Clinical Psychology, Child/Adolescent Clinical Psychology Concentration (M.A.) - Graduate - 2015 University Catalog

ADMISSIONS

All applicants must meet requirements for graduate study at Montclair State University. In addition, applicants must meet the following departmental requirements:

  • 12 undergraduate credits in Psychology including a course in statistics and a laboratory course in experimental psychology
  • Approval by the departmental committee


CLINIC PSYC w/CONC:Child/AdolesClinicPsy

Complete 36 semester hours, including the following 3 requirement(s):

  1. REQUIRED COURSES

    Complete 4 courses for 12 semester hours:

    PSYC 510 Research Methods in Psychology (3 hours lecture) 3
    PSYC 561 Developmental Psychology (3 hours lecture) 3
    PSYC 578 Psychological Tests and Measurements (3 hours lecture) 3
    PSYC 679 Family Systems and Childhood Disorders: A Multicultural Approach (3 hours lecture) 3
  2. REQUIRED SPECIALIZATION

    Complete 7 courses for 21 semester hours:

    PSYC 506 Professional Issues in Multicultural Psychology (3 hours lecture) 3
    PSYC 565 Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (3 hours lecture) 3
    PSYC 574 Cognitive Assessment (3 hours lecture) 3
    PSYC 575 Personality Assessment (3 hours lecture) 3
    PSYC 593 Clinical Interviewing (3 hours lecture) 3
    PSYC 659 Special Topics Seminar in Psychology (3 hours seminar) 3
    PSYC 670 Introduction to Psychotherapy (3 hours lecture) 3
  3. CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE

    Complete for 3 semester hours.

    PSYC 680 Externship in Clinical Psychology 3

Course Descriptions:

PSYC506: Professional Issues in Multicultural Psychology (3 hours lecture)

This course is designed to expose students in school psychology to multicultural issues which are central to theory, practice, and research. The course has an awareness, knowledge, and skills focus. Awareness is centered on understanding multiple value systems and world views and gaining insight into one's own cultural socialization and inherent biases. Knowledge focuses on acquiring accurate understanding of the various cultural groups with whom one will work. Skills relate to specific culturally appropriate and tailored interventions. The course incorporates multicultural modes of learning and performance evaluation. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Matriculation in Clinical Psyc w/conc:Child/Adolesc Clinical Psyc (CPCP), Clinical Psyc w/Conc:Latina/oPsyc (CPLT), and School Psychologist (SPSY) programs.

PSYC510: Research Methods in Psychology (3 hours lecture)

This course provides the essentials needed to read, understand and critically evaluate research reports. Students will also learn how to carry out the entire research process, starting with identifying the research problem and ending with a thesis or research report. Factorial analysis of variance and the major multiple correlational designs are explained. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Undergraduate laboratory course in experimental psychology.

PSYC561: Developmental Psychology (3 hours lecture)

Philosophical, conceptual, theoretical and research issues pertinent to human development from prenatal life to adulthood are presented. The core conceptual issues of development, such as the nature-nurture controversy, the continuity-discontinuity issue, and the issue of stability-instability, are discussed, and their relationships to the major theories in developmental psychology are examined. 3 sh.

PSYC565: Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (3 hours lecture)

This course emphasizes the diagnosis of psychological disorders usually first evident in infancy, childhood or adolescence. Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to, affective disorders, anxiety disorders, conduct disorders, substance abuse, sexuality/gender identity disorders, pervasive developmental disorder and behavioral aspects of developmental disabilities. Students will be expected to understand DSM-IV categories. Each student is expected to be familiar with developmental psychology and personality development. Issues associated with evaluation, classification and diagnosis will be discussed extensively. Guidelines for appropriate interventions will be provided. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: For Psychology (PSYC and PYBM), Clinical Psyc w/conc:Child/AdolescClinicalPsyc (CPCP), Clinical Psyc w/conc:Latina/oPsyc (CPLT), or School Psychologist (SPSY) majors only.

PSYC574: Cognitive Assessment (3 hours lecture)

Students learn how to administer, score and interpret individual intelligence tests. Theories of intelligence and the appropriateness of the tests to specific populations are discussed. Students administer and report on the three Wechsler Intelligence Scales and the Stanford-Binet(4th Edition), Development Achievement Scales, Adaptive Behavior Scales, and other cognitive assessment techniques. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: For Clinical Psyc w/conc:Child/AdolescClinicalPsyc (CPCP), Clinical Psyc w/conc:Latina/oPsyc (CPLT), or School Psychologist (SPSY) majors only.

PSYC575: Personality Assessment (3 hours lecture)

The basic instruments of projective testing, particularly the Bender Visual Motor Gestalt Test, DAP, HTP, TAT, TEMAS, and Sentence Completion Tests are studied. Students will also understand how cultural diversity impacts on assessment. Instruments are reviewed from the standpoints of basic research and the mechanics of administration and scoring. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: For Clinical Psyc w/conc:Child/AdolescClinicalPsyc (CPCP), Clinical Psyc w/conc:Latina/oPsyc (CPLT), or School Psychologist (SPSY) majors only.

PSYC578: Psychological Tests and Measurements (3 hours lecture)

This course surveys the theory, construction and application of psychological tests. Topics include the statistical concepts underlying measurement; reliability and validity; critical analyses of selected intelligence, ability and personality tests; evaluation and interpretation of test data in practical situations; and the role of testing in clinical, educational and remedial settings. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: For Psychology (PSYC and PYBM), Clinical Psyc w/conc:Child/AdolescClinicalPsyc (CPCP), Clinical Psyc w/conc:Latina/oPsyc (CPLT), Industrial Organizational Psychology (IOPS), or School Psychologist (SPSY) majors only.

PSYC593: Clinical Interviewing (3 hours lecture)

This course integrates the theory and practice of clinical interviewing. The goals of this course are to facilitate the development of the student's listening, diagnostic, and therapeutic interviewing skills. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Matriculation in Clinical Psyc w/conc:Child/Adolesc Clinical Psyc (CPCP), Clinical Psyc w/Conc:Latina/oPsyc (CPLT), and School Psychologist (SPSY) programs only.

PSYC659: Special Topics Seminar in Psychology (3 hours seminar)

This course provides an in-depth view of important theoretical and methodological issues in various areas of psychology. It is designed to permit faculty with particular interests and expertise to provide students with a comprehensive analysis of a selected contemporary issue (or issues) in psychology. May be repeated two times for a maximum of 9 credits as long as the topic is different. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: For Psychology (PSYC and PYBM), Clinical Psyc w/conc:Child/AdolescClinicalPsyc (CPCP), Clinical Psyc w/conc:Latina/oPsyc (CPLT), Industrial Organizational Psychology (IOPS), or School Psychologist (SPSY) majors only.

PSYC670: Introduction to Psychotherapy (3 hours lecture)

This course surveys theories, research and practices in individual and group psychotherapy, and introduces the student to various treatments for emotional maladjustment and behavioral pathology. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: For Clinical Psyc w/conc:Child/AdolescClinicalPsyc (CPCP), Clinical Psyc w/conc:Latina/oPsyc (CPLT), or School Psychologist (SPSY) majors only.

PSYC679: Family Systems and Childhood Disorders: A Multicultural Approach (3 hours lecture)

This course will use a multicultural lens to examine the various family therapy approaches such as Structural, Bowenian, Behavioral, Strategic and Paradoxical approaches and their corresponding techniques. Special emphasis will be placed on applying these approaches to the prevailing childhood DSM diagnoses (e.g., Childhood Depression and Anxiety, Substance Abuse, Eating Disorders, ADHD, Developmental Disorders, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder). A segment of the course will focus on special topics and their relevance to family functioning (e.g., trauma, incest/sexual abuse, domestic violence, illness/death, poverty and parental psychopathology). 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 565 or PSYC 667. For Clinical Psyc w/conc:Child/Adolesc Clinical Psyc (CPCP), Clinical Psyc w/conc:Latina/oPsyc, and School Psychologist (SPSY) majors only.

PSYC680: Externship in Clinical Psychology

This course is a supervised, two semester, clinical experience designed to provide the skills necessary for professional practice in Mental Health Clinics or other settings where there is a significant Hispanic clientele. On-site supervision will take place under the direction of a fully licensed clinical psychologist (the field-based supervisor) in close cooperation with the Bilingual Clinical Program Director at Montclair State. The student will also meet with a Montclair State faculty supervisor on a weekly basis. At least one of the supervisors will be a bilingual/bicultural individual. A contract will be signed between the student intern, field-based supervisor and the Montclair faculty supervisor before the start of the internship. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Matriculation in Clinical Psyc w/conc:Child/Adolesc Clinical Psyc (CPCP), Clinical Psyc w/Conc:Latina/oPsyc (CPLT), and School Psychologist (SPSY) programs only.