Our core curriculum consists of 45 credit hours of coursework and is intended to prepare students for advanced study in psychology, with a focus on developing applied counseling and therapeutic skills for working in multicultural environments with populations that range across the life span from childhood to later adulthood.
Students must take courses that corresponds to the following License Content Areas:
- Counseling theories and practice
- Human growth and development
- Human sexuality
- Group theories
- Individual evaluation and assessment
- Career and lifestyle assessment
- Social and cultural foundations
- Counseling in community settings
- Substance abuse
- Legal, ethical and professional standards
PCO 6206 Principles & Practices of Counseling & Psychotherapy (3)
License Content Area: Counseling Theories and Practice
This course reviews counseling theories and advanced practice with a focus on patient assessment, case conceptualization, treatment planning, and measurement of treatment outcome. This course will also guide students through the development of an advanced case conceptualization and a personal approach to counseling and psychotherapy based on methods of psychotherapy integration.
CYP 6536 Principles & Methods of Psychological Consultation (3)
Core Psychology Course
This course provides an introduction to basic counseling skills and theories and looks at variables of the counselor-client relationship and the stages of counseling and psychotherapy. The course will help students develop an understanding of how theoretical perspectives of counseling and psychotherapy approaches can be applied to patients’ presenting problems, the development of treatment goals and therapeutic intervention (e.g., basic strategies and techniques).
DEP 5796 Developmental Research Methods for Counselors (3)
Core Psychology Course
This course provides an overview of the latest research and research methods used in psychotherapy and evidence-based treatments.
PSY 5939 Advanced Case Conceptualization (3)
Core Psychology Course
This course will provide instruction and guidance for completing the advanced case conceptualization. The project for this course will result in a paper and formal presentation of a clinical case the student has treated at the Internship Site. A formal evaluation of the Written Content, Oral Communication, and Content Knowledge will be completed by faculty. Students will develop literature reviews, identify evidence-based assessments and interventions used to treat a particular clinical problem, develop treatment plans, and be able to measure and evaluate treatment outcomes of a clinical case while identifying ethical and cultural considerations involved with treatment.
DEP 5068 Applied Lifespan Developmental Psychology (3)
Licensing Content Area: Human Growth and Development
This course is an advanced introduction to applied lifespan developmental psychology, with a particular focus on how a developmental understanding aids in the prevention of human problems, the relief or remediation of problems and symptoms, and the enhancement of positive potentials across the entire human lifespan. This course will also review knowledge development, methodology, and application in the area of applied developmental psychology.
CLP 5166 Advanced Psychopathology (3)
Licensing Content Area: Psychopathology
In this course, students will gain knowledge and understanding of psychopathology, its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. Students will become familiar with the DSM-IV-TR, used to describe psychological disorders. Cultural and medical issues will be covered as relevant to the diagnosis of a particular disorder. Students will learn to classify psychopathology using the DSM-IV-TR, and gain an understanding of cultural variants in diagnosis and treatment.
CLP 6498 Diagnosis & Treatment of Sexual Disorders (3)
Licensing Content Area: Human Sexuality
This course focuses the recent theory and research pertaining to sexual disorders and treatment. The course will offer an in depth clinical examination of sexual functioning, emphasizing disorders of gender identity, paraphilias and other dysfunctions of intimacy problems.
CYP 5534 Groups as Agents of Change (3)
Licensing Content Area: Group Theories
This course provides an overview of theoretical concepts and research findings relevant to group psychotherapy. The course covers therapist issues, patient election criteria, group structuring, and basic therapeutic techniques. Students will acquire basic skills in leading group therapy sessions and dealing with difficult situations through experiential exercises.
CLP 6436 Introduction to Psychological Assessment (3)
Licensing Content Area: Individual Evaluation and Assessment
This course provides an overview of the principles and methods underlying the administration, construction and evaluation of psychological tests and measures. Students will become familiar with the instruments available for assessment and measurement along with strategies for selecting, administering, and interpreting assessment and evaluation instruments. Ethical and legal considerations will also be reviewed.
CLP 6449 Career Development in Adolescence & Adulthood (3)
Licensing Content Area: Career and Lifestyle Assessment
This course provides an overview of career development and other life factors relevant to adolescence and adulthood from a lifespan developmental perspective. Issues related to research and proven strategies for working with clients in all stages of their career will be reviewed. Career and lifestyle assessment instruments and techniques will also be presented. The interrelationships among and between work, family, and other life roles and factors including the role of diversity and gender in career development will also be examined.
CYP 6526 Psychological Methods of Program Evaluation (3)
License Content Area: Research
This course provides an overview of the methods and principles of program evaluation of human service programs. It also surveys the methods available for clinical research (e.g., random clinical trials, process outcome) and the application of the basic principles of such methods. Student will become familiar with conceptualizing, designing, and writing a research project and program evaluation project.
CYP 6766 The Psych of Cross Cultural Sensitization (3)
Licensing Content Area: Social and Cultural Foundations
This course will offer a series of weekly seminars to increase student sensitivity to working with clients from different cultural backgrounds to: (1) to facilitate awareness of cultural differences and their impact on social and human service delivery, services (2) identify student's own personal biases and values and (3) to help students develop culturally appropriate intervention skills.
CYP 6936 Current Issues in Community Psychology (3)
Licensing Content Area: Counseling in Community Settings
This course provides an in depth examination of research and practice in the area of community psychology with issues related to preventing mental health disorders and promoting mental health and wellness. This course will look at the design and implementation methods used to implement program and policies that build and strengthen communities. Topics include: prevention, program evaluation, change strategies, social support, empowerment of client populations, self-help and non-professional helpers, outreach, social justice, and social policy.
PCO 5311 Theory, Research, & Treatment of Addictive Behavior (3)
Licensing Content Area: Substance Abuse
This course provides an overview of the latest theory and research findings that pertain to the process and development of addictive behavior and the stages and mechanisms of change. The course focus is on providing a practical and comprehensive overview of the major developments in our understanding of the biological mechanisms of chemical dependency and addiction including the neuro-biological underpinnings of substance abuse disorders. Students will be presented with basic therapeutic techniques, intake procedures and diagnostic instrumentation with respect to substance disorders.
CLP 5931 Ethical Code in Psychological Practices (3)
Licensing Content Area: Legal, Ethical, and Professional Standards
This course provides an overview of ethical theory and its practical applications to psychotherapy and mental health counseling. The course will cover the APA and ACA Codes of Ethics as well as issues related to Florida Statute 491, Rule Chapter 64B4, F.A.C., legal issues and professional identity.