2007-2008 UAF Catalog


Course descriptions index


Psychology

PSY 101      3 Credits
Introduction to Psychology (s)
Principles of general psychology emphasizing natural science and social science orientation. Cultural, environment, heredity and psychological basis for integrated behavior; visual, audition and the other senses; motivation and emotion; basic processes in learning, problem solving and thinking; personality; psychological disorders--their prevention and treatment, and therapeutic strategies. Also available via Independent Learning or via television as a self-paced, computer-aided course. (3 + 0) Offered Fall, Spring


PSY 240      3 Credits
Lifespan Developmental Psychology (s)
The psychology of human development from conception to death. Critical emphasis on theory and research within the field of developmental psychology with attention paid to similarities and differences in development across cultures. Topics include the psychological ramifications of physical development along with cognitive, personality and social development across the lifespan. Also available via Independent Learning. (Prerequisite: PSY 101.) (3 + 0) Offered Fall, Spring


PSY 245      3 Credits
Child Development
(Cross-listed with ED 245)
Physical, cultural, emotional, cognitive and social aspects of a child's development from the prenatal period through early adolescence. Focus on developmental theories including Erickson, Gardner, Gilligan, Kagen, Sternberg, Vygotsky and other contemporary theories of child and adolescent development. (Prerequisite: PSY 101 or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Fall, Spring


PSY 250      3 Credits
Introductory Statistics for Behavioral Sciences
(Cross-listed with SOC 250)
Statistics applied to social scientific topics. Includes descriptive statistics, frequency distributions, sampling distributions, elementary probability, estimation of population parameters, hypothesis testing (one-and-two-sample problems), correlation, simple linear regression and one-way analysis of variance. Also available via Independent Learning. (Prerequisite: MATH 107X or 103X or 200X.) (3 + 0) Offered Spring


PSY 275      3 Credits
Introduction to Social Science Research Methods (s)
Introduction to research methods in psychology. Includes the scientific process, developing research ideas, experimental and non-experimental designs, sampling, surveys and data analysis. (Prerequisite: PSY 101.) (3 + 0) Offered Spring


PSY 304      3 Credits
Personality (s)
Psychological and social/cultural determinants of personality formation including appropriate theories in both areas. Also available via Independent Learning. (Prerequisite: PSY 101.) (3 + 0) Offered Fall


PSY 310O      3 Credits
Cross-Cultural Psychology (s)
Major theories and research related to understanding the impact of culture on psychological development, cognition, social behavior, perception, and models for the conceptualization of distress and disease. Models for research and inquiry across culture will be discussed in the context of examining cross-cultural research on selected topics. Meets departmental community service requirement for psychology major. (Prerequisites: COMM 131X or COMM 141X; PSY 101 and PSY 240.) (3 + 0) Offered Spring


PSY 320      3 Credits
History and Systems of Psychology (s)
The history of present psychology from associationism to humanism with attention to both the philosophical and physiological foundations of psychology, the most important theorists and movements, and paradigmatic shifts in the evolution of contemporary psychological systems. Also available via Independent Learning. (Prerequisite: PSY 101.) (3 + 0) Offered As Demand Warrants


PSY 330      3 Credits
Social Psychology (s)
(Cross-listed with SOC 330)
Analysis of intergroup relationships in terms of process and value orientation, their influences on the personality, and aspects of collective behavior on group and person. Aspects of social interaction that have cultural and intercultural variation. (Prerequisite: SOC 100X or PSY 101.) (3 + 0) Offered Spring


PSY 333      3 Credits
Human Sexualities Across Cultures (s)
(Cross-listed with SOC 333 and WMS 332)
Exploration of how people in a variety of cultures, both contemporary and historical, construct the meaning and experience of sexuality, and express themselves as sexual beings. Interdisciplinary study includes psychology, sociology, anthropology, gender studies and related fields, with the particular focus determined by which department is offering the course. Also available via Independent Learning. (Prerequisite: Junior standing. Next offered: 2007-08.) (3 + 0) Offered Alternate Fall


PSY 335      3 Credits
Physiological Psychology (n)
Study of the biological bases of human behavior. Emphasis on functional anatomy of the nervous system to understand normal behavior and behavioral disorders in terms of their psychology, development, evolution and function. Also available via Independent Learning. (Prerequisites: PSY 101. Recommended: BIOL 105X and 106X; or BIOL 111X and 112X.) (3 + 0) Offered Fall


PSY 337W     3 Credits
Sport Psychology
Theoretical and practical applications of psychological issues related to participation in physical activities, including exercise adherence, performance enhancement, group dynamics, leadership and coaching behaviors, arousal/anxiety, intervention strategies and lifespan participation. (Prerequisites: ENGL 111X, ENGL 211X or ENGL 213X, PSY 101, or permission or instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered As Demand Warrants


PSY 345      3 Credits
Abnormal Psychology (s)
A study of abnormal behavior, its causes, treatment and social impact. The major classifications of disorders are presented. Also available via Independent Learning. Meets departmental community service requirement for psychology major. (Prerequisite: PSY 101.) (3 + 0) Offered Fall


PSY 350      3 Credits
Comparative Psychology (n)
An integrated multidisciplinary behavioral approach emphasizing basic premises, causal factors, functional consequences and interrelationships. Synthesis of animal behavior and ethology in development and maintenance of behavioral patterns in individual organisms and social groups. (Prerequisites: PSY 101, BIOL 105X and 106X; or permission of instructor. Next Offered: 2007-08.) (3 + 0) Offered Alternate Spring


PSY 360O      3 Credits
Psychology of Women Across Cultures (s)
(Cross-listed with WMS 360O)
Major theories, research and empirical data which describe the psychology of women as a discrete field, philosophical values of feminism and history of women's roles in society. The impact of culture on women interpersonally and intrapsychically examined across cultures. (Prerequisite: COMM 131X or 141X; PSY 101; or permission of instructor. Next offered: 2008-09.) (3 + 0) Offered Alternate Spring


PSY 370      3 Credits
Drugs and Drug Dependence (s)
A multidisciplinary approach emphasizing acute and chronic alcoholism, commonly abused drugs, law enforcement and legal aspects of drug abuse, medical uses of drugs, physiological, psychological and sociological aspects of drug abuse, recommended drug education alternatives and plans, and treatment and rehabilitation of acute and chronic drug users. Also available via Independent Learning. (Prerequisite: PSY 101 or permission of instructor. Next offered: 2008-09.) (3 + 0) Offered Alternate Fall


PSY 380      3 Credits
Environmental Psychology (s)
Human behavioral responses to the physical environment, such as stress, darkness and isolation. Didactic methods include empirical methods related to behavioral research. (Prerequisite: PSY 101. Recommended: PSY 335.) (3 + 0) Offered As Demand Warrants


PSY 390W, O       3 Credits
Industrial and Organizational Psychology (s)
Application of psychological principles, theories and methods to issues related to work processes and work organizations. Includes employee selection, motivation, performance appraisal, decision-making, group dynamics, power and leadership, job design, and organizational change and development. (Prerequisite: COMM 131X or 141X; ENGL 111X; ENGL 211X or ENGL 213X or permission of instructor; PSY 101; PSY 250 or equivalent; PSY 275 or equivalent.) (3 + 0) Offered As Demand Warrants


PSY 440      3 Credits
Learning and Cognition (s)
Theory and research on the fundamentals of learning. Topics include information processing, attention and consciousness, learning processes, memory structures, retrieval, and the biological and cultural considerations relevant to each. Also available via Independent Learning. Meets departmental community service requirement for psychology major. (Prerequisite: PSY 101 and PSY 275. Next offered: 2008-09.) (3 + 0) Offered Alternate Spring


PSY 445W     3 Credits
Community Psychology (s)
Survey of principles and applications of community psychology, emphasizing person-environment interactions and societal and cultural impacts upon individual and community functioning. Attention given to interventions which facilitate psychological competence and empowerment, prevent disorder, and promote social change. Experiential learning emphasized through community experience/volunteer lab requirement. Meets departmental community service requirement for psychology major. (Prerequisites: ENGL 111X; ENGL 211X or ENGL 213X or permission of instructor; PSY 101 and PSY 275.) (2 + 3) Offered Fall


PSY 455      3 Credits
Clinical Psychology
Survey of clinical psychology methods and approaches with consideration of psychological assessment and treatment. Topics include specific counseling strategies, such as psychoanalysis, behavior therapy, crisis intervention, rational-emotive and humanistic approaches, along with ethics in clinical practice and issues in cross-cultural counseling and psychological assessment and treatment. A clinical lab will allow students to apply their classroom learning and acquire hands-on experience in clinical skills. (Prerequisites: PSY 240, PSY 275 and PSY 345.) (2 + 3) Offered As Demand Warrants


PSY 469      3 Credits
Health Psychology (n)
(Stacked with PSY 669)
Scientific study of behaviors that relate to health enhancement, disease and injury prevention, safety and rehabilitation. While mental health is included, the emphasis is on physical health. Also available via Independent Learning. (Prerequisites: PSY 101, PSY 275 and junior standing.) (3 + 0) Offered Fall


PSY 470      3 Credits
Sensation and Perception (n)
An integrated psychological and physiological approach to sensation, including the fundamental mechanisms of vision, hearing, taste, smell and movement. Emphasis will include theoretical models and systems of perception and how they are influenced by cultural, developmental, hereditary, physiological, psychological and social factors. Meets departmental community service requirement for psychology major. (Prerequisites: PSY 101 and PSY 275. Next Offered: 2007-08) (3 + 0) Offered Alternate Spring


PSY 475W     3 Credits
Research Design and Analysis in Psychology (s)
An integrated approach to the study of research design and analysis in psychology. Emphasis on research methodologies and techniques. Design, execution and analysis of social science research. (Prerequisites: ENGL 111X; ENGL 211X or ENGL 213X; PSY 101; PSY/SOC 250 or STAT 200X; PSY 275. Permission of instructor is required if prerequisites have not been met. Next offered: 2008-09.) (2 + 3) Offered Alternate Fall


PSY 480W     3 Credits
Qualitative Social Science Research (s)
(Cross-listed with SOC 480W)
Introduction to classical and contemporary research within the qualitative (or interpretive) paradigm of social science. Discusses the theoretical frameworks, historical traditions, epistemological and ethical issues of qualitative approaches. Uses hands-on experience in the practicalities and excitement of a variety of methods for gathering qualitative data and conducting qualitative analyses. (Prerequisites: ENGL 111X, ENGL 211X or ENGL 213X, one lower-division social science research methods course, or permission of instructor. Next offered: 2008-09.) (3 + 0) Offered Alternate Spring


PSY 485      3 Credits
Senior Seminar (s)
Synthesis and integration of knowledge and skills developed by psychology majors. Includes a general knowledge of psychology, a basic knowledge of the research process and methods, insights into the way culture, gender, ethnicity, social class and other diversity issues influencing research and practice in psychology. (Prerequisite: PSY 275 and psychology major with senior standing.) (3 + 0) Offered Spring


PSY 488      1-6 Credits
Practicum in Psychology (s)
Individual practice and training to work in a setting or experience the work of a psychologist. Faculty supervision on campus or on site. Requires 50 clock hours per credit hour. Placement must be arranged before registering for course. (Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Graded Pass/Fail.) (1 + arranged) Offered Fall, Spring


PSY 601      1 Credit
Clinical/Community/Cross-Cultural Integration Seminar
Introduces current trends in community, clinical and indigenous psychology. Students are encouraged to explore how these three fields complement each other to bring about positive change in community and clinical settings. Special emphasis on ways to conceptualize mental health and community issues in culturally appropriate ways. Course will be video-conferenced between UAA and UAF campuses. The course will make use of Blackboard and E-res to support distance delivery. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing in psychology or permission of instructor.) (1+0) Offered Fall, Spring


PSY 602      3 Credits
Native Ways of Knowing
Covers the appropriate and valid ways of describing and explaining human behavior by using the social context, culture and history of indigenous groups. Includes indigenous approaches to values, health, the interconnection of family and community; the nature of spirituality and indigenous healing; and the importance of elders and spiritual healers. Course will be video-conferenced between UAA and UAF campuses. The course will make use of Blackboard and E-res to support distance delivery. (Prerequisite: Admittance into the psychology Ph.D. program or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Fall


PSY 603      3 Credits
Alaska and Rural Psychology
Introduces rural community psychology, including the diversity of rural communities, with emphasis on Alaska and the rural circumpolar North. Provides an introduction to rural health promotion, prevention and behavioral health care, and a basis for understanding many of the issues of services planning and delivery in rural areas. Course will be video-conferenced between UAA and UAF campuses. The course will make use of Blackboard and E-res to support distance delivery. (Prerequisite: PSY 632, Graduate standing in psychology or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Spring


PSY 604      3 Credits
Biological and Pharmacological Basis of Behavior
Biological underpinnings of behavior and the basic principles of pharmacology. Deals with physiological causes and contributors to psychopathology and the medical sequelae of psychiatric disorders. Topics will include issues such as differential diagnosis, referral for medical or psychiatric evaluations, and the functional and structural characteristics of relevant physiological systems. Course will be video-conferenced between UAA and UAF campuses. The course will make use of Blackboard and E-res to support distance delivery. (Prerequisite: PSY 622, Graduate standing in psychology or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Fall


PSY 605      1 Credit
History and Systems of Psychology
A brief philosophically oriented overview of the history of psychology. Compares Western psychology in the 19th and 20th centuries and selected indigenous psychologies of Asia and North America. Special attention is given to systems of thought that have emerged since the founding of psychology as an empirical science. Course will be video-conferenced between UAA and UAF campuses. The course will make use of Blackboard and E-res to support distance delivery. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing in psychology or permission of instructor.) (1 + 0) Offered Fall


PSY 606      3 Credits
Native Ways of Healing
Explores healing from a variety of Native perspectives, particularly from an Alaska Native perspective. Emphasizes the preparation and education of healers, their roles and work and integration within the community. Students will have the opportunity to examine the possible integration of clinical and community psychology with indigenous approaches to healing. Course will be video-conferenced between UAA and UAF campuses. The course will make use of Blackboard and E-res to support distance delivery. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing in psychology or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Every Third Spring


PSY 607      3 Credits
Cognition, Affect, and Culture
Presents an overview of attention, memory, appraisal and emotion with applications to clinical psychology in a cultural context. Cultural influences on emotional experience and cognition are explored. The etiology and treatment of psychological disorders with significant cognitive and affective disturbance are explored. Course will be video-conferenced between UAA and UAF campuses. The course will make use of Blackboard and E-res to support distance delivery. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing in psychology or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Spring


PSY 610      3 Credits
Alcohol: Pharmacology and Behavior
A multidisciplinary approach to the study of alcohol abuse and alcoholism which incorporates the biomedical, epidemiological, genetic, pharmacological, psychological, social and cultural bases. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered As Demand Warrants


PSY 611      3 Credits
Ethics and Professional Practice
Comprehensive overview of ethical principles and legal statutes involved in clinical and community practice and research. Designed as a forum for discussion of ethical issues and other concerns relevant to professionals in psychology, with particular emphasis given to ethical issues in cross cultural and rural contexts in Alaska. Course will be video-conferenced between UAA and UAF campuses. The course will make use of Blackboard and E-res to support distance delivery. (Prerequisite: Admittance into the psychology Ph.D. program or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Spring


PSY 612      3 Credits
Human Development in a Cultural Context
Study of developmental theory, research and substantive applied issues across the life span. Particular emphasis on understanding how culture and sociocultural context impact the interplay of biology and environment in the development of essential qualities and characteristics of individuals. Course will be video-conferenced between UAA and UAF campuses. The course will make use of Blackboard and E-res to support distance delivery. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing in psychology or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Spring


PSY 614      3 Credits
Human Adaptation to the Circumpolar North
(Cross-listed with NORS 614)
Patterns of individual and family adaptation to the stresses and opportunities of northern regions. Focuses on successful and unsuccessful responses to northern conditions--the arctic climate, the northern economy, cultural diversity, and the professional opportunities and stress factors of sparsely populated frontier settings. Students will complete an original research paper. (Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered As Demand Warrants


PSY 616      3 Credits
Program Evaluation and Community Consultation I
The first in a two-course series, providing an overview of theories, methods and applications of program evaluation and community consultation as tools for facilitating systemic and programmatic changes in community and clinical settings. Seminar covers techniques of entry into various settings and designing program evaluations in collaboration with various community organizations. Course will be video-conferenced between UAA and UAF campuses. The course will make use of Blackboard and E-res to support distance delivery. (Prerequisite: PSY 639; Graduate standing in psychology or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Fall


PSY 617      3 Credits
Program Evaluation and Community Consultation II
The second in a two-course series, introducing the principles and dynamics involved in various types of consultative relationships in community and clinical settings, with a focus on cross-cultural and ethical issues. Covers methods of program evaluation implementation and use of program evaluation findings for consulting with relevant stakeholders. Course will be video-conferenced between UAA and UAF campuses. The course will make use of Blackboard and E-res to support distance delivery. (Prerequisite: PSY 616; Graduate standing in psychology or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Spring


PSY 618      3 Credits
Community Treatment Alternatives
Examination of the role of community in the treatment of mental health problems among indigenous or ethnic groups. Focus on bringing the resources of the community to bear on the healing process. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered As Demand Warrants


PSY 620      3 Credits
Treatment of Drug and Alcohol Dependency
Examination of the treatments available for drug and alcohol abuse. Medical and psychological treatments will be studied. Medical treatments include abrupt, gradual and substituting techniques. Psychological techniques include traditional Western therapies as well as less traditional approaches. (Prerequisite: PSY 610 or PSY 615; graduate standing or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered As Demand Warrants


PSY 622      3 Credits
Multicultural Psychopathology
An overview of contemporary views on child and adult psychopathology from a multicultural perspective. The fundamentals of clinical interviewing and diagnosis. Includes training in the DSM-IV diagnostic system. The role of culture, ethnicity, gender and social class in symptom formation and the experience of psychological disorders will be examined. Course will be video-conferenced between UAA and UAF campuses. The course will make use of Blackboard and E-res to support distance delivery. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing in psychology or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Fall


PSY 623      3 Credits
Intervention I
Increases knowledge and skills related to traditional and nontraditional therapeutic interventions. Students are provided with a range of theoretical perspectives, a conceptual understanding of and an opportunity to practice a wide range of culturally relevant and appropriate techniques that are applicable in traditional and non-traditional community mental health settings. Course will be video-conferenced between UAA and UAF campuses. The course will make use of Blackboard and E-res to support distance delivery. (Prerequisite: Admittance into the psychology Ph.D. program or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Fall


PSY 625      3 Credits
Prevention of Alcohol and Drug Dependency
Study of the various ways to prevent alcohol dependency, especially among indigenous peoples or in ethnic groups. Emphasis on cross-cultural approaches to the prevention of dependency. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered As Demand Warrants


PSY 629      3 Credits
Intervention II
Deepens understanding of the variety and application of intervention techniques in diverse settings. Directs students to explore the efficacy of specific interventions in a range of settings and with a variety of populations. Shapes critical thinking and basic intervention evaluation skills. Course will be video-conferenced between UAA and UAF campuses. The course will make use of Blackboard and E-res to support distance delivery. (Prerequisite: PSY 623; Admittance into the psychology Ph.D. program or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Spring


PSY 630      3 Credits
Community Psychology
Current status of community psychology, focusing on person-environment interactions and societal and cultural impacts upon individual and community functioning. An advanced-level overview of theory, research and practice of community psychology with particular emphasis on cross-cultural themes. Students are expected to apply their learning in a community-based experience. Goal is to empower students to contribute to effective change in their communities. (Prerequisite: Admittance to the Community Psychology program or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Fall


PSY 631      3 Credits
Community Psychology: Cross-Cultural Applications and the Ethics of Change
Advanced study of the application of community psychology with an emphasis on the design and evaluation of interventions which facilitate psychological competence and empowerment, prevent disorder, and promote social change. Value-context of community psychology and the ethics of intervention are examined with particular emphasis on applications to cross-cultural settings and indigenous approaches to change. Students are expected to continue and broaden their community-based experience. (Prerequisites: PSY 630 or permission of instructor) (3 + 0) Offered Spring


PSY 632      3 Credits
Community Psychology Across Cultures
An overview of theory, research and practice of community psychology with particular emphasis on cross-cultural themes, design and evaluation of interventions in remote and rural community settings, prevention and health promotion and social change. Particular emphasis will be on issues relevant to Alaska Native communities. Course will be video-conferenced between UAA and UAF campuses. The course will make use of Blackboard and E-res to support distance delivery. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing in psychology or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Fall


PSY 633      3 Credits
Tests and Measurements in Multicultural Context
Principles of construction, analysis and evaluation of psychological tests in a multicultural context. Emphasizes culturally sensitive application of psychological tests and measurements. Focuses on the history, theory and methods of psychological testing by examining intelligence, personality and vocation. Discusses widely-used intelligence and personality tests and procedures. Course will be video-conferenced between UAA and UAF campuses. The course will make use of Blackboard and E-res to support distance delivery. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing in psychology or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Fall


PSY 635      3 Credits
Field-Based Research Methods
Methods used in doing cross-cultural research in community settings. Emphasis on formal descriptions of the interaction between people and their environments. The course will present a wide variety of designs, analyses and conceptual approaches appropriate to improving our general understanding of behavior in communities. Both quantitative and qualitative methods will be presented in the context of carrying out individual research projects. (Prerequisite: Admittance to the Community Psychology program or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Fall


PSY 636      3 Credits
Program Evaluation
Advanced introduction to theory, methods and techniques of program evaluation with specific relevance to conducting evaluations in Alaska. Papers, in-class exercises and discussions will cover all phases of program evaluation, including conceptualization, role of the evaluator, planning and implementing an evaluation, methodological and ethical issues, and analyzing and reporting results to stakeholders and participants. Emphasis on awareness of and sensitivity to potential cultural, class and gender differences in the evaluation process. (Prerequisites: PSY 635 or comparable graduate level social science research methods course, admittance to the Community Psychology program or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Spring


PSY 638      3 Credits
Proseminar in Community Psychology
Analysis of important topics in community psychology including community mental health, empowerment, social change, cross-cultural issues and intervention program development in rural contexts. Particular attention placed on policy issues as they relate to changing community mental health concerns. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Fall


PSY 639      3 Credits
Research Methods
Methods used for research in community, clinical and cross-cultural settings. Introduces epistemologies and ethics relevant to research with rural and indigenous people. Includes a variety of designs and data-gathering methods to improve understanding of behavior in social settings. Quantitative, qualitative and mixed-method approaches will be presented. Course will be video-conferenced between UAA and UAF campuses. The course will make use of Blackboard and E-res to support distance delivery. (Prerequisite: Admittance into the psychology Ph.D. program or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Spring


PSY 644      3 Credits
Advanced Multicultural Lifespan Development (s)
Advanced study of the cultural influences on human lifespan development with particular attention to the peoples and cultures of Alaska. Exploration of classical and contemporary research and theories. Emphasis on practical and professional applications. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor) (3 + 0) Offered As Demand Warrants


PSY 646      3 Credits
School Counseling
(Cross-listed with COUN 646)
Topics related to the role of the school counselor such as consultation, career guidance and culturally appropriate assessment. (Prerequisite: Admittance to Counseling Program; COUN 623 or permission of instructor.) (3 + 3) Offered Fall


PSY 647      3 Credits
Professional Ethics
(Cross-listed with COUN 647)
The ethical standards of the American Psychological Association and the American Counseling Association will be examined, discussed and compared. Students will be provided with opportunities to apply these general principles to specific cases. Students will be expected to demonstrate a knowledge of the principles of these ethical codes and an ability to apply them. Also available via Independent Learning. (Prerequisites: Admittance to Counseling Program, or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Fall


PSY 650      3 Credits
Cross-Cultural Psychopathology
(Cross-listed with COUN 650)
Overview of contemporary perspectives on child and adult psychological disorders from the perspective of cultural psychology. Fundamentals of therapeutic interviewing. Training in use of the DSM-IV diagnostic system. Examination of the role of culture, ethnicity, gender and social class in symptom formation and the experience of illness, and critical examination of these issues in clinical application of the DSM-IV. Training in the DSM-IV cultural formulation. (Prerequisites: Graduate standing in Community Psychology or Counseling program; PSY 345 or equivalent; or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Spring


PSY 652      3 Credits
Practicum Placement--Clinical I
Supervised clinical practicum experience in psychological interviewing, diagnosis and psychotherapy. Applied techniques focusing on delivery of clinical services in traditional or non-traditional clinical settings. Cultural factors are considered in each of these areas. (Prerequisite: PSY 611; PSY 622; PSY 623; PSY 645 and admittance into the psychology Ph.D. program or permission of instructor.) Offered Fall


PSY 653      3 Credits
Practicum Placement--Clinical II
Advanced clinical practicum experience designed to provide increased depth in applying theory to the practice and improving skills as a clinician. Covers application of psychological assessment principles. Impact of cultural factors continues as a major aspect of the practicum experience. (Prerequisite: PSY 652 and admittance into the psychology Ph.D. program or permission of instructor.) Offered Spring


PSY 655      3 Credits
Cross-Cultural Healing: Implications for Clinical/ Community Practice
A presentation of healing across a variety of cultures: Native American, Western, African, Polynesian and Oriental. The course will emphasize the preparation and education of healers, their roles and work, and integration within a community. Analyses and implications for the practice of preparation for community psychology roles will be stressed. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered As Demand Warrants


PSY 657      3 Credits
Quantitative Analysis
The underlying principles of statistics, including the logic of statistical inference, probability, power, effect size and type one and two errors. Uses statistics for designs including the description of groups (data reduction), correlation, predictive models (regression), inferential statistics, analysis of mixed-method designs and common nonparametric techniques. Course will be video-conferenced between UAA and UAF campuses. The course will make use of Blackboard and E-res to support distance delivery. (Prerequisite: PSY 639; Admittance into the psychology Ph.D. program or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Fall


PSY 658      3 Credits
Qualitative Analysis
Introduction to the theory of qualitative inquiry, qualitative methodologies and basic techniques of qualitative research. Enables the student to use qualitative methods in research. Course will be video-conferenced between UAA and UAF campuses. The course will make use of Blackboard and E-res to support distance delivery. (Prerequisite: PSY 639; Graduate standing in psychology or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Fall


PSY 659      3 Credits
Multivariate Statistics
Provides a conceptual discussion of and statistical software training in advanced statistical analysis, including multivariate regression, canonical correlation, discriminant analysis, multivariate analysis of variance, principle component analysis, factor analysis, logistic regression and cluster analysis. Course will be video-conferenced between UAA and UAF campuses. The course will make use of Blackboard and E-res to support distance delivery. (PSY 639, PSY 657, and admittance into the psychology Ph.D. program or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Every Third Fall


PSY 660      3 Credits
Counseling Theories and Applications I
(Cross-listed with COUN 623)
A survey of the major theoretical systems of counseling and psychotherapy combined with a laboratory experience focused on building microskills in counseling. Specific application of theoretical principles will be investigated, analyzed and described. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Community Psychology program or counseling program; COUN 615 for counseling students and an abnormal psychology course for psychology students; and/or permission of instructor.) (3 + 2) Offered Fall


PSY 661      3 Credits
Cross-Cultural Counseling
(Cross-listed with COUN 660)
An examination of cultural and ethnic variables in human nature and their effect on the counseling process. Specific focus will be placed on the nature and function of culture, cultural variables in the context of the human experience, universal and culture-specific aspects of the counseling process, barriers to effective cross-cultural counseling, specific ethnic and cultural considerations, and methods of intellectual training with special emphasis on Alaskan applications. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. Next offered: 2007-08.) (3 + 0) Offered Alternate Summer, As Demand Warrants


PSY 662      3 Credits
Clinical Team/Practice
Increasing depth in applying theory to the practice and improving skills as a therapist. Requires supervised clinical practice in psychotherapy with clients. Topics include ethics in counseling and psychotherapy practice, specific and non-specific factors in psychotherapy, goal setting and termination, managing transference and countertransference, treatment planning, and analysis and assessment of therapist's understanding of therapeutic work and client progress. Cultural factors are considered in each of these issues. Supplement to PSY 660. (Prerequisites: PSY 660; graduate standing in the Community Psychology program; or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Spring


PSY 663      3 Credits
Clinical Methods and Assessment
Fundamentals of therapeutic interviewing. Assessment of personality style and classification of psychopathology. Survey and practice psychological tests. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Community Psychology program or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered As Demand Warrants


PSY 664      3 Credits
Behavior Therapy
Behavior therapy and its associated techniques. The philosophical and scientific basis for behavior and therapies are studied, as well as specified procedures such as systematic desensitization, assertive training, behavior modification and others. Includes practice of techniques to gain facility with the skills involved. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered As Demand Warrants


PSY 665      3 Credits
Psychoanalytic Theory and Clinical Method
Psychoanalytic theory and the study of lives are presented to acquaint the student with the analysis of life histories or psychoanalytic perspective. Study of the therapeutic procedures of Freud, Jung, Searles, Sullivan, Lacan and object relations theorists. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered As Demand Warrants


PSY 666      3 Credits
Family and Network Therapy
(Cross-listed with COUN 666)
Survey of concepts and theories of function and dysfunction in the area of couples and families as social networks. An introduction to the skills necessary for intervention in these systems. (Prerequisite: Admittance to the community psychology program or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered As Demand Warrants


PSY 667      3 Credits
Existential Psychotherapy
Focus on ultimate concerns rooted in the individual's existence. Theoretical and therapeutic approaches to existential issues such as death, freedom, isolation/relationship, meaning/meaninglessness and suffering. Euro-American, Native American and Eastern concepts and practices are examined. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered As Demand Warrants


PSY 669      3 Credits
Health Psychology (n)
(Stacked with PSY 469)
Scientific study of behaviors relating to health enhancement, disease and injury prevention, safety and rehabilitation. While mental health is included, the emphasis is on physical health. (Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Fall


PSY 671      3 Credits
Grant Writing
Provides hands-on training in developing, writing and submitting grant proposals. Discusses components of the grant writing process with an emphasis on grant writing for nonprofits and public agencies. Emphasizes research grant writing, with a focus on NIH grant application and review processes and secondary attention to NSF process. Course will be video-conferenced between UAA and UAF campuses. The course will make use of Blackboard and E-res with support distance delivery. (Prerequisites: PSY 639; Graduate standing in psychology or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Every Third Spring


PSY 672      3 Credits
Practicum Placement--Community I
Community practicum experience designed to provide increased depth in applying theory to practice and improving skills as a community psychologist. Impact of cultural factors will be a major aspect of the practicum experience. Course will be video-conferenced between UAA and UAF campuses. The course will make use of Blackboard and E-res with support distance delivery. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing in psychology or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Fall


PSY 673      3 Credits
Practicum Placement--Community II
An advanced community practicum experience designed to provide increased depth in applying theory to practice and improving skills as a community psychologist. Impact of cultural factors will be a major aspect of the practicum experience. Course will be video-conferenced between UAA and UAF campuses. The course will make use of Blackboard and E-res with support distance delivery. Students will also be under close supervision with community organization. Second phase of PSY 672. (Prerequisites: PSY 672; Graduate standing in psychology or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Spring


PSY 674      3 Credits
Group Counseling
(Cross-listed with COUN 674)
Kinds and types of groups with emphasis on methods, problems and skills needed in working with groups in a counseling situation. (Prerequisite: PSY 660; admittance to the Community Psychology program or permission of instructor. Next offered: 2007-08.) (3 + 0) Offered Alternate Summer, Spring, As Demand Warrants


PSY 677      3 Credits
Psychological Assessment-Intelligence
Methods of psychological assessment concerning intelligence. Survey of the concept of intelligence and its many multicultural implications. Widely-used intelligence assessment procedures will be examined with particular concern for minority issues and the concept of intelligence. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered As Demand Warrants


PSY 678      3 Credits
Multicultural Psychological Assessment
Introduction to administration, scoring and interpretation of selected intelligence and personality instruments for children and adults. Integration of test findings and report writing will be reviewed. Basic psychometric theory and test validity will be explored. A particular focus is multicultural assessment practice, with emphasis upon practice with Alaska Native people (Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the Community Psychology program or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Fall


PSY 679      3 Credits
Multicultural Psychological Assessment I
Introduces administration, scoring and interpretation of various intellectual and objective personality assessment instruments, as well as their psychometric properties, for children and adults. Emphasis on the meaningful integration of test results into a culturally sensitive assessment report. Highlights professional and ethical issues related to multicultural assessment practices emphasizing Alaska Natives. Course will be video-conferenced between UAA and UAF campuses. The course will make use of Blackboard and E-res with support distance delivery. (Prerequisites: PSY 633; Admittance into the psychology Ph.D. program or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Spring


PSY 681      1 Credit
Substances of Abuse in Alaska
Overview of the most prevalent substances of abuse in Alaska including physical, psychological, social and medical consequence of use and abuse. Course will be video-conferenced between UAA and UAF campuses. The course will make use of Blackboard and E-res with support distance delivery. (Prerequisites: Admittance into the psychology Ph.D. program or permission of instructor. First in the sequence PSY 681, PSY 682 and PSY 683. For doctoral students in the program. In exceptional cases to students not in the doctoral program, but with appropriate background and training will be given special permission to take the course.) (1 + 0) Offered Fall


PSY 682      1 Credit
Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment Planning
Specialized tests, measurement and treatment planning for substance abuse. Emphasis on integration results into culturally relevant treatment plans following the American Society for Addiction Medicine dimensional criteria. Course will be video-conferenced between UAA and UAF campuses. The course will make use of Blackboard and E-res with support distance delivery. (Prerequisite: Admittance into the psychology Ph.D. program or permission of instructor. PSY 682 is the second in a continuing series that includes PSY 681 and PSY 683. For doctoral students in the program it is to be taken as a series. In exceptional cases students not in the doctoral program but with the appropriate background and training will be given special permission to take the course.) (1 + 0) Offered Fall


PSY 683      1 Credit
Clinical Interventions in Substance Abuse
Conceptualizing substance abuse as a continuum from intervention to after-care. Relevant evidence-based interventions and therapeutic communities are addressed within the context of rural Alaska Native communities. Course will be video-conferenced between UAA and UAF campuses. The course will make use of Blackboard and E-res with support distance delivery. (Prerequisite: Admittance into the psychology Ph.D. program or permission of instructor. PSY 683 is the third in a continuing series that includes PSY 681 and PSY 682. For doctoral students in the program it is to be taken as a series. In exceptional cases students not in the doctoral program but with the appropriate background and training will be given special permission to take the course.) (1 + 0) Offered Fall


PSY 684      3 Credits
Clinical Supervision
The clinical, ethical and cultural issues involved in supervision. Contemporary, empirically supported information regarding various approaches to supervision will be examined. Covers both the relationship inherent in clinical supervision and training in leadership and supervision of employees in other work settings. Course will be video-conferenced between UAA and UAF campuses. The course will make use of Blackboard and E-res to support distance delivery. (Prerequisites: PSY 639; Admittance into the psychology Ph.D. program or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Every Third Fall


PSY 686      6 Credits
Predoctoral Internship
Understanding and application of assessment and intervention techniques in diverse settings. Students are placed in clinical or community settings for 40 hours per week to apply and sharpen skills. Students work under a local supervisor who manages student caseloads and assignments in collaboration with the course instructor. (Prerequisite: Approval contingent upon approval of Dissertation proposal and of directors of clinical training.) Offered Fall, Spring, Summer


PSY 687      3 Credits
Multicultural Psychological Assessment II
Advanced psychological assessment tools including interviews, projective techniques and neurocognitive assessment. Emphasis on the integration of cognitive, personality and other test results derived from an assessment battery into a meaningful and culturally sensitive psychological assessment report. Course will be video-conferenced between UAA and UAF campuses. The course will make use of Blackboard and E-res to support distance delivery. (Prerequisites: PSY 680; Admittance into the psychology Ph.D. program or permission of instructor.) (3 + 0) Offered Every Third Spring


PSY 688      3 Credits
Practicum in Community Psychology
Practicums provide for supervised experiences and weekly seminars with course instructor. The supervised experience will be at an agency that will provide direct and/or participant observation and interactions for the beginning counselor along with immediate feedback concerning the experience. The weekly seminars will cover actual and role-playing situations and skills appropriate to the specific practicum, i.e., alcohol or drug abuse, community, or clinical. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.) (2 + 7) Offered Fall, Spring


PSY 690      3-12 Credits
Pre-Master's Internship in Community Psychology
Supervised practice experience in community and/or clinical psychology setting. Student spends 40 supervised clock hours for every credit. Internship may involve more than one site. (Prerequisite: Completed permission to enroll form and internship plan signed by program director.) (0 + 40) Offered Fall, Spring, Summer, As Demand Warrants


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