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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Developmental Psychology (DEV)
Community Psychology (COM)
Human Services (HSS)
Sociology (SOC)
Social Psychology (SPS)
Health Psychology (HEA)
Career Development (CAR)
Human Communications (HUC)
Applied Psychology

DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY (DEV)

DEV 502: Introduction to Developmental Psychology * (3 credits)
DEV 504: Early Child Development (3 credits)
DEV 506: Models and Studies of Life Span Development * (3 credits)
DEV 507: Qualitative Research Methods * (3 credits)
DEV 508: Adolescence and Early Adulthood (3 credits)
DEV 510: Psychology of Women (3 credits)
DEV 512: Psychology of Men (3 credits)
DEV 514: Identifying and Nurturing Exceptional Gifts and Talents (3 credits)
DEV 516: Interpersonal Relations, Intimacy, and Marriage (3 credits)
DEV 518: Human Sexuality (3 credits)
DEV 520: Psychology of Aging (3 credits)
DEV 522: Selected Studies and Innovative Activities for Human Development * (3 credits)
DEV 541: Disabilities and Transitions to Adult Life (3 credits)
DEV 599: Readings in Applied Psychology and Human Services in Developmental Psychology * (3 credits)

DEV 502: Introduction to Developmental Psychology * (3 credits)
This course reviews the history and examines the present status of interpersonal relationships, emotional, cognitive, and imaginative models of developmental processes including relevant research findings and prospective applications to human services and life span programs.

DEV 504: Early Child Development (3 credits)
This course focuses on the young child’s identity, understandings, security, consistency, play, and exploratory experiences with nature, other human beings, relationships, and optimal contextual opportunities. Relevant research will focus on key areas of child development having positive, longer-term consequences for developmental prevention, enrichment, specialized interventions, and other human services.

DEV 506: Models and Studies of Life Span Development * (3 credits)
This course explores a range of research and theory relating to life span development from the neonate to adulthood. Special attention is paid to parenting children, socialization, accelerated child development, peer relations, social skills, and other timely topics and human service implications.

DEV 507: Qualitative Research Methods * (3 credits)
This course introduces the student to the major qualitative methods used in developmental psychology including observation, case studies, interviewing, grounded theory, descriptive narration, ethnographic, and behavioral rating/coding approaches. Selected readings, written assignments, project exercises, online resources, applied projects and program service goals included. [Instructor: Juanita J. Rinas, MA, LPC]

DEV 508: Adolescence and Early Adulthood (3 credits)
This course reviews the history surrounding G. Stanley Hall's invention of the term, "adolescence." It explores what the concept means when youth have extended time to explore, act-out, experiment, and rebel against parents, conventions, and local norms of behavior to transition to and become older, mature, responsible, law-abiding, and adjusted young adults in local communities. Applied research, relevant programs, and innovative, human services included.

DEV 510: Psychology of Women (3 credits)
This developmental course will focus on comparative research and explanations for perceived changes in women's personal and social identity, cognitive-emotional-social skills, and relationships across the life span. Study topics include the facilitation of women’s awareness, strengths, and identification with valued role models, career objectives, and maximize their freedom to accept challenges, lead, and perform at high levels? How to assess women's needs and methods of skill-based training to achieve personal, family, health, career, and lifestyle goals are included.

DEV 512: Psychology of Men (3 credits)
This developmental course will focus on comparative research and different perspectives on male identity (masculinity), role relationships, cognitive-emotional-social skills, and relationship patterns socialized into different roles, models, and genders. Study topics include how to develop men’s flexibility, social efficacy, emotional intelligence, and role versatility rather than dominating skills. How to facilitate awareness, identification with valued choices, and the use of skills training? How to assess men's needs and methods of skill-based training to achieve personal, family, health, career, and lifestyle goals are included

DEV 514: Identifying and Nurturing Exceptional Gifts and Talents (3 credits)
This course focuses on how to identify, develop, and help exceptional ‘gifted’ people train, prevent, avoid, and solve human problems. The course includes issues, decisions, research, and service needs that focus on identified individuals, their parents, siblings, family members, and parties interested in assessing exceptional individual needs and developmental potentialities.

DEV 516: Interpersonal Relations, Intimacy, and Marriage (3 credits)
This course examines core issues that confront couples considering marriage, long-term relationships, and divorce including mutual interpersonal problem-solving, communication skills, desire and intimacy experiences including readiness for marriage, children, and raising children. Comparative research and case studies of marital relationships are used to assess interpersonal relations for longevity, interpersonal quality, perceived levels of complementary, contrasting, and competing male/female role relations, perceived satisfaction, intimacy, and self-fulfillment.

DEV 518: Human Sexuality (3 credits)
In this course students can explore research, self-help materials, evaluate experiential programs and complementary human services that can positively affect men and women’s sexual knowledge, self and interpersonal sexual experiences, and effective techniques applicable to different genders, ages, and cultural backgrounds. The applied knowledge and techniques, wherever possible, should be relevant to the students’ prospective job functions and/or career development opportunities to teach, consult, advise, coach, mentor, train, and support adult men and women seeking best practices-level programs and services.

DEV 520: Psychology of Aging (3 credits)
This course takes a multidisciplinary perspective on developmental processes of aging. Social, psychological, cultural, and applied research impacting current and future longevity, relationships, work, leisure, cognitive-behavioral health, coping with stress, related quality-of-life issues, and human services are included.

DEV 522: Selected Studies and Innovative Activities for Human Development * (3 credits)
This course focuses on a set of research studies, trends, and innovative programs that have promise for understanding and maximizing human development. Service perspectives are included when considering the implications of designing, planning, training, assessing, and implementing human development projects with interventions, enrichment programs, developmental activities and services.

DEV 541: Disabilities and Transitions to Adult Life (3 credits)
Students examine processes of transition from childhood to adulthood to retirement with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities. Study topics may focus on individual case studies, families, and larger categories of people with limited functioning, episodic crises, and long-term challenges in making social, work, family, and life-changing adjustments. Program evaluations, comparative research, and participatory-action research on current practices, model programs, and innovative support, training, and services are included.

DEV 599: Readings in Applied Psychology and Human Services in Developmental Psychology * (3 credits)

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COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY (COM)

COM 502: Foundations of Community Psychology * (3 credits)
COM 504: Theories and Practices in Community Psychology * (3 credits)
COM 506: Identifying, Implementing, and Assessing Social System Changes * (3 credits)
COM 507: Qualitative Research Methods (3 credits)
COM 508: Working with Families, Health, and Social Service Agencies (3 credits)
COM 510: Working with Community Schools and Education (3 credits)
COM 512: Working with Law Enforcement, Youth, and Child-Care Agencies (3 credits)
COM 514: Working with Leaders, Non-Profits, Leisure Activities, and Volunteers (3 credits)
COM 520: Developing Programs and Resources for Community Services (3 credits)
COM 526: Qualitative and Quantitative Methods for Community Research (3 credits)
COM 599: Readings in Applied Psychology and Human Services in Community Psychology * (3 credits)

COM 502: Foundations of Community Psychology * (3 credits)
This course reviews the recent history, unifying principles, and applied research on community-based interventions and participatory actions for change. Students analyze community needs from multiple perspectives and diverse social-ecological levels. Individual, relational, and collective citizen participation focused on empowerment, health, diversity, and wellness issues require assessments, focused programs, funding, proposals, applied research, and human resources.

COM 504: Theories and Practices in Community Psychology * (3 credits)
In this course, students study promising data-based, applied strategies, tactics, and community implementations. Each student examines case studies, participates in project exercises, works on implementation issues, and starts to develop the necessary skills to be a community service provider. The goal is to address diverse, community needs and provide prevention, education, intervention, monitoring,, training, and consulting services.

COM 506: Identifying, Implementing, and Assessing Social System Changes * (3 credits)
The course focuses on applied research methods for identifying parameters of social organizations, assess system issues, use appropriate methods, and document problem areas which includes analysis, action proposals, interpretations, reports, and suggested alternatives to help communities understand needed system changes. Models of intervention focus on community participants and agencies, collaborative relationships with leaders, resources, and ongoing support entities.

COM 507: Qualitative Research Methods (3 credits)
This course introduces the student to the qualitative methods used in grass-roots, community psychology including observation, case studies, interviewing, grounded theory, descriptive narration, ethnographic, and behavioral rating/coding approaches. Selected readings, written assignments, project exercises, online resources, action-research, and community-participation projects, and service goals are included. [Instructor: Juanita J. Rinas, MA, LPC]

COM 508: Working with Families, Health, and Social Service Agencies (3 credits)
Students in this course study applied community models of research, intervention, and health evaluation of family and child systems. Students participate in community psychology networks, online, databased resources and complete assigned practice exercises. Students are encouraged to anticipate in family programs, health clinics, social service and United Fund agencies and other community entities as workers, volunteers, interns, and mentors.

COM 510: Working with Community Schools and Education (3 credits)
Students in this course study applied community models of research, intervention, and educational evaluation of school systems and education agencies. Students participate in community psychology networks, online, data-based resources and complete assigned practice exercises. Students are encouraged to learn more about community-oriented education, diverse learning opportunities, and, where feasible, participate in struggling service programs with education, literacy, training, after-school, and employment service, or related public education services.

COM 512: Working with Law Enforcement, Youth, and Child-Care Agencies (3 credits)
Students study applied community models of research, intervention, and evaluation of law enforcement, corrections, juvenile/child protection, and day-care services. Students access community psychology networks, online, data-based resources and complete assigned practice exercises. Students are encouraged to participate in law enforcement, Big Brothers, similar children and youth clubs, public recreation and diversion programs, social agencies, churches, and other community entities as workers, volunteers, interns, and mentors.

COM 514: Working with Leaders, Non-Profits, Leisure Activities, and Volunteers (3 credits)
Students study applied community models of research, intervention, and evaluation of power structures, leadership, private and non-profit organizations, leisure and recreation systems, organizing and empowering interest groups, the use of volunteers and media outlets. Students access community psychology networks, online, data-based resources and complete assigned practice exercises. Students are encouraged to participate in leadership training seminars, participate on local boards, committees, and volunteer groups, social organizations, church and other community entities, wherever offering learning by doing experience.

COM 520: Developing Programs and Resources for Community Services (3 credits)

COM 526: Qualitative and Quantitative Methods for Community Research (3 credits)
The student studies the selection and use of model qualitative and quantitative statistical methods to design, collect, analyze, interpret data in doing community research. Methods include needs assessments, intervention plans, feasibility studies, selected targets, sampling procedures, funding, committed resources and participants, public announcements, interim monitoring, baseline and periodic evaluation reports, and dissemination of findings.

COM 599: Readings in Applied Psychology and Human Services in Community Psychology * (3 credits)

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HUMAN SERVICES (HSS)

HSS 500: History of Helping Services * (3 credits)
HSS 502: Human Values, Ethics, and Services * (3 credits)
HSS 504: Employee Relations, Customer Services, and Agency Client Services (3 credits)
HSS 506: Individual Behavior in Organizations (3 credits)
HSS 507: Qualitative Research Methods * (3 credits)
HSS 508: Prevention, Targeted Intervention, and Joint Problem-Solving (3 credits)
HSS 510: Helping Skills and Relationships * (3 credits)
HSS 512: Interviewing Techniques * (3 credits)
HSS 514: Child and Family Services (3 credits)
HSS 516: Assessment, Planning, and Implementation of Service Programs (3 credits)
HSS 518: Organizational Training and Development (3 credits)
HSS 519: Assertiveness, Empathy, and Support Skills (3 credits)
HSS 520: Professional Coaching, Training, and Consultation (3 credits)
HSS 522: How to Help Clients, Groups, and Organizations With Quit-Tobacco Services (3 credits)
HSS 524: How to Help Clients, Groups, and Organizations With Weight-Control Services (3 credits)
HSS 526: Selected Group, Inter-Agency, and Community Organization Services (3 credits)
HSS 528: Social Planning and Action Research (3 credits)
HSS 530: Developing Resources and Services for Aging Clients (3 credits)
HSS 532: Program Evaluation (3 credits)
HSS 599: Readings in Applied Psychology and Human Services * (3 credits)

HSS 500: History of Helping Services * (3 credits)
This course provides a look at the history of helping. What is ‘help’? What does social and psychological research report on helping behavior? How do you know you are being helpful? What do clients and prospective clients report about the human services they have received, accepted, and used in their lives? Students will study these questions and specific others regarding topics in their program and/or prospective helping positions with readings on helping models, approaches, and provider behavior, and guided by the relevancy to avowed student goals and career options.

HSS 502: Human Values, Ethics, and Services * (3 credits)
This course offers an overview of the historical context of ethics in human services and their applicability to human service providers today. Selected readings of national and global human rights standards, universal values, and helping ethics in self-learning activities included. Case examples, practice exercises, and role-playing scenarios are used to increase awareness and sensitize students to how ethics, values, and personal biases can play major roles in any helping person’s private and public service position. [Instructor: Juanita J. Rinas, MA, LPC ]

HSS 504: Employee Relations, Customer Services, and Agency Client Services (3 credits)
Students pursue an understanding of the needs and expectations of employees and customers and examine effective techniques for satisfying their goals and objectives. Topics include recruitment, hiring, on-the-job training, compensation systems, and employee-relations. Students learn the main factors of effective management, motivation and communication with staff and learn appropriate systems, methods and strategies used to carry out quality customer service.

HSS 506: Individual Behavior in Organizations (3 credits)

HSS 507: Qualitative Research Methods * (3 credits)
This course introduces the student to the qualitative, psychological methods applicable to human service fields including observation, case studies, interviewing, grounded theory, descriptive narration, ethnographic, and behavioral rating/coding approaches. Selected readings, written assignments, project exercises, online resources, service projects, and applied program research activities included. [Instructor: Juanita J. Rinas, MA, LPC]

HSS 508: Prevention, Targeted Intervention, and Joint Problem-Solving (3 credits)

HSS 510: Helping Skills and Relationships * (3 credits)
This course pulls together historical, philosophical, ethical, value-aided roots and approaches with current empirical realities of helping research cases and experiential learning from the field. A set of helping skills, strategies, and tactics presented and assessed in relation to the interests and goals of the student who will study, compare and contrast their uses in a variety of relationships and service settings.

HSS 512: Interviewing Techniques * (3 credits)
This course reviews a variety of interviewing techniques and experiential heuristics to motivate, inform, model, and improve human services, provider skills, improve communication and morale. Supervisors, teachers, staff coordinators who occupy administrative, intake, case manager, and other adjunct staff positions processing clients from intake to meetings to provision of services and needed resources can be considered.

HSS 514: Child and Family Services (3 credits)

HSS 516: Assessment, Planning, and Implementation of Service Programs (3 credits)
This course studies assessment methods, planning strategies, and effective implementation of new services, evolving programs, work and support relationships. Model case studies and promising research designs and service findings are included.

HSS 518: Organizational Training and Development (3 credits)
This course focuses on the theory, research, techniques, and implementation of instructional service training programs, intervention strategies, long-term behavioral and cultural changes in human resources and service organizations. Modal OD programs, applied research, training systems, program materials, and effective in-house examples included.

HSS 519: Assertiveness, Empathy, and Support Skills (3 credits)
Students pursue an understanding of the needs and expectations of employees and customers and examine effective techniques for satisfying their goals and objectives. Topics include recruitment, hiring, on-the-job training, compensation systems, and employee-relations. Students learn the main factors of effective management, motivation and communication with staff and learn appropriate systems, methods and strategies used to carry out quality customer service.

HSS 520: Professional Coaching, Training, and Consultation (3 credits)
Students study coaching, training, and consultation models appropriate to their respective fields of service (e.g., individual, group, classroom, community organization). A focus on how people learn differently and change behavior in accordance to preferred learning styles and values assist the student through studies of learning styles, individualization of how and what clients learn by behavioral rehearsal, role-playing, visualization, and presentation techniques including motivational interviewing and social facilitation. Topics cover indirect interventions (e.g., consultation, advocacy, and program development). Different advantages of one-on-one coaching, group-training modules, and consultation at individual, group, organization and community levels are included.

HSS 522: How to Help Clients, Groups, and Organizations With Quit-Tobacco Services (3 credits)
This course offers 100 quit-smoking techniques and habit-changing strategies including competence-building activities, stress-reduction, and self-regulation skills you can learn and train other client groups and organizations to use. Published applied research articles and materials, online resources, and a supportive, self-instructional manual of quit techniques, management strategies, and relapse-prevention tools are included. Students practice cognitive-behavioral interventions, emotional-mental- imagery exercises, and targeted activities that support motivation, focus and effort. A student survey, reading assignments, and a final, type-written research report is expected.

HSS 524: How to Help Clients, Groups, and Organizations With Weight-Control Services (3 credits)
This course takes a coaching, training, and consulting perspective on working with groups, agencies, and organizations needing to prevent, reduce, and manage employees weight levels. The course explores the psychological research literature on effective weight-control programs, service activities, and behavioral management techniques to improve personal health and well being as well as clients in the work place, community organizations, Employee Assistance programs, and social settings. Selected readings, training materials, and online resources included. An individualized weight-loss or management project and written plan of action to improve client performance outcomes is expected.

HSS 526: Selected Group, Inter-Agency, and Community Organization Services (3 credits)

HSS 528: Social Planning and Action Research (3 credits)

HSS 530: Developing Resources and Services for Aging Clients (3 credits)

HSS 532: Program Evaluation (3 credits)
In this course the student studies data-based strategies for needs assessments, targeted planning, implementation, and program evaluation of objective, qualitative behavioral, relational, and pre-post activity-oriented, performance or behavioral change outcomes. Selected readings, evaluative materials and resources are assigned with practice exercises and student projects.

HSS 599: Readings in Applied Psychology and Human Services * (3 credits)

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SOCIOLOGY (SOC)

SOC 501: Introduction to Sociology: Theory, Methods, and Applications * (3 credits)
SOC 502: Leadership and Team Building in Diverse Social Settings * (3 credits)
SOC 506: Sociology of the Small Group: Theories, Methods, and Research (3 credits)
SOC 507: Social Influence, Leadership, and Interpersonal Behavior (3 credits)
SOC 508: Social Problems: Violence, Drugs, and Crime (3 credits)
SOC 510: Culture and Personality (3 credits)
SOC 512: Minority-Majority Group Relations, Prejudice, and Discrimination * (3 credits)
SOC 514: Group Dynamics: Methods and Applications (3 credits)
SOC: 516 Hate Crimes, Inter-group Aggression, and Terrorism (3 credits)
SOC 518: Social Research Methods * (3 credits)
SOC 519: Social Organizational Development and Behavioral Applications (3 credits)
SOC 522: Advanced Studies in Sociology: Theories, Methods, and Research Applications (3 credits)
SOC 524: Directed Readings in Sociology (3 credits)
SOC 526: Sociology of Religion (3 credits)
SOC 528: Gerontology (3 credits)
SOC 599: Readings in Applied Psychology and Human Services in Sociology * (3 credits)

SOC 501: Introduction to Sociology: Theory, Methods, and Applications * (3 credits)
This course will cover the major theories, concepts, and social-scientific applications of the discipline to the study of human cultures and societies of the world. Students will apply these concepts and tools to the study of every day behavior and social situations of interest. Readings, papers, and projects determined by student’s graduate program.

SOC 502: Leadership and Team Building in Diverse Social Settings * (3 credits)
This course examines conceptions of leadership with a focus on the identification, development, and effectiveness of diverse leadership modes, styles, and expressions. The role and functions of leadership in the development of teams and teamwork in small groups, organizations, and natural social groupings will be explored. Readings, papers, topics, and activities determined by student’s graduate program..

SOC 506: Sociology of the Small Group: Theories, Methods, and Research (3 credits)
Students study small group theories, measures of group interaction and content properties for their impact on participants' participation, problem-solving roles, discourse, creative behavior, and task performance. Readings, papers, and study projects focus on behavioral observation methods of data collection and analysis in natural and formal groups of interest.

SOC 507: Social Influence, Leadership, and Interpersonal Behavior (3 credits)
This course examines the sociological literature and research on social influence, status, power, leadership, persuasion, the media, and interpersonal competence in diverse cultures, social systems, and settings. Assessments, readings, and project activities determined with the student. Course work in sociology and psychology recommended.

SOC 508: Social Problems: Violence, Drugs, and Crime (3 credits)
Sociological and social-psychological theories, concepts, and research define, ground, and identify causes and consequences of social problems (e.g., drugs, juvenile delinquency, poverty, mental illness, child abuse, peer bullying, school/family violence, punishment). Topics, readings, and projects determined in conjunction with student goals. Course work in sociology and psychology recommended.

SOC 510: Culture and Personality (3 credits)
The course examines comparative societal/cultural studies of diversity, minority-majority group relationships, social learning, and cross-cultural perspectives on personality, character, style, language, and psychological-social adjustment from childhood to adulthood. Readings, topics, and project activities determined in collaboration with the student. Course work in sociology and psychology recommended. [Instructor: J. J. Rinas MA, LPC]

SOC 512: Minority-Majority Group Relations, Prejudice, and Discrimination * (3 credits)
This course covers cultural/societal theories/mid-range conceptions/field studies of ethnocentrism, institutional racism, prejudice, authoritarianism, consequences of close-mindedness, discriminatory behavior, and conflicted inter-group/ethnic relations. Topics, readings, and project activities determined by student’s program. Course work in sociology and psychology recommended.

SOC 514: Group Dynamics: Methods and Applications (3 credits)
The course reviews stage theories and process approaches to group development. Methods of collecting data on participant behavior, group needs, and adaptive changes within groups (e.g., families, clubs, classrooms, problem-solving units) of interest will be presented. Readings, projects, and activities focused on social interaction and group processes assigned with student participation. Course work in sociology and psychology recommended.

SOC: 516 Hate Crimes, Inter-group Aggression, and Terrorism (3 credits)

SOC 518: Social Research Methods * (3 credits)
This course provides a foundation for understanding social research and designing, collecting, analyzing social research data. The emphasis is on applied quantitative, qualitative, unobtrusive evaluative, and innovative methods. Students learn conceptual tools, research values, and the skills needed to conduct independent research projects, evaluate professional journals, do library/online/secondary research and report writing for publication. Sociology and psychology course work recommended.

S0C 519: Social Organizational Development and Behavioral Applications (3 credits)
The student studies formal and informal social organizations, how to assess organizational strengths and limitations, identify behavioral/performance patterns and consequences, and propose planned interventions for re-organizational and behavioral changes. Students interested in organizational dynamics, problem solving behavior, human resources training and development will target model service organizations of interest. Readings, reports, and project activities in line with student’s goals and career objectives. Course work in sociology and psychology recommended.

SOC 522: Advanced Studies in Sociology: Theories, Methods, and Research Applications (3 credits)
Students conduct an appropriately designed group, organizational, or community study with defined concepts and procedures for collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data, which appear to have practical human service applications. A scholarly, written report of a quality suitable for publication is expected. Advanced standing in sociology or psychology expected.

SOC 524: Directed Readings in Sociology (3 credits)
This course provides students opportunities for directed studies in advanced areas of sociology. Students pursue specific readings in a focal area of interest with questions relevant to applied sociological theory, research, social problem-solving, community service or volunteer action outcomes. A scholarly paper of the quality suitable for publication is expected. Advanced standing in sociology and psychology expected.

SOC 526: Sociology of Religion (3 credits)
This course is an introduction to the original theories and the historical/comparative works of E. Durkheim, K. Marx, and M. Weber. Students will read, compare and analyze their respective contributions to understanding religious institutions and organizations involvement in politics, business, community services, and charities through church practices, faith-based programs, and helping services.

SOC 528: Gerontology (3 credits)

SOC 599: Readings in Applied Psychology and Human Services in Sociology * (3 credits)

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SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY (SPS)

SPS 503: Introduction to Social Psychology: Theories, Methods, and Research * (3 credits)
SPS 504: Attitudes, Expectations, and Readiness for Change (3 credits)
SPS 506: Role Expectations, Self Identity, and Behavioral Changes * (3 credits)
SPS 508: Social Perception and Cognition * (3 credits)
SPS 510: Personality: Traits, States, and Behavioral Styles (3 credits)
SPS 512: Social and Emotional Intelligence * (3 credits)
SPS 514: Motivation: Achievement, Creativity, and Participatory Problem-Solving * (3 credits)
SPS 516: Developing Social Interaction Skills (3 credits)
SPS 518: Identifying, Developing, and Facilitating Effective Interpersonal Relationships * (3 credits)
SPS 520: Team-Building * (3 credits)
SPS 521: Social Psychology of Personal Development (3 credits)
SPS 522: Social Psychology of Health and Wellness (3 credits)
SPS 523: Social Psychology of Creativity * (3 credits)
SPS 524: Social Psychology of Stress Management (3 credits)
SPS 525: Social Psychology of Addictions (3 credits)
SPS 526: Social Psychology of Tobacco Use and Cessation for Life (3 credits)
SPS 527: Social Psychology of Obesity and Weight-Related Problems (3 credits)
SPS 528: Social Psychology of the Organization (3 credits)
SPS 530: Research Methods in Social Psychology * (3 credits)
SPS 532: Advanced Studies in Social Psychology: Theories, Methods, and Research Applications (3 credits)
SPS 533: Systematic Behavioral Observation and Field Research Methods (3 credits)
SPS 536: Directed Readings on Special Social Psychology Topics (3 credits)
SPS 599: Readings in Applied Psychology and Human Services in Social Psychology (3 credits)

SPS 503: Introduction to Social Psychology: Theories, Methods, and Research * (3 credits)
This reading and applications course focuses on relationships, social interaction, learning, and human development including the concepts and skills critical to understanding current societal issues, human problems, and national events. Selected readings, papers, and applied, field activities included.

SPS 504: Attitudes, Expectations, and Readiness for Change (3 credits)
The course reviews recent research on attitude acquisition, organization, and behavioral change. The focus is on attitude changes through persuasive communication, expectations in interaction, and cognitive-emotional-behavioral effects in social settings. [Instructor: J. J. Rinas MA, LPC]

SPS 506: Role Expectations, Self Identity, and Behavioral Changes * (3 credits)
This course surveys theoretical concepts and relationships discussed on role expectations, personal identity, and relationships between self, role, and applied behavioral performance in different family, work, community, and career positions of interest to the student.

SPS 508: Social Perception and Cognition * (3 credits)
The student studies the connections between social perception and social cognition for applied programs and services. Primarily because of the importance attached to how we judge others and ourselves on the information perceived, received, and unseen factors that bias, distort, prejudice, and influence impression formation, interpersonal attraction, judgment, and attributions of responsibility and control.

SPS 510: Personality: Traits, States, and Behavioral Styles (3 credits)
This course addresses personality types, their assessment and implications for the individual, the family, social, work, and community relations. Students examine the advantages, limitations, and prospective uses of personality, style, interest inventories, and specialized scales in their applied research, interventions, and community service functions. [Instructor: J. J. Rinas MA, LPC]

SPS 512: Social and Emotional Intelligence * (3 credits)
This course examines the research buzz about social intelligence (SI) and emotional intelligence (EI) and reported positive effects on social awareness, empathy, workplace performance, leadership, creativity, and career achievement. Self-assessments, practice activities, readings, online resources, and instructor feedback included.

SPS 514: Motivation: Achievement, Creativity, and Participatory Problem-Solving * (3 credits)
The course studies different motivation models, research, and applied approaches to understanding motives, motivational states, achievement, problem solving, creativity, and peak performance. Each student identifies specific motivational issues of interest and importance to their studies, career, and service goals.

SPS 516: Developing Social Interaction Skills (3 credits)
The course looks at fundamental, unique, and key attributes of human communication processes and behavior including skills for understanding, connecting, and facilitating discourse with others in different social situations. Social interaction assessments, readings, and project activities are included.

SPS 518: Identifying, Developing, and Facilitating Effective Interpersonal Relationships *(3 credits)
Students have opportunities in this course to look at ‘self’ in interpersonal relationships when managing uncertainty, conflict, stress, and, at times, strange predicaments in social and emergent situations. Self-observations, assessments, readings, and project activities assigned in consultation with the student and program goals.

SPS 520: Team-Building * (3 credits)
This course guides and facilitates the student’s participation, use, and understanding of team activities. The focus is on social psychological knowledge, experiences, and skills used to work effectively in team-building groups and organizations of interest to the student. Assigned readings, student activities, assessments, and team-building applications included.

SPS 521: Social Psychology of Personal Development (3 credits)
The course focuses on student development with the study and assistance of social-psychology research, human-relations training, self-help methods and activities. Students explore and assess personal/social/career goals, pathways to selected objectives, self-help resources and experiences helpful to them in the process. Readings, topics, and individualized projects determined with student input. [Instructor: J. J. Rinas MA, LPC]

SPS 522: Social Psychology of Health and Wellness (3 credits)
This course pursues models and perspectives on behavioral-health topics (e.g. self-efficacy, exercise, nutrition, stress, smoking, weight control, lifestyle) and data on morbidity, mortality, and health risks. Applied programs to prevent health issues, reduce poor choices and risky behavior, and improve health status with quality-of-life outcomes considered with readings, projects, and service activities in the student’s program.

SPS 523: Social Psychology of Creativity * (3 credits)
The course introduces the student to different conceptions and models of creativity with a focus on creative behavior observable by others. Students explore social dimensions, relationships, and setting conditions that thwart, facilitate or limit creative expression by individuals, small groups, and organizations in human-service fields. Students observe, record, rate, assess, and "test out" creative assumptions and ideas in written assignments, activities, unobtrusive observations and coding methods in settings of interest. Projects, readings, and assignments are integrated into the student’s program.

SPS 524: Social Psychology of Stress Management (3 credits)
This course examines the assessment of stressful personal, interpersonal, and community lifestyles. Students focus on social-psychological variables associated with healthy lifestyles and effective ways to prevent, cope with and manage stress. Applicable self and social interventions for behavioral change are included for their potential impact on health, life chances, and chronic, acute, and emergent stress. Selected readings, activities, and projects are related to each student’s program and service goals.

SPS 525: Social Psychology of Addictions (3 credits)
This course addresses social-psychological perspectives and research on addictions (e.g., drugs, alcohol, nicotine, food, gambling, sex, video games), episodic and compulsive, risky, sensation-seeking behavior, and problems of self-regulation and adjustment. Selected readings, projects, and assignments determined in collaboration with each student’s needs and program.

SPS 526: Social Psychology of Tobacco Use and Cessation for Life (3 credits)
This course targets the preventable, national and global epidemic of smoking and chewing tobacco products. What societal, health, psychological causes and consequences generate tobacco addiction? The course looks at prevention, education, intervention, maintenance, and support programs and services needed by individuals, groups, and communities to stay tobacco-free. Readings, surveys, problem-solving projects and service applications determined in collaboration with each student’s program.

SPS 527: Social Psychology of Obesity and Weight-Related Problems (3 credits)
This course targets the preventable, national epidemic of obesity, overweight, and the behavioral health problems associated with this trend. What social psychological programs and services could be implemented at individual, group, organizational and community levels to reduce and better manage weight in technological societies with sedentary life-styles? Specific readings, service applications, problem-solving projects, and assignments determined in conjunction with each student’s program.

SPS 528: Social Psychology of the Organization (3 credits)
This course examines the social psychological systems, individuals, relationships, and cultures embedded in organizations. These human participants become the informal structure, the leaders, supervisors, and employees in divisional units, which operate in each organization and between competing organizations. How do service organizations manage conflicts, communications, the flow and substance of information, coordinate, monitor, deliver, and assess human services? Selected readings, exemplary studies of service organizations, and project activities are included.

SPS 530: Research Methods in Social Psychology * (3 credits)
This course provides a foundation for understanding, designing, collecting, and analyzing social-psychological studies. The focus is on study applications of individuals, groups, service organizations, and community clients of interest to the student. Journal readings, texts, library/online research literature, and participatory projects are used.

SPS 532: Advanced Studies in Social Psychology: Theories, Methods, and Research Applications (3 credits)
Students address social-psychological questions and issues requiring conceptual clarification, operational hypotheses, measurement development, reliable data-collection methods, valid analyses and interpretations. In-depth readings related to research projects and applied service activities to be determined with the student and program requirements. An original behavioral-outcome study with planned interventions or human service activities leading to a scholarly essay or research report of a quality suitable for publication is expected. Prior sociology and psychology research recommended.

SPS 533: Systematic Behavioral Observation and Field Research Methods (3 credits)
The course will study systematic behavioral observation methods for social-psychological studies in social interaction settings of interest. Observation methods used to study social interaction, overt behavior, or other human variables and service contexts are studied. Selected units of observation, applied methods, and research questions of interest to the student are encouraged. Readings, observation activities, service projects and program applications are included in each student’s program. Prior psychology and sociology research recommended.

SPS 536: Directed Readings on Special Social Psychology Topics (3 credits)
The course offers the student opportunities for directed readings in advanced areas of social psychology. In collaboration with the instructor, students pursue readings in a specific area of interest with questions relevant to social-psychological theory, applied research, social problem solving, behavioral change, or group/agency/community-service outcomes. A scholarly, written paper of a quality suitable for publication is expected. Prior psychology and sociology course work recommended.

SPS 599: Readings in Applied Psychology and Human Services in Social Psychology (3 credits)

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HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY (HEA)

HEA 505: Principles of Health Psychology * (3 credits)
HEA 506: Introduction to Health and Wellness * (3 credits)
HEA 509: Stress Management and Life Style Changes * (3 credits)
HEA 510: Personality and Behavioral Health (3 credits)
HEA 512: Tobacco Cessation and Lifestyle Changes (3 credits)
HEA 514: Obesity and Weight: Issues with Alternative Lifestyles (3 credits)
HEA 515: Drugs and Prescription Medicines (3 credits)
HEA 516: Laughter, Play, and Healthy Humor (3 credits)
HEA 518: Improving Mental, Emotional, and Social Health (3 credits)
HEA 520: Exercise, Sports, and Individual Performance (3 credits)
HEA 521: Qualitative and Quantitative Assessments of Health Risks and Services * (3 credits)
HEA 522: Demography and the Analysis of Health Data (3 credits)
HEA 524: Management and Promotion of Health and Wellness Services (3 credits)
HEA 530: Selected Health Topics: New Research on Programs and Services (3 credits)
HEA 599: Readings in Applied Psychology and Human Services in Health Psychology * (3 credits)

HEA 505: Principles of Health Psychology * (3 credits)
This course examines the philosophy and principles underlying the need for understanding relationships between physical, psychological, social, and cultural effects on health and well being. Study topics address how people respond to medical information, consultations, treatment plans, and lifestyle changes. Students learn ways to prevent illness, reduce the progression of disease, educate and implement user-friendly health practices and wellness activities which may reintegrate and empower patients towards meaningful life pursuits.

HEA 506: Introduction to Health and Wellness * (3 credits)
This course focuses on psychological models and practices for health promotion service providers working with individuals and small groups. Topics include strategies and techniques for behavioral interventions related to premature morbidity and mortality concerns. Topics include assessments, interventions, participatory planning, behavioral goals and wellness activities, follow-up, support and referral skills to health specialists and community resources.

HEA 509: Stress Management and Life Style Changes * (3 credits)
Students learn how to use tools to assess sources and kinds of stress affecting clients. They learn how different stressors impact the etiology and course of health issues and problems of living. Students develop skills to draft health plans for clients, interview clients, and freely discuss realistic targets for change. They help clients make decisions, participate in programs, monitor progress, reinforce and support proactive, client behavior (e.g., adherence to a medically-prescribed regime) and important lifestyle changes.

HEA 510: Personality and Behavioral Health (3 credits)
The course examines the applied research on personality tests, inventories, and assessments of heath beliefs, social adjustment, quality-of-life indicators and risk factors (e.g., smoking, diet, weight, alcohol, sleep) associated with stress-related diseases and organ/immune system dysfunction. Research tools and findings guide prevention activities, interventions, alternatives, community health programs, and wellness services.

HEA 512: Tobacco Cessation and Lifestyle Changes (3 credits)
Students study research, service models, and approaches for intervening in high tobacco-use lifestyles and sub-cultures. Students learn how to assess and customize quit-programs, which include clients learning skills and techniques to quit tobacco, prevent relapse, and maintain healthier lifestyles. A variety of approaches that use stress reduction, cognitive behavioral, skill-building techniques, changes in motivational state, and innovative strategies for individuals, groups, organizations, and resources are included.

HEA 515: Drugs and Prescription Medicines (3 credits)
This course focuses on the prevalence and trends of illegal drug use and abuse of prescription medicines. Students study causal models and research on the personal health, social, economic, and legal consequences of addictive drugs and medicines. Topics cover drugs (e.g. pot, meth, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy) and prescription medicines (e.g., Valium, Zoloft, pain-killers). Community programs focus on prevention, early identification, education, intervention, therapy, behavioral management, nutrition/religious support, rehabilitation, social service, and diversion.

HEA 518: Improving Mental, Emotional, and Social Health (3 credits)
This course reviews the current theory and applied research on improving and maintaining the mental, emotional, and social health of individuals, groups, neighborhoods, and organizations in their host environments. Students learn how to assess social environments and indicators of health at different levels of analysis as well as cope with crises and instabilities in targeted areas of growth and/or with proposed behavioral-change activities.

HEA 520: Exercise, Sports, and Individual Performance (3 credits)
In this course students study recent research on physical exercise, participation in team sports, individual performance, competition, and goals. Findings on the psychological/physiological effects and health consequences of aerobic exercise, bodybuilding, steroids, and risk-taking activities (e.g., surfing, skate-boarding, climbing) are discussed. Education, training, applied programs with planned behavioral health activities and resources are included.

HEA 521: Qualitative and Quantitative Assessments of Health Risks and Services * (3 credits)
The course provides a multidisciplinary focus on general research methods and designs used in health programs and services of interest to health psychologists. Qualitative and quantitative tools for assessing health risks, needs, and proposed service options are studied. Topics on health and human service evaluation models, statistical analyses, interpretations, and research proposals are included.

HEA 522: Demography and the Analysis of Health Data (3 credits)
This course introduces the student to health data using statistical procedures to analyze, interpret, and report findings and resources for published health data. Research trends, evaluation models of prevalence data, and commentary on selected health topics (e.g., morbidity, mortality, quality-of-life indicators) of interest to the student are included.

HEA 524: Management and Promotion of Health and Wellness Services (3 credits)
This course covers current developments in health education and the management of health promotion programs. Strategies to facilitate communication, problem-solving, and in-house research are presented. The value of tracking social needs, programs, and issues surrounding organizational innovation, readiness, and the ability to respond to emergent needs, proposals, and changes in consumer behavior are considered. Prior health psychology course work and experience recommended.

HEA 530: Selected Health Topics: New Research on Programs and Services (3 credits)
This readings and applications course addresses topics currently relevant to applied health sciences, health psychology, and human service providers. Students design a service program, which targets a course topic in the form of a data-based, participatory action research, behavioral-health intervention proposal.

HEA 599: Readings in Applied Psychology and Human Services in Health Psychology * (3 credits)

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CAREER DEVELOPMENT (CAR)

CAR 502: Introduction to Career Development * (3 credits)
CAR 506: The Psychology of Work (3 credits)
CAR 510: Occupations and Professions (3 credits)
CAR 514: Career Services and Developmental Practices (3 credits)
CAR 516: Objective Assessment and Planning for Career and Life Style Changes (3 credits)
CAR 518: Service Career Interests, Aptitudes, Skills, and Performance (3 credits)
CAR 520: Time Management, Planning, and Organization (3 credits)
CAR 522: Interviewing Techniques and Skills (3 credits)
CAR 523: Human Resources Conflicts and Workplace Resolutions (3 credits)
CAR 525: Vocational Rehabilitation and Job Placement (3 credits)
CAR 526: Vocational Development and Career Information (3 credits)
CAR 528: Conducting Job Searches Using the Internet (3 credits)
CAR 529: Employment Programs for Special-Need Clients (3 credits)
CAR 530: Job Placement and Improving Performance with Training, Coaching, and Mentoring Strategies (3 credits)
CAR 531: Conflict Resolution: Bargaining, Mediation, and Arbitration (3 credits)
CAR 532: Improving Supervisory-Employee Work Relations (3 credits)
CAR 534: Improving Client and Community Relations (3 credits)
CAR 536: Psychological Approaches: Matching Career and Life Style (3 credits)
CAR 599: Readings in Applied Psychology and Human Services in Career Development * (3 credits)

CAR 502: Introduction to Career Development * (3 credits)
This course presents concepts, theories, practices, and techniques used in various aspects and functions of career development through the life span. The course reviews various uses of occupational classification systems, testing, interviewing, and the use of computers to provide the student with practice opportunities and realistic applied research and service exercises.

CAR 506: The Psychology of Work (3 credits)
This course examines work from a psychological perspective. The student studies links between work, social adjustment, and mental health. The fields of organizational, personal development, community, communications, health psychology, and human services are explored. The course reviews research methods and findings from diverse, global, and interdisciplinary studies that influence worker productivity, worker satisfaction, morale, and other stressful influences. Students study selected in-depth psychosocial issues (e.g., harassment, discrimination, conflict, sexual abuse, violence, corruption, burnout) impacting health, social adjustment, and well being in the workplace.

CAR 510: Occupations and Professions (3 credits)
This course looks at applied research in career development with an emphasis on human resources occupations, social services, and psychologically-oriented professions. Occupational positions and community/global roles for persons with psychological education and background are considered. The roles and varied functions of human resources personnel in government, social, community, and nonprofit organizations are examined including employment laws and regulations, management of policies, procedures, and personnel, recruitment, interviewing practices, the processing and interviewing of applicants, job-finding, new career developments and placement skills.

CAR 514: Career Services and Developmental Practices (3 credits)
This course surveys a range of career paths including vocational assessments, training, interviewing, human service, experiential, and networking activities. Students write timely, written reports on assigned readings, practice exercises, instructor feedback, and online resources. [Instructor: Antonio Cardona, MA]

CAR 516: Objective Assessment and Planning for Career and Life Style Changes (3 credits)
This course covers assessments of student aptitudes, interests, experiences, skills, and motivations that point towards one or more career paths, job transitions, and service goals. The student studies and evaluates a set of objective career and life style assessment findings in order to facilitate decision-making and prospective career changes. Assignments focus on integrating materials, selected readings, practice activities, online resources, and problem-solving support. A prospective student career or transitional service plan with associated life style changes is included.

CAR 518: Service Career Interests, Aptitudes, Skills, and Performance (3 credits)
This course prepares the student to sharpen career goals through study and integration of the process of decision-making, self-analysis, and survey of career information and job skills. Students increase their awareness of psychologically-informed human service jobs and prospective specialist career paths in accordance with their interests, values, experience, and service goals. Consequently, students learn how to help themselves and others prepare for a change or confirm a service goal.

CAR 520: Time Management, Planning, and Organization (3 credits)
Time management skills help the student organize, plan, and perform in whatever job, role, or service organization and time period of interest. A document format for a daily, efficient routine with helpful and productive timesaving, behavioral checklist systems are constructed with supportive journal notes and research documentation of the timesaving systems considered. Descriptions of priorities, decision-making, omissions, and reliable execution of timesaving strategies, innovative activities, and customized plans are included.

CAR 522: Interviewing Techniques and Skills (3 credits)
This course focuses on interviewing techniques and social behavioral skills that can be learned, practiced, and applied in a variety of vocational and human service settings. Topics may include communication skills and versatility in taking the roles of interviewer, interviewee, and observer. Sending and receiving information verbally and non-verbally, relevant to the interview’s purpose, guides what and how information is exchanged (e.g., job interviews for a job, service delivery).

CAR 523: Human Resources Conflicts and Workplace Resolutions (3 credits)
Participants study human conflicts and difficult employment situations. Students learn to use case study research, skill-building exercises, and communication to manage and prevent stressful issues affecting human resources productivity, morale, and delivery of services. Students learn how to conduct problem-solving interviews, document and manage conflicts, and conduct lawful, defensible investigations. Topics include allegations of wrongful dismissal, sexual harassment, failures to hire, promote, and retain employees because of race, gender, age, and health discrimination.

CAR 525: Vocational Rehabilitation and Job Placement (3 credits)
This course covers the vocational rehabilitation process including the referral process, eligibility criteria, comprehensive medical, psychological, and vocational assessments, vocational training, job placement and follow-up human resources and services. [Instructor: Antonio Cardona, MA]

CAR 526: Vocational Development and Career Information (3 credits)
This course examines major theories of vocational development, applied research, and multiple resources for developmental careers and human services information. Sources of information to be explored and mentored via selective readings and assignments include the Dictionary of Occupational Titles, the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the Guide to Occupational Exploration, specific occupational education, and career training information, local/state labor market resources, community and agency human-service opportunities. [Instructor: Antonio Cardona, MA]

CAR 528: Conducting Job Searches Using the Internet (3 credits)
Students learn how to conduct effective job searches using the Internet. They learn how to apply and help others apply for jobs using WNJPIN.Net and America's Job Bank (AJB) and other online job search websites. In this course, job seekers learn how to post resumes in places where thousands of employers search for psychologically-educated staff and human service jobs. Students learn how to use these sites and find more details at job fairs, job placement services and related service opportunities. They learn how to use the Occupational Net, how to find Labor Market information related to organizations and service agencies, and free services from the Employment Office One-Stop System in your locale. [Instructor: Antonio Cardona, MA]

CAR 529: Employment Programs for Special-Need Clients (3 credits)
This course reviews psychological models and employment programs for under-employed, disadvantaged, under-educated, disabled, and older people with special needs. Topics include assessment, skills training, support strategies, and issues in community-based, employment services. Students examine research on job-placement training, career planning, working with employers, facilitating client participation, work assessments, job matching, job creation, job restructuring, and strategies which facilitate productivity and peer support.

CAR 530: Job Placement and Improving Performance with Training, Coaching, and Mentoring Strategies (3 credits)
This course reviews the behavioral performance research on training, coaching, and mentoring adults for performance enhancements, especially when assisting persons interested in a new job or searching for ways to improve performance and productivity in current employment or anticipated service positions. Topics include methods most effective for specific kinds of performance indicators, motivation issues, self-efficacy, resources, self-monitoring, and commitment to the task.

CAR 531: Conflict Resolution: Bargaining, Mediation, and Arbitration (3 credits)
Students examine applied research on conflict resolution and ways to formally and informally resolve disputes. Three formal and more informal methods of handing disputes in the legal system and community are studied, and their advantages and disadvantages discussed. Topics on how to evaluate students’ conflict-management styles and preferences are studied as part of conflict-resolution methods of choice. How to participate in the legal mediation process is included along with training, panel experience, and credentials for each respective bargaining, mediation, and arbitration role in human services. Students are encouraged to explore conflict-resolution methods for their potential use and applicability to their desired service roles and career development.

CAR 532: Improving Supervisory-Employee Work Relations (3 credits)
This course provides supervisory perspectives on management skills used in the design, operation, and evaluation of supervisor and employment practices. Topics on supervisory style, communication, mentoring and coaching roles, interpersonal skills, trainer and employee experiences are included. The importance of integrating management development, communication, and training skills into ongoing supervisor-employee relations and staff development programs is stressed for present day human service agencies and community organizations.

CAR 534: Improving Client and Community Relations (3 credits)
This course provides student opportunities for greater understanding and use of psychological theory, methods, and practices focused on improving individual, group, and organizational client relationships in community settings. Topics include assessments of client and community needs, program evaluations, interventions, learning by doing, current issues and research findings that address course goals. The general purpose is to address how to improve and involve people at all levels into applied human service, career education, participation, and mutual-support activities.

CAR 536: Psychological Approaches: Matching Career and Life Style (3 credits)
This course uses a MAP Assessment System to explore client life style preferences and vocational indicators to match student profiles including education, skills, interests, aptitudes, motivational preferences and drives with self-assessment scales in order to compare and contrast them with persons already working in career development fields, human service jobs, and related career pathways. Objective and subjective methods are analyzed, interpreted, and discussed through assignments, selected readings, and student applications.

CAR 599: Readings in Applied Psychology and Human Services in Career Development * (3 credits)

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HUMAN COMMUNICATIONS (HUC)

HUC 502: Human Communication* (3 credits)
HUC 512: Introduction to Cross Cultural Communication (3 credits)
HUC 514: Perspectives for Understanding Diverse Cultures (3 credits)
HUC 516: Developing Effective Communication in Relationships * (3 credits)
HUC 517: Nonverbal and Contextual Communication (3 credits)
HUC 518: Communication in the Organization (3 credits)
HUC 520: Communication Methods, Skills, and Materials for Trainers * (3 credits)
HUC 524: Hypnosis, Intention and Forms of Influence Behavior (3 credits)
HUC 530: Management By Communication in Organizations (3 credits)
HUC 531 Communication and Instructional Skills for Leaders, Supervisors, Project Coordinators, and Designated Personnel (3 credits)
HUC 532: Persuasive Communication and the Mass Media (3 credits)
HUC 533: Methods of Assessment in Communication * (3 credits)
HUC 534: Discourse Analysis (3 credits)
HUC 536: Public Speaking: Skills, Presentations, and Materials (3 credits)
HUC 538: Qualitative Research Methods: Content Analysis and Ethnography (3 credits)
HUC 540: Research Reports, Proposals and Writing for Publication (3 credits)
HUC 599: Readings in Applied Psychology and Human Services in Communications * (3 credits)

HUC 502: Human Communication* (3 credits)
This course examines communications theories including their construction and applications to behavioral science, instruction, public speaking, writing, and service settings. Models that pinpoint appropriate communication styles, interpersonal skills, and effective approaches in different family, workplace, organizational, teaching/training contexts, and service situations are included. Assignments to facilitate understanding, performance skills, problem-solving competence in targeted areas are considered.

HUC 512: Introduction to Cross Cultural Communication (3 credits)
This course focuses on cross-cultural communication models, concepts, and studies (e.g., beliefs, values, space/time orientation, sensitivity, competence) as well as race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, and socioeconomic class differences in language usage. Students write timely reports on assigned readings, practice exercises, communications projects, instructor feedback, and online resources. [Instructor: Antonio Cardona, MA]

HUC 514: Perspectives for Understanding Diverse Cultures (3 credits)
Explores cultural similarities and differences affecting communication and intercultural relationships between individuals, groups and organizations. The course provides an in-depth study of human communication processes operating in selected areas (e.g., health, education, work, human services) of societies around the globe. Topics include variable aspects of leadership, education, community development, health and social service skills applicable to diverse cultures. An appreciation of cultural differences and the prospective cultural impact on student perspectives and styles are explored through practice exercises, selected readings, and applicable research findings.

HUC 516: Developing Effective Communication in Relationships * (3 credits)
This course provides a comprehensive review of theory and research on interpersonal relationships. The general focus is on the role and dynamics of developing relationships and the maintenance of realistic, productive, interpersonal ones. Students study research findings applicable to relationship questions (e.g., gender, language, age, health, job), career plans, and service objectives. Selected readings, practice exercises, and student projects are encouraged.

HUC 517: Nonverbal and Contextual Communication (3 credits)
This course explores multi-sensory behavior and communication codes in human interactions through paralanguage, space, time, body, artifacts, and defined cultural characteristics and social contexts. The course provides the student an opportunity to examine the pragmatics of nonverbal messages and coded behavior in career paths and service settings of interest. Selected readings, practice exercises, and applied project activities included.

HUC 518: Communication in the Organization (3 credits)
This course examines communication systems and approaches to organizations. Students explore topics like participation, morale, team-building, innovation, the motivation to perform competently, and the pursuit of organizational programs and service excellence. How service organizations manage internal culture, conflicts, communications, coordinate, assess, monitor, deliver, and change priorities are included. Selected readings, exemplary communication studies of service organizations, and specific project activities are included.

HUC 520: Communication Methods, Skills, and Materials for Trainers * (3 credits)
Students learn instructional, participatory models and training methods applicable to organizations, service units, and group settings. The course explores applied research findings, needs assessments, behavioral or performance objectives, pre/post design features, training, coaching and consulting roles, group and organizational dynamics involved in the implementation of training programs and services with communication outcomes and use of resources. Assignments, selected readings, instructor feedback and support are included. A written, student-constructed training module or skills-based, communications activity is expected.

HUC 524: Hypnosis, Intention and Forms of Influence Behavior (3 credits)
The course explores the social-psychological aspects of different forms of communication including attention, intentions, expectations, suggestions, imaginative content, and rhetorical expressions that influence thinking, feeling, and others’ behavior under certain conditions. Students examine selected readings, do practice exercises, and applied research on these interesting, but puzzling forms of human communication.

HUC 530: Management By Communication in Organizations (3 credits)
This course applies psychological and behavioral science models to analyze communication in the workplace and the development of management, staff, employee, and client communication practices. Topics include the impact of management attitudes, styles, motivations, and conflicts that identify sources, conditions, and consequences distracting resources away from decentralized modes of participation, performance and problem-solving. Special attention given to the implications of applied research on communications for human resource management practices in organizational services.

HUC 531 Communication and Instructional Skills for Leaders, Supervisors, Project Coordinators, and Designated Personnel (3 credits)
This course introduces the student to learning-training models applicable to their organization, department, agency, or assigned personnel project. The course explores needs assessments, behavioral or performance objectives, pre/post design features, instructor’s leadership roles, duties, and the skills necessary to meet challenges, organizational changes, service improvements, and available resources. Course material, selected readings, online instructor feedback and support included.

HUC 532: Persuasive Communication and the Mass Media (3 credits)
Students study significant phases, issues, and controversies in the development of mass communication outlets (e.g., press, radio, television, film, internet) and their apparent persuasive influences in society. The course explores contemporary media relationships with science, education, politics, economics, health, sports, and service entities for cultural awareness, diversity, and societal stability. Assigned readings, practice exercises, and written reports on timely topics included.

HUC 533: Methods of Assessment in Communication * (3 credits)
In this course, the student studies in-depth communication assessment techniques employed in different applied interpersonal, small group, classroom, and organizational settings. Statistical, experimental, field, and observational methods of assessing communication are included. Various models, approaches, and ethical responsibilities in conducting human research are analyzed. Students study unobtrusive ways researchers can get reliable information and statistical indicators to evaluate targeted outcomes and integrate qualitative and quantitative methods.

HUC 534: Discourse Analysis (3 credits)
This course examines verbal and nonverbal aspects of communication, rules of communication, speech acts’ conversational variables, specific verbal acts, sequences, and patterns in social interaction (e.g., marital, group, instructional, work, health, human service) settings. Research models and studies with discourse and content tools are examined for their role in finding out how to understand and interpret latent normative rules, social meanings, and cultural values. Topics include the suggested interplay of contextual meanings inferred by the structure, words, syntax, and meanings embedded within speech forms, interactive sequences, and contextual patterns of communication.

HUC 536: Public Speaking: Skills, Presentations, and Materials (3 credits)
The student studies the art and science of public-speaking principles and functions of speech (e.g., voice, poise, assertiveness, confidence), applied research studies on influence and persuasion, the organization and construction of prototypical speeches, practice exercises, instructional models of professional reporting, and oral presentation skills including exhibits and hand-out materials given clients, observers, and different audiences.

HUC 538: Qualitative Research Methods: Content Analysis and Ethnography (3 credits)
This course provides students research knowledge, methods, and strategies for using qualitative methods to describe, explore, plan, collect, and interpret data collected on communication variables, content, performance outcomes, and service remedies compared to other relevant qualitative research studies. Topics include selected content-analysis systems, ethnographic contributions, secondary research, field observation, and participatory research activities. Students are expected to design and conduct qualitative research projects.

HUC 540: Research Reports, Proposals and Writing for Publication (3 credits)
This course focuses on research reporting, proposal writing for funds and resources, and writing articles for professional publications, journals, magazines, books, manuals, online resources, and training applications to communications, psychology, social science, and human service. Clear, simple prose, thoughtful, and persuasive commentary on a variety of substantive topics, innovative programs, evaluations, effective services, expanded networks, and resources are included.

HUC 599: Readings in Applied Psychology and Human Services in Communications * (3 credits)
This course entails a scholarly, student-written communications paper, applied research project, or creative endeavor utilizing new, up-dated concepts, methods, measures, and findings. The project should provide significant, social psychological value to human development, health, community, career, and/or human service targets of activity. The project should integrate student learning in their respective psychology major and minor areas of concentration. Descriptive, quasi-experimental, and field research of training program activities with instructional modules with clearly-defined outcomes, or creative, problem-solving products demonstrating insightful understanding of communication concepts, methods, and relationships to human programs and services is acceptable.

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APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY

PSY 500: Readings in Psychology and Counseling Studies (Required: 6 credits)
This course is required of all Master's students. Graduate students pursue detailed readings in the theories, principles and practices in psychology and counseling. Readings are selected by collaboration between the assigned faculty mentor and the student, with intent to cover core issues as well as the special interests of the student.

PSY 600: Readings in Psychology and Counseling Studies (Required: 6 credits)
This course is required of all Doctoral students. Doctoral students pursue detailed readings in the theories, principles and practices in Psychology and Counseling Studies . Readings are selected by collaboration between the assigned faculty mentor and the student, with intent to cover core issues as well as the special interests of the student.

PSY 501: History of Psychology (3 credits)
the historical background and development of Psychology as a science. Topics explore the contributions of major individuals and systems and examine the evolution of contemporary systems of Psychology and nontraditional approaches to counseling and therapy.

PSY 502: Modern Viewpoints in Psychology (3 credits)
Examines modern behaviorism, psychoanalysis, and cognitive Psychology, viewed as conceptions of man, styles of theorizing and investigative strategies; critically evaluates the more influential theories and research.

PSY 503: Principles of Clinical Psychology (3 credits)
The course covers the principles of clinical psychology with emphasis upon the history of clinical Psychology, its diagnostic procedures, therapeutic processes, clinical training, research approaches, and ethical issues. Students also cover topics in clinical assessment, psychotherapeutic processes, and current trends in clinical psychology.

PSY 504: Cognitive Psychology (3 credits)
Introduction to the Psychological study of human information processing and memory, acquisition, retrieval, and forgetting, and general knowledge, concepts, reasoning, and related issues in cognition.

PSY 505: Psycholinguistics (3 credits)
This course is concerned with how languages are learned, and the role they play in our thinking. Topics cover concepts from structural linguistics and experimental and cognitive Psychology, as well as anthropology, neurology and phonetics. Students explore how acoustic or visual signals are linguistically interpreted by the hearer or reader. Students also examine issues of first and second language acquisition, causes of disturbances of the speech and language, and the cerebral-functioning relative to our language constructions.

PSY 506: Personality Development (3 credits)
This course examines major theories of personality development, social learning, individual differences in personality development, and outcomes of social development, applications to school, home, and other field settings. Study of personality emphasizing active participation in designing, conducting, analyzing, and presenting of research; lectures concern the practical aspects of research methodology and the philosophy of personality research; and laboratory involves conducting original research in small groups.

PSY 507: Individual Psychology and Alfred Adler (3 credits)
This course examines the field of individual Psychology and the influences of Dr. Alfred Adler (1897-1937). Topics explore Adler s influence on Psychology and Psychotherapy and marital and couples therapy, parent-child therapy, family therapy, and group therapy, in addition to child guidance, work-place Psychology, and parenting education. Students examine the meaning of the Adlerian concepts such as inferiority complex, will to power, sibling rivalry, compensation and over-compensation.

PSY 508: Group Therapy (3 credits)
This course surveys the elements of treatment of several clients who meet regularly under the guidance of a therapist to obtain relief from particular symptoms or to pursue personal change. Topics examine the financial, administrative and therapeutic advantages of group therapy over individual therapy.

PSY 509: Neuropsychology (3 credits)
This course examines the neurological correlates of behavior. Topics explore the structure and function of the central nervous system and the experimental research upon which neuropsychological theories of behavior are based.

PSY 510: Biological Bases of Behavior (3 credits)
In-depth examination of the biological/physiological and neurological bases of behavior and Psychological experience, covering the principles of nervous and endocrine system function in relation to thinking, learning, perception, memory, activity and sleep, and emotion.

PSY 511: Human Development (3 credits)
This course covers physical and emotional growth and development in the human infant, child and adult, including later adulthood.

PSY 512: Cross-cultural Psychology (3 credits)
An in-depth exploration of cross-cultural differences in major Psychological and behavioral variables, including perception, motivation, expression, social behavior, verbal and non-verbal behavior, values and meaning systems, research biases and their implications in Psychological inquiry as a whole.

PSY 513: Transpersonal Psychology (3 credits)
In-depth, advanced exploration of selected issues in Transpersonal Psychology and the transpersonal vision, including non-locality, spirituality, levels consciousness, ecological relationships, identity and identification, human and social development, psychedelics, service and scientific and empirical issues.

PSY 514: Environmental Psychology (3 credits)
Critical examination of theories, research and applications in the area of environmental Psychology, covering the relationship between the individual s behavior and experience and the larger environmental/ecological circumstance.

PSY 515: Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3 credits)
In-depth examination of applied Psychological principles, methods and consulting skills in industry, business and social organizations arenas, including human factors, selection and appraisal, personnel, consumer Psychology and organizational behavior.

PSY 516: Principles of Health Psychology (3 credits)
Study of psychosocial and behavioral factors in the etiology and epidemiology of disease, and in the course of illness. Topics include the role of personality factors in health, such as type A, B, and C coping patterns; the psychophysiology of mind/body interactions; the stress response; the relaxation response; the mind and immunity (psycho-neuro-immunology); and the mind/heart connection (psycho-neuro-cardiology). Emphasis is given to factors involved in chronic and degenerative illnesses including cancer, heart disease, hypertension, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and HIV/AIDS.

PSY 517: Research and Evaluation in Psychology (3 credits)
This course explores research models and strategies in Psychology. Topics include various rationales and methodologies, and statistical techniques.

PSY 518: Psychology and the Law (3 credits)
Student examines relationship between the justice system and Psychological well being of society. Topics inspect the influence of law on social institutions, individual rights and the evolution of social order.

PSY 519: The Brain and the Mind (3 credits)
Survey of current knowledge and speculation regarding the brain's role in perception, motivation, sexual behavior, thinking, memory, and learning, based upon human clinical data and research in animal models.

PSY 520: Supreme Archetype (3 credits)
In The Answer to Job , Jung states that God is evolving thanks to mankind s consciousness. In this course, God will be regarded as the supreme archetype, and all other entities found in lore across the world will be regarded as archetypal material. The student will choose a particular archetypal energy and observe its evolution over time in relation to the evolution of cultures, history, philosophy, and even science. The light and the dark faces of the archetype will be scrutinized, particularly in the ways that they are manifesting in contemporary society. Examples could be the Great Mother, the Father, the Trickster, the Hero, the feminine s relationship to the masculine, and so on. Use of authors as varied as Joseph Campbell, Leonard Schlain, Bertrand Hell, or any of the Jungian sources is encouraged. The student will develop the exact content of the course and its method of evaluation in conjunction with the mentor.

PSY 521: Archetypal Material (3 credits)
Von Franz claims that fairy tales are a projection of archetypal material that compensates for what is not consciously manifested in a culture. This can happen either because the content is repressed by the local dogma, or because it is still emerging from the unconscious. The focus in this course is the archetypal material found in traditional fairy tales from anywhere in the world. Students will examine fairy tales of their choice and how they reveal archetypal content that is contrary or novel to the culture they were born in. The exact format of the course and its evaluation criteria will be evolved in collaboration between student and mentor.

PSY 522: Fairytales and Worldview (3 credits)
Although fairytales are often seen as lore from the past, its equivalent is continuously emerging in contemporary society. It is the collective dream. A study of emerging lore will reveal the archetypal material that is trying to come to consciousness, compensating for imbalances that are manifest in the present collective worldview. This archetypal material can be found in movies, novels, recent scientific theories, and more. Students will be encouraged to search for material in a wide range of sources, including Von Franz work, and authors such as Fritjof Capra , Victor Mansfield or Arnie Mindell. The student will formulate the exact course content, reading material, and evaluation criteria with the help of the mentor.

PSY 523: Fundamentals of Alchemy (3 credits)
Edinger spoke of alchemy as a Medieval European version of shamanism. Indeed alchemists included every part of the shaman s death and rebirth journey in their formulae. This course focuses on translating into psychological terms the basic processes and formulae that Jung collected among alchemical writings of the Middle East and Medieval Europe. Students will search the literature for alchemical references and relate these processes to individual or collective shamanic journeys. Students may describe, for instance, the rise and fall of certain worldviews, be they political, philosophical or scientific, and relate them to basic alchemical processes. The student and mentor will make together the exact choice of the subject under observation, relevant readings, and evaluation of the student s work.

PSY 524: Mysterium Coniunctionis (3 credits)
Carl Jung s most enlightened work, written in CW. VOL. 14, was revealed to him to be true after his near death experience in his seventies. This major work has been translated for the student by Edinger, and serves as a manual for understanding the great mysteries of the relationship between humankind and the divine. In this course, students will explore the correspondence and differences between Jung s Mysterium Coniunctionis and the experiences of various saints and mystics, or ecstatic experiences reported in shamanic traditions, as well as possibly ones own experience. Relationships to modern living of the spiritual dimension will also be explored. Together with his/her mentor, the student will determine the exact scope of this research, and the evaluation procedure to be adopted.

PSY 525: Jungian Dream Analysis (3 credits)
After having learned about the basic structure of dreams, symbolism, and techniques to relate the symbolic material to diurnal activity, students will use the technique to analyze archetypal material from areas of their choice. It could be dream analysis, art analysis, literature analysis, movie analysis or contemporary events analysis, as they too are dreams. The mentor will help the student identify an appropriate area of observation, the appropriate reading material and the appropriate objectives to set for the course.

PSY 526: Psychology of the Creative Spiritual Life (3 credits)
Students will investigate six major life areas in which Psychology and spirituality intersect. Learning will be both didactic and experiential such that students will have both the knowledge base of other theorists and the tools to validate their inner truths. Students listen to audiotapes of six day long seminars, participate in the exercises, have selected readings, complete a workbook and write reports and a paper. Students electing the Licensing and Certification Track will read an additional required text and complete an annotated bibliography. [Instructor: Dr. Jim Morningstar and Staff]

PSY 527: Bio-Spiritual Energetics in Human Growth and Development (3 credits)
Students will learn to read body energy patterns in themselves and others. Bio-energetic exercises and body typing based on the work of Alexander Lowen, MD, will be practiced and will provide an experiential reframing of the first six years of human development. A different series of exercises will be learned for each of the six body types as well as breathwork techniques to open the body to be a vehicle for one's spiritual expression. Students listen to audiotapes of eighteen two and one-half hour seminars, participate in exercises via tape and exercise manual and write a paper. Students on the Licensing and Certification Track will read an additional required text and complete and annotated bibliography. [Instructor: Dr. Jim Morningstar and Staff]

PSY 528: Systemic Approaches to Core Integration (3 credits)
Several foundational systems approaches presenting holistic paradigms for spirit/mind integration will be studied. This will include Family Systems Theory and General Systems Theory as practiced on a personal and organizational level. Students will study their own systems as well as their personal communication patterns. An emotional autobiography will be required of each student in the process of learning healing interventions for the body, mind and spirit segmentation. Daily journalizing will be done based upon the topics studied. Relevance to creating a viable spiritual community in one's world will be emphasized. Students listen to class tapes, participate in exercises, complete their emotional autobiography and write a final paper. Students electing the Licensing and Certification Track will read an additional required text and complete an annotated bibliography. [Instructor: Dr. Jim Morningstar and Staff]

PSY 529: Transformational Psychology (3 credits)
Beyond an overview of theory this course will provide a variety of learning opportunities and leadership skills for integrating spiritual principles into one's career and everyday life with psychologically grounded techniques. Topics will include dream mastery, creating a statement of purpose and a yearly holistic life plan, Gestalt leadership in life groups, inculcating a daily spiritual practice and preparing an hour-long public presentation. Students listen to class audiotapes, participate in exercises, turn in written forms, and prepare a presentation to be given in their community and write a summary of their work. [Instructor: Dr. Jim Morningstar and Staff]

PSY 530: Living Your Purpose (3 credits)
Application of spiritual principles in ones chosen life work is the theme of this course. Inner work will include the clearing and strengthening of one's energy centers as a regular practice. Outer work will entail the presentation and analysis of ones career autobiography and the completion of a major project relevant to manifesting purpose in life work, which may be the counseling of others in their career paths if so chosen. Students listen to tapes, engage in the practices, and complete a career autobiography and major project. [Instructor: Dr. Jim Morningstar and Staff]

PSY 531: Practicum in Breathwork (3 credits)
The theory and practice of breathwork will be presented along with readings and techniques for integrating the practices into ones life and profession. Students listen to the class tapes, engage in the exercises and write a paper. Completion of the requirements in this course leads to certification as a Level I Entry Level Breathworker. [Instructor: Dr. Jim Morningstar and Staff]

PSY 532: Advanced Readings in Spiritual Psychology (3 credits)
This course provides students with opportunities for directed study covering advanced aspects of spiritual Psychology. In collaboration with qualified faculty, students select and pursue exhaustive advanced readings in study of a selected aspect of spiritual Psychology. This course is intended to allow students to add in a significant manner to the body of knowledge in this field and a scholarly paper is required (of the quality suitable for publication). Suggested course emphases include holistic counseling, breathwork, bioenergetics, Eneagram, shamanatic training, mystical traditions. [Instructor: Dr. Jim Morningstar and Staff]

PSY 533: Specialized Intensives in Spiritual Psychology (1-6 credits)
The goal of these intensive experiences is to make breakthroughs in the students' spiritual/Psychological awareness, self-realization and ability to communicate effectively and wholly to others. Seven days of intensive (all day) workshop experience are required and maybe divided into two or three different intensives (minimum intensive length 2 days). The focus of these experiences is to expand and deepen one's spiritual/emotional/Psychological framework both intellectually and experientially, ultimately promoting well being, centeredness and effectiveness even though there may be interim unsettledness. [Instructor: Dr. Jim Morningstar and Staff]

PSY 534: Externship in Spiritual Psychology (1-6 credits)
The goal of the field study is investigate core aspects of spiritual Psychology within the professional environment through close contact with practitioners and real world situations. The field placement is expected to afford students appropriate practical hands-on experience and in-depth knowledge of their professions. Students complete a daily journal and prepare a scholarly paper summarizing their findings for the field study. Balance of clinical expertise and personal incorporation is sought. [Instructor: Dr. Jim Morningstar and Staff]

PSY 535: Hypnotherapy (3 credits)
This course explores the role of the hypnotherapist in the treatment of fear, pain, addiction, and certain psycho-physical disorders, anxiety and depression.

PSY 536: Foundations of Community Psychology (3 credits)
Redefines human and social problems and the implications for social programs and policies; reviews the historical antecedents, conceptual models, strategies and tactics of social and community programs; and employs examples from selected social systems (e. g., criminal justice, education, employment, and mental health). Participants will pursue preliminary studies of the origins of community Psychology, its progression and current status. Best practices will be learned in conjunction with field exploration.

PSY 537: Primary Theories and Issues in Community Psychology (3 credits)
Participants will pursue preliminary studies of the origins of community Psychology, its progression and current status. Best practices will be learned in conjunction with field exploration.

PSY 538: Social Psychology (3 credits)
This course examines the social factors in individual and group behavior. Students conduct a critical examination and analysis of major topics, dominant approaches, models, theory and research in the area of social Psychology, including methodologies used by social Psychologists to investigate social behavior. Topics explore the methods used by social Psychologists to investigate social behavior with attention to social perception, motivation, and learning, attitudes, norms, and social influence processes, the development and dynamics of groups, and the effects of social and cultural factors on the individual.

PSY 539: Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
Students examine dominant theories, models and methods of developmental Psychology. Topics cover social, emotional and intellectual correlates of age-related change through succeeding stages of the lifespan. Students survey dominant theories, models and methods of developmental Psychology, including the social, emotional and intellectual correlates of age-related change throughout the lifespan.

PSY 540: Social Development (3 credits)
Research and theory relating to the social development of children; special attention to processes of social learning, environmental influences on social behavior, and the role of education in facilitating the development of social skills; and emphasis on experimental research conducted in naturalistic settings.

PSY 541: Attitude Theory and Change (3 credits)
Comprehensive analysis of theories of attitude acquisition, organization, and change; emphasis on attitude change through communication and effects of persuasive communication on public opinion.

PSY 542: Social Cognition (3 credits)
Analysis of theory and research on problems related to the manner in which persons judge themselves and others on the basis of information received; topics include impression formation integration, determinants of interpersonal attractions, and attribution processes.

PSY 543: Small Group Behavior (3 credits)
The nature of interpersonal transactions; theories and methods for their investigation; and consideration of both individual and social determinants of such transactions.

PSY 544: Individual Behavior in Organizations (3 credits)
Introduction to the principal theories and important empirical research in various disciplines that study organizations; in addition to examination of the subject matter content of various disciplines, students critically examine the capacities and limitations of the various fields to make contributions to the study of organizations.

PSY 545: Community Psychology and Social System Change (3 credits)
Intensive examination of the historical antecedents, conceptual models, strategic tactics, and evaluation methods of planned social and ecological change; focuses on the role of the community Psychologist in such endeavors; and reviews interventions in several social systems, such as criminal justice education, employment, and mental health.

PSY 546: Direct Interventions (3 credits)
Students examine direct interventions including individual and group counseling, mediated learning strategies, behavioral interventions. Topics also cover indirect interventions, such as consultation, advocacy, and program development.

PSY 547: Psychology of Gender (3 credits)
Conveys a basic knowledge of current research and issues in the Psychology of gender. A wide range of topics including biological, cognitive familial and societal influences on gender role formation and development will be examined.

PSY 548: Psychology of Women (3 credits)
Topics will include recent research and theory on women's social, personality, and cognitive development across the life span; achievement motivation and career development; the integration of work and family; sexuality, partnering, and maternity; sexual victimization; gender and Psychological adjustment; and selected topics in Psychotherapy for women.

PSY 549: Psychology of Men and Fatherhood (3 credits)
This course is an examination of male roles in contemporary societies as they affect interactions with other men, women and children, as well as interactions related to work and recreation. Students explore theory, case studies, and research related to the roles of men in modern society. Topics also explore the changing characteristics of fatherhood in contemporary society.

PSY 550: Psychology of Aging (3 credits)
A multidisciplinary introduction to the study of aging; the social, Psychological and physiological context of changing roles in later life; public and private policies that affect older people and their families.

PSY 551: Psychology of Death and Dying (3 credits)
This course explores the many issues related to death and dying. Topics examine counseling techniques related to loss, separation, anxiety, aging, terminal illness, euthanasia, and bereavement.

PSY 552: Grief and Grief Counseling (3 credits)
This course explores the issues of grief and the emotional sufferings related to personal loss. Students also examine the more effective methods of grief counseling and recovery program provision.

PSY 553: Child Abuse and Neglect (3 credits)
This course addresses the growing problem of child abuse and neglect in American society. Topics explore psychodynamic and sociocultural factors that contribute to child abuse. Students investigate prevention, intervention, treatment, and the legal aspects of abuse and neglect.

PSY 554: Psychopharmacology (3 credits)
This course examines the effects of drugs on human behavior, and the mechanisms underlying these effects. This course considers the nature of alcohol and narcotics, and the ways they affect addicts in mind and body before, during, and after treatment. Topics examine how specific drugs generally affect the brain (nicotine, caffeine, heroin, morphine, cocaine, and barbiturates).

PSY 555: Chemical Dependencies (3 credits)
Students study the causes and treatment of chemical dependencies (alcohol, marijuana, heroin and other narcotics, cocaine, amphetamines, or barbiturates). Topics also examine the complications arising from co-occurrence of mental illness and addiction.

PSY 556: Etiologies of Substance Abuse (3 credits)
This course explores the causes of substance abuse including psychophysiological, genetic, family, and sociocultural influences. Students will also examine psychological theories of etiology.

PSY 557: Demographics of Substance Abuse (3 credits)
Students research the prevalence and incidence of addictive disorders and gender differences, developmental risk and protective factors, and appropriate prevention and treatment modalities.

PSY 558: Impact of Substance Abuse (3 credits)
This course surveys the broader problems caused by substance abuse in modern society. Students investigate the physiological consequences of substance abuse, the consequences on the family, the community, and the relationship between substance abuse and crime.

PSY 559: Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities (3 credits)
This course focuses on the roles of private, state, and federal agencies in treating substance abusers. Topics include the assessment of community needs, the sociology of the drug abuse community, and the leadership role of treatment administrators. Students also examine issues of recordkeeping, fiscal management, legal, ethical and moral standards, board-director-staff relationships, the importance of volunteerism and gate-keeping within treatment facilities.

PSY 560: Substance Abuse and the Family (3 credits)
This course reviews the impact of drug abuse from the perspective of the family. Topics examine family dysfunction and the methods and resources available for helping such families.

PSY 561: Rehabilitation of Penal Offenders (3 credits)
This course provides students with a psychological perspective on crime and criminal justice in the United States. Topics focus on current explanations of offender behaviors and treatment efforts, diagnostic and therapeutic roles and strategies of psychologists, and their roles within institutional and community settings. Students will evaluate various ethical and treatment issues raised by critics of the rehabilitation system.

PSY 562: Behavioral Counseling (3 credits)
This course examines the rudiments of therapeutic behavioral counseling. Topics cover the fundamental techniques of operant, classical, modeling, and cognitive methods of behavioral counseling.

PSY 563: Hate Crimes and Intergroup Aggression (3 credits)
Hate crimes represent the manifestation of intergroup bias and aggression. Examples of these crimes will be examined while analyzing longstanding theories in social Psychology.

PSY 564: Social Psychology of the Organization (3 credits)
Analysis of the interrelationships between social and Psychological factors, and organizational structure and process; emphasis on sources, consequences, and modes of resolution of intraindividual, intraorganizational, and interorganizational conflict.

PSY 565: Perspectives in Cross-cultural Counseling (3 credits)
This course addresses the role of counseling and Psychology in a multicultural society. Topics examine importance, influence, historical perspectives and contemporary issues of cross-cultural counseling. Students will address cross-cultural differences in major variables, including perception, motivation, expression, social behavior, verbal and non-verbal behavior, values and meaning systems, research biases and their implications in counseling and Psychology.

PSY 566: Community Resources in Case Management (3 credits)
Students investigate case management in rehabilitation counseling. Topics include case finding and case planning, service coordination, and client advocacy activities. Topics also explore the range of community resources for comprehensive rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities.

PSY 567: Vocational Rehabilitation and Placement (3 credits)
This course covers the vocational rehabilitation process, including the referral process, eligibility criteria, comprehensive medical, psychological, and vocational assessment, vocational training, and placement follow-up services.

PSY 568: Vocational Development and Career Information (3 credits)
This course examines theories of vocational development and sources of career information. Works that may be examined include the theories of Roe, Holland, Ginzberg, Super, and Tiedeman. Sources of information to be explored include the Dictionary of Occupational Titles, the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the Guide to Occupational Exploration, college and vocational school catalogues, occupation-education information and local labor market resources.

PSY 569: Designing Employment Programs for Disabled (3 credits)
This course provides perspectives on management skills useful in the design, operation, and evaluation of employment programs for persons with moderate and severe disabilities. Topics include supported employment, other day program models, and related support services. Students will conduct external study projects and review extensive case study reports.

PSY 570: Job Placement and Training Strategies (3 credits)
This course explores the role of employment support to individuals with severe disabilities in integrated community settings. Topics cover assessment, instructional and support strategies and difficult issues in community-based employment services. Students examine current research in job placement and training, career planning, working with employers, facilitating social inclusion, worker assessment, job matching, job development, job creation and restructuring, instructional strategies, facilitating natural supports, and working with families.

PSY 571: Foundations of Rehabilitation (3 credits)
This course provides fundamentals on the processes of rehabilitation, and its history and philosophy. Students examine the organizational structure of the rehabilitation system, and legal and ethical issues in the practice of rehabilitation counseling.

PSY 572: Disabilities and the Transition to Adult Life (3 credits)
Students examine the process of transition from school to adult life for individuals with disabilities. Topics address experiences of people with disabilities and their families, details of effective transition planning approaches, vocational special education practices, and programs, policies, and funding of adult service systems. Topics also address broad social issues that arise during the process of transition, the meaning of adult autonomy for individuals with ongoing support needs, the significance of employment in quality of life, and the education system's responsibility in the achievement of adult outcomes.

PSY 573: Psychological Aspects of Disabilities (3 credits)
The course examines physiological and anatomical bases for chronic disease prevalent in the rehabilitation counseling setting. Students examine the etiology, progress, implications and resolution of selected disability-related disorders.

PSY 574: Social Impacts of Clinical Depression (3 credits)
This course examines the symptoms, causes and treatments for clinical depression and the roll of community counselling programs in long-term treatment and maintenance. Topics examine major depression (mood disorder), dysthymia (low-level, long-term), and bipolar disorder (manic depression). Students also address the impact of depression upon alcoholism, suicide rates and other disabilities.

PSY 575: Schizophrenia and Community Life (3 credits)
This course studies how schizophrenia and its treatment modalities impact upon the individual, family and community. Topics examine how this psychosis is treated with anti-psychotic medications and community based maintenance programs.

PSY 576: Social Impacts of Anxiety Disorders (3 credits)
This course investigates anxiety disorders including panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), phobias, generalized anxiety disorder, and other forms of anxiety that cause problems for millions of people. Students evaluate the impacts of anxiety disorders upon the individual, family and community.

PSY 577: Personality Disorders in Social Perspective (3 credits)
This course addresses personality disorders, their diagnosis, treatment and their impacts upon the individual, the family, and community. Students examine the success and failure of treatment modalities and the potential for community program interventions.

PSY 578: Psychology and Environmental Factors (3 credits)
Students survey theory and research in environmental Psychology and assessment the importance of environmental factors in the cause and treatment of emotional and psychiatric disorders. Topics review perception and cognition, environmental stress, environmental quality assessment, ecological Psychology, and historical and theoretical perspectives on the interaction between people and their environments.

PSY 579: Foundations of Pastoral Care (3 credits)
An Introduction to the discipline of pastoral care that focuses on the student as caregiver, this course will offer a sampling of readings of basic pastoral care texts that accompany pastoral practice. That is, the student will work with the mentor through role- play and case studies in applying the studies of pastoral care and moral guidance in practice. [Instructor: Jennifer E. Eaton]

PSY 580: Advanced Theories of Personality (3 credits)
This course will be divided into the four forces of psychology with the correlating theorists such as Freud, Jung, Erikson, Rogers, Beck, and Kohut. Others also will be read. We will compare/contrast the alternative understandings of the nature of personality found in film, literature, and drama. [Instructor: Jennifer E. Eaton]

PSY 581: Sociology of Religion (3 credits)
This course is an introduction to the basic theories of Durkheim, Marx, and Weber. We will read primary texts as well as supplementary textbooks. Excerpts and articles from Berger, Bruce, Wilson, and Carroll will also be read as newer research in sociology of religion. A case study of a church will be a major part of the syllabus.

PSY 582: Family: Theory and Practice (3 credits)
Focusing on systemic family systems, we will employ this approach in genograms, autobiographical narratives, and case studies. The definition of family will be debated and wrestled with as an foundational theme. The approach to family studies will then be applied through case studies involving people living in homes together as well as those who worship together.

PSY 583: Psychology of Myth and Ritual (3 credits)
In this introductory course on myth and ritual, we will spend the first half on myth and the latter half on ritual. We will read from De Saussure, Levi-Struass, Turner, and Gay to name a few. The supplementary material of literature, film, drama, and art will be used to exemplify the persuasiveness of myth. Regarding ritual, the student will be asked to examine a case study and or a narrative account of participation or observation of a ritual.

PSY 584: Multi-Cultural Perspectives on Practice (3 credits)
This course will examine the works of African-Americans, Native Americans, women (who have struggled with sexual abuse and eating disorders), and homosexual persons. This approach will allow these men and women to speak from their experience to better inform counselors who might be different from them. Moreover, this course will better educate those not only to be tolerant, but also to be an advocate for social justice issues through the avenue of pastoral care.

PSY 585: Theories of Personality Development (3 credits)
This course explores four major schools of counseling theory and method including psychoanalytic, existential, rational, and behavioral, as well as theories of life-span and moral development.

PSY 586: Principles of Assessment (3 credits)
This course conducts a survey of standardized tests used in assessing aptitudes, interests, and personality traits. The course covers technical and methodological principles and social, ethical, and legal implications of Psychological testing.

PSY 587: Foundations of Mental Health Counseling (3 credits)
The intent of this course is to provide students with basic information on the principles and practices of mental health counseling. Topics include the history and philosophy of mental health counseling, professional identity, the roles of the mental health counselor, professional ethics, managed care, various contexts of practice and organizational structures, mandated clients, crisis intervention services, prevention, consultation, and an understanding of how diversity influences the practice of mental health counseling. Particular attention is given to the practice of mental health counseling in a range of such urban settings as homeless shelters and outpatient centers.

PSY 588: Interview Techniques (3 credits)
This course explores the interviewing techniques used by mental health professionals to determine the presence of mental illness in an individual.

PSY 589: Professional and Ethical Standards in Counseling (3 credits)
The purpose of this course is to create awareness among counselors-in-training of their contribution in the therapeutic process and helping relationship. Topics include foundations for an ethical perspective; models for ethical decision making; ethical codes of professional organizations; client rights and counselor responsibilities; ethical concerns in multicultural counseling and with special client populations; ethical issues in specific modalities (i.e., group, marriage and family counseling). Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

PSY 590: Child Psychology (3 credits)
Study of the Psychological development of the child.

PSY 591: Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
Students review therapeutic treatment of abnormal behavior. Topics explore classification systems of mental disorders, patterns of abnormal behavior, neuroses, psychosomatic conditions, psychosis, affective disorders, schizophrenia, abnormal behavior of childhood and adolescence, sexual dysfunction, and drug abuse.

PSY 592: Counseling Theory (3 credits)
This course provides counseling techniques with reflections on application to practice. Topics cover the fundamentals of interviewing, diagnosis, record and report writing; and. Major theoretical approaches (dynamic, humanistic, behavioral, and some non-traditional approaches) are examined. Students study the use of tape recordings, films, written records of interviews, and role-playing.

PSY 593: The Practice of Counseling (3 credits)
Critical examination of the dominant models, theories and practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy including personal and professional issues, ethics and research. Writing intensive course.

PSY 594: Professional Consultation Skills (3 credits)
In-depth coverage of the dominant assumptions, goals, methodological approaches, strategies and practice models and issues of service delivery and assessment in consulting Psychology.

PSY 595: Group Dynamics (3 credits)
This course explores issues of group dynamics and group membership through case study reviews and external student projects.

PSY 596: Child and Adolescent Counseling (3 credits)
This course focuses on understanding the development and emotional growth of children through the counseling process. Topics explore the major schools of psychotherapy, intervention, developmental, cognitive, behavioral, educational, multicultural and environmental issues. Topics also examine interventions, including play and communication skills, as integral components of the therapeutic process.

PSY 597: Clinical Application of Human Development (3 credits)
This course provides students with a comprehensive view of life span development from childhood through adulthood from several perspectives: 1) the interaction of age with such factors as gender, cultural background, disabilities, and other significant issues which may be encountered at particular stages of life; 2) how individuals at specific stages of cognitive development process information and experience; 3) a structural approach to ego development; and 4) a psychoanalytic concept of self Psychology.

PSY 598: Foundations of Marriage and Family Therapy (3 credits)
This course investigates the concepts of family therapy and systems theory. Topics review differences between family therapy and other counseling methodologies, addresses the challenges faced by family therapists. [Instructor: Dr. John L. Laughlin]

PSY 599: Methods of Family Treatment and Intervention (3 credits)
This course examines theories of family dysfunction and treatment. Students will review the dynamics of family interactions, development tasks of the family life cycle, communication and structural theory, systems inventories, and family interviewing skills training. [Instructor: Dr. John L. Laughlin]

PSY 650: Couples and Marital Therapy (3 credits)
This course focuses on the theory and practice of marital and couples counseling. It explores several major theoretical perspectives on the understanding and treatment of couples; uses these as a basis for assessment, formulation and treatment planning; and employs experiential exercises and case material to apply them. It also explores several special topics relevant to the treatment of couples. [Instructor: Dr. John L. Laughlin]

PSY 651: Professional Practices in Family Therapy (3 credits)
This course focuses on both clinical and theoretical aspects of family therapy. Topics cover the implications of family membership, ethical belief systems (of family members and counselor), correctness of fit of various therapy models and strategies for treatment of symptom-focused families.

PSY 652: Gender Representations (3 credits)
This course examines contemporary meanings of gender within the field of Psychology and investigates the experience of gender from the perspectives of men and women. Students evaluate the role played by gender, race, class and culture in determining women's psychosocial realities.

PSY 653: Research Methods in Counseling Psychology (3 credits)
Students learn too design and conduct a publishable quality research project in counseling Psychology. Topics examine both nonexperimental and experimental methodologies relative to applied topics in counseling Psychology. Topics cover research modes including historical, descriptive, correlational, ex post facto, & experimental, and their relevance to the knowledge base of counseling Psychology. Students examine experimental methodology in counseling Psychology research including sampling and assignment issues, Campbell & Stanley vs. Cook & Campbell validity formulations, group design and analysis procedures, control group permutations and issues, and assessment considerations. Students may also review some relevant quasi-experimental designs, and comprehensive programming approaches including constructive, dismantling, and component analysis strategies.

PSY 654: Vocational Counseling (3 credits)
This course provides an intensive study of the vocational counseling process. Topics include vocational interests, aptitudes, values, and counseling techniques.

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