Spring 2023 - PSYC 371 D100

Intervention: Process and Outcome (3)

Class Number: 6111

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    SWH 10041, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    PSYC 201 and 241. PSYC 270 (or 370) is recommended.



Reviews the major approaches to psychological intervention in terms of theory, practice and outcome evaluation. The course will examine both the scientific and practitioner components of intervention.


This course will cover topics related to psychological intervention in clinical psychology.  The following topics will be reviewed: systems and theories of psychotherapy, issues in psychological practice, and issues in research on psychological interventions.  Subsequently, this course will cover several approaches to psychological intervention, with a strong emphasis on evidence-based, cognitive-behavioural approaches.  The course also will cover several current and innovative approaches to psychological treatment.  Lectures, readings, and clinical examples will illustrate the theory and practice of evidence-based treatments for psychological problems and disorders.


This course is designed to give you important information about psychological treatments and to help you learn to think about psychological treatments in exciting and different ways.  The goal is that, by the end of the course, you will be able to (a) understand and describe a few key theories of psychological treatment; (b) understand and describe the science behind psychological treatments and work with this information to figure out how to study treatments and evaluate peoples' claims and research studies on treatments, and (c) understand and describe the theories and practices of treatments used for common disorders.

***This course is not designed to teach students how to implement or conduct psychological treatments.  Those skills are acquired in the context of extensive training in graduate school.***


  • Participation: 10%
  • Midterm Exam: 20%
  • Term Paper/ Project: 25%
  • Writing Assignments: 45%


Please note that the recommended course should be "PSYC 391 - Intro to Clinical Psychology", NOT PSYC 370.



Barlow, D. H. (2021). Clinical handbook of psychological disorders: A step-by-step treatment manual (6th Ed). New York: The Guilford Press.

ISBN:  9781462547043

*Please note that this title is available at a reduced cost as a rental through VitalSource.  Cheaper-used versions are also available online.  Other editions of the book exist, but it is important to note that you will be evaluated on the 6th Edition.  There will be a couple of copies of the textbook on the course reserve at the library for a 4-hour loan.

Canadian Code of Ethics for Psychologists, 4th Edition.

*Other readings will be made available on Canvas*


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Registrar Notes:


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