Course Descriptions

The following list includes all graduate courses offered in the Master of Science in Clinical Psychology program.

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

PSY 507 Statistics and Research Design (3)

Emphasis on theoretical and practical interpretation of psychological and educational research results. Prerequisite: PSY 320 or equivalent (Fall)

PSY 528 Human Sexuality (3)

A survey of issues, theories and scientific findings with regard to physiological, developmental and emotional aspects of sexuality, as well as issues of sexual dysfunction and its treatment. (Summer Bi-Annually)

PSY 564 Advanced Developmental Psychology (3)

Physical, intellectual, social, and emotional development throughout the lifespan. Prerequisite: PSY 382 or equivalent (Spring)

PSY 594 Physiology and Treatment of Substance Abuse (3)

Consideration of habituating and addicting drugs, including alcohol, and their effects upon society. Prerequisite: PSY 490 or equivalent (Fall)

PSY 596 Techniques of Therapy (3)

Counseling theories and techniques of behavior change and psychotherapeutic intervention. Prerequisite: PSY 602. (Fall)

PSY 598 Advanced Topic Seminars (3)

Detailed presentation and discussion of topical issues within the field of clinical psychology. (Occasional offering)

All courses numbered at 600 and above are open only to students with baccalaureate degrees or their equivalent.

PSY 602 Clinical Psychopathology (3)

Detailed description and analysis of the DSM-5 with an exploration of case history materials. Diagnostic and therapeutic issues are considered. Prerequisite: PSY 413 or equivalent (Spring)

PSY 610 Clinical Assessment (3)

Rationale, administration, and interpretation of clinical assessments including proper administration and scoring of the Wechsler Child and Adult Intelligence scales and the MMPI-2. Course includes formal report writing. Prerequisites: PSY 320 or equivialent, PSY 507, PSY 602 (Fall)

PSY 615 Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues for Clinicians (3)

Consideration of issues of confidentiality, certification and licensing, ethical and legal codes, standards of preparation and practice, identity and roles of mental health professionals, psychologists, and counselors, and the goals and objectives of professional organizations of counselors and psychologists. (Fall)

PSY 621 Cognitive-Behavioral Family Therapies (3)

This course provides an in-depth examination of cognitive-behavioral family therapies. Students will critically analyze the psychological empirical evidence supporting the use of Cognitive-Behavioral psychotherapy techniques with families, children and adolescents. Students will examine the DSM-5 disorders that occur within the family setting. Students will develop the skills to provide evidence-based psychological interventions, such as Cognitive Therapy, Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness and Acceptance Therapies that attempt to change behavior by altering thoughts, interpretations, assumption and strategies of responding within the family environment. Prerequisite: PSY 596. (Spring)

PSY 625 Advanced Personality (3)

Historical foundations, contemporary theory, and research in the area of personality. Prerequisite: PSY 325 or equivalent (Fall)

PSY 627 Law and Forensic Psychology: Research and Practice (3)

This course examines the intersection of law and forensic psychology. This course explores the legal history that forms the foundation of psycholegal research and the caselaw that underpins clinical forensic psychology practice. Students will critically analyze the role of psycholegal research in court rulings, policy setting, and the development of statutes within the judicial system. Further, students will examine the landmark legal cases that have informed the practice of forensic psychologists. The focus will be on cases pertaining to principles of clinical forensic practice, such as competency, confidentiality and privilege, expert testimony, as well as cases relevant to forensic psychologists practicing within the legal system, such as duty to warn, criminal dangerousness, criminal responsibility, and child abuse. (Fall)

PSY 634 Principles and Applications of Forensic Psychology (3)

This course examines the role of psychological principles and research in contemporary issues within the legal and law enforcement systems. The focus of this course will be the application of experimental areas of psychology (e.g., social, cognitive, developmental) to evaluating various aspects of the criminal justice system, which will serve as a foundation for research and practical work in the field of forensic psychology. Students will gain an appreciation for the application of psychological principles in and out of the courtroom, critically analyzing empirical research on topics such as police investigations, interrogations and false confessions, deception detection, eyewitness memory and identification procedures, juries, and legal decision making. (Spring)

PSY 635 Group Therapy (3)

Introduction to theories, practice, and research findings of group psychotherapy. Issues are explored through readings and participation in an ongoing group. Leader interventions are analyzed in terms of integrating group process and interpersonal phenomena. (Fall)

PSY 637 Advanced Forensic Psychology: Assessment and Treatment (3)

This course is designed to develop critical skills in, and applied knowledge of, the field of forensic psychology. The rationale of the course is to provide advanced training for students in the application of forensic based assessment and treatment modalities commonly used by the forensic psychologist in legal, civil, and correctional settings. Students will critically analyze forensic assessment techniques and apply them to the treatment and management of mentally disordered offenders. This course will also focus on the role of the forensic psychologist in the daily operation of correctional facilities, including typical duties. Also discussed will be how the forensic psychologist provides aid to law enforcement (local, state, and federal) in profiling, interrogation, and providing psychological evaluations used in the hiring and selection of officers. Prerequisites: PSY 596 (or equivalent), PSY 602 (or equivalent), PSY 610 (or equivalent). (Spring)

PSY 643 Vocational Psychology (3)

Involves exploration of issues surrounding the role of the psychologist in career counseling, including theoretical approaches and research related to vocational development and adjustment. Also addressed are the relationship between career choice and personality style; personal development within diverse populations in a variety of settings; and work as a social issue. Students explore the use and administration of appraisals of interest and aptitude in conjunction with personality assessments. They examine methods used in obtaining, organizing, integrating and utilizing educational and occupational information for psychological reports. Prerequisite: PSY 610 & PSY 611 (Summer Bi-Annually)

PSY 645 Community Psychology (3)

Provides an overview of community psychology as it applies to needs assessment, program planning, development, delivery and evaluation. The role of the psychologist as change agent and consultant is explored with emphasis on an ecological perspective, focusing on the individual in the social environment and the influences that shape and change behavior and mental health. Federal, state and local programs, including location, classification and utilization for referral purposes, are addressed. (Summer Bi-Annually)

PSY 646 Social and Multicultural Foundations of Practice (3)

Includes issues related to assessment, counseling, and consultation. Prerequisite: PSY 641. (Summer Bi-Annually)

PSY 665 Clinical Practicum (3)

This 165-hour practicum includes clinical skills training and supervised experience in applied mental health facilities one day per week with a minimum of 40 client contact hours. Diagnostic and therapeutic skills are practiced and basic documentation skills are learned. Prerequisites: approval of the faculty, acceptance by the placement site, and successful completion of all core courses except PSY 610 and PSY 628. These courses are required co-requisites unless they have been successfully completed before the practicum begins. (Spring)

PSY 675 Clinical Internship (2,2,2)

This 1000-hour internship provides the opportunity for the student to perform, under supervision in a mental health facility, a variety of clinically-related activities that a licensed professional with a master's degree in clinical psychology would be expected to perform. The clinical experience includes a minimum of 240 hours of direct client contact hours. Weekly meetings with both faculty supervisors and field supervisors are required. Prerequisites: successful completion of PSY 665, approval by the faculty, and acceptance by the placement site. (Fall, Spring)

PSY 699 Master’s Thesis (3)

Supervised independent research study. Ongoing research must be presented at the Annual Psychology Student Research Forum. The proposal and completed study must be formally presented to the faculty. Offered with the credit/no credit option only. Co-requisite: PSY 507. (Fall)

PSY 729 Continuous Registration (1)

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