University of Hawaii at Hilo Catalog 2013–2014

Psychology (PSY) Post-Baccalaureate Courses for the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

College of Arts and Sciences

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Psychology (PSY)

College of Arts and Sciences

PSY 500  Master's Plan Studies (1) Used for continuous enrollment purposes. Must be taken as CR/NC. Does not count toward fulfillment of degree requirements. Pre: Master's or Doctoral candidacy and instructor's consent.

PSY 601  Applied Multivariate Statistic (4) Advanced statistical techniques used in psychological research and assessment. Strategies of multivariate data screening, transformation, analysis, and interpretation. Computerized statistical packages designed for multivariate analyses.

PSY 602  Research Meth & Prgm Evaluatn (3) Basic research methodology including quantitative, qualitative, action research, and context-based research. Theoretical knowledge and practical experience in program design and evaluation. Strong emphasis will be given to the importance of research and program evaluation and the opportunities and difficulties encountered when conducting these in the counseling profession. Pre: PSY 601.

PSY 603  Psychological Assessment (4) Principles of psychological assessment. Historical perspective on psychological assessment. Assessment methods. Scales used in psychological assessment: assessment of personality, abilities, achievement, interests, and values. Assessment of environment. Quality of assessment. Assessment design and implementation. Interpretation of the assessment results. Cross-cultural aspects of assessment. Legal and ethical issues. Hands-on training to effectively utilize various assessment tools and write comprehensive assessment reports. Pre: PSY 601.

PSY 604  Profssnl Identity, Ethics (3) Ethical issues in counseling and psychological research. Ethical decision making, confidentiality, and ethical obligations. Research ethics and psychologists in the legal system. Ethical standards and guidelines.

PSY 611  Lifespan Human Development (3) Psychological, social, and physical development over the life span. Interaction among genetic make-up, human activity, and context in the process of development. Stages and mechanisms of development. Normative development and deviations from the norm. Theories of development. Research on developmental processes in various domains. Cross-cultural perspectives on human development. Current research issues.

PSY 612  Career Development (3) Work and work-related behavior over the life span. Relationships between life style and career development. Theories of vocational development. Career development of women and minorities. Occupational information and decision making. Impact of changing technology and job market. Application to career counseling with diverse populations.

PSY 613  Psychopathology over Lifespan (3) Abnormal development across the lifespan. DSM-IV classification of disorders and methods of appraisal. Etiology, diagnosis and treatment of child, adult, and geriatric disorders.

PSY 614  Family System (3) Family as an open system. Family structure, processes, and context. Family dynamics. Interaction among psychological, social, economic, and biological aspects of family functioning. Reciprocal relationships in the family. Interactions between families and their contexts. Cross-cultural differences in family organization and functioning. Problems in the family and ways of coping.

PSY 620  Counseling Theories (3) A pre-practicum course designed to help students gain an in-depth understanding of various counseling theories. Through readings, discussions, in-class exercises and homework assignments, students will learn the theories.

PSY 621  Counseling Theory and Skills (3) Theories and techniques of counseling, including processes, applications and outcomes.

PSY 622  Group Work & Counseling (4) (lec., lab) Group purpose, type, development, dynamics; leadership and diversity; group work and counseling theories, methods and skills; evaluation of group work and counseling; application of group work and counseling in a family, school and workplace settings. Students participate in an experiential learning group over the course of the semester.

PSY 623  Social & Cultural Foundations (3) Interaction between society and the individual. Socio-economic status, ethnicity and culture as determinants of behavior. Characteristics of multicultural and diverse societies and their effects on individual and group behavior.

PSY 624  Counseling Skills (3) A pre-practicum course designed to help students develop effective counseling skills. Through readings, discussions, in-class exercises and homework assignments, students will learn therapeutic skills.

PSY 640  Practicum (6) Supervised experience in a counseling setting, including 100 hours of supervised client contact. Repeatable if different field placement. Pre: PSY 602, 603 and instructor’s consent.

PSY 641  Schl Behavr, Adjustmt, Prblms (3) School adjustment in children at all school levels. Factors contributing to academic success and effective social interaction. At-risk children. Coping processes. School adjustment among culturally diverse children and children with special needs. The role of school, family, and community in the child's academic performance and school behavior. Prevention and intervention strategies.

PSY 642  Educatnl & Vocatnl Assessment (3) Principles and goals of educational and vocational assessment and counseling applications. Assessment settings, populations, and procedures. Educational assessment methods. Vocational assessment methods. Interpretation and use of the assessment results. Cross-cultural, social, legal, and ethical issues. Pre: PSY 601, 603.

PSY 643  Schl & Career Guidance & Consu (3) History, principles, and goals of guidance and consultation in educational and work settings. Academic and career guidance. Individual and group guidance. Problem-specific, cultural, and developmental approaches to guidance and consultation. Guidance settings, populations, and procedures. School guidance and K-12 curriculum. Career services. Computerized guidance systems. Social, legal, and ethical issues. Pre: PSY 612, 641, or consent of the instructor.

PSY 651  Theories Of Family Counseling (3) Theoretical approaches used by systemic family therapists to assess and treat family problems.

PSY 652  Couple Counseling (3) Theory, research and practice in couple counseling from a systems perspective. Counseling process and outcome in distressed and dysfunctional couples, including cultural factors.

PSY 653  Treating Families in Crisis (3) Historical roots of family stress theory and basic theoretical approaches used by family therapists to assess and treat family stress and its symptoms.

PSY 654  Gender & Culturl Issues in Fam (3) Gender and cultural issues in the family system; historical aspects of gender; gender systems; gender issues related to marriage and family therapy; development of culture; cultural similarities and differences in human development; multi-cultural and multiracial families.

PSY 655  Systemic Sex Therapy (3) Human sexuality from the systems perspective. Common sexual attitudes and behavior problems. Analysis and intervention with sexual dysfunctions. Sex therapy with diverse populations of clients.

PSY 656  Child Maltreatment (3) An overview of child maltreatment, including abuse and neglect. Topics include the incidence and prevalence of child maltreatment; scientific theories and findings about the causes and consequences of maltreatment; forensic and clinical assessment; mandated reporting requirements; other legal issues; and psychosocial interventions for maltreated children and their families.

PSY 659  Internship (9) Supervised clinical experience in community practice counseling settings, including 200 hours of supervised client contact. Pre: PSY 640 and instructor's consent.

PSY 693  Adult Cog Behavior Therapy (3) No prerequisites, corerequisites, crosslisting,special grading options. Not repeatable for credit. History, theory, research, and practice of Cognitive Behavior Therapy applied to adults mental disorders and symptoms. Theory and Treatment applications of Cognitive Behavior Therapy for anxiety and mood disorders, stress disorders, couple issues, substance abuse, and personality disorders. Discussions and Practice of the third wave behavior therapy including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.

PSY 700  Thesis Research (1-6) Supervised research, data analyses, literature review, and writing up of an original empirical study designed to develop and demonstrate the ability to do research and competence in scholarly exposition. Students are expected to work on their thesis under the supervision of their faculty and have their work reviewed by their thesis committee.


PSY x94 Special Topics in Subject Matter (Arr.) (IO) Special topics chosen by the instructor. Course content will vary. May be repeated for credit, provided that a different topic is studied. Additional requirements may apply depending on subject and topic.

PSY x99 Directed Studies (Arr.) (IO) Statement of planned reading or research required. Pre: instructor’s consent.