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Child and Adolescent Proficiency Track Core Courses

Students in the Child and Adolescent Proficiency Track must complete all of the general program requirements.  Some of the courses will have a child and adolescent focused-section. In addition, students in the CAPT will be required to take three electives, of which two must be CAPT focused.


CPS 613 Psychological Assessment I

This course focuses on the proper administration, scoring, interpretation, and reporting of commonly used intelligence measures such as the WISC-IV, WAIS-IV, WPPSI, K-ABC, and the Stanford-Binet.

CPS 614 Psychological Assessment II

This course introduces students to a broad range of personality methods.  The process of unconscious motivation will be explored from both psychoanalytic and cognitive perspectives.  Students will be exposed to projective personality measures such as the Rorschach, Thematic Apperception Test, Children’s Apperception Test, and House-Tree-Person.  In addition, objective personality and adaptive measures such as BASC, Vineland, and Conner’s, will be taught.

CPS 615 Psychological Assessment III

This course focuses on the integration of assessment data, and the process of writing clear psychological reports for numerous referral sources.  Students in the CAPT will enroll in a child-oriented section, which will include attention to the assessment of preschool children, children with developmental disabilities, and knowledge of educational laws.

Basic Treatment Methods

CPS 611 Individual Psychotherapy

In this introductory course in the art and science of psychotherapy, various models of intervention are discussed.  Emphasis is on the psychodynamic, existential, and contemporary approaches.  Empirically validated treatments are covered.

CPS 616-617 Professional Practice Seminar I-II

This seminar is taken in conjunction with CPS 651-652.  Its focus is the evaluation and development of student clinical competencies in mental health service delivery.  The format is small group with faculty leadership.  The goal of the seminar is the integration of theoretical understanding with clinical practice.

CPS 800 Advanced Seminar: Systems Theory and Family Therapy

This course introduces students to systems theory and to various theoretical approaches and techniques of family therapy

CPS 810 Group Theory and Practice

This course provides a comparison of the theories and formal models of group therapy and an understanding of the essential aspects of effective group interaction.  Experiential and observation methods are employed to study change processes, leadership behavior, alliance formation, conflict resolution, and problem solving of a variety of clinical symptoms.

Individual Differences

PSY 553 Clinical Child Development

This course introduces students to foundational developmental theory.  It provides students with an understanding of normal human development, which will allow them to differentiate between abnormal social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties in children and families.

CPS 666 Advanced Psychopathology

The majority of this course will focus on the etiology and descriptive criteria of adult psychopathology.  However, the section for students in the CAPT will also focus more on childhood pathology including the assessment, classification, and differential diagnoses of various childhood disorders than students in the general track.

CPS 849 Professional Seminar: Diversity

The purpose of this course is to enhance the student’s professional competency in consideration of issues of diversity and difference.  All sections will focus on issues relevant to children, adolescents, and adults.

CPS 850 Professional Seminar: Ethics

Students in this course will be introduced to issues of ethics, which are important for all psychologists.  The section for the students in the CAPT will focus on issues related to adults, children, and families, and include attention to mandated reporting not only for children but also for elders and other impaired/vulnerable populations.


PSY 510 Experimental Design

Provides an understanding of the concepts underlying research design and develops skills in designing studies amenable to multivariate statistical analysis.

CPS 665 Advanced Research Design in Clinical Psychology

Research designs are examined in detail through written critiques of published research studies.  Types of research and methods of observation and data collection are reviewed in detail. Consideration is also given to sex and gender issues and legal and ethical issues in clinical research.

CPS 852 Doctoral Dissertation Seminar

This seminar, taken in the first semester of the second year, is designed to help the student initiate the dissertation process.  Students in the CAPT will be assigned to a group with peers who are also interested in children to facilitate ideas and interest.  The faculty member assigned to lead this seminar will also have a primary interest in child and adolescent research and/or clinical work.

Additional Courses

Students in the CAPT are required to take PSY 669 and CPS 715, and must choose one additional doctoral level course as an elective.

PSY 669 Child Psychotherapy

This course provides a multidimensional study of treatment methods used with emotionally disturbed and learning-disabled children.  The course covers the theoretical basis for treatment of children and prepares advanced graduate students for practicum experiences.

Therapy process as well as different theoretical schools will be studied.

CPS 715 Clinical Interventions with Adolescents

The intent of this course is to provide students with a strong background in both theory and practice in clinical work with the adolescent population.  Topics will include the biological contexts of adolescence; adolescent values and identity; adolescent relationships with friends and family; current topics of concern to adolescents; and the unique treatment issues for this population.