Master of Arts in Psychology, Career Management

Master of Arts in Psychology, Career Management


(All courses are 3 credits and are listed in the recommended sequence.)

PSY 5003 Introduction to Applied & Professional Psychology  
This course provides an overview of the roles, relationships, and responsibilities of individuals in the various specialties in applied and professional psychology. Attention is given to identifying those specialties for which licensure or certification is possible and/or available, those specialties that apply the principles of psychology to organizations and organizational problems, and the distinction between experimental/theoretical psychology and applied/professional psychology.

PSY 5130 Life Span Development  
This course surveys the major theoretical perspectives on life span development from conception through late adulthood. Developmental processes related to physical, cognitive, moral, and emotional functions are reviewed as well as societal and cultural aspects of development.

PSY 6501 Psychology of Personality  
This course explores the major theories of personality including Psychodynamic, Behavioral, Biological, Cognitive, Trait-Factor, and Humanistic/Existential approaches. Students study individual theories and compare and contrast these theoretical positions in terms of current research. In addition, students explore the relevance and application of personality theories to the profession of psychology.

RES 5400 Understanding, Interpreting, & Applying Statistical Concepts
This course teaches students how to critically analyze, interpret, and apply statistical concepts to research in education and the social sciences. The focus is on a quantitative approach to the concepts and methods of statistical inference. Topics include sampling, frequency distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, and probability. Statistical analyses covered include correlation, regression, t-tests, nonparametric tests, and Analysis of Variance. Basic research design issues are also addressed focusing on selecting data analysis techniques to appropriately address research questions and to apply the concepts covered to various psychological problems and realistic situations. Emphasis is on developing skills in interpreting statistical results presented in research articles.

PSY 5280 Ethics, Laws & Standards of Professional Practice*
This course is a study of the ethical and legal issues confronting those practicing in human services. Topics related to clinical methodology, standards of practice, and inter-professional relations are explored. Students learn principles of ethical decision making, standards for human and animal use in research, and standards of care specified by state and federal laws. Emphasis is placed on exploration of the emotional impact that major ethical and legal dilemmas have on decision making. Students also master the current code of ethics of the American Psychological Association and other professional codes of ethics, such as the code of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy or the code of the American Counseling Association. This course must be taken at University of the Rockies and may not be transferred from another institution.

ORG 5270 Mental Health & Psychopathology in the Workplace  
This course acquaints the student with both normal and abnormal behavior evident in the workplace. The focus of the course is creating a healthy culture in the workplace, maintaining a healthy work/life balance, and managing stress. In addition, students learn the common mental disorders and personality disorders manifested in an organizational setting and how to exercise leadership to bring about positive change.

PSY 5610 Psychometrics: Tests & Measurements  
This course involves the study of the theory and practice of psychological measurement. The focus is on the process of measuring and differentiating variables of psychological interest. Students explore basic concepts of measurement and the principles of test construction. The course familiarizes the prospective professional psychologist with the common tests used in psychological and educational practice. These include intellectual, aptitude, and achievement tests; interest inventories; personality tests; and social measures.

PSY 5290 Theories & Techniques of Counseling & Psychotherapy  
This course is an overview of the psychodynamic, cognitive/behavioral, and existential/humanistic schools of psychology, as well as corresponding models of counseling and frequently used assessment and therapeutic techniques. The primary focus in the course is on the development of both skills and rationale in the application of intervention strategies to treatment and case management.

PSY 6290 Learning Theory & Behavioral Applications  
This course surveys traditional areas of learning theory, including classical and instrumental conditioning paradigms, motivation, reinforcement variables, stimulus discrimination, generalization and transfer, habituation, and memory. Also reviewed are models of social learning theory, modeling, and behavioral rehearsal. Behavioral approaches to therapy that focus on modifying specific, observable behaviors, using the principles of learning theory such as systematic desensitization, cognitive-behavioral approaches, and dialectical behavioral therapy.

PSY 6120 Lifestyle & Career Development  
This assessment course focuses on the evolution of the concept of career development. Students review the major theories and their application to the collection, evaluation, and use of career information for counseling psychology as it applies to individuals and groups across the adult life span. Students also learn to use assessment instruments (MBTI, FIRO-B, Strong, etc.) and integrate the findings in vocational counseling situations as they relate to adults.

ORG 6499 Cultural Diversity & Individual Differences  
This course provides a systematic review of the wide range of cultures and individual differences and the ways in which cultural mores, ethnocentrism, and factors such as matters of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, customs, and cultures impact behavior of the individual themselves and of those around them. Through this course, students better understand themselves and others, in terms of perceptions and behaviors.

PSY 6121 Theories & Techniques of Career Counseling  
This course reviews the various theories of career counseling as they relate to career development theory, and provides the student with the knowledge base and skills necessary to select and employ career counseling techniques to help clients to affect career decision-making and career choices/career change choices.

PSY 6122 Occupational/Educational Information  
In this course the student gains information on and skill in using the various print and electronic sources of occupational information. Included are sources that provide information, such as education that is necessary in various job types/roles, occupational outlook, and future market demand for different career areas, roles, expectations, and career ladders in various job areas and related information. The use of technology in career counseling/career management also composes a major segment of course content.

Total credits 39

* This course may not be transferred in.

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