PSYG 601 • Clinical Foundations I (3 units)
Clinical and theoretical foundations of the field of clinical psychology are presented with an emphasis on Client-Centered therapy and the development of beginning level skills. Course includes supervised experience which will be used in assessing eligibility for trainee status.
PSYG 603 • Advanced Psychopathology (3 units)
Socio-cultural, spiritual, emotional, and behavioral deviations of human behavior in adults are explored. Child and adolescent psychopathology is introduced. Course emphasizes the DSM, etiology, differential diagnostic skills, evidence based treatment and an understanding of cultural differences in the expression and assessment of pathology.
PSYG 604 • Ethical and Legal Issues (3 units)
Exploration of the legal and ethical issues pertinent to the field of psychology. The roles and responsibilities of the practitioner are evaluated emphasizing the application of ethical standards to clinical work in varied settings.
PSYG 605 • Family Psychotherapy (3 units)
Examination of the intervention techniques, evidence based practices, and major theories of Marriage and Family Therapy. Application of each theory is evaluated for cultural appropriateness, legal and ethical considerations, working with the severely mentally ill and their families, and use within community mental health services.
PSYG 611 • Clinical Foundations II (1-3 units)
Prerequisite: PSYG 601. This class offers additional training of basic clinical skills with an emphasis on facilitating the capacity for empathic listening, reflection, and skills necessary for building, monitoring, and maintaining a therapeutic alliance.
PSYG 613 • Research Methodology (1 unit)
Overview of behavioral science statistics focusing on how to conduct research, to be an educated consumer of research and to apply research findings to clinical practice.
PSYG 614 • Advanced Developmental Psychology (3 units)
An in-depth exploration of human development through the neurobiological, behavioral, socio-cultural, cognitive, and spiritual perspectives with an emphasis on attachment and clinical application.
PSYG 615 • Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (3 units)
The clinical application of theory, assessment and treatment for children and adolescents is examined. Legal and ethical concerns, therapeutic interventions, diversity, socio-economic factors and development are addressed.
PSYG 616 • Psychodynamic Theory and Treatment (3 units)
Prerequisites: PSYG 603 and PSYG 604. A study of the theories and processes of therapy based on the psychodynamic modality. Emphasis is placed on understanding a client’s internal dynamics. Application is made in relation to theoretical and DSM diagnoses, assessment and treatment of individuals as well as an understanding how this approach can be utilized in multiple settings and with multiple populations.
PSYG 617 • Cognitive-Behavioral Theory and Treatment (3 units)
Prerequisites: PSYG 603 and PSYG 604. A study of the theories and processes of therapy based on the cognitive-behavioral modality. Focus is placed on how belief systems interface with behavior and emotion. Application is made in relation to theoretical diagnosis, assessment and treatment of individuals, particularly with anxiety based or related disorders.
PSYG 618 • Current Psychotherapy Topics (1-3 units)
Study of a current topic within the field of psychotherapy. May be repeated for credit.
PSYG 620 • Clinical and Professional Development (1-3 units)
Prerequisites: PSYG 626. This class offers additional training of clinical skills, psychopathology, diagnoses, legal and ethical issues, report writing, treatment planning, and case conceptualization.
PSYG 626 • Professional Skills in Clinical Practice (3 units)
Prerequisites: PSYG 601, PSYG 603, PSYG 604, and an additional three units from any course(s) in the Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology. Documentation, case report writing, and treatment planning are taught while students are concurrently placed in a field practicum. Students learn how to create professional documents for community mental health settings, legal systems and private practice while developing their clinical skills.
PSYG 704 • Addictive Behaviors (3 units)
Current theoretical and clinical approaches regarding the etiology, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of the spectrum of addictive behaviors are taught, with an emphasis on alcohol and substance abuse.
PSYG 710 • Psychotherapy and Diversity (3 units)
Class focuses on developing the student’s sensitivity, increased self-awareness, understanding and respect for the diversity of human beings and examines how issues of diversity are related to the therapeutic process. Emphasis is placed on enhancing cultural competency.
PSYG 711 • Violence, Abuse and Trauma (2 units)
Theoretical, legal and ethical understanding of abuse, trauma and crisis is explored by examining prevention, intervention, assessment, treatment and clinical application. Child Abuse, Domestic Violence and Family Violence are emphasized.
PSYG 712 • Psychology, Theology and Spirituality (3 units)
Explores the integration of psychology, theology and spiritual formation and how it effects the mental health of the client. Consideration given to the role of the therapist and the therapeutic relationship with an emphasis on the Christian faith.
PSYG 716 • Couples Psychotherapy (3 units)
Theories of couple therapy are examined, including evidence based practices, emotionally focused therapy, systems theory, couple assessment, and therapeutic interventions.
PSYG 717 • Group Psychotherapy (3 units)
A study of the theories and processes of therapy based on the group modality. Focus is placed on the concepts of the primary therapeutic factors, stages, interventions, critical incidents and diversity. Application is made to group dynamics and development of clinical skills.
PSYG 720 • Clinical Psychopharmacology (2 units)
Prerequisite: PSYG 603. Overview of current research and use of psychotropic medications for the spectrum of disorders as described in the DSM are presented. Ethical, legal, and scope of practice issues are included.
PSYG 724 • Psychosocial Stressors and Mental Health (3 units)
Prerequisites: PSYG 603 and PSYG 604. Examination of the unique theoretical and clinical components related to working with minors, the elderly, and issues related to pregnancy, death and dying. Students are trained to work within the public mental health system and with the severely mentally ill. Placement within the legal system, housing and healthcare alternatives will be explored.
PSYG 725 • Psychological Testing (3 units)
Prerequisite: PSYG 613, PSYG 626. Basic testing skills are developed and psychometric theory is emphasized. Students are trained in the administration, scoring, interpretation and application of resulting data. Culturally appropriate use of assessment tools is included.
PSYG 726 • Case Conceptualization (1.5 units)
Prerequisite: PSYG 626. In-depth processing of clinical casework with emphasis on case conceptualization, etiology, diagnosing both theoretically and according to the DSM, treatment planning and prognosis. Case management and use of supervision are discussed with emphasis on appropriate referrals. Concurrent field placement is required for this course.
PSYG 727 • Practicum (0.5-1.5 units)
Prerequisites: PSYG 626 and permission of professor. Practicum placement management and oversight. Concurrent field placement is required for this course.
PSYG 765 • Comprehensive Project (3 units)
Prerequisites: Final semester or by permission of professor. This comprehensive class assists the student in the synthesis of knowledge gained over the span of the graduate program for the purpose of furthering professional identity and competency. This class is completed during the final semester of coursework. Exit Project is completed and field placement is required concurrently with this course.
PSYG 799 • Continuing Registration (1-4 units)
May be required for each semester in which the student is not enrolled in any program coursework. May be required until all graduation requirements have been met. Credit does not count toward Master’s degree requirements. PSYG 799 will carry a grade of “CE” (continuing enrollment) until all course requirements are met, at which time the grade will be changed to “CR” (credit).
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