Fall 2019 - PSYC 391 D100

Selected Topics in Psychology (3)

Intro to Clinical Psychology

Class Number: 9898

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 3 – Dec 2, 2019: Tue, 4:30–7:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 10, 2019
    Tue, 7:00–10:00 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    PSYC 201. Other prerequisites vary by topic offering.



Course can be repeated for credit. Students may not take this course for further credit if similar topics are covered. See Psychology department website for course description.


Introduction to Clinical Psychology introduces the main topics in clinical psychology. Unit 1 includes basic principles, differentiates between clinical psychology and other professions, and explores the history of assessment, intervention and prevention. Unit 2 explores the different types of assessments used in clinical psychology. In Units 3 and 4, we will learn about different interventions and the different settings where clinical psychologist work. We will have some guest speakers talking about their work, with the chance to ask them questions. Unit 5 explains other activities of clinical psychologists, such and research, supervision, consultation, and service development. Unit 6 explains the path to training as a clinical psychologist and how this differs from other similar career paths. This unit also covers professional issues within clinical psychology, including ethics. We will have a guest speaker from graduate training department to explain the application process and answer your questions.


This course will give you a good understanding of what clinical psychologists do and how we approach problems. The course will have many interesting examples of case studies and examples of how clinical psychologists work. By the end of the course, you will know a) the basic principles in clinical psychology, b) the difference between clinical psychologists and other mental health professions, c) be able to summarise a brief history of some different strands within clinical psychology, d) state benefits and limitations of the medical model and describe two main diagnostic systems, e) explain different types of assessments, f) describe what a formulation is, f) identify which types of interventions and assessments are used in different settings, g) explain difference between audits and clinical research, h) understand the different types of clinical research, i) describe other clinical psychologists’ activities, j) understand the types of experience that will help you get into graduate training, and k) be aware of professional issues related to the profession. This course is highly recommended for those who are interested in pursuing a career in clinical psychology, as well as those who would just like to learn more about what a clinical psychologist does.


  • Participation: 10%
  • Term Paper/Project: 30%
  • Final Exam: 30%
  • Weekly at home multiple choice quizzes: 20%
  • Weekly in class review quiz/assignment: 10%



Hunsley, J., & Lee, C. M. (2017). Introduction to Clinical Psychology: An evidence-based approach (4th edition).

Free copies available in the library, or purchase the print text, or you can rent or purchase the e-text for a cheaper option. There is also a 14 day free trial of the e-text, see www.wileystudentchoice.com

Registrar Notes:

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