Department of Psychology
Community Psychology @ BSGU
Students at BGSU can choose the clinical-community psychology concentration and specialize in a systems approach to helping and social change. Graduate students in other areas of clinical psychology often decide to take clinical-community courses and placement to increase their abilities to assess and intervene at a systems level in their work and/or participate in research.
Our program provides a sound education in the theory and methods of psychology. We recognize the need for training clinical psychologists to perform in a range of professional roles. In addition to completing departmental requirements, students are expected to obtain knowledge in clinical practice and research methods and to develop expertise in an area of specialization appropriate to their career interests.
Students who specialize in clinical-community psychology must complete all of the standard requirements for receiving a Ph.D. in Psychology at Bowling Green State University. Students complete basic coursework and receive supervised training in clinical and community interventions. Students are involved in a variety of research groups facilitated by faculty that provide experience in conducting basic and applied research. Students are required to complete two independent research projects, a Master’s thesis and Doctoral dissertation, and have the option to complete additional independent research projects. In the third and fourth years of training, students complete 20 hour per week placements in various clinical settings to enhance their clinical and community skills.
Catherine H. Stein, Ph.D.
The clinical-community psychology concentration at BG offers students many meaningful ways to conduct research and collaborate with people in the community. Although students who take the clinical-community concentration vary in age, background, and interests, I have noticed that clinical-community students at BG are similar in a number of respects. Students in clinical-community are bright, thoughtful individuals who tend to view people in terms of strengths, rather than deficits. Clinical-community students are sensitive to social injustice and are passionate about helping to make the world a better place. Students in clinical-community are “doers” as well as “thinkers,” and are not afraid to work with people who may appear different than themselves. Perhaps most importantly, clinical-community students come to BG with a strong desire to learn and an intellectual openness that enables them to become outstanding psychologists. I am extremely pleased to be the faculty member most strongly identified with the clinical-community concentration at BG. I hope that these website pages provide a flavor for how community psychology principles are translated into research and action in our clinical program.
My own research interests focus on how to create social settings that promote individual mental health and well-being. One aspect of my research is working with adults coping with serious mental illness and their families in developing and accessing community resources. I also conduct research on social networks and family relationships in adulthood. My interest in both quantitative and qualitative forms of inquiry is reflected in my research. In graduate teaching, I seek to facilitate educational environments that enable students to recognize their strengths and develop their skills as researchers, clinicians, consultants and advocates in the community. I teach basic clinical courses, clinical-community practica, and graduate seminars. I work with students individually on their own research and facilitate a research group where students work together on projects.
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