PSY623A Clinical Assessment I
Lead Faculty: Dr. Valerie L. Alexander
Explores the realm of mental illness from the perspectives of etiology, diagnosis, classification and treatment. Covers relevant contextual issues often considered to be related to etiology and treatment. These include neurobiology, culture, family and development. Also covers post-modern considerations regarding pathology and treatment. These two courses introduce students to central features of psychotherapy and assessment, with a particular focus on adult psychotherapy. Students are expected to acquire and practice knowledge and skills related to development of a good therapeutic relationship; assessment, including DSM diagnoses and case formulation; treatment planning which links case formulation, theory, and clinical research outcomes to the methods and goals of psychotherapy;
and the therapist¿s role in promoting communication, insight, and behavior change within the therapeutic setting.