Samuel J. Maddox, Ph.D.
College of Arts and Sciences
Nichelle Jackson-Gause, Ph.D.
College of Arts & Sciences
(678) 466-4899 (fax)
Advanced Development (PSYC 5000) (3-0-3) The exploration of seminal theories of human development, including Freud, Erikson, Piaget, Gibson, and the Information Processing perspective. Students will learn the distinguishing features of the different theoretical perspectives and evaluate how these theories influence practice in applied settings.
Ethics in Clinical Settings (PSYC 5010) (3-0-3) This course is designed to teach students to evaluate ethical issues related to applied professional practice in human services in a systematic way. Students will become familiar with professional ethics codes and develop an ability to apply these codes to a variety of specific problem situations. The course also examines ethical and legal standards, risk management, and professional credentialing.
Cultural Issues in Applied Settings (PSYC 5020) (3-0-3) A focus on multicultural trends and characteristics of diverse groups, including how attitudes and behaviors are influenced by factors such as gender, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and disability. Students are encouraged to explore personal attitudes, stereotypes, biases, myths, and misconceptions about culturally diverse people and how these may impact the practice of psychology.
Advanced Research Methods and Statistics I: Parametric Approaches and Experimental Designs (PSYC 5040) (3-0-3) The first of a two-course sequence, this course focuses on the major methodological approaches utilized in clinical and developmental research settings. Emphasis will be placed on the common parametric approaches for evaluating group differences. Emphasis is also placed on understanding the fundamentals of the research process including how to design, conduct, analyze, report, and critically evaluate psychological research. Statistical computer packages will be integrated in order to learn how to practically apply descriptive and inferential statistics to the design and interpretation of experimental research methods.
The Helping Relationship (PSYC 5160) (3-0-3) Practical introduction to skills need to establish and maintain a successful therapeutic relationship, as well as an exploration of the various interpersonal and intrapersonal issues that may need to be addressed in such relationships. The course also addresses professional development issues. The course will include role-playing and other experiential exercises as part of the learning process.
Advanced Psychopathology and Diagnosis (PSYC 5350) (3-0-3) Course is designed to instruct students in the phenomenon of adult psychopathology and the present diagnostic system used by the majority of mental health professionals. The course will consider psychopathology from a descriptive and etiological perspective, review theoretical and research contributions to our understanding of the etiology and maintenance of psychopathology, as well as provide an introduction to diagnostic interviewing.
Theories and Practice of Psychotherapy (PSYC 5170) (3-0-3) A study of theories and techniques of individual psychotherapy using a variety of models, including behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, integrative approaches, as well as crisis intervention. Emphasis is placed on learning to discern which approaches are best suited to individual clients and problems.
Advanced Theories and Practice of Psychotherapy (PSYC 5180) (3-0-3) This course is a continuation of Theories and Practice of Psychotherapy I. It is designed to continue to introduce student to crisis intervention and research and application of therapeutic techniques of individual psychotherapy using a variety of models, including behavioral, cognitive, manualized, and integrative approaches to particular mental health disorders. Students will also be introduced to psychopharmacology.
Theories and Practice of Psychotherapy with Youth (PSYC 5190) (3-0-3) This didactic/experiential course presents theories and techniques of individual psychotherapy with children and adolescents (ages 6-17) using a variety of empirically supported models, including but not limited to behavioral, cognitive, trauma-focused, narrative and play-based approaches. Emphasis is placed on learning to discern which approaches are best suited to individual clients and problems.
Group Therapy (PSYC 5150) (3-0-3) An exploration of the theory and practice of group psychotherapy. Emphasis is on learning how to develop and lead therapy groups. An experiential component is included with students leading and participating in process groups.
Family & Couples Therapy (PSYC 5200) (3-0-3) A focused examination of assessment and psychotherapy with couples and families. Students will learn a variety of theories and approaches to working with the family system.
Introduction to Psychological Assessment (PSYC 6120) (3-0-3) This didactic/experiential course will review and explore various theories and procedures in the administration, scoring, interpretation, synthesis and report writing for various observational, diagnostic and multi-informant assessments for adults, children and adolescents and their families. Relevant cultural, ethical and legal ramifications of assessment will also be explored.
Career Development Theory & Practice (PSYC 6520) (3-0-3) This course will provide a foundation of the theoretical concepts associated with career development theories, career and personality assessments, and the practice of career counseling. The focus will be on career development theories, concepts, models, assumptions, and research. Emphasis will be placed on lifestyle and career development, life-planning, assessment, and occupation information from a multicultural perspective and in a variety of career counseling settings.
Psychopharmacology & Drugs of Abuse (PSYC 6500) (3-0-3) This course will review theories and models from neuroscience and behavioral pharmacology including but not limited to major psychotropic medications and the neurological processes by which they operate, common drugs of abuse and processes involved in the addiction process and treatment of substance misuse within a culturally sensitive framework.
Grief & Crisis Intervention (PSYC 6510) (3-0-3) This course will provide a foundation of the theoretical concepts associated with the impact and consequences of acute stress on victims, first responders, families, and community members, taking into account the process of grief and loss, complicated grief, dying, death, and bereavement, and the long-term consequences of unresolved trauma. Particular attention is paid to the treatment of the human stress response, effective counseling strategies, methods and techniques for immediate response, comorbidity, anxiety and depression, abuse, domestic violence, suicidology, impact dynamics of crisis and trauma, survivor guilt, and cultural sensitivity.
Professional Identity & Practice (PSYC 6885) (2-0-2) A graduate-level course where program policies will be strengthened. In the course, students will also explore the professional functioning, credentials, and licensing criteria for master’s-level Clinical/Counseling students. Additionally, the course will address the roles and responsibilities of therapists in various settings as well as focus on developing and maintaining a professional identity in the field of professional counseling.
Clinical Practicum (PSYC 6590) (1-V-3) Experiential course that oversees supervised practice in psychotherapy in mental health settings. Course requirements include securing a practicum site, receipt of on-site supervision, and performance of a minimum of 300 hours and direct and indirect services.
Capstone Experiences Courses
Professional Paper (PSYC 6890) (0-V-3) Completion of this course serves as a portion of the non-thesis degree completion option. This course entails two distinct components: preparation and oral defense of the professional paper and intensive preparation for the comprehensive exam, which will be taken during completion of Psychology 6899. Working with a faculty advisor, the student prepares a professional paper that demonstrates his/her mastery of theoretical and empirical information relevant to his or her specific training track (i.e. Clinical or Applied Developmental). Please see the MSP website for specific policies regarding successful completion of this course. Students can only take Psychology 6899 for a maximum of 6 hours. Requires permission of program coordinator for the Master of Science in Psychology and student must currently have a 3.0 GPA or above.
Professional Paper Completion (PSYC 6899) (0-V-3) Completion of this course serves as the second portion of the of the non-thesis degree completion option. During this course, students will finalize their professional paper and make all revisions that were required by their professional paper committee during the oral defense portion of Psychology 6890.
Thesis (PSYC 6995) (0-V-3) Working with a faculty advisor, the student develops and defends a research proposal and begins conducting the research. Pre-requisite: PSYC 5040, PSYC 5050 and completion of a minimum of 30 hours of course work with a GPA of 3.0.
Clinical Comprehensive Exam (PSYC 6900) (0-0-0) Clinical Master’s in Psychology students will enroll in this course in order to sit for the program comprehensive exam. The comprehensive exam is designed to assess the knowledge gained through students’ matriculation in the Master’s of Science-Clinical program. Students are required to complete the seated exam at a specified time. Approval of Graduate Clinical Coordinator/Graduate Director is required for registration.
Advanced Research Methods and Statistics II: Nonparametric Approaches and Quasi-Experimental Designs (3-0-3) The second of a two-course sequence, this course focuses on methodological strategies appropriate for use with small sample sizes, such as permutation testing, and nested data structures such as hierarchical linear modeling, commonly encountered in clinical and developmental settings. Statistical computer packages will be further integrated in order to learn how to practically apply correlation and regression statistics to the design and interpretation of quasi-experimental and non-experimental research methods. Emphasis is placed on students learning how to apply their mastery of research methods and statistics to generate a formal research proposal.
Cognitive Assessment (PSYC 6100) (3-0-3) Didactic/experiential course will review and explore various theories and procedures in the measurement of adult cognitive and intellectual functioning, including (1) identification of various assessment methods and their potential use, (2) administration, scoring, and interpretation of assessment data, (3) synthesis of assessment data for the purpose of creating a written report, and (4) ethical and legal concerns regarding assessment procedures and report writing.
Graduate Special Topics in Psychology (PSYC 5800) (3-0-3) PSYC 5800 is a graduate-level course that will explore various topics and issues in the field of clinical, counseling, and applied developmental psychology. Topics covered will be chosen to meet the needs and interests of graduate students in the MS program in Psychology and will make use of the expertise of the faculty and consultants.
Graduate Directed Readings (PSYC 6700) (3-0-3) Exploration of diverse topics under the guidance of faculty in the department. This course will allow students an opportunity to focus on content that may be of minimal focus within the regular curriculum but that is of particular interest and relevance to their professional goals.
Special Topics in Clinical Psychology (PSYC 6800) (3-0-3) PSYC 6800 is a graduate-level course that will explore various topics and issues in the field of clinical and counseling psychology. Topics covered will be chosen to meet the needs and interests of clinical graduate students and will make use of the expertise of the faculty and consultants.