Introduction to Concepts in Psychology Seminar

Program Description

Three Weeks

Psychology is the study of Mind. A social science that exploded into global consciousness throughout the 21st century, and continues to shape our experience within society and provide insights into the human potential for growth, understanding, and healing. The three pillars of psychology (i.e.,neuroscience, anthropology, and philosophy), are integrated throughout course activities and discussions while incorporating a justice-oriented lens that seeks to understand the underpinnings of privilege and power as it can inform clinical research and practice.

Consider the depth and rigor required of psychological researchers and clinicians to answer such questions as:

  • Is personality predicted by our genes? To what extent are we shaped by our family environment and culture?
  • Where does discrimination come from? Why do people seem to prefer their in-group, and fear the other?
  • What happens following a traumatic brain injury? How can we help people (e.g., athletes, veterans) in their recovery?
  • What are moods? Why do some people struggle with depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder and how can we help?

This course covers four units : 

1. History of Psychology, spanning the ancient world through modern-day neuroscience 

2. Clinical Skills, in which students learn and apply approaches to psychotherapy

3. Psychopathology, in which students gain hands-on experience with diagnosis and assessment. This unit also includes a Special Topic in Neuropsychology, which explores novel approaches to assessment and intervention for various neurological conditions.

4. Research Methods, in which students learn to apply the fundamentals of qualitative and quantitative research

Through participating in this course, students will gain a comprehensive introduction into the field, its career opportunities, and learn about themselves in the process. They will emerge with advanced knowledge from the immersive training comprised of fun and accessible lectures, activities/projects, film, and outings to outstanding Boston-area institutions. 

Course Number and Name: ADPS 0900  BCE Introduction to Concepts in Psychology

Faculty: Dr. Sam Gable

Syllabus/Course Schedule

Class Location: 205 Gasson Hall

Program Dates:
July 8 - July 25, 2019

Students entering grades 10, 11 & 12

Application Deadlines for 2019:

February 15
March 15
April 15
May 15

Students in a psychology seminar

A Day in the Life...

8:00 am - Breakfast

AM Class

12:00 pm - Lunch and social time

PM Class

5:00 pm - Dinner

9:00 pm - Social Event in the dormitory