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Course Descriptions

All courses numbered at the 500 level may be open to undergraduates properly qualified to take them by permission of the Department Chair.

EDR 601 Methodology of Research (3)

Explores major research designs and methods emphasizing underlying assumptions, inquiry aims, participant selection, data collection and analysis, interpretation of findings, conclusions, and reporting.

SPY 552 Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (3)

Comprehensive study of emotional and behavior disorders experienced by children and adolescents including diagnostic criteria for clinical and school psychology applications. Includes administration, scoring and interpretation of child/parent interviews, child self-report measures, parent rating scales, and intervention planning and report writing. Prerequisites: SPY 691 and SPY 620

SPY 569 Psychopathology: Diagnosis and Treatment in Counseling (3)

Examines the diagnosis and treatment of psychopathology within the counseling relationship. Introduces the DSM-IV; explores the dynamics of psychopathology and identifies the criteria associated with specific mental disorders; and considers the role of psychopharmacology in treatment. Case material and analyses are presented. Students are expected to demonstrate knowledge of a broad range of psychopathology, competency in the use of the DSM-IV as a diagnostic framework, and the ability to integrate their views in the form of comprehensive psychological reports.

SPY 571 Exceptionality in Learning and Behavior (3)

A survey of psychological, physical, cognitive, communication, and social/emotional exceptionalities in human development; application techniques for developing effective classroom behavior management, identifies psychological needs of families and teachers of exceptional children.

SPY 586 Student Service Personnel in the Public Schools (3)

This course focuses on the theoretical, scientific, and practical issues, in professional School Counseling and School Psychology and their development within the framework of the American public school systems. The impact of the development of the profession, of national organizations and accreditation, and ethical and legal guidelines of the professions will be examined. The structure of guidance programs and psychological services within various school settings, with particular attention to the context of a multicultural urban educational setting will be reviewed. The role of prevention/mental health programs within the American public school will be explored.

SPY 608 Research Design in Psychology (3)

Covers aspects of quasi-experimental design, program evaluation and methods of analysis of psychological data. Prerequisite: EDR 601

SPY 610 Human Growth and Development (3)

Discusses life-span theories of development, models of moral, intellectual, and sexual development, normal and abnormal behavior and learning theories; addresses developmental interventions and relates them to the needs of specific client populations.

SPY 612 Psychoeducational Assessment (3)

Development of reading, mathematics and language arts processes and methods for their assessment; assessment of visual, auditory, haptic, and language disorders; assessment of learning styles; learning strategies, special populations; direct methods of assessment of academic behavior. Students will be taught to incorporate the outcomes of these assessments into the psychological report.

SPY 613 Intellectual Assessment of Children and Adolescents (3)

Provides applied learning for the administration, scoring, and interpretation of individual intelligence measures for school-ages youth (i.e. ages 5-21 years). Encompasses written and oral reports of results relevant to the multi-factored assessment model used in school psychology. Prerequisite: SPY 612

SPY 614 Behavioral and Personality Assessment of Children and Adolescents (3)

Provides applied learning for the administration, scoring, and interpretation of behavioral and personality measures, such as parent/teacher/child interviews, youth self-report measures, standardized rating scales, and projective techniques. Encompasses written and oral reports to integrate results relevant to psychological services in educational settings, for example identification of emotional handicaps, intervention planning, and crises intervention. Prerequisites: SPY 552 and SPY 613

SPY 620 Behavior Modification (3)

Reviews psychology of learning, integrating applied behavior management techniques. Students are trained in functional behavior assessment, and in counseling parents and teachers in the psychology of behavior management.

SPY 629 Social and Cultural Issues in Counseling (3)

Identifies the needs and issues relevant to counseling special populations. This course will explore the influence of gender, age, race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and physical and mental disabilities in the counseling relationship. Counseling interventions appropriate for specific populations will be addressed. Prerequisites: SPY 652 and SPY 686

SPY 636 Psychological Assessment of Children 0 to 5 (3)

Emphasizes observational, developmental and psychological assessment of children 0 to 5. Early intervention models are discussed. Prerequisites: SPY 571, SPY 612, and SPY 613 or equivalent

SPY 639 Introduction to Neuropsychology (3)

Introduction to the foundations of functional neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and neuropathology. Brain behavior relationships are introduced using a clinical neuropsychological approach. A life span approach is emphasized. Prerequisite: SPY 612

SPY 642 Diagnostic Teaching Techniques (3)

Focus on collaboration with teachers on design, implementation, and evaluation of intervention strategies tied to the integration of psychological and educational assessment outcomes. Prerequisites: SPY 571 and SPY 613

SPY 648 School Psychology Practicum (3)

Students are placed one day each week in a school setting to observe school psychologists and special education settings. Supervision by School Psychology faculty and on-site supervisor. Prerequisite: Approval by the faculty and acceptance by placement site

SPY 649 School Psychology Internship (3)

1200 - 1500 hours of supervised field training designed to refine existing competencies in formal and informal assessment, consultation, and intervention. Prerequisites: Completion of all other coursework, approval by the faculty, and acceptance by placement site. (See "additional requirements" above) By permission

SPY 652 Individual Counseling Procedures (3)

Presents the major theories and practices in individual counseling. Topics include: case conceptualization; treatment planning; case management; relationship building; problem-solving; and outcome assessment. Emphasis is placed on development of counseling micro skills within the context of the helping relationship. Prerequisites: SPY 691 and SPY 686

SPY 658 Group Counseling Procedures (3)

Discusses major concepts in group counseling theory and practice. Students develop competence in group counseling relationship development and application of group counseling theory and practice to coordination of group work. Prerequisite: SPY 629

SPY 682 Consultation Procedures (3)

Presents the principles and theories of consultation and examines the practices of the counselor as a consultant in schools and related settings. Process models of consultation are discussed. Prerequisite: SPY 586

SPY 686 Counseling Theories and Interventions (3)

Examines various counseling models, associated theories and interventions, and their application to the rapport building, assessment, problem identification, and intervention phases of the counseling process. Students may be required to prepare case studies and to demonstrate selected techniques.

SPY 691 Personality Theories (3)

Surveys various cognitive, psychodynamic, behavioral, humanistic, existential, and family systems theories of personality development and change. Focuses on critical analysis of theoretical models of personality, development of one's own model of change, and exploration of individual differences in behavior.

SPY 701 Directed Research (Specialist only) (1,1)

Independent research under the direction of a faculty member. Ongoing research must be presented at the student forum. The completed study must be formally presented to the faculty. Final write-up is expected to be publication quality. Offered with the credit/no credit option only. Prerequisites: EDR 601 and co-requisite SPY 608

SPY 729 Continuous Registration (1,1)

Research in residence or continuous registration for all departments/schools offering graduate programs.

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