GPSA703 Fieldwork Seminar & SGS: Issues of Bias in the Treatment of Mental Illness

GPSA703 Fieldwork Seminar & SGS: Issues of Bias in the Treatment of Mental Illness

Students will study their countertransference responses and listen to and become aware of client’s dynamics and how each client speaks to present these dynamics through symbolic communication. This clinical course has a focus on how perceptions shape our views of various society groups. Aspects of bias that influence practice experiences are examined while providing client hours at an externship site. Students will identify the phenomena of bias in cases presented in relation to diversity in terms of ethic, sociological, and psychopathological processes. They will learn to observe their own reactions to the clinical work and with growing understanding, use as a clinical and technical tool in an ethical way. Students’ will achieve this by studying internal unexamined perceptions as well as broader societal prejudices, society trends & subgroups, interactions patterns and the impact of differing lifestyles and maladaptive behaviors, including stress, abuse & discrimination on subjective responses. (4-cr)

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