm.edu/policies/student/acadintegrity.pdf. You are expected to know the University’s
standards of academic honesty and are responsible for abiding by these standards. Lack of knowledge of
these standards is not an acceptable defense for academic misconduct. Acts of academic dishonesty
include:
 Plagiarism: presenting another person's work as your own, whether or not doing so was
intentional.
 Cheating on examinations: giving or receiving unauthorized help before, during, or after an
examination
 Unauthorized collaboration: submitting academic work, whole or in part, as your individual effort
when it has been developed in collaboration with another person or source
 Falsification: misrepresenting material or fabricating information in order to gain an unfair
advantage over others
 Multiple submissions: submitting the same work, whole or in part, for credit more than once
without the explicit consent of the faculty member(s) to whom the material is submitted
The penalty for academic misconduct in this course varies from a 0 on the assignment to a failing grade in
the course, depending on the severity of the offense and the student’s history of academic conduct.
Disciplinary action may be taken in addition to the academic penalty if the instructors, department,
college, or university feels such action is warranted. All acts of academic dishonesty will be reported to
the Chair of the Department of Psychology, the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Psychology, and the
Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
All members of the University community, including students, faculty, and staff, are expected to report
violations of academic conduct to the appropriate authorities. Failure to report academic misconduct of
which you are aware reflects complicity with the misconduct. Such complicity may also result in an
academic and/or disciplinary penalty.
Extra Help
If you are concerned about your performance in the class, you are encouraged to meet with the instructors
to develop a plan to improve. The instructors can help you with how and what to study; however it is your
responsibility to take advantage of the assistance offered. Approaching the instructors after the course is
completed will not result in a grade change. Grades will be changed only if a mistake was made in the
grading of assignments or the recording of grades.

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Religious Holidays
If you must miss class to observe a religious holiday, notify the instructors or in advance and
arrangements can be made to get lecture notes and ensure that assignments are still completed on time.
Disability Accommodations
Students requiring special assistance due to a disability are asked to contact the instructors during the first
week of classes so that reasonable accommodation for the disability can be determined and arranged.
Disability documentation, testing, and accommodations are coordinated through the ACCESS office on
campus: http://www.uvm.edu/~access/.
A Note About Course Content
Over the course of this semester, we will cover a range of mental health issues. This course will also
include a large discussion component. Before disclosing any personal or family-related information,
be sure to ask yourself whether you are comfortable with your fellow students and instructors being
aware of this information. Further, all students are expected to maintain a supportive environment for
their fellow classmates. This includes keeping information shared in class confidential (e.g., not
sharing information with people not in the class; not discussing shared information in public places).
Should any of the material discussed in class be upsetting to you or a friend, or should you wish to discuss
these issues with a mental health professional, please feel free to contact your instructors for further
information. In addition, please feel free to contact the following resources:
1) Counseling and Psychiatry Services (CAPS) at UVM (802 656-3340)
2) Behavior Therapy and Psychotherapy Center (802 656-2661)
3) For mental health crises: Howard Center Adult Crisis (802 488-6400) or 911.

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Tentative Course Schedule
Reading should be completed PRIOR to the assigned class day
Date
Week 1
5/24
5/25

5/26

Topic

Reading

Assignments

Syllabus Review
Course Introduction
History of Clinical Psychology
Clinical Assessment: Personality &
Psychopathology

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

Clinical Assessment: Cognitive and
Questionnaires

TBD

TBD

Clinical Interventions

TBD

TBD

Week 2
5/31
Clinical Interventions
6/1

TBD
TBD

Clinical Interventions

TBD

TBD

Clinical Interventions

TBD

TBD

Child Clinical Psychology

TBD

TBD

Clinical Neuropsychology
Clinical Health Psychology
Forensics

TBD

TBD

Ethics in Clinical Psychology
Debates

TBD

TBD

6/14

Professional Development: Graduate
School and Careers

TBD

TBD

6/15

Clinical Research
Dissemination & Implementation
Course Review

TBD

TBD

6/2
Week 3
6/7
6/8
6/9
Week 4

6/16