Approaches to Psychotherapy
This course presents the central theories and practices of clinical and counseling psychology with emphasis on methods of therapeutic intervention. Students will explore the theoretical assumptions of common approaches (e.g., psychoanalytic, humanistic, cognitive, behavioral, eclectic, and other systems), watch and participate in example interventions, and evaluate each approach on both theoretical and empirical grounds. This course will explore these theoretical assumptions through a broad cultural lens that considers the intersections of identity and the multi-faceted experiences of clients from all backgrounds. Basic assumptions of the therapeutic relationship, how such relationships are established, and the role of these relationships in a diverse modern society, will also receive attention. Students will be expected to take an active role in class activities, demonstrations, and presentations. (Two psychology courses; not open to first-year students; open to psychology majors only) 3 hrs. lect.