Psychology 3301F 650 SU23

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.



LONDON               CANADA 

Department of Psychology 



Psychology 3301F    Section 650 

Clinical Psychology 





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. 


Antirequisite: Psychology 2301A/B. 


Antirequisites are courses that overlap sufficiently in content that only one can be taken for credit. So if you take a course that is an antirequisite to a course previously taken, you will lose credit for the earlier course, regardless of the grade achieved in the most recent course. 


Prerequisite: 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. 


3 lecture hours; Course Weight: 0.5 


Unless you have either the requisites for this course or written special permission from your Dean to enroll in it, you will 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. 




Instructor: Adam T. Newton, MSc, Lecturer  

Office and Phone Number: Westminster Hall, Room 60K  

Office Hours: Wednesdays 9AM to 11AM, by appointment  



Student meetings will be conducted via Zoom. In-person meetings are available, if necessary. 


Time and Location of Classes: Online, Asynchronously (via OWL) 


Delivery Type: Distance Studies/Online 



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. You may also contact Accessible Education at  or 519-661-2147. 


2.1 Online Learning Notice: 
Please note: For courses delivered in an online format, include an online component, or are required to pivot online, students must have a reliable internet connection and computer that are compatible with online learning system requirements. Some courses may also require the use of a remote proctoring platform to ensure assessments are taken fairly in accordance with Western’s policy on Scholastic Discipline for Undergraduate Students and Scholastic Discipline for Graduate Students. Please refer to the course syllabus for further information. 





Lee, C. M., & Hunsley, J. (2018). Introduction to Clinical Psychology: an Evidence-based Approach (4th ed.). Wiley.  

ISBN: 978-1-119-40306-7 


Note: additional readings (e.g., journal articles) may be assigned throughout the course. These readings will be available either through UWO Library Services or on OWL. 




This course will provide an overview of the field of clinical psychology covering: 

  1. Definitions and history of clinical psychology 
  1. Clinical psychology research methods 
  1. Psychopathology and abnormal behaviour 
  1. Clinical assessment including clinical diagnosis and the assessment of intelligence, personality and behaviour 
  1. Intervention methods used by clinical psychologists 
  1. A review of subspecialties within clinical psychology including health, neuropsychology, forensic, paediatric and child psychology 
  1. Current professional issues and training in clinical psychology. 


Lectures, online discussions, and assignments will complement material presented in the textbook. During the online discussion, the instructors will post questions to facilitate understanding of aspects related to the week’s topic.  


After successfully completing this course, students should be able to: 

Learning Outcome  

Learning Activity  


Depth and Breadth of Knowledge.  

  • Describe key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in clinical psychology 
  • Articulate the concepts and current states of knowledge in clinical psychology 





Independent research of journal articles for written assignments 



Midterm & Final Exams 


Essay Assignment 



Knowledge of Methodologies.  

  • Access, interpret, and critically evaluate appropriate research in clinical psychology 
  • Identify and critically discuss implications of information relevant to clinical psychology in academic articles and scholarly publications 



Independent research of journal articles for written assignments 

Participation in class discussions 

Essay Assignment 


Op-Ed Assignment 

Facilitated Discussion 


Application of Knowledge.  

  • Use evidence to support claims in written work 
  • Engage in critical scholarly discussions and debate on clinical psychology topics and utilize course material to critically assess a controversial issue in clinical psychology 
  • Generate a creative/novel situation to real life scholarly issues 
  • Critically evaluate the presentation of scientific ideas/scholarly material 


Independent research of journal articles for written assignments 


Participation in class discussions 


Essay Assignment 

Op-Ed Assignment 

Facilitated Discussion 

Midterm & Final Exams 

Communication Skills.  

  • Communicate (in writing) accurately, clearly, and logically using the discourse of within clinical psychology 
  • Present and critically discuss scientific findings and their implications (in writing and verbally) 

Participation in class discussions 


Essay Assignment 


Op-Ed Assignment 

Facilitated Discussion 



Essay Assignment 


Op-Ed Assignment 


Facilitated Discussion 

Awareness of Limits of Knowledge. 

  • Recognize the limits of one’s own knowledge and the knowledge within clinical psychology, and how this might influence the analysis and interpretations of broader issues 
  • Identify and discuss research issues in need of further investigation 
  • Discuss and critically evaluate a current issue in clinical psychology using scholarly sources 





Independent research of journal articles for written assignments 

Essay Assignment 


Op-Ed Assignment 


Facilitated Discussion 



Autonomy and Professional Capacity. 

  • Demonstrate initiative, personal responsibility, and accountability  
  • Demonstrate respect to classmates 

Participation in class discussions 

Essay Assignment 

Op-Ed Assignment  

Facilitated Discussion 

Essay Assignment 

Op-Ed Assignment 

Facilitated Discussion 





The evaluation and testing formats for this course were created to assess the learning objectives as listed in section 4.0 and are considered necessary for meeting these learning objectives. 




Participation should be a natural extension of your preparation for class and demonstrate your knowledge and application of the course material. Each week will have at least one participation component connected to it. These components can include (but are not limited to): OWL forum discussions, non-graded quizzes, discussions of case studies, etc.  


All participation activities will be hosted on OWL. Participation activities will open on Monday at 9:00 AM ET each week (Tuesdays on university holidays) and close on Friday at 11:55 PM each week.  


Quality participation is a reflection of your mastery of required readings and reflected in thoughtful questioning, raising points/issues you encounter in the reading, and your involvement in the class. 


Evaluation: A mark for class participation will be assigned for each class. You will receive feedback at least by the mid-term and again at the end of the course. Class participation will count for 12% of the course grade. You must participate in the week’s Participation Activity to receive a participation grade for that week, but listening to the lecture alone is not sufficient to receive full participation marks (see 5.1. Policy on Missing Course Work). 


Weekly Participation is graded on the following scale: 





This grade will be assigned if any of the following are true: 

  • Student answers the discussion question(s) in a coherent fashion 
  • Student ties their answers to learning in the textbook or lecture 
  • Student asks a meaningful question about the textbook or lecture material 

AND all of the following are true: 

  • Response produced by the student is original (I.e., not a near copy, repetition, or paraphrase of another student’s response) 
  • Student submitted response by the deadline 


This grade will be assigned if all of the following are true: 

  • Response is at least somewhat coherent 
  • Response produced is original (I.e., not a near copy, repetition, or paraphrase of another student’s response) 
  • Student submitted response by the deadline 


This grade will be assigned if any of the following are true: 

  • Response is not coherent or meaningful, or orginial 
  • Student did not respond or did not respond by the deadline 
  • Response is disrespectful to any other classmate or group 




This assignment contains two connected components: (1) A written op-ed assignment worth 14% of your final grade and due on June 12, 2023 and (2) An online (OWL), forum-based facilitated discussion with part of the class (asynchronous), worth 4% of your final grade. 


(1) Op-Ed Assignment (14%) 

You will be required to submit a written op-ed on a topic in clinical psychology of your choice. The paper should follow the typical style of an op-ed (for a guide, see:  

Your op-ed can be a maximum of 750 words long, excluding title page and references. You are to use APA formatting throughout the paper, reference section, and in-text citations; however, no abstract is required. The use of the first person (i.e., “I”) is allowed and encouraged for this assignment. However, refrain from disclosing personal experiences with mental health problems or other personal health-related information. 


You are also permitted to write about the same issue/topic in your op-ed assignment, as you do for your Essay Assignment (described below). 


A good op-ed will demonstrate application of your knowledge of clinical psychology, its current issues, and research, strong written communication skills, and the awareness of your own and the field of Clinical Psychology’s limits of knowledge. Strong op-ed papers have clearly defined arguments, are clearly written, are logical, and are engaging.  


Evaluation. For this Op-Ed assignment, you will be graded on: 

  1. Clarity of topic & theme 
  1. Quality of demonstrated knowledge of the relevant research 
  1. Adherence to APA style & formatting requirements 
  1. Demonstrated critical and logical thinking 
  1. Quality of writing & communication style 


(2) Facilitated Discussion (4%) 

You will be required to lead a short, typed discussion on your topic and op-ed (asynchronous). This discussion will take place via OWL and will be scheduled for a week of class, scheduled between June 19th to July 17th 


On an OWL forum, you are required to provide a brief overview of your op-ed and its main arguments and to pose at least 3 questions to ask the class to facilitate this discussion. You should also be prepared with some relevant background knowledge about your questions (such as relevant research you included in your op-ed) to encourage conversation. In addition to the original forum post, you are required to reply to at least two classmate comments by furthering the conversation (e.g., asking a follow-up question, providing additional context based on the classmate’s response). 


Participating in your classmates Facilitated Discussions can count as your Participation for the week, provided your contribution meets the criteria for a Participation grade (Evaluation: Participation).  


Refrain from disclosing personal experiences with mental health problems or other personal health-related information. 


The date of your Facilitated Discussion will be assigned via OWL after the Op-Ed Assignment deadline.  


Evaluation. For this Facilitated Discussion, you will be graded on: 

  1. The quality of your prepared questions 
  1. Demonstrated respectful communication with classmates 
  1. Clarity of typed communication 
  1. Demonstrated critical thinking 





You will be required to submit a paper that reviews a topic in clinical psychology of your choice. The paper should follow an essay format, which means it should contain an introduction with a thesis statement, a main body detailing the research and references to support the statement, and a summarizing conclusion. Your paper can be a maximum of 10 pages long, excluding title page and references (1 inch margins, double spaced, 12-point font). 


You will review empirical research and theory related to your chosen topic. You must cite at least 10 empirical journal articles or book chapters in your paper. Many psychology journals can be accessed online through Western Libraries, and your course textbook has a list of major journals relevant to clinical psychology that you may find useful. Format your paper, references, and in text citations according to APA style (7th ed): these guidelines are available online through Western Libraries under “Publication manual of the American Psychological Association.” The overall format of your paper should follow the APA style guidelines, but you do not need to include an abstract.  



Some suggested journal sources:  

American Psychologist 

Annual Review of Clinical Psychology 

Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine 

British Journal of Clinical Psychology 

British Medical Journal 

Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy 

Clinical Psychology Review 

Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice 

Development and Psychopathology 

Journal of Abnormal Psychology 

Journal of Behavioral Medicine 

Journal of Child Clinical Psychology 

Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 

Journal of Clinical Psychology 

Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 

Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 

Journal of Pediatric Psychology 

Journal of the American Medical Association: Psychiatry 

Journal of Pediatrics 

Psychological Assessment 

Psychological Bulletin 



A good paper demonstrates evidence of critical thinking and discussion. Therefore, a good paper is not only a summary of the findings and opinions of others. Critical thinking involves comparison and contrast of related points from different sources, or discussion of the strengths and weakness of arguments, evidence, and theory. In order to incorporate critical discussion in your paper, you may wish to choose a topic in clinical psychology where there is conflicting evidence, different theories, or different expert opinions. You should also choose a topic that you can cover in sufficient detail in 12 pages. If you find that your topic of interest is too broad, you may choose a narrower or more specific issue within this topic for your paper. Conversely, if you can find almost nothing in the empirical literature on clinical psychology to address your topic of interest, you should choose a different area or expand your focus.  


Note: you must upload your written assignments in a format that can be read by others. A *.docx (Microsoft Word format), *.rtf (rich text format) or *.PDF (portable document format) is recommended.  



Papers will be graded based on:  

1) Accuracy and clear understanding of the research and relevant surrounding issues 

2) Critical evaluation and discussion of the empirical research 

3) Organization and logic in the presentation of points and discussion, and overall writing style 

4) Quality and relevance of references selected for the paper 

5) Overall quality and sophistication of ideas 






The Midterm Exam will cover all material from lectures 1-6 & assigned readings (textbook chapters, journal articles). Your mark on the Midterm Exam is worth 20% of your final grade. 


Date: June 24, 2023 

Start Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM 

Duration: 2 hours 

Location: Online via Protortrack 




The Final Exam is non-cumulative and will cover lectures 7-12 & assigned readings (textbook chapters, journal articles). Your mark on the Final Exam is worth 25% of your final grade. 


This exam will be scheduled by the registrar’s office and will be held online via Protortrack.  






You must complete the Participation Activity for the week to earn a participation mark for that week. If you are not able to complete the Participation Activity for the week, you are required to seek academic consideration from your faculty academic counselling office. In these cases, you are required to complete a make-up participation assignment from the instructor to receive a participation mark for that week.  



Op-Ed Assignment 

The Op-Ed Assignment is due on Monday June 12, 2023, at 11:55 PM. Op-Ed Assignments that are not submitted by this deadline will receive a grade of zero. If you receive academic considerations from your faculty academic counselling office (e.g., due to illness), that extension will vary.  


Facilitated Discussion 

If you do not attend your scheduled Facilitated Discussion date without academic considerations from your faculty academic counselling office, you will receive a grade of zero for this component. If you have received an accommodation, please contact the instructor and your Facilitated Discussion will be rescheduled.  


Essay Assignment 

The essay is due on Friday, June 21, 2023, at 11:59 PM. Essays that are not submitted by this deadline will receive a grade of zero. If you receive academic considerations from your faculty academic counselling office (e.g., due to illness), that extension will vary.  


Midterm & Final Exam 

If you are unable to write an exam at the scheduled time, you must receive permission to write a make-up exam from your faculty by submitting documentation to your faculty academic counselling office to receive academic considerations. A student who misses an exam without permission from their faculty will be assigned a grade of zero for the exam. 



PLEASE NOTE: Because this is an essay course, as per Senate Regulations, you must pass the essay components to pass the course. That is, the average mark for your written assignments (i.e., the average of your Op-Ed Assignment & Essay Assignment) 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 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 


The Psychology Department follows Western’s grading guidelines, which are as follows (see: 


A+ 90-100 One could scarcely expect better from a student at this level 

A 80-89 Superior work that is clearly above average 

B 70-79 Good work, meeting all requirements, and eminently satisfactory 

C 60-69 Competent work, meeting requirements 

D 50-59 Fair work, minimally acceptable 

F below 50 Fail 


Note that 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. To maximize your grade, do your best on each and every assessment within the course. 






Grading Weight 


Each week 


Op-Ed Assignment  

June 12, 2023 


Facilitated Discussion 

To be assigned  
(June 19 to July 17) 


Essay Assignment 

July 21, 2023 


Midterm Exam 

Saturday June 24, 2023  


Final Exam 

To be scheduled during the final exam period 









Text chapters 


May 8 

What is Clinical Psychology? 

History of Clinical Psychology 

Ch 1  

Ch 2 (pp 27-43 only) 


May 15 

Research Methods in Clinical Psychology Classification and Diagnosis 


Ch 4 

Ch 3 


May 22 

Overview of Major Theoretical Models in Psychology 

Assessment: Overview 

Ch 5 

Online articles 

(see OWL) 


May 29 

Assessment: Interviewing & Observation 

Assessment: Self-Report and Projective Measures 


Ch 6 

Ch 8 


June 5 

Assessment: Intellectual and Cognitive Measures 


Ch 7 



June 12 

Assessment: Integration and Clinical Decision-Making 

Op-Ed Assignment Due on OWL 

Ch 9 


June 19 


Review for Midterm Exam 

Ch 10 

Review materials from previous lectures 


June 24 


Start Time: 1PM 

Duration: 2 hours 

Location: Online  



June 26 

Intervention: Overview 

Intervention: Adults and Couples 



Ch 11 

Ch 12 


July 3 

Intervention: Children and Adolescents & Pediatric Psychology 


Ch 13  


July 10 

Intervention: Identifying Key Elements of Change 

Ch 14 


July 17 

Recent Advances, Issues, and Trends in Clinical Psychology 


Health, Neuropsychology & Forensic Psychology 


Online articles  

(see OWL) 


Ch 15 


July 21 

Essay Assignment Due on OWL 



July 24 

Becoming a Clinical Psychologist 


Review for Final Exam 

Ch 2 (pp 43-47 only)  

Appendix 2 


Review materials from previous lecture 


July 31 – August 3 

Final Exam as Scheduled 







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Students are responsible for understanding the nature and avoiding the occurrence of plagiarism and other scholastic offences. Plagiarism and cheating are considered very serious offences because they undermine the integrity of research and education. Actions constituting a scholastic offence are described at the following link: 


As of Sept. 1, 2009, the Department of Psychology will take the following steps to detect scholastic offences. All multiple-choice tests and exams will be checked for similarities in the pattern of responses using reliable software, and records will be made of student seating locations in all tests and exams. All written assignments will be submitted to TurnItIn, a service designed to detect and deter plagiarism by comparing written material to over 5 billion pages of content located on the Internet or in TurnItIn’s databases. 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 ( 


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. 


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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. 




Tests and examinations for online courses will be conducted using a remote proctoring service. By taking this course, you are consenting to the use of this software and acknowledge that you will be required to provide personal information (including some biometric data) and the session will be recorded.  Completion of this course will require you to have a reliable internet connection and a device that meets the technical requirements for this service. More information about this remote proctoring service, including technical requirements, is available on Western’s Remote Proctoring website at: 

In the event that in-person exams are unexpectedly canceled, you may only be given notice of the use of a proctoring service a short time in advance. 




Western’s policy on Accommodation for Medical Illness can be found at: 


If you experience an extenuating circumstance (e.g., illness, injury) sufficiently significant to temporarily make you unable to meet academic requirements, you may request accommodation through the following routes:  

  1. For medical absences, submitting a Student Medical Certificate (SMC) signed by a licensed medical or mental health practitioner in order to be eligible for Academic Consideration;  
  1. For non-medical absences, submitting appropriate documentation (e.g., obituary, police report, accident report, court order, etc.) to Academic Counselling in their Faculty of registration in order to be eligible for academic consideration. Students are encouraged to contact their Academic Counselling unit to clarify what documentation is appropriate. 


Students must see the Academic Counsellor and submit all required documentation in order to be approved for certain accommodation. 


Students seeking academic consideration: 

  • are advised to consider carefully the implications of postponing tests or midterm exams or delaying handing in work;   
  • 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 


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. 




As this is an asynchronous, online course, there will be no changes to the delivery or evaluation of this course in the event of a COVID-19 resurgence or any other event that necessitates the course delivery moving away from face-to-face interaction.  




In courses involving online interactions, the Psychology Department expects students to honour the following rules of etiquette: 

  • please “arrive” to class on time 
  • please use your computer and/or laptop if possible (as opposed to a cell phone or tablet) 
  • please ensure that you are in a private location to protect the confidentiality of discussions in the event that a class discussion deals with sensitive or personal material 
  • to minimize background noise, kindly mute your microphone for the entire class until you are invited to speak, unless directed otherwise 
  • In classes larger than 30 participants please turn off your video camera for the entire class unless you are invited to speak 
  • In classes of 30 students or fewer, where video chat procedures are being used, please be prepared to turn your video camera off at the instructor’s request if the internet connection becomes unstable 
  • Unless invited by your instructor, do not share your screen in the meeting 


The course instructor will act as moderator for the class and will deal with any questions from participants. To participate please consider the following: 

  • If you wish to speak, use the “raise hand” function and wait for the instructor to acknowledge you before beginning your comment or question. 
  • Please remember to unmute your microphone and turn on your video camera before speaking. 
  • Self-identify when speaking. 
  • Please remember to mute your mic and turn off your video camera after speaking (unless directed otherwise). 


General considerations of “netiquette”: 

  • Keep in mind the different cultural and linguistic backgrounds of the students in the course. 
  • Be courteous toward the instructor, your colleagues, and authors whose work you are discussing. 
  • Be respectful of the diversity of viewpoints that you will encounter in the class and in your readings. The exchange of diverse ideas and opinions is part of the scholarly environment. “Flaming” is never appropriate. 
  • Be professional and scholarly in all online postings. Use proper grammar and spelling. Cite the ideas of others appropriately. 


Note that disruptive behaviour of any type during online classes, including inappropriate use of the chat function, is unacceptable. Students found guilty of Zoom-bombing a class or of other serious online offenses may be subject to disciplinary measures under the Code of Student Conduct. 




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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 to the Undergraduate Chair in Psychology ( 


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