COURSES OFFERED
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN PSYCHOLOGY 

List of courses: 

 

PSYC  6321    Psychological Measurement & Evaluation

PSYC  6358    Life Planning and Career Development

PSYC  6380    Research Design and Procedures

PSYC  7333    Psychopathology: Etiology, Diagnosis, & Treatment Planning

PSYC  7351    Life Span Developmental Psychology

PSYC  8301    Group and Family Processes

PSYC  8303    Professional Practice Skills & Issues

PSYC  8345    Theoretical Foundations of Individual and Family Psychotherapy
PSYC  8348    Strengths-Based Approaches to Contemporary Issues

PSYC  8351    Introduction to Systemic Approaches to Psychotherapy

PSYC  8352    Pre-Practicum Psychotherapy Lab: Basic Interviewing Skills

PSYC  8355    Psychotherapy with Children, Adolescents, and Their Families

PSYC  8356    Normal Family Processes Across Cultures

PSYC  8357    Advanced Systemic Approaches to Psychotherapy
PSYC  8359    Couples and Sex Therapy

PSYC  8390    Practicum I

PSYC  8391    Practicum II

PSYC  8392    Practicum III

PSYC  8393    Practicum IV

PSYC              elective

 



Course Descriptions

PSYC 6321, Psychological Measurement and Evaluation, Study of the construction of measurement instruments, including specification of the test purpose, generation of the form and content of test items, item try-out and analysis, standardization of test administration and scoring procedures, assessment of test reliability and validity, and establishment of test norms.

PSYC 6358 , Life Planning and Career Development,
Vocational choice theory, career choice and lifestyle, sources of occupational and educational information, and career decision-making processes. Includes a personal career assessment battery.

PSYC 6380, Research Methods and Procedures,
Study of statistics, analysis of research design and methodology, use of library resources, and evaluation of current literature; experience with various aspects of a research project.

PSYC 7333, Psychopathology: Etiology, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning,
Definition, description, and diagnosis of mental disorders according to DSM and other classification systems. Focus on the individual in family and cultural contexts. Will cover the administration of mental status exams and the development of treatment plans based on diagnostic categories.

PSYC 7351, Life Span Developmental Psychology,
Social development of the individual as a process; ecological and familial settings for development as they interact with genetic and physiological patterns of growth and change.

PSYC 8301, Group and Family Processes,
Focus upon understanding group process and facilitation. Review of strategies for prevention of interpersonal and systems dysfunction utilizing communication groups, family enrichment, parenting groups, etc.

PSYC 8303, Professional Practice: Skills and Issues,
Investigation of such professional issues as ethics, professional organizations, family law, certification and licensure, and finance relative to practice.
Prerequisite: PSYC 8302.

PSYC 8345, Theoretical Foundations of Individual and Family Psychotherapy,
Exploration of foundational theories of individual and systemic psychotherapy approaches. Review of key concepts, techniques and therapeutic processes and ethical considerations. 

PSYC 8348, Strengths-Based Approaches to Contemporary Issues,
Application of strengths-based approaches to the identification and treatment of contemporary issues such as addictive behaviors, eating disorders, homelessness, trauma, geriatrics, and others. Course will examine evidence-based practices and practice-based evidence for strengths-based interventions in working with individuals, couples and families experiencing these issues. 

PSYC 8351, Introduction to Systemic Approaches to Psychotherapy,
Introduction strengths-based approaches to psychotherapy to work with individuals, couples, families, and larger systems. Emphasis on solution-focused, narrative, collaborative, and brief systemic approaches.

PSYC 8352, Pre-practicum Counseling Laboratory: Basic Interviewing Skills,
Approaches to systemic and individual interviewing. Special attention to the beginning stages of therapy and to common presenting concerns. Laboratory preparation of students to begin practicum.
Prerequisite: PSYC 8302, PSYC 8351, or consent of instructor.

PSYC 8355, Psychotherapy with Children, Adolescents, and their Families,
Application of systemic therapies to individual and family psychotherapy with children and adolescents. Emphasis on cultural context and working with larger systems including schools, child protective services, and the court system. Examines areas that frequently need to be addressed when working with children and adolescents including family violence and abuse, substance abuse, gang violence and bullying. Prerequisite: PSYC 8351. 

PSYC 8356, Normal Family Processes Across Cultures,
Familiarization with systems on a variety of levels and across a diversity of cultures. Emphasis on the cultural and contextual aspects of normalcy. Issues in healthy family functioning and assessment.

PSYC 8357, Advanced Systemic Approaches to Psychotherapy,
Presentation and analysis of contemporary methods in systemic therapy. Emphasis on development of a meta-theoretical perspective in psychotherapies in general, and systemic therapies in particular. Prerequisite: PSYC 8353 or consent of instructor.

PSYC 8359, Couples and Sex Therapy,
Systemic approaches to working with same-sex and different-sex couples. Emphasis on understanding sexual and gender dilemmas in sociocultural contexts. Review of research literature on theory, assessment and treatment. 

PSYC 8390, Practicum I,
Under direct supervision of psychology faculty, students will provide psychological services to individuals and families in the department-sponsored Community Counseling Service; students must demonstrate specific competencies according to their specialization. Note:  in the Houston program, this course spans three trimesters and involves a four hour class meeting each week, including some time between trimesters.  All students must accumulate 125 hours of direct service for successful completion (in the Houston program, this is usually formally completed during the third year, concurrent with other practica).   Prerequisites: 18 semester hours in graduate psychology including PSYC 8302, PSYC 8351, and PSYC 8352.

PSYC 8391, Practicum II,
Continuation of PSYC 8390. Placement at off-campus site.  Requires a minimum of 20 hrs./week time commitment. All students must accumulate 125 hours of direct service. Prerequisite: PSYC 8390.

PSYC 8392, Practicum III,
Continuation of PSYC 8391. Placement at off-campus site. Requires a minimum of 20 hrs./week time commitment. All students must accumulate 125 hours of direct service. Prerequisite: PSYC 8391.

PSYC 8393, Practicum IV,
Continuation of PSYC 8392. Placement at off-campus site. Requires a minimum of 20 hrs./week time commitment. All students must accumulate 125 hours of direct service. Prerequisite: PSYC 8392.

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