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GPSY 504 Assessment of Individuals

Various methods of assessing individuals for clinical problems will be reviewed and applied through practice.  Standardized assessment instruments in the cognitive and personality domains will be covered, as will structured interviews and symptom checklists that could be completed by the client or an informant to inform diagnosis and monitor treatment outcome. Prerequisite: GPSY 720. 3 credits.

GPSY 580 Research Methods

The focus of this course is research methodology and scientific thinking. It covers basic experimental designs (between and within groups), single subject experiments, group experimental designs, and nonexperimental designs (correlational research and case studies). Validity issues in research (internal and external) and research ethics are emphasized throughout. Emphasis will be placed on determining the most appropriate research design in a variety of settings (e.g., research lab, school, organization/business, etc.). 3 credits.

GPSY 581 Statistics I

This first course in the sequence focuses on basic statistical techniques as applied to design and interpretation of experimental and observational research, with special emphasis on sampling distributions, statistical inference and estimation, statistical power, and sample size estimation for common statistical tests. Methods include measures of association, t tests, ANOVA, chi square, and nonparametric versions of standard parametric tests. This course includes the use of statistical computer software. Emphasis will be placed on the application of statistical techniques with data from a variety of settings (e.g., research lab, school, organization/business, etc.). Prerequisite: GPSY 580. 3 credits.

GPSY 582 Statistics II

This second course in the sequence focuses on review of traditional topics in correlation and regression analyses, including model comparison strategies, evaluation of model assumptions, testing mediation and moderation hypotheses, working with categorical variables, general linear modeling, and logistic regression. This course includes the use of statistical computer software. Emphasis will be placed on the application of statistical techniques with data from a variety of settings (e.g., research lab, school, organization/business, etc.). Prerequisite: GPSY 581. 3 credits.

GPSY 583 Research & Statistics Lab

This course provides the opportunity to begin working on your thesis project. Using the skills students acquired in Research Methods and are developing in the statistics sequence, they will begin working on their thesis by identifying a research question, conducting a literature review, and generating research hypotheses. This lab will also provide the opportunity for students to receive feedback from the course instructor and peers to help them refine their research question and hypotheses. Prerequisite: GPSY 580. Pass/No Pass. 1 credit.

GPSY 661 Advanced Multivariate Statistics

Focuses on learning how to conduct and interpret results from a range of multivariate statistical analyses (including multivariate analysis of variance, multivariate regression analysis, multidimensional scaling, discriminant analysis, logit analysis, and cluster analysis) as well as testing assumptions for multivariate analysis. In addition, the course will focus on learning how to interpret and assess multivariate analyses in peer-reviewed journal publications. Emphasis will be placed on the application of statistical techniques with data from a variety of settings. Prerequisite: GPSY 582. 3 credits.

GPSY 662 Small n and Nonparametric Analyses

Focuses on analyses that serve as data analytic alternatives when parametric assumptions are not met and/or we obtain a small sample. We will discuss the theory and application of commonly used distribution-free test statistics that can be used when parametric assumptions are not met and appropriate analytic strategies when our sample size is small. Emphasis will be placed on the application of these statistical techniques with data from a variety of settings, especially when the setting does not allow for large samples. Prerequisite: GPSY 582. 3 credits.

GPSY 666 Structural Equation Modeling

Introduces the theory and application of structural equation modeling. The goal of this course is help students build familiarity and expertise in the formulation of structural equation models and testing of models in SEM software. Topics covered will include model specification and identification, parameter and model estimation, path analysis, confirmatory factor analysis, covariance structures, and regression models. Emphasis will be placed on the application of these statistical techniques with data from a variety of settings. Prerequisite: GPSY 582. 3 credits.

GPSY 680 Master's Thesis

Students complete a scholarly project supervised by a faculty member. Students are expected to select a topic and seek IRB approval (if required) by the end of the first term of thesis enrollment, collect data and continue writing process during the second term, and submit and revise thesis section drafts, to be defended by the end of the third term. Students take three terms of thesis credit for a total of 12 credits. Prerequisite: GPSY 582. Pass/No Pass. 4 credits.

687 Clinical Practicum

Across 3 terms of practica a minimum of 500 hours, of which 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 program faculty in consultation with the Director of Clinical Training at SPP. Prerequisites: GPSY 722, GPSY 723, GPSY 725, GPSY 735 and GPSY 820. 4 credits

GPSY 720 Psychometrics

Psychological measurement, including strategies of test construction, reliability, validity and issues in prediction of behavior. 3 credits.

GPSY 722 Evidence Based Practice

This course prepares students to work with diverse individuals across the lifespan from a local clinical scientist perspective. Collaborative goal setting, treatment planning, and outcome assessment are emphasized within a culturally responsive and scientific framework. Systems of intervention based in current literature and with empirical support will be reviewed. Students will practice treatment planning, outcome assessment, and intervention skills in the co-requisite laboratory GPSY 723. Prerequisite: GPSY 725 and GPSY 735. Corequisite: GPSY 723. 3 credits.

GPSY 723 Evidence Based Practice Lab

Taken together with GPSY 722, this laboratory offers students the opportunity to practice collaborative treatment planning, outcome assessment, and evidence based intervention skills within an experiential setting. Culturally responsive and scientific approaches across the lifespan will be emphasized. Corequisite: GPSY 722. Pass/No Pass. 1 credit.

GPSY 725 Basic Clinical Skills

Introduction of communication skills in the helping relationship, including active listening, accurate empathy, establishment of rapport, non-judgmental attitude, importance of values, assertiveness, and effective interviewing. Corequisite: GPSY 735. 3 credits.

GPSY 731 Career Counseling

Evaluates theoretical underpinnings of career development and transition across the lifespan. Examines the complexities of career counseling methods to guide clients in making informed choices in a rapidly changing workplace. Explores career assessment tools and web-based resources to promote occupational literacy. 2 credits.

GPSY 735 Basic Clinical Skills Lab

Three hours per week of skills practice. Corequisite: GPSY 725. Pass/No Pass. 1 credit.

GPSY 802 Advanced Life Span Psychology

Overview of theories and research in life-span development. Principles and determinants of development from conception to death, including sensory-motor, cognitive, social, emotional aspects. 3 credits.

GPSY 807 Cognitive/Affective Bases of Behavior

This course is designed to provide a foundation for understanding the cognitive determinants of human behavior and the relationship between thinking and feeling. Areas of focus will include theories and research in information processing, attention, memory, reasoning and decision making, and the unique role of affect in each. 3 credits.

GPSY 811 Biological Bases of Behavior

Biological aspects of human behavior, including affect and motivation, from the perspectives of historical development, current theory and research, and applications. 3 credits.

GPSY 813 Individual/ Social Bases of Behavior

Human behavior as reciprocal relations between the person and the social environment, from the perspectives of historical development, current theory and research, and applications. 3 credits.

GPSY 814 Human Diversity

Presents a framework for a psychology of human diversity, then considers philosophical and paradigmatic principles and applications to practice and research. Human diversity is defined broadly, to include sexual orientation, gender, race/ethnicity, age, disability, and other sources of diversity. 3 credits.

GPSY 817 Child & Adolescent Interventions

Examines the major schools of therapy, with consideration of life span development, human diversity, and a variety of special populations. Examines contemporary interventions with children and families. Short term, long term, and intermittent approaches are considered in the context of accountability. Prerequisite: GPSY 725 and GPSY 735. 3 credits.

GPSY 818 Group Interventions

Examines contemporary group interventions with adults. Short term, long term, and intermittent approaches are considered in the context of accountability. Prerequisite: GPSY 725 and GPSY 735. 3 credits.

GPSY 820 Psychopathology & Diagnostic Process

Selected clinical problems and diagnostic categories in research and practice. Problems and issues in diagnostic classification using the current official nomenclature. 3 credits.

GPSY 847 Treatment of Chemical Dependency

Current theory and practice in assessment and treatment of chemical dependency. Topics include acute and chronic drug effects, relapse prevention, effects of chemical dependency on the family system, and denial and developmental arrest as core features of chemical dependency. 3 credits

GPSY 863 Program Evaluation

Program evaluation strategies and techniques. Needs assessment, goal clarification, outcome and activity evaluation; management information systems, accountability. Applied student projects. Prerequisite: GPSY 582, GPSY 881, or GPSY 981. 3 credits.

GPSY 870 Ethics & Professional Issues

Emphasis on knowledge of APA Ethical Principles: standards of professional practice and state mental health statutes and application to case examples. Awareness of social, political and professional issues currently affecting professional practice and implications for the future. 3 credits.

GPSY 883 Qualitative Research Methods

Overview of the major types of qualitative research, for collecting and analyzing data, and for applying standards of rigor to qualitative research. Prerequisite: GPSY 581 and 582. 3 credits.

GPSY 884 Meta-analysis

Meta-analysis is a statistical technique that allows a researcher or practitioner to perform a quantitative literature review, rather than a more conventional qualitative review. This course will offer both an introduction to meta-analysis and a chance to gain practical experience in doing a meta-analysis from start to finish. The course will cover basic and advanced meta-analytic statistics and students will apply those techniques by conducting a class project using statistical software. Prerequisite: GPSY 581 and 582. 3 credits.

GPSY 885 Single-Subject Research Methods

This course will provide students with an overview of single-subject designs (SSDs) in preparation of using these designs in scholarly work. Specifically, students will learn what the major considerations and procedures are when using SSDs, the pros and cons of different designs, and issues in data evaluation. In addition, students will learn how SSDs may be applied in clinical practice to increase clinicians' ability to utilize repeated measures in the evaluation of intervention effectiveness. Prerequisite: GPSY 581 and 582. 3 credits.

GPSY 894 Independent Study

Independent Study enables students to pursue specialized, unique, elective interests not part of the regular curriculum. Supplements curriculum offerings at the same level of difficulty and sophistication as regular courses. The amount of effort per credit hour should generally be comparable to classroom credit hours. Not to be used as an alternative to required courses or for supervised clinical experience. Not used for research (GPSY 896). No more than two credits of Independent Study is allowed in a term. No more than five credits of Independent Study of any kind may be applied to degree requirements. Independent Study contract required. 1-2 credits.

GPSY 896 Independent Study: Research

Independent Study enables the student to pursue specific, unique, elective interest in research that are not part of the regular curriculum. The amount of effort per credit hour should generally be comparable to that of classroom credit hours. Not to be used as an alternative to the required research projects for each program. No more than two credits of Independent Study: Research is allowed in a term and no more than 5 credits of Independent study of any kind may be applied to the elective credits required for graduation. Independent Study contract required. 1-2 credits.

GPSY 899-33 Couples Psychotherapy

This course is designed to introduce the student to basic principles and methodology of couples therapy, including an overview of models of couples therapy. Special attention will be given to therapeutic implications for couples with illness. Lectures and discussion will be integrated with demonstrations designed to illustrate and highlight the concepts being taught. Particular attention will be paid to developing skills in a collaborative approach to working with couples. 3 credits.