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Clinical Psychology @ City College

Program Requirements

 

Course requirements for the Ph.D. degree include a minimum of 90 academic credits completed within the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, 500 hours of clinical work at the Psychological Center, a year-long internship requirement, and defense of a dissertation thesis. The curriculum has broad and general courses as well as treatment-oriented and specialized courses. We offer sequences in research methods, assessment, clinical practica, theory, psychopathology, evidence-based treatments, and diversity.

Dissertations in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology may consist of a broad range of topics and methods. Typically, Clinical@City students are on internship after their fourth or fifth year, having completed the dissertation proposal prior to applying for internship. Required course work and in-residence clinical training can be completed within three years.

See below for model sequence of courses.

Students must complete a distribution of at least 24 credits across five basic areas of psychology.
 

Model Course Sequence

 

Please click here or on "Notes on Sequences" (at left) for additional information regarding individual curricular sequences. Please click here or scroll to the bottom of the page for a key to color codes.

FIRST YEAR: Fall (15 credits)

Spring (15 credits)

1 - Research Methods I: Statistics I 3cr

2 - Assessment I: Cognitive and Personality Testing  3cr

3 - Biological Bases of Behavior 3cr

4 - Proseminar on Ethical and Professional Issues    3cr

5 - Lifespan Development 3cr

Testing Lab 0cr

 

1 - Research Methods II: Statistics II 3cr

2 - Assessment II: Psychological Measurements  3cr

3 - Practicum I: Child (IA) or Adult (IB) Intake    3cr

4 - Theory I: Integrative Approaches to Psychotherapy 3cr

5 - Child Psychopathology 3cr

Testing Lab 0cr

 

SECOND YEAR: Fall (15 credits)

Spring (15 credits)

1 - Assessment III: Clinical Neuropsychological Assessment  or Adult Neuropsycholocial Assessment  3cr

2 - Practicum I: Child (IA) or Adult (IB) Intake 3cr

3 - Practicum II: Individual Child (IIA) or Adult (IIB) Psychotherapy 3cr

4 - Adult Psychopathology 3cr

5 - Theory II: Psychoanalytic Theories 3cr

Testing Lab 0cr

 

1 - Research Methods III: Quantitative 3cr

2 - Practicum II: Individual Child (IIA) or Adult (IIB) Psychotherapy 3cr

3 - Evidence Based Psychodynamic Treatments  3cr

4 - Diversity Issues in Clinical Psychology 3cr

5 - Theory III: Family Systems Theory, Treatment and Research 3cr

THIRD YEAR: Fall (15 credits)

Spring (15 credits)

1 - Research Methods IV: Qualitative 3cr

2 - Evidence Based Assessment and Treatment for Addiction Disorders 3cr

3 - Social Psychology 3cr

4 - Practicum III: Advanced Practicum 3cr (1 semester required)

5 - Sex and Gender 3cr, E/R

6 - Health of Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals 3cr, E/R

 

1 - Cognition and Affect 3cr

2 - History of Psychology 3cr

3 - Practicum IV: Supervision & Consultation 3cr

4 - Cognitive Behavioral Treatmetns 3cr

5 - Evidence Based Assessment and Treatment for Traumatic Stress-Related Disorders 3cr, E/R

6 - Diversity Issues in Psychotherapy 3cr, E/R

Total of required credits: 81
Total of elective credits: 9

Other Electives:
Clinical Issues in Adolescence 3cr, E
Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy 3cr, E
Assessment IV: Advanced Cognitive and Personality Testing 3cr, E
Practicum V: Transference and Countertransference 3cr, E
Research Methods V: Research Practicum 3cr, E

Key to Color Codes
1. Broad and General Sequence
2. Research Methods Sequence
3. Assessment Sequence
4. Practica Sequence
5. Theory Sequence
6. Psychopathology Sequence
7. Evidence Based Sequence
8. Diversity Sequence


Notes on Individual Sequences


The following provides notes and additional information about each of the curricular sequences:

1. Broad and General Sequence:

    1. Biological Bases of Behavior

    2. Cognition and Affect

    3. Social Psychology

    4. Lifespan Development

    5. History of Psychology

    6. Proseminar on Ethical and Professional Issues

NB: All courses in the Broad and General Sequence are required (18 credits).

2. Research Methods Sequence: 

    1. Research Methods I: Statistics I

    2. Research Methods II: Statistics II

    3. Research Methods III: Quantitative Methods

    4. Research Methods IV: Qualitative Methods

    5. Research Methods V: Research Practicum - E

NB: The Research Methods sequence has 4 required courses and 1 elective (12 credits).

3. Assessment Sequence:

    1. Assessment I: Cognitive and Personality Testing (formerly Psychodiagnostics I)

    2. Assessment II: Psychological Measurement

    3. Assessment III: Child Neuropsychological Assessment or Adult Neuropsychological Assessment

    4. Assessment IV: Advanced Cognitive and Personality Testing - E

NB: The assessment sequence has 3 required courses and 1 elective, with a 0 credit lab for each course (9 credits).

4. Practica Sequence:

    1. Practicum I: Child/Adult Intake

    2. Practicum II: Individual Child/Adult Psychotherapy

    3. Practicum III Advanced Practicum

    4. Practicum IV: Supervision and Consultation

    5. Practicum V: Transference and Countertransference - E

NB: The practicum sequence has a minimum of 6 required courses: child intake, adult intake, child practicum, adult practicum, advanced practicum and supervision/consultation.  Advanced Practicum will be offered every semester, taught by rotating faculty, and students can take it more than once as an elective. 

5. Theory Sequence:

    1. Theory I: Integrative Approaches to Psychotherapy

    2. Theory II: Psychoanalytic Theories

    3. Theory III: Family Systems Theory, Treatment, and Research

    4. Theory IV: Psychoanalytic Theories 2 - E

    5. Theory V: Contemporary Psychoanalytic Theories - E

    6. Theory VI: Basic Science and Clinical Practice – E

    7. Theory VII: Family Systems Theory, Treatment, and Research 2 - E

NB: The theory sequence has 3 required courses; the rest are electives (9 credits).

6. Psychopathology Sequence:

    1. Child Psychopathology

    2. Adult Psychopathology

NB: The psychopathology sequence has 2 courses, both of which are required (6 credits).

7. Evidenced-Based Sequence:

    1. Evidence Based Psychodynamic Treatments

    2. Cognitive Behavioral Treatments

    3. Evidence Based Assessment and Treatment for Addictive Disorders - E

    4. Evidence Based Assessment and Treatment for Traumatic Stress-Related Disorders - E

    5. Family Systems Theory, Treatment, and Research 2 - E

NB: The Evidenced-Based sequence has 2 required courses; the rest are electives (6 credits).

8. Diversity Sequence:

    1. Ethnicity and Mental Health

    2. Sex and Gender - E/R

    3. Health of Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals - E/R

    4. Diversity Issues in Psychotherapy - E/R

NB: The Diversity sequence has 2 required courses: Ethnicity and Mental Health and a choice among the other three courses listed above (6 credits).