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Intensive study of selected topics of interest within the discipline of psychology. May be repeated for credit as the topic varies.
This course introduces studies that provide an understanding of individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation in a culturally diverse society. This course also provides an understanding of assessment in counseling through (1) an overview of basic counseling assessment concepts, (2) an understanding of test construction, (3) familiarity with instruments, and (4) an overview of test interpretation. It also provides a discussion of typical problems and approaches to individual and group testing in the areas of intelligence, aptitude, achievement, interest, and personality measurement. History, rationale, and ethical issues in the use of counseling assessment instruments are included.
This course provides an understanding of human behavior as a function of social and cultural factors. Social psychology topics covered include social influence theory, attitude formation and change, social cognition, interpersonal perception, obedience and conformity, altruism, aggression, and stereotyping. The influence of factors such as cultural, racial, gender, and age differences on clinical practice are discussed. Includes community psychology's contribution to prevention and interventions in the field.
This course introduces studies that provide an understanding of the nature and needs of persons at all developmental levels and in diverse cultural contexts. This course also provides a systematic study of human development emphasizing physical, personality, cognitive, moral, and psychosocial developmental theories and issues, with an emphasis on facilitating optimal development and wellness over the lifespan.
This course overviews key theoretical concepts in health psychology, the multidisciplinary field that integrates biomedical and psychological knowledge to address a range of factors influencing physical and mental health. Common conditions in which biopsychosocial factors contribute to the underlying pathophysiology, disease course, or the individual's capacity for coping will be discussed. Psychological theories and practices relating to health and illness are also explored.
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of career development as it impacts on individuals throughout the life span. Emphasis is placed on career and vocational choice theories, current approaches to career development planning and placement, and social and psychological factors in career decision-making. Formal and informal occupational classification systems are covered. A great deal of emphasis is placed on practical applications of career theory to school counseling, individual counseling, group guidance, job search and placement, and career adjustment.
This course examines theoretical approaches including major systems theories, strategies and techniques of family and relationship therapy. A survey of the development of family and relationship counseling and proponents of the field are studied. Issues of conflict and ethical considerations are examined. The impact of cultural and social forces upon the family system is explore
This course presents a rationale for moving to group procedure. It provides a basis for the understanding of group structure, group topology and group dynamics. It explores group processes.
This course is a conceptual and experiential introduction to group dynamics, group counseling approaches and models, issues of group leadership, and group facilitation skills. Consideration is given to the goals of group counseling, composition, phases, and research. Includes group counselor orientations and behaviors, appropriate selection criteria and methods, and methods of evaluation of effectiveness.
The course is meant to contribute to the graduate student’s knowledge required for obtaining a license as a clinical psychologist. It is focused on understanding the interplay between emotion, motivation, and cognition, and using it to help people improve their emotional self-regulation, motivation, cognitive restructuring, and behavioral adjustment.
This course provides the opportunity for counselors and clinicians to strengthen their multicultural awareness, knowledge, and skills in the competencies necessary to effectively evaluate and treat culturally and ethnically diverse clients. Students will be able to develop an awareness of the prevalent beliefs and attitudes of different cultures, and to develop skills useful for appropriate interactions with diverse individuals. In the course of these studies, it is hoped that students will also become more aware of their own cultural values and biases as they study prevalent beliefs and attitudes of different cultures and diverse groups.
Cross-listed as Coun 655-Multicultural and Diversity Issues. May not receive credit for both.
This course is intended for students enrolled in the graduate psychology program. The content of the course includes ethical standards and values for guiding the professional practice of persons working in the field of mental health. The emphasis will be on ethical principles, code of conduct, and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
This course is a survey of the specific criteria required for proper diagnosing of mental disorders and proper treatment planning. Upon completion of the course, students will have the ability to make accurate provisional five axis diagnoses using DSM-IV-TR criteria and be competent in applying a variety of related treatment planning tasks such as case conceptualization, scope of practice, establishing viable, articulate treatment plans, and using treatment protocols. Cross-listed as COUN 665.
Covers the development, administration, scoring, and interpretation of the most commonly used intelligence and achievement tests in psychological assessment. It includes coverage of the various Wechsler Scales, Stanford-Binet, DAS, WIAT, Woodcock-Johnson Battery, various measures of adaptive behavior, and other related tests of interest. Test selection, report writing, and diversity issues in appropriate test usage are discussed also. Prerequisite: Candidacy in the MA Psychology Program.
The course examines and compares various methods of personality assessment of adolescents and adults, including standardized tests, behavioral analyses, and interview techniques. Students are given practical experience using the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI), and projective techniques, among other contemporary instruments. Prerequisite: Candidacy in the MA Psychology Program.
This course will provide an understanding of the principles and application of integrating multiple assessments involved in a psychological testing battery. Students will become familiar with interpreting and integrating intellectual, achievement, emotional, and behavioral assessment into a comprehensive report. Report writing styles will be explored and applied. By developing this skill base, students will be able to approach psychological assessment in a comprehensive way and provide reports to answer specific referral questions encountered in applied practice.
This course is designed to provide students with a supervised clinical practice experience and meet the requirements for licensure in the state of Kentucky. Students should contact their advisors early in their programs to arrange for placement and ascertain their required hours and supervision needs. This course must be taken near the end of the student's graduate coursework. Prerequisites: Candidacy in the M.A. Psychology Program; PSYH 660 or an approved course in professional ethics. Formerly PSYH 550. Cross-listed as COUN 688.
This course is designed to provide students with a supervised clinical practice experience and meet the requirements for licensure in the state of Kentucky. Prerequisites: Candidacy in the M.A. Psychology Program; PSYH 660 or an approved course in professional ethics; clinical assessment courses as required for the student’s program. Formerly PSYH 679. Cross-listed as COUN 689.
This course requires completion of a supervised internship for students in the Counseling Psychology program. These courses are taken over two consecutive semesters, with two registrations (PSYH 690 and PSYH 691). These courses are intended to provide students with a comprehensive work experience of a professional counselor. Prerequisite: Candidacy in the M.A. Psychology Program. Cross-listed as COUN 690.
This course completes the internship requirements for students in the Counseling Psychology program. Prerequisites: PSYH 690 and Candidacy in the M.A. Psychology Program. Cross-listed as COUN 691.
The Integrated Project is the capstone for the online MA Psychology program. The project will analyze and synthesize theoretical and applied concepts from a specialized area selected by the student. Students are expected to demonstrate mastery of knowledge, scholarship, and research proficiencies in an identified field of psychology. Prerequisite(s): Candidacy, completion of all course work. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.
This course completes the capstone Integrated Project for the online MA Psychology program. Prerequisite(s): PSYH 696, Candidacy, completion of all course work. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.
(F, S) An introduction into leisure in our society. The course explores: leisure sevice concepts; examines the differences among play, sport, leisure, recreation and work; modern and historic patterns of leisure, delivery systems; and the premise on which the public provision of recreation services is founded.
(F, S) Explores the skills required for survival in the wild. Land navigation, survival (air, shelter, water and food) and wilderness first aid skills will be covered. This course will include off campus class sessions.
(F, S) Introduce students to the specific skills required to explore the back country by mountain bike. Topics covered will include: bike fit, trail riding, environmental issues, bike design and repair, and route planning. Prerequisite: RECM 130 or permission of instructor.