Courses & Seminars

Courses + Seminars

Core courses
Introduction to Clinical Science

covers contemporary and classic papers on the epistemological, conceptual, empirical, and methodological foundations of clinical science, as well as professional and ethical issues

Intervention and Evaluation

critically examines theories and methods of intervention, covers approaches to evaluating interventions, and introduces issues of implementation and dissemination


covers measurement theories, methods, and issues as they relate to research and practice

Principles of Psychopathology

covers descriptive, theoretical, and experimental approaches to investigating, classifying, predicting, and explaining psychopathology

Practicum courses

Our students work closely with their Advisory Committee and the Practicum Committee (a group of faculty responsible for determining practicum placements) to identify their plan for integrating their research and clinical training.

Beginning in your second year (occasionally earlier), you start with at least one year in one of our carefully designed in-house practicum. Current in-house practica include: The Parent-Child Clinic, which is focused on helping families with children who demonstrate oppositional problems, and the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Research and Training Clinic, which is focused on treating adults with depression and anxiety.

As you progress in your training, you usually take on a role of peer supervisor with on-going didactic training and supervision in how to conduct supervision. We offer an evidence-based clinical supervision (EBCS) seminar to supplement the peer supervision experience. IU’s EBCS seminar appears to be one of the only available among APCS programs.

Once you have successfully completed one year of in-house practicum training, you may choose to continue the in-house practicum or take an external practicum more closely related to your research or clinical interests. You have access to a variety of other practicum settings beyond the in-house practicum, including inpatient, day hospital, and outpatient experiences.

Elective clinical seminars

Our curriculum gives you considerable freedom to tailor your graduate training to your individual interests through the selection of numerous elective courses. A number of advanced courses and seminars in clinical and other areas of psychology are offered in your second, third, and fourth years. Many of our clinical students take advanced courses in Developmental Psychopathology, Behavioral Models and Substance Abuse, Cognitive Neuropsychopathology, Evidence-Based Clinical Supervision, Sexual Lives and Disorders, and other topical areas.

At least one advanced clinical elective is required, but most students exceed this number. Depending on your area of specialization, courses in other areas within the department, and outside the department, may be taken.