Arts and Sciences Learning Objectives
This major is intended for students interested in entering graduate, professional,
or medical school in mental health or human services and/or wanting to work with psychiatric patients.
Upon completing a
Clinical Psychology major, students will be able to:
- Describe the clinical presentations and core features of the major
mental/psychological disorders in adults.
- Describe and discuss the possible etiologies/causes of the major
mental/psychological disorders in adults, in biological, psychological,
and social terms.
- Describe approaches to treatment of the major mental/psychological
disorders in adults, in biological, psychological and social terms.
- Compare and contrast different approaches to treatments of the major
mental disorders in adults: cognitive-behavioral approaches,
psychodynamic approaches, biological approaches,
- Read and critically evaluate original journal articles related to
clinical psychological topics.
- Be knowledgeable about the American Psychological Association (APA) ethics
guidelines, and be able to apply them to clinical scenarios.
- Collect and interpret clinical and neuropsychological data of
patients with mental illness.
- Gain an understanding of basic quantitative and analytic methods used for
scientific investigation in psychology, including those related to probability,
tests of frequency, correlation, t-tests, and analysis of variance (ANOVA.)
- Employ oral and visual communication skills for reporting and
discussing clinical data and case studies.
- Use written, graphic, and verbal skills to organize and communicate
clinical data in a clear, standardized fashion.
- Apply biopsychosocial models of behavior and thought to understanding
mental illness in a real-world clinical, clinical research, or community setting.
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