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LAKEHEAD CALENDAR 2009-2010

Lakehead 2009-2010 Academic Courses Graduate Courses (Masters and PhD) Psychology Graduate Courses
Psychology Graduate Courses

Courses not offered this academic year (fall/winter terms) are indicated by the words "NOT OFFERED THIS YEAR" below the course description. Nevertheless, students should refer to the Timetable as a final check.

The following courses are offered for Master's and PhD programs. The prerequisite for all courses: Permission of the Department.

Psychology 5011      Correctional Psychology
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Introduction to current research and clinical practice in correctional psychology with an emphasis on the Canadian scene. Typical topics include Canada's system of justice, training in correctional psychology, correctional rehabilitation, assessment of offender risk/needs, probation and parole, correctional institutions, juvenile offenders, anti-social personality disorder, recidivism, Ontario's Ministry of Correctional Services, Correctional Services Canada, juvenile homicide, sex offenders, forensic, psychological assessment, the insanity defense, criminal justice associations.
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Psychology 5035      Health Psychology
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Health psychology can be defined as the aggregate contribution of psychological science to the maintenance of health, the prevention of illness and the identification of etiologic, diagnostic and therapeutic processes in illness and related dysfunction. This course presents students with the major theories, hypotheses and data sets which bridge the realms of health/illness and behaviour. In addition, the methodologies and practices employed by health psychologists in their investigative and clinical endeavours will be discussed.
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Psychology 5055      Eating Disorders and Obesity
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: An in-depth survey of eating disorders from a biopsychosocial perspective. Students will learn about the nature and treatment of the spectrum of disturbances in eating behaviour and body image. Specific topics include: regulation of eating and weight; dieting and body image; measurements; classification epidemiology, etiology and course of eating disorders; physiological aspects of eating disorders and obesity; treatment of these conditions.
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Psychology 5071      Family and Marital Therapy
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Introduction to relationship issues in couples and families. A selection of current theory, research and practice will be covered including models and techniques of family therapy, schizophrenia in the family, marital intimacy, couple counselling, extradvadic relations, separation and divorce, human sexology, sexual dysfunctions and sexual counselling. Throughout the course students will be referred to resources for ongoing education and training.
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Psychology 5075      Mood Disorders
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Provides students with an advanced-level knowledge of mood disorders. The course will cover the assessment and classification of mood disorders, etiologic factors, and treatment. Specific topics will include historical considerations, current issues in diagnosis, the role of genetics, course and outcome, the neurobiology of mood, cognitive models, the role of stress and life events, developmental factors, personality factors, suicide, biological treatment, and psychological treatment.
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Psychology 5091 (9091)      Master's Practicum
Description: Clinical MA candidates are required to complete a 400 hour practicum. Settings for practicums are designated and approved by the department, and supervision is provided by faculty members who are registered psychologists or other registered doctoral-level psychologists who are approved by the department.
Notes: Non-credit required course.
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Psychology 5110      Interpersonal Behaviour and Psychopathology
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: An examination of the nature and role of interpersonal behaviour in various forms of psychopathology, including depression, shyness and social anxiety, personality disorders, eating disorders, schizophrenia, antisocial behaviour, and marital distress. Interpersonal perceptions, behaviour and communication are examined in family, peer, marital and client-therapist relationships.
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Psychology 5111      Cognitive Neuropsychology
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: A lecture/seminar course based on research in cognitive neuropsychology with the aim of understanding cognitive processes from a neuropsychological perspective. Included is research that involves a merging of interests of clinical neuropsychology and cognitive psychology. Selected research will demonstrate how the study of cognitive disorders can illuminate theories of both normal and impaired cognitive functioning.
Offering: 0-0; 3-0
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Psychology 5130      Social Cognition
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Provides students with an advanced understanding of the principles of social cognition through review of empirical research in the field. The course will cover how people perceive, think about, and remember social information, as well as how basic features of social cognition influence social behaviour and other psychological processes (e.g. depression, relationships, and discrimination). Specific topics will include knowledge representation, schemas, automaticity, judgmental biasses, affect and motivation, the self, and stereotyping.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Psychology 5151      Multivariate Statistics for Behavioural Research
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: This course will focus on various advanced statistical techniques that can be used in psychological research. Topics will include multiple regression, factor analysis, cluster analysis, structural modeling, discriminant function analysis, multivariate analysis of variance, meta-analysis, canonical correlation, sequential analyses, and loglinear modeling.
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Psychology 5201      Clinical Assessment Techniques
Credit Weight: 1
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 3201 and permission of the Department
Description: Designed to familiarize students with the full spectrum of psychological tests and assessment techniques that are currently used in the practice of Clinical Psychology. Students will be taught the relationships between various assessment protocols and clinical diagnoses with emphasis given to relevant ethical and legal guidelines. Students will have practica that involve proficiency development in the administration, scoring, interpretation and report writing of selected tests. Finally, the research literature and psychometrics on frequently used test batteries coupled with diagnoses will be reviewed from a scientist-practitioner perspective.
Notes: Restricted to graduate students in Clinical Psychology.
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Psychology 5211      Psychogerontology
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: An examination of behavioural, cognitive, and psychosocial issues associated with potential vulnerability, disability, and disease in later life. The emphasis is on modes of adaptation, compensation, and choices of action that facilitate more effective solutions to the problems facing vulnerable seniors. The topics include assessment and intervention procedures that are appropriate for elderly residents of institutional and community settings.
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Psychology 5250      Evaluation in a Health and Social Service Context
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: An examination of evaluation methodology relevant to the health and social services. The methods include evaluations ranging from process to outcome, which may be taken at the levels of the system, individuals or groups. The measures include self-report, reports by trained raters, observational data, and administrative data. Discussion of psychometric issues concerning assessment and evaluation across different sectors of health and social care. The use of indicators from administrative data is also discussed, including implications for policy decisions.
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Psychology 5271      Ethical and Professional Issues
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Ethical and legal issues arising from research and practice in clinical psychology will be examined. A.P.A., C.P.A. and C.P.O. standards are studied with reference to case material and issues drawn from a variety of areas of practice. The course content will assist students in preparing for registration as a psychologist by provincial or state boards.
Notes: Restricted to graduate students in Clinical Psychology.
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Psychology 5311      Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: An overview of the science and practice of cognitive-behavioural therapy. Theoretical underpinnings, putative mechanisms of change, and therapeutic efficacy will be studied with reference to those psychological disorders for which this form of psychotherapy is indicated. Students will also become familiar with specific CBT therapeutic interventions and practice issues.
Notes: Restricted to graduate students in Clinical Psychology.
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Psychology 5415      Learning Disabilities
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 5201
Corequisite(s): Psychology 5201
Description: Both theoretical and practical aspects of learning disabilities are covered. The emphasis is on diagnostic and remedial procedures for auditory, visual, language and non-verbal disabilities. Diagnostic procedures include the use of standardized tests, and techniques for analyzing children's and adults' deficits in reading, spelling and arithmetic. The course may contain a practical component.
Notes: Restricted to graduate students in Clinical Psychology.
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Psychology 5471      Psychopharmacology
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: An overview of the biological bases of psychopharmacology. Some of the topics will include gross anatomical structures and function of the CNS, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neuroendocrinology, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and behavioural mechanisms of drug action. By the end of this course, the student should have a working knowledge of the various physiological mechanisms and pathways known to mediate behaviour, and show mastery of the psychopharmacology of therapeutic and nontherapeutic drug classes.
Offering: 3-0; 0-0
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Psychology 5475      Behavioural Endocrinology
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: An in-depth review of the field of behavioural endocrinology, the study of how hormones affect behaviour and neural substrates. Specific topics will include basic concepts in endocrinology (e.g., the major classes of hormones, hormone synthesis, storage, release, transport, and deactivation), an examination of research methods used in the study of hormones and behaviour in both humans and animals, and a critical examination of research on hormonal effects on human behaviour (e.g., hormones and mood, hormones and memory, effects of hormone-like environmental toxins).
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Psychology 5491      Clinical Psychopharmacology
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 5471 or permission of the instructor
Description: The foundations provided in Psychology 5471 will be developed, with particular emphasis on practical clinical issues. The student will gain sufficient knowledge to allow him/her to interact effectively and intelligently in a multidisciplinary treatment team environment. This knowledge will assist the clinician in assessment (e.g., differentiating symptoms from side-effects), treatment planning, monitoring the effectiveness of treatment, and collaborating in medication studies.
Offering: 0-0; 3-0
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Psychology 5551      Clinical Interviewing
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: An introduction to a number of practice issues and skills that are necessary for practitioners in clinical psychology. Students will acquire interviewing skills that are common to most forms of contemporary psychotherapy. Interviewing skills for psychological diagnosis will also be acquired through role-play and videotaped mock interviews. Professional ethics, standards of conduct, multicultural and client diversity issues will also be explored.
Notes: Restricted to graduate students in Clinical Psychology.
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Psychology 5571      Psychotherapy
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: The focus of this course is on psychological interventions that are informed by clinical science and the issues that affect clinical practice. Topics that will be covered include the history of clinical psychology, ethics and professional issues, scientific basis of psychological interventions, case formulation and treatment planning. It is expected that a student completing this course will develop the basic skills for conceptualizing clinical cases, selecting appropriate treatment strategies and managing the interventions from beginning to termination. There is a practical component to the course.
Notes: Restricted to graduate students in Clinical Psychology.
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Psychology 5600      Master's Research Seminar
Credit Weight: 0
Description: All Psychology master's students must register in this course in each year of their MA or MSc. Any exceptions must be approved by the Area Director. Students are required to attend departmental colloquia and present their MA or MSc thesis proposals to faculty and students in the graduate program.
Notes: Non-credit required course.
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Psychology 5711      Research Methods and Program Evaluation
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: An in-depth and critical review of topics in research methodology, philosophy of science, research problem formulation, and program evaluation.
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Psychology 5731      Special Topics in Psychology
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Systematic and detailed study of specific topics in psychology at an advanced level. Selection of topics may vary from year to year.
SpecialTopic: Y
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Psychology 5751      Topics in Biological Psychology
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Topics will vary from year to year, but will include, in different years, topics such as Animal Behaviour or Visual Perception.
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Psychology 5801      Specialized Readings and Research Techniques
Credit Weight: 1
Description: A course of specialized readings and/or research techniques may be arranged between students and faculty members. Topics generally relate to those areas of psychology in which faculty members have specific expertise or research experience. Before registering in this course, students must obtain the written permission of the professor who will direct their work, as well as written approval of the departmental Graduate Studies Committee.
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Psychology 5811      Specialized Readings and Research Techniques
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: A course of specialized readings and/or research techniques arranged between students and faculty members. Topics generally relate to those areas of psychology in which faculty members have specific expertise or research experience. Before registering in this course, students must obtain the written permission of the professor who will direct their work, as well as written approval of the departmental Graduate Studies Committee.
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Psychology 5901 (9901)      Master's Thesis
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Psychology 6090 (9090)      PhD Practicum
Credit Weight: 0.0
Description: Clinical PhD candidates are required to complete a 600 hour practicum. Settings for practicums are designated and approved by the department, and supervision is provided by faculty members who are registered psychologists or other registered doctoral-level psychologists who are approved by the department.
Notes: Non-credit required course.
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Psychology 6092 (9092)      Internship
Credit Weight: 0.0
Description: Clinical PhD candidates are required to complete a twelve-month (2000 hour) internship. Internship settings are designated and approved by the department, and supervision is provided by registered doctoral-level psychologists who are approved by the department. Students are encouraged to apply for CPA accredited internships and to use the APPIC matching service. Prior to application, students must have completed all coursework, the Clinical Practice Comprehensive Examination, and the dissertation proposal defense. Most internship sites require that all dissertation data are collected prior to starting the internship. Students should refer to the Clinical Program Manual for details.
Notes: Non-credit required course.  Restricted to graduate students in Clinical Psychology.
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Psychology 6211      Psychopathology of the Adult
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: The classification systems for adult psychopathology will be examined with respect to the differential diagnosis of the disorders, and the theoretical and experimental literature relating to their etiology, maintenance, and treatment. A historical overview of diagnostic issues will also be provided.
Notes: Restricted to graduate students in Clinical Psychology.
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Psychology 6231      Psychopathology of Childhood and Adolescence
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Students are provided with a clinical and scientific understanding of emotional and behavioural disorders in children and youths. From the perspective of a developmental psychopathology the sequential and emergent processes characterizing normal behavioural change are applied to abnormal phenomena presented by the young. The content to be covered is organized around both specific conditions or syndromes (e.g., infantile autism, conduct disorder) and the particular mechanisms that have been proposed to explain them. Assessment and treatment issues will be discussed for each condition as well.
Notes: Restricted to the graduate students in Clinical Psychology.
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Psychology 6251      Advanced Assessment Techniques
Credit Weight: 0.5
Prerequisite(s): Psychology 3201, 5091, 5201, 5271, and 5551
Description: Advanced theoretical and applied aspects of psychological assessment will be examined. Topics will include: (1) a review of psychometric theory and test construction; (2) review of professional ethics and standards in assessment; (3) evidence-based practice in assessment; (4) advanced interviewing skills; (5) the administration and interpretation of tests of intellectual functioning, memory, psychopathology, personality, health, and vocational interests and aptitudes; (6) computer applications; (7) differential diagnosis; (8) psychological report writing; and (9) special populations, diversity issues, and cultural issues in assessment. The course includes a practicum component.
Notes: Restricted to graduate students in Clinical Psychology.
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Psychology 6331      Psychosocial Problems Across the Life Span
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: The course will review theory and research on human social development across the life span, with a focus on psychosocial problems of children, adults, and the family, such as caregiver depression, child abuse, adolescent drug abuse, divorce, and elder abuse.
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Psychology 6531      Community and Rural Psychology
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: This course will examine issues relevant to clinical practice in northern and underserviced areas. General principles of community psychology will be related to northern environments. The roles of government and community organizations in rural mental health will be studied, with special attention to the reports of various ministries and task forces. The research literature on recruitment and retention will be reviewed. Professional and ethical issues arising from practice in northern and underserviced regions will be covered.
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Psychology 6600 (9660)      PhD Research Seminar
Credit Weight: 0.0
Description: All Psychology graduate students must register in this course in each of the first three years of the PhD program. Any exceptions must be approved by the Area Director. Students are required to attend departmental colloquia and present their PhD dissertation proposals to faculty and students in the graduate program.
Notes: Non-credit required course.
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Psychology 6751      Cultural Issues for Clinical Psychologists
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Designed to promote an understanding of the link between culture and the conceptualization and definition of mental health and mental disorders. Issues relating to the assessment, diagnosis, case formulation, and treatment of mental disorders will be examined within a culture-sensitive context. Special focus will be placed on the First Nations and Inuit populations in Canada. The barriers to effective delivery of mental health services in northern, rural and remote communities and models of best practices in these areas will also be examined.
Notes: Restricted to graduate students in Clinical Psychology.
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Psychology 6811      Clinical Practice Comprehensive Exam
Credit Weight: 0.0
Description: An examination of the student's ability to integrate research and clinical information from divergent areas related to clinical psychology such as psychopathology, assessment, case conceptualization, treatment, as well as the legislations, ehtics and professional issues impacting on the professional practice of clinical psychology. Evaluation consists of a full-day closed-book written examination in which students are presented with questions and clinical scenarios, for which they explicate the relevant clinical theoretical, empirical, ethics, legislation and professional issues that need to be considered for competent care of the client.
Notes: Non-credit required course.  Restricted to graduate students in Clinical Psychology.
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Psychology 6812      Science Comprehensive Exam
Credit Weight: 0.0
Description: An examination designed to assess the student's ability to integrate and critically evaluate an area of psychology from a scientific perspective. The area selected must be unrelated to the student's dissertation area. The examination can take one of three forms - a written comprehensive paper, a closed-book oral examination, or an original research project that results in a research paper. The student works independently on the examination.
Notes: Non-credit required course.
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Psychology 6901 (9900)      PhD Dissertation
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