Chatham University

Master of Arts in Psychology
Curriculum

Self Designed Concentration
PSY 503
Applied Biological Psychology
3 Credits
This course addresses the biological aspects of human psychology. The biological basis of neurological deficits and mental disorders are emphasized. A particular focus of this class is the use psychotropic medications for treating mental illnesses. Topics include stress and health, mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia, and contemporary issues in biological psychology and health issues.
PSY 513
Learning and Behavior
3 Credits
Addresses concepts of instrumental and classical conditioning. Identifies concepts relevant to behavior formation and maintenance. Recognizes application of conditioning techniques to counseling sessions. Reviews research data on learning techniques. Addresses effective and cognitive elements of learning theories. Emphasizes ways to improve clients' self-change abilities.
PSY 501
Foundations of Counseling Psychology
3 Credits
This course is designed to be an introduction to and overview of the field of counseling psychology, and addresses the historical, theoretical, ethical, and professional aspects of the field. In addition, students will be introduced to the American Psychological Association Publication Manual, as well as library resources and online databases commonly used by counseling psychology students and professionals. Finally, students will begin basic counseling skills development.
PSY 555
Statistics and Research Methods
3 Credits
This course provides a basic review of descriptive and inferential statistics and how these techniques are used with research methods appropriate for counseling psychology. Students will become proficient in computer analysis of data sets, designing and evaluating research designs and techniques, and having the skills to understand primary research in counseling literature. Prerequisite(s): Acceptance into the M.S.C.P. program, undergraduate statistics course.
PSY 617
Psychology of Culture and Identity
3 Credits
This course addresses various influencing factors of culture and identity, as well as the impact in and on counseling and therapeutic relationships. Sociopolitical, socioeconomic, familial, and psychological aspects of diversity, identity, and culture are examined through readings, seminars, and experiential exercises. Issues include cultural perspectives on change, support, development, communication, and the nature of individuality, family, and community. Students challenge underlying assumptions, expand functional perspectives, and develop effective skills to work with diverse populations in counseling. Prerequisite(s): Graduate status
PSY 629
Human Development across the Life Span
3 Credits
This course explores cognitive, social, emotional, and physiological development throughout the life span. While including concentration on the major theoretical approaches to life span development, an equally significant focus will be on practical application of material. Prerequisite(s): Graduate status
PSY 635
Concepts of Mental Health and Illness
3 Credits
The course provides an overview of essential concepts of mental health and its development and of the etiologies of psychopathology. It is intended to help students understand healthy adjustment from a culturally sensitive perspective and recognize the complex biological and environmental contributors to mental illness.
PSY 663
Foundations of Health Psychology
3 Credits
This course will provide students with an advanced view of the psychological processes that influence physical health, examine current cultural attitudes and beliefs about health and illness, and introduce students to health care evaluation methods. Students delve into the mind-body connection in some depth, drawing on current medical and philosophical perspectives. This course will also introduce students to the current health care system (i.e. managed care) and its relative impact on "consumers." Alternative healing methods will also be discussed. While discussing stress, and the embodiment of psychological processes, students will also talk about professional burnout and ways to combat it.
PSY 672
Group Counseling
3 Credits
A study of the theory and practice of group experience from the perspectives of a member and observer. Explores the basic elements of group dynamics. Focuses on interpersonal styles as they affect or hinder group functioning, role identity, and leadership style. Studies traditional and innovative theories of group therapy. Examines the practice of group counseling and intervention skills in organizations.
PSY 693
Independent Study
3 Credits
No description available.
PSY 682
Practicum
3 Credits
An entry-level fieldwork course in which students obtain supervised counseling experience. They work directly under the supervision of a qualified professional and obtain experience interviewing clients and conducting sessions in group and individual formats.
12 credit hours of electives selected in consultation with director and advisor
Electives