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Psychological and Brain Sciences

Certificate in Clinical Psychology


Students completing the Certificate in Clinical Psychology will develop an in-depth understanding of clinical psychological science, from theory to its application in the laboratory and/or a wide variety of applied mental and behavioral health-service settings. The certificate is designed to improve student competitiveness for graduate training in applied psychology and related fields or for entry-level positions (such as behavioral technicians) in mental and behavioral health settings. The required courses teach students about state-of-the-art experimental methods and theory from psychological and brain sciences that can be leveraged to address pressing psychological problems. The applied capstone experiences and associated supervision/discussion section will allow students to be exposed to real-world situations and practice settings in order to develop an appreciation of how psychological and mental health problems are manifest and addressed. The interdisciplinary breadth requirement will ensure that students learn about how psychological and mental health issues are conceptualized, studied, and addressed by other disciplines.

General Requirements for the Certificate in Clinical Psychology:

Required Coursework

Students must complete at least 24 credit hours, including the following courses.

1. PSY-P 324 Abnormal Psychology (3 cr.)

2. PSY-P357 Foundation to Clinical Science (3 cr.)

3. Three additional courses at the 300–400 level from the following list (9 cr.):

  • P303 Health Psychology
  • P319 Psychology of Personality
  • P337 Clinical Neuroscience
  • P346 Neuroscience
  • P349 Cognitive Neuroscience
  • P375 Intimate Relationships
  • P407 Drugs and the Nervous System
  • P423 Human Neuropsychology
  • P425 Behavior Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence
  • P430 Behavior Modification
  • P434 Community Psychology
  • P437 Neurobiology of Addictions
  • P457 Topics in Psychology

 4. Complete one course from the following interdisciplinary breadth courses (3 cr.):

  • EDUC-G 207 Introduction to Counseling Psychology and Student-Athlete Mental Health
  • EDUC-G 375 Multicultural Counseling-Related Skills and Communication
  • SOC-S 320 Deviant Behavior and Social Control
  • SOC-S 324 Mental Illness
  • SOC-S 358 Social Issues in Health and Medicine
  • SOC-S 365 Social Foundations of Behavior: Applications for Health Settings
  • SPEA-V 362 Nonprofit Management and Leadership
  • SPEA-V 379 Performance Measurement and Program Evaluation
  • SPH-B 310 Health Care In Diverse Communities
  • SPH-B 335 Aging, Health, and Diverse Populations
  • SPH-B 366 Community Health
  • SPH-H 311 Human Diseases and Epidemiology
  • SPH-H 345 Introduction to Causes and Prevention of Developmental Disabilities
  • SPH-H 381 Introduction to Health Information and Statistics
  • SWK-S 300 Substance Abuse and Social Services
  • SPH-B 416 Introduction to Health Counseling
  • SPH-H 418 The Nature of Addiction

5. Complete one Applied/Field-Work Course and one Associated Discussion/Supervision Section (6 cr.):

A) PSY-P 400-Level Field Experience Discussion

B) Approved PSY-P 400-Level Supervised Clinical Field Experience courses:

  • PSY-P 400-Level Supervised Clinical Field Experience
  • P457 Topics in Psychology—Approved Topics:
    • Real World Program Evaluation: Service Learning
    • Volunteers in Medicine Field Experience
    • Milestones Field Experience
    • Centerstone Field Experience
    • IU Behavioral Health Field Experience
    • College Internship Program Field Experience
    • Meadows Hospital Field Experience

C) Other options requiring program approval include:

  • Internships Outside of Psychology
  • Clinical Lab Experience (P493 or P494)
  • Other Psychology Service Learning Courses