Counseling Psychology Course Descriptions
CPSY-500 Accelerated General Psychology
Serves as an accelerated introduction to the field of psychology. The content includes those areas most needed by a prospective graduate student in counseling psychology, including: scientific methods in psychology, learning theories, memory and cognition, neuroanatomy and psychophysiology, motivation and emotion, personality and psychopathology. Other topics may be covered at the discretion of the instructor. The course also includes an introduction to reading and writing psychological literature and the analysis of psychological phenomena. Credit may not be used to fulfill degree requirements. 4 credits.
CPSY-501 Human Growth and Development
Considers development and socialization across the lifespan. Particular attention is accorded to how developmental issues at varying levels impact the counseling process. 3 credits.
CPSY-502 Assessment of Individuals
Taken in conjunction with CPSY 505. Theory and practice of various aspects of the process of assessing clinical problems. Information is covered regarding intake interviewing, structured interviewing, and diagnosis and treatment planning. Additionally, course involves a description of a variety of strategies (self-report, observational, objective) used in evaluating individuals. 3 credits.
CPSY-503 Professional Orientation
Considers standards of counseling practice, ethical and professional issues, mental health statutes, interaction with other helping professions, referrals, and consultation. Discussion of the role of managed care, social and political factors impacting on practice. 3 credits.
CPSY-504 Interviewing and Counseling Skills
Taken in conjunction with CPSY 506. Introduction to communication skills in the helping relationship, including active listening, accurate empathy, establishment of rapport, non-judgmental attitude, reflecting, facilitation of client self-exploration, behavior monitoring, interpretation, and extracting relevant clinical information. Role playing will be used extensively as a teaching tool. 3 credits.
CPSY-505 Individual Assessment Lab
Taken in conjunction with CPSY 502. Assessment of Individuals, except with consent of instructor. Provides an opportunity for students to implement assessment strategies learned in Assessment of Individuals. Emphasis is placed on experiential learning opportunities and constructive feedback regarding assessment skills. Pass/No Pass. 1 credit.
CPSY-506 Interviewing & Counseling Skills Lab
Taken in conjunction with CPSY 504. Practical experience in using interviewing and counseling skills. Taken concurrently with CPSY 504 Interviewing and Counseling Skills, except with consent of instructor. Pass/No Pass. 1 credit.
CPSY-510 Social & Cultural Foundations
Examines social and cultural determinants of behavior, with particular relevance to the counseling process. Also considers services and service-delivery to underserved populations, including Asian Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native American Indians. 3 credits.
CPSY-512 Helping Relationships
Introduction to the development, maintenance, and termination of the therapeutic relationship. Basic counseling skills such as listening, empathy, observation, and therapist self-care will be addressed. 3 credits.
CPSY-521 Research Methods
Considers scientific method, hypothesis generation, experimental and quasi-experimental design, single subject designs, reliability, and validity. Emphasis is on how research methods relate to accountability in practice. Both quantitative and qualitative approaches will be covered. 3 credits.
CPSY-531 Career & Lifestyle Development
Evaluates theoretical underpinnings of career and lifestyle choice. Examines the complexities of career and lifestyle methods to guide clients in making choices. Development issues across the career span including early socialization, mentoring, role changes, and values across cultures are included. 3 credits.
CPSY-535 Group Dynamics
Considers group counseling approaches and models; issues of group issues of group leadership; styles of leadership and group facilitation skills. Consideration is given to specific goals and counseling methods to facilitate group cohesion and growth. 3 credits.
CPSY-541 Psychoactive Substances
Introduces psychopharmacology of legal and illegal substances, assessment and treatment of abuse. 3 credits.
CPSY-550 Intro to Professional Participation
Minimum of 20 hours per semester volunteer experience in a facility or program approved by advisor. Repeated three times, normally in the first year. Pass/No Pass. 1 credit.
CPSY-555 Special Topics/Independent Study
See department for details.
CPSY-564 Child Roles & Contexts
Covers the impact of child and adolescent interpersonal and societal roles and environmental contexts on psychological functioning. Emphasis is on family, school, and peers. Positive approaches to behavioral counseling for children and families, and consultation with schools. 3 credits.
CPSY-565 Adult Roles & Contexts
Covers the impact of adult interpersonal and societal roles and environmental contexts on psychological functioning. Emphasis is on family, couples, caregiving. Positive approaches to behavioral counseling for adults, families, and couples are emphasized. 3 credits.
CPSY-571 Organizational Behavior I
Organizational Psychology. Considers the theory of organizational systems, organizational design, technology, motivation, leadership, culture and climate, and social relationships. 3 credits.
CPSY-572 Organizational Behavior II
Individual Problems and Interventions. Identifying and changing individual performance problems in organizations. Includes performance appraisal and feedback, training, performance management and engineering, disabilities, job design, stress reduction, and other practices. 3 credits.
CPSY-573 Organizational Behavior III
Organizational Problems and Interventions. Working with entire organizational units to change culture, attitudes, norms, and other factors to make organizations more productive and better places to work. 3 credits.
CPSY-580 Theory Evidence-Based Counseling: Child
Covers theoretical models underlying evidence-based practices in counseling with children and adolescents. Primary emphasis is on behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, and family theories of assessment and treatment. 3 credits.
CPSY-581 Theory Evidence-Based Counseling: Adult
Covers theoretical models underlying evidence-based practices in counseling with adults. Primary emphasis is on behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness-based theories of assessment and treatment. 3 credits.
CPSY-582 Applied Evidence-Based Counseling: Child
Specific emphasis on assessment and evidence-based treatment of children and adolescents. Course material covers a wide variety of child and adolescent disorders that are likely to be encountered in a treatment setting. Treatment manuals and protocols for evidence-based interventions are reviewed. 3 credits.
CPSY-583 Applied Evidence-Based Counseling: Adult
Specific emphasis on assessment and evidence-based treatment of adults and older adults. Course material covers a wide variety of adult disorders that are likely to be encountered in a treatment setting. Treatment manuals and protocols for evidence-based interventions are reviewed. 3 credits.
Total of 600 hours, across the three practica in preparation for supervised practice post-masters graduation. Of the 600 hours, approximately one half are in direct service, one fourth in supervisory and training activities, and one fourth in administrative duties related to the above. The three terms of practica are served in agencies approved by the Director of the Program in consultation with the Coordinator of Clinical Training at SPP. The primary objective is to enable the student to practice, under supervision, counseling and assessment skills, with a variety of populations. Pass/No Pass. 5 credits.
CPSY-591 Organizational Fieldwork
Total of 100 hours across two trimesters engaged in an organizational consulting assignment approved by the faculty teaching Organizational Behavior II. Required for Organizational Behavior students only. May be taken for credit twice. 1 credit.
CPSY-592 Evidence Based Practice Project
Preparation and presentation of a detailed study of a client counseled by the student. The study is conducted at the practicum site and the report is prepared according to a standard format used by the program. The final product is evaluated by the faculty and successful completion is required for graduation. Must be taken 3 times. Pass/No Pass. 1 credit.
CPSY-595 Research Participation
See department for details.