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Clinical Psychology: Course Outline (SLPCP713)

Clinical psychology is an integration of the science, theory and clinical knowledge for the purpose of understanding, preventing, and relieving psychologically-based distress or dysfunction and to promote subjective and behavioural well-being and personal

Course Outline

Introduction to Clinical Psychology

  • Psychology and clinical psychology
  • Domain of interest and how it is different from other allied fields
  • A clinical psychologist as a professional

Understanding Psychology

  • Major perspectives of psychology, cognitive, behavioral, humanistic, psychodynamic, biological and socio-cultural
  • The areas of focus and description of human behavior
  • The contribution of each of the perspective in clinical psychology in terms of assessment, diagnosis and intervention systems

Helping the Helpers

  • Speech therapist as a skilled helper
  • Typical Needs of the helper and how they operate
  • When a skilled professional fails to deliver counter-productive attitudes
  • What are the fundamental characteristics of a therapist
  • What believes and personality attributes effect therapy process
  • Burnout in helping professionals: its symptoms, and management
  • How to become a good therapist: Attributes of an effective helper

Clinical Assessment-Interview-1

  • Fundamentals and basics in the clinical assessment process
  • Importance the nature and process of clinical Interview
  • Goals Anatomy of an interview types of interview Basic skills for interviewing
  • Advance skills for interviewing-assessing non-verbal behaviors, effective listening skills

Course Outline

Clinical Assessment-Interview-2

  • In continuation with the earlier discussion about interview and its fundamental characteristics
  • Therapeutic Relationship/Interaction and fundamental issues to develop a better therapeutic interaction
  • Empathy-Its characteristics and how to develop it
  • Positive Regard - its characteristics and how to develop it
  • Genuiness-Its characteristics and how to develop it
  • Self disclosure-Its rules and limitations
  • Climate of Safety/Comfortable Environment - its characteristics confidentiality.
  • Ethical consideration in interview processes

Clinical Assessment–Personality

  • Personality and its basic description
  • Objective personality assessment; its nature and scales of assessment
  • Projective personality assessment; its nature and scales of assessment
  • Ethical consideration in the use of tests and diagnosis and interpretation
  • Some techniques to understand client’s personality and its usage to develop better client-therapist relationship

Stress, Health and Coping

  • Definition and description of stress
  • Factors causing stress / sources of stress
  • Psychological and physiological response to stress
  • Coping with stress; stress management techniques
  • Stress as a precursor to communication problems
  • Stress and burnout in helping profession and ways to manage it

Psychology of Communication Disorders

  • Relationship of psychological problems with communication disorders
  • Voice and psychological problems
  • Language and psychological problems
  • Fluency and psychological problems
  • Neurological disorders and psychological problems

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