Course Descriptions

Spring 2014

From the 2013-2014 Graduate Studies Catalog.

CPY 525 Counseling Theories and Practice [3]
This course focuses on the development of fundamental counseling skills. In addition to in-class presentation and skill demonstration, students are involved in laboratory and supervision meetings designed to facilitate skill development. Course content includes counseling process models, critical dimensions of helping, and experiences designed to assist students in the formulation of a personal philosophy system of counseling.

CPY 530 Theories of Personality [3]
This course examines the major theoretical approaches to personality development and focuses on theorists such as Freud, Adler, Jung, Rogers, From, Skinner, Wolpe, Ellis, Glasser, and others. This course reviews theories, dynamics, and processes of personality and demonstrates how various modes of practice relate to theory.

CPY 555 Family and Relationship Counseling: Theory and Therapeutic Modalities [3]
This course is designed to develop specific therapeutic competencies regarding inter- and intra-personal dynamics of family systems and relationships. Communication patterns, role of children, origin of family interaction patterns, conflict resolution styles, impact of treatment issues, and specific modalities of therapeutic intervention are explored. Prerequisite: CPY 550.

CPY 562 Counseling Children and Adolescents [3]
Examination of specific approaches and strategies for working with children and adolescents in school, private practice, and agency settings are the focus of this course. Specific concerns such as discipline, substance abuse, school violence, eating disorders, child abuse, self-esteem, grief, and divorce are addressed. Play therapy, individual and group approaches, prevention strategies, innovative programming, and relevant techniques are included. Prerequisite: CPY 525.

CPY 565 Individual/Group Assessment and Treatment Planning [3]
Types of educational and psychological appraisal, psychometric statistics, and factors influencing appraisals are examined. Assessment techniques, treatment plans, and intervention strategies are developed for specific case studies. Theoretical appraisal bases and methodology are studied for data collection, interpretation, and use. These concepts are studied in the context of professional, legal, and ethical issues. Lab fee
will be assessed. Prerequisite: CPY 515.

CPY 601 Human Sexuality: Therapy, Counseling Theory and Techniques [3]
A lifespan developmental approach is applied to the study of human sexuality. Medical and psycho-social aspects of sexual function are addressed. Course topics include physical, psychological, and social development; gender, sex-role orientation and preference; sex therapy theories and techniques; current sexual life-styles; sexual dysfunction; relationship issues; AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases; sexual deviance, rape, and incest; and family dysfunction. Prerequisite: CPY 530 or permission.

CPY 602 Human Growth and Development [3]
This course introduces and examines several theories of human growth, development, and regression. The entire lifespan is explored. Various philosophical perspectives— psychoanalytic, behavioral, humanistic, psychosocial, and organismic—are examined as to their implications for counseling. An analysis is made of developmental behaviors associated with stages of development, environmental and disruptive influences upon development, and responses of mental health services and
practitioners. Normal and abnormal human behavior and development including psychological, sociological, moral, and physical factors are addressed. Also included are the cognitive-structural developmental theories concerned with moral, intellectual, and ethical development. Prerequisite: CPY 530 or permission.

CPY 699 Master Therapist Series [0]
Each year, three eminent scholars/practitioners are invited to campus to conduct one-day seminars designed to integrate the theoretical and practical perspectives of the core areas in the curricula. These three seminars are only open to and must be attended by all students in their final year of the program. They are offered on a cost free, no credit basis. A paper on the experience is required and will be evaluated by the internship faculty members. The Master Therapist Series is offered in lieu of a comprehensive examination. Therefore, successful completion is a graduation requirement. 

PSY 695 Internship II in a Clinical Mental Health Setting [1-5]
This course provides students the opportunity to perform under supervision a variety of activities regularly employed professional staff perform in a clinical mental health setting. Internships extend from fall through spring terms and accrue the remaining 1,000 hours of required clinical experience beyond the practicum experience. Participation in on-campus group supervision and seminars and individual supervision by faculty and site are required. Students must apply and be approved to enter this portion of the degree program. Prerequisite: Completion of all coursework.