Course descriptions index


Psychology


PSY F101 Introduction to Psychology (s)

3 Credits

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)


PSY F240 Lifespan Developmental Psychology (s)

3 Credits

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. Prerequisites: PSY F101. (3+0)


PSY F245 Child Development

3 Credits

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. Prerequisites: PSY F101 or permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with ED F245.) (3+0)


PSY F250 Introductory Statistics for Behavioral Sciences

3 Credits     Offered Spring

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. Prerequisites: MATH F103X or MATH F107X or MATH F200X. (Cross-listed with SOC F250.) (3+0)


PSY F275 Introduction to Social Science Research Methods (s)

3 Credits     Offered Spring

Introduction to research methods in psychology. Includes the scientific process, developing research ideas, experimental and non-experimental designs, sampling, surveys and data analysis. Prerequisites: PSY F101. (3+0)


PSY F304 Personality (s)

3 Credits     Offered Fall

Psychological and social/cultural determinants of personality formation including appropriate theories in both areas. Prerequisites: PSY F101. (3+0)


PSY F310O Cross-Cultural Psychology (s)

3 Credits     Offered Spring

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. Note: Meets departmental community service requirement for Psychology major. Prerequisites: COMM F131X or COMM F141X; PSY F101; PSY F240. (3+0)


PSY F320 History and Systems of Psychology (s)

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

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. Prerequisites: PSY F101. (3+0)


PSY F330 Social Psychology (s)

3 Credits     Offered Spring

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. Prerequisites: PSY F101 or SOC F100X. (Cross-listed with SOC F330.) (3+0)


PSY F333 Human Sexualities Across Cultures (s)

3 Credits     Offered Alternate Fall Odd-numbered Years

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 particular focus determined by which department is offering the course. Also available via Independent Learning. Prerequisites: SOC F100X; or SOC F201 or PSY F101 or WMS F201; or permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with SOC F333; WMS F332.) (3+0)


PSY F335 Physiological Psychology

3 Credits     Offered Fall

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 F101. Recommended: BIOL F115X and BIOL F116X; or BIOL F111X and F112X. (3+0)


PSY F337W Sport Psychology

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

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 F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; PSY F101; or permission or instructor. (3+0)


PSY F345 Abnormal Psychology (s)

3 Credits     Offered Fall

A study of abnormal behavior, its causes, treatment and social impact. The major classifications of disorders are presented. Note: Meets department community service requirement for Psychology major. Prerequisites: PSY F101. (3+0)


PSY F350 Comparative Psychology

3 Credits     Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

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 F101; BIOL F115X and BIOL F116X; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


PSY F360O Psychology of Women Across Cultures (s)

3 Credits     Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Major theories, research and empirical data which describes 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. Prerequisites: COMM F131X or COMM F141X; PSY F101; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


PSY F370 Drugs and Drug Dependence (s)

3 Credits     Offered Fall Even-numbered Years

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. Prerequisites: PSY F101 or permission of instructor. (3+0)


PSY F380 Environmental Psychology (s)

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Human behavioral responses to the physical environment, such as stress, darkness and isolation. Didactic methods include empirical methods related to behavioral research. Prerequisites: PSY F101. Recommended: PSY F335. (3+0)


PSY F390W,O Industrial and Organizational Psychology (s)

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

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. Prerequisites: COMM F131X or COMM F141X; ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X or permission of instructor; PSY F101; PSY F250 or equivalent; PSY F275 or equivalent. (3+0)


PSY F440 Learning and Cognition (s)

3 Credits     Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

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. Prerequisites: PSY F101; PSY F275. (3+0)


PSY F445W Community Psychology (s)

3 Credits     Offered Fall

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. Note: Meets departmental community service requirement for Psychology major. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X or permission of instructor; PSY F101; PSY F275; PSY/SOC F330. (2+3)


PSY F455 Clinical Psychology

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

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 F240; PSY F275; PSY F345. (2+3)


PSY F469 Health Psychology

3 Credits     Offered Fall

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 F101; PSY F275; and junior standing. (3+0)


PSY F470 Sensation and Perception

3 Credits     Offered Spring Even-numbered Years

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. Note: Meets departmental community service requirement for Psychology major. Prerequisites: PSY F101 and PSY F275. (3+0)


PSY F475W Research Design and Analysis in Psychology (s)

3 Credits     Offered Fall Even-numbered Years

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 F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; PSY F101; PSY/SOC F250 or STAT F200X; PSY F275; permission of instructor. (2+3)


PSY F480W Qualitative Social Science Research (s)

3 Credits     Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

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 F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; one lower-division social science research methods course; or permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with SOC F480.) (3+0)


PSY F485 Senior Seminar (s)

3 Credits     Offered Spring

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 influence research and practice in psychology. Prerequisites: PSY F275; Psychology major with senior standing. (3+0)


PSY F488 Practicum in Psychology

1 - 6 Credits

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. Graded Pass/Fail. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. (1+0)


PSY F601 Clinical/Community/Cross-Cultural Integration Seminar

1 Credit

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. Graded Pass/Fail. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in Psychology or permission of instructor. (1+0)


PSY F602 Native Ways of Knowing

3 Credits     Offered Fall

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. Prerequisites: Admittance to the Psychology Ph.D. program or permission of instructor. (3+0)


PSY F603 Alaska and Rural Psychology

3 Credits     Offered Spring

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. Prerequisites: PSY F632; graduate standing in Psychology; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


PSY F604 Biological and Pharmacological Bases of Behavior

3 Credits     Offered Fall

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 evaluation 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. Prerequisites: PSY F622; graduate standing in Psychology; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


PSY F605 History and Systems of Psychology

1 Credit     Offered Fall

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. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in Psychology or permission of instructor. (1+0)


PSY F606 Native Ways of Healing

3 Credits

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. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in Psychology or permission of instructor. (3+0)


PSY F607 Cognition, Affect, and Culture

3 Credits     Offered Spring

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. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in Psychology or permission of instructor. (3+0)


PSY F610 Alcohol: Pharmacology and Behavior

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

A multidisciplinary approach to the study of alcohol abuse and alcoholism which incorporates the biomedical, epidemiological, genetic, pharmacological, psychological, social and cultural bases. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. (3+0)


PSY F611 Ethics and Professional Practice

3 Credits     Offered Spring

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. Prerequisites: Admittance to the Psychology Ph.D. program or permission of instructor. (3+0)


PSY F612 Human Development in a Cultural Context

3 Credits     Offered Spring

Study of development 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 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. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in Psychology or permission of instructor. (3+0)


PSY F614 Human Adaptation to the Circumpolar North

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

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)


PSY F616 Program Evaluation and Community Consultation I

3 Credits     Offered Fall

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. Prerequisites: PSY F639; graduate standing in Psychology; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


PSY F617 Program Evaluation and Community Consultation II

3 Credits     Offered Spring

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. Prerequisites: PSY F641; graduate standing in Psychology or permission of instructor. (3+0)


PSY F618 Community Treatment Alternatives

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

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. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. (3+0)


PSY F620 Treatment of Drug and Alcohol Dependency

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

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. Prerequisites: PSY F610 or PSY F615; graduate standing or permission of instructor. (3+0)


PSY F622 Multicultural Psychopathology

3 Credits     Offered Fall

An overview of contemporary views on child and adult psychopathology from a multicultural perspective. The fundamentals of clinical interviewing and diagnostics. 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. Graduate standing in Psychology or permission of instructor. (3+0)


PSY F623 Intervention I

3 Credits     Offered Fall

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. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in Psychology or permission of instructor. (3+0)


PSY F625 Prevention of Alcohol and Drug Dependency

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

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. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. (3+0)


PSY F629 Intervention II

3 Credits     Offered Spring

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. Prerequisites: PSY F623; admittance to Psychology Ph.D. program or permission of instructor. (3+0)


PSY F630 Community Psychology

3 Credits     Offered Fall

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. Prerequisites: Admittance to Community Psychology Program or permission of instructor. (3+0)


PSY F631 Community Psychology: Cross-Cultural Applications and the Ethics of Change

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

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 F630 or permission of instructor. (3+0)


PSY F632 Community Psychology Across Cultures

3 Credits     Offered Fall

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. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in Psychology or permission of instructor. (3+0)


PSY F633 Tests and Measurement in Multi-Cultural Context

3 Credits     Offered Fall

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. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in Psychology or permission of instructor. (3+0)


PSY F635 Field-Based Research Methods

3 Credits     Offered Fall As Demand Warrants

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. Prerequisites: Admittance to Community Psychology Program or permission of instructor. (3+0)


PSY F636 Program Evaluation

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

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 F635 or comparable graduate level social science research methods course; admittance to Community Psychology Program; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


PSY F638 Proseminar in Community Psychology

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

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. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. (3+0)


PSY F639 Research Methods

3 Credits     Offered Spring

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. Prerequisites: Admittance to Psychology Ph.D. program or permission of instructor. (3+0)


PSY F644 Advanced Multicultural Lifespan Development

3 Credits

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. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. (3+0)


PSY F646 School Counseling

3 Credits     Offered Fall

Topics related to the role of the school counselor such as consultation, career guidance, and culturally appropriate assessment. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with COUN F646.) (3+3)


PSY F647 Professional Ethics

3 Credits     Offered Fall

The ethical standards of the American Psychological Association and 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 three ethical codes and an ability to apply them. Also available via Independent Learning. Prerequisites: Admittance to Master's program in Psychology or Counseling, or permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with COUN F647.) (3+0)


PSY F650 Cross-Cultural Psychopathology

3 Credits     Offered Fall

An 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 DSM-IV cultural formulation. Prerequisites: PSY F345 or equivalent; admittance to Counseling program; or permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with COUN F650.) (3+0)


PSY F652 Practicum Placement- Clinical I

3 Credits     Offered Fall

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. Prerequisites: PSY F611; PSY F622; PSY F623; PSY F645; admittance to the Psychology Ph.D. program; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


PSY F653 Practicum Placement- Clinical II

3 Credits     Offered Spring

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. Prerequisites: PSY F652; admittance to Psychology Ph.D. program; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


PSY F655 Cross-Cultural Healing: Implications for Clinical/ Community Practice

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

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. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. (3+0)


PSY F657 Quantitative Analysis

3 Credits     Offered Fall

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. Prerequisites: PSY F639; admittance to Psychology Ph.D. program; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


PSY F658 Qualitative Analysis

3 Credits     Offered Fall

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. Prerequisites: PSY F639; graduate standing in Psychology; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


PSY F659 Multivariate Statistics

3 Credits

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. Prerequisites: PSY F639; PSY F657; admittance to Psychology Ph.D. program; or permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with COUN F623.) (3+0)


PSY F660 Counseling Theories and Applications I

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

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. Prerequisites: Admittance to Counseling Program; or permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with COUN F623.) (3+2)


PSY F661 Cross-Cultural Counseling

3 Credits     Offered Spring As Demand Warrants

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. Prerequisites: Admittance to the Counseling program; or permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with COUN F660.) (3+0)


PSY F662 Clinical Team/Practice

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Increasing depth in applying theory to 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 therapists understanding of therapeutic work and client progress. Cultural factors are considered in each of these issues. Supplement to PSY 660. Prerequisites: PSY F660; graduate standing in the Community Psychology program or permission of instructor. (3+0)


PSY F663 Clinical Methods and Assessment

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Fundamentals of therapeutic interviewing. Assessment of personality style and classification of psychopathology. Survey and practice with psychological tests. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in the Community Psychology program or permission of instructor. (3+0)


PSY F664 Behavior Therapy

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Behavior therapy and its associated techniques. The philosophical and scientific basis for behavior and therapy 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. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. (3+0)


PSY F665 Psychoanalytic Theory and Clinical Method

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

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. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. (3+0)


PSY F666 Family and Network Therapy

3 Credits     Offered Spring

Survey of concepts and theories of function and dysfunction in the area of couples and families as social networks. Introduction to the skills necessary for intervention in these systems. Prerequisites: COUN F623; admittance to the Counseling program; or permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with COUN F666.) (3+0)


PSY F667 Existential Psychotherapy

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

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. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. (3+0)


PSY F669 Health Psychology

3 Credits     Offered Fall

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. (Stacked with PSY F469.) (3+0)


PSY F671 Grant Writing

3 Credits

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 to support distance delivery. Prerequisites: PSY F639; graduate standing in Psychology or permission of instructor. (3+0)


PSY F672 Practicum Placement- Community I

3 Credits     Offered Fall

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 to support distance delivery. Students will also be under close supervision with a community organization. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in Psychology or permission of instructor. (3+0)


PSY F673 Practicum Placement- Community II

3 Credits     Offered Spring

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 to support distance delivery. Students will also be under close supervision with a community organization. Second phase of PSY 672. Prerequisites: PSY F672; graduate standing in Psychology; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


PSY F674 Group Counseling

3 Credits     Offered Spring, Alternate Summer

Kinds and types of groups with emphasis on methods, problems and skills needed in working with groups in a counseling situation. Prerequisites: COUN F623/PSY F660; admittance to the Counseling program; or permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with COUN F674.) (3+0)


PSY F677 Psychological Assessment-Intelligence

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

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. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. (3+0)


PSY F678 Multicultural Psychological Assessment

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

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 Prerequisites: Graduate standing in the Community Psychology Program or permission of instructor. (3+0)


PSY F679 Multicultural Psychological Assessment I

3 Credits     Offered Spring

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 to support distance delivery. Prerequisites: PSY F633; admittance to the Psychology Ph.D. program; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


PSY F681 Substances of Abuse in Alaska

1 Credit     Offered Fall

Overview of the most prevalent substances of abuse in Alaska including physical, psychological, social and medical consequences of use and abuse. Prerequisites: Admittance into the Psychology Ph.D. program or permission of instructor. First in the sequence PSY F681, PSY F682, and PSY F683. 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)


PSY F682 Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment Planning

1 Credit     Offered Fall

Specialized tests, measurement and treatment planning for substance abuse. Emphasis on integrating 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 to support distance delivery. Prerequisites: Admittance to Psychology Ph.D. program or permission of instructor. PSY F682 is the second in a continuing series that includes PSY F681 and PSY F683. 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)


PSY F683 Clinical Interventions in Substance Abuse

1 Credit     Offered Fall

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 to support distance delivery. PSY F683 is the third in a continuing series that includes PSY F681 and PSY F682. 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. Prerequisites: Admittance to the Psychology Ph.D. program or permission of instructor. (1+0)


PSY F684 Clinical Supervision

3 Credits

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 F639; admittance to Psychology Ph.D. program; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


PSY F686 Predoctoral Internship

6 Credits

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. Graded Pass/Fail. Approval contingent upon approval of Dissertation proposal and of DCT's (Directors of Clinical Training). (6+0)


PSY F687 Multicultural Psychological Assessment II

3 Credits

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-conference between UAA and UAF campuses. The course will make use of Blackboard and E-res to support distance delivery Prerequisites: PSY F680; admittance to Psychology Ph.D. program or permission of instructor. (3+0)


PSY F688 Practicum in Community Psychology

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

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. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. (2+7)


PSY F690 Pre-Master's Internship in Community Psychology

3 - 12 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

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. Graded Pass/Fail. Prerequisites: Completed permission to enroll form and internship plan signed by program director. (0+40)


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