Houston Baptist University Catalog

Psychology ( PSYC ) Course Descriptions

  • PSYC 1313 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY

    PSYC 1313 General Psychology
    Prerequisite(s): None
    An introductory course dealing with the major content areas in psychology. Topics may include heredity and environment, emotions and motivation, perception, learning, personality, and intelligence. This course may be taken to meet Smith College requirements and as an elective by non-psychology majors. It is required for psychology majors.

  • PSYC 2181 SPECIAL TOP/INDEPENDENT STUDY

    PSYC 2181 Special Topics/Independent Study
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included.

  • PSYC 2301 INTRO STAT:BEH SCI

    PSYC 2301 Introductory Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
    Prerequisite: MATH 1305 and MATH 1313 or the equivalent
    The course provides an introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics, correlation, probability, and regression-with applications in behavioral sciences. (Offered also as SOCI 2301.)

  • PSYC 2311 SCHOOLS AND LEARNING

    PSYC 2311 Schools and Learning
    Prerequisite(s): None
    A study of philosophical, cultural, and psychological constructs as well as ethical principles which influence education, schooling, and learning. Observation and experience in schools is combined with intensive analyses and applications of principles from philosophy, sociology, psychology, and ethics (as they apply to education and schooling). This course does not count toward a psychology major. (Offered also as EDUC 2311 and SOCI 2311.)

  • PSYC 2325 DATING/INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS

    PSYC 2325 Dating and Intimate Relationships
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This is an introductory course understanding close relationships. It will cover the research on relationships from dating through family formation. This course will survey the scientific research about how people are attracted to each other and the processes of establishing and maintaining a dating relationship. The effects of cohabiting will be examined and its relationship on children. How this intimacy develops into a healthy marital relationship and how the stresses of marriage can threaten this intimacy is covered. The causes of divorce and the special challenges of single-parenting and intimacy are addressed.

  • PSYC 2330 HUMAN SEXUALITY

    PSYC 2330 Human Sexuality
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This is an introductory course about human sexuality. It will survey a variety of topics from biological to psychological to social aspects of human sexuality. This course will provide a scientific understanding of the historical, biological, psychological and social/cultural influences on human sexuality and its expression. Information about human sexuality across the lifespan will be included. This course provides information about sexual identity, orientation, and how changing sexual attitudes are influencing the culture. This course also provides information about the prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections. Information about the biological and psychological causes of sexual dysfunction and their treatments will also be covered.

  • PSYC 2340 HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY

    PSYC 2340 Health Psychology
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Health Psychology is an introductory course dealing with the major content areas of health psychology. Topics include: an overview of the field of health psychology, major body systems, important theoretical models for explaining, promoting, and changing health behaviors, and moderators for stress and coping. The psychosocial aspects of pain, coronary heart disease, hypertension, stroke, diabetes, and other chronic health conditions will also be introduced. (Offered also as KINE 2340.)

  • PSYC 2364 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY

    PSYC 2364 Abnormal Psychology
    Prerequisite(s): PSYC 1313
    A study of normal and abnormal psychological functioning, psychological disorders, behavioral disorders, psychosomatic illnesses, and substance abuses. May be taken by non-psychology majors as an elective. Recommended for majors in nursing, education, and areas which deal with problems of persons.

  • PSYC 2381 SPECIAL TOP/INDEPENDENT STUDY

    PSYC 2381 Special Topics/Independent Study
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included.

  • PSYC 3303 RESEARCH METHODS

    PSYC 3303 Research Methods
    Prerequisite(s): PSYC 2301 and (WRIT 2306 or WRIT 3304)
    This is an applied research course for psychology majors. Students are introduced to research design and methods for behavioral sciences to include experiments and correlational studies. Applied projects include using library databases, reading and critically reviewing current empirical literature, proposing original research, writing hypotheses, and discerning appropriate data analyses and statistics. (Offered also as SOCI 3303.)

  • PSYC 3305 PSYCHOLOGY OF PERSONALITY

    PSYC 3305 Psychology of Personality
    Prerequisite(s): PSYC 1313
    This course reviews the major theories of personality as they relate to explanations of human behavior, mental processes, and development. Issues of formal theory development and evaluation of formal theories are addressed. May be used as an advanced elective by psychology majors.

  • PSYC 3313 HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

    PSYC 3313 Human Growth and Development
    Prerequisite(s): PSYC 1313
    An upper level psychology elective, this course is designed to emphasize the continuity of human development throughout the life span. The interrelationships among physical, cognitive and psychosocial development will be emphasized.

  • PSYC 3320 INTRODUCTION TO ART THERAPY

    PSYC 3320 Introduction to Art Therapy
    Prerequisite(s): ART 1303 and ART 1313 and ART 1323 and ART 2394 and ART 3373 and PSYC 1313 and PSYC 2364 and PSYC 3305 and PSYC 3313
    This course is presented as a workshop, integrating theoretical learning with practice and experience. The course includes lectures, readings, and class discussions alongside personal experience and art groups. The practical aspects require an open minded approach and willingness to work creatively with different textiles as means to develop awareness of intra- and inter-personal processes.

  • PSYC 3343 EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

    PSYC 3343 Experimental Psychology
    Prerequisite(s): PSYC 1313 and PSYC 2301 and (WRIT 2306 or WRIT 3304)
    This is an applied research course for psychology majors. Research design for experiments, co-relational studies and more complex research projects are studied. Actual projects are performed with formal project and laboratory reports filed for each such completed study. Quantitative methods and their applications are emphasized, including the use of descriptive, inferential and multivariate statistics.

  • PSYC 3410 EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

    PSYC 3410 Experimental Psychology
    Prerequisite(s): PSYC 1313 and (PSYC 2301 or SOCI 2301)
    Experimental psychology is an applied research course for psychology majors. Basic research methods and terminology will be presented and practiced in the classroom and these principles then applied in a computer lab. Research design for experiments, correlational studies, and more complex research projects will be critically reviewed. Students will be expected to participate in the early stages of designing a quantitative research study to include a critical review of the literature, formulating testable hypotheses, choosing an appropriate research design and outlining the methods and analyses. Applied statistical analyses will be reviewed and then practiced with SPSS software in the lab.

  • PSYC 4181 SPECIAL TOP/INDEPENDENT STUDY

    PSYC 4181 Special Topics/Independent Study
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included.

  • PSYC 4281 SPECIAL TOP/INDEPENDENT STUDY

    PSYC 4281 Special Topics/Independent Study
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included.

  • PSYC 4292 SR SEM: EXPERIMENTAL PSYC

    PSYC 4292 Senior Seminar in Experimental Psychology
    Prerequisite(s): PSYC 2301 and PSYC 3343 and (WRIT 2306 or WRIT 3304) and 15 hours in psychology
    In this course the student designs an original research project, preparing a proposal which describes the problem, the hypotheses, the review of literature, techniques to be used, and other components normally found in research proposals. See Note 9 under Undergraduate Degree Requirements.

  • PSYC 4295 SENIOR SEMINAR IN EXP PSYC

    PSYC 4295 Senior Seminar in Experimental Psychology
    Prerequisite(s): PSYC 4292
    The student conducts an approved research project and prepares a report which includes findings and conclusions. See Note 9 under Undergraduate Degree Requirements.

  • PSYC 4310 HIST & THEORETICAL SYS: PSYC

    PSYC 4310 History and Theoretical Systems in Psychology
    Prerequisite(s): PSYC 1313 and at least 64 credit hrs
    This course surveys current systems of thought in psychology and reviews the major philosophical and historical underpinnings of the discipline. Relevant material from scientific research, including the biological and physical sciences, will be included.

  • PSYC 4316 CHILD PSYCHOPATHOLOGY

    PSYC 4316 Child Psychopathology
    Prerequisite(s): PSYC 1313 and (WRIT 2306 or WRIT 3304)
    This course will focus on major forms of atypical development in childhood and adolescence. Course material will include disorders of behavior, disorders of emotion, developmental and learning problems, and problems related to mental health. Child and adolescent disorders will be discussed in terms of defining characteristics, associated features, possible causes, theoretical formulations, research evidence, and current approaches to intervention and prevention. The possible developmental course of each disorder will be presented to show how biological, psychological and socio-cultural factors interact with the child’s environment to determine the expression of atypical development.

  • PSYC 4322 COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY

    PSYC 4322 Cognitive Psychology
    Prerequisite(s): PSYC 1313 and at least 64 credit hours and any BIOL course with a grade of ‘C’ or better
    Cognitive psychology is the study of the mind, how we perceive the world, remember, reason, think, and learn. This course will present an overview of cognitive psychology, its findings, theories, and approach. Topics covered will include pattern recognition, attention, memory, imagery, concepts and categorization, and problem solving.

  • PSYC 4323 THEORIES OF COUNSELING

    PSYC 4323 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
    Prerequisite(s): PSYC 1313 and (WRIT 2306 or WRIT 3304)
    Comprehensive and intensive study of major theoretical orientations in counseling and psychotherapy, stressing implications for research and practice. Includes experiences in micro-counseling and other simulations to develop counseling skills.

  • PSYC 4326 PSYCHOLOGY OF DEATH AND DYING

    PSYC 4326 Psychology of Dying, Bereavement, and Counseling
    Prerequisite(s): WRIT 2306 or WRIT 3304
    A course dealing with the process of dying and grief of the survivors. The psychological adjustments of the individual, family, and professional are examined. How to facilitate grief as well as therapeutic issues are discussed.

  • PSYC 4330 PSYCHOLOGY OF LEARNING

    PSYC 4330 Psychology of Learning
    Prerequisite(s): None
    A course stressing the contributions of major learning theories to understanding behavior. Particular attention is paid to human learning and the applicability of learning theory to the educational process as well as to goal attainments. (Offered also as EDUC 4330.)

  • PSYC 4332 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

    PSYC 4332 Social Psychology
    Prerequisite(s): At least 64 credit hrs
    Contemporary approaches to social behavior are considered. Cultural influences, prejudice, persuasion, conformity, attribution theories, and social cognitions are some of the topics addressed.

  • PSYC 4334 PSYCHOLOGY OF RELIGION

    PSYC 4334 Psychology of Religion
    Prerequisite(s): CHRI 1313 and CHRI 1323 and at least 64 credit hrs
    The insights of psychology as a science are used to inspect and evaluate the religious dimensions of life. How religion effects religious development, health, experience, and relationships in the church, family, and marriage will be covered. (Offered also as CHRI 4334.)

  • PSYC 4340 ART THERAPY WITH CHILDREN

    PSYC 4340 Art Therapy with Children
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding and practical approaches to the assessment and treatment of infants, young children, and adolescents. Students will develop clinical skills in the areas of observation, assessment, diagnosis, intervention, treatment planning and referral to community resources. Students will be provided with hands-on experience in the use of art therapy techniques used in assessing and treating children. Students will become familiar with the documentation and the professional language used in communicating with agencies that provide children’s services. Cultural diversity will be included in discussions of children and adolescents and its impact on assessments and treatment planning.

  • PSYC 4341 PREPROFESSIONAL ART THERAPY

    PSYC 4341 Pre-Professional Art Therapy Capstone Course
    Prerequisite(s): PSYC 3320 and PSYC 4340
    Supervised internship in the practice of art therapy counseling with individuals, groups and/or families. The internship seminar is designed to help students develop their techniques of practice in art therapy and counseling and their application of art therapy to various populations and settings, including ethical and legal issues of art therapy practice. Students complete internship hours at predetermined site(s) off campus, participate in seminars as scheduled, and individual supervision.

  • PSYC 4353 PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY

    PSYC 4353 Physiological Psychology
    Prerequisite(s): None
    A study of the physiological bases of behavior, with emphasis on learning the relationships between the functioning of the brain and nervous system with observable behavior. Neurodevelopment, the effects of drugs, and the biological basis of psychopathology will be some of the topics covered.

  • PSYC 4357 MTHDS/STRATGS CHRI COUNSELING

    PSYC 4357 Methods and Strategies of Christian Counseling
    Prerequisite(s): None
    In this course a different Christian mindfulness technique will be introduced and practiced each week. Biblical counseling techniques will be surveyed and practiced. The use of non-judgmental techniques and the importance of cognitive behavioral techniques to practice will be emphasized.

  • PSYC 4360 CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY

    PSYC 4360 Cultural Psychology
    Prerequisite(s): PSYC 1313 and at least 64 credit hours
    The course will introduce counseling relationships and processes. Included in the study are theories of multicultural counseling, dimensions of worldviews, racial/cultural identity development, counseling ethnic minorities, bicultural/biracial minorities, women, and sexual minorities. The main focus of the course will be gaining practical knowledge and skills necessary to work effectively with ethnically and culturally diverse clients in North America.

  • PSYC 4381 SPECIAL TOP/INDEPENDENT STUDY

    PSYC 4381 Special Topics/Independent Study
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included.

  • PSYC 4390 PSYCHOLOGY SENIOR CAPSTONE

    PSYC 4390 Psychology Capstone Course
    Prerequisite(s): PSYC 3410 and Senior standing
    This course is the culminating experience for the psychology major. Students will incorporate the essential core concepts of psychology into one of two domains. Domain I will focus on an in-depth original research project written according to American Psychological Association guidelines. Domain II will focus on an internship at an approved site.

  • PSYC 5181 SPECIAL TOP/INDEPENDENT STUDY

    PSYC 5181 Special Topics/Independent Study
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included.

  • PSYC 5281 SPEICAL TOP/INDEPENDENT STUDY

    PSYC 5281 Special Topics/Independent Study
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included.

  • PSYC 5300 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY

    PSYC 5300 General Psychology
    Prerequisite(s): None
    An introductory course dealing with the major content areas in psychology. Topics may include heredity and environment, emotions and motivation, perception, learning, personality, and intelligence. An examination of how introductory principles are applied in licensure programs is addressed. This course is taken by students fulfilling the leveling requirement for a master’s degree in psychology or counseling.

  • PSYC 5301 INTRO STATISTICS BEHAVIOR SCI

    PSYC 5301 Introductory Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course provides an intermediate level introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics, correlation, probability, and regression with applications in behavioral sciences. This course is taken by students fulfilling the leveling requirement for a Master’s degree in psychology or counseling.

  • PSYC 5302 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY

    PSYC 5302 Abnormal Psychology
    Prerequisite(s): None
    A study of normal and abnormal psychological functioning, psychological disorders, psychosomatic illnesses, and substance abuses. May be taken by non-psychology majors as an elective. This course is taken by students fulfilling the leveling requirement for a Master’s degree in psychology or counseling.

  • PSYC 5310 ETHICAL/ PROFESSIONAL ISSUES

    PSYC 5310 Ethical and Professional Issues in Psychology and Counseling
    Prerequisite(s): None
    A seminar format will provide the student with opportunities to study ethical standards and applications in mental health fields.

  • PSYC 5312 MARRIAGE/COUPLE/FAMILY COUNSEL

    PSYC 5312 Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling Theories
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course is an introduction to the field of couples and family therapy. It will feature theory and practice in the treatment of dyadic relationships, marriages, and families (including families with children). Students will develop an understanding of the prominent theories, including emphasis on systems theories that form the basis of relevant therapy approaches. (Offered also as COUN 5312).

  • PSYC 5313 METH & TECH: COUNSELING

    PSYC 5313 Methods and Techniques in Counseling
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course will introduce the student to those counseling skills which communicate the qualities of empathy, genuineness and unconditional positive regard, and which facilitate building the foundation of the therapeutic working alliance. The course will include extensive skills-practice, role-playing, and videotaped exercises. Intake skills and additional counseling techniques will be introduced didactically and practiced in class. Course is offered only in residential format. (Offered also as COUN 5313).

  • PSYC 5314 METHODS/TECH: CHRI COUNSEL

    PSYC 5314 Methods and Techniques in Christian Counseling
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course is designed to introduce graduate students to basic techniques, methods, and theories behind the practice of Christian counseling and to integrate established psychotherapeutic techniques into the practice Christian counseling.

  • PSYC 5315 CHRISTIAN INTEGRATION I

    PSYC 5315 Christian Integration Seminar I
    Prerequisite(s): None
    The purpose of this course is to help the student begin a path to effectively integrate their Christian faith with psychology and counseling. Theological backgrounds of counseling, major theories of Christian integration with counseling and the role of the Christian counselor in society will be examined. The student will formulate their own Christian integration perspective based on activities and readings in the course. This course is to be taken in the student’s first year in the MACC program.

  • PSYC 5316 CHILD PSYCHOPATHOLOGY

    PSYC 5316 Child Psychopathology
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course will focus on major forms of atypical development in childhood and adolescence. Course material will include disorders of behavior, disorders of emotion, developmental and learning problems, and problems related to mental health. Child and adolescent disorders will be discussed in terms of defining characteristics, associated features, possible causes, theoretical formulations, research evidence, and current approaches to intervention and prevention. The possible developmental course of each disorder will be presented to show how biological, psychological and socio-cultural factors interact with the child’s environment to determine the expression of atypical development.

  • PSYC 5323 THEORY: COUNSEL & PSYCHOTHER

    PSYC 5323 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Comprehensive and intensive study of major theoretical orientations in counseling and psychotherapy, stressing implications for research and practice. Includes experiences in micro-counseling and other simulations to develop counseling skills. Course is offered only in residential format. (Offered also as COUN 5323.)

  • PSYC 5330 PSYCHOLOGY OF LEARNING

    PSYC 5330 Psychology of Learning
    Prerequisite(s): None
    A course stressing the contributions of major learning theories to understanding behavior. Particular attention is paid to human learning and the applicability of learning theory to the educational process as well as to goal attainments.

  • PSYC 5332 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

    PSYC 5332 Social Psychology
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Contemporary approaches to social behavior are considered. Cultural influences, prejudice, persuasion, conformity, attribution theories, and social cognitions are some of the topics addressed.

  • PSYC 5334 PSYCHOLOGY OF RELIGION

    PSYC 5334 Psychology of Religion
    Prerequisite(s): None
    The insights of psychology as a science are used to inspect and evaluate the religious dimensions of life. How religion effects religious development, health, experience, and relationships in the church, family, and marriage will be covered.

  • PSYC 5353 PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY

    PSYC 5353 Physiological Psychology
    Prerequisite(s): None
    A study of physiological bases of behavior with an emphasis on mental disorders, behaviors, and emotions. Psychopharmacological medications are addressed in depth.

  • PSYC 5360 CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY

    PSYC 5360 Cultural Psychology
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course is designed to strengthen diversity and multicultural awareness among counselors and other mental health providers. The course will strengthen counseling relationships and processes. Included in the study are theories of multicultural counseling, dimensions of worldviews, racial/cultural identity development, counseling ethnic minorities, bicultural/biracial minorities, women, and sexual minorities. The main focus of the course will be on gaining practical knowledge and skills necessary to work effectively with ethnically and culturally diverse clients in North America.

  • PSYC 5381 SPECIAL TOP/INDEPENDENT STUDY

    PSYC 5381 Special Topics/Independent Study
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included.

  • PSYC 6101 LICENSED SPEC: SCHL PSYC INTRN

    PSYC 6101 Licensed Specialist in School Psychology Internship
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course is designed for students in the Masters of Arts in Psychology-LSSP and LSSP with Re-specialization programs. The internship experience is a minimum of 1200 contact hours, of which 600 must be in a public school supervised by an individual qualified in accordance with state requirements. A licensed psychologist must supervise the non-school experience. The student must complete the internship in less than two years and in no more than two sites. The student must have direct, systematic supervision with experiences that include assessment, intervention, behavior management, and consultation for children representing a range of ages, populations, and needs. This course meets on campus.

  • PSYC 6102 LICENSED SPEC: SCHL PSYC INTRN

    PSYC 6102 Licensed Specialist in School Psychology Internship
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course is designed for students in the Masters of Arts in Psychology-LSSP and LSSP with Re-specialization programs. The internship experience is a minimum of 1200 contact hours, of which 600 must be in a public school supervised by an individual qualified in accordance with state requirements. A licensed psychologist must supervise the non-school experience. The student must complete the internship in less than two years and in no more than two sites. The student must have direct, systematic supervision with experiences that include assessment, intervention, behavior management, and consultation for children representing a range of ages, populations, and needs. This course meets on campus.

  • PSYC 6103 LICENSED SPEC: SCHL PSYC INTRN

    PSYC 6103 Licensed Specialist in School Psychology Internship
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course is designed for students in the Masters of Arts in Psychology-LSSP and LSSP with Re-specialization programs. The internship experience is a minimum of 1200 contact hours, of which 600 must be in a public school supervised by an individual qualified in accordance with state requirements. A licensed psychologist must supervise the non-school experience. The student must complete the internship in less than two years and in no more than two sites. The student must have direct, systematic supervision with experiences that include assessment, intervention, behavior management, and consultation for children representing a range of ages, populations, and needs. This course meets on campus.

  • PSYC 6104 LICENSED SPEC: SCHL PSYC INTRN

    PSYC 6104 Licensed Specialist in School Psychology Internship
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course is designed for students in the Masters of Arts in Psychology-LSSP and LSSP with Re-specialization programs. The internship experience is a minimum of 1200 contact hours, of which 600 must be in a public school supervised by an individual qualified in accordance with state requirements. A licensed psychologist must supervise the non-school experience. The student must complete the internship in less than two years and in no more than two sites. The student must have direct, systematic supervision with experiences that include assessment, intervention, behavior management, and consultation for children representing a range of ages, populations, and needs. This course meets on campus.

  • PSYC 6105 LICENSED SPECIALIST IN SCHOOL

    PSYC 6105 Licensed Specialist in School Psychology Internship
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course is designed for students in the Masters of Arts in Psychology-LSSP and LSSP with Re-specialization programs. The internship experience is a minimum of 1200 contact hours, of which 600 must be in a public school supervised by an individual qualified in accordance with state requirements. A licensed psychologist must supervise the non-school experience. The student must complete the internship in less than two years and in no more than two sites. The student must have direct, systematic supervision with experiences that include assessment, intervention, behavior management, and consultation for children representing a range of ages, populations, and needs. This course meets on campus.

  • PSYC 6106 LICENSED SPECIALIST IN SCHOOL

    PSYC 6106 Licensed Specialist in School Psychology Internship
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course is designed for students in the Masters of Arts in Psychology-LSSP and LSSP with Re-specialization programs. The internship experience is a minimum of 1200 contact hours, of which 600 must be in a public school supervised by an individual qualified in accordance with state requirements. A licensed psychologist must supervise the non-school experience. The student must complete the internship in less than two years and in no more than two sites. The student must have direct, systematic supervision with experiences that include assessment, intervention, behavior management, and consultation for children representing a range of ages, populations, and needs. This course meets on campus.

  • PSYC 6161 INDEPENDENT COMPREHENSIVE STDY

    PSYC 6161 Independent Comprehensive Study
    Prerequisite(s): PSYC 5310 and PSYC 5312 and PSYC 5313 and PSYC 5323 and PSYC 5360 and PSYC 6301 and PSYC 6302 and PSYC 6306 and PSYC 6308 and PSYC 6310 and PSYC 6320 and overall GPA 3.0 or higher
    This course is designed to facilitate students’ successful completion of the Oral Comprehensive Exam. Students register for this course if they have completed all other coursework but have not yet met the Oral Exam completion requirement for graduation. In the first half of the semester, the class will focus on time management, study strategies, and self-care/coping strategies. In the latter portion of the semester, this course will focus on application of knowledge to career and post-graduation planning. Throughout the semester, students and instructor will plan and co-monitor their progress toward degree completion.

  • PSYC 6181 SPECIAL TOP/INDEPENDENT STUDY

    PSYC 6181 Special Topics/Independent Study
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included.

  • PSYC 6191 COUNSELING PRACTICUM

    PSYC 6191 Counseling Practicum
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Supervised laboratory experiences in individual and group counseling with emphasis upon methods and techniques. Competence in counseling with varied types of human concerns is developed. All practicum students must be involved in counseling activities and must exhibit skills in evaluation as well. This course meets on campus when the student is involved in an off-campus practicum assignment.

  • PSYC 6192 PRACTICUM IN PSYCHOLOGY

    PSYC 6192 Counseling Practicum
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Supervised laboratory experiences in individual and group counseling with emphasis upon methods and techniques. Competence in counseling with varied types of human concerns is developed. All practicum students must be involved in counseling activities and must exhibit skills in evaluation as well. This course meets on campus when the student is involved in an off-campus practicum assignment.

  • PSYC 6193 COUNSELING PRACTICUM

    PSYC 6193 Counseling Practicum
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Supervised laboratory experiences in individual and group counseling with emphasis upon methods and techniques. Competence in counseling with varied types of human concerns is developed. All practicum students must be involved in counseling activities and must exhibit skills in evaluation as well. This course meets on campus when the student is involved in an off-campus practicum assignment.

  • PSYC 6197 LICENSURE STANDARD REVIEW

    PSYC 6197 Licensure Standards Review
    Prerequisite(s): PSYC 5310, PSYC 5312, PSYC 5313, PSYC 5323, PSYC 5360, PSYC 6301, PSYC 6302, PYSC 6306, PSYC 6308, PSYC 6310, and PSYC 6320; overall GPA 3.0 or higher
    This preparation course is a one-hour course, taught by a core faculty member. This course reviews national standards, study strategies, and assess students’ base knowledge in each area covered on the National Counselor Exam. Students must pass this class with a B or better, and they may not score lower than 80% on more than two individual exams. In this case, they are required to retake the course before becoming eligible to sit for the Department of Psychology oral exam. Students with a GPA of 3.75 or higher are not required to take PSYC 6197.

  • PSYC 6199 THESIS DEFENSE

    PSYC 6199 Thesis Defense
    Prerequisite(s): PSYC 6324 and the successful completion of 30 hrs of course work in the MPA-General Program
    This course is for students in the MAP-General program who have successfully completed the research project requirement for PSYC 6324. Students will select an advisory committee to prepare for formal manuscript preparation and the oral defense of the thesis.

  • PSYC 6281 SPECIAL TOP/INDEPENDENT STUDY

    PSYC 6281 Special Topics/Independent Study
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included.

  • PSYC 6301 PRIN:HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

    PSYC 6301 Principles of Human Development
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Intensive study and examination of literature and theory in developmental psychology as it relates to persons through the lifespan from infancy through adulthood. Social and personality development, intellectual development, language acquisition, and developmental expectations are emphasized. The unique concerns of the exceptional child are studied as well as in-depth, case-study skill development. (Offered also as EPSY 6301.)

  • PSYC 6302 MEASUREMENT AND APPRAISAL

    PSYC 6302 Measurement and Appraisal
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Principles and techniques of psychological measurement are emphasized. Major instruments are surveyed, exclusive of projective measures and individual intellectual measures. The knowledge and skills covered can apply in a variety of settings; agencies, clinics, schools, and businesses. Uses and critical evaluation of achievement, aptitude, interest, and non-projective personality tests are included, as are experiences in administering and scoring of tests, and ethical standards for uses of tests. (Offered also as EPSY 6302.)

  • PSYC 6305 INDIVIDUAL PSYC EVAL

    PSYC 6305 Individual Psychological Evaluation
    Prerequisite(s): EPSY 6302 or PSYC 6302
    Review of theory underlying individual ability tests; supervised practice in test administration, scoring, and interpretation. Skills in report preparation are addressed. The Wechsler scales are emphasized. (Offered also as EPSY 6305 and EDSP 6305.)

  • PSYC 6306 CAREER INFO/CAREER COUNSELING

    PSYC 6306 Career Information and Career Counseling
    Prerequisite(s): EPSY 6302 or PSYC 6302
    This course is focused on methods and processes of collecting, organizing, evaluating, and interpreting educational, occupational, and personal-social information for the purpose of helping others to engage in meaningful, satisfying vocations. The major theories of career development are emphasized. (Offered also as COUN 6306).

  • PSYC 6308 METHODS OF GROUP PROCESS

    PSYC 6308 Methods of Group Process
    Prerequisite(s): PSYC 5313 and PSYC 5323
    This is a course in learning how to lead out-patient psychotherapy/counseling groups. The dynamics of group process are described and theories of psychotherapy are applied to groups. Students design a psychoeducational group manual. Groups are conducted and led by students for at least 10 hours of class time, which allows students oportunities to practice group leadership. Feedback is provided by classmates and the professor. Course is offered only in residential format. (Offered also as COUN 6308.)

  • PSYC 6310 CLINICAL PSYCHOPATHOLOGY

    PSYC 6310 Clinical Psychopathology
    Prerequisite(s): 18 graduate semester hours in psychology and a 3.0 GPA
    A course that examines the etiology, symptoms, diagnosis, prognosis and therapeutic methods applicable to the major psychological disorders. Emphasis is placed on being able to differentiate one disorder from the other.

  • PSYC 6311 ADDICTIONS/COMPULSIVE DISORDER

    PSYC 6311 Addictions and Compulsive Disorders
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course examines a variety of models for the etiology and treatment of addictions with an emphasis on the biopsychological perspective. Students are encouraged to integrate empirically based intervention into Christian counseling settings.

  • PSYC 6315 CHRISTIAN INTEGRATION II

    PSYC 6315 Christian Integration Seminar II
    Prerequisite(s): PSYC 5315 and at least 21 hours completed since taking PSYC 5315
    This course is an advanced survey course in the field of Christian Counseling. Students will learn how to apply the prominent theories that form the basis of Christian Counseling and develop a working knowledge of the special ethical and cultural considerations unique to the Christian counselor.

  • PSYC 6320 RESEARCH TECH & PROC

    PSYC 6320 Research Techniques and Procedures
    Prerequisite(s): None
    A study of a spectrum of research methods related to psychological and educational research. The course is designed to develop research knowledge and skills. Included are theory, techniques, designs, evaluation of research, and integration of findings into professional decision-making. (Offered also as EDUC 6320 and EDAD 6310.)

  • PSYC 6324 RESEARCH SEMINAR

    PSYC 6324 Research Seminar
    Prerequisite(s): PSYC 6320
    The student conducts an approved research project and prepares a report of findings of sufficient quality to be submitted for professional publication.

  • PSYC 6330 TRAUMA AND CRISIS INTERVENTION

    PSYC 6330 Trauma and Crisis Intervention
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course is designed to prepare students to understand the nature of crisis, trauma, and disasters, including the appropriateness of diagnosis, to work with clients who have experienced trauma and/or interpersonal violence, to utilize crisis intervention and suicide prevention strategies, to understand psychological first aid, to introduce counselors’ roles and responsibilities as members of an interdisciplinary emergency management response team during a local, regional, or national crisis, disaster or other trauma-causing event, and to address counselor self-care and burnout.

  • PSYC 6343 PERSONALITY ASSESSMENT

    PSYC 6343 Personality Assessment
    Prerequisite(s): (PSYC 6302 or EPSY 6302) and (PSYC 6305 or EPSY 6305) and PSYC 6310
    This course is an introduction to projective and objective psychological testing techniques used in the evaluation of people exhibiting mental, emotional, and/or behavioral disturbances. Report writing skills are addressed.

  • PSYC 6381 SPECIAL TOP/INDEPENDENT STUDY

    PSYC 6381 Special Topics/Independent Study
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included.