College of Health Sciences

Downers Grove, IL Campus

Electives

Clinical Psychology Program

The Program offers a number elective courses which are offered periodically to provide enhanced education in particular areas of student interest.

Child and Adolescent Emphasis
Students may elect to pursue a specialized emphasis in clinical work with children and adolescents. This emphasis includes additional elective coursework in assessment and therapy with children, adolescents and families, as well as focused training and research experiences as outlined below. Required courses include:

In addition, students who elect this emphasis are expected to meet the following requirements:

Abbreviation/Number
Course Name

PSYCD 1332

Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy

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This course provides an extensive review of the theories and models forming the foundation and rationale for counseling and psychotherapy. The content expands upon previous coursework to include counseling techniques and psychotherapies associated with Adlerian, analytical, existential, reality, family, person-centered, multicultural, and multimodal approaches. A minimum enrollment of 5 students is required for this course to be offered.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PSYCD 1530 Introduction to Psychotherapy

PSYCD 1338

Theories of Vocational Counseling

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This course reviews the significant theories associated with vocational counseling including prominent career counseling models. Career counseling in schools, institutions of higher learning, and other work settings are reviewed. Issues affecting culture, gender, and special populations will be addressed. A minimum enrollment of 5 students is required for this course to be offered.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PSYCD 1515 Tests and Measurements I; PSYCD 1516 Tests and Measurements II

PSYCD 1339

Counseling Modalities & Chemical Dependency

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This course details the various models used in the treatment of alcohol and chemical abuse/dependency. Topics include psychopharmacologic interventions, group therapy, detoxification, Alcoholics Anonymous, cognitive therapy, and other empirically supported treatment approaches. A minimum enrollment of 5 students is required for this course to be offered.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PSYCD 1530 Introduction to Psychotherapy

PSYCD 1345

Theories and Approaches to Marriage Counseling and Therapy

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This course examines the basic theories and assumptions underlying marriage therapy while considering the biopsychosocial perspective. Using case studies, films, and videotapes the course examines fundamental techniques of both therapy and diagnostic evaluation such as the use and development of the genogram. A minimum enrollment of 5 students is required for this course to be offered.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PSYCD 1530 Introduction to Psychotherapy

PSYCD 1346

Group Dynamics: Applied Therapy and Counseling Techniques

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Based on the historic and contemporary use of group counseling techniques, this course uses both didactic and experiential methods in introducing the students to the use and understanding of group dynamics and techniques. Students will learn not only the theoretical basis of group therapy, but will also be exposed to counseling applications appropriate for diverse populations. A minimum enrollment of 5 students is required for this course to be offered.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PSYCD 1530 Introduction to Psychotherapy; PSYCD 1654 Social and Cultural Bases of Behavior

PSYCD 1437

Career Guidance and Counseling

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This course focuses on the significant aspects of psychological assessment and counseling techniques that are used in the process of career formation and guidance. Procedures for effective assessment and counseling techniques are considered in the context of diversity issues. The use of decision trees, career counseling checklists, and multicultural career assessment and counseling issues are discussed. A minimum enrollment of 5 students is required for course to be offered.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PSYCD 1338 Theories of Vocational Counseling

PSYCD 1440

Advanced Issues in Substance Abuse

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This course provides an extended examination of chemical dependence and other addictive behaviors begun in PSYC 1639. Major theories of etiology, dynamics, and psychopathology of substance abuse are critically reviewed. Assessment, treatment, and case management are explored within the context of diversity issues and the biopsychosocial perspective. A minimum enrollment of 5 students is required for this course to be offered.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PSYCD 1639 Counseling Modalities & Chemical Dependency

PSYCD 1447

Advanced Group Therapy and Counseling

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This course is an advanced study of the techniques associated with group counseling therapy. The course explores appropriate group interventions for a variety of life situations, emotional concerns, health care needs, and psychiatric conditions. This course examines the uses of group techniques for diverse populations. A minimum enrollment of 5 students is required for this course to be offered.

Credits: 3

PSYCD 1465

Psychology of Rehabilitation

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This course examines the neuropsychiatric and neurobehavioral disorders in the practice of clinical neuropsychology and behavioral medicine. Various disorders are reviewed from neuroanatomical, medical, neuropsychological, rehabilitation, and practical clinical viewpoints. The spectrum of disorders, includes such conditions as traumatic brain injury, right hemisphere syndromes, dementia, aphasias, seizure disorders, arteriovenous malformations, and neurotoxic disorders. A minimum enrollment of 5 students is required for this course to be offered.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PSYCD 1550 Biological Bases of Behavior; PSYCD 1640 Introduction to Neuropsychology

PSYCD 1472

Advanced Child & Adolescent Development

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Advanced Child and Adolescent Development is the foundational course developed to provide a theoretical framework for working with children and adolescents in a clinical setting and builds on the basic course in Developmental Psychology. Students will be introduced to the development of psychopathology, issues associated with child maltreatment, the biological effects of in-utero substance abuse, parenting issues, as well as an overview of other disorders that may present themselves in childhood (i.e., sleep and eating difficulties, toileting issues, speech issues, etc.). Assessment, interventions, and prevention models will also be addressed, and the course will also provide an overview of more severe pathology that originates in childhood.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PSYCD 1502 Life Span Development I; PSYCD 1503 Life Span Development II

PSYCD 1473

Child & Adolescent Assessment I

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This course will explore the different assessments used when working with children and adolescents presenting with learning disabilities, cognitive delays, ADHD, and other mild behavioral concerns. A brief overview of behavioral issues in childhood will be covered, diagnostic interviewing (i.e., clinical interviewing) with children and adolescents will be covered, as well as the different assessment tools utilized to assess for these academic and behavioral concerns.

Credits: 3

PSYCD 1474

Child & Adolescent Assessment II

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This course will explore the different emotional and personality assessments used when working with children and adolescents presenting with severe emotional and behavioral problems. A brief overview of child and adolescent psychopathology will be covered, as well as the different assessment tools utilized to assess for severe pathology in children, including Bipolar Disorder, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Childhood Schizophrenia. Both objective and projective assessment tools will be discussed and demonstrated.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PSYCD 1473 Child and Adolescent Assessment I; permission from the emphasis director and Program Director

PSYCD 1475

Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy I: Verbal Techniques

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This course will explore evidence-based psychosocial treatment strategies and interventions to address emotional difficulties common to youth, as delineated in DSM-5. Developmental theories (Freud, Erikson, Adler, Homey, Ellis, Beck), and theoretical orientations (psychodynamic, systems, cognitive-behavioral) will be presented and discussed.

Credits: 3

PSYCD 1476

Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy II: Nonverbal Techniques

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This course will explore alternative treatment approaches (i.e., nonverbal therapeutic techniques) to address emotional difficulties common to youth. Developmental theories, theoretical orientations, and experiential activities will be utilized within the course. The final course project will demonstrate concepts learned in the course.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PSYCD 1475 Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy I: Verbal Techniques

PSYCD 1478, 1479

Directed Readings in Clinical Psychology I, II

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This course permits focused exploration of an approved topic in clinical or professional psychology. With the consultation of a program faculty member, a reading list is developed around a relevant topic. The readings focus on the interchange between theory, research, professional practice and diversity issues. A comprehensive plan for evaluation of performance is developed in consultation with program faculty and the approval of the Program Director.

Credits: 1-3

Prerequisites

Approval of Program Director

PSYCD 1480

Forensic Psychology

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The science and practice of clinical psychology will be applied to the assessment and treatment of offender populations. Examples will include cultural, social and economic issues in working with forensic populations in inpatient, legal and institutional settings. A minimum enrollment of 5 students is required for this course to be offered.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PSYCD 1501 Professional Issues and Ethics

PSYCD 1482

Family Therapy and Counseling

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This course will focus on the multidimensional nature of family treatment. Family dynamics and behavior will be addressed using systemic, dynamic and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy perspectives. Assessment, conceptualization, treatment planning, implementation, and evaluation of treatment will be described and discussed. A minimum enrollment of 5 students is required for this course to be offered.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

PSYCD 1705 Systems Theory

PSYCD 1488, 1489

Independent Study I, II

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This course permits the student to pursue individualized study in foundational psychology, empirical research, clinical psychology or a related topic under the direct supervision of a faculty member. A comprehensive study plan with methods for evaluation of performance is developed in consultation with program faculty and the approval of the Program Director.

Credits: 1-3

Prerequisites

Approval of Program Director

PSYCD 1494

Special Topics

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This course permits examination of an approved specialized topic in clinical or professional psychology. Courses focus on the interchange between theory, research, professional practice and diversity issues in that topic area. This course can include a variety of topic areas not addressed in other courses including Crisis Intervention, Autism Spectrum, Geriatric Psychology, etc.

Credits: 1-3

Prerequisites

Approval of Program Director