PSYC 357
Clinical Psychology & Social Justice: Centering Marginalized Perspectives Fall 2024
Division III Difference, Power, and Equity

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In this course, students will evaluate the critical question of whether and how clinical psychology can address mental health disparities and promote social justice. Students will gain a substantive understanding of research and theory examining psychopathology, including historical perspectives, expression and conceptualization of psychopathology, etiological theories from varied disciplines, and intervention and prevention strategies. We will take a liberation psychology and intersectional approach to examine the ways in which various intersecting systems of oppression and privilege shape the mental health and lived experiences of individuals and communities. Throughout the course, we will center topics and people that have been epistemically excluded from the field of clinical psychology. Topics such as racism, discrimination, resistance, pride, collective care, and queer affirming interventions will be addressed and the voices of those with marginalized identities (for example, due to their race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, immigration status) will be highlighted. Students will evaluate current research and theory with attention to bias, inequities, methodological rigor, and potential usefulness for promoting social justice, through prevention, intervention, and policy.
The Class: Format: seminar/laboratory
Limit: 16
Expected: 16
Class#: 1688
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Course requirements include: a) reading empirical articles; b) participating in class discussions; c) completing daily assignments; d) a 2-page research proposal (double-spaced); e) conducting a research project in a small group; f) a short presentation on a student-selected topic and reading; and g) a final research paper based upon the small group research project (approximately 15 double-spaced pages).
Prerequisites: PSYC 201. PSYC 252 recommended.
Enrollment Preferences: Psychology majors
Distributions: Division III Difference, Power, and Equity
DPE Notes: Students will examine how clinical psychology can address mental health disparities & promote social justice. To do so, students will: use scientific reasoning & quantitative skills to critically examine how intersecting systems of oppression and privilege shape the mental health of individuals & communities; evaluate research and theory with attention to bias, inequities, and usefulness for promoting social justice; and conduct a research project using socially just research practices.
Attributes: PSYC Area 5 - Clinical Psychology
PSYC Empirical Lab Course

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