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Psychology Department Graduate Program Catalog 2016-17

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17 emotional development, and focuses on developmental theory and research. Prerequisites: Undergraduate developmental psychology. Admission to MSEd or PsyD graduate psychology programs. PSY 707 PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT II (MSED/PSYD) 4 credits Concentration on the administration, scoring and interpretation of cogni- tive measures, neuropsychological process instruments, and an introduc- tion to the theory and application of specialized tests in the assessment of learning disorders and cognitive dysfunction. Emphasis will be placed on developing overall assessment capabilities, developing observational skills, formulating assessment-intervention links, preparing developmen- tal histories, and understanding diagnostic and recommendation aspects of report preparation. is course includes at least six hours of training in multicultural issues and at least three hours of training in ethical issues. Prerequisites: full matriculation, PSY 703, PSY 727 PSY 708 ADVANCED COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY (MSED/PSYD) 3 credits e purpose of this course is to describe and critique the basic concepts that underlie a community psychology perspective. Topics include issues such as ecological models, emphases on prevention, strength and com- petence building, community and population foci, and related contem- porary research. eories related to community psychology are explored with a special emphasis on current issues and contemporary research findings. PSY 709A PRACTICUM: COUNSELING THE CULTURALLY DIFFERENT: IMPLICATIONS FOR BILINGUAL PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICE PROVISION (MSEDB) 1 credit is course is a practicum course that supplements the counseling theory courses in the PsyD program by focusing on the theory and practice of providing counseling services for bilingual/bicultural populations. e focus of the course is on providing counseling services to bilingual/bicul- tural children and adolescents and their families. e course focuses on helping students to: develop sensitivity to cultural and sub-cultural dif- ferences; understand barriers that exist in multi-cultural counseling; un- derstand the processes of cultural accommodation and assimilation, and cultural identity formation; and understand acculturation, worldviews, communication patterns and ethnic identity formation, and understand the implications that bilingualism/biculturalism has for the counseling process. An additional focus of the course is on helping bilingual students adjust to the educational programs that are being offered in the school and community settings. Issues related to helping other professionals rec- ognize and develop skills for multicultural counseling are discussed. Prerequisite: PSY 709 or PSY 711 or PSY 711 as a co-requisite PSY 710 PSYCHOPATHOLOGY (MSED/PSYD) 3 credits is class will provide an overview of current understandings of psy- chopathology which emerge during childhood and adolescence from a developmental perspective. Epidemiology, prominent indicators, devel- opmental processes, psychobiological factors, inheritance, known neu- rochemistry, associated disorders and predictions of outcome of specif- ic classifications will be reviewed. e literature exploring the impact of class, culture, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation on child and adolescent development, and psychopathology in childhood and adoles- cence in particular will be considered. Students will learn how to apply DSM criteria for diagnosis. Other approaches (e.g., phenomenologic and psychodynamic) aside from the DSM classification will also be discussed in terms of subjective experience, relational influences, attachment pro- cesses and inner representations that may accompany development de- viating from the "norm". Relevant issues pertaining to major classifica- tions, differential diagnoses, comorbidities, subcategories, risk factors and challenges to adaptation will be considered. Implications for family, individual and school functioning will be discussed as well as the role of the psychologist regarding assessment, consultation, educational and treatment planning. Also explored are the ethical dilemmas inherent in diagnosis and labeling within our social, educational and health systems. PSY 711 INTERVENTION TECHNIQUES I: PSYCHODYNAMIC PERSPECTIVES (MSED/PSYD) 3 credits is is a course on the theories and techniques of individual psychotherapeutic interventions from psychodynamic perspectives. Basic principles and techniques of psychodynamic psychotherapies are presented. Components of the therapeutic process and interaction are defined and illustrated. Case material from student's field experiences are discussed. Prerequisite: PSY 710 PSY 712 ADVANCED BIOLOGICAL BASES OF BEHAVIOR (MSED/PSYD) 3 credits e neuroanatomical and neurophysiological and biological correlates of select behaviors are explored. e focus of this course is an understanding of theory as it applies to neuropsychological assessment, and potential applications related to pharmacological intervention. Specific focus is upon those behaviors which are of interest to the school-clinical child psychologist. Prerequisite: PSY 727 PSY 713 PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT III (MSED/PSYD) 4 credits e goals of this course involve the study—toward competency—of the use of "projective" clinical measures applied in the course of person- ality assessment. ese measures include (but are not limited to) the Rorschach Test, the ematic Apperception Test (as well as associated versions of the Children's Apperception Test), figure drawings, and sen- tence completions. e symbolic play of younger children, as utilized in assessment, is also relevant to such appraisal. Administrative techniques are reviewed, along with a focus on accurate scoring, strategic approach- es to data analysis, and ways of delineating meaning from verbalizations (content and style). Consideration is given to the ethical dilemmas that emerge when we apply tests that seek to go beyond conscious self-report in terms of interpretation. Stress factors pertaining to the administration of projectives are considered. In addition, clinical, cultural, environmen- tal, and developmental issues that need to be factored into use of these measures are discussed. Prerequisites: Full matriculation, PSY 703, PSY 710, PSY 725 PSY 714 THE RORSCHACH TECHNIQUE (MSED/PSYD) 3 credits is is an advanced in-depth course in the theory and technique of the Rorschach test. Questions and issues that are considered include: reliabil- ity and validity, relevant research, special problems of administration and scoring and the use of the Rorschach in differential diagnosis. Students' case material is used to conduct in-depth analyses of Rorschach protocols. Prerequisites: PSY 713 and PSY 720

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