Applied Psychology Courses Fall 2006

PYC 652
Career/Lifestyle Development

Restricted to Applied Psychology students: others by written permission of Program Director attached to or on registration form.
Priority to CP II and SA/AC 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; needs of diverse populations; and definition of the role, ethics and professional identity within the field of career development.

Section A: Carlotta Willis
Time: Tuesdays, 9:00 – 11:30 am
Maximum: 20
Credits: 3


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

Competency Area: Individual Assessment and Intervention Strategies
Required of and Restricted to ASD Certificate students.

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.

Section A: Teresa Bolick
Section B: TBA
Changed 07/14/06 to: Terese Pawletko
Time: Saturday, September 30 & Sunday, October 29, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Maximum: 24 per section
Credits: 1


PY 648A
Couples Therapy from a Systemic Perspective

Competency Area: Social Systems Assessment & Intervention Strategies
Required of and Restricted to MFT II students.
Special written permission of instructor attached to or on registration form is required for CP II students to enroll as a PYC equivalent.
Prerequisite: PY 642B, Theoretical Foundations of Marriage & Family Therapy.

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 attached to or on registration form is required for CP II students to enroll as PYC equivalent.

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

Section A: Susan Loman
Time: Wednesdays, 1:00 – 3:30 pm
Maximum: 20
Credits: 3


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

Competency Area: Individual Assessment and Intervention Strategies
Required of and Restricted to ASD Certificate students.

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.

Section A: Kathryn Ransom
Section B: Curran Pope
Changed 07/14/06 to: Elizabeth Ruggieri
Time: Saturdays, November 18 & December 16,
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Maximum: 24 per section
Credits: 1


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 or adolescent 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: David Hamolsky
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 instructor 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: Kevin Lyness
Changed 08/31/06 to: Doug Smith
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 2006 entering CMHC, 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
Changed 08/31/06 to: Section A: Meg Connor
(This section, briefly replaced by Section D, is now reactivated; students moved from Section D to this section)

Section B: Dana Mann
Section C: Tom Barker
Added 08/18/06: Section D: Meg Connors
SECTION D CANCELLED (changed to section A): 08/31/06
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
Changed 08/31/06 to: Sectuion C: Thomas Barker
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 2006 entering CMHC, 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: TBA
Changed 07/14/06 to: Wendy Elliot
Section B: Ann McCloskey
Changed 08/31/06 to: Section B: Dottie Morris
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 of instructor attached to or on registration form is required for CP II students to enroll as a PYC equivalent.

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 homework assignment mentality of traditional sex therapy. The course begins with a review of human sexual development and sexual response. The course covers many different aspects of sexuality including: biological, developmental, medical, cultural, historical, and interpersonal. Students will be encouraged to use the knowledge gained in order to better understand their own feelings and attitudes related to sexuality and how those attitudes and feelings influence their beliefs about and therapeutic work with individuals, couples, and families. Students will also be introduced to Schnarch’s approach related to couple’s work. No previous training in sex therapy is required. Students will be invited to examine their own attitudinal framework regarding these ideas, but disclosing intimate details about one’s own sexuality is not required.

Section A: TBA
Changed 08/31/06 to: Anne Prouty Lyness
Time: Tuesdays, 4:00 – 6:30 pm
Maximum: 22
Credits: 3


PYC 626
Integrative Approaches to Addictions Counseling

Prerequisite: Completion of CP I courses and internship
Required of and Priority to SA/AC II students.

Restricted to CP & SA/AC II students; others by written permission of Program Director attached to or on registration form.

This course is designed to prepare students for work with clients who present with substance abuse or other addictive disorders. Students will address the process of change that occurs in the range of substance use issues from abuse to addiction and recovery. The course focuses on the development of skills in motivational interviewing, harm reduction and cognitive behavioral approaches to substance abuse and pays special attention to short term interventions and treatments. This course will be geared to students who have prior knowledge, experience and/or training in addictions counseling. Non-SA/AC students are welcome but should have taken PY 572 Theories of Addiction or its equivalent.

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


PY 693

Internship, Dance/Movement Therapy

A supervised six- to nine-month D/MT 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, Dance/Movement Therapy

For students continuing an internship begun in the Summer 2006 semester.

Section A: Phyllis Jeswald
Credits: uncredited


PYB 530
Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders

Competency Area: Behavioral Science Foundation
Required of and Restricted to ASD Certificate students.

This course will familiarize students with past and current demographics and definitions of autism spectrum disorders. Students will be introduced to the current biomedical finds associated with autism spectrum disorders as well as several theoretical explanations of autism. Course content will include an overview of conventional and alternative treatment approaches as they apply to the learning and behavioral characteristics of children with autism.

Sections A & B: John Moran
Time: Sections A & B:
Saturdays, August 26 & September 9,
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Changed 07/14/06 to: Section B: Sundays, August 27 & September 10, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Maximum: 24 per section
Credits: 1


PYI 535
Introduction to Counseling Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders

Competency Area: Individual Assessment and Intervention Strategies
Required of and restricted to ASD Certificate students.

Counseling children and adults with Asperger’s presents a unique set of problems due to differences in how these individuals process information and respond to therapeutic interactions. These courses will review both the theory and practice of psychotherapy interventions that account for these differences. The overarching theme involves taking advantage of ASD individual’s unique capabilities, including intellectual analysis, visual thinking, and special interests. Case studies will focus on success stories in psychotherapy.

Section A: Larry Welkowitz
Section B: Celia Oliver
Time: Sundays, November 19 & December 17,
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Maximum: 24 per section
Credits: 1


PYI 508
Introduction to Death, Dying and Bereavement

Competency Area: Individual Assessment & Intervention Strategies

This course will address grieving as a natural process for both adults and children, and introduce a variety of methods for supporting the healing process. We will also explore how a therapist’s personal relationship to loss impacts on the helping relationship. The class will be both didactic and experiential. Students will be asked to write a paper.

Section A: Rob Zucker
Time: Saturday & Sunday, November 18 & 19,
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Maximum: 24
Credits: 1


PYB 522
Introduction to Non Verbal Dynamics

Competency Area: Behavioral Science Foundation

This course will provide an introduction to the unspoken aspects of communication and interpersonal dynamics. Students will learn to sharpen their observation skills and will be exposed to an overview of movement patterns relevant to nonverbal exchange. They will learn to understand movement patterns that are expressive of developmental and psychological concepts. Students will experience movement components of empathy, trust, support, temperament, and boundaries useful in the therapeutic process. They will have an opportunity to observe and explore these movement qualities individually, in pairs and in groups.

Section A: Susan Loman
Time: Saturday & Sunday, November 4 & 5,
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Maximum: 24
Credits: 1


PYS 607A
Multicultural Counseling Field Studies

Competency Area: Social Systems Assessment & Intervention Strategies

This course is an intensive study in multicultural counseling in a variety of field settings and is focused on increasing multicultural counseling competencies. Students may select settings and design activities under faculty supervision.

Section A: Core Faculty
Time by arrangement
Maximum: 10
Credits: variable (1 – 3)


PYP 691
Practicum in Dance/Movement Therapy I

Required of and Restricted to DMT I students.

Practicum in Dance/Movement Therapy provides students with an opportunity to observe, co-lead and lead groups in clinical or educational settings. DMT sessions are led and supervised by practicing dance/movement therapists. Learning to identify group and individual interventions and applying theoretical learning from other courses are prime goals of the course.

Section A: Susan Loman,
Claire LeMessurier, Kim Burden
Time: Wednesdays, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
(Times for individual sessions will vary.)
Maximum: 20
Credits: 2


PYD 601
Professional Orientation and Ethics

Competency Area: Professional Identity
Required of and restricted to CMHC and SA/AC fall entering students.

This course provides an introduction to the field of mental health counseling. It will include topics such as the history and current status of the profession, professional organizations and credentialing, the roles and functions of the mental health counselor, including advocacy for the profession. The role of the counselor as a social change agent and advocate for social justice will be emphasized. A major portion of the course is the study of ethical practice, which will cover AMHCA and ACA codes and standards, as well as legal issues in counseling practice. In addition, use of technology in counseling, and professional writing and communication standards will be covered.

Section A: Core Faculty
Changed 08/31/06 to: Section A: Katherine Clarkes, Diane Kurinsky, Ken Bacon, Dottie Morris & Carlotta Willis
Time: Wednesdays, 9:00 – 11:30 amc
Maximum: 35
Credits: 3


PY 686
Professional Seminar in Counseling Psychology I
(Sections A & B)
Emphasis: Ethics
PYP 695
Practicum in Counseling Psychology I (Sections A & B)


Sections A & B: Required of and Restricted to DMT II students.

The Professional Seminar will focus on the ethical standards and legal issues related to clinical practice. Students will become familiar with the American Counseling Association Code of Ethical Standards, the ADTA Code of Ethics and the various statutory requirements that impact on the work with clients. The student will be able to recognize the ethical principles and legal issues related to the counselor role and to utilize this knowledge in their work with clients and colleagues. The student will be able to make case formulations and diagnostic statements, to demonstrate skills in treatment planning and to identify strategies for clinical interventions with clients and systems. The seminar also provides a vehicle for integrating internship experiences, conceptual material, and one’s personal style and development as a mental health professional.

Concurrently with the Professional Seminar, DMT II students must do a practicum/internship totaling 450 hours over the course of the Fall 2006 and Spring 2007 semesters at an approved site. Please see the Department of Applied Psychology Handbook for guidelines.

Section A: Alice Scudder
Section B: Kim Burden
Section assignments will be made by the Program.
Time: Tuesdays, 12:45 – 3:15 pm
Maximum: 8 per section
Credits: Pro Sem: 3; Practicum: 3


PY 686
Professional Seminar in Counseling Psychology I (Sections D – K)
Emphasis: The Helping Relationship
PYP 695
Practicum in Counseling Psychology I (Sections D – K)

Sections D – K: Restricted to CP I students.

The Professional Seminar will focus on the helping relationship. Factors which influence the counseling relationship, such as ethical and legal issues, the supervisory relationship, and the development of the skills, behaviors, and attitudes of a professional counselor, will be examined through readings, discussions and in class practice. The seminar will also provide a vehicle for integrating practicum experiences with academic learning, and for the development of self-in-role.

Concurrently with the Professional Seminar, students must do a practicum/internship (totaling 600 hours for CP students) over the course of the Fall 2006 and Spring 2007 semesters at an approved site. Please see the Department of Applied Psychology Handbook for guidelines. Students who are interested in concentrating in substance abuse/addictions counseling may do a SA/AC internship this year. Students are advised to check their state licensure requirements pertaining to practica.

Change in course description 08/31/06:

The Professional Seminar will focus on the helping relationship. Factors which influence the counseling relationship, such as ethical and legal issues, and the effective use of supervision, will be examined as well as the development of the skills, behaviors and attitudes of a professional counselor. The seminar will also provide a vehicle for integrating practicum experiences with academic learning and for the development of