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Psychology 5011 Correctional Psychology View Details
Introduction to current research and clinical practice in correctional psychology with an emphasis on the Canadian scene. Typical topics include Canada's system of justice, training in correctional psychology, correctional rehabilitation, assessment of offender risk/needs, probation and parole, correctional institutions, juvenile offenders, anti-social personality disorder, recidivism, Ontario's Ministry of Correctional Services, Correctional Services Canada, juvenile homicide, sex offenders, forensic, psychological assessment, the insanity defense, criminal justice associations.
Credit Weight: 0.5

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Psychology 5035 Health Psychology View Details
Health psychology can be defined as the aggregate contribution of psychological science to the maintenance of health, the prevention of illness and the identification of etiologic, diagnostic and therapeutic processes in illness and related dysfunction. This course presents students with the major theories, hypotheses and data sets which bridge the realms of health/illness and behaviour. In addition, the methodologies and practices employed by health psychologists in their investigative and clinical endeavours will be discussed.
Credit Weight: 0.5

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Psychology 5055 Eating Disorders and Obesity View Details
An in-depth survey of eating disorders from a biopsychosocial perspective. Students will learn about the nature and treatment of the spectrum of disturbances in eating behaviour and body image. Specific topics include: regulation of eating and weight; dieting and body image; measurements; classification epidemiology, etiology and course of eating disorders; physiological aspects of eating disorders and obesity; treatment of these conditions.
Credit Weight: 0.5

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Psychology 5071 Family and Marital Therapy View Details
Introduction to relationship issues in couples and families. A selection of current theory, research and practice will be covered including models and techniques of family therapy, schizophrenia in the family, marital intimacy, couple counselling, extradvadic relations, separation and divorce, human sexology, sexual dysfunctions and sexual counselling. Throughout the course students will be referred to resources for ongoing education and training.
Credit Weight: 0.5

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Psychology 5075 Mood Disorders View Details
Provides students with an advanced-level knowledge of mood disorders. The course will cover the assessment and classification of mood disorders, etiologic factors, and treatment. Specific topics will include historical considerations, current issues in diagnosis, the role of genetics, course and outcome, the neurobiology of mood, cognitive models, the role of stress and life events, developmental factors, personality factors, suicide, biological treatment, and psychological treatment.
Credit Weight: 0.5

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Psychology 5091 (9091) Master's Practicum View Details
Clinical MA candidates are required to complete a 400 hour practicum. Supervision is provided by faculty members who are registered psychologists or other registered doctoral-level psychologists. All placements must be approved by the Clinical Placement Coordinator prior to the practicum start date. In rare cases students might be required to, or given permission to, complete additional hours to fulfill this course requirement. These cases will be approved by the Clinical Area in consultation with the clinical supervisor and student. Students cannot exceed 400 practicum hours without prior written approval of the Clinical Placement Coordinator.
Credit Weight: 0.0
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 5201, 5271, 5551 and 5571
Notes: Non-credit required course. Restricted to Masters students in Clinical Psychology.

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Psychology 5110 Interpersonal Behaviour and Psychopathology View Details
An examination of the nature and role of interpersonal behaviour in various forms of psychopathology, including depression, shyness and social anxiety, personality disorders, eating disorders, schizophrenia, antisocial behaviour, and marital distress. Interpersonal perceptions, behaviour and communication are examined in family, peer, marital and client-therapist relationships.
Credit Weight: 0.5

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Psychology 5111 Cognitive Neuropsychology View Details
A lecture/seminar course based on research in cognitive neuropsychology with the aim of understanding cognitive processes from a neuropsychological perspective. Included is research that involves a merging of interests of clinical neuropsychology and cognitive psychology. Selected research will demonstrate how the study of cognitive disorders can illuminate theories of both normal and impaired cognitive functioning.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 0-0; 3-0

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Psychology 5130 Social Cognition View Details
Provides students with an advanced understanding of the principles of social cognition through review of empirical research in the field. The course will cover how people perceive, think about, and remember social information, as well as how basic features of social cognition influence social behaviour and other psychological processes (e.g. depression, relationships, and discrimination). Specific topics will include knowledge representation, schemas, automaticity, judgmental biasses, affect and motivation, the self, and stereotyping.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0

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Psychology 5151 Multivariate Statistics for Behavioural Research View Details
This course will focus on various advanced statistical techniques that can be used in psychological research. Topics will include multiple regression, factor analysis, cluster analysis, structural modeling, discriminant function analysis, multivariate analysis of variance, meta-analysis, canonical correlation, sequential analyses, and loglinear modeling.
Credit Weight: 0.5

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Psychology 5201 Clinical Assessment Techniques View Details
Designed to familiarize students with the full spectrum of psychological tests and assessment techniques that are currently used in the practice of Clinical Psychology. Students will be taught the relationships between various assessment protocols and clinical diagnoses with emphasis given to relevant ethical and legal guidelines. Students will have practica that involve proficiency development in the administration, scoring, interpretation and report writing of selected tests. Finally, the research literature and psychometrics on frequently used test batteries coupled with diagnoses will be reviewed from a scientist-practitioner perspective.
Credit Weight: 1.0
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 3201 or permission of the instructor
Notes: Restricted to graduate students in Clinical Psychology.

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Psychology 5211 Psychogerontology View Details
An examination of behavioural, cognitive, and psychosocial issues associated with potential vulnerability, disability, and disease in later life. The emphasis is on modes of adaptation, compensation, and choices of action that facilitate more effective solutions to the problems facing vulnerable seniors. The topics include assessment and intervention procedures that are appropriate for elderly residents of institutional and community settings.
Credit Weight: 0.5

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Psychology 5250 Evaluation in a Health and Social Service Context View Details
An examination of evaluation methodology relevant to the health and social services. The methods include evaluations ranging from process to outcome, which may be taken at the levels of the system, individuals or groups. The measures include self-report, reports by trained raters, observational data, and administrative data. Discussion of psychometric issues concerning assessment and evaluation across different sectors of health and social care. The use of indicators from administrative data is also discussed, including implications for policy decisions.
Credit Weight: 0.5

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Psychology 5271 Ethical and Professional Issues View Details
Ethical and legal issues arising from research and practice in clinical psychology will be examined. A.P.A., C.P.A. and C.P.O. standards are studied with reference to case material and issues drawn from a variety of areas of practice. The course content will assist students in preparing for registration as a psychologist by provincial or state boards.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Notes: Restricted to graduate students in Clinical Psychology.

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Psychology 5311 Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy View Details
An overview of the science and practice of cognitive-behavioural therapy. Theoretical underpinnings, putative mechanisms of change, and therapeutic efficacy will be studied with reference to those psychological disorders for which this form of psychotherapy is indicated. Students will also become familiar with specific CBT therapeutic interventions and practice issues.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Notes: Restricted to graduate students in Clinical Psychology.

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Psychology 5415 Learning Disabilities View Details
Both theoretical and practical aspects of learning disabilities are covered. The emphasis is on diagnostic and remedial procedures for auditory, visual, language and non-verbal disabilities. Diagnostic procedures include the use of standardized tests, and techniques for analyzing children's and adults' deficits in reading, spelling and arithmetic. The course may contain a practical component.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 5201
Corequisite(s): Psychology 5201
Notes: Restricted to graduate students in Clinical Psychology.

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Psychology 5471 Psychopharmacology View Details
An overview of the biological bases of psychopharmacology. Some of the topics will include gross anatomical structures and function of the CNS, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neuroendocrinology, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and behavioural mechanisms of drug action. By the end of this course, the student should have a working knowledge of the various physiological mechanisms and pathways known to mediate behaviour, and show mastery of the psychopharmacology of therapeutic and nontherapeutic drug classes.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; 0-0

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Psychology 5475 Behavioural Endocrinology View Details
An in-depth review of the field of behavioural endocrinology, the study of how hormones affect behaviour and neural substrates. Specific topics will include basic concepts in endocrinology (e.g., the major classes of hormones, hormone synthesis, storage, release, transport, and deactivation), an examination of research methods used in the study of hormones and behaviour in both humans and animals, and a critical examination of research on hormonal effects on human behaviour (e.g., hormones and mood, hormones and memory, effects of hormone-like environmental toxins).
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0

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Psychology 5491 Clinical Psychopharmacology View Details
The foundations provided in Psychology 5471 will be developed, with particular emphasis on practical clinical issues. The student will gain sufficient knowledge to allow him/her to interact effectively and intelligently in a multidisciplinary treatment team environment. This knowledge will assist the clinician in assessment (e.g., differentiating symptoms from side-effects), treatment planning, monitoring the effectiveness of treatment, and collaborating in medication studies.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 5471 or permission of the instructor
Offering: 0-0; 3-0

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Psychology 5551 Clinical Interviewing View Details
An introduction to a number of practice issues and skills that are necessary for practitioners in clinical psychology. Students will acquire interviewing skills that are common to most forms of contemporary psychotherapy. Interviewing skills for psychological diagnosis will also be acquired through role-play and videotaped mock interviews. Professional ethics, standards of conduct, multicultural and client diversity issues will also be explored.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Notes: Restricted to graduate students in Clinical Psychology.

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Psychology 5571 Psychotherapy View Details
The focus of this course is on psychological interventions that are informed by clinical science and the issues that affect clinical practice. Topics that will be covered include the history of clinical psychology, ethics and professional issues, scientific basis of psychological interventions, case formulation and treatment planning. It is expected that a student completing this course will develop the basic skills for conceptualizing clinical cases, selecting appropriate treatment strategies and managing the interventions from beginning to termination. There is a practical component to the course.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Notes: Restricted to graduate students in Clinical Psychology.

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Psychology 5600 (9600) Master's Research Seminar View Details
All Psychology master's students must register in this course in each year of their MA or MSc. Any exceptions must be approved by the Area Director. Students are required to attend departmental colloquia and present their MA or MSc thesis proposals to faculty and students in the graduate program.
Credit Weight: 0.0
Notes: Non-credit required course.

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Psychology 5711 Research Methods and Program Evaluation View Details
An in-depth and critical review of topics in research methodology, philosophy of science, research problem formulation, and program evaluation.
Credit Weight: 0.5

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Psychology 5731 Special Topics in Psychology View Details
Systematic and detailed study of specific topics in psychology at an advanced level. Selection of topics may vary from year to year.
Credit Weight: 0.5

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Psychology 5751 Topics in Biological Psychology View Details
Topics will vary from year to year, but will include, in different years, topics such as Memory Neuroscience or Visual Perception.
Credit Weight: 0.5

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Psychology 5801 Specialized Readings and Research Techniques View Details
A course of specialized readings and/or research techniques may be arranged between students and faculty members. Topics generally relate to those areas of psychology in which faculty members have specific expertise or research experience. Before registering in this course, students must obtain the written permission of the professor who will direct their work, as well as written approval of the departmental Graduate Studies Committee.
Credit Weight: 1.0

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Psychology 5811 Specialized Readings and Research Techniques View Details
A course of specialized readings and/or research techniques arranged between students and faculty members. Topics generally relate to those areas of psychology in which faculty members have specific expertise or research experience. Before registering in this course, students must obtain the written permission of the professor who will direct their work, as well as written approval of the departmental Graduate Studies Committee.
Credit Weight: 0.5

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Psychology 5901 (9901) Master's Thesis View Details
Credit Weight: 2.0

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Psychology 6089 (9089) PhD Research Practicum View Details
Psychological Science PhD candidates in Year 3 are required to complete at least a year's work focusing on research that expands their knowledge beyond the dissertation. Preference is for students to work in research areas related to their speciality area with the intent on developing a broader-based understanding of the techniques, paradigms and methods used in their field of study. Specialized readings and research techniques are to be arranged between students and those faculty member(s) who agree to supervise the PhD candidates. Topics generally relate to those areas of psychology in which faculty members have specific expertise or research experience. Before registering in this course, students must obtain the written permission of the professor who will direct their work, as well as written approval of the Director of Psychological Science. By the end of Year 3, the PhD candidates (along with their supervisor) will be expected to develop and complete a research project with findings that can be presented at peer-reviewed professional conference(s) and a final manuscript ready for submission to a peer-reviewed journal.
Credit Weight: 0.0
Notes: Non-credit required course. Restricted to PhD students in Psychological Science.

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Psychology 6090 (9090) PhD Clinical Practicum View Details
Clinical Psychology PhD candidates are required to complete a 600 hour practicum. Supervision is provided by faculty members who are registered psychologists or other registered doctoral-level psychologists. All placements must be approved by the Clinical Placement Coordinator prior to the practicum start date. In rare cases students might be required to, or given permission to, complete additional hours to fulfill this course requirement. These cases will be approved by the Clinical Area in consultation with the clinical supervisor and student. Students cannot exceed 600 practicum hours without prior written approval of the Clinical Placement Coordinator.
Credit Weight: 0.0
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 5201, 5271, 5551, 5571 and 5091
Notes: Non-credit required course. Restricted to PhD students in Clinical Psychology.

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Psychology 6092 (9092) Internship View Details
Clinical PhD candidates are required to complete a twelve-month (2000 hour) internship or its equivalent. Internship settings are designated and approved by the department, and supervision is provided by registered doctoral-level psychologists who are approved by the department. Students are encouraged to apply for CPA accredited internships and to use the APPIC matching service. Non-APPIC internships must be approved by the Director of Clinical Training and will be evaluated for equivalency to Internship Accreditation Standards. Prior to Internship application, students must have completed all coursework, the Clinical Practice Comprehensive Examination, and the dissertation proposal defense. Prior to commencement of an Internship, students are required to have completed the PhD Practicum, the Science Comprehensive Examination, and dissertation data collection. Students should refer to the Clinical Program Manual for details.
Credit Weight: 0.0
Notes: Non-credit required course.  Restricted to PhD students in Clinical Psychology.

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Psychology 6211 Psychopathology of the Adult View Details
The classification systems for adult psychopathology will be examined with respect to the differential diagnosis of the disorders, and the theoretical and experimental literature relating to their etiology, maintenance, and treatment. A historical overview of diagnostic issues will also be provided.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Notes: Restricted to graduate students in Clinical Psychology.

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Psychology 6231 Psychopathology of Childhood and Adolescence View Details
Students are provided with a clinical and scientific understanding of emotional and behavioural disorders in children and youths. From the perspective of a developmental psychopathology the sequential and emergent processes characterizing normal behavioural change are applied to abnormal phenomena presented by the young. The content to be covered is organized around both specific conditions or syndromes (e.g., infantile autism, conduct disorder) and the particular mechanisms that have been proposed to explain them. Assessment and treatment issues will be discussed for each condition as well.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Notes: Restricted to the graduate students in Clinical Psychology.

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Psychology 6251 Advanced Assessment Techniques View Details
Advanced theoretical and applied aspects of psychological assessment will be examined. Topics will include: (1) a review of psychometric theory and test construction; (2) review of professional ethics and standards in assessment; (3) evidence-based practice in assessment; (4) advanced interviewing skills; (5) the administration and interpretation of tests of intellectual functioning, memory, psychopathology, personality, health, and vocational interests and aptitudes; (6) computer applications; (7) differential diagnosis; (8) psychological report writing; and (9) special populations, diversity issues, and cultural issues in assessment. The course includes a practicum component.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 5091, 5201, 5271, 5551
Notes: Restricted to graduate students in Clinical Psychology.

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Psychology 6331 Psychosocial Problems Across the Life Span View Details
The course will review theory and research on human social development across the life span, with a focus on psychosocial problems of children, adults, and the family, such as caregiver depression, child abuse, adolescent drug abuse, divorce, and elder abuse.
Credit Weight: 0.5

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Psychology 6531 Community and Rural Psychology View Details
An examination of issues relevant to clinical practice in community, rural, and northern areas. The individual, social, cultural, organizational, and community influences on psychological and community well-being will be examined. The challenges and rewards of practice in rural and northern areas will be discussed, along with the professional and ethical issues that arise.
Credit Weight: 0.5

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Psychology 6600 (9660) PhD Research Seminar View Details
All Psychology graduate students must register in this course in each of the first three years of the PhD program. Any exceptions must be approved by the Area Director. Students are required to attend departmental colloquia and present their PhD dissertation proposals to faculty and students in the graduate program.
Credit Weight: 0.0
Notes: Non-credit required course.

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Psychology 6751 Cultural Issues for Clinical Psychologists View Details
Designed to promote an understanding of the link between culture and the conceptualization and definition of mental health and mental disorders. Issues relating to the assessment, diagnosis, case formulation, and treatment of mental disorders will be examined within a culture-sensitive context. Special focus will be placed on the First Nations and Inuit populations in Canada. The barriers to effective delivery of mental health services in northern, rural and remote communities and models of best practices in these areas will also be examined.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Notes: Restricted to graduate students in Clinical Psychology.

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Psychology 6811 Clinical Practice Comprehensive Exam View Details
An examination of the student's ability to integrate research and clinical information from divergent areas related to clinical psychology such as psychopathology, assessment, case conceptualization, treatment, as well as the legislations, ethics and professional issues impacting on the professional practice of clinical psychology. Evaluation consists of a full-day closed-book written examination in which students are presented with questions and clinical scenarios, for which they explicate the relevant clinical theoretical, empirical, ethics, legislation and professional issues that need to be considered for competent care of the client.
Credit Weight: 0.0
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 5091, 5151, 5271, 5311, 5711, 6211, 6231, 6251, 6751
Notes: Non-credit required course.  Restricted to PhD students in Clinical Psychology.

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Psychology 6812 (9812) Clinical Science Comprehensive Exam View Details
The purpose of the Clinical Science Comprehensive Exam is to assess the Clinical PhD student’s ability to integrate and critically evaluate an area of psychology from a scientific perspective. The exam can take one of two forms – a written comprehensive paper or an original research project that results in a research paper. The student works independently on his/her comprehensive, which should be outside the student’s area of dissertation research. The area must be approved by three comprehensive committee members selected by the student. The student must register for the clinical science comprehensive by September 30 of PhD Year 2. The Clinical Science Comprehensive Committee evaluates the final paper.
Credit Weight: 0.0
Notes: Non-credit required course.

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Psychology 6813 (9813) Psychological Science Preliminary Examinations View Details
Comprehensive preliminary exams for the Psychological Science PhD student are designed to assess the student's ability to scientifically integrate and theoretically evaluate two areas of psychological study. The two selected areas must be unrelated to the student's dissertation focus of research. Examination areas must be approved by two science Preliminary Exam Committee members selected by the student and approved by the Psychological Science Director. Examination of the areas will be comprised of two 4-hour, closed-book exams. The exams are to be written on separate days and must be taken before the end of PhD Year 2. Research areas are based on committee-approved student-generated reading lists. The science preliminary exam committee evaluates the closed-book written examinations. Students work independently on their examinations.
Credit Weight: 0.0
Notes: Non-credit required course.

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Psychology 6901 (9900) PhD Dissertation View Details
Credit Weight: 0.0

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