PSY 500 School Counseling and Exceptional Children (3)
The scope of this course will be an examination of:

  • Learning disabilities
  • Emotional impairment
  • Speech language disabilities
  • Behavioral disturbances
  • Mental retardation
  • Physical and health impairments
  • Visual and hearing disorders
  • Early childhood learning impairments
  • Child abuse
  • Alcohol/substance abuse within the K-12 educational context

The specific focus will be on counselor role, counselor intervention, special educational referral and diagnostic process, and program evaluation.

PSY 501 The School Counselor in an Educational Context (3)
The scope of this course will be:

  • The development of skills and techniques for a counselor to assist teachers and students in a learning context
  • Assist teachers in classroom management
  • Design, assess, implement and evaluate a school counseling and a school guidance program
  • Create a curriculum for a school guidance program
  • Assess, evaluate, and interpret students’ performance on tests within a K-12 educational context.

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 627 Career Development (3)
Reviews theories of vocational development, types, sources, and uses of occupational and educational information in career counseling and decision-making processes.

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 646 Practicum in Counseling Techniques (3)
Third Benchmark Course

  • Supervised experience in counseling utilizing videotapes, role-playing, audiotapes, and demonstrations.
  • Both group and individualized instruction and supervision are stressed in didactic and experiential settings.
  • Students will spend 100 hours of supervised service at a practicum site.

Prerequisites: PSY 611, PSY 636; SC-PSY 771; CC-PSY 741; MF-PSY 756

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:

  • The principles of test reliability and validity
  • Survey of ability, achievement, and personality tests
  • Practice in administering, scoring, and interpreting educational and psychological tests

This is a required course for the School Counseling emphasis.
Prerequisites: PSY 500, PSY 501, PSY 606

PSY 736 Cross-Cultural Counseling (3)

  • Course will be an examination of the theory and process of counseling persons in community, school, and marriage and family contexts, from diverse cultural backgrounds by counselors of equally diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • The focus of the course will be on the impact of the counselor’s prejudices, biases, values, ethics, and social/cultural expectations on the client from a culturally diverse background, and the impact of the client’s prejudices, biases, values, ethics, and social/cultural expectations on the counselor from a culturally diverse background. 
  • The client must be seen as part of an integrated system of mutually reciprocal components (family, environment, school, social structure, friends, culture, etc.). 
  • The counseling context will be viewed from a systemic perspective rather than an individual perspective. 

PSY 740 Advanced Psychopathology (3)

  • Familiarizes the student with concepts and philosophies related to psychopathology.
  • Covers the DSM-IV classification and the different formulations which determine the development of psychopathology.
  • Review of current assessment skills to include psychological intake, mental status exam, the use of psychopharmacology, diagnosis/differential diagnosis, prognosis, psychological formulation, and treatment plan.

Prerequisites: PSY 521, PSY 524, PSY 601

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:

  • alcohol and substance abuse
  • physical and sexual abuse
  • stress management
  • health psychology
  • managed care
  • the relationship between economics status and mental health
  • delinquency and criminality
  • crisis counseling
  • gerontology
  • consultation
  • social support
  • community agencies and programs
  • legal and social policies related to children and families

PSY 751 Health, Stress Management and Counseling (3)

  • Course is an examination of counseling an individual from a holistic perspective.
  • The course explores the relationship between health and psychological moods in such areas as:
  • stress management
  • diet
  • exercise
  • sleep
  • mind/body relationship
  • support groups
  • humor
  • faith
  • responsibility
  • interpersonal relationships
  • choice

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.

PSY 756 Marital and Family Counseling (3)

  • A basic introduction to the history, development and theories of the field of family therapy.
  • Focus is on the major theoretical models of family therapy, their similarities and differences, and conceptual foundations. Students will develop a basic understanding of family therapy concepts as applied in clinical practice, and begin to formulate their own personal framework through integration across theoretical models. Coursework will also review current issues and sample recent developments in family therapy.

Prerequisites: PSY 521, PSY 601

PSY 757 Family Systems Approach to Counseling (3)

  • A study of the family as a system of interactive elements, with a focus on the therapeutic implications of treating patterns of behavior rather than personalities.
  • Coursework combines readings, simulations, and videotaped role-plays to increase understanding of the complexities and intricacies of a family system.
  • Students will examine basic differences between individual problems and family problems, individual maladaptive behaviors compared to family maladaptive behaviors, and individual consequences versus family consequences as these impact treatment design and interventions.

Prerequisite: PSY 756

PSY 758 Solution Focused Approaches to Family Counseling (3)

  • Treatment planning and interventions for family counseling from a solution-focused perspective.
  • As an alternative to traditional counseling approaches that focus on family problems and weaknesses, students will develop an understanding of and practice in counseling approaches based on family solutions and strengths.
  • Coursework also combines readings, simulations, and videotaped role-plays to examine the role of the counselor as facilitator rather than as an “expert.”

Prerequisite: PSY 756

PSY 759 Family Abuse: Sex and Violence (3)

  • An in-depth examination of the problem of family abuse designed to facilitate an understanding of the complexities of family abuse patterns, their causes, and effects. Special attention is given to the roles sex and violence play in destructive family behavior.
  • Coursework also combines readings, simulations, and videotaped role-plays to develop student understanding of and practice with systemic intervention strategies employed in cases involving family abuse.

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.

PSY 780 Special Topics (3)
Special topics in psychological counseling.

PSY 799 Directed Study (3)
Individualized study in counseling or related areas and arranged through the MSCP program director.