John Suler's Teaching Clinical Psychology

Teaching Clinical Psychology

John Suler, Ph.D - Rider University -

"The Unconscious" - Using photos to illustrate psychological concepts

This site is devoted to sharing ideas and resources for teaching courses that cover topics related to clinical psychology, especially at the undergraduate level. My orientation is a mix of psychodynamic, humanistic, and eastern perspectives, and strongly emphasizes experiential "hands-on" learning. I originally developed this site in 1995 and update it periodically. During my 30+ years of teaching, I created many of these teaching activities and resources, although other instructors have generously contributed their ideas too.

Although not all of the courses that I describe here fall within traditional clinical psychology, I have taught them in the spirit of that discipline. In all of my teaching, I emphasize the therapeutic and personal growth aspects of better understanding oneself, one's relationships, and one's life.

Similarly, even though visitors to this site might not be teaching clinical psychology courses per se, I believe they will find the ideas here useful if they too emphasize the importance of students' applying psychology to themselves.

BULLET Cyberpsychology (the psychology of cyberspace)
BULLET Abnormal Psychology
Theories of Psychotherapy
Psychological Tests
Group Dynamics with Lab
States of Consciousness
Psychology and Film
Psychology of Religion
Psychology of Improvisation
eQuest Independent Studies
Photographic Psychology Independent Studies
Images about psychology and technology

Books and
Essays on
Index to
this site

Madman-Strange Adventures of a Psychology Intern

MADMAN: Strange Adventures of a Psychology Intern

This is my novel that I wrote for teaching courses in psychotherapy and abnormal psychology. Based on real life experiences, Madman immerses the reader into the world of a psychology intern working on the psychiatric unit of a modern teaching hospital.


Photographic Psychology: Forces that Shape the Psyche

An educational exhibition of my photography at the Rider University Art Gallery in Sept 2012.



PERCEPTION AND IMAGING: Photography as a way of Seeing

Coauthored with Richard Zakia, this book covers a comprehensive range of topics about how to create, interpret, and share photographs, with an emphasis on a psychological approach to understanding the perception and meaning of all types of images. Some of the topics include figure/ground relationships, negative space, camera angles, gestalt grouping, memory and association, conceptual photography, the perception of time and movement, the decisive moment, color perception, black and white photography, sharpness and blur, illusions and ambiguity, subliminals, body language, how personality style affects photography, mindfulness in photography, self-portraits, how to critique photographs, photosharing in social media, therapeutic photography... and more!

The Taylor and Francis site contains additional information about the book, including a detailed table of contents.

And here's an exercise manual (pdf) to accompany the book.


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