PSYC 411

Psychotherapeutic Approaches in Counseling Women

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective August 1, 1998 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course offers a clinical focus on women's experiences, offering concepts and methods useful in helping women in a variety of settings. It defines feminist therapy and explores an empowerment model for working with various clinical problems women (and helping persons) face. It explores areas such as eating disorders, incest, other family victimization, diagnoses most frequently assigned to women (for example depression, borderline personality disorder, multiple personality disorder and codependency), addiction and other issues. This course is designed for students engaged in, or preparing for, helping professions addressing the physical and/or mental health care of women.

Learning outcomes


  • Alternatives to the current models of clinical psychology will be evaluated and explored.
  • Course will focus on the clinical perspective of women's experiences and how those experiences impact the clinical setting.
  • Specific disorders that adversely impact primarily women will be learned and the scientific approach to the study of these topics will be the focus of the course.
  • The historical and social perspective of the treatment of issues with women will be explored in detail.