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Graduate Course Descriptions

​PSY 502 Descriptive & Inferential Behavioral Statistics – Three semester hours.  Methods of statistics; the meaning and importance of statistics as a scientific tool in social science research, including the following topics: sampling, frequency distributions, central tendency, graphic representation, reliabilities, hypothesis testing, standard deviation, regression, estimation, and application.

PSY 507 Intro to Rehabilitation – Three semester hours.
This course includes basic principles of rehabilitation; history of rehabilitation philosophy and legislation; rehabilitation counseling ethics; and disability conditions. Organizational structure of the vocational rehabilitation system, including public, private-for-profit, and not-for-profit service settings; laws and ethical standards affecting rehabilitation counseling practice, with examples of their application; and societal issues, trends, and developments as they relate to rehabilitation and job placement in the world of work.

PSY 508 Job Development and Placement – Three semester hours.
This course relates the psychological meaning of work, the vocational development theories of occupational choice, and labor market information to current methods of job development, selective placement and follow-up with workers who are disabled.


PSY 509 Vocational Assessment – Three semester hours.
This course is designed to provide students with an overview of vocational evaluation and assessment, work adjustment, personal-social adjustment, and independent living services for persons with disabilities and special needs primarily as they are applied in rehabilitation facilities.


PSY 510 Rehabilitation High and Low Technology – Three semester hours.
This course provides an overview of high and low technology focused on adaptive and assistive rehabilitation technology, including aids for daily living. This technology will assist individuals with disabilities to achieve their maximum potential, and provide training to students interested in gaining expertise in the use of technology while working with people with disabilities across the human lifespan.


PSY 512  Adolescent Psychology – Three semester hours.
Study of the age period between 12 and 19.  Physical, social, and psychological development during this period will be investigated.  The overlapping of several theoretical orientations will be integrated.


PSY 514 Advanced Developmental Psychology – Three semester hours.
Study of the physical, mental, emotional and social growth of the individual and their relation to the learning process.


PSY 515 Experimental Psychology – Three semester hours.
Scientific investigation of motor learning, verbal learning, psychophysics, and individual differences.


PSY 516 Physiological Psychology – Three semester hours.
A functional investigation of basic neural and endocrine processes and their correlation with behavior.


PSY 530 Individual & Family Therapy – Three semester hours.
Application of major theoretical approaches and models of treating individuals and families with problems.


PSY 555 Personality Theory – Three semester hours.
Major theories of psychology and counseling, their tenants of personality development, psychopathological personality development, and therapeutic intervention.


PSY 556 Group Dynamics - Three semester hours.
Basic understanding of group development, dynamics, and counseling theories; group structure, group leadership styles, and group counseling methods and skills. (Prerequisite:  PSY 559)


PSY 557 Organization and Administration of Guidance Services–Three semester hours.  Lectures, case methods, reading demonstration projects, group processes, and individual work used to explore the philosophy of guidance services, functions, and programs.


PSY 558 Use and Interpretation of Tests – Three semester hours.
Methods of selecting appropriate group tests, understanding of individual tests and clinical reports, and application of testing results to learning situations.


PSY 559 Counseling/Techniques – Three semester hours.
Intensive study of basic theories and techniques of counseling and psychotherapy, and their application in the counseling and psychotherapy settings. (Prerequisite: PSY 555)


PSY 560 Occupational Psychology – Three semester hours.
Study of basic career development theories.  Occupational and educational information sources and systems; career decision-making and leisure counseling; career development and effectiveness evaluation.


PSY 561 Individual Testing – Three semester hours.
An intensive study of the construction, administration, and scoring of the Stanford-Binet, the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale, and the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children. (Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor)


PSY 563 Learning Theory – Three semester hours.
A study of the various learning theories and their application in counseling and education.


PSY 564 Independent Study – Three semester hours.
The student with the major advisor may elect to study a particular problem area of breadth and depth of knowledge. A research paper is required as a product outcome of such study.


PSY 571 Abnormal Psychology – Three semester hours.
Study of behavioral disorders classified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.


PSY 585 Research in Psychology – Three semester hours.

The design of research studies in psychology and guidance. The student designs a study and carries it out under the supervision of the instructor. Reports of research done by the student are read and evaluated by the instructor and suggestions are made as to their improvement. (Prerequisite: PSY 502)


PSY 587 Cognitive Behavior Psychology – Three semester hours.

The design of research studies in psychology and guidance. The student designs a study and carries it out under the supervision of the instructor. Reports of research done by the student are read and evaluated by the instructor and suggestions are made as to their improvement. (Prerequisite:  PSY 502)


PSY 590 Personality Assessment – Three semester hours.
Develop assessment capabilities of the student in the clinical setting and provide a basis for the clinical intervention in the patient’s emotional.


PSY 591 Psychosocial Aspects –Three semester hours.
Testing and assessment of the functional capacities of individuals with disabilities and appropriate intervention resources including assertive technology as appropriate; psychosocial aspects of selected disabilities to include alcoholism, chemical substance abuse, developmental delays, mental retardation, and mentally and emotionally disturbed. Issues to be addressed will include the impact of disability on the individual, family, and personal, social and cultural adjustment to life, and litigated disability cases. The administration of tests, test selection, test scoring & limitations as well as interpretation of test results, and resources for assessment will be a consideration.


PSY 592 Professional Orientation/Issues - Three semester hours.
An introduction to the professional practice of psychology and counseling, including a broad survey of issues such as its history and trends, ethical and legal standards,

preparation standards and credentialing, roles and functions, goals and objectives and organizations and associations of the profession.


PSY 594 Advanced Educational Psychology – Three semester hours.
This course provides an exploration of the principles of psychology applied to teaching and learning, techniques of educational evaluation, and models of cognitive and social development.


PSY 595 Counseling Diverse Populations – Three semester hours.
Emphasis on developing knowledge, skills, and attitudes for more effective counseling with persons different from the counselor regarding characteristics such as cultural race, gender, sexual orientation, physical disability, and religious preference. Substantial attention is given to developing awareness of one’s own values, attitudes, and beliefs  as they relate to counseling in a diverse society. Provides an understanding of how diverse values and morals, interaction patterns, social conditions, and trends related to diversity affect counseling.


PSY 597 Practicum – Three semester hours.
The goal of practicum is to provide students with a supervised counseling experience in individual and group counseling. Emphasis will be placed on basic counseling skills and application of knowledge. (Prerequisite:  PSY 559)


PSY 599 Master Thesis – Six semester hours.
The presentation in proper format of an original piece of research. Four faculty members shall guide the student in the completion of the thesis.


PSY 602 Industrial Psychology – Three semester hours.
Psychology as a functioning instrument in ascertaining work attitudes, motivations, job satisfaction, morale, production, potential, fitting the workers to the job, and establishing worker-employer rapport.


PSY 603 Introduction to School Psychology – Three semester hours.
An introduction of the psychologist to the school setting. The cognitive role will be a major focus of attention.


PSY 605 Psychopharmacology – Three semester hours.
Course designed to acquaint non-medical mental health professionals (counselors, social workers, and psychologist) with the category and therapeutic effects of drugs used to treat behavioral disorders, as well as the adverse effects of both prescribed and major illicit drugs.


PSY 607 Human Sexuality – Three semester hours.
An intensive study of the physiological, psychological, sociological, and ethical considerations of human sexuality.


PSY 610 Psychopathology – Three semester hours.
Acquaints the student with the behavioral disorders in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, and the gathering of clinical and psychometric data to make differential diagnoses.


PSY 612 School Counseling Internship – Three semester hours.
This placement is in a school setting consistent  with  the  intern’s  major  area  of  concentration. The school’s philosophy, organization, and yearly calendar of counseling or activities will be stressed. Academic, as personal-social counseling and vocational exploration, will be emphasized.


PSY 616 Internship in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling –Three semester hours.  Supervised graduate internship in rehabilitation counseling.


PSY 617 Internship in Rehabilitation Counseling – Three semester hours.
Supervised graduate internship in rehabilitation counseling.


PSY 618 School Psychometry Internship – Three semester hours.
Satisfactory performance as a school psychometrist in a full-time internship of the equivalent in a school or schools supervised by a qualified school psychologist. (Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor)


PSY 620 & 621 Counseling Internship – Six semester hours.
The first practicum experience is designed to acquaint the student with the working environment.  Emphasis is on the acquisition of procedural skills in the work environment. The student is expected to learn the procedures for intake and case openings and the record keeping procedure, and to know all of the services of the comprehensive mental health clinic, as well as to be cooperative in carrying out assigned tasks. (Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor)


PSY 622 & 623 Clinical Internship –– Six semester hours.
The student is expected to learn the procedures for intake and case openings and the record keeping procedure, and to know all of the services of the comprehensive mental health clinic, as well as to be cooperative in carrying out assigned tasks. The student is expected to be a front-line therapist, utilizing the therapeutic techniques called for by the history and present symptoms. (Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor)


PSY 625 Personnel Psychology – Three semester hours.
The principles of employee selection, retention, promotion, and compensation are covered in this course.


PSY 626 Seminar in Personnel Psychology – Three semester hours.
This course seeks to cover all aspects of the personnel administrator’s job. Topics covered include affirmative action, health care compensation packages, career ladder concepts, profit sharing, in-house educational programs, and company recreation programs.


PSY 627 Organizational Psychology – Three semester hours.
Beginning and development of organizations and the role they play in society.  It utilizes a systems approach to understanding the dynamics of an on-going organization.


PSY 645 Internship in School Psychology – Three semester hours.
Supervised experiences in the school in actual professional situations as a school psychologist.


PSY 653 Counseling the Elderly – Three semester hours.
A study of the unique needs of the elderly as seen in therapy. Specific techniques that have been tried and evaluated for their appropriateness with the elderly will be studied.


PSY 660 Consultation – Three semester hours.
Strategy for counselors functioning as consultants within elementary schools, secondary schools, post-secondary schools, community agencies, and mental health facilities.


PSY 661 Needs Assessment – Three semester hours.
Various uses of needs assessment, such as personal environment, program planning and evaluation, and exploration of various models of needs assessment.


PSY 665 Seminar in Psychology – Three semester hours.
Seminar designed to meet the educational needs of current students in Psychology and Guidance.  Subjects of contemporary interest will be explored in depth by students and reported to the class. (Open to AA students only)


PSY 682 Problems in Counseling with Adolescents – Three semester hours. Consideration of the special problems encountered in counseling with adolescents.  Methods of dealing with these problems and improving the counseling techniques will be explored. (open to AA students only)


PSY 683 Problems in the Administration of Guidance Services – Three semester hours.

Dealing with the problem of administering a guidance service in educational or community agencies.  Problems of leadership program evaluation and planning.  (Prerequisite:  Course in Organization and Administration of Guidance Services. Open to AA students only)


PSY 686 Advanced Social Psychology – Three semester hours.
Group structure, topology, and dynamics. Communications within and between people and the improvement of impaired relationships. Group influence in changing behavior.


PSY 698 Field Research – Three semester hours.
A quasi-experimental research project designed to evaluate or develop programs in schools.  A research design and methodology must be approved as well as data analysis and techniques.


PSY 699 Research Thesis/Project – Three semester hours.
An original research of sufficient magnitude to warrant the conclusion that candidates show evidence of mastery of research tools, techniques, and understanding.


SPE 554 Medical Aspects– Three semester hours.
This course provides an orientation to the medical profession and related rehabilitation professions. Discussion of body systems and functions, malfunctions and common physiological and diagnostic treatments and rehabilitative procedures as well as implications of disabilities within the overall scope of the rehabilitative process including: rehabilitation considerations, vocational implications, clinical manifestations and functional limitations will be discussed including all major areas of client information. The course includes synthesis of client information; rehabilitation plan development; knowledge of service delivery; identification of community, state, and local community resources, initiating, managing, and tracking individual clients.


SPE 555 Case Management for Rehabilitation– Three semester hours.
The case management process is taught, including case finding, service coordination, referral to and utilization of other disciplines, and client advocacy; planning for the provision of independent living services and vocational rehabilitation services; identification and use of community resources and services in rehabilitation planning and report writing.