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Clinical Psychology

Course Code: PSYC 4375
Faculty: Humanities & Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course examines both professional issues and selected topics in clinical psychology. Selected topics include, but are not limited to, educational and training requirements, history, professional ethics, research designs and issues, controversies in clinical assessment and therapy, and how to become a clinical psychologist. The focus will be on the practice of clinical psychology in Canada but occasionally comparisons with other countries will be made.

Course Content

  1. The Evolution of Clinical Psychology: Healing Art to Evidence-Based Practice.
  2. Contemporary Clinical Psychology: Science, Ethics, and Controversies.
  3. Classification and Diagnosis: Current Problems and Future Directions.
  4. Research Methods in Clinical Psychology: Science, Ethics, and Controversies.
  5. Intellectual and Cognitive Assessment: Science, Ethics, and Controversies.
  6. Self-Report and Projective Assessment: Science, Ethics, and Controversies.
  7. Intervention: Theoretical Approaches and Ethics.
  8. Intervention: Evidence-based Treatments and Controversies.
  9. Intervention: Evidence-based Therapeutic Relationships and Controversies.
  10. Intervention: Evidence-based Principles of Therapeutic Change.

Methods of Instruction

The primary method of instruction will be lecture. The course may also involve group activities, presentations, audiovisual media, and guest lectures.

Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy. Evaluation will be based on course

objectives and include some of the following:

  1. multiple choice, short answer, or essay exams
  2. term paper, research project, or written assignments
  3. oral presentation or teaching demonstration

The instructor will provide a written course outline with evaluation criteria at the beginning of semester.

An example of a possible evaluation scheme is as follows:

Research paper                                    20%

Three exams at 20% each                     60%

Presentation                                         20%

Total                                                  100%

Learning Outcomes

Students will acquire and be able to summarize, critique, and debate issues related to:

  1. Historical factors that shaped the evolution of clinical psychology.
  2. Contemporary clinical psychology and its controversies.
  3. The differences between clinical, counseling, and school psychologists, as well as other mental health professionals
  4. Research methods and research controversies in clinical psychology.
  5. Ethics and ethical controversies in clinical psychology.
  6. Current classification systems for psychopathology, their limitations, and future directions.
  7. Clinical assessment, diagnosis, testing, and related controversies.
  8. Theoretical approaches to psychopathology, psychotherapy, and related controversies.
  9. Interventions and related controversies.

course prerequisites

PSYC 1100 and PSYC 1200 and PSYC 2341


Courses listed here must be completed either prior to or simultaneously with this course:

  • No corequisite courses


Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:

  • No equivalency courses

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.