Applied Psychology Courses Fall 2005


PYI 545

Advanced Assessment and Intervention for Speech-Language Pathologists
Competency Area: Individual Assessment & Intervention Strategies
Priority to students in the ASD Certificate programs (graduate credit and not-for-credit).
Prerequisite: Must be a licensed professional or student of Speech-Language Pathology and have satisfactorily completed the first semester ASD certificate coursework or with written permission of the Program Director attached to or on registration form.

The advanced strand for Speech-Language Pathologists will develop a greater knowledge base in the three deficit areas of Theory of Mind, Central Coherence, and Executive Function. The areas of interactive perspective-taking, self-advocacy and disclosure, and compensatory strategies for showing what you know will be explored. Both the paralinguistic aspects and nonverbal aspects of communicative events will be developed as part of the treatment paradigm in teaching these contextually based communication skills. Treatment models for various contexts will be learned and practiced to enhance clinical skills.

Sections A & NC: Elsa Abele

Time: Time: Sundays, September 18 & October 2;
Saturday, October 29; Sunday, November 13,
Saturday & Sunday, December 10 & 11,
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Maximum: 8
Changed 08/30/05 to: Maximum 11
Credits: Section A: 3
Section NC: 0


PYI 541
Advanced Counseling Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders

Competency Area: Individual Assessment & Intervention Strategies
Priority to students in the ASD Certificate programs (graduate credit and not-for-credit).
Prerequisite: Must be a licensed professional or student in the counseling/therapy field and have satisfactorily completed the first semester ASD certificate coursework or with written permission of the Program Director attached to or on registration form.

This course both reviews the scientific literature on effective psychotherapy treatments for individuals with spectrum disorders, and provides detailed case studies of successes and failures in treatment. Specific strategies and therapeutic styles, which best accommodate the learning/processing styles of these individuals are reviewed. Opportunities of case review will be an important part of this program.

Sections A & NC: Larry Welkowitz
Time: Time: Sundays, September 18 & October 2;
Saturday, October 29; Sunday, November 13,
Saturday & Sunday, December 10 & 11,

9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Maximum: 8
Credits: Section A: 3
Section NC: 0


PYI 546
Advanced Educational Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders

Competency Area: Individual Assessment and Intervention Strategies
Priority to students in the ASD Certificate programs (graduate credit and not-for-credit).
Prerequisite: Must be a licensed educator, work in an educational setting or be an education student and have satisfactorily completed the first semester ASD certificate coursework or with written permission of the Program Director attached to or on registration form.

This course is an advanced study that will address in detail issues touched upon in the one credit overview. Explores and analyzes practical applications for theoretical constructs in development and learning, specifically in reference to Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism. This course will be highly experiential in nature. Participants will have opportunities to develop professional knowledge and research topics relevant to their needs.

Sections A & NC: Kathryn Shultz
Time: Sundays, September 18 & October 2; Saturday, October 29; Sunday, November 13,

Saturday & Sunday, December 10 & 11,
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Maximum: 8
Credits: Section A: 3
Section NC: 0


PYI 547
Advanced Psychological Testing

and Assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorders
Competency Area: Individual Assessment and Intervention Strategies
Priority to students in the ASD Certificate programs (graduate credit and not-for-credit).
Prerequisite: Must be a licensed professional or student in the field of psychology and have satisfactorily completed the first semester ASD certificate coursework or with written permission of the Program Director attached to or on registration form.

This course is designed for psychologists who have extensive experience in evaluating children and adolescents within the school and/or clinical setting. The emphasis will be upon tailoring the evaluation process to students with autism spectrum disorders. Upon completion, the students will be able to utilize specific referral questions in order to develop a neurodevelopmental evaluation process; follow the principles of dynamic, processed-based assessment in order to evaluate at least two students; seek consultation from other professionals as needed; identify strengths and challenges that affect everyday life; create meaningful and functional recommendations; complete a comprehensive report that tells the story of the student.

Sections A & NC: Teresa Bolick
Time: Sundays, September 18 & October 2;
Saturday, October 29; Sunday, November 13;
Saturday & Sunday, December 10 & 11,
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Maximum: 8
Credits: Section A: 3
Section NC: 0


PYI 548
Advocacy for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism

CLASS CANCELLED 08/30/05
Competency Area: Individual Assessment & Intervention Strategies
Priority to students in the ASD Certificate programs (graduate credit and not-for-credit).

Prerequisite: Satisfactorily completed the first semester ASD certificate coursework or with written permission of the Program Director attached to or on registration form.

This course facilitates understanding of the theoretical constructs of effective advocacy and the current applications of alternative dispute resolution, legal intervention and collaborative dialogue, including the influence of federal initiatives, through readings, simulations, and guest discussions. Student work will culminate with relevant, practice-centered projects.

Sections A & NC:
Michaelene Pepera Cronin & Shelley Viles
Time: Sundays, September 18 & October 2;

Saturday, October 29; Sunday, November 13;
Saturday & Sunday, December 10 & 11, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Maximum: 16
Credits: Section A: 3
Section NC: 0


PYI 523
Art Therapy

Competency Area: Individual Assessment & Intervention Strategies

Art Therapy is a distinct health profession that incorporates creative expression of feelings within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, psychological, cognitive, emotional and social needs of adults and children of all ages. This course will introduce the benefits of incorporating art into therapy, education, and medicine to enrich communication, understanding and self-expression. A variety of materials and interventions will be explored on both a didactic level and through experiential exercises. Slides and case examples will highlight the use of art as an assessment tool and treatment modality.

Section A: Erika Leeuwenburgh
Time: Saturday & Sunday,
September 17 & 18, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Maximum: 24
Credits: 1


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
Credits: 3


PYI 540
Clinical and Educational Assessment
of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Competency Area: Individual Assessment & Intervention Strategies

Required of and Restricted to students in the ASD Certificate programs (graduate credit and not-for-credit).

This course will familiarize students with the goals of best practices assessment; specific referral questions; identification of strengths and challenges; identification of factors that enhance or hinder performance; meaningful and functional recommendations.

Sections A & NC: Teresa Bolick
Time: Saturday & Sunday,
October 15 & November 6, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Maximum: 24
Credits: Section A: 1
Section NC: 0


PY 648A
Couples Therapy from a Systemic Perspective

Competency Area: Social Systems Assessment & Intervention Strategies

Restricted to MFT II students.
Written permission required for CP II students to enroll as a PYC equivalent.
Prerequisite: Completion of MFT I courses.

This course will introduce students to a range of models for working with couples, with a focus on empirically validated therapies. Students will be introduced to theoretical foundations underlying clinical work with couples as well as research on couple dynamics and power. Students will also have the opportunity to explore current issues in couple therapy.

Section A: Kevin Lyness
Time: Tuesdays, 9:00 – 11:30 am
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; written permission required for CPII students to enroll as PYC equivalent; others by written permission of the Program Director attached to or on registration form.

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


PYI 539
Educational Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders:
Middle, High School and College

Competency Area: Individual Assessment & Intervention Strategies
Required of and Restricted to students in the ASD Certificate programs (graduate credit and not-for-credit).

This course offers a forum for exploration and discussion of the learning issues and concerns specific to older students diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism. The class is designed to provide development of theoretical knowledge/understanding and applied learning to support implementation of best practices methodologies.

Sections A & NC: Kathryn Shultz
Time: Saturday & Sunday, August 27 & 28,
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Maximum: 24
Credits: Section A: 1
Section NC: 0


PYI 544
Educational Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders:
Preschool and Elementary School

Competency Area: Individual Assessment and Intervention
Required of and Restricted to students in the ASD Certificate programs (graduate credit and not-for-credit).

This course is a comprehensive overview of educational methodologies that integrate cognitive and behavioral theory within a developmental framework, to encourage practical application within preschool and elementary classroom settings. Emphasis is placed on direct teaching methods, materials and modifications and the collaboration with allied health providers such as Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Services and Psychology.

Sections A & NC: Kathryn Shultz
Time: Saturday & Sunday, December 3 & 4,
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Maximum: 24
Credits: Section A:1
Section NC: 0


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


PYC 667
Family Approaches to Counseling Children & Adolescents

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 adolescent and 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: Dottie Morris
Changed 10/18/05 to: Dottie Morris & Paki Wieland
Time: Tuesdays, 4:00 – 6:30 pm
Maximum: 18
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

CLASS CANCELLED 10/18/05
Competency Area: Individual Assessment & Intervention Strategies
Required of and Restricted to DMT I and Fall 05 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: Tom Barker
Section C: Meg Connor
Section D: Alice Scudder
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: Rob Chalif
Section B: William Griffith
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 05 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