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Catalogue Course Descriptions

Catalogue Course Descriptions

 

PSYC 610. Analysis of Behavioral Data. (3)

Three hours lecture.

Prerequisites: Two courses in statistics or equivalent.

Inferential procedures in the treatment of psychological research data. Emphasis on practical and behavioral applications of techniques of data analysis. Implications for the collection and organization of data discussed.

 

PSYC 611. Methodology and Program Evaluation in Psychology. (3)

Three hours lecture.

Discussion of and practice in the design and evaluation of psychological research, including measurement and experimental design, their limitations and sources of confounding and the interpretation of data. Techniques for performing cost-effectiveness analysis and cost-benefit analysis in mental health and other human services will also be covered.

 

PSYC 612. Psychometric Theory, Assessment, Appraisal and Application. (3)

Three hours lecture, demonstration and discussion.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in psychology, and PSYC 611 or an equivalent course.

A comprehensive survey of measurement theory and practice in psychology. Topics covered may include scaling models, validity, reliability, measurement error and correlation analyses, multivariate correlational analysis, areas of assessment (vocational, personality, intellectual), the evaluation process and the report-writing process.

 

PSYC 628. Biological Foundations of Behavior. (3)

Three hours lecture.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in psychology or permission of the instructor.

Examines the biological underpinnings of behavior and the role of the nervous system in mediating  behavior and psychological processes in humans and other animals. Students will learn about biological approaches to the study of behavior, structure and function of the nervous system, neural bases of perception, action, cognition, and motivation, and biological contributions to disorders of behavioral and psychological functioning.

 

PSYC 631. Cognitive Intellectual Assessment Techniques. (3)

Three hours lecture; two hours laboratory.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in psychology or permission of instructor.

A study of the theory and development of the Stanford-Binet and the Wechsler Scales, as well as additional intelligence tests, including a history of and current research and practices in the field of individual intelligence testing. Laboratory experience includes supervised administration, scoring and interpretation of individual intelligence scales. Students administer and score a number of scales each semester and are expected to achieve proficiency in report writing as part of their laboratory experience.

 

 

 

 

PSYC 636. Child Personality Assessment. (3)

Three hours lecture.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in psychology; a “B” or better in a course of individual intelligence testing, a graduate course in psychopathology (may be taken concurrently), or permission of the instructor.

Intended for school and clinical counseling psychology graduate students. The course includes supervised administration, scoring and interpretation of individual projective and objective personality tests and supervised interviewing experience with children and parents. Students administer, score and interpret several personality tests and are expected to achieve proficiency in writing comprehensive psychological reports.

 

PSYC 637. Personality Assessment. (3)

Three hours lecture.

Prerequisites: Completion of PSYC 631 with a “B” or better, PSYC 663 or 685 (these may be taken concurrently), or permission of instructor.

Students will gain experience in clinical observation, assessment interviews, and procedures regarding selection, administration, scoring, and interpretation of several of the widely used methods of personality assessment, in the service of accurate evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health clients. Ethical issues, including those that relate to assessing culturally diverse populations in counseling settings, are emphasized.

 

PSYC 640. Professional Orientation and Function in Mental Health Counseling. (3)

Three hours lecture.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in clinical counseling psychology or permission of instructor.

An orientation to professional counseling with an emphasis on mental health counseling. The course traces the historical development and trends in counseling as a discipline and assesses current identity and functions. The roles of professional organizations and associations are analyzed. The laws and ethics regarding the practice of professional counseling are studied. Issues related to mental health practice are included. Collaborative consultation and issues of outreach and treatment/prevention strategies will also be discussed.

 

PSYC 641. Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy. (3)

Three hours lecture.

Prerequisite: Graduate status in clinical counseling psychology or permission of instructor.

Course provides students with an overview of current theories of counseling and psychotherapy. The course will include a critical evaluation and comparative study of major theories with emphasis on  philosophical assumptions and implications for application.

 


PSYC 642. Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy. (3)

Three hours lecture.

Prerequisite: Graduate status in clinical counseling psychology or permission of instructor.

Course provides students with an introduction to applied techniques. Simulated counseling experiences provide opportunities to use basic counseling, communication, and helping relationship skills while increasing student's comfort with the therapeutic role. Issues regarding professional identity and ethical, social, and cultural awareness and sensitivity in counseling are also addressed.

 

PSYC 660. Human Growth and Lifespan Development. (3)

Three hours lecture.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in psychology or related field.

Course provides a comprehensive overview of human growth. Areas covered include the developmental areas of physical, cognitive, intellectual, perceptual, information processing, language, personality, social and moral development across the life span.

 

PSYC 663. Child Psychopathology. (3)

Three hours lecture.

Utilizes an eclectic approach to the study of causes and diagnoses of childhood psychopathology. Definitions, concepts and theories of childhood psychopathology are covered. Emphasis will be on the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM).

 

PSYC 685. Psychopathology and Diagnosis. (3)

Three hours lecture.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in Psychology or permission of the instructor.

This course will provide students with an overview of the most common types of psychopathology encountered in mental health settings.  The course emphasizes knowledge of, and ability to use, the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) to facilitate accurate differential diagnosis of clients.  Social, cultural, and ethical issues regarding psychopathology and diagnosis relevant to mental health counseling will be addressed.

 

PSYC 686. Child and Adult Sexual Assault. (3)

Three hours lecture.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.

This course will provide students with an overview of issues regarding child sexual abuse and adult rape. Students will be exposed to current theoretical and empirical literature concerning the definition, prevalence, assessment, effects and treatment of child and adult victims of sexual assault.

 

PSYC 697. Applied Training in Psychological Research (2,2)

Two hours laboratory.

Prerequisites:  Graduate Standing in Psychology and Permission of Instructor

Graduate students will receive hands-on research experience while being mentored as part of faculty research projects.

 

 

 

PSYC 699. Research and Thesis. (1-6)

Hours and credit to be arranged with the approval of the dean of the Graduate College. See “Thesis” in Catalogue.

 

PSYC 774. Introduction to Psychopharmacological Medications. (3)

Three hours lecture.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing.

Course provides students with rudimentary information regarding commonly prescribed psychopharmacological medications including basic classifications, indications and contraindications. Issues of making appropriate referrals and the identification of effects and side effects will also be addressed.

 

PSYC 798. Professional Internship. (3, 3)

Hours may vary from 10 to 25 per week.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor; enrollment in a graduate program in Psychology at Radford University.

Note: This course may be repeated for a total of 12 credits; students should consult with their faculty advisers for specific requirements within their area of concentration. This course provides a part-time professional experience under the supervision of the Psychology Graduate Faculty. The student will function as a staff member in professional settings to gain experience in the use and application of psychological techniques and procedures. Common emphases of all sections will be on developing professional identity through an experiential component. Ethical practice and responsibilities will also be an emphasis for all sections of the course. Internship grades will be recorded as Pass or Fail. Each internship section will have a specific and detailed course description of the content of the course as related to the specific graduate concentration of the student.

 

Students must register for PSYC 798 Professional Internship in increments of 3 semester hours, up to a total of 6 semester hours. For each 3 credit hour course, students are expected to complete a minimum of 300 on-site contact hours with a minimum of 120 of those hours being face-to-face client contact hours and obtain a minimum of 10 hours of individual on-site supervision and 10 hours of individual or group off-site supervision. In most states, LPC regulations specify that students must complete 600 hours of internship.