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Course Descriptions, M.A. Psych. Program

 

Course Descriptions

All courses are three semester hours except for PSYC744, the Internship, which is 12 credit hours. All courses are offered once a year. Each class during the fall and spring semesters is held once a week in either the evening or the daytime. In general, all courses that are held during the daytime will be offered in the evening the following year and courses that are offered in the evening will be offered in the daytime the following year. This schedule was designed to facilitate the needs of working part-time students.


PSYC 664 CLINICAL NEUROPSYCHOLOGY

This course will introduce students to the anatomy and functions of the mammalian peripheral and central nervous systems under healthy and pathological conditions. Students will investigate topics including historical concepts, cellular physiology, synaptic neurotransmission, transmitter agents, psychopharmacology, neuroanatomy, and contemporary brain imaging systems. Students will also survey brain-behavior relationships as they relate to sensation, perception, emotion, cognition, and selected mental disorders.


PSYC 668 PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT

This course reviews major theories of personality development, and relates these theories to clinical activities such as case conceptualization, assessment and intervention. The basis premises of each theory are discussed, and theories are compared and contrasted.


PSYC 716 CHILDHOOD PSYCHOPATHOLOGY

Students will develop an indepth understanding of childhood psychopathology from birth through adolescence. A developmental conceptualization will be utilized. Theories/approaches used to understand disorders, classification systems, and research strategies will be addressed. Emphasis will be placed on etiology, prevalence, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of each disorder discussed.


PSYC 740 PRACTICUM IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY

This course will provide students with an opportunity to practice skills obtained in psychotherapy, assessment, and theory classes, in an applied setting of interest. In addition, students will have an opportunity to consider ethical principles as they related to actual clinical practice, and to develop greater sensitivity to clients from diverse backgrounds. Prerequisite: Students must be accepted into the M.A. Clinical Psychology program and have completed their first year of coursework (or eight courses for part-time students) in the program.


PSYC 744 INTERNSHIP

This course provides a fifteen week full-time internship. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of the comprehensive examination for the Clinical Psychology degree program. NOTE: The grading system used for this course is "S" (satisfactory) or "U" (unsatisfactory).

Internship Placement Guidelines


PSYC 761 ADULT PSYCHOPATHOLOGY

This course is intended for students preparing for careers in the professional practice of clinical psychology. This course adopts a scientist-practitioner approach to the definition, etiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of adult disorders included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-Fourth Edition-Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR).


PSYC 762 CLINICAL ASSESSMENT I: COGNITIVE

This course addresses fundamental theoretical and applied issues associated with cognitive assessment. It includes an overview of basic psychometric principles, the historical context of intelligence testing, major theories of intelligence, the APA ethical principles, test bias, and multicultural assessment. Primary emphasis will be placed on the administration, scoring, and verbal and written interpretation of major cognitive assessment instruments. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the M.A. Clinical Psychology Program or permission of the instructor.


PSYC 763 CLINICAL ASSESSMENT II: OBJECTIVE PERSONALITY ASSESSMENT

This course addresses the administration, scoring, interpretation, and psychometric properties of several contemporary structured personality tests. Fundamental methods of test development will be discussed, including logical/rational, theoretical, empirical criterion keying, and factor analytic test construction. In addition to this applied emphasis on specific instruments, critical topics related to the theory and practice of personality assessment will also be addressed. Prerequisite: PSYC 762 or permission of the instructor.


PSYC 764 PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY

This course is intended to provide the student with sufficient knowledge of psychotherapeutic drugs to allow for effective communication with medical practitioners and for successful integration of psychotherapy with pharmacotherapy in the treatment of psychopathology. Prerequisite: PSYC 761.


PSYC 766 LEARNING BASES OF BEHAVIOR CHANGE

This course is designed to provide the student with a thorough understanding of learning-based strategies for behavior change within a clinical context. Students will review basic learning theories and contemporary psychological interventions based upon behavioral and cognitive-behavioral theories. The theory and techniques of applied behavioral analysis are reviewed, along with a sample of empirically validated cognitive-behavioral interventions for specific psychological disorders.


PSYC 767 ESSENTIALS OF PSYCHOTHERAPY

This course is designed to provide an understanding of the theory and practice of psychotherapy. There are two main foci: (1) pragmatic skills for doing short-term psychotherapy, and (2) theoretical and practical information on classic and contemporary schools of psychotherapy, which may include psychodynamic, humanistic, cognitive, and solution-oriented therapies. Relevant issues, such as biological models of therapy, empirically validated treatments, and delivery of services, may also be covered.


PSYC 768 CLINICAL RESEARCH METHODS

This course is composed of two general topics, statistical techniques in clinical psychology and research design problems in clinical settings. The intent is to teach the student the basic principles of psychological research design for use in applied settings and the use of the appropriate analytical procedures for the interpretation of clinical data. Prerequisite: Undergraduate course in statistics or permission of instructor.


PSYC 770 ETHICS AND PROFESSIONAL ISSUES

Students will develop an in-depth understanding of ethical, legal, and related professional issues in psychology, including suicide, dangerousness, mandated reporting, involuntary commitment, managed care, and multi-culturalism. Other economic, political and societal factors which affect the mental health system will be discussed.


PSYC 773 CLINICAL ASSESSMENT III - THE RORSCHACH TEST & OTHER PROJECTIVES

This is the third in a series of courses designed to train clinical psychology graduate students in the art and science of psychodiagnostic evaluation. This course focuses on the use of projective techniques with an emphasis on the Comprehensive System for the Rorschach Inkblot Test. Students are introduced to procedures for administering, scoring and interpreting the Rorschach. The projective hypothesis and other projective tests such as the Thematic Apperception Test are also reviewed. Prerequisite: PSYC 763.