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This is an advanced course on anxiety that takes an in depth look at the theory and research on the normative psychological processes that influence responses to danger, both real and imagined. Specifically, it examines the empirical research on psychological responses to traumatic experiences, such as combat, sexual assault, and natural and community disasters. Responses to perceived or imagined threats are also discussed as the underpinnings of such anxiety disorders as Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Phobia, Specific Phobia and OCD. Discussions focus on commonalities and differences in empirically supported treatments for anxiety disorders as well as controversies in the field.
Format: seminar; As many of our meetings will be held in-person as reasonably feasible. Students who are on-campus will be encouraged to attend the seminar in person. Those who are unable to attend in person will join remotely. Students will be required to meet with me in small groups prior to their presentation to review their presentation/discussion plan. These meetings will occur in person or remotely, depending on scheduling availability.
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
Regular attendance and active class participation (whether in person or remote) - students will be randomly quizzed and/or asked to summarize or discuss material from the assigned readings and graded for their preparedness; midterm examination; one final 8-10 page literature review paper based on course content; one group presentation with discussion.
Psychology Majors; preference given to those with outstanding major requirements
PSYC Area 5 - Clinical Psychology