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Overview of Psychology Courses

Prerequisites of Psych and Related Areas of Study

Jeffrey Pardine

on 4 September 2013

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In the area of addictions, the following courses are offered: 305, 306, 307, 308, and 309. Each of these undergraduate courses will culminate into the student's overall understanding of substances, assessment, treatment planning and recovery, intervention.
Substance, Addiction, & Recovery
In this concentration of CRIS, 302, 303, 304, 305, and 306 will equip the student to work with those experiencing trauma, personal crisis at varying levels, and in need of intervention that communicates care and compassion to those who are suffering.
Crisis Counseling
Christian Counseling
Statistics for the Social Sciences
Statistics in Psychology
Psychological Measurement
Psychology of Personality
Behavior Modification
Psychology of Childhood
Physiological Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Developmental Psychology

Theories in Counseling & Psychotherapy
Crisis Intervention
Psychology Internship

Psychology of Adulthood
Psychological Foundations of Learning
Group Dynamics
Psychology of Adolescence
Healthy Sexuality
Criminal Psychology
Introduction to Biblical Counseling
Issues of Biblical Counseling
Biblical Counseling Marriage & Family
Biblical Counseling of Children
Biblical Counseling for Women
Healthy Sexuality
Foundational Principles of Crisis Response
Acute Stress, Grief,and Trauma
PTSD and Combat-Related Trauma
Trauma Assessments and
Complex Trauma And Disaster: Offering
Emotional And Spiritual Care
Overview of Theory and Treatment of Substance Abuse
Advanced Theory and Treatment of Substance Abuse
Treatment and Recovery
Diagnosis and Treatment of Sexual Addiction
Introduction to Life Coaching
Advanced Skills in Life Coaching
Health and Wellness Coaching
Financial Coaching
The Resilient Warrior
Resilient Marriage & Family
Career & Community Transition
Military Mental & Behavioral Health
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
Introduction to Psychology as a scientific discipline is concerned with the study of mental processes and behavior. Consideration will be given to such topics as human development, motivation, emotion, perception, learning, personality, intelligence, measurement and applied areas.
This course is an overview of the human life span from conception through senescence. The continuity of development as well as critical periods faced by the maturing human will be emphasized using contemporary theories and research as foundation materials.
A study of child growth and development from birth to puberty. Examination of the basic theories principles and practices of childhood training and education.
An investigation of the psychological and environmental factors related to puberty, peer identification and identity conflict in the adolescent. Emphasis will be upon the development of self-identity and the problems faced by the American adolescent.
The focus will be on viewing adult development as an integrative, dynamic and continuous process terminated only at death. The whole span of adulthood will be examined, including retirement and old age.
The major historical and contemporary theories of the origin and development of personality are explored, emphasizing the role of the dynamics of personality.
A study of human learning, including examination of conditioning, modeling, cognitive development, and high level thought processes. Models of behaviorism, social learning, cognitive development, memory, motivation, and attribution theories will be evaluated.
The principal current theoretical approaches to counseling and psychotherapy represented and evaluated. Exploration of techniques and methods in group and individual counseling.
A study of neurotic and psychotic behavior including origin, classification, symptoms and a survey of diagnosis, therapy and prevention.
An introduction to psychological research techniques and methodology designed to improve students’ understanding of the basic issues in the scientific methods of the social sciences. The goals of the course are: to improve students’ understanding of the concepts related to research methodology; to improve the students’ ability to communicate ideas about science, including a significant amount of writing; and survey of both quantitative and qualitative research methods.
Introduction to Research
Introduction to the descriptive statistics and probability, probability distributions, estimation, tests of hypotheses, and visual displays of data with applications in psychology and the other social sciences.
*Math 115 or higher is needed to take this course.
Introduction to statistical methodology in the social sciences, particularly as related to psychological measurement and development of scientific research studies involving quantitative investigation.

*Math 115 or higher is needed to take this course.
A study of standardized tests in psychology, counseling and education. Includes personality, aptitude, general ability, achievement and interest tests. Elementary statistics necessary to test usage and interpretation will be a part of the course.
Upon examination of various types of crises, students will be able to demonstrate competence of how crises develop, how to intervene, and how to respond professionally when presented with a crisis situation.
Through the study of basic behavioral principles, students can be expected to apply critical thinking to solve behavior or mental processing issues and incorporate knowledge of the application, implementation, measurement, and evaluation of behavior management techniques into various settings.
Study of neurological aspects of human behavior for those who intend to further their study in psychology or related fields. Major objectives include developing appreciation for the complex functioning of the human body, acquiring basic understandings of the primary mechanisms of behavior and investigating medical advances affecting these areas.
Selected topics in psychology will be treated at an advanced level. Experience will be acquired in clinical settings and through exposure/intern opportunities.The course provides direct experience in helping persons with special needs; enhances awareness of the responsibilities and skills needed for professional employment in the psychological services; and requires a synthesis of human development in spiritual, social, emotional, and cognitive behavior patterns.
An introduction to the theory and treatment of substance abuse and addiction. Students will be exposed to both secular and biblical concepts of substance abuse and will be asked to formulate an appropriate integration of both sets of material.
Advanced information on the theory and treatment of substance abuse and addiction with both secular and biblical concepts of substance abuse, recovery, and the impact upon family systems and society. An appropriate integration of the sets of materials will focus on the 12-step method of recovery and methods of relapse prevention.
This course examines addiction recovery process theory and treatment modes. Students will understand the theoretical basis for treatment by critically assessing treatment outcome research from various approaches and formalize a practical recovery approach plan. Students will explore treatment approaches, gain a working understanding of addictions and begin to develop a practical approach to recovery. The dynamics of addiction recovery will be examined as students consider recovery obstacles for substance and sexual addiction subsets.
This course provides a foundational understanding of healthy sexuality based on psychological foundations and a biblical worldview. Special attention is given to the biological foundations of sexual development, sexual enrichment, challenges, brokenness, and controversial issues surrounding healthy sexuality.
An examination of the definition, neurobiology, etiology, diagnosis and treatment of sexual addiction. Students will explore, from a biblical worldview, gender issues related to sexual addiction and related topics such as marital affairs, pornography and homosexuality.
This course serves as an introduction to biblical counseling and helping ministry with special attention given to tough issues that pain today’s generations, the modern-day search for answers, and the biblical basis for a counseling ministry.
This course provides the framework to the structure and issues surrounding biblical counseling and helping ministries. Special attention will be given to the dealing with spiritual warfare, “brief therapy” model of counseling, life transitions, and crisis care.
A broad overview of the dynamics of marriage and family relationships set the foundation of this course. Exploring structure, functionality, systems and how they should be addressed in counseling situations provide the framework for counseling this population group.
This course introduces the student to the challenges, developmental milestones, and crises that are a part of successfully navigating the span of years from childhood through adolescence. It further prepares the student to engage and retain the theories and techniques necessary for assisting children and adolescents with these challenges on their way to a healthy lifestyle.
This course examines common issues as it relates to counseling women. It explores the biblical perspectives and developmental as well as cultural situations that will help prepare the student to engage in counseling to this population group.
This course provides a panorama of sexual challenges that men and women are currently experiencing, as well as the results of a national report on the sexuality of Christian men and women. This vibrant and fascinating study enables students to gain a better understanding of the complexities and fundamental differences of male and female sexuality and marital intimacy in contrast to cultural myths and distortions.
A general overview and analysis of the theoretical concepts of crisis response, critical incidents and grief and will cover intervention models, effects of critical incident stress. The course will cover the historical background of the discipline and scope of crisis response.
A general overview and analysis of the impact and consequences of acute stress on victims, first responders, families, and community members. Particular attention is paid to effective counseling strategies, methods and techniques for immediate response, fostering resiliency, and cultural differences.
An examination and analysis of the causes, symptoms and treatments of PTSD and Combat-related PTSD, taking into account the latest research in the field and examining the affective, behavioral, cognitive and spiritual challenges faced by survivors.
Through this course, the student ought to be able to build on existing knowledge of crises and assimilate the effect of violence on a holistic scale, compare and contrast treatments for violence-related trauma, and be able to analyze assessments of violence as they impact individuals, families, groups, and communities.
The role of faith-based organizations, faith communities, and pastors and clergy will be examined in the care of emotional and spiritual health in individuals, communities, and organizations following trauma and disaster through this course. Students should be expected to explain symptoms of complex trauma and disaster, stages of disaster response, intervention strategies of emotional and spiritual care, the role of spirituality in healing from disaster, and the application of Incident Command System (ICS) management principles.
Offers an introduction to professional coaching from a Christian worldview with special attention given to coaching theories, practice, skills, and various coaching specialties. This will include an overview of common client presenting issues.
An examination of the requisite skills, theoretical coaching models, and goals needed to become proficient and successful as a life coach. The course offers an overview of advanced skills and their application in professional life coaching relationships.
An examination and analysis of professional coaching applications that serve health and wellness concerns. The course covers health and wellness from a Christian worldview with special attention given to a biblical foundation of health and wellness coaching.
An examination and analysis of professional coaching applications that serve marital relationship concerns. The course covers marital issues from a Christian worldview with special attention given to a biblical foundation of marriage coaching and differences between coaching and counseling models.
An examination and analysis of professional coaching strategies that serve financial concerns providing a focused overview, from a Christian worldview, of personal financial strategies addressing spending, debt, investing and taxes.
An examination and analysis of coaching strategies that serves professional leadership concerns. Special attention will be given to leadership strategies for navigating project management, cultural awareness, inter-generational issues, and balancing work and home life.
In a study of the elderly in society, this course presents understanding of the dynamic of aging. Biological and psychological changes are explained to provide insight on changing cognitions due to adaptation to aging. Through gerontological research, students will exhibit knowledge of older adults' social context as well as social policies and social problems.
In this study of human development, the field of exceptionality is examined to bring attention to the complexity of individual differences and sociocultural diversity within the context of exceptional child psychology.
By taking this course, the student can be expected to understand suffering and the process of coping through resilience. The Resilience Life Cycle as well as the Comprehensive Personal Fitness are two major terms that the student ought to know well before completing this course.
This course addresses precepts essential to the development of healthy and resilient military marriages and families. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to: identify the key constructs in the marriage and family literature and connect them to military couples and families; construct an effective prevention program using the literature and a biblical worldview to help military families with deployment issues; and analyze military family stress by developing intervention strategies.
The reintegration challenges that deployed military members encounter as they blend back into family, community, church, and a peacetime setting as well as the transition from military to civilian life and career are of high importance to treating military personnel. Current strategies of treatment and career planning are critiqued and evaluated to assess the most effective methods of communicating well to this population. Students should be able to report difficulties and barriers for military veterans for gaining employment along with the reintegration into communities.
This course will present an introduction to the assessment and treatment of military mental and behavioral health issues. Among the more common disorders, PTSD is examined in terms of how it affects the soldiers returning from combat as well as the impact of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) on holistic functioning. Students can be expected to be knowledgeable trauma assessment and the impact of trauma on individuals, families, and communities.
This course will assist the student in understanding the thought processes of individuals who break society’s laws. Students will develop a competence in understanding crime theory, criminal behavior, and critical thinking skills when assessing criminal behavior and mental processes.
A study of social theories, their histories, social structures, functions, and conflict emphasizing human, institutional, and group interactions. The course provides an overview of political, economic and other cultural phenomena and methodologies of the results of scientific social research. From a sociological perspective, the student shall enhance their awareness to include micro and macro level thinking, personal value system as it is influenced by societal factors, and appraise the impact of social stratification, societal injustices, and inequality on individuals and communities.
In this course, a study of social dilemmas such as crime, pollution, war, poverty, drug addiction, and racial discrimination shall be examined. Each problem area will be evaluated from a biblical perspective and will need to identified using various research terms such as social problems and present facts, trends, and possible solutions.
In preparation for lay counseling or ministerial work, CCOU 201, 202, 301, 302, 304, and 305 will help prepare aspiring counselors to be effective when working from a biblical counseling perspective. The issues addressed in this list of courses ranges from biblical counseling, marriage and family, children, women, and sexuality.
In Life Coaching 201, 202, 301, 302, 303, and 304, the following skills and competencies can be expected to be taught: common life problems, setting goals, health and wellness, marital coaching, financial stability and planning, and executive leadership coaching, which addresses larger scale management.
This specific area of focus specializes in helping students understand common difficulties to military personnel such as resilience, marriage and family resilience, career searching and transition upon returning from combat, and mental and behavioral health of soldiers.
Life Coaching
Marriage Coaching
Executive Leadership Coaching
In this course, students will gain a basic understanding of group functioning through the formation of groups, types of groups in everyday life, role establishment, and various leadership strategies.
General Psychology

Exceptional Child
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