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SOLE 3513: Clinical Psychology


COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course will introduce student to the profession of clinical psychology, and also examine the nature and challenges associated with the work. It will also tease out the history and development of the profession in the Western world and West Africa. This course will also discuss the various psychopathological/psychological disorders prevalent in the general population and the assessment tools and techniques employed in assessment and diagnosis. It will also seek to explore the numerous psychotherapies employed by Clinical Psychologist to treat and manage psychological disorders

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Explain the concept, nature and history of Clinical Psychology
  • Describe the principles involved in psychological assessment.
  • Understand and outline the interviewing processes in clinical work.
  • Appreciate the general principles of psychotherapy employed by Clinical Psychologists

 

COURSE FORMAT/ OBJECTIVE:

The purpose of this course is to introduce undergraduate students to the profession of clinical psychology. Through practical examples and the use of case studies, students will have a good understanding of the nature, concept, and principles of clinical psychology.

 

REQUIRED READINGS:

  • Coon, D. (2004). Introduction to Psychology. Minneapolis: West Publishing CoMcMillan, J.H (2004).Educational Research (4th Ed.). Boston: Pearson
  • Nietzel, M.T., Bernstein, D. A., & Milich, R. (1994). Introduction to Clinical Psychology (4th ed.) New Jersey: Prentice Hall.
  • Rathus, S.A. (2001). Essentials of Psychology (6th Ed.) Fort Worth: Harcourt.                                         

 

RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM/COURSE SCHEDULE: 

Introduction to Clinical Psychology, History of Clinical Psychology, Assessment in Clinical Psychology, Psychopathological/psychological disorders, Neuropsychiatric disorder, Interviewing and testing in Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy in Clinical Psychology

 

FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT:

Term Paper 10%, Mid-Semester Exams 15%, Presentation 5%, Attendance 10% and Final Exams 60%