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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 Lifespan Development (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. (Spring)

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 DMS-IV 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 (Spring)

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 625 Advanced Personality (3)

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

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 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 (3,3)

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 (3,3)

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

PSY 729 Continuous Registration (1)

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

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