Applied Psychology Program
Human Services Program
APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAM
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. [Instructor: Jennifer E. Eaton]
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. [Instructor: Jennifer E. Eaton]
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. [Instructor: Jennifer E. Eaton]
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. [Instructor: Jennifer E. Eaton]
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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HUMAN SERVICE PROGRAM
Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the human service program, graduate students are permitted access to a wide variety of courses across the university. Under the leadership of the primary advisors, graduate students select courses in theories, principles and practices to build a viable major to address their individual professional development needs.
Menís Studies and Fatherhood
Study of Aging
Environmental Policy and Sustainability
EcoTherapy and Applied Ecopsychology
Curriculum and Instruction
Adult and Continuing Education
Health and Human Services
World Missions and Religious Studies
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