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Explore the complexities of human behavior with Walden’s M.S. in Clinical Psychology program. By focusing on coursework that emphasizes current research, you can gain the skills to promote psychological health in individuals, families, and organizations. Study the theories and research associated with human behavior as you position yourself to pursue a Ph.D. or to work in a range of settings, including healthcare, education, and government.
This program can be completed in as little as two years. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.
Courses are delivered in a prescribed sequence.
*You can elect to take CPSY 6900 Master’s Practicum III (3 credits) after CPSY 6800 Master’s Practicum II. CPSY 6900 is an optional course for those students whose state requirements require additional practicum hours.
The M.S. in Clinical Psychology degree is not designed to prepare students to become a licensed psychology professional.
This course introduces students to Walden University and to the requirements for successful participation in an online curriculum. It provides a foundation for academic and professional success as a scholar-practitioner and social change agent. Topics include the relation of mission and vision to professional goals; development of the program of study and professional development plan; strategies for online success; introduction to the online library; and introduction to critical thinking, professional writing, and academic integrity. Course assignments focus on practical application of writing.
Students in this course are provided with an advanced overview of human development through the lifespan, including prenatal, childhood, adolescent, adult, and late-adult phases. Students examine and apply basic processes and theories to developmental milestones that occur within these phases of development. They explore factors of heredity and environmental elements on human development, and they consider ethical issues, research considerations, and global perspectives as they assess strategies to promote optimal development. Students also engage in coursework and discussions that highlight themes of diversity and social change.
This course provides an in-depth examination of current theory and research associated with major psychological disorders and their diagnosis. The primary classification systems are explored in terms of their applicability and limitations. The factors that impact the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders along a continuum of mental health are explored. Application of the diagnostic criteria in terms of case conceptualization is emphasized.
This course examines the psychologist’s principles of conduct, code of ethics, and standards of practice. The guidelines for practice in specific psychological services and with identified populations are explored. The ethical decision-making process is studied in depth. Topics include informed consent, confidentiality, duty to warn, mandated reporting, record keeping, the limits of competency, and dual relationships. The course also addresses issues of professional development such as supervision, peer consultation, and continuing education.
The focus of this course is on the acquisition and demonstration of clinical and counseling skills in the context of empirically-supported modes of intervention. Students apply skills in treatment planning exercises, clinical vignettes, and face-to-face simulations of psychotherapy sessions.
This research course provides students with core knowledge and skills for understanding, analyzing, and designing research at the doctoral level. Students explore the philosophy of science, the importance of theory in research, and research processes. Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method research designs and methods are introduced. Ethical and social change implications of conducting research, producing knowledge, and engaging in scholarship are emphasized. Students will apply and synthesize their knowledge and skills by developing elements of simple research plans.This research course provides students with core knowledge and skills for understanding, analyzing, and designing research at the doctoral level. Students explore the philosophy of science, the importance of theory in research, and research processes. Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method research designs and methods are introduced. Ethical and social change implications of conducting research, producing knowledge, and engaging in scholarship are emphasized. Students will apply and synthesize their knowledge and skills by developing elements of simple research plans.
There is a variety of assessment types that professionals use in modern clinical psychology settings. In this course, students learn about these assessments, focusing on cognitive and personality assessments as well as other tests commonly used in clinical practice. They engage in a comprehensive examination of measurement theory and the psychometric properties used to develop and evaluate these instruments. Students also explore related topics, including normative sampling and standardization, reliability and validity, test score interpretation, and test development. Through assignments and discussions, students address ethical, legal, and sociocultural issues, including cultural bias and fairness. Professional standards for psychological testing provide a foundation for the course.
This course explores the application of empirically-supported treatment and interventions to client problems ranging from problems in living to severe mental disorders in selected populations. Students demonstrate the implementation of intervention models including cognitive-behavioral therapy, person-centered therapy, short-term dynamic psychotherapy, and integrative psychotherapy. Culturally competent interventions are emphasized within an ethical framework for clinical or clinical practice.
This course explores the foundations of cross-cultural work from various disciplines in the field of psychology and addresses the cross-cultural application of traditional theories and models. Topics include the distinction between universal and culture-specific phenomena related to personality development, social behavior, research approaches, and gender; issues of acculturation; and cultural variations related to abnormal, clinical, social, and organizational psychology.
This course provides a comprehensive review of counseling approaches to group therapy. The theoretical bases of different approaches to group therapy, including psychoanalytic, existential, person-centered, gestalt, transactional, behavioral, rational-emotive, and reality-therapy are examined. The focus of this course is on counseling of various types of groups, the efficacy of using group therapy as the treatment method with multicultural and diverse populations, and the stages of group development.
The focus of this course is on experiential learning, which is an essential component of applied professional training. The practicum provides students the opportunity to engage in a supervised experience that integrates theory and research with practice. The practicum experience includes guided development of professional skills; awareness of professional and ethical issues; professional and interpersonal growth; development of cultural competence; and effective use of supervision. In addition to on-site supervision, students are required to participate in an online classroom experience.
This course examines both human cognitions and behavior through the lens of research and theory in social psychology. Topics include perception, attitudes, relationships and attraction, altruism, prejudice and aggression, conformity and obedience, group behavior, and the influence of culture. The implications of social psychology theory and research are explored in relation to social justice and social change.
This course is an optional third quarter following the required two-quarter practicum sequence for those students seeking additional field experience. During this course, students will complete a minimum of 300 additional hours. This course enables students to engage in a supervised experience that integrates theory and research with practice. The practicum experience includes guided development of professional skills; awareness of professional and ethical issues; professional and interpersonal growth; development of cultural competence; and effective use of supervision. In addition to on-site supervision, students are required to participate in an online classroom experience. (Prerequisites: Completion of the practicum application and approval of the field placement coordinator.)
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