Courses

PSYC 500 RESEARCH METHODS AND STATISTICS

3 credit hours

Basic methods of research and evaluation in the behavioral sciences. An overview of research and evaluation designs, their strengths and limitations. Application of statistical methods and data gathering techniques.


PSYC 501 ADVANCED HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

3 credit hours

Physiological, social and psychological developmental processes from conception to maturation. Review of stages of development, patterns of behavior, and exploration of current social issues related to development.


PSYC 502 FOUNDATIONS AND CONTEXTUAL DIMENSIONS: MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING

3 credit hours

Studies include examination of the historical, societal, cultural, economic, and political dimensions of mental health counseling, as well as the assumptions and roles mental health counselors play within the context of health and human services systems.


PSYC 516 FORENSIC MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING

3 credit hours

This course is an introduction to the theories, practice strategies, and interventions involved in counseling juvenile and adult offenders. The course will focus on the delivery of mental health services by treatment setting and effective knowledge and skills to work with legally involved and court committed offenders.


PSYC 517 FORENSIC ASSESSMENT

3 credit hours

This course is an introduction to forensic mental health assessment tools. The course will focus on interviewing techniques for children, adolescents, and adults, as well as instruments used to assess for risk of violence, danger, and harm to self and others. Topics such as expert witness testimony, legal competency, legal insanity, malingering, and suggestibility will also be covered.


PSYC 518 LIFESTYLE AND CAREER COUNSELING

3 credit hours

Career counseling theories and skills across the lifespan will be explored. Recent developments in lifestyle, theorists and theoretical constructs, as well as practical delivery systems in school and community mental health agencies will be examined.


PSYC 520 HISTORY AND SYSTEMS OF PSYCHOLOGY

3 credit hours

Overview of the history of psychology with its roots in philosophy to present-day contemporary psychology is explored. Classical psychological theories are examined as well as an analysis of the foundations of contemporary psychology and their systems.


PSYC 521 ART THERAPY

3 credit hours

This course is an introduction to the history, theory, and practice of art therapy focusing on developing art therapy techniques, methods of assessment and evaluation, as well as treatment approaches for different populations such as adults, children, families, and groups.


PSYC 522 SOCIAL AND CULTURAL ISSUES IN COUNSELING

3 credit hours

Major social problems in contemporary society and their impact upon counseling will be probed. Exploration of sub-groups and cross-cultural issues as well as emphasis on sensitizing students to ethnocentrism and development of respect for diversity in all its guises.


PSYC 525 COUNSELING CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS

3 credit hours

This course introduces the student to the research, theories, and interventions related to counseling children and adolescents. The course addresses the developmental needs, specific therapeutic interventions, and common emotional issues related to working with children and adolescents. Group and individual counseling techniques and treatment planning are included. Treatment modalities include individual, family, group, and schools counseling.


PSYC 528 TESTING AND APPRAISAL OF INDIVIDUALS

3 credit hours

Introduction to the major concepts of psychological testing: reliability and validity; standardized tests; ethnic, cultural, sexual and age related factors; ethical standards for development and usage; test construction; interpretation.

Prerequisite: PSYC 500


PSYC 529 HUMAN SEXUALITY

3 credit hours

Physiological, social, and psychological factors in human sexual behavior at various ages and stages of development: normal and deviant behavior, physiological processes and correlates, attitudes and stereotypes, description and etiology of sexual dysfunctions and common treatment strategies.


PSYC 530 PERSONALITY AND COUNSELING THEORIES

3 credit hours

Introduction to counseling theories and psychological processes involved in individual counseling. Including but not limited to analytical, phenomenological, person-centered, existential, behavioral, cognitive/behavioral. Students will refine their own theory of personality and counseling. Case studies.


PSYC 535 PSYCHOPATHOLOGY

3 credit hours

Overview of psychopathology, with emphasis on etiology, symptoms, sociocultural factors, system effects of disorders and maladaptive patterns of behavior. Current diagnostic and classification systems and treatment approaches will be explored.


PSYC 541 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

3 credit hours

Overview of the dynamics of social and behavioral development of the individual and groups. Topics explored but not limited to the following: social attitude changes, prejudice and stereotypical behavior, changing roles of men and women, rural vs. urban societies, subcultures, ethnic diversity, measurement and research.


PSYC 542 INTRODUCTION TO CRISIS, TRAUMA, AND DISASTER COUNSELING

3 credit hours

This course provides an introduction to the psychological aspects of disaster, crisis, and trauma. The crisis or trauma may be experienced at home, work, in the community, or in the school setting. The course will focus on: the impact of trauma and crisis of those directly impacted or vicariously impacted; interventions strategies for crisis counseling, trauma-focused counseling, and disaster mental health; and the role of the mental health professional working with community agencies.


PSYC 544 COUNSELING SKILLS

3 credit hours

Demonstration and supervised practice (role play) of micro-counseling skills, including attending behaviors, questioning, paraphrasing, summarization, reflection of feeling, confrontation, and reflection of meaning. Students will refine their counseling techniques, integrating acquired skills and influencing strategies with personal style.

Prerequisite: PSYC 530


PSYC 545 SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELING

3 credit hours

Overview of the physiological, biochemical, social and psychological aspects of psychoactive substance disorders. Examination of the rehabilitative potential of Alcoholics Anonymous/Alanon and the major propositions of the disease concept of alcoholism. Differential diagnosis of psychoactive substance use, abuse and dependence will be explored.


PSYC 548 GROUP PROCESSES IN COUNSELING

3 credit hours

Group work studies that provide an understanding of group development, dynamics, counseling theories, group counseling methods and skills, other group work approaches, and ethical issues related to group work.

Prerequisite: PSYC 530


PSYC 550 BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION

3 credit hours

Explores the principles and specific procedures of behavior modification. Including but not limited to collection of behavioral baseline data, setting objectives, analysis of procedures, evaluating behavioral programs, record keeping and impact on the behavior of individuals.


PSYC 567 HUMAN NEUROPSYCHOLOGY

3 credit hours

This course provides an introduction to human brain-behavior relationships including neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, cognitive processes, sensory and motor processes, and their interactions with emotion and personality.  Brain organization, neurodevelopment, individual differences, and clinical neuropsychological assessment will also be presented.


PSYC 566 PLAY THERAPY

3 credit hours

Designed to provide an understanding of the theoretical/pragmatic aspects of children’s play. Play will be discussed both as a developmental “phase stage” and as a therapeutic process. Course focus will be upon the psychological world of the child, including the relationship between the child’s internal world and external manifestations through play.


PSYC 570 MARRIAGE AND FAMILY COUNSELING

3 credit hours

System approach, theoretical formulations, counseling techniques/strategies, research findings, treatment issues, and ethical/social concerns in marriage and family counseling are studied.

Prerequisites: PSYC 530, 544


PSYC 572 BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE IN REHABILITATION

3 credit hours

An introduction to the theories and techniques in behavioral medicine. The course will introduce behavioral interventions appropriate for medical conditions, chronic diseases, and health related conditions in the rehabilitation setting. The application of behavioral interventions to psychiatric and neurocognitive disorders will also be presented.


PSYC 573 DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT PLANNING

3 credit hours

This course deals with the application of diagnosis and treatment planning in a mental health setting. Student will gain knowledge in the use of the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Students will also learn treatment planning strategies utilizing best practice and evidence based treatment approaches and models.


PSYC 574 SPECIALIZED TECHNIQUES IN COUNSELING

3 credit hours

Prepares students to function effectively in managed care environments by examining treatment protocols for commonly encountered emotional/behavioral diagnoses, including, but not limited to, depressive disorders, panic and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, ADHD, parenting skills training, and sexually abused/abusing populations.

Prerequisite: PSYC 530


PSYC 576 PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY

3 credit hours

Psychopharmacology as related to the professional practice of mental health counseling. Includes basic physiology and neurobiochemistry: nervous system, neuron functioning and neurotransmitter substances. Introduction to pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. Clinical psychopharmacology related to anxiety, mood, and psychotic disorders and geriatric, child, addiction, personality, and impulse disorder populations.


PSYC 577 PSYCHODIAGNOSIS

3 credit hours

Overview of the benefits and limitations of clinical diagnosis. Intensive examination of the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (American Psychiatric Association), including but not limited to the criteria for differential diagnosis. Clinical interviews and mental status exams (to obtain sufficient information for diagnosing) plus the compilation for information into a cohesive report will be emphasized.

Prerequisite: PSYC 535


PSYC 578 PROFESSIONAL ORIENTATION:  ETHICAL AND LEGAL ISSUES

3 credit hours

Studies that provide an understanding of all aspects of professional functioning, including history, roles, organizational structures, ethics, standards, and credentialing. In-depth study of ethical and legal codes of conduct of the counseling profession, i.e., American Counseling Association, American Association of School Counselors, American Psychological Association. Focus on ethical decision making related to the counseling process. Value clarification, rights and responsibilities of both counselor and counselee, competence, working with culturally diverse populations, as well as current legal guidelines related to maintenance of records, confidentiality, reporting child abuse/neglect, duty to warn and protect, and involuntary commitment will be examined.


PSYC 579 PRACTICUM IN SCHOOL COUNSELING

3 credit hours

105 clock hours of practical field experience in an approved school setting designed to enhance the practicum student’s one-to-one counseling skills. Included in the 105 clock hours will be 40-60 hours of face-to-face counseling of host school students, and other diverse counselor activities. Practicum students will meet on campus with a University of Saint Francis instructor for 1.5 hours per week during the semester for support and class work. Students will be visited at their host schools by their practicum instructor.

Prerequisites: Program Director approval; to be taken towards the end of the academic program


PSYC 580 PRACTICUM IN MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING

3 credit hours

Practicum provides for the development of individual counseling and group work skills under supervision. Required are a minimum of 100 agency clock hours, of which 40 hours minimum are direct service with clients (1/4 of these hours should be in group work). This represents approximately 2 1/2 days per week of work over the 15-week semester. Students receive a minimum of 1 hour per week of face-to-face supervision from the on-site supervisor and 1.5 hours of on-campus group supervision by the course instructor. Students will be visited at their host agency by their practicum instructor. Practicum will be taken prior to and may not be taken concurrently with internship.

Prerequisites: PSYC 544, 548, 577, 578; Program Director approval; to be taken towards the end of the academic program


PSYC 582 INTERNSHIP IN MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING

6 credit hours (6 hours 1 semester, or 3 hours for 2 semesters)

Internship in Mental Health Counseling provides an opportunity for the student to perform under supervision a variety of activities that a regularly employed staff member in a mental health treatment setting would be expected to perform.  PSYC 582 Internship is completed either over 1 or 2 semesters for a minimum of 600 agency hours, which includes 240 direct client service hours.

Prerequisites: PSYC 580; Program Director approval


PSYC 583 INTERNSHIP IN SCHOOL COUNSELING

3 credit hours

A practical field placement of actual “on-the-job” experience in an approved school setting, including activities and roles an employed school counselor would perform. Interns will spend one complete school year (i.e., host school’s schedule) at their placement (fall/spring) for a minimum of 600 contact/clock hours. Intern students will also meet for 1.5 hours per week on campus during each semester with a University of Saint Francis instructor for support, staffing and coursework. Students will be visited at their host school by their intern instructor.

Prerequisites: PSYC 579; Program Director approval


PSYC 588 PRACTICUM IN MS PSYCHOLOGY

3 credit hours

105 clock hours of practical field experience tailored individually for students in the MS Psychology program. Students will have the opportunity to integrate work and formal education under the guidance of professionals in the field.

Prerequisite: Program Director approval


PSYC 590 DIRECTED STUDY

1-3 credit hours

Designed as individualized study of an academic area of interest for which the student has adequate background. Written permission is required of instructor and Department Chair.

Prerequisite: Program Director approval


PSYC 591 ADVANCED INTERNSHIP IN MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING

3 credit hours

Advanced Internship requires an additional 300 hours of clinical experience in a mental health agency/facility, of which 120 are direct client service. Advanced Internship is completed over one semester and requires approximately 20 hours work for 15 weeks.

Prerequisite: PSYC 582; Program Director approval

Note: While students may be paid for their clinical experiences (such paid positions are rare), it is as a student employee, and all aspects of the clinical experience must reflect a structured, student-status, learning experience.  Students’ current employment is NOT automatically acceptable as a substitute for their course-of-study clinical experience requirements. No Prior Learning Assessment credit (PLA) will be granted for clinical experience requirements


PSYC 595 SEMINAR

3 credit hours

This course is an in-depth examination of an advanced topic in psychology. Emphasis is placed on the student participating in the learning process.