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Swarthmore College    
College Bulletin - Course Catalog 
  Jan 20, 2018
College Bulletin - Course Catalog

PSYC 138A. Seminar in Clinical Psychology: The Role of Context

This course examines the role of context in both the development and treatment of psychopathology.  We consider questions regarding the interplay of biology, development, and social/cultural context as we seek to understand the genesis of different psychological disorders, and the forces that maintain, exacerbate, and ameliorate them.  Within this framework, we examine how the subjective experience of illness and of the therapeutic relationship affect treatment outcome, how an ecological perspective has informed empirically supported and alternative treatments for a wide variety of psychological disorders, and several current controversies in the theory and practice of clinical psychology.
Students may only use one clinical seminar, either PSYC 138A or PSYC 138B  as an honors preparation. 

This course may not be taken as pass/fail. 
Prerequisite: PSYC 001 : Introduction to Psychology and PSYC 038 : Clinical Psychology, or permission of the instructor.
Social Sciences.
1 credit.
Fall 2017. Reimer.
Fall 2018. Reimer.
Catalog chapter: Psychology  
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Check the Spring 2018 Schedule of Courses