Courses offered in Clinical and Counseling Psychology Department

Please find a list of courses you may like to take this Fall in the CCPX and CCPJ Programs.

We will be posting Spring courses soon.


***Seats still left in this small Friday seminar***

Gender and Sexuality in the Clinical Encounter

Fall 2014, Fridays 9-10:40am

Jane Caflisch, Ph.D.

This discussion-based seminar will examine the ways in which gender and sexuality have been conceptualized by psychiatry, psychoanalysis and society more broadly, placing these views in historical context and considering their evolution through the present day. It will consider modernist vs. postmodernist views of gender and sexuality (i.e. views that understand the self as unitary and essential, vs. as fluid and socially constructed), and will explore the roles of multiplicity and fluidity, as well as the roles of loss and mourning, in the formation of gendered and sexual identities. Because this is a course intended for clinicians in training, discussions of theory and research will be interwoven with examples from clinical practice, as well as discussions of particular clinical dilemmas and opportunities that may arise when issues of gender and sexuality come to the fore. We will address issues related to intersectionality, self-disclosure, same-sex parenting, transgender issues, and group treatment, among others. In each of these contexts, we will explore the ways in which varying theoretical and cultural understandings of gender and sexuality may affect the lived experience of individuals who present for treatment, and may shape the way we intervene as therapists.


Mother-Child Matrix: Developmental and Clinical Implications

Fall 2014, Thursdays 3:00-4:40pm

Aurelie Athan, Ph.D.

Few areas in psychology have developed as slowly as research and theory about mothers.  The purpose of this course is to explore the biological, psychological, social, and cultural factors that influence a mother's well-being, and therefore her child's. We will cover topics as diverse as:  family planning and infertility, pregnancy, birthing practices, perinatal psychopathology and maternal distress, social policy and childcare, global motherhood and maternal mortality, anthropological views of "motherhood,” trends in parenting recommendations, and positive psychology/spiritual reconceptualizations of maternal experience--among others. Theories of maternal development from conception through pregnancy and the postpartum period will be critically examined. Readings include empirical, descriptive, theoretical, literary and popular readings. 


Women and Mental Health

Fall 2014, Thursdays 9:00-10:40am

Nancy Nereo, Ph.D.

 The purpose of this course is to explore the biological, psychological, social, and cultural factors that influence women’s well-being.