Psychology

PSYC 5311 (3-3-0) Professional Orientation: Legal and Ethical Issues in Psychology and Counseling

A study of the ethical guidelines, principles, and laws that govern the practice of psychology and counseling in a professional setting, including the examination of the moral philosophy underlying ethical decision-making, records management, business/family law, and the application of professional codes.

Requisites: Undergraduate general psychology course.

Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

PSYC 5312 (3-3-0) Counseling Theories and Techniques

(COUN 5312)

A study of the philosophical and theoretical foundations of the helping process, focusing on selected theories and techniques of counseling as applied to normal and abnormal human behavior. An integration of the Christian worldview with counseling theory and techniques is emphasized.

Requisites: PSYC 1301.

Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer, Online periodically.

PSYC 5313 (3-3-0) Group Counseling Methods

(COUN 5313)

An experiential study of group counseling theories and techniques. Leadership roles, stages of group development, and member responsibilities are explored. Ethical and legal issues related to group interventions are discussed. Open only to students in the Master of Arts in Professional Counseling, Master of Arts in Psychology, Master of Education in School Counseling, and the accelerated B.A./B.S. in Psychology/M.A. in Professional Counseling Programs.

Requisites: None.

Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

PSYC 5314 (3-3-0) Lifespan Human Development

(COUN 5314)

An advanced study in developmental psychology with an emphasis on physical, cognitive, social, emotional, sexual, personality, and spiritual development from conception to death within the context of basic theories of development, as they relate to counseling processes and strategies.

Requisites: None.

Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer, Online periodically.

PSYC 5315 (3-3-0) Psychological Assessment I

In this first semester of a two-semester sequence on psychological assessment, students will be educated in issues of psychometric testing including reliability, validity, identifying and selecting test instruments, interpreting norm-referenced and criterion-referenced test scores, test construction, fairness and bias, and elements of standardization. In addition, this course will introduce legal/ethical issues pertaining to assessment, and the procedure of assessment within clinical, workplace, and education settings including the introduction of Cross Battery Assessment. The methodology, with and without technology, of interviews, observation, standardized tests, self-report measures, physiological or psychophysiological measurement devices, and other specialized procedures and apparatuses will be researched and reviewed.

Requisites: Undergraduate course in statistics for social science.

Offered: Fall.

PSYC 5316 (3-3-0) Research Methods

(COUN 5316)

A study of the scientific method of social and psychological research in order to aid the student in understanding the theoretical bases of scientific research. The student will develop a working knowledge of the research methods and problems associated with doing human research. The student will gain the ability to recognize both excellent and poor quality research and research methods.

Requisites: Undergraduate statistics.

Offered: Fall, Spring.

PSYC 5317 (3-3-0) Counseling Culturally Diverse Clients

(COUN 5317)

A study of selected cultural groups, with emphasis on developing knowledge, skills, and attitudes for more effective counseling with persons from diverse backgrounds. Substantial attention is given to developing awareness of one's own values, attitudes, and beliefs as they relate to counseling in a diverse society, with a focus on the commonalities of individuals as created in the image of God.

Requisites: None.

Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer, Online periodically.

PSYC 5318 (3-3-0) Basic Counseling Skills

(COUN 5318)

This course will provide the experiential foundation for all practicum and internship experiences. Students learn communication and interpersonal skills and counseling techniques of counseling under faculty supervision. Students will also examine their intrapersonal issues and relational styles. Open only to students in the Master of Arts in Professional Counseling and Master of Arts in Psychology programs.

Requisites: None.

Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

PSYC 6000 (0-0-0) LPA Review Course

This is a self-directed study that prepares students to take the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP). Students must achieve the specified passing score of 75% or better on the last mock exam in order to receive credit (CR) for the course. The mock exam may be retaken until the appropriate score is achieved. The score will be submitted to the MA in Psychology program director. Graduation requires a satisfactory score on the comprehensive exam.

Requisites: None.

Offered: Fall, Spring.

PSYC 6310 (3-3-0) Career Counseling and Lifestyle Development

(COUN 6310)

A study of theories of vocational choice, the process of career and lifestyle decision making, and sources of occupational information including use of the Internet.

Requisites: None.

Offered: Fall, Spring.

PSYC 6311 (3-3-0) Addictive and Compulsive Disorders

(COUN 6311)

An introduction to the nature of current drugs of choice and how they are being abused. A survey of the addictive and compulsive behavior patterns associated with alcohol/drug abuse, eating disorders, compulsive sexual behaviors, and compulsive gambling practices. An in-depth study of treatment for addictive disorders will be included.

Requisites: PSYC 5312 or COUN 5312.

Offered: Spring, Summer.

PSYC 6312 (3-3-0) Psychopathology I

(COUN 6312)

This course involves a study of psychopathology to aid the student in understanding problems of definition and classification of abnormal human behavior; development of skill in making diagnoses; a working knowledge of the diagnostic categories in the DSM-5; an understanding of the varying philosophies relative to diagnosis and treatment of abnormal behavior, and a review of psychopharmacology related to specific disorders. The student will gain an appreciation of the interaction of Christian belief systems with a view of normal and abnormal behavior.

Requisites: COUN 5310, 5312, or PSYC 5311, 5312.

Offered: Fall.

PSYC 6313 (3-3-0) Psychopathology II

(COUN 6313)

This course is a continuation of Psychopathology I, which involves a study of psychopathology to aid the student in understanding problems of definition and classification of abnormal human behavior; development of skill in making diagnoses; a working knowledge of the diagnostic categories in the DSM-5; an understanding of the varying philosophies relative to diagnosis and treatment of abnormal behavior, and a review of psychopharmacology related to specific disorders. The student will gain an appreciation of the interaction of Christian belief systems with a view of normal and abnormal behavior.

Requisites: COUN 5310, 5312, or PSYC 5311, 5312.

Offered: Spring.

PSYC 6314 (3-3-0) Marriage and Family Counseling

(COUN 6314)

This course provides an overview of the field of family therapy. The concepts of marriage and family therapy are examined. Students will view films of family therapy sessions, explore their own family dynamics, and participate in learning experiences that will help them develop a theory of doing marriage and family counseling.

Requisites: None.

Offered: Fall, Spring, Alternating long winters, Online periodically.

PSYC 6315 (3-3-0) Theological Perspectives in Christian Counseling

(COUN 6315)

A survey of the theological foundations of Christian counseling. An investigation of the integration of counseling and theology will include discussion of spiritual health, prayer, Scripture, sin, confession, forgiveness, and redemption, particularly as related to the counseling process.

Requisites: COUN 5312 or PSYC 5312.

Offered: Fall, Spring.

PSYC 6316 (3-3-0) Advanced Counseling Methods and Crisis Intervention

(COUN 6316)

An introduction to screening, identification, and resolution of situations with the potential for crisis. A study of more elaborate methods and techniques designed to differentiate and target problem areas. Includes practice counseling of simulated crises, intakes, and treatment planning.

Requisites: COUN 5310, 5312, or PSYC 5311, 5312.

Offered: Spring.

PSYC 6317 (3-3-0) Cognitive Psychology

In this course, students will learn the intricacies of the field of cognitive psychology. Students will be provided learning opportunities about the branch of psychology that explores the operation of mental processes related to perceiving, attending, thinking, language, and memory, mainly through inferences from behavior.

Requisites: PSYC 5311.

Offered: Fall, Spring.

PSYC 6318 (3-3-0) Neuropsychology

A study of the biological and neural bases of behavior and how they relate to behavior and cognition, in terms both of their normal function and of the dysfunctional processes including brain damage. The neuroanatomical, neurophysiological, and neurochemical structures and processes that impact mental health and disorders will be specifically addressed along with the intertwining of genetic and environmental influences.

Requisites: PSYC 5311, PSYC 6317.

Offered: Spring.

PSYC 6319 (3-3-0) Psychological Assessment II

In this course, students will be provided a thorough tutelage in conducting of psychological assessment, including but not limited to intellectual, personality, aptitude, projective and neuropsychological designs, and across the lifespan. Students will have the opportunity to administer, score, interpret, and report findings of standardized and non-standardized educational and psychological assessment completed in individual and group settings.

Requisites: PSYC 5315 Psychological Assessment I.

Offered: Spring.

PSYC 6321 (3-3-0) Psychology Internship I (S-L)

This course involves supervised delivery of direct psychological services at an approved agency or practice site. Students are evaluated on a wide range of professional criteria which includes analysis of taped sessions, and seminar discussions of psychological assessments and techniques utilized during the Psychological Internship experience. A minimum grade of B must be earned in order to progress to the Psychology Internship II course. This course contains a field-based service-learning component.

Requisites: Course taken at the end of the MAP Program.

Offered: Fall, Spring.

PSYC 6322 (3-3-0) Psychology Internship II (S-L)

This course is a continuation of the internship experience for students which involves supervised delivery of direct psychological services at an approved agency or practice site. Students are evaluated on a wide range of professional criteria which includes analysis of taped sessions, and seminar discussions of psychological assessments and techniques utilized during the Psychological Internship II experience. A minimum grade of B must be earned in order to complete the Internship II course. This course contains a field-based service-learning component.

Requisites: PSYC 6321. Course is taken at the end of the MAP Program.

Offered: Fall, Spring.