Summer 2023 - PSYC 391 D400

Selected Topics in Psychology (3)

Intro to Clinical Psychology

Class Number: 4776

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 8 – Aug 4, 2023: Tue, 8:30–11:20 a.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 8, 2023
    Tue, 3:30–6:30 p.m.

  • Instructor:

    Rajan Hayre
    Office Hours: via Zoom TBA
  • 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.


This course will introduce students to the profession of clinical psychology with a particular focus on current issues and debates in the field and the role of ethics in clinical practice. We will begin by exploring the origins of clinical psychology as a profession and discussing how clinical psychology relates to other areas of psychology and related disciplines. We will then discuss diagnosis and classification as well as clinical research methods and the importance of research and empirical evidence as a foundation for the everyday practice of clinical psychology. We will also focus on several topics relevant to clinical practice, including assessment, intervention, specialties within clinical psychology, training to be a clinical psychologist, and professional practice issues (e.g., registration, legal matters). The section on clinical intervention will focus primarily on ethical and practice issues related to intervention (e.g., issues that arise when working with specific populations such as children or couples) rather than discussing specific therapeutic approaches and techniques or the treatment of specific disorders. Ethical principles and ethical issues relevant to clinical psychology will be emphasized throughout, as will current issues and controversies relevant to different areas of clinical practice.
***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.***

Office Hours: Via Zoom  TBA


  • Participation: 5%
  • Assignments: 20%
  • Midterm: 30%
  • Final Exam: 45%


Recommended: PSYC 241 & PSYC 300W



Hunsley, J. & Lee, Catherine.  Introduction to Clinical Psychology: An Evidenced-Based Approach  (4th edition).  Wiley Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-119-30151-6


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