Clinical Psychology (PSY402) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Clinical Psychology PSY402 3 0 0 3 7
Pre-requisite Course(s)
Course Language English
Course Type N/A
Course Level Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies Lecture, Discussion.
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
  • Asst. Prof. Dr. Dilek Demirtepe Saygılı
Course Assistants
Course Objectives This course aims at teaching the roles of clinical psychologists, their jobs and responsibilities, as well as the ways of becoming a qualified clinical psychologist. An overview of the current research, assessment methods and psychotherapy approaches are included.
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Become familiar with specialization areas and professional roles in clinical psychology
  • Learn the historical development of clinical psychology
  • Learn the research methods mostly preferred in clinical psychology research
  • Become familiar with the assessment methods used in clinical practice
  • Gain knowledge of several theoretical perspectives of psychotherapy, including their view of psychopathology, techniques of each psychotherapy theories and case studies
Course Content Overview of the current issues in clinical psychology, research, assessment methods and psychotherapy approaches, the historical background, major theoretical models, and areas of specialization.

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 What is Contemporary Clinical Psychology? Assigned reading: Chapter 1
2 Becoming a Clinical Psychologist: A Road Map Assigned reading: Chapter 15
3 Areas of Specialization in Contemporary Clinical Psychology Assigned reading: Chapter 11
4 Consultative, Teaching, and Administrative Roles in Contemporary Clinical Psychology Assigned reading: Chapter 12
5 Foundations and Early History of Clinical Psychology Assigned reading: Chapter 2
6 Recent History of Clinical Psychology Assigned reading: Chapter 3
7 Research in Contemporary Clinical Psychology: Design and Outcome Assigned reading: Chapter 4
8 The Major Theoretical Models: Paving the Way toward Integration Assigned reading: Chapter 5
9 Integrative and Biopsychosocial Approaches in Contemporary Clinical Psychology Assigned reading: Chapter 6
10 Contemporary Psychological Assessment I: Interviewing and Observing Behavior Assigned reading: Chapter 7
11 Contemporary Psychological Assessment II: Cognitive and Personality Assessment Assigned reading: Chapter 8
12 Psychotherapeutic Interventions Assigned reading: Chapter 9
13 Ten Essential Questions about Psychotherapy Assigned reading: Chapter 10
14 Ethical Standards in Contemporary Clinical Psychology Assigned reading: Chapter 13
15 Review of the topics
16 Final Exam


Course Book 1. Plante, T. (2005).Contemporary Clinical Psychology, 2nd Edition, Wiley.

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation - -
Laboratory - -
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics - -
Homework Assignments - -
Presentation - -
Project - -
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury 2 60
Final Exam/Final Jury 1 40
Toplam 3 100
Percentage of Semester Work 60
Percentage of Final Work 40
Total 100

Course Category

Core Courses X
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

The Relation Between Course Learning Competencies and Program Qualifications

# Program Qualifications / Competencies Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 To have a comprehensive understanding of basic psychological perspectives and to examine the mental, affective, and behavioral processes of human beings within a scientific discipline X
2 To have a knowledge about the historical and philosophical developments, basic concepts, applications and schools of science of psychology as well as the subfields of psychology such as clinical, experimental, social, developmental, industrial, health, traffic and educational psychology X
3 To gain skills in identifying, describing, formulating, and solving the problems related to basic mental, emotional, and behavioral problems of human beings X
4 To develop new ideas through analytical, critical, and creative point of view by using abstract concepts and to gain skills in evaluating different psychological phenomena X
5 To gain knowledge and skills in transforming his/her theoretical knowledge into practice in different fields of psychology
6 To have skills in accessing knowledge and using resources X
7 To have knowledge about basic principles of psychological assessment along with various quantitative, qualitative, and experimental research methods, to have skills in designing and conducting research by using these methods, and analyzing, reporting, and presenting research data X
8 To have awareness of interpersonal sensitivity, societal processes and problems X
9 To have efficient written and oral communication skills in Turkish and English X
10 To gain skills in following the developments in the field of expertise and renewing himself/herself with an awareness of life-span learning X
11 To have professional and ethical responsibility, knowledge, and awareness X

ECTS/Workload Table

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Total Workload
Course Hours (Including Exam Week: 16 x Total Hours) 16 3 48
Special Course Internship
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class 16 3 48
Presentation/Seminar Prepration
Homework Assignments
Quizzes/Studio Critics
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury 2 20 40
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 1 40 40
Total Workload 176