Undergraduate Courses

Introduction to Psychology: The primary goal of this course is to introduce students to psychology as a science. This course provides an introduction to psychology including methods, theory, and data regarding the study of behavior. Topics include biological, social, learning, personality, motivation, and abnormal behavior. I also have two other versions (1, 2).

Personality and Adjustment: An introduction to the study of personality and its relation to human behavioral adjustment emphasizing such topics as relating to others, stress management, needs, values, and self-esteem.

Abnormal Psychology: The goal of this psychology course is to introduce students to abnormal psychology and the clinical disorders. Objectives include: being able to describe several different methods for defining abnormal behavior, distinguish between the predominant perspectives in the study of abnormal behavior, become familiar with the symptoms, treatments, and theories about the causes (etiology) of various psychological disorders, identify and discuss pertinent controversial issues regarding abnormal psychology, and think and write critically about important issues in the study of psychopathology. The syllabus above is from a 200-level version; I have also taught it as an honors course, as a 400 level course, and online.

Introduction to Learning: This course is a general survey of the learning area, including animal and human experiments, with the applicability of learning principles being discussed. General topics to be covered include the evolution of learning theory, theories of classical conditioning, theories of instrumental and operant conditioning, theories of cognitive learning, and biological theories of learning.

Advanced Research Methods in Psychology: Advanced methodology focusing on the logic and practice of research in a selected content area of psychology. In this course, you will step beyond learning about psychological research methods from the text and previous studies. You will use the information you have learned about research designs and methods to develop your own study. You will conduct the study, analyze the data, and finally write and present your findings.

Introduction to Clinical Psychology: The primary goal of this course is to introduce students to diagnostic procedures, treatment approaches, occupational settings, and ethical considerations relevant to the profession of the clinical psychologist.

Trauma and Resiliency: This course provides an overview of the current state of knowledge and research on traumatic stress, resiliency, and treatment. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the psychological theories and research on traumatic stress studies. Students learn about the history and development of the traumatic stress studies field, as well as the maturation of the posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) diagnosis and its implications for assessment and treatment. Topics included in this course include the effects of different types of trauma, acute reactions to trauma, the classification and epidemiology of trauma and related disorders, resiliency and vulnerability factors, individual differences in adaptation to trauma, and the effects of trauma on memory systems. Students also learn about developmental, cultural, and social issues associated with the effects of trauma; prevention, stages of recovery, and treatment of trauma.

Behavior Modification: The primary goal of this course is to introduce students to principles of advanced behavior modification techniques. Students who succeed in this course will gain the skills and knowledge necessary to incorporate behavior modification principles in everyday life. These goals are reached when a student is able to understand the basic components of behavior modification and the importance of functional relations; objectively and consistently record behavior and complete functional behavior assessments; use behavior modification strategies to decrease problem behaviors in a variety of applied settings; anddesign, implement, and evaluate formal behavior modification plans

Seminar: Clinical and Legal Aspects of Sexual Assault: This seminar addresses the psychological impact and the legal issues surrounding sexual assault. The first half the of the seminar will address psychological issues, such as rape myths, the psychological and interpersonal impact of sexual assault, psychological characteristics of the offenders, psychological assessment and treatment of sexual assault, and prevention issues. The second half of the seminar will focus on legal issues, such as crime scene investigation issues, interviewing victims from a legal standpoint, acquaintance and stranger rape, rapist profiling, false reports, and sexual assault trial issues

Undergraduate Internship: This course allows students to get hands-on experience in the field of psychology and explore areas you think they might want a career (or more training) in. Internship also allows students to make invaluable connections for future job openings and a possible reference writer. This course is designed to prepare students for making the transition from student to professional.

Graduate Courses

Clinical Classification and Decision Process: This graduate course provides an examination of the practice of psychological diagnoses with an emphasis on the informational bases and decision-making processes involved in differential diagnosis. Theoretical assumptions underlying these diagnostic classification and decisions are also discussed.

Interviewing and Counseling: The main goal of this course is to familiarize the learner with the basic concepts behind competent interviewing and counseling skills. The course will focus on a variety of introductory skills stemming from numerous theoretical orientations. Throughout the course, an emphasis will be placed on the skills and techniques that therapists utilize to establish and maintain therapeutic relationships with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Theories and Models of Psychotherapy: An advanced level of psychotherapies and applications in diverse settings. You will be exposed to a variety of differing approaches to psychotherapy with emphasis on both the theoretical and the clinical aspects of the approaches. In addition to the factual emphasis, we will examine how who you are affects your choice of therapeutic approach(es).

Crisis Intervention and Community Mental Health: Crisis Intervention and Community Mental Health provides an introduction to the principles of community mental health and crisis intervention. Topics covered include the organization of community mental health services, mental health education, prevention, consultation, program evaluation, and crisis intervention.

Professional Issues in Clinical/Community Mental Health: This course provides an in-depth examination of the ethical, legal, and professional issues involved in the provision of mental health services, primarily in public settings. Illinois laws governing confidentiality, mandated reporting, and professional licensure are discussed.

Cognitive and Behavioral Processes in Therapy Practicum: This course provides a review of theory and research on, and supervised experience in, cognitive and behavioral processes in practice of psychotherapy. Decision-making and treatment planning, cognitive-behavioral techniques and theory, and integration of a cognitive-behavioral approach with other theoretical orientations in working with clients in the clinic will be emphasized. Consultation with and referral to other agencies may be included.

Career Assessment in Professional Psychology: In this course students will become familiar with the process of assessing clients’ vocational and professional interests through the use of both formal assessment instruments and interview. Developmental considerations, as well as issues of cultural sensitivity and gender will be discussed. Approaches to integrating this information into career advising and/or psychotherapy will be explored.

Lifestyle and Career Counseling: A thorough examination of major theories of career development and use of career assessment instruments will help equip students in evaluating and applying approaches to career counseling. This course will explore the relationship between career choice, individual skills, and lifestyle, and explore career/occupational resources available to a counselor.

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