Applied Psychology Courses Summer 2007


PYI 552
Career and Lifestyle Counseling

Competency Area: Individual Assessment & Intervention Strategies
Required of and Restricted to Spring 2007 CMHC (SA/AC) students: others by written permission of Program Director attached to or on registration form.
Prerequisites: PY 590A, Fundamentals of Therapeutic Interaction

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: Wednesdays, 9:00 am – 4:15 pm
(no class July 4)
Maximum: 15
Credits: 3


PYI 522
Counseling Skills Lab

Competency Areas: Individual Assessment & Intervention Strategies
Required of and Restricted to Spring 2007 CMHC and CMHC (SA/AC) students.
Prerequisite: PY 590A, Fundamentals of Therapeutic Interaction

This course will focus on further enhancement of the technical and conceptual skills of counseling. The course will consist of reflection on the development of the self-in-role and continued application of theory to practice through in-class skills exercises and supervision.

Section A: Tom Barker
Time: Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 4:45 – 6:00 pm
(no class July 3 & 4)
Maximum: 15
Credits: 1


PYD 600
Ethics and Professional Development in MFT Practice

Competency Area: Professional Identity & Ethics
Required of and Restricted to MFT I students.

This course will focus on the professional development of the marriage and family therapist, with a specific focus on ethics in MFT practice and on initial skills needed to begin clinical practice. Ethics 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. 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 style, 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 thy work.

Section A: Judith Davis
Time: Mondays (June 4 – July 16) and
Tuesdays (June 5 – July 17)
9:00 – 12:15 pm
Maximum: 24
Credits: 3


PYG 605
Families 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: PY 642B, Theoretical Foundations in Marriage and Family Therapy

This course will focus on working with families and larger systems. Particular areas of focus may be in family law and family policy, working with groups of individuals and families, and in collaborating with multiple systems levels in clinical work.

Section A: Lucie Bourdon
Time: Mondays (June 4 – July 16), 1:00 – 5:00 pm, and Tuesdays (June 5 – July 17),
9:00 – 11:30 am
Maximum: 24
Credits: 3


PY 642B
Foundational Theories of Marriage & Family Therapy

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

This course will examine the historical development, theoretical underpinnings, and clinical foundation of family therapy. Communications theory and systems theory will be introduced and connected to several models of family therapy, including Bowen Family Systems, Structural Family Therapy, and Strategic Family Therapy. Particular attention will be given to the application of clinical models to clinical practice. The feminist critique of family therapy will be introduced and students will be encouraged to critically examine the clinical models and larger systemic framework from a social justice perspective.

Section A: Doug Smith
Time: Mondays (June 4 – July 16) and
Tuesdays (June 5 – July 17),
1:00 – 4:15 pm
Maximum: 24
Credits: 3


PYB 527
Human Development Across the Lifespan

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

This class will provide students with an introduction to lifespan human development theories, with a focus on clinical relevance to Marriage and Family Therapy practice. Particular emphasis may be placed on working with children, adolescents, and aging families.

Section A: Kevin Lyness
Time: Mondays (June 4 – July 16),
9:00 am – 12:15 pm and
Tuesdays (June 5 – July 17)
3:00 – 6:15 pm
Maximum: 24
Credits: 3


PYB 505
Human Development and Diversity

Competency Area: Behavioral Science Foundation
Required of and Restricted to Spring 2007 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