Department of Psychology
Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology: Areas of Concentration
Clinical Child Psychology
With respect to the general departmental content core course requirements, a student interested in concentrating in clinical child psychology should meet the Group II option with a course in developmental psychology. At least one additional course in developmental psychology is highly recommended. No specific recommendations are offered for the Group I or Group III options. With respect to the courses selected to meet the requirements for at least one advanced clinical topics elective, one advanced clinical assessment elective, and one advanced clinical intervention elective, the following guidelines apply: The advanced clinical topics electives should include at least one course in child psychopathology or in a disorder with a primary age of onset during childhood or adolescence (e.g., Behavior Pathology in Children; Eating Disorders). The advanced clinical interventions electives should include at least one course on child or family interventions (e.g., Psychotherapy with Children, Family Therapy). At least one other advanced clinical interventions course focusing on a specific aspect or issue relevant to interventions with children or systems in which they are involved (e.g., Treatment of Victims of Child Sexual Abuse, Preventive Interventions in Schools) is strongly recommended. It is also recommended that the advanced clinical assessment electives be met with a course that either devotes significant time to the applications of a specific assessment approach (e.g., Neuropsychological Assessment, Behavioral Assessment) to a child population or which concentrates on the assessment of a relevant clinical problem (e.g., Assessment of Learning Disabilities).
At least one year of clinical practicum external placement (797) should be with an agency focusing on children and families (e.g., Children's Resource Center, Family Resource Centers) in the student's third or fourth year. At least one semester of the student's advanced clinical research & practice (709) experience should focus on children or on systems that focus on children (e.g., families, schools). It is also strongly recommended that if a student wishes to continue a focus on clinical child psychology that he/she select an internship (see below) in which at least 50% of his or her experience will be with children and families.
Students can opt to work with any Psychology Department faculty member in any area of research they choose for their thesis and dissertation. However, to insure some exposure to relevant issues in research in clinical child psychology, the student interested in this concentration should take at least two semesters of Research in Clinical Child Psychology (793).