Course Descriptions

PSY-5999 Introduction to Counseling Psychology
Overview of the field with emphasis on understanding the nature and stages of counseling and the counselor's role in individual and group work in a variety of settings. Major counseling theories and the techniques associated with the theoretical approaches are presented. 3 credits.

PSY-6002 Group Process and Strategies
Examination, at an advanced level, of how to establish and conduct counseling groups. Group counseling theories and specialized techniques for enhancing interpersonal communication skills are presented. Emerging interpersonal processes provide an experiential understanding of group membership. 3 credits.

PSY-6008 Cognitive Behavioral Theory and Strategies
In-depth examination of the theory and practice of cognitive behavioral therapy. Emphasis on the efficacy of CBT for various disorders, as well as its relevance for school counseling, couples therapy and habit control. Strategies will also be presented for crisis management, including the suicidal client. 3 credits.

PSY-6010 Counseling Techniques
Focus on the development of counseling skills through instruction and experiential exercises including videotaped practice sessions. Emphasis on techniques and skills including developing a treatment alliance, active listening, reflection, formulation of questions, and addressing such issues as resistance to treatment, transference, and countertransference. 3 credits.

PSY-6021 Psychopathology I
Introduction to the multi-axle diagnostic system of the DSM, and in-depth study of the DSM classification of maladaptive and disordered behavior. Intensive reading and discussion focused on the etiology, symptomatology, and treatment of various psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents. Attention is given to differential diagnosis, and to the identification of risk and protective factors. 3 credits.

PSY-6022 Psychopathology II
In-depth study of the DSM classification of maladaptive and disordered behavior. Intensive reading and discussion focused on the etiology, symptomatology, and treatment of psychiatric disorders in adults. Attention is given to differential diagnosis, and to the identification of risk and protective factors. Prerequisite: PSY 6021 Psychopathology I. 3 credits.

PSY-6025 Individual Assessment
Examination of theory, administration, and interpretation of tests frequently used for psychological evaluation in the diagnosis of emotional, behavioral, and learning problems, and to provide for vocational counseling. Includes training in interviewing, the appropriate selection of tests, behavioral observation techniques, portfolio and authentic assessments, and the integration of test data for report writing. Prerequisite: PSY 6030 Advanced Research Methods. 3 credits.

PSY-6030 Advanced Research Methods
Investigation of descriptive, relational, and experimental approaches to research, with emphasis on statistics and design issues including control strategies and procedures for establishing validity. Special emphasis is on how to design and conduct a research project, including collection, analysis, and interpretation of data. This course enables students to read, interpret, and critically evaluate qualitative and quantitative studies within the counseling psychology literature. 3 credits.

PSY-6040 Legal and Ethical Issues in Professional Practice
Exploration and guided discussion of legal and ethical practice issues. In-depth study of the American Counseling Association's ethical standards and state and federal laws as they affect counseling professionals. Current legal and professional thought is explored, drawing on court cases and clinical dilemmas. 3 credits.

PSY-6043 Legal and Ethical Practice and Issues in Schools
Overview of important issues with an emphasis on the application of legal and ethical practice in schools. In-depth examination of ACA and ASCA ethics codes, PA practice code for educators, and laws that impact children and the school counseling setting. Exploration of other critical issues including the role of the school counselor in response to violence, grief, and other critical incidents. 3 credits.

PSY-6050 Family Counseling
In-depth examination of the principles, techniques, and applications of the major family therapy models. There is special focus on the role of systems theory in understanding family functioning. There is emphasis on experiential exercises to train students in evaluating family dynamics and implementing appropriate therapeutic techniques. 3 credits.

PSY-6055 Substance Use and Addiction
Examines the classification of psychoactive drugs and how they work in the body. In-depth exploration and discussion of research and theories about substance abuse and chemical dependency. Personal, social, and biological frames of reference will be used as a basis for understanding the causes of addiction and its impact on the individual, family, and society. Prevention strategies and common means of assessing and treating substance use disorders will be reviewed.

PSY-6056 Addiction Counseling Strategies and Techniques
Introduction to interviewing and assessment strategies for the evaluation of substance abuse and dependency. In-depth exploration of strategies and techniques used in individual and group counseling with chemically dependent clients. Prerequisite: PSY 6055 Substance Use and Addiction. 3 credits.

PSY-6057 Addiction and the Family
In-depth exploration into the dynamics of the addicted family system. Special emphasis is on intervention and treatment strategies for working with the addicted client and their family members. Attention is given to the research on children and adult children from addicted families. Prerequisite: PSY 6055 Substance Use and Addiction. 3 credits.

PSY-6060 Multicultural Counseling
Multidisciplinary approach to disorders and psychopathologies as they relate to the needs of special populations. Directed reading and discussion of current research concerning learning, personality, attitudes, perceptions, abilities, and adjustment of special needs populations in a variety of counseling contexts. Examination of cultural change processes and gender and ethnic identification. 3 credits.

PSY-6065 School Counseling (K-12)
Survey of the history, philosophy, objectives, principles and practice of a comprehensive school-counseling program. Explores the school as an institution and its place in the community. Examines the development and evaluation of guidance programs and school curriculum; relations between counselors, administrators, teachers, and parents; counseling standards and legislation; multiple roles, professional development, and counseling diverse populations. Objectives, models, and strategies for consultation and referral are emphasized, including multidisciplinary instructional support and child study teams. 3 credits.

PSY-6070 Career and Lifestyle Counseling
Examination of theories of career choice and cultural and social influences on entry into the world of work. Lab experiences for designing and implementing career guidance programs with emphasis on interest awareness, decision-making, problem-solving strategies, gender stereotyping, occupational information, appropriate academic preparation, and lifework planning. Students simulate vocational counseling sessions for study and analysis during class. 3 credits.

PSY-6082 Development Across the Lifespan
Advanced theoretical examination of physical, cognitive, social, moral and personal development during infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. The process and stages of development throughout the lifespan form the context for the study of human behavior. 3 credits.

PSY-6089 Trauma Studies
In-depth examination of the current theories and research on the development, assessment, and treatment of psychological trauma. Attention is given to various types of trauma populations including survivors of abuse, medical trauma, war, etc. The identification of risk and protective factors in the development of trauma responses is explored. Crisis counseling strategies used to prevent or minimize trauma responses are presented. Specialized assessment and treatment techniques are emphasized. 3 credits.

PSY-6090 Special Topics in Counseling Psychology
An intensive examination of selected individual topics relevant to the field of counseling psychology. 3 credits.

PSY-6093 Counseling the Exceptional Learner
The course is designed to prepare school guidance counselors for effective academic, behavioral and emotional support guidance for the exceptional learner.  Students will be able to understand and intervene with special needs students.  A historical overview of Special Education, including legislation and litigation issues will be explored.  Students will examine current practices in the field.

PSY-6099 Independent Study in Counseling Psychology
Eligible students may submit, for review and approval by the program director(s), a written plan for Independent Study that extends their academic and professional work in a direction that program coursework cannot provide. Independent Study plans may not substantially duplicate the content of an existing course, and students must obtain the cooperation of an appropriate faculty supervisor. Open only to matriculated students in good academic standing (GPA of 3.0 or higher) who are within 12 credit hours of graduation; eligible students may earn a maximum of 3 credit hours in an Independent Study format.

PSY-6100, 6101, 6102 Counseling Practicum I, II, and III
Supervised field placement in an approved setting that is consistent with the student's professional goals. The student must complete a total of 700 hours in the same setting over 2-3 consecutive semesters. A minimum of 200 hours must be completed in each semester of practicum. The first 100 hours of Counseling Practicum I must be documented on a departmental supervisory evaluation form.

PSY-6103, 6104, 6105 Counseling Practicum Seminar I, II, III
This one-credit seminar is required of all students enrolled in Counseling Practicum. Students meet with a supervising member of the Rosemont faculty for weekly seminar classes throughout the practicum. Practicum experiences and observations form the basis for classroom discussions and experiential exercises designed to enhance self-awareness and counseling skills.

PSY-6106 Critical Readings in Counseling Psychology
A critique of selected current literature relevant to the practice of counseling psychology. Only offered to students in couseling practicum. .5 credit.

PSY-6108 School Counseling Pre-Practicum
In preparation for the School Counseling Practicum, students engage in supervised skill simulations designed to refine and enhance self-awareness, interpersonal process skills, and facility with appropriate intervention techniques. Students also visit, observe, and analyze counseling-related sessions in schools. These observations form the basis for classroom discussions about ethics, special needs populations, clinical dilemmas, and professional roles and relationships. Offered only in the spring semester.

PSY 6110 and PSY 6111 School Counseling Practicum I and II: Elementary
PSY 6120 and PSY 6121 School Counseling Practicum I and II: Secondary
Two consecutive semesters of supervised counseling practice in a school setting that is consistent with the student's professional goals. Students also meet with a supervising member of the Rosemont faculty for weekly seminar classes throughout their Practicum experience. Offered only in the Fall and Spring. Prerequisite: PSY 6108 School Counseling Pre-Practicum and PSY 6065 School Counseling K-12.

PSY-6220 Counseling English Speakers of Another Language
This course is designed to expose prospective school guidance counselors to the specific academic, behavioral and emotional challenges a student may experience in acquiring English as a second language. The course focuses on counseling strategies, interventions and techniques most appropriate for this guiding and supporting the ELLs population. 

PSY-6345 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of the juvenile justice system and treatment of juvenile offenders. Major topics to be covered include normal juvenile development, juvenile delinquency, the juvenile justice process including prevention and treatment methods, and juvenile justice codes and case law.

PSY-6350 Offender Treatment
This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of adult offending and the treatment of adult offenders. Major topics to be covered include mental health issues common with offenders, assessment and diagnosis of adult offenders, role of counselors working with adult offenders, and current treatment approaches.

PSY-6330 Victimology
This course introduces students to the central questions and research in the field of Victimology beginning with a historical overview through contemporary thoughts and practices. It is focused on examining the role of victims in the criminal process, problems of adjustment to victimization, the complexities of victim – offender relationships, violence and victimization, issues of victim compensation, restorative justice, victim’s rights, and future directions for Victimology as a field of study. Several victim typologies will also be addressed. The course provides students with the tools necessary for critical evaluation and understanding of the often neglected role of the victim before, during, and after the criminal event.

PSY-6300 Contemporary Issues in Forensic Counseling
This course provides an overview of forensic psychology to include a comprehensive history of the field and how the field has changed to impact today’s world. Forensic psychology will be examined as a profession, field of study and participant in the legal system. Emphasis will be placed on the relationship between psychology and law and the varying and expansive roles forensic counselors play in navigating both the mental health and the legal system.