Clinical Skills Training Seminar II

Course Number: 
MPO411
Type: 
Graduate Education
Quarter Hours: 
2 Quarter Hours
Course Description: 
This course is designed for third-year clinical psychology graduate students and is the second in a series of two courses designed to further integrate practice-specific training with didactic work. The course is taken during the fall, winter, and spring of the student’s third year. These training seminars are designed to better prepare students for their applied practica experiences that are geared toward psychological assessment activities and the administration of various psychotherapy approaches, and for their future professional work as military psychologists. Students learn to apply a wide repertoire of clinical skills to specific patient populations as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV) diagnoses. Integral to the course, students take on a simulated caseload of three patients at the NCA Medical Simulation Center, and see these patients on an ongoing basis during the year. Students are coached by the instructor, and receive feedback from their peers, the course instructor, and the standardized patients at the Simulation Center. In classroom role-plays give students additional opportunities to fine-tune specific clinical skills. In addition, relevant readings, prepared case studies, and students’ current cases serve as the basis for lively class discussions.