Academic Catalog 2019-2020 
    Dec 12, 2019  
Academic Catalog 2019-2020
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PSY-629C1 Practicum Case Seminar: Humanistic/Experiential

2 semester credits
Each 2 unit PSY-629 term (term 1 is 629C1 and so on) is designed to complement the student’s clinical practicum experience. The primary goals of PSY-629 are: a) to provide depth exposure to one broad clinical theoretical orientation, including theoretical understanding, applied skill development, and related research and; b) to provide ongoing case consultation and supervision linked to the training the students are concurrently receiving at their practicum sites. PSY-629C focuses on developing a strong knowledge base in humanistic and systemic theories (including existentialism and constructivism) and the application of these theories and related research to the conceptualization and practice of psychotherapy. The Humanistic/Systems track introduces students to a philosophically informed approach to psychotherapy that is congruent with the humanistic and phenomenological-existential traditions but which is cognizant of the postmodernist (constructivist), dialectic, multi-perspectivist, systems and spiritually informed modes of thinking that many humanistic practitioners have integrated into their practice. While students will be introduced to basic philosophical ideas that formed the foundation of the humanistic/phenomenological movement, as well as selections from the “classic” writings of humanistic-existential psychology, there will be equal emphasis upon subsequent and recent developments within the broad humanistic tradition that have endeavored to integrate existential/humanistic practice with psychodynamic ideas (e.g. Yalom), neurobiology (e.g. Siegel), and system theory (e.g. von Bertalanffy), including approaches that have attempted to ground humanistic therapy in empirical support (e.g. Emotion-Focused Therapy).
Pre-requisites: PSY-708 , PSY-709 , PSY-711A1 , PSY-748 .
Delivery Method: Blended
Grading Default: Letter
Learning Outcome(s):  

  1. Be familiar with a broad spectrum of humanistic and systemic theories and principles.
  2. Be able to conceptualize cases from a humanistic/systemic perspective with a clear theory and evidence-based underpinning.
  3. Be able to conduct appropriate treatment planning in consideration of client goals, diagnosis, strengths and challenges.
  4. Be able to intervene therapeutically and empathically with clients from a humanistic/systemic perspective.
  5. Be able to form a therapeutic alliance.
  6. Be familiar with different humanistic/systemic therapies and how to apply them effectively for different psychological disorders.
  7. Be able to maintain professional standards and provide treatment consistent with ethical and legal standards.

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