Texas A&M International University
Department of Psychology, Sociology and Social Work

PSYCHOLOGY GRADUATE COURSES

 

PSYC 5301: Introduction to Counseling and Psychotherapy. Three semester hours.
Provides introduction and practice in the basic intervention strategies and techniques used in counseling and the human service professions. Concurrent enrollment in PSYC 5303 is required.

Prerequisites: PSYC 4301 and PSYC 4303 or permission of instructor. Enrollment in this course is restricted to those TAMIU students who are currently matriculating through either the M.A. Counseling Psychology Program, M.S. in Education (with School Counseling Certification), or completing the School
Counseling Certificate Program. This course is offered regularly during the Fall Semester.

PSYC 5303: Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy. Three semester hours.
Familiarizes the student with the principles and practices of a variety of counseling and psychotherapy theoretical models. Concurrent enrollment in 5301 is required.

Prerequisites: PSYC 4301 and PSYC 4303 or permission of instructor. Enrollment in this course is restricted to those TAMIU students who are currently matriculating through either the M.A. Counseling Psychology Program, M.S. in Education (with School Counseling Certification), or completing the School Counseling
Certificate.

PSYC 5305: Human Development Across the Life-Span. Three semester hours.
Explores the major theories of human development across the life-span, from infancy to old age, and describes and comparesdevelopment processes and issues emphasized by different theorists and researchers.

Prerequisite: graduate standing. This course is regularly offered during the Spring semester and Summer I session of even-numbered years.

PSYC 5307: Psychopathology. Three semester hours.
Provides current clinical descriptions, research, and theories of human psychopathology. Emphasis on disorders of infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.

Prerequisite: PSYC 4303 or permission of instructor. Enrollment in this course is restricted to those TAMIU students who are currently matriculating through either the M.A. counseling Psychology Program, M.S. in Education (with School Counseling Certification), or completing the School Counseling Certificate Program. This course is regularly offered during the Spring semester.

PSYC 5310: Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues. Three semester hours.
Examines the professional orientation and role identity of counselors, the objectives of professional organizations, codes of ethics, legal aspects of practice, standards of preparation, and other professional issues.

Prerequisite: graduate standing. This course is regularly offered during the Summer I session.

PSYC 5315: Group Counseling and Psychotherapy. Three semester hours.
Familiarizes the student with the theories, processes, and practices of group counseling and psychotherapy. Student will participate in a small group experience.

Prerequisite: PSYC 5301 and PSYC 5303 or permission of instructor. Interchangeable with EDCU 5315. This course is regularly offered during the Spring semester.

PSYC 5320: Research Design and Statistics. Three semester hours.
Provides the background of research methods and statistical techniques necessary to understand the principles and methodology used in psychological research. Designed to assist students in the preparation of the thesis proposal.

Prerequisites:PSYC 2317 (or a statistics course) and PSYC 3302 or permission of instructor. This course is regularly offered in the Fall semester and Spring semester of odd-numbered years.

PSYC 5324: Crisis Counseling. Three semester hours.
Provides knowledge and training in crisis counseling, with emphasis on psychological crisis assessment techniques and crisisintervention strategies.

Prerequisite: graduate standing. This course is regularly offered during Spring semester of odd-numbered
years and Summer II sessions of even-numbered years.

PSYC 5325: Marriage and Family Therapies. Three semester hours.
Reviews theory and practice of marital and family therapies with emphasis on family systems, communications in intimate relationships, and specific marital and family problems.

Prerequisite: PSYC 5301 and PSYC 5303 or permission of instructor.This course is regularly offered during the Fall semester.

PSYC 5327: Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy. Three semester hours.
Develops and further enhances knowledge and skills in the counseling and psychotherapy of children and adolescents. Behavior management, verbal-based approaches, and nonverbal approaches such as play-related techniques will be explored.
Prerequisite: PSYC 5301 and PSYC 5303 or permission of instructor. This course is regularly offered during the Spring
semester.

PSYC 5329: Problems in Mental Health and Older Adults. Three semester hours.
Explores the characteristics of healthy aging and various stereotypes of older adults, investigation of specific mental health problems of aging, with emphasis on Alzheimer's and related symptoms and depression, and the interplay of psycho-social-physical factors in the mental health of older adults. Prerequisite: graduate standing. This course is regularly
offered during the Spring semester.

PSYC 5331: Appraisal Techniques. Three semester hours.
Focuses on appraisal and assessment techniques used in the counseling profession. The student will administer, score, and interpret standardized tests and psychological instrumentation.

Prerequisites: PSYC 4308, PSYC 5301, PSYC 5303, and PSYC 5307. Enrollment in this course is restricted to those TAMIU students who are currently matriculating through either the M.A. Counseling Psychology program or completing the Counseling Certificate program in Education. Laboratory fee: $75.00.
This course is regularly offered during the Fall semester.

PSYC 5135-5335: Issues in Psychology. One-three semester hours.
Examines current or special topics in the field of psychology. May be repeated when topics change.

PSYC 5336: Multicultural Issues in Counseling. Three semester hours.
Provides the student with a global and multicultural perspective to the practice of counseling and psychotherapy. Emphasis will be placed on a world community which includes numerous human differences: racial, ethnic, religious, gender, age, sexual orientation, and physical and mental abilities.

Prerequisite: graduate standing. This course is regularly offered during the Fall semester.

PSYC 5338: Alcohol/Drug Counseling: Theory and Practice. Three semester hours.
Reviews diagnostic and assessment practices, goal setting, treatment planning, multicultural, legal, and ethical issues in the field of alcohol/drug abuse counseling. A systematic approach to treatment will be emphasized along with various theoretical approaches. Discussion of special treatment needs of alcohol/drug dependent persons, family members, youth and adult children of alcoholics, and use of support systems, including the 12-step programs.

Prerequisite: PSYC 4315 or permission of instructor. This course is regularly offered during the Fall semester.

PSYC 5340: Career Counseling and Development. Three semester hours.
Develops knowledge and skills in life-style and career counseling. Familiarizes student with theories of career development, vocational choice, sources of occupational and educational information, and career decision-making processes. Emphasis will be placed on practicing the skills and techniques of career counseling. Prerequisite: graduate standing. This course is regularly offered during the Summer I session.

PSYC 5345: Seminar in Counseling and Guidance of Gifted and Talented Students. Three semester hours.

Explores the characteristics and needs of gifted students and coping strategies for parents-teachers. Develops techniques aimed at assisting the gifted develop social and interpersonal skills, positive self-concepts, and in becoming productive members of society. This course is regularly offered during the Spring semester.

PSYC 5350: Counseling Practicum. Three semester hours.
Provides supervised practice in counseling and therapy with individual or group clients.

Prerequisites: PSYC 5301, PSYC 5303, and PSYC 5315 for all students and PSYC 5307 for Counseling Psychology students. Enrollment in this course is restricted to those TAMIU students who are currently matriculating though either the M.A. Counseling Psychology program, M.S. in Education (with School Counseling Certification or completing the School Counseling Certificate Program. This course
is regularly offered during the Fall and Spring semesters. Evaluation of performance in this course is on CR/NCR basis.

PSYC 5352: Counseling Internship. Three semester hours.
Provides clinical experience in a departmentally approved internship training facility.

Prerequisite: PSYC 5301, PSYC 5303, PSYC 5307, and PSYC 5350, or permission of instructor. Enrollment in this course is restricted to those TAMIU students who are currently matriculating through the M.A. Counseling Psychology program. May be repeated with permission of instructor. This course is regularly offered during the Fall and Spring semesters. Evaluation of performance in this course is on
CR/NCR basis.

PSYC 5355: Practicum in Psychometrics. Three semester hours.
Examines major individual intelligence test. Students will choose one particular scale, master its techniques, administer it to a specific number of subjects, score, and interpret the results. May be repeated with permission of instructor.

Prerequisite: PSYC 4308, PSYC 5301, PSYC 5303, and PSYC 5307. Enrollment in this course is restricted to those TAMIU students who are currently matriculating through either the M.A. Counseling Psychology Program, M.S. in Education (with School Counseling Certification), or completing Certificate Program. Laboratory fee: $75.00. This course is regularly offered during the Spring Semester. Evaluation of performance in this course is on CR/NCR basis.

PSYC 5399: Thesis. Three semester hours.
Scheduled by the student in consultation with his/her major professor.

Prerequisite: Twenty-seven hours of the major curriculum including PSYC 5320 and successful completion of Written Comprehensive required prior to enrolling in PSYC 5399. Approval of the major professor and department chair is also required. Evaluation of performance in this course is on CR/NCR basis. If grade of IP received, student must enroll again for credit.

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