Introduction to Clinical Psychology will teach you what it means to be a Clinical Psychologist. The course emphasizes the empirical science behind clinical practice (i.e., psychotherapy), focusing on modern methods and treatments.
This course is divided into two major sections. In the first section, you will learn about the basic science that underpins Clinical Psychology as well as research methodology, types of assessments, and how science informs the choice and implementation of psychological treatments. In the second section, you will review major milestones in the history of psychotherapy, including psychoanalysis, humanistic psychotherapy, behavior therapy, cognitive therapy, and modern “third-wave” therapies. These lessons are conveyed through a combination of lectures, videos, class discussions, and in-class exercises and activities. At the end of this course, it is expected that you will appreciate the field of psychology in general, but most importantly, a clear understanding of Clinical Psychology as a career.
Throughout this course, you will:
• Gain an appreciation for the types of problems addressed by clinical psychology and a basic understanding of mental illness
• Learn about historical (e.g., psychoanalysis, humanistic, etc.) and contemporary (e.g., Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, etc.) forms of psychotherapy and the basics of how they are applied
• Understand the interface of Clinical Psychology with related disciplines, such as medicine, social work, and nursing
• Develop an appreciation for the multiple career options available to Clinical Psychologists
There are no prerequisites for this course. However, successful students will bring an interest in psychology and mental illness as well as a willingness to engage in class discussions, presentations, and short writing assignments about various aspects of Clinical Psychology.
Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.