Psychology & Counseling

PSY 101 (3 credits)


Introductory Psychology


Introduction to major concepts and findings in psychology with emphasis on basic processes underlying human behavior. Prerequisite for all other psychology courses except PSY 306.

PSY 105 (3 credits)


Exploring Psychology


Designed to expose students to the world of psychology both experientially and through readings. Students identify personal and professional goals and values. Readings include topics in psychology, tailored to the interest of the student.

PSY 208 (3 credits)


Human Development across the Life Span


Focuses on physical, cognitive, social, personality and moral development through life span from infancy to old age. Cross cultural, gender and minority issues will be integrated when appropriate. Prerequisite: PSY 101.

PSY 210 (3 credits)


Educational Psychology


Investigates principles and practices related to learning and variety of factors that affect it. Prerequisite: PSY 101.

PSY 215 (3 credits)


Multicultural Issues in Psychology


Study of the universals of human behavior as well as the differences brought about by the specific needs, experiences and characteristics of diverse populations. The course examines communication, understanding and awareness among culturally different people. This course fulfills the human diversity graduation requirement. Prerequisite: PSY 101.

PSY 301 (3 credits)


History and Systems in Psychology


Study of the major schools in psychological thought, including philosophical and medical contributions to modern psychological views. Prerequisite: PSY 101.

PSY 303 (3 credits)


Psychology of Personality


Study of theoretical approaches to personality structure and development; contributions taken from psychodynamics, social, behavioral, trait and phenomenological theorists. Prerequisite: PSY 101.

PSY 306 (3 credits)


Group Dynamics


Examination of forces involved in small group interaction. Small group work sessions developed.

PSY 308 (3 credits)


The Psychology of Gender


Focuses on research in gender-related differences and gender development from a variety of perspectives in psychology. Biological, cognitive, behavioral, and social factors which influence emergence of an individual’s gender are examined. Special emphasis will be placed on an analysis of the consequence of stereotypes and gender roles for individuals, relationships, psychological inquiry, and society as a whole. This course fulfills the human diversity graduation requirement. Prerequisite: PSY 101.

PSY 309 (3 credits)


Scientific Methods in Behavioral Science


Provides the essentials for understanding the significance and nature of scientific methods in the behavioral sciences to enable students to be critical consumers of research. Prerequisite: PSY 101.

PSY 310 (3 credits)


Experimental Psychology


Introduces students to various scientific techniques and procedures, emphasizing experimental designs used in psychology. The course focuses on how to turn theories into concrete and testable notions, evaluate studies, avoid pitfalls, and remain ethical. Prerequisite: PSY 101.

PSY 314 (3 credits)


Counseling Theories and Techniques


Examination of the dynamics of counseling along with the basic techniques and various methods utilized in the counseling setting. Prerequisite: PSY 101.

PSY 320 (3 credits)


Research Methods in Psychology


Introduces students to planning, conducting and reporting laboratory, field and/or library research, by completing a research project in accordance with recognized principles of scientific and ethical standards. Prerequisites: MAT 208 or 209; PSY 101.

PSY 330 (3 credits)


Crisis Management in Mental Health Field


Presents applied therapeutic crisis intervention in a way that effectively describes actual strategies. Endeavors occurring,” enabling them to experience what a crisis worker experiences.

PSY 340 (3 credits)


Rehabilitation Psychology


Examines the psychological process involved in the recognition, acceptance, and treatment of an emotional, physical, or cognitive impairment from the perspective of the individual who experiences the impairment as well as the professional involved in the rehabilitation process. Topics will include attitudinal changes, motivation, adjustment, social interactions, coping skills, competency, independence, and career planning as they relate to both the consumer of services and the service provider. The historical, legal, and philosophical background of the rehabilitation process will be explored. Prerequisite: PSY 101.

PSY 350 (3 credits)


Industrial & Organizational Psychology

Explores application of psychological principles and results of empirical research to the behavior of individuals in the workplace. Topics include organizational issues (e.g., work motivation, job attitudes, leadership, and organizational stress) and industrial issues (e.g., including employee attraction, selection, placement, performance appraisal and feedback, and ergonomics). Intrinsic connection between science and practice is emphasized throughout course. Prerequisite: PSY 101.

PSY 360 (1 credit)


Tutorial in Psychology


Elective for juniors/seniors who have demonstrated competence in introductory courses in Psychology, and are judged qualified to assist students, one on one. Permission of departmental faculty required. May be repeated.

PSY 403 (3 credits)


Psychopathology


Examination of maladaptive behavior. The etiology, clinical picture and treatment of various syndromes are discussed. Prerequisite: PSY 101.

PSY 405 (3 credits)


Social Psychology


Explores current research and principles of human social activity with emphasis on nature of interpersonal behavior. Prerequisite: PSY 101.

PSY 408 (2 credits)


Seminar


Capstone course in which a research project initiated in PSY 320 is prepared for professional written and oral resentation. Presentation of the completed project s required. The course includes readings and discussion of research in selected topics. Prerequisite: PSY 101 and 320.

PSY 412 (2 credits)


Practicum I


Seniors select a practicum to gain experience in an area of interest. Prerequisite: Senior (90 or more credits) psychology major; PSY 101, 314. Co-requisite: PSY 422.

PSY 413 (2 credits)


Practicum II


Seniors select a practicum to gain experience in a second area of interest. Prerequisite: second semester senior psychology major or permission of instructor; PSY 101 and 314. Co-requisite: PSY 423.

PSY 422 (2 credits)


Practicum I Seminar


Weekly seminars focus on sharing and evaluating practicum experiences. Integration of experiential learning with theory is stressed. Ethical and professional concerns are examined. Prerequisite: Senior psychology major. Co-requisite: PSY 412.

PSY 423 (2 credits)


Practicum II Seminar


Weekly seminars focus on ethical, clinical and professional issues. Prerequisite: Senior psychology major. Co-requisite: PSY 413.

PSY 430 (3 credits)


Forensic Psychology


Presents theories and application of psychological knowledge to the civil and criminal justice system. The content will cover activities such as courtroom testimony, child custody evaluations, screening of law enforcement candidates, clinical services to offenders and staff of correctional facilities, research and theory in area of criminal behavior, intervention and prevention programs. Prerequisite: PSY 101.

PSY 440 (3 credits)


Sports Psychology


Studies the behavioral, affective and cognitive reactions to sport settings of both participants and fans. Theories and knowledge of psychology will be presented in the context of applied, clinical, educational and experimental sports psychology. It will be discussed how this specialty of psychology provides services to athletes and coaches based on psychological principles. Prerequisite: PSY 101. Cross-listed with SM 440.

Contact Information

 
Img: Peggy Bowen
 

Peggy C. Bowen-Hartung, Ph.D., C.T.S.
Associate Professor
Psychology & Counseling Department Chair

   Upland Center, Room 126c
   610.796.8483
   peggy.bowen@alvernia.edu