Doctor of Psychology (PSYD) Courses

Scientific Foundations of Psychology

PSYD 501 Theories of Personality and Psychotherapy
3 hours. Required. Focuses on the major theories of personality, their authors, and the systems of psychotherapy associated with those personality theories. This course provides an understanding of the basic principles of personality development, structure, dynamics, and process. The course also serves as a survey of the major systems of psychotherapy. Significant research on personality and psychotherapy outcome and process will be reviewed.

PSYD 502 Psychopathology
3 hours. Required. Focuses on understanding the basic processes and distinguishing features among the major categories of mental disorders and becoming familiar with standard diagnostic categories and systems. Assessment and case reports using DSM IV criteria are emphasized.

PSYD 503 Learning, Cognition, and Emotion
3 hours. Required. Examines contemporary perspectives on thought, learning, memory, emotion, and other higher mental processes. After a review of theoretical perspectives on learning, cognition, and emotion, cognition-emotion interaction and the development of this interaction will be discussed.

PSYD 504 Social Psychology
3 hours. Required. An overview of some of the major theories, concepts, and research topics in social psychology. The social aspects of the individual's behavior are studied, with special reference to the social agencies involved in shaping behavior.

PSYD 505 Human Development
3 hours. Required. An overview of the important psychological developments that occur throughout the life span. Contemporary research and developmental theories will provide a structure for understanding the change of people from infancy to senescence. Central issues of human functioning such as intelligence, social relations, motor functions, gender, faith, morality, and selfhood will be discussed in order to provide a normative and foundational basis for understanding people.

PSYD 507 History and Systems of Psychology
3 hours. Required. An overview of the development of psychology via prominent historical figures and systems from the early Greek philosophers to the 21st century. Current developments from these roots will be critically evaluated.

PSYD 509 Biological Basis of Behavior
3 hours. Required. An overview of human neuroscience is provided, with emphasis on those areas of importance to the clinical psychologist.

PSYD 510 Psychopharmacology
2 hours. Elective. An introduction to the foundations and principles of clinical psychopharmacology, with an additional emphasis on the interrelationship of the psychologist in clinical settings.


Psychological Research

PSYD 511 Psychometrics and Test Development
3 hours. Required. A survey of theory and methods of test construction, with emphasis on professional standards for evaluating published tests and application of test results. Concepts of test development will be examined, including scaling, item analysis, standardization, measurement error, reliability, and validity. Basic statistics and statistical software related to correlational analyses will also be included. Commonly used psychology tests will be used as psychometric examples (especially cognitive scales). Issues of test use among ethnic and special populations will also receive attention.

PSYD 512 Statistics
3 hours. Required. This course emphasizes a review of basic statistics (univariate statistics such as Pearson r, t-tests, and ANOVA), then generalizes these to the case of multiple dependent variables. Numerous methods of comparing and combining results will be discussed including test assumptions, methods for tests of significance, and effect sizes.

PSYD 513 Research Design
3 hours. Required. A rigorous examination of the spectrum of methods available for research in the clinical domain, ranging from basic to applied, and including descriptive, traditional experimental research, and strategies used in evaluating the effectiveness of intervention programs in a variety of mental health settings. Topics include the principles of experimental and quasiexperimental design and an introduction to qualitative research. Data analyses include MANOVA, MANCOVA, Discriminate Analysis, Meta-analysis, Factor Analysis, and an examination of the assumptions of each.


Ethical and Professional Sequence

PSYD 517 Ethics for Psychologists
3 hours. Required. Examines the American Psychological Association's "Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct," federal and state laws relevant to the practice of psychology, the related ethical and practical considerations involved in qualifying for licensure, and establishing and conducting a professional practice.

PSYD 518 Professional Issues
2 hours. Elective. In addition to assisting toward internship application, this course focuses on contemporary issues within the field of psychology; guidelines and procedures for referral and interprofessional collaboration are reviewed; and legal, ethical, and professional issues involved in working in a multidisciplinary managed care context are discussed. Establishing a professional practice and the professional and personal life of the therapist also receive attention. Students will be expected to bring examples of curriculum vitae, marketing strategies, as well as management problems and issues from their current practice settings.
Prerequisite: fourth-year standing.


Assessment Sequence

PSYD 521 Personality Assessment
3 hours. Required. Introduces the basic statistical concepts of measurement and objective and projective personality assessment. Administration, scoring, and interpretation of objective personality measures will be emphasized as well as preparing written reports of test results. Additional course fee required.

PSYD 522 Cognitive Assessment
4 hours. Required. An introduction to individualized assessment of intellectual and other selected cognitive functions, such as memory and academic achievement. Theoretical, conceptual, and clinical aspects of test administration and interpretation will be emphasized. A weekly one-hour lab practicum experience is included in order to provide practice with and coaching on the most common cognitive test instruments. Additional course fee required.
Prerequisite: PSYD 511 Psychometrics.

PSYD 523 Projective Assessment
2 hours. Elective. Introduces the basic concepts of projective assessment and the administration, interpretation, and report writing for a variety of projective techniques, such as the House-Tree-Person, Thematic Apperception Test, and Rotter Incomplete Sentences. The Rorschach Inkblot Test and the Comprehensive System of John E. Exner (revised) will be emphasized. Additional course fee required.
Prerequisite: PSYD 521 Personality Assessment.

PSYD 524 Comprehensive Psychological Assessment
3 hours. Reviews major instruments already learned in Personality, Projective, Cognitive, and Achievement assessment. Discusses further instrument selection as well as interpretation and synthesis of test findings in writing psychological reports. Specific applications of comprehensive psychological assessments in settings such as schools and forensics are also discussed.
Prerequisites: PSYD 521 Personality Assessment and PSYD 522 Cognitive Assessment.

PSYD 525 Neuropsychological Assessment
3 hours. An introduction to the anatomical, empirical, and clinical aspects of neuropsychology, with an emphasis upon clinical assessment. Fixed, flexible, and process battery approaches will be illustrated in a weekly practice lab component of the course. Integrating test findings, functional neurology, history, and report writing will be highlighted. Additional course fee required.
Prerequisites: PSYD 509 Biological Basis of Behavior (or equivalent), PSYD 521 Personality Assessment and PSYD 522 Cognitive Assessment.

PSYD 526 Child/Adolescent Therapy and Assessment
3 hours. Elective. This course will build on PSYD 505 Human Development, PSYD 521 Personality Assessment, and PSYD 522 Cognitive Assessment, focusing on personality, cognitive and behavioral assessment measures for children and adolescents. Cognitive behavioral, behavioral, and developmental play therapy techniques will be highlighted. Topics will include psychological assessment and therapeutic interventions for children and adolescents. Both spectrum and disorder specific treatments will be taught including: behavior disorders, enuresis, attention deficit disorders, depressive and anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorders.
Prerequisites: PSYD 505 Human Development, PSYD 521 Personality Assessment, and PSYD 522 Cognitive Assessment (or instructor approval).


Practicum Sequence

PSYD 530 Clinical Foundations I
3 hours. Required. This two-semester sequence prepares the student for the Practicum I training experience. It is a two semester sequence that includes weekly lecture and coursework; in additon, participation in weekly lab groups is required. The experiential component begins with simulated clinical during the first month and culminates in two long-term clients during the second semester. The clinical sessions integrate course theory and practice and are taped and closely supervised. The clinical sessions provide a laboratory experience in which students learn interpersonal communication and empathy skills using role-play techniques and audio and video feedback. In addition to weekly lectures, students are expected to participate in weekly, vertical, clinical team meeting with students from all cohorts, weekly, small group lab meetings with students from their own cohort, and didactics to introduce them to the legal and ethical issues of practice, the administrative structure and functioning of clinical settings, and the practical issues of assessment, psychotherapy, case management, and record keeping.

PSYD 531 Clinical Foundations II
3 hours. Required. This two-semester sequence prepares the student for the Practicum I training experience. It is a two semester sequence that includes weekly lecture and coursework; in additon, participation in weekly lab groups is required. The experiential component begins with simulated clinical during the first month and culminates in two long-term clients during the second semester. The clinical sessions integrate course theory and practice and are taped and closely supervised. The clinical sessions provide a laboratory experience in which students learn interpersonal communication and empathy skills using role-play techniques and audio and video feedback. In addition to weekly lectures, students are expected to participate in weekly, vertical, clinical team meeting with students from all cohorts, weekly, small group lab meetings with students from their own cohort, and didactics to introduce them to the legal and ethical issues of practice, the administrative structure and functioning of clinical settings, and the practical issues of assessment, psychotherapy, case management, and record keeping.
Prerequisite: PSYD 530 Clinical Foundations I.

PSYD 532 Practicum I
3 hours. Required. This is a sequence of at least two semesters that builds on PSYD 530-531 Clinical Foundations of Treatment and emphasizes practical training in assessment, diagnosis, psychotherapy, and case management through supervised practice in a variety of clinical settings. Students also participate in team meetings, didactics, and oversight training groups.
Prerequisites: PSYD 517 Ethics for Psychologists and PSYD 531 Clinical Foundations of Treatment II.

PSYD 533 Practicum I
3 hours. Required. This is a sequence of at least two semesters that builds on PSYD 530-531 Pre-practicum, Clinical Foundations and emphasizes practical training in assessment, diagnosis, psychotherapy, and case management through supervised practice in a variety of clinical settings. Students also participate in team meetings, didactics, and oversight training groups.
Prerequisites: PSYD 517 Ethics for Psychologists and PSYD 532 Practicum I.

PSYD 535 Practicum II
3 hours. Required. This is an advanced practicum sequence that builds on Practicum I. Students are placed in various community settings to perform psychological assessments and interventions under the supervision of licensed psychologists. Students also receive weekly clinical oversight on campus by faculty members.
Prerequisite: PSYD 533 Practicum I.

PSYD 536 Practicum II
3 hours. Required. This is an advanced practicum sequence that builds on Practicum I. Students are placed in various community settings to perform psychological assessments and interventions under the supervision of licensed psychologists. Students also receive weekly clinical oversight on campus by faculty members.
Prerequisite: PSYD 535 Practicum II.

PSYD 538 Preinternship
3 hours. Required. This sequence emphasizes development of more advanced skills in assessment, diagnosis, psychotherapy, and case management through supervised practice in a variety of field settings. This sequence seeks to develop skills in supervising others and to prepare students for internship. Students continue to participate in team meetings, oversight training groups, and didactics in a seminar format.
Prerequisite: PSYD 536 Practicum II.

PSYD 539 Preinternship
3 hours. Required. This sequence emphasizes development of more advanced skills in assessment, diagnosis, psychotherapy, and case management through supervised practice in a variety of field settings. This sequence seeks to develop skills in supervising others and to prepare students for internship. Students continue to participate in team meetings, oversight training groups, and didactics in a seminar format.
Prerequisite: PSYD 538 Preinternship.


Special Populations

PSYD 541 Multicultural Issues in Therapy
3 hours. Required. Introduction to the literature and issues involved in clinical work with people of various cultural, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. The role of culture and ethnicity in conceptualizations of mental health and pathology, help seeking, and response to treatment will be emphasized.

PSYD 544 Geropsychology
3 hours. Elective. This course will review normal aging processes as well as pathological conditions common to elderly populations. Particular emphasis will be placed on clinical issues relevant to mental health services for this age group.
Prerequisite: PSYD 505 Human Development.

PSYD 545 Gender Issues in Psychotherapy
3 hours. Elective. The literature and issues related to gender in psychotherapy will be examined, with special emphasis on the problems of diagnosis, interpersonal issues, and paradigms for understanding unique female and male issues with clients. Case studies will be used for illustration and application.


Individual Psychotherapies

PSYD 551 Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
3 hours. Required. This class explores the theory and practice of psychodynamic psychotherapy, including analytic, object relations, and self psychologies. Major theorists and assessment techniques are critically appraised, and process and outcome research related to these approaches is examined. Case studies will be required of current clients, whom the student treats in his or her practice setting, examining them from a psychodynamic perspective.
Prerequisite: PSYD 501 Theories of Personality and Psychotherapy.

PSYD 552 Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapy
3 hours. Required. This class provides an introduction to cognitive-behavioral techniques, explores their application in short-term and longer-term psychotherapy, and examines process and outcome research findings related to the use of these approaches. Case studies are used to develop skills in planning cognitive behavioral interventions, establishing behavioral objectives, and measuring outcomes of treatment. Consistencies and tensions with Christian beliefs and worldviews will be explored, and practical strategies for using cognitive-behavioral interventions with religious clients are examined.

PSYD 556 Object Relations Therapy
2 hours. Elective. An introduction to object-relational theory and psychotherapeutic techniques that grow out of that perspective. Though this is not a practicum course, ideally the student should be involved in working in a counseling setting in which applications of this psychodynamic approach may be tested in practice.
Prerequisites: PSYD 501 Theories of Personality and Psychotherapy and PSYD 551 Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.


Child, Family, and Group Psychotherapies

PSYD 561 Group Psychotherapy
3 hours. Elective. Theory and application of small-group process in clinical settings; laboratory practice in selection of participants, leadership, and interaction methods; and design and implementation of short-term focal groups.

PSYD 562 Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
3 hours. Elective. This course focuses on childhood and adolescent disorders. Particular attention will be given to understanding the developmental trajectory of spectrum and specific diagnostic disorders. Attention deficit disorders, mood, anxiety and behavior disorders, attachment disorders, and developmental learning disorders will be highlighted. This course is recommended for those planning to work with children or who want to gain a more thorough understanding of the developmental trajectory of psychopathology.
Prerequisites: PSYD 505 Human Development, and PSYD 502 Psychopathology.

PSYD 563 Family Therapy in a Diverse Culture
3 hours. Required. This is a survey course of the major theoretical developments in family and couples therapy. Leading theories, concepts, assessment strategies, and intervention techniques will be discussed and demonstrated. A systems perspective on health and dysfunction will be contrasted with individual approaches to psychotherapy. The process and outcome research literature will be reviewed. An emphasis is placed on understanding the diversity of family structures and styles in contemporary society, as well as the ways many Christians understand marriage and family relationships. Several issues relevant to clinical work with Christian families and couples will be discussed.


Integration of Faith and Psychology

PSYD 571 Integrative Approaches to Psychology and Psychotherapy
3 hours. Required. This class provides an overview of the theoretical, conceptual, and practical issues involved in relating worldviews to psychology, psychopathology, and psychotherapy. Emphasis will be placed on the various philosophical and practical ways in which Christian psychologists and theologians have resolved the tensions of faith and practice. Practical implications for conducting psychotherapy with people who have spiritual and religious concerns will be explored.

PSYD 572 Bible Survey for Psychologists
4 hours. An investigation of the Bible, emphasizing thematic and structural elements that enhance the student's ability to perceive unity within diversity and that provide a basis for continued theological and integrative studies. Issues in interpretation will also be explored, with attention given to meaningful application of central themes. Implications for professional psychology will be emphasized.

PSYD 574 Spiritual and Religious Diversity in Professional Psychology
3 hours. An introduction to the development and teachings of the major religions of the world. Special attention to elements shaping multicultural understandings of God, humanity, the world, and the purpose/goal of life will be explored with special attention given to how professional psychologists can be sensitive and effective in dealing with clients who hold various religious views, concerns, and practices.

PSYD 578 Christian History and Theology Survey for Psychologists
4 hours. An overview of significant events, doctrines, people, and developments in Christianity. The purpose is to provide a panoramic view of the central aspects of Christian faith as well as the key issues and traditions that shaped Western culture and society. Implications for professional psychology will be emphasized.

PSYD 579 Spiritual and Religious Issues in Professional Psychology
2 hours. Required. In this faith integration capstone course, major themes of Christian theology are considered with regard to their implications for the life and work of a professional psychologist.

PSYD 616 Spiritual Formation 1
2 hours. An introduction to the ways God works in human lives, affecting redemptive change and spiritual transformation, with special attention given to the personal life of professional psychologists. A theoretical basis for reflection, combined with experiential components of the classical spiritual disciplines, will enable the student to establish a personal foundation of spiritual formation, including such elements as prayer, journaling, and various approaches to worship. Additional course fee required.

PSYD 617 Spiritual Formation 2
.5 hour. A guided spiritual formation practicum involving spiritual reading, reflection, journaling, monthly meetings with a spiritual director, and exercises in self-care and personal renewal while in the process of professional development. Additional course fee required.

PSYD 618 Spiritual Formation 3
.5 hour. Continuation of PsyD 617. Prerequisite: PsyD 617. Additional course fee required.

PSYD 619 Spiritual Formation 4
.5 hour. A guided spiritual formation practicum in which the student experiences psychology as ministry to the disenfranchised and marginalized. An individualized spiritual formation plan is developed that may include service, reading, journaling, or meeting with a spiritual director. Additional course fee required.

PSYD 620 Spiritual Formation 5
.5 hour. Continuation of PsyD 619. Prerequisite: PsyD 619. Additional course fee required.


Physiological and Health Psychology

PSYD 581 Human Sexuality and Sexual Dysfunction
2 hours. Elective. Provides an overview of physiological, sociological, and psychological aspects of sexuality and sexual dysfunctions. Approaches to evaluation and treatment of dysfunctions and consideration of the influences of beliefs upon the causes and remediations of problems are included. Prerequisite: PSYD 532-533 Practicum I.

PSYD 582 Substance Abuse
2 hours. Elective. A survey of the literature on substance abuse and chemical dependency. Emphasis is placed on psychological assessment and intervention for persons with substance abuse disorders.

PSYD 587 Health Psychology
3 hours. Elective. The focus of this course is on the practical understanding and application of Health Psychology. This course will introduce you to the biopsychosocial model of health to understand the factors that influence the maintenance of health as well as disease progression. The course includes research-based interventions to treat illness, slow or prevent disease progression.


Clinical Subspecialties

PSYD 591 Consultation, Education, and Program Evaluation I
1 hour. Required. Reviews a range of consultation methods in professional psychology, from expert-prescriptive models to collaborative models. Principles of education and program evaluation are described in the process. Specific skills such as articulating effective consultation questions, developing questionnaires, conducting qualitative data analyses, and writing in professional psychology are also considered.

PSYD 592 Consultation, Education, and Program Evaluation II
1 hour. Required. Reviews a range of consultation methods in professional psychology, from expert-prescriptive models to collaborative models. Principles of education and program evaluation are also explored. Specific skills such as articulating effective consultation questions, developing questionnaires, conducting qualitative data analyses, and writing in professional psychology are considered.
Prerequisite: PSYD 591 Consultation, Education, and Program Evaluation I.

PSYD 593 Supervision and Management of Psychological Services I
1 hour. Required. This course provides an introduction to the theory, research and practice of clinical supervision and to the management of clinical service provision. The student will become acquainted with theory and research on management and supervision and engage in experiential learning of supervision and management skills. This course is structured as a two-semester course that involves both theory and supervised practice in Supervision and Management.
Prerequisite: Fourth Year standing.

PSYD 594 Supervision and Management of Psychological Services II
1 hour. Required. This course provides an introduction to the theory, research and practice of clinical supervision and to the management of clinical service provision. The student will become acquainted with theory and research on management and supervision and engage in experiential learning of supervision and management skills. This course is structured as a two-semester course that involves both theory and supervised practice in Supervision and Management.
Prerequisite: Fourth Year standing; PSYD 593 Supervision and Management of Psychological Services I.

PSYD 597 Forensic Psychology
2 hours. Elective. Introduces legal, psychological, ethical, and practical issues involved in the practice of forensic psychology. Assessment strategies and legal issues involved in child custody and abuse, law enforcement evaluation of fitness for duty, competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility (sanity), presentencing evaluations, personal injury, and workers' compensation are addressed.
Prerequisites: PSYD 521 Personality Assessment, PSYD 522 Cognitive Assessment, and PSYD 532-533 Practicum I.


Dissertation Sequence

PSYD 801 Research Teams - I
1 hour. Required. The Research Team is the formal mechanism by which students' involvement in original empirical research is formulated and guided. The Research Team is part of a formal academic sequence involving statistical analysis, research design and research application. Participation in the Research Team will help students' to build the necessary skills to generate and evaluate original research. As part of the research sequence, students must individually complete and defend a doctoral-level dissertation. The dissertation may be of an empirical, applied, or theoretical nature. Students should be able to complete their dissertations within the context of the vertically integrated research teams.

PSYD 802 Research Teams - II
2 hours. Required. The Research Team is the formal mechanism by which students' involvement in original empirical research is formulated and guided. The Research Team is part of a formal academic sequence involving statistical analysis, research design and research application. Participation in the Research Team will help students' to build the necessary skills to generate and evaluate original research. As part of the research sequence, students must individually complete and defend a doctoral-level dissertation. The dissertation may be of an empirical, applied, or theoretical nature. Students should be able to complete their dissertations within the context of the vertically integrated research teams.

PSYD 803 Research Teams - III
3 hours. Required. The Research Team is the formal mechanism by which students' involvement in original empirical research is formulated and guided. The Research Team is part of a formal academic sequence involving statistical analysis, research design and research application. Participation in the Research Team will help students' to build the necessary skills to generate and evaluate original research. As part of the research sequence, students must individually complete and defend a doctoral-level dissertation. The dissertation may be of an empirical, applied, or theoretical nature. Students should be able to complete their dissertations within the context of the vertically integrated research teams.

PSYD 655 Dissertation
2 hours. To maintain continuous enrollment until dissertation is complete. Does not count toward the degree.


Clinical Psychology Internship

PSYD 609 Professional Preparation
2-4 hours. For those who have completed all course requirements and are preparing for their pre-doctoral internship. The focus is on gaining additional professional preparation in anticipation of licensure as a clinical psychologist. Course content will be tailored to the students needs.
Prerequisite: Permission of Director of Clinical Training.

PSYD 610-615 Clinical Internship
A full-time internship comprising 50 weeks and 2,000 hours is required. The internship may be scheduled as a half-time placement for two calendar years or a full-time placement for a single year. Students are strongly encouraged to obtain an APA-accredited or APPIC-recognized internship site. It is likely that students will have to move out of state to complete the approved internship.
Prerequisites: completion of MA degree and practicum requirements and approval by the director of clinical training. Special fee assessed.
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