Applied Psychology Courses Fall 2004


PYC 652
Career/Lifestyle Development

Restricted to Applied Psychology students; others by written permission of Program Director attached to or on registration form.
Section A: Priority to SA/AC II students.
Section B: Priority to CP II students
Prerequisites: PY 590A, Fundamentals of Therapeutic Interaction and PYB 505, Human Development and Diversity, or equivalent.

This course will provide both the theoretical foundation and practical experience necessary to understand and foster career/life development in individual and group counseling settings. Topics include career and developmental theories; the elements and evaluation of life careers; administration and interpretation of career-related assessment instruments; and definition of the role, ethics and professional identity within the field of career development.

Sections A & B: Carlotta Willis
Time: Section A: Tuesdays, 9:00 – 11:30 am
Section B: Tuesdays, 4:00 – 6:30 pm
Maximum: 20 per section


PYC 667
Child & Family Counseling

Name Changed 07/23/04 to:

Family Therapy Approaches to Counseling Children
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 the family context will be addressed, integrating models of child and family development and methods for working with larger systems, such as schools and social services.

Section A: TBA
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 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 which couples present.

Section A: Mary McMahon
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 written permission required for CPII students to enroll as 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: Susan Loman
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 2004 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: Meg Connor
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: PY 590A, 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: Rick Toye
Section C: Larry Ruhf
Time: Tuesdays, 12:45 – 3:15 pm
Maximum: 15 per section
Credits: 3


PYB 505
Human Development and Diversity

Competency Area: Behavioral Science Foundation
Required of and Restricted to DMT I and Fall 2004 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 which 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’s developmental tasks will be explored concurrently.

Section A: Dottie Morris
Section B: Ann McCloskey
Section C: Rachel Becker-Klein
Time: Wednesdays, 1:00 – 3:30 pm
Maximum: 15 per section
Credits: 3


PYI 518
Human Sexuality and Sex Therapy

Competency Area: Individual Assessment and 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.

While systems thinking has greatly impacted couples treatment, it has only been given lip service in the field of sex therapy until the work of David Schnarch. This 3-credit course is especially designed to help systems-oriented students move beyond a