Applied Psychology Courses Summer 2005

PYS 608
Family Therapy Ethics in Practice

Competency Area: Social Systems Assessment & Intervention Strategies
Required of and restricted to MFT I students.

This course will examine the ethical and legal obligations of Marriage and Family Therapists in practice. Topics will include the AAMFT Code of Ethics, systems of ethical decision-making in clinical practice beyond codes of ethics, and legal responsibilities such as duty to warn, mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect, and the requirements of federal laws such as HIPAA.

Section A: Kevin Lyness
Time: Mondays & Tuesdays, 1:00 – 3:15 pm
Maximum: 24
Credits: 2


PY 602A
Fundamentals of Systems Therapy

Competency Area: Individual Assessment & Intervention Strategies
Required of and Restricted to MFT I students.

This course will focus on the basics of the interaction between the systems therapist and the system. The stages of therapy (initial contact, joining, problem definition, treatment formulation, the setting of goals and treatment plan and basic techniques available to the systems therapist) will be covered. Students will be encouraged to create their own techniques, will learn to attend to both content and process levels of communication during therapy sessions, and will begin to be able to observe themselves and the effects of their interventions on the systems with which they work.

Section A: Tim Lowry
Time: Mondays & Tuesdays, 3:30 – 6:45 pm
Maximum: 24
Credits: 3


PYG 605
Groups and Larger Systems

Competency Area: Group Assessment & Intervention Strategies
Required of and Restricted to MFT II students; others by written permission of the Program Director attached to or on registration form.
Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Systems Therapy, PY 602A

This course will provide foundational knowledge and experience of using systems-based psychotherapy with individuals, couples, and families as well as with groups of individuals, couples, and families. Two areas of family therapy will provide the background for conceptualization and treatment models: systemic play therapy and medical family therapy. The course will also examine methods for working with larger systems of care and community professionals.

Section A: Anne Prouty Lyness
Time: Mondays & Tuesdays, 9:00 am – 12:15 pm
Maximum: 24
Changed 04/14/05 to:
Time: Mondays June 6 – July 18,
9:00 am – 12:15 pm
and Tuesdays, June 7 – July 12,
9:00 am – 12:15 pm

Credits: 3


PY 693
Internship, Dance Movement Therapy

A supervised six-to-nine month DMT internship (minimum 700 hours) in a clinical setting in keeping with standards approved by the American Dance Therapy Association.

Section A: Phyllis Jeswald
Credits: 4


PY 693B
Internship Continuation, DMT

For students continuing an internship, begun in Spring 2005, through the Summer 2005 semester.

Section A: Phyllis Jeswald
Credits: uncredited


PY 642B
Introduction to Systems Theory

(formerly Introduction to Systems Theory & Practice)
Competency Area: Social Systems Assessment & Intervention Strategies
Required of and Restricted to MFT I students.

This course is designed to introduce students to the notion of the system as the unit of analysis when examining psychological distress. Students will be exposed to the paradigmatic shift from focusing on the individual to focusing on the family and larger social context as systems. They will learn how this shift influenced the history of the development of the marital and family therapy field and be exposed to the epistemological issues in current systems thinking. Students will examine the functioning of healthy family systems as well as looking at their own families of origin.

Section A: Janie Long
Time: Mondays & Tuesdays, 9:00 am – 12:15 pm
Maximum: 24
Credits: 3


PY 687B
Professional Seminar in Marriage & Family Therapy III

PY 698B Internship
Required of and Restricted to continuing MFT students.
Section Assignments will be made by the program.

The summer’s Professional Seminar will focus on aiding students in making the transition from the Practicum to the Internship. Students will be provided with support in taking on a more actively clinical role with client-systems and, during the summer, each student will write an internship contract.

Section A: Janie Long
Changed 05/19/05 to: Larry McFarland
Section B: Stephen Price
Section C: Mark Bromley
Time: Mondays, June 6 – July 11
(no class on Monday, July 4),
1:00 – 4:15 pm
Maximum: 6 per section
Credits: ProSem: 1, Internship: 2


PY 690

SIS: Supervised Individual Study

If you are planning an independent study, please register for an SIS on your registration form. However, an SIS contract must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office by July10, 2005 in order for it to appear on your schedule or transcript. Please be sure to specify on the contract if the SIS will be used to fulfill a competency area or serve as a required course substitute, or as an elective. Contracts received after the July 10th deadline will be returned to you for registration in a subsequent semester (additional costs may apply). Credits will not appear on your schedule until the SIS contract(s) has been submitted to the Registrar’s Office, thus affecting your enrollment status and perhaps your financial aid eligibility.

Credits: variable