Chatham University

MS Counseling Psychology
Curriculum

Degree Requirements
16 courses, including:
PSY 501
Foundations of Counseling Psychology
3 Credits
This course is focuses on historical, theoretical, and practical aspects of the counseling psychology field. Students will write a research paper, using the American Psychological Association Publication Manual and library resources commonly used by counseling psychologists. The course will also introduce students to the theory and practice of basic counseling skills.
PSY 503
Applied Biological Psychology
3 Credits
This course addresses the biological aspects of human psychology, including the biological basis of neurological deficits and mental disorders, and the use psychotropic medications for treating mental illnesses. Topics also include stress and health, mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia, and contemporary issues in biological psychology.
PSY 513
Learning and Behavior
3 Credits
The course addresses concepts of instrumental and classical conditioning. Topics include concepts relevant to behavior formation and maintenance, application of conditioning techniques to counseling sessions, research data on learning techniques, and effective and cognitive elements of learning theories. The course also emphasizes ways to improve clients' self-change abilities.
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 understanding primary research in counseling literature.
PSY 617
Psychology of Culture and Identity
3 Credits
The course addresses issues of culture and identity, as related to counseling and therapeutic relationships. Sociopolitical, socioeconomic, familial, and psychological aspects of diversity, identity, and culture are exploredthrough readings, seminars, and experiential exercises. Students challenge underlying assumptions and develop effective skills to work with diverse populations in counseling.
PSY 627
Vocational/Career Counseling
3 Credits
The course addresses the issues involved in the lifelong process of vocational development, through exploration of theories and assessment approaches in career counseling. Additional topics addressed include self-awareness, career awareness and assessment, career decision making and planning, and career implementation.
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 concepts of mental health and its development, and of the etiologies of psychopathology, from a culturally sensitive perspective. Students learn to recognize the complex biological and environmental contributors to mental illness, and to evaluate effective treatment approaches for mental illness.
PSY 642
Assessment
3 Credits
The course covers the basics of psychological assessment. The importance of integrating information from various sources when formulating hypotheses and diagnostic impressions and when developing treatment plans is emphasized. Other topics include interviewing, mental status examinations, psycho-physiological strategies, psychological tests related to various diagnostic groupings, and program evaluation.
PSY 662
Theories and Techniques of Counseling
3 Credits
The course explores a variety of counseling theories and techniques to provide a foundation for the practice of professional counseling from a culturally sensitive perspective. The course emphasizes current professional research and practice related to counseling theories and techniques, and provides opportunities for skill practice.
PSY672
Group Counseling
3 Credits
The course explores the theory and practice of group experience from the perspectives of a member and observer. Topics include the basic elements of group dynamics, interpersonal styles as they affect or hinder group functioning, role identity, and leadership style, and application of group skills in organizations.
PSY 674
Foundations of Family Therapy
3 Credits
This course focuses on the evaluation and treatment of psychological symptoms from the perspective of the family and systems theory. The history and evolution of the family movement will be presented and multiple family therapy modalities introduced, with an emphasis on selected theories and applications. Prerequisite: PSY662 Theories and Techniques of Counseling
PSY 681
Professional Integration Seminar
3 Credits
The course explores ethical conceptualization, analysis, and practices of applied and counseling psychologists. Topics include the ethical standards of the American Psychological Association and the American Counseling Association, the history of applied psychology, and the developing mental health counseling movement. Certification, licensure, and regulatory practices are also discussed.
PSY 682
Practicum
3 Credits
The course is 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.
PSY 685
Supervised Internship I
3 Credits
The course is a supervised field placement experience focusing on integration of theory and practice. The course requires attendance at a weekly seminar on campus, which involves presentations focusing predominantly on assessment, diagnosis, and case conceptualization. Prerequisite: PSY682 Practicum
PSY 686
Supervised Internship II
3 Credits
This course enhances students' abilities to effectively offer mental health treatment and services to clients. Activities include discussion of issues in contemporary counseling psychology and treatment planning, formal case presentations, and completion of the graduate portfolio. Prerequisite: PSY682 Practicum

Electives