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Course Descriptions

Below are course descriptions of all courses in the curriculum, including traditional classroom courses, online courses, and independent study courses (independent study, clinical practicum and research).

Classroom Courses

PSYC 633
Group Psychotherapy
3 credit hours
This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive overview of the various group psychotherapy theories. In addition, this course will help students link various theoretical perspectives in group dynamics to its practice in therapeutic settings. Students will learn how to assess interpersonal and group dynamics, identify and practice group facilitation skills, manage group process and recognize how and when group treatment may or may not be a beneficial treatment process for particular individuals or problems.
PSYC 640
Fundamentals of Clinical Interviewing & Psychotherapy
3 credit hours
This course will help students refine the fundamental skills of therapeutic relationships and clinical interviewing. Specific foundation skills of psychotherapy will be covered, including skills in forming a therapeutic alliance, the mastery of empathic listening skills, and termination procedures. Various styles of approaching the clinical interview and mental status exam will be presented. Students are involved in role-play situations, as well as submitting audio taped and videotaped examples demonstrating mastery of skills.
PSYC 733
Personality Assessment
3 credit hours
This course will provide hands-on training for a variety of personality tests. Tests receiving special attention are The Rorschach Test, The Thematic Apperception Test (TAT), and the most current version of the MMPI-2. Appraisal of the individual through psychometric theory includes the development of a framework for understanding the individual personality, methods of data-gathering and interpretation, case study approaches, individual and group psychological and educational testing and the study of individual differences with consideration of ethnic, cultural and gender factors. Psychometric theory, test construction and measurement will be discussed.
PSYC 735
Cognitive Assessment
3 credit hours
This course will provide hands-on training for a variety of cognitive assessment tools. In addition, the course offers an overview of theories of intelligence, followed by intelligence test development and practice in administering, scoring, and interpretation of widely used tests for assessing child and adult intelligence and learning disabilities. Tests receiving special attention are current versions of WISC and WAIS as well as Raven’s Progressive Matrices.
PSYC 736
Comprehensive Assessment
3 credit hours
This course will provide an understanding of the integration and application of multiple assessments included in a comprehensive assessment battery. Students will become familiar with interpreting and integrating intellectual, achievement, emotional, behavioral, and specialized assessments into a comprehensive report. Report writing styles will be explored and applied. Specialized assessment in forensic, health, neuropsychological, and educational testing will be reviewed. Students will be able to approach psychological assessment in a comprehensive way and provide reports to answer specific referral questions encountered in applied practice.
PSYC 738
Existential-Humanistic Approaches to Treatment
3 credit hours
This course offers some practical training as well as a theoretical foundation for the implementation of Existential-Humanistic Psychotherapy in a clinical practice. Concepts and theories will be offered to supplement the knowledge base of the student as they acquire skills fundamental to the style of Existential-Humanistic Psychotherapy.
PSYC 744
Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches to Treatment
3 credit hours
This course offers practical training as well as a theoretical foundation for the implementation of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy in a clinical practice. Concepts and theories will be offered to supplement the knowledge base of the student as they acquire skills fundamental to the style of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.
PSYC 990
Doctoral Dissertation
6 credit hours
The doctoral dissertation is a four-chapter original written report that (i) represents significant scholarship on the part of the student; (ii) presents the results of the student’s own clinical, theoretical or applied research; (iii) and either demonstrates the student’s novel application of existing knowledge to some aspect of clinical psychology; or represents, in and of itself, significant new knowledge. 990 will serve as a structured course to assist students in matching with a dissertation chair and developing a proposal. 991-993 will be independent research with the assigned dissertation chair.
 

Online Courses

PSYOL 501
Professional Development Seminar
This course provides a broad understanding of the profession of psychology, the competencies that are essential for professionals in the field, the various requirements of the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology Program, and the developmental processes through which students move towards becoming professional psychologists. This course is designed to support students as they matriculate to pre-doctoral internships. Non-credit bearing course graded on a Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory scale.
PSYOL 531
Ethics and Legal Issues in Clinical Psychology
3 credit hours
Legal and ethical issues and practices are integral to clinical psychology and APA code of ethics. This course will examine topics such as confidentiality, ethical competence, professional relationships, and what constitutes malpractice. Emphasis will be placed upon rights, duties, and professional responsibilities under the law. Exercises are used to develop critical thinking and skill in evaluating and resolving ethical dilemmas encountered in a mental health practice.
PSYOL 532
Lifespan Development
3 credit hours
This course will focus on human development from conception through adulthood. This course will provide an overview of development in the following areas: physical, cognitive, psychological, social-emotional, and moral. The five areas of development will be examined through various developmental theories with applications to therapeutic settings. Students will examine developmental crises that may be the source of problems that become the focus in a counseling or clinical setting.
PSYOL 533
Personality Theory in Clinical Practice
3 credit hours
This class will cover an in-depth examination into historical and current psychological theories of personality. These will include psychoanalytic, humanistic, behavioral, cognitive and trait theories. The student will be given the opportunity to interpret the strengths and weaknesses of each of these models, and integrate learning toward creating tools for effective counseling.
PSYOL 536
Research Methods in Psychology
3 credit hours
This course will provide an introduction to research methods and statistical procedures that are necessary to the design, application, and evaluation of current research in the field of counseling and psychotherapy. Generating independent research proposals and analyzing published empirical findings will be emphasized in the course. Topics will include descriptive and inferential statistics, quasi-experimental designs, correlational research methods, nonparametric statistics, APA writing style, and independent research proposal development.
PSYOL 537
Etiology and Diagnosis of Abnormal Behavior
3 credit hours
One of the primary roles of clinicians in community settings is to recognize the diagnostic criteria for abnormal behavior, understand its possible causes, and begin to develop appropriate treatment or referral plans for addressing the problems associated with psychopathology. This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive study of the etiology of abnormal behavior. In addition, students will learn how to facilitate the diagnostic process. This will include intimate familiarity with the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, and other tools for facilitating accurate mental health diagnoses.
PSYOL 539
Social Basis of Behavior
3 credit hours
This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive study of the skills, techniques, and information necessary to facilitate the psychotherapy process in a cross-cultural relationship. Specifically, it provides an understanding of human behavior as a function of social and cultural factors. Social psychology topics covered include social influence theory, attitude formation and change, social cognition, interpersonal perception, and stereotyping. Students will be encouraged to develop self-awareness of their own social and cultural biases as well as awareness of many other cultures. Special attention will be given to dimensions of culture, ethnicity, lifestyle, religion, socioeconomic status, and gender issues and how those factors affect the counseling relationship and the choice of treatment processes. The focus is on racial and ethnic basis of behavior with special emphasis on people of color, particularly in regards to cross-cultural psychology, psychology and social oppression, racism and psychology.
PSYOL 540
Biostatistics
3 credit hours
This course offers an introduction to statistical methodology for the mental health professions. Topics covered include presentation of data, descriptive statistics, basic concepts of probability, estimation of parameters, hypothesis testing, simple linear regression, correlation, and the analysis of attribute data. The course provides a solid foundation in statistical inference, statistical significance, and hypothesis testing.
PSYOL 541
Neuropsychology & Biological Basis of Behavior
3 credit hours
This course explores the biological basis of behavior, including sensation and perception, the regulation of hunger and thirst, physiological psychology, comparative psychology; learning, memory, and the role of hormones, pheromones and neurotransmitters in regulating human behavior and emotion.
PSYOL 631
Theory and Practice of Psychotherapy
3 credit hours
This course is designed to critically examine the historical/theoretical frameworks that the major forms of psychotherapy utilize. Some of the theoretical perspectives will include: (but are not limited to) Psychodynamic, Person-Centered (Humanistic), Existential, Adlerian, Behavioral, Cognitive-Behavioral, Gestalt, Multimodal, and Systems theory.
PSYOL 632
Cognitive & Affective Bases of Behavior
3 credit hours
This course explores the study of the cognitive-affective bases of behavior including learning, thinking, motivation, and emotion.
PSYOL 830
Grief and Crisis Interventions
3 credit hours
This course will provide a basic overview of theory and interventions used when working with clients who seek out psychotherapy during times of crisis. Crisis interventions address urgent situations that are triggered by a specific life event. Course material will address social/emotional problems associated with mental illness (depression, OCD, suicide, etc.), bereavement, or other social losses (health/chronic illness, divorce, unemployment, etc.) and how the counselor can intervene to prevent ongoing impairment or distress for clients.
PSYOL 843
Supervision, Management, and Consultation
3 credit hours
This class will cover an examination into current psychological theories and practices of Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Assessment, motivation, performance and the classic Hawthorne Effect shall be investigated. Furthermore, students will learn the purpose and methods of conducting clinical supervision and consultation. Several theories of supervision and consultation will be presented.
PSYOL 930
Psychodynamic Approaches to Treatment
3 credit hours
This course explores the theoretical underpinnings of modern psychoanalytic theory as it was originally formulated by Sigmund Freud at the end of the 19th Century and further developed by Sigmund Freud and Carl Gustav Jung in the early part of the 20th Century. The emphasis of this course is on the study of authentic, historically important writings on theories of the unconscious mind, defense mechanisms of repression, sexual desire as the primary motivational energy of human life, archetypes and symbols, and the interpretation of dreams as sources of insight into unconscious desires. Included, is a discussion of therapeutic techniques, including the use of dream interpretation and free association.
PSYOL 939
Clinical Applications
3 credit hours
This course covers a special topic concerning the diagnosis and/or treatment of a mental health issue. Typical topics include: systems theory or learning and behavior.
PSYOL 940
History and Systems of Psychology
3 credit hours
This course will cover a historical overview of the major theories and meta-theoretical paradigms in the field of psychology. It will survey the historical connections to current approaches in professional psychology. Through consideration of core issues in the philosophy of science, students develop the ability to critically evaluate different theoretical approaches in professional psychology.
 

Independent Study

PSYC 760 & 761/862 & 863
Practicum in Psychotherapy I-IV
8 credit hours
This course involves a supervised experience at a placement site approved by the Clinical Director. Emphasis is on the refinement of various skills involved in therapy, consultation, diagnosis, assessment, program management, and supervision. The doctoral practicum consists of a minimum of 16-18 hours per week on site. Students must concurrently participate in a weekly practicum seminar and are required to make case presentations. Prerequisites: Approval by the Clinical Director.
PSYC 764 & 765/866 & 867
Practicum in Assessment I-IV
8 credit hours
This course involves an advances supervised field experience at a placement site approved by the Clinical Director. Emphasis is on the refinement of various skills involved in therapy, consultation, diagnosis, assessment, program management, and supervision. The doctoral practicum consists of a minimum of 16-18 hours per week on site. Students must concurrently participate in a weekly practicum seminar and are required to make case presentations. Prerequisites: Approval of the Director of Clinical Training and the successful completion of the clinical skills comprehensive examination.
PSYC 999
Clinical Internship
Non-credit course
This course involves an 1800-hour supervised clinical experience in an organized health service training program over a 12-month (full-time) to 24-month (half-time) period. The internship is required for Ph.D. students after successful completion of all doctoral coursework, comprehensive examinations, and residency requirements. Internship placements must be an APPIC organized internship and approved by the Clinical Director. Prerequisites: Completion of coursework, comprehensive exams, and dissertation proposal.
PSYC 990-993
Doctoral Dissertation
12 credit hours
The doctoral dissertation is an original written manuscript that (i) represents significant scholarship on the part of the student; (ii) presents the results of the student’s own clinical, theoretical or applied research; (iii) and either demonstrates the student’s novel application of existing knowledge to some aspect of clinical psychology; or represents, in and of itself, significant new knowledge.
 

 

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