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    PSYC 801 Research Methods in Psychology  3 s.h.

    The design, statistical analysis, and report of laboratory experiments will be studied. Prerequisite: Permission.

    PSYC 802 Clinical Research Methods  3 s.h.

    Introduction to data analysis techniques and methodological problems commonly encountered in clinical research. Methods appropriate for single subjects as well as groups are explored. Prerequisites: PSYC 801, PSYC 841.

    PSYC 803 Evaluation Research  3 s.h.

    Introduction to the methodological issues involved in validly assessing the effectiveness of intervention programs relevant to psychology (e.g., human service programs), including a consideration of how the results of evaluation research can be used to improve such programs. Students will participate in either actual or simulated evaluation research projects. Prerequisites: Permission, PSYC 801 or equivalent.

    PSYC 810 Historical Trends in Psychology  3 s.h.

    Comprehensive overview of historical antecedents of contemporary psychology with emphasis on their implications for future developments in the field. Prerequisite: Permission.

    PSYC 811 Teaching of Psychology  3 s.h.

    Basic dimensions of the teaching process are discussed, including course planning and structure, developing and presenting lectures, using alternative pedagogical techniques, evaluating student performance, addressing issues of diversity in the classroom, etc. Skill-practice in these areas is emphasized. Prerequisite: Permission.

    PSYC 830 Methods of Intervention I  3 s.h.

    Introduction to what makes psychotherapy and psychotherapists effective. Didactive training in conceptualization skills, relation building skills, and effective communication skills. Prerequisite: Permission.

    PSYC 831 Methods of Intervention II  3 s.h.

    Emphasizes case conceptualization and treatment planning from traditional as well as transtheoretical psychological perspectives. Exposes students to cutting-edge issues in providing effective psychotherapy. Prerequisites: Permission, PSYC 830.

    PSYC 832 Therapeutic Techniques Lab  3 s.h.

    This course presents didactic and experiential training in tactics of achieving insight, emotional awareness, emotional escalation or reduction, cognitive-perceptual change, and behavior change for use in individual psychotherapy. Prerequisites: PSYC 830 or equivalent, simultaneous enrollment in PSYC 831, Permission.

    PSYC 833 Clinical Group Techniques  3 s.h.

    Provides instruction and experience in a variety of group techniques. Includes lectures, demonstrations, and participation in group exercises useful in the clinical psychology profession. Prerequisite: Permission.

    PSYC 834 Family Therapy  3 s.h.

    Introduction to family and marital therapy. Both system theory approaches and behavioral approaches will be considered. Process and outcome research will be reviewed. Prerequisite: Permission.

    PSYC 835 Advanced Psychopathology  3 s.h.

    An in-depth study of the description, causes, and treatment of behaviors considered abnormal by our society. The course integrates and extends previous materials in abnormal behavior, assessment, therapy, research methodology, and professional practice. Prerequisites: Previous undergraduate course in Abnormal Psychology, Permission.

    PSYC 836 Personality Theory and Systems of Psychology  3 s.h.

    Several major personality theories are reviewed in a comparative manner with emphasis placed upon issues such as the assumptions about the basic nature of man, personality development, normal and pathological development, and philosophy of treatment for each theory. Prerequisite: Permission.

    PSYC 841 Psychological Assessment I  3 s.h.

    Beginning course in theoretical issues and development of skills in assessing psychological functioning and in report writing. Beginning emphasis is placed on intellectual assessment followed by the development of an increasing variety of assessment tools. Prerequisite: Permission.

    PSYC 842 Psychological Assessment II  3 s.h.

    Continuation of PSYC 841 with increased emphasis on development of skills in areas of objective and projective tests, behavioral observations, and self-report measures and other assessment techniques. Prerequisites: PSYC 841, Permission.

    PSYC 852 Models of Learning  3 s.h.

    Applications of learning theory principles in changing maladaptive behavior both on the individual and group units. Prerequisite: Permission.

    PSYC 856 Drugs and Behavior  3 s.h.

    Introduction to various aspects of drugs and behavior. Includes exploration of factors influencing drug effects, problems in drug research, therapeutic use of drugs, legal use and abuse of drugs, and social aspects of drug experiences. Prerequisite: Permission.

    PSYC 853 Issues in Developmental Psychology  3 s.h.

    The processes and structures of lifespan development are studied. Cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development are explored, emphasizing the interactive effects of the person’s environment, developmental level, and psychological state. Prerequisite: Permission.

    PSYC 855 Racial, Cultural, and Gender Issues in Psychology  3 s.h.

    The operation of cultural, racial, and gender issues in the theory, research, and practice of psychology is examined. The ways in which a psychologist’s own culture, race, and gender may influence professional practice are explored. Prerequisite: None.

    PSYC 857 Clinical Neuropsychology  3 s.h.

    The study of the relationship between human brain dysfunction and abnormal behavior. Includes assessment techniques used to diagnose brain damage. Prerequisite: Permission.

    PSYC 858 Advanced Social Psychology  3 s.h.

    Advanced survey of the relationship between the social environment and human behavior. Topics include social influence, attitude formation and change, attribution and social cognition, interpersonal attraction, aggression, altruism, small group interaction, and environmental psychology. Prerequisite: Permission.

    PSYC 860 Child Clinical I  3 s.h.

    Introduction to how the process of development influences what is considered normal and abnormal with an emphasis on human diversity. Familiarizes students with the research literature relevant to, and the clinical characteristics of, the major disorders of childhood. Prerequisite: Permission.

    PSYC 861 Psychology and Medicine I  3 s.h.

    The area of health psychology and its role in behavioral medicine are introduced. Psychophysiology, which provides much of the foundation for health psychology, is studied through readings, lectures, and hands-on-experiences with psychophysiological recording equipment. Prerequisite: Permission.

    PSYC 920 Professional Issues and Ethics  3 s.h.

    An examination of professional problems in the field of clinical psychology.  Includes topics such as training philosophies, licensure, legal issues such as involuntary commitment and expert witness, ethical standards, and professional organizations. Prerequisite: Permission.

    The course concerns current family therapy theories and methods with an emphasis on brief, problem-focused models of assessment and interaction. Integrative approaches and family systems consultation also will be considered. Prerequisites: PSYC 834 or its equivalent.

    PSYC 943 Psychological Assessment III  3 s.h.

    Continuation of PSYC 842 with emphasis on nontraditional assessment methods such as family observations, mental status rating, and social skills assessment. Topics in clinical judgment and inference, combination of assessment data, and report writing are covered. Prerequisites: PSYC 842 or Permission.

    PSYC 960 Advanced Psychotherapy with Children  3 s.h.

    Introduction to the major theories and techniques used by therapists in the field of clinical child psychology. Familiarizes students with how the process of development influences what techniques will be maximally effective with children of different ages. Prerequisite: Permission.

    PSYC 961 Psychology and Medicine II  3 s.h.

    The roles of psychological and environmental variables in the development, maintenance, and recovery from disease are studied. Approaches to studying relationships between stress, coping, and disease are emphasized. Prerequisite: PSYC 861. 

    PSYC 962 Clinical Hypnosis 3 s.h.

    This course involves an in-depth study of theory, research, and the clinical practice of hypnosis. Prerequisites: PSYC 830, PSYC 835 or their equivalent, and Permission.

    PSYC 971 Family Clinic  1-6 s.h.

    Students will be assigned clients of the Family Clinic. All therapy will be carried out under the supervision of the instructor. A team training model will be used, wherein students will observe the work of their peers and participate in pre-session and post-session conferences. Prerequisites: Course work in family therapy, successful supervised clinical experience, and permission of the instructor.

    PSYC 972 Stress and Habit Disorders Clinic  1-6 s.h.

    This course is a seminar/clinic in the assessment and treatment of stress and habit disorders. Clients are assigned to students from the Stress and Habit Disorders Clinic. This course is available for variable credit and for repeated enrollment. Prerequisites: PSYC 831, PSYC 835 or their equivalent, and Permission.

    PSYC 973 Assessment Clinic  1-6 s.h.

    Students will be assigned clients from the Assessment Clinic. Emphasis is placed on skill development in interviewing, administration, and scoring of psychological assessment instruments, writing of reports, consultation with referral sources, and supervision. A team training model is used with close supervision by the instructor. The course is available for variable credit and for repeated enrollment. Prerequisites: PSYC 841, PSYC 948 or their equivalent, and Permission.

    PSYC 974 Special Projects/Intake Clinic  1-6 s.h.

    Students participate in specialized clinical activities. Specific methods of assessment, intervention, and consultation vary according to the special clinical project. Available for variable credit and repeated enrollment. Prerequisite: PSYC831, PSYC 842, PSYC 832, or their equivalents and instructor permission.

    PSYC 993 Advanced Psychological Practicum  1-6 s.h.

    Provides supervised experience in applied settings. Prerequisite: Permission; variable credit depending on setting.

    PSYC 994 Internship  3 s.h.

    An in-depth supervised experience designed to assure a professional level of competence in several skill areas and to assist in developing an identity as a health care professional. May be taken full-time for twelve months or half-time for twenty-four months. Prerequisite: Permission.

    PSYC 995 Doctoral Project (Dissertation)  3-9 s.h.

    A culminating scholarly activity requiring the mastery of an area of professional interest. It requires a review of relevant literature and the collection and analysis of data. An oral presentation of the proposal and an oral defense of the finished project are required.