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This course overviews key theoretical concepts in health psychology, the multidisciplinary field that integrates biomedical and psychological knowledge to address a range of factors influencing physical and mental health. Common conditions in which biopsychosocial factors contribute to the underlying pathophysiology, disease course, or the individual's capacity for coping will be discussed. Psychological theories and practices relating to health and illness are also explored.
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of career development as it impacts on individuals throughout the life span. Emphasis is placed on career and vocational choice theories, current approaches to career development planning and placement, and social and psychological factors in career decision-making. Formal and informal occupational classification systems are covered. A great deal of emphasis is placed on practical applications of career theory to school counseling, individual counseling, group guidance, job search and placement, and career adjustment.
This course examines theoretical approaches including major systems theories, strategies and techniques of family and relationship therapy. A survey of the development of family and relationship counseling and proponents of the field are studied. Issues of conflict and ethical considerations are examined. The impact of cultural and social forces upon the family system is explore
This course presents a rationale for moving to group procedure. It provides a basis for the understanding of group structure, group topology and group dynamics. It explores group processes.
This course is a conceptual and experiential introduction to group dynamics, group counseling approaches and models, issues of group leadership, and group facilitation skills. Consideration is given to the goals of group counseling, composition, phases, and research. Includes group counselor orientations and behaviors, appropriate selection criteria and methods, and methods of evaluation of effectiveness.
This course applies learning theory and principles to the psychology of behavior, this course demonstrates how learning principles work in both animals and humans and how the study of learning helps solve practical problems, such as improving study skills, improving relationships and nurturing children. ).
This course provides the opportunity for counselors and clinicians to strengthen their multicultural awareness, knowledge, and skills in the competencies necessary to effectively evaluate and treat culturally and ethnically diverse clients. Students will be able to develop an awareness of the prevalent beliefs and attitudes of different cultures, and to develop skills useful for appropriate interactions with diverse individuals. In the course of these studies, it is hoped that students will also become more aware of their own cultural values and biases as they study prevalent beliefs and attitudes of different cultures and diverse groups.
Cross-listed as Coun 655-Multicultural and Diversity Issues. May not receive credit for both.
This course is intended for students enrolled in the graduate psychology program. The content of the course includes ethical standards and values for guiding the professional practice of persons working in the field of mental health. The emphasis will be on ethical principles, code of conduct, and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
This course is a survey of the specific criteria required for proper diagnosing of mental disorders and proper treatment planning. Upon completion of the course, students will have the ability to make accurate provisional five axis diagnosis using DSM-IV-TR criteria and be competent in applying a variety of related treatment planning tasks such as case conceptualization, scope of practice, establishing viable, articulate treatment plans, and using treatment protocols.
Covers the development, administration, scoring, and interpretation of the most commonly used intelligence and achievement tests in psychological assessment. It includes coverage of the various Wechsler Scales, Stanford-Binet, DAS, WIAT, Woodcock-Johnson Battery, various measures of adaptive behavior, and other related tests of interest. Test selection, report writing, and diversity issues in appropriate test usage are discussed also. Prerequisite: Candidacy in the MA Psychology Program.
This course provides knowledge necessary for the assessment of students referred due to underachievement, behavioral problems, poor social skills, or developmental delays. The content of the course will include the measurement of development, visual-motor perception, achievement, personality, and social maturity. Prerequisite: Candidacy in the MA Psychology Program.
The course examines and compares various methods of personality assessment of adolescents and adults, including standardized tests, behavioral analyses, and interview techniques. Students are given practical experience using the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI), and projective techniques, among other contemporary instruments. Prerequisite: Candidacy in the MA Psychology Program.
This course includes a study of vocational and personnel assessment, including the history, theory, and current utilization of testing. The course covers testing and non-testing approaches to career assessment in a variety of settings. Prerequisite: Candidacy in the MA Psychology Program.
This course covers topics pertaining to the theory and application of projective assessment in clinical psychology. The emphasis will be on the integration of nomothetic/empirical and idiographic/phenomenological/hermeneutic approaches. Coursework will focus on Rorschach and TAT scoring and interpretation. Psychodynamic and phenomenological/constructivist theory will provide the theoretical perspectives that undergrid discussions of projective assessment data collection, report writing, and the provision of feedback to patients. This course is limited to students enrolled in the clinical psychology endorsement.
This course will provide an understanding of the principles and application of integrating multiple assessments involved in a psychological testing battery. Students will become familiar with interpreting and integrating intellectual, achievement, emotional, and behavioral assessment into a comprehensive report. Report writing styles will be explored and applied. By developing this skill base, students will be able to approach psychological assessment in a comprehensive way and provide reports to answer specific referral questions encountered in applied practice.
Students will be provided with supervised experience in an approved placement. This course involves intensely supervised practice of professional counseling at a field site in the community. For this practicum experience, students provide a variety of individual, group, marriage, couple, and family counseling direct service activities to field-based clients. Students are required to complete a minimum of 100 hours of counseling-related services, 40 of which must include direct client contact activities. Report writing required. Prerequisities: Candidacy in the MA Psychology Program: PSYH 660 or an approved course in professional ethics; approval of psychology department. (Formerly PSYH 550.)
Cross-listed as Coun 688-Practicum in Counseling & Psychotherapy. May not receive credit for both.
This course is designed to provide clinical students with skills in the administration, scoring, interpretation, and integration of several major psychological assessment instruments currently used in clinical practice with adults and children. Supervised practical experience assessing adults or children in clinical settings is the focus of this course. Emphasis is also placed on the integration of assessment data and report writing. There will also be discussions of current issues in clinical assessment including basic issues of psychometrics. Prerequisites: Candidacy in the MA Psychology Program; PSYH 660 or an approved course in professional ethics; clinical assessment courses as required for the student's program. (Formerly PSYH 679).
Cross-listed with Coun 689-Practicum in Assessment. May not receive credit for both.
This course requires completion of a supervised internship for students in the Counseling program. These courses are taken over two consecutive semesters, with two registrations (Psyh 690 and Psyh 691). These courses are intended to provide students with a comprehensive work experience of a professional counselor. Prerequisite: Candidacy in the MA Psychology Program.
Cross-listed as Coun 690-Internship I. May not receive credit for both.
This course completes the internship requirements for students in the Counseling program. Prerequisite: Psyh 690, and Candidacy in the MA Psychology Program.
Cross-listed as Coun 691-Internship II. May not recieve credit for both.
The Integrated Project is the capstone for the online MA Psychology program. The project will analyze and synthesize theoretical and applied concepts from a specialized area selected by the student. Students are expected to demonstrate mastery of knowledge, scholarship, and research proficiencies in an identified field of psychology. Prerequisite(s): Candidacy, completion of all course work. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.
This course completes the capstone Integrated Project for the online MA Psychology program. Prerequisite(s): PSYH 696, Candidacy, completion of all course work. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.
(F, S) An introduction into leisure in our society. The course explores: leisure sevice concepts; examines the differences among play, sport, leisure, recreation and work; modern and historic patterns of leisure, delivery systems; and the premise on which the public provision of recreation services is founded.
(F, S) Explores the skills required for survival in the wild. Land navigation, survival (air, shelter, water and food) and wilderness first aid skills will be covered. This course will include off campus class sessions.
(F, S) Introduce students to the specific skills required to explore the back country by mountain bike. Topics covered will include: bike fit, trail riding, environmental issues, bike design and repair, and route planning. Prerequisite: RECM 130 or permission of instructor.
(S, M) This course is designed to provide a foundatin in basic casting skills, fish habitat, basic entomology, fly tying and rod construction.