Child Clinical Psychology

Course Details

Course Number
PSYC 4153
Section Number
PSYC 4153
Fall 2010
Prothro-Yeager Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

MWF 9-9:50  

Dr. David Carlston (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives

  1. Identify and distinguish childhood psychological disorders
  2. Utilize primary psychological theories to understand the development and treatment of childhood psychological disorders
  3. Gain a rudimentary understanding of child assessment

Course Expectations

Students will take three exams.  Each exam is worth 125 points.  Exams will contain limited multiple-choice, short answer, and essay questions.  Students will take make-up exams on the last day of scheduled classes.  Make-up exams are comprised of all essay questions. 

Final Exam.  The final exam will be cumulative.  Students will respond to various clinical vignettes.  Students will identify diagnosis, etiology, and treatment for individuals in the vignette.  The final exam is worth 250 points.  Graduating seniors may take the final exam on the last day of scheduled classes.

Students will write a 10-15 page research paper.  This paper will be worth 275 points.  This paper will be completed in several steps (i.e., topic approval & source search, annotated bibliography, final paper submission).  Failure to complete any step, by the appropriate due date will result in a 10% reduction of the student’s final grade on the paper. 

Submission Format Policy

As indicated in each of the assignments, you are to turn in two copies of your assignment.  You will turn in a hard copy at the beginning of class on the due date.  The second copy will be turned in electronically.  Electronic copies should be turned in using the following format:

 The subject line of the email should include the course, the assignment title, and your name.                                             

                                        For example:  Subject: Developmental Psychology, Corporal Punishment, David Carlston

The actual file should be saved in the following format:


                                       For example:  David.Carlston.12345678.psyc3233.fall08.corporalpunishment

 You will email all assignments to assignment.tracker@hotmail.comprior to class.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Failure to complete any step, by the appropriate due date will result in a 10% reduction of the student’s final grade on the paper. 

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance is required for the course.  Each student will be allowed four absences without penalty.  All absences will be treated equally.  Each additional absence will result in a 5% reduction in the students’ final grade.  Attendance will be taken each day.  Students arriving following the taking of attendance will be considered absent.

Other Policies

Cheating will not be tolerated.  Any evidence of cheating on exams, plagiarism and/or academic dishonesty in writing will not be tolerated.  Students engaging in any of these behaviors will be dropped from the course and will be referred to the Dean of Students. 

Students with disability must be registered with Disability Support Services before classroom accommodations can be provided.  If you have a documented disability that will impact your work in this class, please contact me to discuss your needs.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

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