Applied Psychology Courses Fall 2003


PYC 667
Child & Family Counseling

Competency Area: Social Systems Assessment & Intervention Strategies
Restricted to CP II and SA/AC II students; others by written permission of Program Director attached to or on registration form.
Prerequisite: Completion of CP I courses and CP I practicum/internship

This course is designed to introduce the student to the theory and practice of marriage/relationship/family counseling with an emphasis on families in which the child is the identified client. Marriage/relationship/family therapy approaches and effective models of child treatment within this context will be addressed, integrating models of child and family development and methods for working with larger systems, such as schools and social services. Content areas also include development and assessment in infants and young children, ADD and PTSD, custody/visitation issues, prevention, “difference” (e.g., disabilities, ethnicity, non-traditional families), and abuse, and the impact of these issues on the marriage/relationship and family context.

Section A: Bill Griffith
Time: Tuesdays, 9:00 – 11:30 am
Maximum: 18
Credits: 3


PY 648A
Couples Therapy from a Systemic Perspective

Competency Area: Social Systems Assessment & Intervention Strategies
Restricted to MFT II students.
Special written permission required for CP II students to enroll as a PYC equivalent.
Prerequisite: Completion of MFT I courses.

Students will be exposed to the integration of theory and research (forming a knowledge base) with practice and procedure (forming a repertoire) of working with couples. As well, students will explore some of the major discussions and realities of the coupling process. Special attention will be given to issues of sexuality and lifespan development on problems that couples present.

Section A: TBA
Time: Tuesdays, 4:00 – 6:30 pm
Maximum: 24
Credits: 3


PY 558B
Dance/Movement Therapy with Children & Adolescents

Competency Area: Behavioral Science Foundations
Required of and Restricted to DMT II students; others by written permission of the Program Director attached to or on registration form.
Special permission required for CP II students to enroll as a PYC equivalent.

This course will present a theoretical and experiential exploration of several specific areas of child and adolescent development, examining how each area is interrelated and interdependent. Attention will be given to dance/movement therapy approaches with specialized populations of children and adolescents.

Section A: Nathan Schappin
Time: Wednesdays, 1:00 – 3:30 pm
Maximum: 20
Credits: 3


PY 580
Expressive Arts Therapy I

Competency Area: Individual Assessment & Intervention Strategies
Required of and Priority to DMT II students; open to CP II and SA/AC II students as a PYC equivalent; others by written permission of Program Director attached to or on registration form.
Prerequisite: Completion of CP I or DMT I courses.

This course focuses on the clinical use of creativity and imagination through the arts (body-movement, drama art, poetry, journaling, music, sound and sand play) for assessment, counseling and transformation. Individual and group work with diverse developmental and diagnostic populations will be addressed. Multiple theoretical frameworks are woven together and applied through an actively experiential approach.

Section A: Kim Burden
Time: Tuesdays, 4:00 – 6:30 pm
Maximum: 20
Credits: 3


PYB 519
Family Life Development

Competency Area: Behavioral Science Foundations
Required of and Restricted to MFT I students; others by written permission of Program Director attached to or on registration form.

An overview of individual lifespan developmental theory and research is provided followed by a closer examination of individual development through childhood, adolescence, early, mid, and late adulthood. Emphasizing the relationship between individual development and the “typical” family life cycles, this course will focus on such issues as cognitive development, moral development, gender, sexuality, career development, adult transitions, aging and death. Through a sequence of didactic presentations and experiential learning, students will also examine their personal, family, and professional development.

Section A: Judy Davis
Time: Tuesdays, 4:00 – 6:30 pm
Maximum: 24
Credits: 3


PY 590A
Fundamentals of Therapeutic Interaction

Competency Area: Individual Assessment & Intervention Strategies
Required of and Restricted to DMT I and Fall 2003 entering CP, SA/AC students; others by written permission of Program Director attached to or on registration form.

This course is designed to help the beginning mental health professional acquire fundamental counseling skills. Theoretical approaches, including cognitive behavioral, systemic, humanistic, relational, and psychodynamic, will be introduced. Topics include counselor roles and ethics, the dimensions of contemporary mental health practice, and the multicultural counseling perspective. Students will also explore the particular interpersonal dynamics of helping relationships and develop self-in-role awareness. The course balances theory and practical learning through in-class counseling practice.

Section A: Ann McCloskey
Section B: Laura Copland
Section C: Dana Mann
Time: Wednesdays, 4:00 – 6:30 pm
Maximum: 15 per section
Credits: 3


PYG 603
Group Approaches to Mental Health Counseling

Competency Area: Group Assessment & Intervention Strategies
Required of and Restricted to CP I students; others by written permission of Program Director attached to or on registration form.
Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Therapeutic Interaction

This course is designed to help students gain a solid theoretical and practical knowledge of group dynamics, group development, and group leadership styles. Students will learn to observe and understand group process on a variety of levels. The course will give students the opportunity to practice group facilitation and will prepare them to work in various types of groups. The course will balance presentation, discussions and experiential learning in a group culture.

Section A: Molly Scott
Section B: TBA
Section C: Larry Ruhf
Time: Tuesdays, 12:45 – 3:15 pm
Maximum: 18 per section
Credits: 3


PYB 505
Human Development and Diversity

Competency Area: Behavioral Science Foundation
Required of and Restricted to DMT I and Fall 2003 entering CP, SA/AC students; others by written permission of Program Director attached to or on registration form.

This course will provide an overview of human development throughout the lifetime in the family, social and cultural context. The individual and family life cycles will be viewed as mutually interactive processes that are also affected by such factors as biology/genetics, gender, race, ethnicity, acculturation, religion, etc. The development of the individual will be traced chronologically through a survey of a select number of major theoretical approaches. The family and other factors influencing and generated by the individual