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Graduate courses

Introduction to Applied Psychology

Examines the jobs and activities within the field of professional psychology, and the personal qualities necessary for success and contribution to the profession. Students will explore their own values, strengths and characteristics; learn about the opportunities and requirements of the professions; and begin to establish a network of local psychology professionals. Students will learn tools for their own professional and personal development including research methods, presentations skills, networking skills, personal assessment, development exercises and career planning.

Units: 3

Lifespan Development: Theories and Applications for Therapists

Examines the psychological, therapeutic and health implications developmental issues have on individuals, couples and family relationships; and the biological, social, cognitive and psychological aspects of aging. Cultural understandings of human development will be covered along with the impact of financial and social stress on human development. Therapeutic implications including long-term care, end of life and grief issues will be covered.

Units: 3 , Offered: Summer 2017

Cross-Cultural Aspects of Psychology

Explores the effects of culture and ethnicity on psychology and behavior. Students will examine the cultural traits and values of various cultural groups in the United States. Implications for work and organizational environments and for counseling will be explored.

Units: 3 , Offered: Summer 2017

Group Models of Counseling

Effective Fall 2015 Provides an overview of group psychotherapy. In this course, students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in and lead therapy groups. Content includes a survey of group-counseling theories, techniques, and research; discussion of professional, ethical, and clinical issues in group practice; review of the developmental stages of groups; and practice as group members and as leader. Experiential practice is incorporated throughout.

Units: 3 , Offered: Fall 2017 , Spring 2017

Applied Psychological Research

Examines the current methods and tools of psychological research and testing, and the interpretation of research reports and psychological tests. Explores the construction and validation of assessment tools used in psychology. Prerequisite: MATH 40 or equivalent.

Units: 3 , Offered: Fall 2017 , Spring 2017

Therapeutic Communication and Counseling Skills

Examines the specialized communication skills used in the practice of counseling. Students will study basic counseling skills, interventions and the use of the psychological interview as an assessment tool.

Units: 3 , Offered: Fall 2017 , Spring 2017


Explores the paradigms of mental and emotional dysfunction. Emphasizes the clinical techniques and professional practices used in the evaluation of individual psychological disturbance. Case studies will be used to examine different disorders and to learn how to use the DSM 5.

Units: 3 , Offered: Fall 2017 , Summer 2017

Psychological Assessment

Surveys the theoretical and conceptual foundations of psychological assessment. Students will learn to select and administer assessment tools and to interpret their findings.

Units: 3 , Offered: Fall 2017

Psychodynamic Models of Counseling

Effective: 5/27/15 Examines the major traditional and contemporary psychodynamic models of counseling and psychotherapy. These are concerned with the conscious, subconscious, unconscious, and subjective constructions of life experiences. Students will learn how to work with individuals using these models, paying attention to the models' principles of change and techniques, and their underlying theoretical rationale. Students will also learn to develop clinical case formulations and treatment plans, consider neurological factors that are relevant to counseling practice and outcomes, and modify case formulations and therapeutic interventions in order to consider clients' cultural and social identities. Co-requisite: PSYCH 320.

Units: 3 , Offered: Fall 2017 , Spring 2017

Child/Adolescent Psychology, Assessment and Treatment

Effective: 5/27/2015 Examines the issues related to child and adolescent therapy, including assessment. This course applies the principles by which a child develops the ability to think, speak, perceive and act, and the moral, intellectual and cognitive changes experienced in adolescence, to the therapeutic process. Students will learn the different assessment methodologies and therapies used in working with young people. Co-requisite: PSYCH 320

Units: 3 , Offered: Fall 2017

Principles of Couple and Family Counseling

Effective: 5/27/15 Explores the major theoretical approaches and therapeutic techniques used in counseling families and couples. Students will study the basic concepts of family systems and learn several methods of intervention. Co-requisite: PSYCH 320.

Units: 3 , Offered: Spring 2017

Legal and Ethical Responsibility for Counselors

Examines the legal and ethical responsibilities of counselors such as confidentiality, privilege, involuntary hospitalization and mandatory reporting. Students will learn the legal obligations of professional practice, laws relating to minors, marriage and the family and professional codes of ethics.

Units: 3 , Offered: Fall 2017 , Summer 2017

The Neuroscience of Counseling and Psychopharmacology

Examines the neuroscience of counseling and psychopharmacology. Considers recent research and theoretical perspectives on brain functioning, enabling us to understand that all forms of counseling, psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy are successful to the extent they change relevant neural circuits in the brain. Also considers the development of the brain and its relationship to psychological well-being and psychopathology. Examines several of the psychological problems individuals experience and the therapeutic interventions employed to address them, informed by our understanding of brain functioning. Major classes of psychotherapeutic medications, the psychiatric problems they address, their underlying neurological mechanisms, indications and contraindications for their use, and side effects are examined. Students learn to use internet databases and reference materials to maintain their knowledge base of these medications. The psychopharmacology of specific cultural and social groups is considered, including women, racial/ethnic groups, children and adolescents, and the elderly.

Units: 3 , Offered: Summer 2017 , Spring 2017

Human Sexuality

Examines human sexuality and sexual development, including dysfunctions and their treatment. Students will study the range of sexual behaviors, including atypical and dysfunctional behaviors, examine sexuality issues related to special populations or groups and learn processes and techniques of sex therapy.

Units: 1 , Offered: Spring 2017

Substance Use, Co-Occuring Disorders and Addiction

Covers the definition, etiology, identification and treatment approaches of substance use, co-occurring disorders and addictions. Prevention, populations with special risk, community resources and the role of persons and systems that support or compound use and addiction will be covered. Effects of drug use, and medical and legal aspects will be explored.

Units: 1 , Offered: Spring 2017

Relational Abuse: Assessment, Treatment And Reporting

Prepares students to identify, intervene, report and treat intimate partner and spousal abuse, geriatric abuse, family abuse and child maltreatment. Legal, cultural and psychosocial issues will be covered. Students will learn about current issues and recent research in the area of family violence, trauma and child maltreatment. This course will prepare students to apply their knowledge to use in a variety of clinical settings.

Units: 1 , Offered: Spring 2017

Special Issues in the Treatment of Families

Equips students with the knowledge and therapeutic tools necessary to work with families encountering special treatment issues including: substance abuse; immigration; illness; end of life and grief; and financial stress and homelessness. Students will also learn how to work with families who have a unique structure or are undergoing change such as same sex relationships; divorce; single and step-parenting; and adoption. Students will be provided with a theoretical foundation while learning to execute practical therapeutic approaches required when working with a variety of special situations. Prerequisite: PSYCH 325.

Units: 2 , Offered: Summer 2017 , Spring 2017

Evidence-Based Practice Treatment

Explores evidence-based practice treatments, best practices and the areas of emerging research knowledge within a recovery-orientated paradigm. Students will become familiar with specific evidence-based interventions to use for individuals diagnosed with serious mental illness, including co-occurring disorders. Additional topics of human diversity and legal/ethical concerns will be highlighted throughout the course. This course is intended to be taken within the last two trimesters of study. Corequisites: PSYCH 321, PSYCH 337, PSYCH 339.

Units: 1 , Offered: Summer 2017

Community Mental Health

Examines principles and skills required to work with adults, youth and families with a diagnosis of serious mental illness using a recovery-oriented paradigm. Specific approaches for engagement, assessment, treatment planning and case management are addressed for meeting needs of consumers with persistent mental illness, trauma histories and co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. Students will learn how to engage in collaborative treatment, being a member of a multidisciplinary team with various systems of care; including community behavioral health; alcohol and drug service providers; human service agencies; law enforcement/criminal justice; primary care and academic/vocational services. Additional topics of illness prevention, health promotion, human diversity and legal/ethical concerns will be highlighted throughout the course. Prerequisite: PSYCH 321.

Units: 3 , Offered: Fall 2017 , Spring 2017

Cognitive-Behavioral and Short-Term Models of Counseling

Effective: 5/27/15 Examines and compares behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, and other short-term models of counseling and psychotherapy. Equips students with the tools and evidence-based techniques necessary to help individuals resolve a host of problems presented by their clients. Students will also study behavioral and cognitive-behavioral models of couples and group counseling; learn to develop clinical case formulations and treatment plans; consider neurological factors that are relevant to addressing specific psychological problems; and modify case formulations and adapt therapeutic practice and interventions in order to consider clients' cultural and social identities, including socioeconomic status. Co-requisite: PSYCH 320.

Units: 3 , Offered: Fall 2017 , Spring 2017

Group Dynamics in Organizations

Examines the theoretical and experiential aspects of group-functioning in organizations and the behavioral, psychological, and social-psychological dynamics of group behavior. Common pitfalls of group-decision making processes, life-cycle theories of group development, influence patterns in groups and the unique challenges of forming cross-cultural and cross-geographical groups will be explored.

Units: 3 , Offered: Fall 2017 , Spring 2017

Organizational Behavior and Process

Effective Spring 2016: Examines the structure, function and performance of organizations and the impact of psychological and sociological variables on the behavior of groups and their members. Students will learn the key relationships between organizational culture, behavior and processes. (Cross-listed with MGT 324.)

Units: 3 , Offered: Fall 2017 , Spring 2017

Organizational Development, Assessment and Intervention

Explores how systematic organizational interventions are accomplished within complex human networks. Students will learn how to use behavioral science to assess an organizations current state and discover routes to its improvement. Also covered will be the role of internal and external consultants in intervention and the resulting impact on human behavior and organizational performance. (Cross-listed with MGT 353.)

Units: 3 , Offered: Fall 2017 , Summer 2017

Leadership and the Development of Managerial Excellence

Explores the nature and role of leadership in organizations. Special emphasis will be devoted to the role of emotional intelligence in organizational effectiveness and managerial excellence. Students will learn through an examination of their own emotional and leadership competencies, and also through readings, cases and group projects. (Cross-listed with MGT 320).

Units: 3 , Offered: Fall 2017 , Summer 2017 , Spring 2017

Tests and Measurements

Prepares students to administer and interpret psychological tests in organizational environments. Students will be exposed to the major psychological assessment tools used to measure organizational performance and effectiveness, as well as tools used for employee selection, placement and training. Students will be able to select tools to perform key I/O duties like job analysis, performance appraisal and feedback, team building, person-environment fit analysis, leadership training and team morale assessment. They also will be able to construct and validate assessment tools and perform data analysis using SPSS to diagnose organizational problems. This course fulfills the test publishers educational requirement to purchase testing materials. Prerequisite: MATH 40 or equivalent.

Units: 3 , Offered: Fall 2017 , Spring 2017

Organizational Change

Explores the nature and dynamics of change in organizations and its impact on individuals and teams from psychological and social-psychological perspectives. Introduces the discipline of Change Management and the major models associated with its practice. Reviews the skill-sets of organizational change-agents, best-practices for managing resistance to change, and approaches to measuring the impact of organizational change efforts

Units: 3 , Offered: Summer 2017

Executive Coaching Theory and Practice

This course highlights the theoretical and practical aspects of the field of executive coaching. Areas of emphasis include the recent growth of executive coaching as a discipline and its place among other employee development practices, attitudinal and behavioral approaches to the coaching process, the measurement of coaching outcomes, ethical considerations in coaching, similarities and differences with psychotherapy, and the skills of an executive coach.

Units: 3 , Offered: Fall 2017 , Summer 2017

Applied Industrial Psychology

Explores in depth the field of industrial psychology. Students will learn how thorough job analysis, carefully selected performance criteria, and an appreciation for individual differences underlie the successful application of performance appraisal, recruitment, screening, selection, placement, training and development.

Units: 3

Career Counseling and Development

Examines the expert skills and knowledge used in helping individuals clarify their career and life goals. Students will be introduced to the major career development theories and their application to the world of work. In the process, students will examine issues such as certification and licensure, multicultural counseling, retirement, and dual-career couples. Students will learn how to assess interest and ability and how to access occupational and educational information sources.

Units: 3 , Offered: Fall 2017 , Summer 2017

Structure, Theory and Ethics of Conflict Resolution

Explores professional conflict resolution and mediation as an emerging means of problem solving in family, industrial, environmental and business law. Students will examine the theoretical framework of dispute resolution and its relationship to the traditional justice system and explore related ethical issues.

Units: 3 , Offered: Fall 2017 , Summer 2017

Conflict Resolution: Skills and Techniques

Explores the skills and techniques necessary for conflict mediation. Students will learn communication techniques, problem identification and disagreement management skills, techniques for achieving agreement or settlement and intake skills.

Units: 3 , Offered: Spring 2017

Consulting Skills

Introduces students to the action-research model of industrial/organizational psychology consulting to organizations and offers a step-by-step process to conduct successful consulting engagements. Core consulting processes such as entry, contracting, data-collection, feedback, action planning, and implementation will be reviewed. Additional topics include tactics for working with challenging clients, managing organizational politics, and typical career paths in consulting.

Units: 3 , Offered: Summer 2017 , Spring 2017

Diversity in Organizations

Examines the dynamics and structure of diversity in organizations and how organizations leverage comprehensive diversity initiatives to build and sustain competitive advantage. Emphasis will be placed on ways organizations integrate diversity into key processes to capture a 'diversity dividend' resulting in improved financial performance, customer loyalty, and employee engagement

Units: 3 , Offered: Spring 2017

Practicum: Counseling Psychology

Practical application of assessment, counseling, consultation and case management skills in an approved mental health setting. Students must conduct a minimum of 350 hours of face-to-face counseling with individuals (adults, children, adolescents), couples, families or groups; includes up to 75 hours in performing client-centered advocacy. Supervision must be provided by an on-site practicum supervisor in accordance with Board of Behavioral Science regulations. Additionally, students will attend a practicum seminar that will provide group consultation utilizing written case studies and oral case presentations. Additional topics of human diversity and legal/ethical concerns will be highlighted throughout the course. Students are required to meet with clients and their families in volunteer and in-class settings. Prerequisites: Psych 320 and PSYCH 326 Co-requisites: PSYCH 321, PSYCH 323, PSYCH 324, PSYCH 325, and PSYCH 339. Consent of the department chair is required.

Units: 1 - 9 , Offered: Fall 2017 , Summer 2017 , Spring 2017

Field Research in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Provides practical experience in industrial or organizational psychology through an extensive case analysis under the direction of a faculty member. You will research and assess an organization, and develop an appropriate intervention. This course involves extensive reading and research and a final project summary. Prerequisite: Consent of department chair.

Units: 1 - 3

Selected Topics in Applied Psychology

Explores significant, topical, practical and theoretical problems and issues in applied psychology. Topics are selected by the department chair. This course may be taken more than once, provided the same topic is not repeated.

Units: 1 - 3

Forensic Psychology

Examines issues arising out of the relationship between human behavior and the law. Students will learn about the use of psychology in civil and criminal proceedings, including child custody, mental states and psychological profiles of criminal offenders and victims of crime, competency to stand trial, the insanity defense and the use of behavioral science in criminal investigations.

Units: 3

Business & Leadership Coaching

Examines the importance of coaching in our daily lives. From the littlest league through the most powerful professional sports team, players and groups do better with a little coaching. Businesses are now benefitting from the direction, support and resources of coaches in the same way that athletes have for years.The result is a blossoming industry of professional business coaches. This course provides students with the theoretical underpinnings from both management and psychology disciplines to understand the process and content of business coaching. Students will also learn how to coach--and perhaps more importantly they will be learning how to coach themselves in the process.

Units: 3


Examines the knowledge and skills needed to be an effective negotiator. Applications include employment and salary negotiations; negotiating with employees/employers; sales negotiations; and negotiating with colleagues. Stresses knowledge, discipline and skill that students need to achieve their objectives during negotiations.

Units: 3

Progressive Issues in Organizational Psychology

Explores a variety of short subjects relevant to the field of organizational psychology. Subjects covered will include trend projection, personality in the workplace and psychodynamic issues in team dynamics.

Units: 3


Explores the growing field of business, organizational and personal coaching as both a profession and also for the personal development of the student. Topics will include: the unique communication skills of a coach, assessment and coaching tools, developmental models of change, common coaching issues, the stages and structures of coaching, and coaching as a profession. Class structure will include: demonstrations, experiential practice and learning, and guest lectures from successful coaches. May be used as a management, industrial/organizational psychology or conflict resolution certificate elective option. (Cross-listed with MGT 396N.)

Units: 3

Special Topic Organizational Development

This class is devoted to the in-depth exploration of contemporary topics and emerging trends within the field of organizational development. Particular focus will be devoted to external consulting opportunities, career counseling, recruiting, and training and development. Among other assignments, students will learn how to design and administer specialized training programs for organizational development.

Units: 3

Relational Abuse

This course is for MFT majors who began study prior to Fall 2012. It is an extension of the relational abuse material covered in Psych 334 and it is required by the BBS for licensure.

Units: 1

Practicum in Conflict Resolution

Provides practical experience in conflict resolution by working with an experienced mediator in a supervised environment. Prerequisite: Consent of department chair. Pre- or corequisites: PSYCH 352 and PSYCH 353.

Units: 3

Internship: Applied Psychology

Provides practical experience and training in applied psychology by working with an experienced practitioner in an appropriate setting. Prerequisite: Consent of the department chair.

Units: 3 , Offered: Spring 2017

Directed Study in Applied Psychology

Allows rigorous exploration of a specific topic. Students will research and prepare an extensive paper on an area of special interest. This course is for the advanced student only. Only one directed study course may be taken for credit toward a masters degree. PSYCH 399 can be used to satisfy area of concentration requirements for the masters degrees in psychology. Prerequisite: Consent of the department chair and dean.

Units: 1 - 3

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Undergraduate courses

Principles of Psychology

Explores the field of psychology. Students will learn about themselves, the mind and the science of psychology. Subject matter includes human development, memory, cognition, perception and psychopathology. (CAN PSY 2)

Units: 3

Theories of Personality

Explores theories of why people behave the way that they do and how they got that way. Students will study the works of Freud, Jung, Skinner, Maslow and other major theorists and practitioners of psychology. Prerequisites: ENGL 1A, ENGL 1B.

Units: 3

Internship: Psychology

Provides supervised work experience in psychology. Job and learning objectives are developed in conjunction with the department chair. Prerequisite: Consent of the department.

Units: 1 - 3

Directed Study in Psychology

Individual study of a selected topic under the supervision of a faculty member. Students are limited to one directed study course per semester. Prerequisite: Consent of the department.

Units: 1 - 3

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