Master of Science in Clinical-Counseling Psychology Course Descriptions

BRIEF COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Required Classes (33 Hours)

PSYC 7100 Intellectual Assessment (4 hrs.): A combination of lectures and supervised practical experiences on conducting psychological evaluations. Primary emphasis on the administration, scoring and interpretation of traditional and process oriented intellectual measures. Additional training on clinical interview and report writing skills as well as functional mastering of selected psychometric instruments.

PSYC 7110 Personality Assessment (4 hrs.): An introduction to the theory, administration, and interpretation of personality assessment instruments, with primary emphasis on objective measures. Open only to advanced students with adequate background in psychological measurement and theory of personality.

PSYC 7200 Psychopathology (3 hrs.): Overview of formal psychopathology classification systems across the life span with emphasis on the integration of multivariate, empirical approaches, and medical and psychological models. The course is designed to familiarize students with evolving information such as criteria, co-morbidity rates, and issues of differential diagnosis accrued from the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, and the developmental psychopathology literature. Case studies will be used to illustrate diagnostic issues.

PSYC 7400 Counseling Theories and Practice (3 hrs.): Introduction to major theoretical approaches to counseling and psychotherapy. Theories of personality and the causes of mental illness and emotional distress will be reviewed as frameworks for intervention. Specific case examples will illustrate applications of theory to professional practice.

PSYC 7450 Group Counseling (3 hrs.): Group dynamics and their importance in the counseling process and counseling outcome are studied. Emphasis is given to the application of various counseling and psychotherapeutic approaches within the group setting.

PSYC 7470 Counseling Culturally Diverse Populations (3 hrs.): Survey of the cultural context of relationships, issues, and trends in a multicultural and diverse society. Emphasis placed on a knowledge base related to theory, techniques and skills utilized in working with culturally diverse populations.

PSYC 7900 Prepracticum (3 hrs.): Advanced course in counseling and psychotherapeutic approaches emphasizing skill development. Extensive role playing in dyads and groups will be critiqued. Basic attending, empathy, and relationship skills will be emphasized as well as specific techniques such as desensitization, contracting, and role reversal.

PSYC 7971/7972 Clinical/Counseling Psychology Practicum I, II (two semesters, two credits each; 4 total hrs.)

PSYC 8000 Research Design (3 hrs.): Design of experimental and correlational research, using univariate, bivariate, and multivariate techniques.

PSYC 8800 Legal and Ethical Issues in Psychology (3 hrs.): Review of legal and ethical dilemmas and decisions faced in psychological practice, including research, assessment, teaching, therapeutic intervention, consultation, and court testimony. Emphasis will be placed on a review of professional guidelines and the process of ethical decision-making.

Electives (12 hours required)

PSYC7120 Academic and Behavioral Assessment (4 hrs.): Advanced intensive study of the administration and interpretation of individual academic and behavioral assessment instruments with attention to multimethod, multisource, and multisetting methodologies; emphasis on the measurement of change within individuals and system levels of intervention.

PSYC7420 Counseling Children and Adolescents (3 hrs.):  Theories, methods, and techniques of psychotherapy with children. Emphasis will be placed on a multidimensional view of intervention with children, giving attention to developmental, cognitive, behavioral, affective, organic, educational, social, and environmental issues.

PSYC 7500 Consultation Theory and Practice (3 hrs.): An introduction to consultation and collaboration. Effective development of indirect intervention strategies employed by human services workers will be reviewed in this course.

PSYC7670 Social Psychology (3 hrs.): Integration of classic and contemporary theories, research, and application relating groups, organizations, culture, and society to individual behavior.

PSYC7820 Career Counseling (3 hrs.): An introduction to the theories of career choice and to human development processes which influence career choice. Emphasis is placed on the nature and use of educational and occupational information in assisting individuals to explore the world of work and develop meaningful career plans. The course includes lab experiences consisting of administering scoring and interpreting career inventories. Students also learn about computer assisted career development including the Georgia Career Information System. Open as an elective to all graduate majors.

PSYC8150 Behavioral Health Care Systems (3 hrs.):  Develops knowledge and skills concerning the behavioral health care of school aged youth with severe emotional disorders, including the conceptual, philosophical, operational, structural and procedural mechanisms commonly associated with system-level service coordination and delivery.

PSYC8200 Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (3 hrs.): An intensive study of formal psychopathology classification systems of infants, children, and adolescents with emphasis on multivariate or empirical approaches, medical models, and an integration of both. The course is designed to familiarize students with evolving information such as criteria, co-morbidity rates, and differential issues accrued from the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, developmental psychopathology literature, and research related to public laws governing special education. Case studies will be used to illustrate diagnostic issues.

PSYC8250 Developmental Psychology (3 hrs.):  The course is designed to acquaint the student with life span developmental problems, milestones, achievements, and social influences from a psychological perspective. Topics will include, but not be limited to, theory, research methods, biosocial influences, cognition, language, motivation, personality, and socialization processes.

PSYC8400 Special Topics in Applied Psychology (3 hrs.): Introduction to current advanced topics within the fields of applied psychology. Emphasis will be placed on specific content areas and applications.

PSYC8610 Behavior Modification (3 hrs.):  The study of changes in human motivation, adjustment, and achievement as a function of the systematic application of principles derived from operant, respondent, and social learning theories. The student will be trained in defining, observing and recording behavior in various environments. Techniques of behavior therapy will be illustrated. Although there is an applied emphasis, a general knowledge of learning theory is recommended.

PSYC8999 Thesis (3 hrs.)