PSYCH 776 - Clinical Science in Historical and Cultural Context
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Psychology (PSYCH)
Department: LSA Psychology
May not be repeated for credit.
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This seminar will introduce graduate students in clinical psychology and related fields to major issues in psychological clinical science. Clinical science emerged as a training model for psychology doctoral programs during the 1990s in response to the call for practitioners to ground their professional activities on the extant empirical knowledge base of our discipline. This reorientation in training philosophy was deemed necessary because, despite much psychological evidence attesting to the limits of professional judgment and decision-making, many practicing clinical psychologists preferred to diagnose and treat their clients on the basis of therapeutic orientation or clinical expertise, while ignoring or even deriding psychological research. For example, many practicing psychologists employed clinical techniques to address client problems even when such techniques had never been evaluated under rigorously controlled conditions (and even when other existing interventions had already been evaluated in terms of therapeutic efficacy). In sum, clinical science insists that the “credentialed” claims of professional psychologists should be warranted by credentialed knowledge. But what does it mean to ground professional practice in scientific evidence? What counts as scientific evidence, and how certain can we be that it remains both useful and trustworthy for clinical purposes? How does the move toward clinical science echo, recapitulate, revise, or reverse the numerous historical shifts in our discipline and in the social sciences more generally during the past century? These larger questions will remain at the forefront of our consideration of psychological clinical science as a present and future endeavor.

PSYCH 776 - Clinical Science in Historical and Cultural Context
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001 (SEM)
M 11:00AM - 2:00PM
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ISBN: 0393317331
The Norton history of the human sciences, Author: Roger Smith., Publisher: W.W. Norton American e 1997
ISBN: 0691017239
The harmony of illusions : inventing post-traumatic stress disorder, Author: Allan Young., Publisher: Princeton University Press 1st pbk. p 1997
ISBN: 041532159X
Therapy culture : cultivating vulnerability in an uncertain age, Author: Frank Furedi., Publisher: Routledge Repr. 2004
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