Counseling Psychology - Psychology Master Program


Counseling Psychology

Counseling psychology focuses on providing therapeutic treatments to clients who experience a wide variety of symptoms, and it is one of the largest specialty areas within psychology that facilitates personal and interpersonal functioning across the life span with a focus on emotional, social, vocational, educational, health-related, developmental and organizational concerns. The graduate school of social sciences recognizes the importance of preparing graduates who manifest the highest standards of excellence in academic or service delivery settings through the integration of theory, research, and practice, and with sensitivity to multicultural issues. This specialty encompasses a broad range of practices that is unique in its attention both to normal developmental issues and to problems associated with physical, emotional, and mental disorders. Thus, students are continuously exposed to opportunities to examine the connection between scientific knowledge and professional practice. To highlight the importance of this integration, education and training in theory, inquiry, and practice occur concurrently throughout the program.

Course Descriptions

HPSY550 Psychophysiology

Examines the basic anatomy of the nervous system,  normal  and dirordered physiological functions, neurobiological bases of behavior, and  introduces contemporary brain scanning methodologies.


HPSY551 Behavioral Neuroscience

Examines approaches and methods of the study of brain mechanisms underlying behavior,  including such topics as behavior in invertebrate and vertebrate systems, biological clocks, brain mechanisms of fear and anxiety, physiological adaptations to stress, sexual differentiation of brain and behavior, and regulation of food intake and body weight.


HPSY510 Research Design and Analysis

Reviews the philosophy of science, the logic of scientific research reports and types of validity; examines experimental, quasi-experimental, and correlational designs, critical thinking in reviewing research findings, formulating researchable questions, literature reviews, sampling methods, and integrated research strategies; and overviews univariate and multivariate statistics, time series, and research integration tools such as meta-analysis, as well as how to use major statistical software packages, especially SPSS, including formatting and input of data, variables identification, analysis and interpretation of results, and graphical presentations.         


HPSY553 Psychosomatic Medicine

Examines psychological factors in physical disorders and medical complaints, including consideration of such topics as lifespan development and geriatric changes, personality factors, issues of lifestyle, stress and coping mechanisms, as well as psychosocial and socioenvironmental factors. 


HPSY552 Neuropsychology

In-depth review of theories of adult brain function and neurodevelopment, effects of traumatic brain injury, vascular disorders and dementia, and basic principles and methods of neuropsychological assessment.


HPSY556 Epidemiology

Overview of epidemiologic concepts and methods, including definitions, measures of disease frequency, designs (cohort, case-control, cross-sectional and experimental studies), biases and confounding; and brief introduction to clinical applications.


HPSY560 Interpersonal Communication, Consulting, and Teaching Skills

Emphasizes practical training in interpersonal communication and conflict management, professional consulting and team building, and basic skills in teaching including building respect and receptivity, and effective performance evaluation and feedback; training; includes training in preparation of research reports, formats and presentation styles, Powerpoint, sensitivity in responding to questions and working with the media.


HPSY563 Community Ecology

Examines health issues related to community social patterns, and the effects of environmental factors in health promotion and disease, including such areas as extended family dynamics, community culture and cultural diversity, design of living and work facilities, neighborhood recreational services, suburban sprawl, and ecological factors of healthy, sustainable living practices.       


HPSY558 Adv Training in Health Psy Practice I

Intensive practical training in best practicies in the provision of direct services in wellness, psychoeducation, medical treatment adherence, stress management, assertiveness training, anger management, sleep hygiene, pain management, diet and nutrition, and planning and referrals to professional human services adjunct to medical treatment.


HPSY559 Adv Training in Health Psy Practice II

Intensive practical training in best practices in the provision of direct services, updating skills from the first level course, and incorporting body work, rehabilitation and geriatric services, addictions treatment, pregnancy issues and parenting training, and planning and referrals to professional human services adjunct to medical treatment.


HPSY530 Legal/Ethical Issues

Overviews ethical issues in scientific research, including such issues as treatment of subjects, informed consent, and confidentiality; and examines legal and ethical issues in professional work through analysis of case studies. 


HPSY557 Psychopharmacology

Examines the relationship between drug-induced changes in behavior and brain chemistry, basic neuropharmacology and determinants of drug action, and  pharmacologic treatment. 

HPSY562 Services Planning, Reporting, and Evaluation

Practical training in management of the provision of direct services in a health promotion setting, including treatment planning and evaluation, clinical record-keeping and issues of confidentiality, reporting to clients and to administration, processes of effective evaluation and feedback, as well as financial considerations such as efficiency and budget maintenance.

HPSY554 Organizational Dynamics and Group Training

Practical training in managing various types of groups including families, and major issues in organizational dynamics involved in organizing and managing groups, as well as working in group and corporate settings.


HPSY555 The Future of Health Psychology

Overview of special topics and trends in health psychology, and discussion of ethical and other issues on the forefront of science, and evolving unification of science and spirituality in higher individual and societal development.


HPSY580 Master’s Internship


HPSY590 Master’s Thesis
CPSY530  Legal / Ethical Issues  3 0 3 0
CPSY551  Psychopathology / Differential Diagnosis  3 0 3 0
CPSY552  Overview of Psychotherapeutic Approachs  3 0 3 0
CPSY553  Clinical Interviewing,Assessment anf Treatment Planning  3 0 3 0
CPSY562  Practice Management  3 0 3 0
Total 15 0
CPSY554  Humanistic Therapy  3 0 3 0
CPSY555  Family / Group Therapy / Organizational Dynamics  3 0 3 0
CPSY556  Solution-oriented Therapy  3 0 3 0
CPSY557  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy  3 0 3 0
CPSY582  Supervised Psychotherapy Training  3 0 3 0
Total 15 0
CPSY588  One-year Full-time Internship with Formal Supervision  0 0 0 0
CPSY515  Master's Thesis  0 0 0 0
Total 0 0
CPSY588  Continuous Internship  0 0 0 0
CPSY515  Master's Thesis  0 0 0 0
Total 0 0