terri l. weaver, ph.d. :: exploring the impact of violence on the lives of women and their children

:: Clinical Vertical Team

Course Description and Objectives:

The goal of this course is to assist the developing student in the acquisition and demonstration of the skills and knowledge to function as a professional psychologist through supervised clinical experiences. CVT provides supervised clinical training in conducting clinical assessments, diagnosing mental disorders, defining dysfunctional behaviors, and formulating and implementing intervention strategies with individuals couples, and families representing a wide range of problems at various developmental stages (i.e., children, adolescents, adults). The sequencing, duration, nature, content and expectancies of the supervised clinical training experiences are based on the immediate and long term training goals, objectives, interests and skills of each student. Students on team represent various levels of training and skills. Consequently, a developmental approach to training and skills acquisition is utilized. As such, training opportunities and expectations are designed to be sequential with increasingly complexity of skills and knowledge to be learned, developed and demonstrated.

For this clinical team, the theoretical orientation used for all cases will be cognitive behavioral. The goal of team will be to develop breadth and depth of knowledge of a cognitive behavioral theory, conceptualization, and interventions. Empirically supported treatments will be emphasized. The objectives for CVT include the development and demonstration of the following skills, attitudes and behaviors of an ethical and competent clinical psychologist. Elaborations of the course objectives are taken from the CVT evaluation form (See Attached). The enhancement will include evaluation activities in conjunction with an additional practicum requirement.

Enhanced Course Objective:

This team will have an enhanced component funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration as part of the Graduate Psychology Education Award, entitled Pediatric- Psychology Partnership for Abuse Prevention. This enhancement will emphasize conceptualizing and developing assessments and interventions within a pediatric ambulatory care setting with a focus on intimate partner violence (IPV).

Students will also receive an interdisciplinary psychology training experience onsite at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital working with medical (medical students and pediatric residents) and nursing professionals to families seeking ambulatory care pediatric services. Within this context, students will engage in pediatric assessments and interventions. In preparation for this educational experience, students will engage in didactic and case-based learning experiences within the context of CVT.


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