PSY 500 School Counseling and Exceptional Children (3)
The scope of this course will be an examination of:
The specific focus will be on counselor role, counselor intervention, special educational referral and diagnostic process, and program evaluation.
PSY 521 Personality (3)
Provides the study of personality and its theoretical development, including assessment, major theories, history, and continuity and change. The focus is on understanding personality and its relationship to counseling theory and techniques.
PSY 524 Abnormal Psychology (3)
Provides the study of psychological disorders with an emphasis on DSM‑IV categories. Biological and environmental determinants of abnormal behavior, symptomatology, assessment, and intervention strategies are also covered in course material. The course focuses on understanding psychological disorders relative to the counseling context; with special emphasis given to the DSM-IV diagnostic process through the format of case studies.
PSY 601 Ethical and Professional Issues in Counseling (3)
Examines ethical, legal and professional issues central to the practice of community counseling, school counseling, marriage and family therapy, and group work. Development of professional identity, ethical responsibilities and legal responsibilities, and liabilities are discussed within the context of professional ethical codes and relevant state regulations.
PSY 602 Life Span Development (3)
An in-depth study of the biosocial, cognitive, and psycho-social aspects of development across the span of life beginning with prenatal growth and ending with death. The life-span perspective will focus on relevant counseling issues and concerns, discussing how development and counseling inter-relate.
PSY 603 Introduction to Counseling Skills (3)
First Benchmark Course - PSY 603 is the first benchmark class in which the MSCP faculty observes the actual interpersonal skills and competencies of the students.
Designed to introduce students to the study of the profession of counseling and to provide systematic training in basic counseling skills. It provides an overview of the core CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs) curriculum areas, with extensive emphasis on basic counseling skills development. Additionally, Internet resources, community resources, and referral agencies will be examined.
PSY 606 Psychological Tests and Measurements (3)
Analyzes various kinds and uses of tests, gives a history and background of tests and their strengths and weaknesses, and develops the student's understanding of the quantitative measurement foundations of tests. Evaluation, selection, and interpretation of psychological tests for guidance and the use of psychometric data in counseling. As part of the course requirement, students will administer, score and interpret tests.
PSY 611 Group Processes (3)
Second Benchmark Course - PSY 611 is the second benchmark class where the MSCP faculty continues to observe the actual interpersonal skills and competencies of the students.
Explores the theoretical nature of groups and the application of group theory to the group counseling process. In examining and applying theories of group counseling, the student’s counselor gains self-understanding of peer behavior, group dynamics, and the group building process as a function of participation in the group process.
Prerequisite: PSY 603
PSY 616 Statistics, Research, and Evaluation (3)
Covers the fundamentals of research design, statistical analysis, and evaluation of research results within the counseling context. Computer application for statistical analysis is utilized.
PSY 636 Counseling Theories (3)
An overview of the theoretical background and practical application of selected contemporary approaches to counseling, with an emphasis on demonstration and participation.
Prerequisites: PSY 521, PSY 524, PSY 601
PSY 671 & 672 Internship A and B In School Counseling (3-3)
Offers the student an opportunity to explore the most important concepts and techniques of guidance, with emphasis on the function and responsibilities of the school counselor. Students will spend 600 hours in both an elementary and a secondary school setting where they will counsel under supervision.
Prerequisites: PSY 646S; PRAXIS Exams
PSY 673 & 674 Internship A and B In Mental Health Counseling (3-3)
Offers the student an opportunity to practice counseling in a mental health counseling setting. Students will spend 600 hours of supervised service with with a variety of populations including individuals, groups, children, adults, and/or families working with problems and issues such as substance abuse, domestic violence, developmental disabilities and/or problems of daily living.
Prerequisite: PSY 646MH
PSY 677 & 678 Internship A and B In Marriage and Family Counseling (3-3)
Offers the student an opportunity to practice family systems approaches to counseling in a community counseling setting, under the supervision of a licensed marriage and family therapist. Students will spend 600 hours of supervised service with individuals, couples, and/or families.
Prerequisite: PSY 646M
PSY 705 Forensic Psychology (3)
The study of criminal behavior from a psychological perspective, which looks at the criminal offender as embedded in and influenced by multiple systems within the psychosocial environment. The course will review contemporary research, theory, and practice concerning the psychology of crime and psychopathy. It reviews current research that focuses on the cognitive aspects of criminal offenders, delving into their perceptions, reasoning, beliefs, decision making, and attitudes. Aspects of prevention, intervention and treatment will be discussed along with important topics as profiling, terrorism, criminology, and forensics. This course is cross-listed as CJA 705.
PSY 710 Drug Abuse Counseling (3)
Designed to increase the student's understanding of drug abuse assessment and counseling. The course emphasizes the goals, strategies and skills needed to be effective.
PSY 712 Alcohol Abuse Counseling (3)
Designed to give the student an in-depth examination of one of the most pressing social problems of our times. The course will examine the drug itself, the environment in which it is taken, influencing factors in its abuse, the effects of abuse and addiction, the disease that it becomes, and how to treat it.
PSY 720 Psychological and Educational Testing (3)
Designed for persons working in a school or clinic who have the responsibility for selecting, administering, and interpreting tests. This course includes review of:
PSY 741 Mental Health Counseling (3)
Course will examine counseling psychology within the mental health environment. The general focus of the course will be on preventative counseling within the community context. Models of service delivery, the impact of the environment, cross-cultural concerns, ethics, the history of mental health, research, and counselor competencies will be explored.
The course will specifically examine:
The emphasis will be on preventive psychology. Students will participate in Tai Ji Quan (T'ai Chi Ch'uan), Qi Gong (Ch'i Kung), relaxation exercises, meditation, and visualization as part of the course.
Prerequisite: PSY 756
Prerequisite: PSY 756
Prerequisite: PSY 756
PSY 760 Relationship Counseling (3)
Theories and associated techniques of couples, marital or relationship counseling will be explored in PSY 760. Coursework combines readings, simulations and videotaped role-plays to increase understanding of the complexities and intricacies of relationship counseling. Developmental issues, societal factors and cultural diversity aspects of relationships will be explored.
Prerequisite: PSY 756
PSY 771 School Counseling (3)
Examination of the most important concepts, principles, and techniques of guidance and counseling at different educational levels. This is a required course for the School Counseling emphasis.
Prerequisites: PSY 500, PSY 501
PSY 773 Spiritual Dimensions of Counseling (3)
For some people, spirituality has been called the fifth force in counseling and psychology. This course will explore the nature, meaning, and significance of human spirituality and religion, especially as they relate to the counseling experience. To facilitate discovery, the course will employ self-examination, sharing of experiences, reading, lecture, various exercises, projects, research, and guest speakers.
PSY 775 Crisis Counseling: Community (3)
Students will become familiar with the crisis intervention approach to the delivery of mental health services. Students will examine various types of life crises within the community and determine appropriate interventions for each. This is a required course for the Community Counseling emphasis.
PSY 776 Crisis Counseling: School (3)
Students will become familiar with the crisis intervention approach to the delivery of mental health services. Students will examine various types of life crises and determine appropriate interventions. This is a required course for the School Counseling emphasis.
Prerequisite: PSY 501
PSY 777 Existential/Phenomenological Intervention (3)
This course explores the fundamental components of human existence relative to the therapeutic context. Such areas as anxiety, death, isolation, meaninglessness, freedom, responsibility, and choice are examined.
PSY 778 Organizational Psychology (3)
The focus of this course is an examination of the impact/interaction of individual processes, group processes, and organizational processes upon productivity, job satisfaction, absenteeism, and turnover. The course will focus on psychology and organizations, motivation, attitudes, social behavior in organizations, leadership, stress management, analyzing work, performance appraisal and feedback, staffing, communication, groups and teams, decision making, designing effective organizations, managing change in organizations, and the organizational culture.
PSY 779 Psychology of Depression (3)
Depression may be a normal human emotion - a response to loss, disappointment, or failure. Some depressions, however, are biological diseases and need treatment on a biological, cognitive, and psychosocial level. Seven out of 10 persons in America will suffer a depression (of this sort) during the course of their lives. Looking at description, causal factors, treatments (both traditional and alternative) and outcomes is the focus of this course.