Welcome to Systems of Psychotherapy

Fall, 2016; Instructor: Veronica Tonay, PhD; site last updated: 12/15/16

This home page will contain Announcements (current comments, instructions, or interesting links), Syllabus (requirements, due dates, reading list/handouts/weblinked articles, plagiarism info.), Assignments, Career Information, and Other Useful Links.


The course is now over. Check back mid-2017 for info about the 2017-2018 course.

Various articles of interest: (1) Wow! Off-Label Prescribing: Best Practice or Malpractice?, CNS Spectrums journal. (2) Biggest predictor of college GPA? #1 = time spent studying (positive correlation); #2 = alcohol consumption (negative correlation). This is an interesting study, which surveyed almost 14,000 students at over 150 schools. It makes the observation that college students spent, on average, 24 hours per week studying in the 60s and now, students average only 7.25 hours per week. (UCSC expects students will spend about 3 hours per week studying for each unit being attempted = 15 hours per week, per class–i.e., with that amount of studying, one could reasonably expect to pass the class, but not necessarily to earn an A.) (3) GPs [physicians] to prescribe self-help books for mental health problems in England. (4) More on DSM-V: Manual turns binge drinkers into 'mild' alcoholics; (5) There's More to Life Than Being Happy, from The Atlantic; (6) One in five adults in US mentally ill in 2010, according to this article; (7) Suicides down amongst returning vets; domestic violence and child abuse up


What is plagiarism? with examples

Types of plagiarism, from plagiarism.org (a great resource!)

UCSC policy on academic integrity


Study Tips (based on cognitive science)

How College Papers Are Graded

Psychodynamic Systems Flow Chart


***Want to become a psychotherapist? Check the www.APPIC.org match site to determine whether or not students at the school(s) you are considering are actually able to get internships to accrue necessary hours for licensure. These days, candidates for licensure have to have accrued their hours with APPIC-sponsored internships. Those are competitive, occur in later years of graduate study, involve an application process to APPIC, and tend not to accept students from lower-tier schools (most free-standing professional schools [including CIIS, Saybrook, ITP, JFK, etc.–Alliant is the only exception, but even there, acceptance rates are much lower than from state schools and private universities–heads up!). It is possible to spend $200,000+ attending a PhD professional school, be unable to accrue hours, and therefore, be unable to get a license–yet another reason to widely apply to Universities nationwide, and in Canada.***

Various Psychotherapy Licenses and What They Require

What Graduate School Should I Apply To?

Tips for Preparing for and Applying to Graduate School

A Comprehensive Page on Careers, from Dr. Suler at Rider University in NJ


National Institute of Mental Health

Mental Health Net: Info. regarding diagnosis and treatment of most emotional problems psychotherapists treat; different systems of therapy; links; newsgroups; etc.

Article from the perspective of a medicating psychiatrist

Timely article: "Empathy: College Students Don't Have as Much as They Used To, Study Finds" Includes the test used and suggestions for improving empathy (I'm sure psych majors score higher on empathy!)

American Psychological Association Home Page

California Psychological Association Home Page

REBT Information: Albert Ellis Association

International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy: Links

The American Psychoanalytic Association

Object Relations Psychotherapy information

C.G. Jung Institute, San Francisco

Association for Humanistic Psychology

www.drtonay.com: info on psychotherapy topics

Concerned about what you don't know? Read this (the comments are particularly funny). ~:)

VT's Blog: Creative Dreamers, an educative blog about dreams.