Select 9 credits from the following courses:
PSY 4401 - Clinical Neuropsychology (3 credits)
The study of the relationship between brain functioning and behavior. Major topics include anatomy and physiology of the human brain, behavioral functions associated with the cerebral hemispheres and lobes, neurobehavioral presentations of common neurological and psychiatric conditions, administration and interpretation of major neuropsychological test batteries, and diagnostic examination for brain dysfunction.
PSY 4405 - Clinical Neuroanatomy (3 credits)
The understanding of the anatomical organization of the human nervous system is an important skill for a student of clinical neuropsychology. In this course the focus will be on those aspects of neuroanatomy that will aid in neuropsychological assessment and research. Topics will include the development, structure, and function of the human nervous system, neuroanatomical correlates of behavior, and the anatomical substrates of neuropathology.
PSY 4406 - Behavioral Neuropathology (3 credits)
This course is designed to provide an introduction to neuropathology. The understanding of the major diseases and disorders of the human nervous system is an important skill for a student of clinical neuropsychology. In this course the focus will be on those aspects of neuropathology that will aid in neuropsychological assessment and research. Topics will include the development of structural and chemical dysfunction of the human nervous system, neuroanatomical correlates of dysfunction, and the anatomical substrates of neuropathology.
PSY 4409 - Pediatric Psychology (3 credits)
The purpose of this course is to provide the student with a comprehensive overview of the field of pediatric psychology. Students will be taught the various roles of a pediatric psychologist functioning within the medical environment and the interface between psychological and medical services and systems. Also, a significant proportion of the course will address the assessment and treatment of children who have psychological and adjustment difficulties due to a chronic, acute, and/or genetic medical diagnosis, and the relevant medical intervention.
PSY 4414 - Behavioral Principles of Learning (3 credits)
This course provides a comprehensive review of the psychological principles of learning derived from experimental research and validated by applied experimental/empirical studies. General topics include the nature of learning, behavior without learning, learning without words, and learning with words. Specific topics covered include types of behavior, motivational influences on behavior, respondent behavior and conditioning, operant behavior and conditioning, stimulus control, schedule influences on behavior, observational learning, verbal behavior and rule-governed behavior, and behavioral accounts of language and cognition. The course is designed to give students a good grounding for assessment and intervention courses with a behavioral orientation.
PSY 4419 - Forensic Psychology: Family Law (3 credits)
Basic principles in concepts of forensic psychology; the relationship between juvenile and family law and the scientific study of human behavior. Emphasis will also be given to areas of child physical and sexual abuse and domestic violence. There will be a critical review of pertinent literature. Special attention will be on the legal-ethical issues in evaluation, treatment, and research in family and juvenile law.
PSY 4515 - Child and Adolescent Neuropsychological Assessment (3 credits)
This course is designed to provide an introduction to developmental neuroanatomy, and developmental neuropsychological research and theory in the neuropsychological assessment of children. Cases of acute brain trauma, chronic brain injury, communicative disorders, learning disabilities, brain disease, sensory-motor handicaps, and seizure disorders will be presented to demonstrate the behavioral effects of these conditions.
PSY 4520 - Child Sexual Abuse Assessment (3 credits)
The purpose of this course is to provide the student with state-of-the-art knowledge and the tools necessary to properly assess the validity of allegations of CSA, and to assess the psychological impact of CSA on known victims.
PSY 4525 - Assessment of Culturally Diverse Clients (3 credits)
This course involves a critical review of traditional assessment methods and instruments when used to measure the intelligence and aptitudes of those persons who differ markedly from the social and cultural norms. It will demonstrate the counterproductive pitfalls in the application of such techniques when used to label ethnic minorities and underprivileged clients. Students will learn to use and apply alternative methods. The theoretical and practical innovations of dynamic assessment will be analyzed.
PSY 4603 - Play Therapy (3 credits)
The purpose of this course is to delineate the various theoretical and practical approaches to play therapy. Conducted in a seminar fashion, class sessions will involve the discussion and instruction of theory, methods of intervention, and the special therapy issues. Additionally, an applied clinical approach will also be emphasized via student play therapy case presentations.
PSY 4604 - Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
This course provides a comprehensive review of Applied Behavior Analysis at an advanced level. Students will learn the history of behavioral psychology, the experimental analysis of behavior and applied behavior analysis. The basic principles of behavior are reviewed as a foundation for the application in ABA methods. Students will design an intervention program using ABA methods to improve socially meaningful behavior with the approval of the instructor.
PSY 4607 - Group Theory and Processes (3 credits)
Group process provides an introduction to the theories and research pertaining to small group behavior. Experiencing group dynamics first hand and processing these experiences provide opportunities to become familiar with factors which influence behavior in small groups.
PSY 4608 - Advanced Group Theory and Processes (3 credits)
This course continues the student's training and experience in group psychotherapy. It is primarily focused on group-leader facilitation, empathy, sensitivity, lessening of prejudicial judgment as it relates to the many hues of human experience and behavior, and anxiety reduction with multiple-client interactions. A paper is required summarizing what was learned about group process and being a group member and leader.
PSY 4619 - Applications of Mindfulness in Psychology (3 credits)
This course provides an introduction to the traditions, practice and applications of Mindfulness in Psychotherapy. Recent empirical research points to the influence of Mindfulness on both brain development and therapeutic application. This course will examine some of the empirical research and help students participate and lead in some of the practices that make this a very rich and life-enhancing model for both patient and practitioner.
PSY 4629 - Health Psychology (3 credits)
This course seeks to define the field of Health Psychology and provides a conceptual overview of current assessment and treatment models. Emphasis is placed on the interrelationships among affective responses, recurrent behavior patterns, and organ performance. Intervention strategies directed at lifestyle, as well as specific behavior changes, are highlighted.
PSY 4630 - Existential Therapy (3 credits)
Contemporary existential issues are explored as they affect both client and therapist in psychotherapy. How existential views complement other theoretical orientations, affect the therapist/client relationship, and lead to implementation of treatment strategies, are of particular interest and focus.
PSY 4631 - Humanistic Therapy (3 credits)
This course is a practitioner-oriented exploration of theories and practices of humanistic psychotherapy, including Rogers' person-centered, Bugental's existential-analytic, Mahrer's experiential, and Rollo May's approaches. Theoretical bases for psychotherapy, the therapist as a person, core therapeutic conditions, and the therapy relationship receive major emphasis.
PSY 4635 - Psychodynamic Therapy I (3 credits)
The introductory course is designed to familiarize students with the basic concepts, range, scope, and limitations of psychoanalytic psychotherapy as a treatment modality. It is anticipated that by the end of this course, the student will have acquired the basic concepts necessary to have a fuller appreciation of this therapeutic approach.
PSY 4649 - Autism Spectrum Disorders: Assessment and Intervention (3 credits)
This course provides an in-depth study of evidence-based practice in assessment and intervention for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Candidates will examine current best practice strategies for assessment and diagnosis of ASD, including use of autism-specific screening and evaluation tools addressing the core and supplemental domains of assessment. Emphasis will be placed on a comprehensive developmental approach to assessment and interpretation of assessment data, summarizing and reporting results to interdisciplinary teams, including families, in a systematic manner that leads directly to intervention and programmatic recommendations for individuals with ASD. Common co-occurring (comorbid) disorders will be reviewed. Course content will also include a focus on scientifically-based interventions in the areas of social-emotional, communication, cognitive, academic, sensory, and adaptive development.
PSY 4668 - Substance Use, Health, and Mental Health (3 credits)
The major goal of this course is for students to learn about substance use and misuse, and related prevention and treatment. In addition, because substance use disorders can significantly affect other health and mental health problems and concerns (e.g., depression, aging, medication use, diabetes, and hypertension) the course will address a broad range of issues involved in the assessment and treatment of comorbidity and the relationship of substance use disorders to the management of different health and mental health problems.
PSY 4669 - Clinical Interventions for Anxiety Disorders (3 credits)
This course will cover the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of anxiety disorders. Available literature on treatment outcome studies, as well as current literature on the theories of anxiety disorders will be reviewed. The course will focus on actual treatment applications of anxious patients. Treatment modalities will include cognitive/behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and motivational interviewing approaches. Students will practice the interventions studied.
PSY 4670 - Short Term Therapy (3 credits)
This course will review the history and development of time-limits therapies and survey different approaches, including brief dynamic therapy, cognitive therapies, solution-oriented models and others. New developments in brief treatment will be covered, including managed care models and 'HMO therapy.'
PSY 4678 - Eating Disorders: Theory and Intervention (3 credits)
This course will review the history of eating disorders and the development of interventions for the treatment of eating disorders, including psychoanalytic, self-psychological, relational, systemic and cognitive-behavioral. Individual, familial, socio-cultural and biological aspects of eating issues and body image difficulties will be addressed as well as relevant research.
PSY 4679 - Abuse, Trauma, and Dissociation (3 credits)
This course is primarily designed to provide a comprehensive survey of knowledge and skills required to treat adult survivors of prolonged childhood abuse (PCA). Identification and treatment of the problems in adaptation and functioning commonly found among PCA survivors will be contrasted with forms of intervention more appropriate for survivors of other forms of trauma. There will be detailed coverage of interpersonal, behavioral, cognitive, emotional and experiential difficulties associated with PCA, and of strategies for addressing them.
PSY 4691 - Infant and Toddler Mental Health (3 credits)
This course will cover clinical applications of developmental psychopathology, with an emphasis on infants, toddler and their families. Major theories of development and current research on the systemic etiological pathways of atypical adaptation will be reviewed. Assessment strategies will include observing infants and toddlers at play, clinical interviewing of caregivers, identifying red flags, recognizing 0-3 diagnostic classifications, administered developmental screening tests, and interpreting results. Implications for appropriate theory driven and empirically based treatment will be discussed including play techniques and attachment-theory driven interventions.
PSY 4692 - Parent Focused Interventions (3 credits)
This course will review current theory and research on parent-focused prevention and intervention efforts intended to benefit children and adolescents. Topics will include the rationale for a behavioral/family systems approach to parent training and its application to contemporary families. Difficulties associated with conducting both research and interventions in family setting will be reviewed with particular attention to problems of measuring and defining 'ideal' parenting practices and difficulties in translating program objectives into clinically meaningful outcomes. Parent-focused interventions for both externalizing and internalizing problems will be considered.
PSY 4699 - Positive Psychology (3 credits)
The present course will describe how the scope of psychology has recently been broadened beyond exclusive concern with identifying pathology and treating or preventing disorder. This course will provide an overview of the emerging field of 'Positive Psychology.' Students will be provided with opportunities to understand theory and research pertaining to the psychology of human strengths, assets, abilities and talents as well as the constructs of optimism, happiness, hope and resiliency. Students will be challenged to use their understanding of this theory and research to suggest opportunities for intervention with various populations.
PSY 8235 - Family/Systems Therapy (3 credits)
This course surveys current approaches to family systems theory and therapy with an emphasis on systemic conceptual models of family functioning and culturally sensitive therapeutic interventions. It is designed to develop specific intervention competencies.
PSY 8240 - Child and Adolescent Group Interventions (3 credits)
This course seeks to provide a comprehensive guide to counseling children and adolescents with a variety of problems in a group format designed to improve their emotional, behavioral, and social functioning. The focus is on both prevention and intervention with emphasis on beginning skills for conducting group interventions for students in schools. It encompasses both theoretical issues and practical applications with the latter including concerns pertaining to ethical standards and legal requirements. In addition, evidence based methods and programs will be taught. Issues related to group counseling with children and adolescents and implementation issues specific to school settings will be examined.
PSY 8330 - Public Policy, Advocacy, and Ethical Decision-Making (3 credits)
This course introduces students to contemporary educational and mental health policy issues and ethical principles that affect the practice of psychology. Candidates will review newly proposed legislation, develop fact sheets on relevant topics, critically evaluate legislative platforms, prepare speeches for committee hearings, contact legislators, and initiate lobbying efforts and letter-writing campaigns.