CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
Clinical Psychology Department Faculty
- Alexis D. Abernethy, Professor of Psychology
- Jeffrey P. Bjorck, Professor of Psychology
- Warren S. Brown, Jr., Professor of Psychology
- Alvin C. Dueck, Evelyn and Frank Freed Professor of the Integration of Psychology and Theology
- Siang-Yang Tan, Professor of Psychology
- Richard L. Gorsuch, Senior Professor of Psychology
- Archibald D. Hart, Senior Professor of Psychology
- Richard A. Hunt, Senior Professor of Psychology
- H. Newton Malony, Senior Professor of Psychology
- Mari L. Clements, Associate Professor of Psychology
- Winston Earl Gooden, Associate Professor of Psychology
- Joseph M. Currier, Assistant Professor of Psychology
- Cynthia B. Erickson, Assistant Professor of Psychology
- Seong-Hyeon Kim, Assistant Professor of Psychology
- Sarah DeBoard Marion, Assistant Professor of Psychology
- Katharine J. Putman, Assistant Professor of Psychology
- Sarah A. Schnitker, Assistant Professor of Psychology
- Stephen W. Simpson, Assistant Professor of Psychology
Courses are offered for 4 quarter units of credit unless otherwise noted.
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (PG)
PG 800 History and Systems of Psychology. Traces the emergence of psychology as an independent discipline from its roots in philosophy, theology and the natural sciences. (Second year)
PG 808 Independent Readings. Special or advanced reading in areas not covered by regular courses in the curriculum. The topic covered is indicated in studentís transcript. May be repeated for credit if a new topic is chosen. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. (Variable credit)
PG 810 Physiological Psychology. An overview of the major theories, issues, data and research methodologies of physiological psychology.
PG 811 Human Neuropsychology. An overview of the behavioral and psychological manifestations of brain injury and disease in human beings. Prerequisite: PG810.
PG 820 Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior. An overview of the major theories, issues, data and research methodologies of cognitive psychology.
PG 830 Social Psychology. An overview of the major theories, issues, data and research methodologies of social psychology.
PG 840 Personality. An overview of the major theories, issues, data and research methodologies of the psychology of personality.
PG 843 Psychopathology. An overview of the major theories, concepts, issues, data and research methodologies of psychopathology, including an introduction to official diagnostic nomenclature.
PG 850 General Linear Models: Regression. Concepts and techniques of hypothesis development, experimental design, data analysis, and an introduction to APA style for research reports. (First year)
PG 851 General Linear Models: ANOVA. The design and analysis of multivariable experiments and quasi-experiments. Prerequisite: PG850. (First year)
PG 852 Advanced Research Methods. This course focuses on individual hypothesis formulation, and the planning, execution, and reporting of a psychological experiment. Prerequisite: PG851. (Second year PhD)
PG 853 Program Evaluation. This course covers the major models and methods of evaluating the effects of intervention packages or programs on individuals, couples, families, groups and organizations. The emphasis is on procedures which the practicing clinical psychologist may use to set goals and objectives, document services, evaluate outcomes, perform cost/benefit analyses, and use available information to improve professional services. Prerequisite: PG851. (Second or third year PsyD)
PG 855 Psychometric Theory. An introduction to principles of psychometric theory, with a specific focus on the development, selection, use, and evaluation of standard psychological assessment instruments for clinical and research applications. (First year)
PG 856 Research Colloquium. Colloquia are offered nine times per year by distinguished research psychologists. Students in the first three years of the program are expected to attend 18 of the 27 lectures featured during these years. (Third year) (2 units)
PG 857 Individual Research. Assigns credit for independent research and evaluation projects conducted prior to the dissertation. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: PG850-851 and permission of the instructor. (Variable credit)
PG 858 Research Seminar. Intensive study of research methodologies and specific research topics. (2 or 4 units)
PG 900 PhD Dissertation. The dissertation experience affords each PhD student an opportunity to develop and carry out a research project for submission as a publication or to make a unique contribution to historical, philosophical, or integration literature. The project constitutes the equivalent of a half-time load for four quarters and is designed to be completed during the fifth year. Prerequisite: Completion of master's research project. (32 units required; additional 8 units available if necessary)
PG 901 PhD Dissertation Continuation. To be used when a student has fulfilled the 32-unit PG900 requirement. (0 units)
PG 902 PsyD Dissertation. The dissertation experience affords each PsyD student an opportunity to
develop and carry out a research project. The project may be a program
evaluation, integrative literature review, scientific case study,
program development, intervention evaluation, or some other empirically
based project. Prerequisite: PG853.
(8 units required; additional 8 units available if necessary)
PG 903 PsyD Dissertation Continuation. To be used when a student has fulfilled the 8- or 16-unit PG902 requirement. (0 units)
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY (PC)
PC 803 Legal and Ethical Issues. An overview of the legal and ethical issues currently facing clinical psychologists. Particular attention is paid to matters of confidentiality, informed consent, conflicts of interest, sexual involvement, commitment proceedings, advertising, and potential church/state conflicts. (First year) (2 units)
PC 804 Introduction to Psychological Assessment. An introduction to theories of intelligence, administration and scoring of standard intelligence/achievement tests, and simple report writing. Primary emphasis will be on current versions of the WAIS, with attention given to other commonly used measures of psychopathology (e.g. BDI-II). There will also be a brief survey of the Mini Mental Status Exam and selective projective tests. (Second year) (4 units)
PC 810 Clinical Interventions: Psychodynamic. Adults constitute the target population in this course. Fall (First year)
PC 811 Clinical Interventions: Gerontology. Senior citizens constitute the target population. Fall (Second or Third year)
PC 812 Clinical Interventions: Consultation and Supervision. Clinical psychology is the practical application of the scientific
study of the human mind and behavior to promote healthy change in individuals,
families and other social systems. The course content draws from community psychology,
organizational, industrial, and systems theory. Several consultation and
supervision models will be presented. (Third year)
PC 813 Clinical Interventions: Child/Adolescent. Children and adolescents constitute the target population of this course. (Second or Third year)
PC 814 Clinical Interventions: Diversity Issues. Diversity issues in the delivery of clinical services are the focus of this course. (Second year)
PC 815 Clinical Interventions: Family Systems. Families constitute the target population of this course. Winter (Second or Third year)
PC 816 Program Administration. This course covers the basic principles and methods of developing and managing organizations devoted to the delivery of professional psychological services. The course includes such issues as program development, budgeting, cost accounting, personnel management, fund raising, risk management, quality assurance, and relevant legal/ethical principles. Prerequisite: PC829. (Third year PsyD)
PC 817 Marketing Professional Services. This course covers the basic principles and methods for marketing psychological services. Included are such topics as service definition, needs assessment, identifying market opportunities, planning marketing strategies, researching the competition, setting objectives, choosing promotional tools, and professional ethics. Prerequisite: PC829. (Third year PsyD) (2 units)
PC 818 Clinical Interventions: Group Psychotherapy. Groups constitute the target population of this course. (Third year)
PC 820 Practicum 1. A nine-month clinical practicum (six hours per week), usually in an inpatient or residential setting or day treatment facility.
PC 821 Practicum 2. A nine-month clinical practicum (six hours per week), normally in an outpatient setting.
PC 824 Clerkship. A twelve-month clinical placement designed primarily to provide intensive experience in diagnosis and assessment. Prerequisite: PC820.
PC 836 Human Sexuality. An overview of physiological, psychological, and social-cultural variables associated with sexual identity, sexual behavior, and sexual disorder as specified in Section 1382 of the Regulations Relating to the Practiced of Psychology. Includes an overview of the psychosexual disorders and their assessment and treatment. Meets clinical seminar requirement and requirement for California licensure. (2 units)
PC 837 Clinical Issues/Child Abuse. This course is designed to meet the requirements of California Assembly Act AB141, which specifies that mental health professionals complete training in child abuse assessment and reporting. Treatment issues are also covered. Meets clinical seminar requirement and requirement for California licensure. (2 units)
PC 838 Alcoholism/Substance Abuse. This course is designed to meet the requirements of Senate Bill 1796 for training in the detection and treatment of alcoholism and chemical dependency. Meets clinical seminar requirement and requirement for California licensure. Prerequisite: PG810. (2 units)
PC 840 Pre-Internship. PhD students only. (Fifth year) (4 per quarter for 4 quarters)
PC 841 Internship. A twelve-month full-time clinical placement, usually at an APA-accredited site. Prerequisite: PC840 (PhD) or PC824 (PsyD). (12 units per quarter for four quarters)
PC 843 Internship Continuation.
PI 800 Introduction to Integration. This course is designed to furnish the foundation for later integration seminars and to provide guidance for integrative thinking in other courses. The course provides a review of crucial models, methods, and topics.
PI 801 Integration Symposium. An integration seminar built around the annual Integration Symposium lectures and the responses from the three Fuller faculties. The topic and course structure varies from year to year. Prerequisite: PI800. (2 units)
PI 803 Special Projects in Integration. An independent study in integration which may focus on conceptual-theoretical issues, professional concerns, or other special applications. Does not qualify as one of the four required integration courses, but may be used for elective credit in psychology or theology. Prerequisite: PI800 and permission of sponsoring professors.
PI 805 Readings in Integration. Special or advanced integration readings not covered by regular integration courses. Prerequisite: PI800 and permission of integration chair. (2 units)
PI 833 Psychology of Religion. An overview of the major theories, issues, data, and research
methodologies of the psychology of religion. This course is highly recommended
as a supplement to the integration curriculum, especially for those who plan
undergraduate teaching careers.
FAMILY STUDIES (FS)
FS 810 Human Development in Context. Entering students are
presented an overview of the major theories, issues, data, and research
methodologies of the life span covering infancy through senesence. (First
MARRIAGE AND FAMILY COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
Marriage and Family Department Faculty
- Alvin C. Dueck, Eveyln and Frank Freed Professor of the Integration of Psychology and Theology
- Cameron Lee, Professor of Family Studies
- Terry D. Hargrave, Professor of Marital and Family Therapy
- Jack O. Balswick, Senior Professor of Sociology and Family Development
- Judith K. Balswick, Senior Professor of Marital and Family Therapy
- James L. Furrow, Eveyln and Frank Freed Associate Professor of Marital and Family Therapy
- Pamela Ebstyne King, Assistant Professor of Marital and Family Studies
- Lisseth Rojas-Flores, Assistant Professor of Marital and Family Therapy
- Miyoung Yoon Hammer, Assistant Professor of Marital and Family Therapy
Courses are offered for 4 quarter units of credit unless otherwise noted. All master's-level Marriage and Family Department courses except family therapy (FT) classes are open to all Fuller students, unless otherwise noted.
FAMILY STUDIES (FS)
FS 500 Family Systems Dynamics. This course prepares the student of marriage and family to conceptualize the dynamics of family relationships in systemic terms. The course examines a variety of issues related to the social processes within the family itself, including how families handle stress and conflict. Particular emphasis is given to family communication and the application of systemic thought to the ministry setting of the local church.
FS 501 Gender and Sexuality.This course examines the social, psychological, physical, ethical and theological dimensions of gender and human sexuality. The course focuses on sexual issues and the redefinition of gender roles in the family as well as the sexual counseling in which MFT students learn to diagnose, assess and treat sexual dissatisfactions within the scope of their clinical practice.
FS 505 Child and Family Development. This course offers an overview of human development in the context of the family and culture and explores how human development and family systems might impact various forms of ministry, missions and therapy. Major developmental theorists are briefly covered in the context of how personality development is understood within a familial context.
FS 506 Families in Contemporary Society. This course focuses on understanding the changing family structures and functions that arise from the unique nature of modern/postmodern American society. Students will be encouraged to develop their own response to a variety of social issues confronting the contemporary American family. The course begins with a demographic and historical overview of family life, and addresses relevant public policy trends.
FS 510 Human Development in Context. This course provides
an integrated overview of the process of human development and
social systems. The course addresses psychological, cultural, and
theological perspectives on the nature of personal and social
development. Development will be explored from the poles of
flourishing and languishing as informed by humankind¿s origin in
God. A lifespan approach will explore core areas of identity
development, including: moral/faith, gender and sexuality, family,
and cultural/ethnicity. Similarly, the course will address
developmental challenges, including: abuse, addiction, disability,
family dysfunction, poverty, and political oppression. Students
will also reflect on their own life experiences in the light of
the course content. SCR
FS 511 Cultural and Ethnic Issues in Marital and Family Intervention. This course explores the various cultural and ethnic issues that affect family therapy and enrichment. While the course examines a wide variety of cultural and ethnic family systems, special emphasis is placed on understanding the specific issues related to the practice of family therapy and education with African-American, Latino/Hispanic, and Native-American families.
FS 529 Ministry Issues in Human Sexuality. This course focuses on sexuality issues relevant to persons in Christian ministry by considering the spiritual, psychological, sociological, and physiological aspects of human sexuality. Offered only as an online course.
FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION (FL)
FL 501 Family Life Education. This course is designed to provide an introduction to the field of family life education methodology, including a rationale for the use of preventive psychoeducational strategies in family ministry. The course adopts a strength-based "wellness" approach and focuses on training the students in foundational skills as family life educators.
FL 502 Parent Education and Guidance. This course introduces students to models of parenting practice, and how parents guide and influence children and adolescents. Specific attention is given to the role of parent-child interaction in the emotional development of children.
FL 504 Marriage and Interpersonal Relationships. This course prepares students to develop and lead relationship and marriage enrichment seminars in local church settings. Lectures address a variety of relationship issues, including formation and dissolution, the role of emotions, gender differences, and exercises will address general communication skills pertinent to all relationships, with to others and their specific application to marriage.
FL 511 Advanced Family Life Education. This course offers a 40-hour intensive training workshop in which students learn role play and coaching skills, and work in teams to present course materials for immediate feedback. Students who successfully complete the course are certified as Family Wellness Instructors. Prerequisite: FL501, with a grade of B or better; or consent of instructor. (2 units), Pass/Fail
FL 550 Family Life Education Internship. This course is a two- or three-quarter internship under the supervision of a MF faculty who assists the student in an applied experience in family life education. 2/4 units (for a total of 6), Pass/Fail
FL 590 Directed Study in Family Life Education.(1-4 units)
FAMILY INTEGRATION (FI)
FI 500 Introduction to Integration. This course seeks to address an orientation to the various ways of interpreting the task of "integration," and their relevance to the student's own personal and spiritual development. Topics such as the purpose and value of theological study, an overview of integrative elements of the curriculum, and an anthropological and covenantal model for unifying various perspectives on the human person and family relationships are addressed. (2 units)
FI 503 Advanced Integration Seminar. This course explores the process of integrating social science with insights from Scripture, the history of the church and the experience of contemporary Christians involved in the helping professions. Examples of integration, with the goal of assisting students in developing their own perspectives and convictions regarding integration, are explored. (2 units)
Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Clinical Practice. This
course is designed to provide an
overview of the primary approaches, applications, and research related
area of forgiveness in clinical practice.
Forgiveness assessment, issues concerning domestic violence,
as well as the theological and intergenerational implications of
FI 531 Theological and Clinical Exploration of
Shame and Guilt. This course explores what it means to be an
person, psychologically, spiritually and interpersonally with
emphases on shame and guilt. Attention is given to integrating
and psychological theory and practical application for work with
diverse racial, ethnic and denominational family contexts.
FI 540 Narrative and Family Life. This course is an introduction to the relevance of narratives and the formation of story in the lives of families, through an exploration of postmodern approaches to family theory. The application of narrative to conceptions of healing and wholeness are explored, with particular emphasis upon the themes of love and loss/suffering. Students will be expected to gain an understanding of the value of narrative constructs in both family counseling and ministry.
FI 590 Directed Study in Family Integration.(1-4 units)
FAMILY RESEARCH (FR)
FR 501 Research Methods, Statistics, and Design. This course is an overview of the principal concepts of social science research methodology and associated statistical procedures, and the relevance of these to evidence-based clinical practice and professional development. Special emphasis is given to survey research methodology and a synthesis of qualitative and quantitative approaches is encouraged. Prerequisite: An undergraduate course in either statistics or basic research methods is strongly recommended
FR 590 Directed Study in Family Research.(1-4 units)
FR591 Master's Thesis. Assigns credit for research conducted for completion of a master's thesis. Prerequisite: FR501 or permission of the instructor. (8 units required)
FR592 Master's Thesis Continuation. To be used when a student has fulfilled the 8-unit FR591 requirement. (0 units)
FAMILY THERAPY (FT)
FT 502 Legal and Ethical Issues in Family Practice. This course offers a survey of the legal and ethical issues relevant to the practice of marriage and family therapy. These topics include confidentiality, informed consent, dual relationships, licensing standards, and family law. Students learn the application of ethical principles to specific professional and moral dilemmas. The course includes a review of California laws governing the practice of marriage and family therapists.
FT 508 Psychopathology and Family Systems. This course is a study of psychopathology and maladaptive behavior in the context of the family. Emphasis is placed upon developmental diagnosis and the diagnostic nomenclature of the DSM IV-TR. Prerequisite: FS500 and FS505.
FT 514 Family Therapy. This course introduces an integrative approach to engaging in family therapy. Building on communication, structural, strategic, developmental, narrative, contextual, and brief models, this approach includes gender, culture, and spiritual dimensions when doing therapy with families. Prerequisite: FS500.
FT 515 Marital Therapy. This course provides an overview of leading approaches to marital/couple treatment. The course addresses theories of marital interaction and approaches to clinical treatment. Assessment and treatment issues involving domestic violence are reviewed.
FT 520 Child and Adolescent Therapy. This course offers an introductory survey on issues related to the diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents both in individual and family settings. Cognitive-behavioral and family therapy techniques for common childhood and adolescent issues such as depression, oppositional disorder, anxiety, abuse, eating disorders, substance abuse and suicide are explored. Prerequisite: FS500, FS505, FT508, and FT522.
FT 522 Assessment. This course provides an overview of approaches to the assessment of relationship problems with individuals, couples, and families. Emphasis is placed on psychometric theory and the use of relevant psychological testing instruments for assessment and research in marriage and family therapy.
FT 526 Addiction and Family Treatment. This course provides the student with an understanding of alcoholism and the most commonly abused drugs, and examines the current treatment modalities with emphasis upon the Twelve Step programs and their place in the treatment continuum. Emphasis is placed upon learning the language of recovery and how to work with both the addicted person as well as the codependent and family members. Community referral resources and therapy techniques suitable for the marriage and family therapist in the treatment and referral of families affected by addiction are also covered.
FT 527 Divorced and Reconstituted Families. This course provides an overview of the major changes and challenges faced by families in the process of divorce and remarriage. Special attention is placed upon therapeutic interventions that are helpful to families during times of significant disruption and transition. The role of religious beliefs and practices are also explored as unique factors shaping the impact of divorce and remarriage on family life. Prerequisites: FS500, FT502.
FT 534 Brief Therapy. This course provides training in brief therapy models and their use in marital and family therapy. Emphasis is placed on Solution, Focused, and Narrative applications. The class includes an emphasis on the integration of these models with a theological perspective. (2 units)Prerequisite: FT515.
FT 535 Group Therapy. This course examines the role of group psychotherapy for the family therapist. The course focuses on both the theoretical and practical aspects of group dynamics, processes, and methodologies available to the family therapist. Specific types of group therapies, including topic/skill centered, couples, and multi-family groups are discussed. (2 units)
FT 549 Psychopharmacology. This course is designed to provide MFT students with a basic knowledge of psychopharmacology - its scope, effectiveness and hazards. An understanding of when and how to request a consultation for medication, as well as the important role of psychotherapy in supporting the appropriate use of psychopharmacological agents are covered. Prerequisite: FT508.
FT 556 Professional Development and Ethical Practice. This course is designed to further address the application of legal and ethical principles to the practice of marriage and family therapy. Students are expected to be enrolled in practicum and are encouraged to explore ethical issues that they are encountering in their clinical practice. (1 unit) Prerequisite: FT502
FT 557 Research And Clinical Practice. This course is designed to further student competence in applying research principles and findings to clinical practice. Students are expected to review and summarize extant empirical research literature on a topic related to the practice of marital and family therapy. (1 unit) Prerequisite: FR501 and FT502.
FT 561 Advanced Family Therapy Techniques. This
course is designed to provide students an opportunity to advance their
theoretical and technical application of a family of origin therapy, a
structural therapy and a strategic therapy.
Assessment, conceptualization, and techniques in each
perspective are discussed and role played.
FT 590 Directed Study in Marital and Family Therapy.(1-4 units)
CLINICAL TRAINING (FT)
FT 530 Clinical Foundations. This clinical training course assists first year students in the practice of basic counseling skills with individuals, couples and families. This learning experience spans the first two quarters of studies and includes role-playing, audio-video taped feedback, and participation in triads. The course includes a focus on professional development and practical training in responding to ethical and legal issues. Graded on a Pass/Fail basis. (2 units)
FT 531 Live Team. This training experience provides advanced master's students with one quarter of practice in marital and family therapy under the supervision of a clinical marriage and family faculty person. Each weekly session is conducted in a specially equipped observation room with a one-way mirror, where students have an opportunity to be either a cotherapist or team member. Graded on a Pass/Fail basis. (2 units)
FT 550 Practicum. Students enroll in a total of 12 units of practica over a period of 10-15 consecutive months. During this clinical placement each student trainee engages in a minimum of 300 hours of direct counseling experience, at least 150 hours of which must be with children, couples, groups, or families. In addition, each student must receive a minimum of 60 hours of individual or 120 hours of group supervision to be compliant with California state regulations. All practica are graded on a Pass/Fail basis. (2 or 4 units)
FT 550C Practicum Consultation Group. Practicum students are required to attend one hour per week of practicum consultation during the Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters of their second year in the program. Practicum consultation provides an opportunity for program faculty to promote and review a student's clinical development. (0 units; to be registered concurrently with practicum)
FT 555 Practicum Continuation. To be used when a student has fulfilled the 12 unit practicum requirement without completing the 300 hour requirement, or desires to fulfill other state requirements that exceeds 300 client contact hours. (0 units)