Chatham University

Master of Arts in Psychology
Curriculum

Science and Theories of Psychology Concentration
*Students who attain post-baccalaureate degree admission to the PsyD in Counseling Psychology program at Chatham earn this degree prior to beginning the doctoral level courses.
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 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 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 642
Assessment
3 Credits
Covers the essential ingredients in conducting psychological assessments. Students will learn the importance of integrating information from various sources when formulating hypotheses and diagnostic impressions and when developing treatment plans. Included in the course are discussions about interviewing strategies, mental status examinations, psychophysiological strategies, and psychological tests as they relate to various diagnostic groupings. Students will also learn about program evaluation.
PSY 662
Theories and Techniques of Counseling
3 Credits
Our theoretical and personal assumptions about people and their motives influence our approach to clients, our assessment of their strengths and weaknesses, the type of therapeutic goals we set, and how we intervene clinically. Consequently, developing a strong, useful, theoretical viewpoint is critical to clinical practice and coordination of care with other practitioners. In addition, treatment is rapidly moving toward a theory of differential treatment in which the approach is carefully suited to the needs of a given client. A solid understanding of theoretical approaches is critical to this work. Prerequisite(s): Graduate status
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 681
Professional Integration Seminar
3 Credits
This course explores ethical conceptualization, analysis, and practices of applied and counseling psychologists. Addresses the ethical standards of the American Psychological Association and the American Counseling Association. Presents the history of applied psychology and developing mental health counseling movement. Discusses certification, licensure, and regulatory practices.
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.
3 credit hours of elective
Electives