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Clinical Psychology: Course Outline(Apsy.414)

Clinical psychology: A professional specialty concerned with diagnosing and treating diseases of the brain, emotional disturbance, and behavior problems, the branch of psychology concerned with the assessment and treatment of mental illness and behavioura

Course Outline

Unit 1: Introduction  to Clinical Psychology

Definition , Nature and scope of Clinical Psychology

Distinguishing clinical psychology from other professions

Unit 2: Evolution of clinical psychology

Origins of clinical psychology

Early pioneers of clinical psychology

Unit 3: Ethical issues in Clinical Psychology

Unit 4: Models in Clinical Psychology

The biological model

The Psychoanalytical model

The Interpersonal models

The Humanistic model

 The behavioral model,

 The cognitive model


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Unit 5: Clinical interview 

Characteristics of an interviewer

Types of interviews: Intake, Case history, Diagnostic, Mental Status Examination, Crisis interviews.

Components of interview: rapport , confidentiality and techniques ( verbal ,nonverbal and listening strategies) 

Unit 6: Assessment in Clinical Psychology

Mental status examination, Intellectual Assessment

Personality assessment, Behavioral assessment

Educational assessment 


Unit 7: Psychotherapy

Relationship of Client and Psychotherapist

Psychodynamic psychotherapy, Behavioral psychotherapy

Humanistic psychotherapy, Cognitive therapy

Gestalt psychotherapy, Group and  Family therapy

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