Psychology 3301F 650 SU24

Clinical Psychology

If there is a discrepancy between the outline posted below and the outline posted on the OWL course website, the latter shall prevail.


Western University

London                   Canada


Department of Psychology

Summer 2024


Psychology 3301F Section 650


Clinical Psychology


1     Calendar Description

This course offers a survey of major topics in clinical psychology, including assessment and intervention approaches; experimental psychopathology; ethical, professional and theoretical issues; and emerging trends.


Antirequisites: Psychology 2301A/B

Prerequisites: Both Psychology 2801F/G and Psychology 2811A/B, or the former Psychology 2820E, or both the former Psychology 2800E and the former Psychology 2810, and one of Psychology 2310A/B or Psychology 2320A/B.


Three (3) lecture hours; Course Weight: 0.5


Unless you have either the prerequisites for this course or written special permission from your Dean to enrol in it, you may be removed from this course and it will be deleted from your record. This decision may not be appealed. You will receive no adjustment to your fees in the event that you are dropped from a course for failing to have the necessary prerequisites.


2     Course Information


Instructor:                  Sheldon Hill, RP

Office & Phone:          N/A

Office Hours:              Virtual office hours by appointment.



Teaching Assistant:   N/A

Office:                         N/A

Office Hours:              N/A

Email:                          N/A


Time and Location of Classes: Virtual, asynchronous


For courses that include an online component, students must have a reliable internet connection and computer that are compatible with online learning system requirements.


3     Course Materials


Hunsley, J. & Lee, C. M. (2017). Introduction to Clinical psychology: An evidence-based approach (4th Ed.). Etobicoke, ON: Wiley.


4     Course Objectives and Learning Outcomes


By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Understand the profession of clinical psychology, and explain how it differs from other related fields.
  • Understand the professional and practical considerations of the role of a clinical psychologist.
  • Understand the foundations of engaging in research in the clinical psychology field.
  • Understand the purpose of assessment and diagnosis for psychological disorders. Remember and understand a variety of assessment measures, and evaluate when a measure should be used.
  • Understand the various interventions that are employed in clinical psychology, and apply this knowledge to various psychology disorders and concerns.
  • Apply their understanding of assessment, diagnosis and prevention to a case study, cohering their knowledge.


Learning Outcome

Learning Activity


Depth and Breadth of Knowledge.

  • Understand key aspects of clinical psychology, including what it is, professional and practical considerations, and the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental health concerns.



Self-directed research



Final exam

Knowledge of Methodologies.

  • Compare and contract approaches to mental health assessment, diagnosis and treatment.






Final exam

Application of Knowledge.

  • Apply course information to cases in order to assess and treat fictional clients.
  • Develop critical inquiry and creative problem-solving skills to apply to case studies.



Self-directed research



Final exam

Communication Skills.

  • Verbalize and write clear and concise information related to the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental health concerns.





Final exam

Awareness of Limits of Knowledge.

  • Understand and recognize the limits to research and literature in the clinical psychology field.





Final exam

Autonomy and Professional Capacity.

  • Independent and self-directed research applied to the practical aspects of the course.
  • Adoption and use of professional language when speaking and writing about mental health concerns.



Self-directed research



Final exam


5     Evaluation


The evaluation and testing formats for this course were created to assess the learning objectives as listed in section 4 and are necessary for meeting these learning objectives


  • The essay is based on a case study that you will be provided and is weighted at 40%. The essay will focus on the assessment, treatment and diagnosis of a fictional therapy client. The essay is due July 19th. A more detailed assignment document will be posted.
  • Participation is weighted at 15% of the final course grade. Participation will be evaluated by weekly engagement in the discussions online. A more detailed document will be posted with instructions.
  • The final exam is weighted at 45% and will be scheduled between July 29th and August 1st. Students are expected to be available any of these days, until the exam is scheduled. This exam covers all lectures, including the assigned readings during that time. The final exam is multiple choice, short answer and long answer.


Policy on Missing Coursework


For any missing coursework, students are expected to communicate with the instructor and the Academic Counselling Office, as per section 11.0.

  • For a missed midterm or final exam, students must work with their Academic Counsellor to find a suitable rewrite date at their earliest convenience.
  • For the essay, the grade will be reduced by 2% for each day that the paper is not submitted past the deadline.
  • For participation, all students will be allowed to not submit one discussion post. If students do not submit more than one discussion post, they will receive a zero for that week’s participation mark.


Because this is an essay course, as per Senate Regulations, you must pass the essay component to pass the course. That is, the average mark for your written assignments must be at least 50%.


This course is exempt from the Senate requirement that students receive assessment of their work accounting for at least 15% of their final grade at least three full days before the date of the deadline for withdrawal from a course without academic penalty.


The Psychology Department follows Western’s grading guidelines:


The expectation for course grades within the Psychology Department is that they will be distributed around the following averages:


70%    1000-level to 2099-level courses

72%    2100-2999-level courses

75%    3000-level courses

80%    4000-level courses


In the event that course grades are significantly higher or lower than these averages, instructors may be required to make adjustments to course grades. Such adjustment might include the normalization of one or more course components and/or the re-weighting of various course components.


Policy on Grade Rounding


Please note that although course grades within the Psychology Department are rounded to the nearest whole number, no further grade rounding will be done. No additional assignments will be offered to enhance a final grade; nor will requests to change a grade because it is needed for a future program be considered.


6     Assessment/Evaluation Schedule





July 19

Participation Posts


Final exam

To be scheduled


7     Class Schedule


Lecture Weeks


Assignments and Readings

Week 1

May 6-11

Introduction to Clinical Psychology


Chapter 1: The Evolution of Clinical Psychology

Chapter 2: Contemporary Clinical Psychology


Week 2

May 12-18



Chapter 3: Classification and Diagnosis


Week 3

May 19-25


Chapter 5: Assessment Overview

Chapter 6: Interviewing and Observation

Week 4

May 26-June 1


Chapter 7: Intellectual and Cognitive Measures

Chapter 8: Self-report and Projective Measures

Week 5

June 2-June 8


Chapter 9: Integration and Clinical Decision-Making

Week 6

June 9-15



Chapter 10: Prevention

Chapter 11: Intervention Overview

Week 7

June 16-22


Chapter 12: Adults and Couples

Week 8

June 23-29


Chapter 13: Children and Adolescents


Week 9

June 30-July 6


Chapter 14: Identifying Key Elements of Change

Week 10

July 7-13



Week 11

July 14-20

Research Methods

Chapter 4: Research Methods in Clinical Psychology

Essay Due: July 19th by 11:55pm

Week 12

July 21-27

Special Topics

Chapter 15: Clinical Health Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology, and Forensic Psychology

July 29-August 1

Final Exam Period



8     Academic Integrity


Scholastic offences are taken seriously, and students are directed to read the appropriate policy, specifically, the definition of what constitutes a Scholastic Offence, at the following Web site:


Possible penalties for a scholastic offence include failure of the assignment/exam, failure of the course, suspension from the University, and expulsion from the University.


Plagiarism Detection Software


All required papers may be subject to submission for textual similarity review to the commercial plagiarism detection software under license to the University for the detection of plagiarism.  All papers submitted for such checking will be included as source documents in the reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of papers subsequently submitted to the system. Use of the service is subject to the licensing agreement, currently between Western and


Use of AI


The use of generative AI tools such as ChatGPT to produce written work is not permitted unless permission is granted by the instructor for specific circumstances. Any work submitted must be the work of the student in its entirety unless otherwise disclosed. When used, AI tools should be used ethically and responsibly, and students must cite or credit the tools used in line with the expectation to use AI as a tool to learn, not to produce content.


Multiple Choice Exams


Computer-marked multiple-choice tests and/or exams will be subject to submission for similarity review by software that will check for unusual coincidences in answer patterns that may indicate cheating.


Exam Proctoring Software


Tests and examinations for online courses may be conducted using a remote proctoring service. More information about this remote proctoring service, including technical requirements, is available on Western’s Remote

Proctoring website at:


9     Academic Accommodations and Accessible Education


View Western’s policy on academic accommodations for student with disabilities at this link.


Accessible Education provides supports and services to students with disabilities at Western.

If you think you may qualify for ongoing accommodation that will be recognized in all your courses, visit Accessible Education for more information.  Email:  Phone: 519 661-2147


10  Absence & Academic Consideration


View Western’s policy on academic consideration for medical illnesses this link


Find your academic counsellor here:


Students must see the Academic Counsellor and submit all required documentation in order to be approved for certain academic considerations. Students must communicate with their instructors no later than 24 hours after the end of the period covered SMC, or immediately upon their return following a documented absence.


Medical Absences


Submit a Student Medical Certificate (SMC) signed by a licensed medical or mental health practitioner to Academic Counselling in your Faculty of registration to be eligible for Academic Consideration.


Nonmedical Absences


Submit appropriate documentation (e.g., obituary, police report, accident report, court order, etc.) to Academic Counselling in your Faculty of registration to be eligible for academic consideration. Students are encouraged to contact their Academic Counselling unit to clarify what documentation is appropriate.


Religious Consideration


Students seeking accommodation for religious purposes are advised to contact Academic Counselling at least three weeks prior to the religious event and as soon as possible after the start of the term.


11  Other Information



Students who are in emotional/mental distress should refer to Health and Wellness@Western for a complete list of options about how to obtain help.

Please contact the course instructor if you require material in an alternate format or if you require any other arrangements to make this course more accessible to you.


If you wish to appeal a grade, please read the policy documentation at: Please first contact the course instructor. If your issue is not resolved, you may make your appeal in writing to the Undergraduate Chair in Psychology (


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