Psychology and Counseling Courses

Code Course Name Description Credits
COUN 500 Field Placement Prep

Field Placement Prep is a mandated non-credit course that must be taken in the student’s second semester of the first year. The course will involve group and individual meetings with the instructor to adequately prepare the student for field site selection and placement. 

0
COUN 505 Career Development Introduction to the field of career counseling through examination of the theories of career choice and their influence upon entry into the world of work. Includes an experiential laboratory for designing and implementing career programs, with emphasis on decision-making and problem-solving strategies and life-work planning. 3
COUN 507 Principles and Practices of Mental Health Counseling This course explores the issues of mental health service delivery in a mental health setting. The course will focus on knowledge of the principles and practices of ethical standards and codes of the counseling profession, as well as the role and function of the mental health counselor within a community agency setting. Students will be exposed to current professional issues within the field of counseling and psychology. 3
COUN 510 Principles and Practices of Professional School Counseling

An introductory course designed to provide the student with knowledge of the history, philosophies, trends, and current issues related to the school counseling profession. Topics include components of comprehensive school counseling programs, especially those of the ASCA National Model for School Counseling programs, legal and ethical issues, accountability strategies, and specific duties and responsibilities of elementary and secondary school counselors. 

3
COUN 518 Applied Practice I Designed to provide the student with an initial exposure to counseling. Small supervisory group study of counseling problems, principally through analysis of case materials, taping and critiquing interviews, role playing, and demonstration of strategies by faculty. 3
COUN 522 Applied Practice II:K-12 School Counseling

Initial fieldwork experience in an approved educational setting. Students are provided with individual and group supervision from a University practicum supervisor as well as from a qualified professional from the cooperating school. Supervision integrates the student’s personal philosophy of counseling with theory, techniques, and skills acquired throughout the counselor training program. Students are encouraged to provide constructive feedback to one another in order to develop case conceptualization skills. Topics include: professional identity development, building relationships with on site staff, self reflection, legal and ethical issues, and cultural responsibility.

 Admission by permission of chairperson.)

3
COUN 522A-D Applied Practice II:K-12 School Counseling Supervision

Required component of the practicum experience. Students meet weekly with a university supervisor to review tapes, discuss cases, and practice counseling skills. Supervision sessions are focused on theory and technique development, intervention planning, and reinforcement of best practices, including ethical responsibilities. 

0
COUN 524 Internship in Elementary School Counseling

Internship experience for students seeking a single certification in elementary school counseling. Field work experience in an approved education setting, under the direction of an Internship Supervisor from the Department of Psychology and Counseling and qualified professional from the cooperating school. The student will become familiar with the school setting, especially the role of the school counselor, counseling department, and school counseling program. This experience follows the formal educational and preparation program. It is at this point that practica, field experiences, and the whole preparation program come together, and the intern is given the freedom and independence to demonstrate acquired competencies in a real counseling situation. The internship includes activities that a regularly employed elementary school counselor should be expected to perform.

COUN 525 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy

The study of contemporary individual and group counseling theory in view of recent research developments and current trends in counseling and psychotherapy. Emphasis upon the relationship between theory and practice.

3
COUN 530 Ethics and Professional Conduct in Counseling and Psychotherapy This course is designed to examine the moral implications of professional clinical practice and to familiarize students with the history and development of professional ethics and standards and their legal implications in the areas of counseling and psychotherapy. Students will be introduced to moral, legal, and ethical issues and current debates on such topics as: privileged communication, confidentiality, rights of clients, civil commitment, licensure, and mental health laws. Students will become familiar with ethical standards for counselors as formulated by state and national professional associations. 3
COUN 531 Child and Adolescent Psychopathology

This course will review the etiology, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of common psychological disorders and developmental issues in children and adolescents. The majority of this course will focus on the defining features, associated characteristics, prevalence, course, theories, causes, and treatments associated with disorders or circumstances for which children and adolescents are most often referred for counseling services. This course is likely to be beneficial for all students who interact with or are interested in children and adolescents.

3
COUN 532 Multicultural Issues for Counseling Professionals This course explores the issues of mental health service delivery to culturally distinct clients. This course will focus on ethnicity, gender, and other salient personal characteristics, and the effects of these elements on the counseling process and outcome. Skill development will include a more flexible frame of reference for relating to and dealing with diverse clients and their cultural traditions, values, and styles. 3
COUN 535 Consultation, Collaboration, and Critical Issues

This course is designed to address three areas that are critical to the transformed role of the professional school counselor and to the success of comprehensive school counseling programs. The first, an overview of school based consultation will expose students to roles, models, and theories of effective collaboration with educational partners. Secondly, significant issues impacting the academic and life success of children and adolescents will be explored. Finally, the essential elements of designing and facilitating data-driven school-based interventions will be demonstrated. Emphasis will be placed on the services comprising the Delivery System of the ASCA National Model for School Counseling Programs. 

3
COUN 538 Psychopharmacology An in-depth, systematic study of the properties and behavioral effects of psychoactive drugs. Emphasis on the appropriate role of the nonmedical professional in therapeutic programming involving drugs. 3
COUN 540 Developing and Managing a Successful School Counseling Program

The primary purpose of this advanced specialization course is to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to plan, implement, and evaluate a successful, comprehensive school counseling program that is designed to meet all students’ academic, career, and personal/social needs; that is grounded in collaboration, advocacy, and leadership; and is connected to the academic mission of the school district.

3
COUN 542A-D Applied Practice II Mental Health Supervision

Integrates all facets of the student’s personal philosophy of counseling with theory, techniques and skills acquired throughout the counselor training program. A field experience that emphasizes counseling skills via audiotaping and videotaping, critiquing, and test interpretation. A minimum of 100 hours of field work in a mental health-type setting is required.

Admission by permission of chairperson.

0
COUN 543 Group Process in Counseling Provides candidates with the opportunity for involvement and participation in group experience in which they will be able to utilize the resources of their peers and the influence of their opinions, judgments, and insights. 3
COUN 544 Counseling Techniques

An experiential laboratory course designed to provide the counselor-in-training with a variety of strategies and techniques necessary for the effective counseling of individuals and groups.

Prerequisites: COUN 518, 525.

3
COUN 545 Applied Practice II Mental Health

Integrates all facets of the student’s personal philosophy of counseling with theory, techniques and skills acquired throughout the counselor training program. A field experience that emphasizes counseling skills via audiotaping and videotaping, critiquing, and test interpretation. A minimum of 100 hours of field work in a mental health-type setting is required.

Admission by permission of chairperson.

6
COUN 550 Directed Readings

A program of individually directed readings designed to meet the needs of the student. Offered as required.

1-3
COUN 552 Internship in Secondary School Counseling

Internship experience for students seeking a single certification in secondary school counseling. Field work experience in an approved education setting, under the direction of an Internship Supervisor from the Department of Psychology and Counseling and qualified professional from the cooperating school. The student will become familiar with the school setting, especially the role of the school counselor, counseling department, and school counseling program. This experience follows the formal educational and preparation program. It is at this point that practica, field experiences, and the whole preparation program come together, and the intern is given the freedom and independence to demonstrate acquired competencies in a real counseling situation. The internship includes activities that a regularly employed secondary school counselor should be expected to perform. 

COUN 553 Internship in Mental Health Counseling

Field work in an approved institutional or agency setting under the direction of Counseling faculty and qualified on-site personnel. The student will become familiar with the agency, hospital, correctional, or private practice setting, especially the role of the professional counselor. This experience follows the formal educational and preparation program. It is at this point that practica, field experiences, and the whole preparation program come together, and the intern is given the freedom and independence to demonstrate acquired competencies in a real counseling situation. The internship includes activities that a regularly employed professional counselor should be expected to perform.

variable credit: 0, 1.5, 3
COUN 554 Extended Internship – Mental Health Counseling

Elective fieldwork course which includes additional experience in an approved educational, institutional, or agency setting under the supervision of counseling faculty and qualified on-site personnel. Admission by permission of program coordinator is required at least 30 days prior to registration. Approval will depend on (1) availability in the group supervision internship course, per CACREP regulations. Priority will be given to students who are enrolled in the required 600 hour internship group supervision course. (2) availability of site supervisors. In particular, students enrolled in the required 600 internship will be given priority at on-campus site locations (i.e., Counseling Student Development Center, Psychological Services Center). If approved, the student will have a maximum of 2 semesters to complete the elective 300 hours. Semesters include Fall, Spring, and Summer. Summer I and II will be counted as 1 semester. If completing the Internship over 2 semesters, the student must complete a minimum of 150 hours per semester.

3
COUN 560 Internship in K-12 School Counseling

Field work experience in an approved education setting, under the direction of an Internship Supervisor from the Department of Psychology and Counseling and qualified professional from the cooperating school. The student will become familiar with the school setting, especially the role of the school counselor, counseling department, and school counseling program. Students pursuing dual certification in elementary and secondary school counseling are expected to obtain a minimum of 300 hours at each level. This experience follows the formal educational and preparation program. It is at this point that practica, field experiences, and the whole preparation program come together, and the intern is given the freedom and independence to demonstrate acquired competencies in a real counseling situation. The internship includes activities that a regularly employed school counselor should be expected to perform.

variable credit: 0, 1.5, 3
COUN 561 Introduction to Psychological Testing Provides background in psychometric and measurement issues that are the basis for psychological testing (reliability, validity, structural analysis of tests, normative approaches). Introduction to various types of psychological tests (e.g., cognitive ability tests, achievement tests, personality tests, neuropsychological tests, career and interest tests, selection procedures). Covers ethical and legal issues related to psychological testing. Includes laboratory exposure to testing materials. 3
COUN 562 Extended Internship K-12 School Counseling

Elective fieldwork course which includes additional experience in an approved educational, institutional, or agency setting under the supervision of counseling faculty and qualified on-site personnel. Admission by permission of program coordinator is required at least 30 days prior to registration. Approval will depend on (1) availability in the group supervision internship course, per CACREP regulations. Priority will be given to students who are enrolled in the required 600 hour internship group supervision course. (2) availability of site supervisors. In particular, students enrolled in the required 600 internship will be given priority at on-campus site locations (i.e., Counseling Student Development Center, Psychological Services Center). If approved, the student will have a maximum of two semesters to complete the elective 300 hours. Semesters include Fall, Spring, and Summer. Summer I and II will be counted as one semester. If completing the Internship over two semesters, the student must complete a minimum of 150 hours per semester. 

3
COUN 582 Counseling the Abuser of Drugs and Alcohol

Explores the current techniques utilized by the counseling profession in the treatment of the abuser of drugs and alcohol. An insight into the personal dynamics of this clientele.

Prerequisite: PSYC 514 and COUN 525 or PSYC 517.

3
COUN 584 Marital Counseling and Therapy Studies theoretical approaches to marital therapy, couple therapy, and marital group therapy; also describes therapeutic processes and techniques. Prerequisite: COUN 525 or equivalent. 3
COUN 586 Chemical Dependence An investigation of the dynamics of mood-altering chemical substance use, abuse, and dependence. 3
COUN 598 SpecialTopics in Professional Counseling

Explores current trends, innovative techniques, special populations, and best practices in the counseling field. 

COUN 599 Independent Study in Counseling

Allows students to work with a faculty member to gain an in-depth understanding of a relevant topic in professional counseling. Students must prepare a proposal of intended study for approval by Counseling faculty.

Admission by permission of chairperson

PSYC 211 General Psychology

Offers broad-based investigation of the nature of behavior, stressing general scientific principles, the complexity of human motivation, and the potential of psychology for the student's self realization.

Prerequisite for all other courses.

3
PSYC 251 Developmental Psychology

Presents an overview of human development throughout the life span, including all aspects of personality. Emphasizes interaction of societal expectations with processes of growth and development. Carefully examines major theoretical viewpoints.

Prerequisite: PSYC 211.

3
PSYC 252 Psychology of Adolescence

Explores the psychological characteristics of contemporary adolescents, including cognitive development, peer relations, sexuality, and identity issues.

Prerequisite: PSYC 251.

3
PSYC 253 Psychology of Adult Development and Aging

Investigates goals, expectations, and processes related to transitions in adult life, including work, marriage, parenting, and other personal relationships. Examines the aging process and the needs of the elderly in society.

Prerequisite: PSYC 211. 

3
PSYC 270 Psychological Applications of Statistics

The use of descriptive and inferential statistics in solving actual behavioral research problems. Emphasizes conceptual understanding of descriptive and inferential statistics such as correlation, Z-scores, t-test, and analysis of variance.

Prerequisite: PSYC 211. 

3
PSYC 310 Research Apprenticeship

Involves student collaboration with faculty in research. Student involvement would include all phases of the research process from literature review to data collection, analysis, and possible presentation or publication of results. Faculty mentors and students are paired, based on availability and shared interests. 

Prerequisite: PSYC 211.

3
PSYC 312 Fundamentals of Neuroscience

Examines basic concepts in neuroscience including: neurons, glial cells, the action potential, and mechanisms of neurotransmitter action. Neuroanatomy will be examined and specific functions of brain regions will be explored in terms of learning and memory, language, behavioral neuroendocrinology, and neurological and psychiatric disorders. Methods used by neuroscientists and neurologists will be discussed throughout the course (cross-listed with Biology 305).

Prerequisite: PSYC 211. 

3
PSYC 314 Physiological Psychology

Survey of the anatomical, physiological, and chemical correlates of behavior. Emphasis on psychopharmacology, sensation, motivation, emotion, learning, and memory. Integrates experimental and clinical research methodologies.

Prerequisite: PSYC 211. 

3
PSYC 315 Contemporary Approaches to Learning

Presents a survey and critical examination of prominent contemporary theoretical approaches to learning. Emphasizes issues, research support, and applicability of selected theories to human situations.

Prerequisite: PSYC 211. 

3
PSYC 316 Principles and Practices in Behavioral Modification

Investigates the current theory, range of support for modern behavioral and cognitive-behavioral intervention approaches. Ethical issues in the practice of behavior modification.

Prerequisite: PSYC 211. 

3
PSYC 317 Psychology of Assessment

Examines the theory and principles of psychological assessment. Major approaches to be covered include: self-report, objective assessment, computerized assessment, projective methods, and behavioral observations.

Prerequisite: PSYC 211. 

3
PSYC 318 Industrial Psychology

Presents an introduction to industrial psychology. Focuses on the application of psychological concepts and methods to personnel selection and training, employee motivation and productivity, human engineering, and work effectiveness.

Prerequisite: PSYC 211. 

3
PSYC 319 Health Psychology

An introduction to the links between physical health, psychological factors, and emotional well being. Considers theory and research related to optimizing physical and psychological functioning along with risk factors related to illness and psychological dysfunction. Provides an overview of professional issues in this emerging area of psychology.

Prerequisite: PSYC 211. 

3
PSYC 321 Industrial-Organizational Seminar in Special Topics

These seminars are designed to provide the I/O major an in-depth study and practice of theories and systems implemented by I/O psychologists within organizational settings. Different seminar topics include Work Motivation and Job Satisfaction, Training and Development, Employee Selection, Organizational Career Development, and Survey Design and Needs Analysis.

Prerequisite: PSYC 211. 

3
PSYC 325 Sensation and Perception

The study of human sensory and perceptual processes and phenomena, as well as the scientific methods used to discover this information. Includes study of the visual auditory, gustatory, olfactory, tactile, and proprioceptive senses.

Prerequisite: PSYC 211.

3
PSYC 335 Teaching Apprenticeship

Provides students with didactic and experiential opportunities related to the process of teaching in general and psychology in particular. Student participation will include tutorial work, literature reviews related to teaching, course syllabus construction, course preparation and delivery activities, and processes related to student evaluation. Faculty mentors and students will be matched based on faculty availability and student career objectives. Limited to senior Psychology majors.

Prerequisite: PSYC 211. 

3
PSYC 341 Psychology in Film

This course is designed to develop students’ understanding of foundational knowl­edge in Psychology through the analysis of both classic and contemporary films and to explore the effect popular cinema has on audience attitudes and perceptions. 

Prerequisite: PSYC 211. 

3
PSYC 342 Psychology of Hitchcock

This course is designed to develop students’ understanding of foundational knowl­edge in Psychology through the analysis of films by Alfred Hitchcock and the role played by Hitchcock’s own life experiences and psychological dynamics in his film­making. 

Prerequisite: PSYC 211. 

3
PSYC 345 Human Factors and Crew Resource Management

Introduction to the human capabilities and limitations to the design of workplace (and play) systems, human-computer interaction, human information processing, and human performance. Effects of environmental stressors, socio-technical implications, team performance, and perception are surveyed. 

Prerequisite: PSYC 211.

3
PSYC 350 Industrial-Organizational (I/O) Apprenticeship

Provides Psychology majors in the I/O track with mentoring opportunities to participate in work and consulting activities performed by professional I/O psychologists, such as corporate training, employee selection procedures, conflict resolution activities, organizational surveys, etc.

Prerequisite: PSYC 211.

3
PSYC 388 Psychological Profiles in Literature

Investigation of psychological characteristics and behavior patterns of major figures in world literature. Students will be expected to undertake independent research relative to specific literary characters.

Prerequisite: PSYC 211.

3
PSYC 390 Psychology of Religion

An overview of theoretical and empirical investigations of the study of religion in psychology. A variety of representative research methods, content areas, and religious traditions will be sampled, including objective laboratory approaches and subjective and phenomenological approaches.

Prerequisite: PSYC 211.

3
PSYC 399 Research Proposal

Directed readings course involving preparation for honors-level research in Psychology (Psychology 452 or H478). Identification of a topic of interest and preliminary review of existing literature. Development of research proposal and formulation of the design of an original study.

variable credit
PSYC 410 Social Psychology

Deals with foundations of modern social psychology; discusses effects on social interaction by intrapersonal factors and processes, other individuals, groups, and group processes, physical environment; presents theoretical and practical perspectives.

Prerequisite: PSYC 211.

3
PSYC 412 Psychology of Friendship and Peer Relations

Examines the meaning of friendship and the development of concepts of friendship with age. Includes adult relationships, attraction, and affiliation.

Prerequisite: PSYC 211.

3
PSYC 415 Cognitive Psychology

Presents an overview of new areas of research in cognition, including information processing, perception, memory, imagery, and language.

Prerequisite: PSYC 211.

3
PSYC 416 Behavioral Medicine

Examines the application of psychological intervention techniques to the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of illness. Consideration of topics including biofeedback, relaxation methods, pain management, cognitive and behavioral interventions in rehabilitation, and improving the communication between physicians and patients.

Prerequisite: PSYC 211.

3
PSYC 420 Drugs and Behavior

An overview of the effects of psychoactive drugs on behavior. Examination of clinical applications in anxiety, mood disorders, and schizophrenia. Nonclinical drug use and abuse is also analyzed.

Prerequisite: PSYC 211.

3
PSYC 421 Experimental Psychology I

Designed to help the student understand and apply the research tools of the behavioral sciences. Emphasizes a conceptual understanding of statistics and experimental design. Involves the development of an original research proposal by each student.

Prerequisite: PSYC 211, MATH 216 or PSYC 270.

3
PSYC 422 Experimental Psychology II

Applies principles of PSYC 421 in a laboratory context. Coordinates lectures with experiments. Includes psychophysics, sensation, perception, learning, memory, and individual differences, as well as other research topics.

Prerequisite: PSYC 211, PSYC 421, MATH 216 or PSYC 270. 

3
PSYC 424 Multi-Media Applications in Psychology

This course combines applied research in social psychology, personality, I/O psychology, and human factors with practical training in media applications used by psychologists. Students develop proficiency in word processing programs, spreadsheet applications, presentation software, web page authoring techniques, and interactive computer media.

Prerequisite: PSYC 211. 

3
PSYC 425 Conflict and Dispute Resolution

This class explores the theories of justice, analyzes the causes and consequences of conflict, and develops skills for conflict resolution, with emphasis on cooperative communication and mediation. Students will be required to analyze conflict, negotiate settlements, and mediate agreements.

Prerequisite: PSYC 211. 

3
PSYC 429 Psychology of the Exceptional Individual

Discusses etiology, characteristics, diagnosis and prognosis of varied exceptionalities, as well as services and educational prescriptions for individuals with variations of exceptionality covering a full range of human functioning. (Recommended background for a variety of potential internship settings.)

Prerequisite: PSYC 211. 

3
PSYC 431 Abnormal Psychology

Introduces the study of maladaptive behavior from a number of theoretical perspectives - e.g., psychoanalytic, behavioral, and biological. Reviews current research concerning the etiology, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disturbing behavior. Covers major DSM-IV adult diagnoses. (Recommended background for certain internship settings.)

Prerequisite: PSYC 211. 

3
PSYC 432 Abnormal Behavior in Children and Adolescents

Investigates maladaptive patterns occurring in childhood and adolescence. Integrates experimental and clinical data concerning etiology, evaluation, and treatment. (Recommended background for certain internship settings.)

Prerequisite: PSYC 211. 

3
PSYC 433 Clinical I: Clinical Psychology

Introduction to the scientific and professional aspects of clinical psychology. Examination of multiple roles of clinical psychologists and relationships with other mental health disciplines. Coverage of clinical assessment, treatment, and research, including laboratory experiences in each of these areas. Use of videotape observations, role playing, and analysis of case studies.

Prerequisite: PSYC 211. 

3
PSYC 434 Clinical II: Strategies and Techniques

Designed to develop practitioner skills through theory presentation and discussion, examination of clinical issues and experiential applications of appropriate clinical strategies and techniques. Includes role playing, modeling, and audiotape and videotape experiences.

Prerequisite: PSYC 211, PSYC 433. 

3
PSYC 435 Stress, Coping and the Self-concept

Provides direct experience in research, assessment, and treatment issues concerning stress, coping, and the self-concept. Emphasis on in-depth consideration of cognitive and phenomenological theory and research. Students will gain experience with self-monitoring, psychophysiological measures, questionnaire, and experimental methods of assessment. Treatment focuses on cognitive, behavioral, and experiential strategies. Course format will involve lecture, discussion, laboratory, and seminar components.

Prerequisite: PSYC 211, PSYC 450.

3
PSYC 436 Human Relations Training

Designed to afford the student an opportunity to promote personal and interpersonal development through voluntary participation in an ongoing growth group and experiential exercises. Human relations concepts and group process issues complemented by readings, audiotapes, lectures, and group discussion.

Prerequisite: PSYC 211. 

3
PSYC 438 Psychology of Gender

Examines gender differences and similarities in socialization, abilities, psychological disorders, and roles in contemporary society. Provides analyses of the historical treatment of women in scientific psychology and potential gender biases in research. Includes films, videotapes, and guest lecturers.

Prerequisite: PSYC 211. 

3
PSYC 439 Introduction to Sports Psychology

This course will introduce students to concepts relevant to the competitive sport process. Variables which affect motivation, aggression, skill acquisition, and confidence will be explored. Particular attention will be paid to those psychological techniques applied to speed recovery from injury and interventions utilized to enhance performance.

Prerequisite: PSYC 211. 

3
PSYC 440 Forensic Psychology

Examines the nature of forensic evaluations, reports, and expert witness testimony and the professional and ethical responsibility involved. Surveys the primary areas of law including: family law, mental health law, criminal law, child abuse and juvenile law, and personal injury law. Evaluation and treatment of accused persons and working effectively with the criminal justice system.

Prerequisite: PSYC 211. 

3
PSYC 445 History and Systems of Psychology

A survey of the historical background and the development of modern psychology with an emphasis on origins and influences of theories. Special attention is given to the Schools of Psychology and their underlying philosophies of science.

Prerequisite: PSYC 211. 

3
PSYC 450 Personality Psychology

Presents analysis of major theoretical approaches: psychoanalytic, behavioral, cognitive, biological, phenomenological/existential. Also, presents major areas of personality research - e.g., anxiety, aggression, dominance, self-esteem.

Prerequisite: PSYC 211. 

3
PSYC 451A Clinical Internship

Involves experiential opportunity to integrate didactic and applied methods and to acquire and demonstrate basic skills. Provides opportunity to interact with supervisory and professional personnel and to evaluate career goals. Varied placement settings relative to personal career objectives. Permission of instructor required. 

Prerequisite: PSYC 211. 

variable credit
PSYC 451B Industrial Organizational Internship

Involves experiential opportunity to integrate didactic and applied learning, acquire and demonstrate basic skills; also provides opportunity to interact with supervisory and professional personnel and to evaluate career goals. Varied placement settings relative to personal career objectives. Permission of instructor required. 

Prerequisite: PSYC 211. 

variable credit
PSYC 452 Honors Thesis in Psychology

Involves opportunity for students to do independent research in psychology under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Requires execution and presentation of an empirical research study. Honors thesis analyzes the results of the study in relation to existing literature and examines ways in which the study enhances knowledge in this area.

Prerequisite: PSYC 211, PSYC 399 recommended. Requires permission of Undergraduate Psychology Department chairperson.

variable credit
PSYC 455 Mediation Practicum

This course is for those who want to improve their mediation skills for mediating complex cases or to become practicing mediators. In class, participants will engage in role playing that presents challenging situations in a variety of disputes such as business, consumer, intergovernmental, neighborhood, landlord/tenant, multiparty, cross cultural, divorce and family, and school-based peer mediation programs.

Prerequisite: PSYC 211, PSYC 425, Conflict and Dispute Resolution, or Prior Mediation Training.

3
PSYC H478 Honor Senior Thesis

Research and/or creative scholarly activity in Psychology under faculty supervision. (Requires permission of honors director.)

Prerequisite: PSYC 211, PSYC 399 recommended.

3
PSYC 490 Senior Seminar

Seminar designed to be a capstone experience in the undergraduate psychology curriculum. Purpose of the course is for students to demonstrate an integration of their learning and mastery of issues in contemporary psychology. Completion of semester-long project that involves student research on a topic of interest, analysis of an internship or service learning experience. Presentation of the results of the senior project would take place in written and oral presentation formats. To be completed in senior year.

Prerequisite: PSYC 211. 

3
PSYC 499 Independent Study

For qualified upperclass students, granted permission to do intensive, independent study in an area of interest. Requires supervision by a faculty member.

Prerequisite: PSYC 211. 

variable credit
PSYC 501 Research Methods

This course presents research methodologies and statistics in an integrated manner so that students may attain a comprehensive view of psychological research. A conceptual understanding of statistics will be emphasized while the mathematical aspects will be minimized. While the primary emphasis will be on experimental and correlational research designs, exploratory and descriptive techniques will also be considered. Recommended for students who plan to take only one Research/Statistics course (e.g., Art Therapy, Biotechnology).

3
PSYC 503 Research Methods and Statistics I

This is the first in a two-course sequence which presents research methods and statistical applications in the behavioral sciences. Emphasis on conceptual integration of statistical concepts as well as application and interpretation of data analyses. Development of critical analysis skills in hypothesis development, measurement tool assessment, operationalizing constructs, and analysis strategies. Primary emphasis on correlational and experimental research with some coverage of quasi-experimental and descriptive methods.

3
PSYC 504 Research Methods and Statistics II

This is the second in a two-course sequence which presents research methods and statistical applications in the behavioral sciences. Emphasis on conceptual integration of statistical concepts as well as application and interpretation of data analyses. Development of critical analysis skills in hypothesis development, measurement tool assessment, operationalizing constructs, and analysis strategies. Primary emphasis on correlational and experimental research with some coverage of quasi-experimental and descriptive methods.

3
PSYC 508 Biological Bases of Behavior

This course focuses on the structure and function of the nervous system, as well as the biological bases of perception, memory, language, and psychological disorders. Special emphasis is placed on the behavioral expression of dysfunction in these areas.

3
PSYC 514 Human Development

An examination of human development throughout the lifespan, with in-depth coverage of developmental theories and research methods. Critique of empirical studies required. Previous coursework in developmental psychology suggested.

3
PSYC 517 Personality Psychology

In-depth coverage of major theories of personality with an emphasis on psychodynamic, humanistic, behavioral, cognitive, trait and biologically-based theories. Examination of research-based theories that deal with specific aspects of human personality such as anxiety, aggression, self-concept. Critical evaluation of empirical support for theories and their applications in the human services.

3
PSYC 518 Advanced Human Development

A review of recent literature in the field of developmental psychology, including perception, cognition, social and personality development. Students will search and critique empirical studies in an area of interest, discuss empirical literature in a seminar format, analyze and synthesize research and theory.

3
PSYC 521 Social Psychology

Examines social influences on thought and behavior. Covers multicultural and crosscultural differences in social thought and behavior, interpersonal relationships and attraction, attitudes and behavior, prejudice, group dynamics, and the interaction between personality and social influences on behavior. Considers basic theories, research findings, and applications to improve social interactions. Includes reading, reviewing, and applying findings of original source journal articles along with text readings.

3
PSYC 522 Cognitive/Affective Bases of Behavior

A review of core theories of Cognition and Affect examining how humans process information and organize their knowledge and emotional experiences. Topics include models of memory, attention, language, and amnesia, and the impact of emotion on memory (e.g., flashbulb memories, repression). Includes primary-source readings on applied aspects of cognition (amnesia, emotional expression, aging).

3
PSYC 523 Contemporary Learning Theories

An in-depth evaluation of contemporary learning theories, with emphasis on major issues, research findings, and application of learning principles to human functioning.

3
PSYC 525 Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Survey of theory, research, and practice of industrial/organizational psychology. Topics include diversity and multicultural issues in the workplace, personality and its relationship to personnel selection, retention, productivity, and job satisfaction, organizational structure and development, culture, intervention strategies, change management, power, motivation, leadership, quality of worklife, group/team processes, employment law, recruitment techniques, and performance management.

3
PSYC 530 Ethics and Professional Conduct in Counseling and Psychology

This course is designed to examine the moral implications of professional clinical practice and to familiarize students with the history and development of professional ethics and standards and their legal implications in the areas of counseling and psychotherapy. Students will be introduced to moral, legal, and ethical issues and current debates on such topics as: privileged communication, confidentiality, right of clients, civil commitment, licensure, and mental health laws. Student will become familiar with ethical standards for psychologists as formulated by state and national professional associations.

3
PSYC 531 Psychopathology

An in-depth examination of the range of emotional disorders. Emphasis is placed on major cognitive, affective, personality, and character disturbances in adults. Integration of the psychodynamic, behavioral, and cognitive perspectives. Etiology, research findings, intervention implication, and classification issues.

3
PSYC 532 Child Psychopathology

An examination of the behavioral disturbances common to childhood and adolescence, with stress on their etiology and on the roles of the family and school in the child's total functioning and therapeutic programming. Stresses distinction between child and adult adaptive criteria.

Prerequisite: PSY 514.

3
PSYC 538 Psychopharmacology

An in-depth, systematic study of the properties and behavioral effects of psychoactive drugs. Emphasis on the appropriate role of the nonmedical professionals in therapeutic programming involving drugs. Previous coursework in physiological psychology preferred.

3
PSYC 539 Behavior Management Approaches

Explores principles of behavior analysis and modification. Provides competency in individual and group technology following a format that aims at facilitating development and implementation of behavior-change programs in applied settings. Design of intervention programs using a variety of strategies is required by class participants.

3
PSYC 547 Introduction to School Psychology

This course will introduce the participant to the profession of school psychology. The professional responsibilities of the school psychologist are explored in relation to history and systems, ethical and legal aspects; state and federal legislation; dynamics and organization of regular and special education; issues in multicultural and exceptional child education; and the provision of assessment, placement, and intervention services in public school.

3
PSYC 549 Field Work Experience-School Psychology

(The total practicum and internship experience will be 9 graduate credits.) 

PSYC 549A Practicum

Students engage in a closely supervised practicum experience with children, youth, parents, and teachers (if available), completed at Marywood University’s Psychological Services Center and a school-based setting (when available). Students will demonstrate their knowledge base and clinical competencies through a team approach to complete comprehensive case studies of referred children and youth with learning and/or behavior problems. Case planning, implementation, diagnostic staffing, and follow-up consultation with parents and children and youth (if appropriate) will be the primary focus of the practicum.

3 credit hours
PSYC 549B,C Internship

This course is designed to provide school psychologist candidates opportunity to further apply and refine their competencies for professional preparation. An approved off campus professional setting is utilized and university based and on-site supervisors are necessary. A total of 1200 clock hours are required. (The total practicum and internship experience will be 9 graduate credits.) 

6 credit hours
PSYC 550 Directed Readings

A program of individually directed readings designed to meet the needs of the student.

1-3
PSYC 551 School Psychology Law and Ethics

This course covers legal and ethical foundations for the role of School Psychologist. Emphasis will be on exposing students to federal legislation, state regulations, pertinent court cases, and ethical principles of governing bodies, including the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the American Psychological Association (APA).

3
PSYC 552 School-Based Consultation Methods

This course covers the rationale, theory, and methods of various models of consultation. Students will develop competencies in consultation with teachers, parents, students/clients, and other program staff. These competencies include problem identification, problem analysis, treatment development and implementation, and evaluation of treatment outcomes. Consultation will be considered from the vantage point of organizational and systems level factors that impact on effectiveness of consultation in schools and mental health programs.

3
PSYC 554 Master's Thesis Proposal

Development of an acceptable master's thesis proposal. Involves mentoring experience by a faculty member and committee. Development of literature review, methodology, and hypothesis statement into an accepted proposal for master's thesis. Taken the semester prior to completion of PSYC 556, Master's Thesis.

0-3 credits
PSYC 555 Professional Contribution

Involves mentoring experiences by a faculty member, leading to completion of an approved project, demonstration or other acceptable product of the student's professional competence. Course meets Professional Contribution requirement.

0
PSYC 556 Master's Thesis

Completion of an acceptable thesis involving a quantitative research design. Involves mentoring experience by a faculty member and committee. Recommended for students with doctoral degree aspirations. Meets Professional Contribution requirement.

Prerequisite: successful completion of PSYC 554 and accepted thesis proposal.

3
PSYC 559 A,B Prepracticum

This prepares students for the practicum experience in the Psychological Services Center (PSC). It is designed to extend for the entire year, and involves 48 hours of observation of screenings, intakes, therapy sessions, and assessment procedures. Shadowing a practicum student may also be involved to learn the policies and procedures of the PSC. Students engage in weekly group and/or individual supervision to help prepare them as clinicians in practicum.

variable credit
PSYC 561 Introduction to Psychological Testing

Provides background in psychometric and measurement issues that are the basis for psychological testing (reliability, validity, structural analysis of tests, normative approaches). Introduction to various types of psychological tests (e.g., cognitive ability tests, achievement tests, personality tests, neuropsychological tests, career and interest tests, selection procedures). Covers multicultural, ethical, and legal issues related to psychological testing. Includes laboratory exposure to testing materials.

3
PSYC 562 Cognitive Assessment

Provides an overview of contemporary theories and methods of cognitive assessment. Students will develop skills in the assessment of pre-school and school age children, adolescents, and adults, using a variety of instruments including the Wechsler scales, the Stanford Binet, and the Woodcock Johnson Psycho Educational Test Battery.

Prerequisite: PSYC 561 or equivalent.

3
PSYC 563 Assessment of Learning

The course is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills needed to measure academic skills and progress. Students will have the opportunity to administer, score, and interpret selected individually administered tests of academic achievement and implement survey assessment measures. Best practices in principles of assessment will be emphasized along with the utility of assessment results in relation to intervention planning.

Prerequisite: PSYC 561 or equivalent.

3
PSYC 564 Introductory Practicum

For Doctoral Students (Psy.D.). This is an on-campus applied clinical experience (through the Psychological Services Center), designed to help students develop basic clinical skills. Students will provide clinical services to clients under the supervision of a faculty supervisor, building on skills learned through observation during pre-practicum. Students will also learn to measure the outcome of interventions, as well as the factors associated with effective psychotherapy.

1.5
PSYC 566 Contemporary Methods In Projective Personality Testing

This course will teach the student how to administer, score, and interpret projective tests. A primary emphasis will be on the Rorschach, but coverage will also be given to the Thematic Apperception Test. Methods for integrating findings from projective and objective tests will be covered. Consideration of current empirical literature which both supports and challenges the use of projective testing in contemporary practice.

Prerequisite: PSYC 561; either PSYC 531 or 531; either PSYC 580 or 581.

3
PSYC 571 Introduction to Individual Psychotherapy

An examination of contemporary systems of therapy, with emphasis on major insight-oriented, behavioral, cognitive, and eclectic approaches. Role-playing, audiovisual aids, and other applications included.

3
PSYC 572 Introduction to Group Psychotherapy

An investigation of the theoretical assumptions, research support and applications of major group-oriented therapeutic modalities. Appropriate training aids integrated with instruction.

Prerequisites: PSYC 517, PSYC 531, or admission through chairperson.

3
PSYC 573 Therapy With Children

An investigation of the rationale and utility of varied therapeutic strategies with concentration in play and expressive approaches. Case studies, tapes, demonstrations provided.

Prerequisite: COUN 518 OR PSYC 571. Recommended: PSY 532.

3
PSYC 574 Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Investigation of behavioral and cognitive intervention strategies. Covers traditional behavioral therapies (e.g., token economy, systematic desensitization), cognitive-behavioral therapies (modeling, stress inoculation training, Beck's cognitive therapy), and "third wave" approaches including mindfulness and psychotherapy integration. Training in the use of specific assessment and intervention strategies (tapes, demonstrations, pre-practicum experiences).

Prerequisite: PSYC 517 ans 571.

3
PSYC 575 Forensic Psychology

Examines the nature of forensic evaluations, reports, and expert witness testimony and the professional and ethical responsibilities involved. Surveys the primary areas of law including family law, mental health law, criminal law, child abuse, juvenile law, and personal injury law. Covers evaluation and treatment of accused persons and working effectively with the criminal justice system.

3
PSYC 576 Professional Seminar

Issues involving the expectations, role, and identity of the mental health professional. Topics included: relationship to other professionals, ethics, legal constraints and obligations, consultation, case conceptualization, and other current issues. Intended for the clinical services trainee.

1-3
PSYC 577 Practicum I

Required for students in clinical services tracks, this is an applied clinical experience that is designed to extend for the entire semester. Students will schedule at least four hours of activity per week. One hour a week will be spent doing pre-treatment assessments and psychotherapy. Three hours a week will be spent in small group supervision. Additional individual supervision will be scheduled on an as needed basis. Students will be expected to complete 15 clinical contact hours. Other opportunities for learning may be added at the discretion of the course instructor. Minimum grade of "B" required; if a student earns a grade lower than "B" this course will need to be repeated until the student earns a grade of "B".

Prerequisites: PSYC 571 or COUN 518; PSYC 531 or PSYC 532; candidacy in clinical services or child clinical/school concentration.

3
PSYC 578 Internship

Supervised field work experience in an approved clinical setting. Available to students in the Clinical Services concentration. Requires permission of advisor and department chairperson. Meets Professional Contribution requirement.

Prerequisite: PSYC 577.

variable credit
PSYC 580 Assessment of Adult Personality and Psychopathology

Principles and applications of structured assessment of adult personality and psychopathology. Integration of theory and practical application. Focus will be on objective measures of assessment, with some exposure to projective measures. Class will involve lecture, discussion, and practicum elements, involving test-taking, scoring and interpretation.

Prerequisites: PSYC 561 and 531.

3
PSYC 581 Socio-emotional Assessment of Children and Adolescents

Utilizes a comprehensive problem-solving and ecological model of assessment for children and adolescents. Geared toward the child clinical and school mental health provider, this course focuses on the integration of psychological, behavioral, and family assessment information. Emphasis on the critical link between assessment and effective intervention.

Prerequisites: PSYC 561 and PSYC 532 or COUN 572.

3
PSYC 585 Family-School Interventions

This course will provide an in-depth examination of family-systems theory and brief family interventions for school related problems. The process and content of intervention design and implementation will be highlighted and an off-campus practicum experience is included.

3
PSYC 587 Practicum II

This is an elective experience for students in Clinical Services tracks. Operating in sequence with, and as an extension of, Practicum 577, this course allows students to continue doing clinical work under supervision for a second semester. Course obligations and expectations are the same as PSYC 577.

Prerequisite: PSYC 577.

3
PSYC 611 Advanced Statistical Analysis I

This course is part of a two-semester sequence designed to introduce students to a variety of statistical analyses with emphasis on application of statistics appropriate to complex research designs. In the first course of the sequence, topics pertaining to the fundamental issues related to ANOVA, ANCOVA, MANOVA and MANCOVA are covered. The majority of the statistical work will be covered with the use of SPSS. Versatility with the use of this statistical program and interpretation of the output relevant to the various advanced statistics covered in the course constitute the primary focus of the course.

3
PSYC 700 (PSYC 530) Professional Ethics

Examination of the professional roles of the psychologist in various settings. Ethical and legal codes are considered in the context of professional dilemmas confronted in practice. Consideration of the historical development of ethical and legal issues in relation to current practice. Examination of current professional issues (e.g., prescription privileges, managed care) and roles in the context of ethical concerns.

3
PSYC 704 Multicultural Issues in Psychology

This course explores the issues of mental health service delivery to culturally distinct clients. Focus will be on ethnicity, gender, and other salient personal characteristics, and the effects of these elements on the psychotherapy process and outcome. Skill development will include a more flexible frame of reference for relating to and dealing with diverse clients and their cultural traditions, values, and styles.

3
PSYC 706 Supervision and Consultation Seminar

Seminar taken in the third year designed to prepare the student for the role of psychotherapy supervisor. Relevant literature will be reviewed and supervision techniques will be practiced by supervising student role-plays. Various consultation settings will be considered.

1.5
PSYC 801 Advanced Psychopharmacology

For Doctoral Students (Psy.D.). This course provides an introduction to medications used to treat psychological disorders. The course covers issues pertaining to drug safety and effectiveness, their mechanism of action, and their clinical application to the most commonly occurring disorders. The course also addresses topics specific to doctoral level psychologists including consultation with physicians and issues associated with gaining prescription privileges in states where they are granted.

3
PSYC 802 Marital and Family Therapy

This course provides an overview of the history and contemporary application of behavioral and systems based marital and family therapy. Particular focus will be placed on the empirical support for using psychotherapeutic approaches to treat a variety of disorders, ethical, legal, and professional issues in marital and family psychotherapy. Learning methods will include reading, didactic presentation, discussion, role play, and case review.

3
PSYC 805 Interpersonal Intervention Strategies

Provides an overview of the theory and technique associated with interpersonal psychotherapy. Object relations and interpersonal theory are reviewed to illustrate the development of psychopathology, followed by a focused review of applied intervention strategies. Emphasis is placed on mastering techniques which address the development of a therapeutic alliance, transference, counter-transference, interpretation and termination.

3
PSYC 808 Behavior Change and Outcome Assessment

Focus will be on psychotherapy interventions which are empirically-supported, with particular emphasis on techniques for commonly encountered client problems. Integration of assessment in psychotherapy and strategies for both single case outcome and program evaluation will be covered.

3
PSYC 811 Behavioral Medicine and Health Psychology

Application of clinical psychology interventions in the context of medical problems and health maintenance. Focus on stress-related medical problems and the promotion of client behaviors that enhance physical well-being. Consideration of specific topic areas depending on student interest, including coping with medical procedures, compliance with medical advice, stress management in a medical setting, psychological factors related to response to medical problems and recovery. Development of student expertise in specific areas of research and practice.

3
PSYC 812 Loss and Bereavement

This course will provide an overview of theories, current research, and clinical implications pertinent to the understanding, assessment, and management of loss. In addition, the course will address the implications and application of appropriate clinical interventions intended to facilitate a healthy grieving process and to assist the clients in moving ahead with their lives with a stronger sense of self. Admission of master's level students to this course is by permission of the instructor. In addition, master's level students should have completed COUN 504, 518, 525, 544 or their equivalents.

3
PSYC 815 Child Psychotherapy

Examines research-informed, time-limited therapy interventions for children and adolescents. The focus will be on those conditions that are most frequently seen in outpatient settings: disorders of non-compliance (e.g., Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder), AD/HD, Anxiety and Depressive Disorders. Most of the course will focus on behavioral and cognitive behavioral interventions. Some consideration will also be given to psychodynamically oriented play therapy. Various modalities will be considered including parent group training, family, and individual therapy. Issues regarding ethical concerns and managed care will also be addressed.

Prerequisite: PSYC 532.

3
PSYC 817 Family Systems: Assessment and Diagnosis

Examination of the legal, ethical, and practical issues associated with the assessment and diagnosis of family dysfunction. Multimodal assessment procedures are explored within the context of family systems theory and through the review of recent research efforts.

3
PSYC 840 Elective Practicum

For Doctoral Students. This course is available as an elective for zero credits. This is an off-campus applied clinical experience that is designed to extend for one regular semester or two summer periods. Students will provide clinical services to clients under the supervision of a site supervisor, who must be a licensed psychologist. The site must provide weekly training experiences, and a faculty member will provide bi-weekly group case consultation on campus. The site must be approved by the Associate Director of Clinical Training for the Psy.D. Program.

0
PSYC 850 Educational Assessment Practicum

This is an on-campus, applied clinical experience that is designed to extend for the entire semester. Students will conduct educational assessments focused on learning disability determination and career counseling with clients in the Psychological Services Center.

1.5
PSYC 851 Geriatric Assessment Practicum

This is an on-campus, applied clinical experience that is designed to extend for the entire semester. Students will conduct geriatric assessments focused on mood, mental status, and dementia evaluations. Over the course of the semester students learn to administer, score, and interpret assessment measures and develop cogent screening reports. Students also learn to work with other disciplines and review empirical literature as it pertains to this population.

1.5
PSYC 870 Practicum V

This is an on-campus applied clinical experience that is designed to extend for the entire semester. The focus of this practicum is to train the student how to conduct clinical supervision. Each student will be assigned one supervisee. The supervisee will be a student enrolled in Practicum I. All supervised clinical work will occur with clients of the Psychological Services Center (PSC). Students will schedule at least five hours of activity per week. One hour a week will be spent in individual supervision with the assigned supervisee. One hour a week will be spent observing the clinical work of the supervisee. Three hours a week will be spent in group supervision with the course instructor; two of these hours will include students in Practicum I while the last hour will include only students in Practicum V. The student will be expected to complete 15 hours of individual supervision and 15 hours of live observation of the supervisee's clinical work. Other opportunities for learning may be added at the discretion of the course instructor.

3
PSYC 871 Practicum VI

This is an on-campus applied clinical experience that is designed to extend for the entire semester. Essentially it is a continuation of Practicum V. It is expected that students will carry on with supervision work that was started in the previous semester. This course carries the same expectations and opportunities as Practicum V.

3
PSYC 880 A, B Community Practicum I

This is an off-campus applied clinical experience that is designed to extend for the entire year. Students will be expected to complete 120 hours at the site each semester. At least 30 of these hours must be spent doing face-to-face clinical work. Other required experiences will include weekly individual supervision with the primary site supervisor, multi-disciplinary consultation, didactic training at the site, and bi-weekly group case consultation with a faculty member on campus.

Prerequisite: PSYC 587 (Practicum II).

1.5
PSYC 881 A, B Community Practicum II

This is an off-campus applied clinical experience that is designed to extend for the entire year. Students will be expected to complete 180 hours at the site each semester. At least 45 of these hours must be spent doing face-to-face clinical work. Other required experiences will include weekly individual supervision with the primary site supervisor, multi-disciplinary consultation and didactic training at the site.

Prerequisite: PSYC 880 (Community Practicum I).

1.5
PSYC 895 A, B Doctoral Project

The doctoral project may involve: quantitative surveys; empirical analyses of archival data (e.g., meta-analysis); outcome research; a collection of ten or more empirical case studies (e.g., ABAB or multiple baseline designs); or, group-based nomothetic investigations. Topics appropriate for this project must be related to theory and practice in clinical psychology.

3, 3
PSYC 895C Doctoral Project Continuation

Following successful completion of PSY 895A and B, students are required to register for Doctoral Project Continuation for each subsequent academic semester until completion of the doctoral project, as determined by the research mentor.

1
PSYC 897 A, B Internship (Predoctoral)

One year, full-time internship or two years, half-time internship in an approved setting.

3,3