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1 Saybrook University School of Clinical Psychology LIOS MA Counseling Program in Seattle 2014/ Course Descriptions PSYCHOLOGY COUNSELING COURSES RES 1026L Information Competency and Library Use This is a "hybrid" or "blended" course, delivered mostly online in the Canvas course management system and partly face-to-face with the instructor during the Residential Conferences. Students will use online and printed resources to explore and discover different types of materials and sources of information for future research projects and for life-long learning. Students will learn and practice finding, citing, evaluating, and annotating online and printed information sources, will assemble an annotated bibliography in APA style, and will be introduced to a number of online resources and tools. The instructor will evaluate students through their completion of brief assigned research tasks and their production of the annotated bibliography. There are no prerequisites. 1.0 credit SCO 5065 Counseling Theory Studies of basic theories, principles and techniques of counseling and their application to professional counseling settings. Attention particularly given to the systems approach and models of therapy based on the systems paradigm. Review of the common factors of different counseling models also examined. 2.0 credits SCO 5064 Group Therapy Studies of theoretical and experiential understandings of group purpose, development, dynamics, counseling theories and methods. Theoretical and practical emphasis on group process, interpersonal dynamics in the group, and the development of group leadership competencies based on both interpersonal skills and an awareness of depth psychology and group process. 2.0 credits SCO 5066 The Helping Relationship Studies that provide an understanding of counseling/consultant characteristics that influence the helping process (age, gender, ethnic factors, etc); essential interviewing and counseling skills for developing a therapeutic relationship, set goals, maintain boundaries, evaluate client outcome and termination. Focus on the basic intrapersonal and interpersonal skills of facilitating an effective and safe relational conversation in therapy. 2.0 credits SCO 5072 Professional Ethics and Law Studies of the following aspects of professional functioning: history and philosophy of the counseling profession; professional roles and relationships with other human service providers, credentialing, advocacy processes, ethical and legal considerations in professional Counseling. Emphasis will be placed on the fundamental ethics and laws governing clinical practice, including some of the new developments in technology and its use in clinical practice. 2.0 credits Page 1 of 5

2 SCO 5069 Human Growth, Development, and the Family Life Cycle Studies that provide an understanding of the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels, from birth to old age. Different developmental models are reviewed with an emphasis on development within the family life cycle. Stresses the complex developmental relationships among individuals in the family. Individually oriented content adapted to a systems paradigm. Stress on the life-cycle of the family and its modifications over time (first child, adolescent sexual development, leaving home, etc.) The clinical implications of using developmental models in treatment planning are emphasized. 2.0 credits SCO 5075 Psychopathology This course briefly reviews the history of mental illness as described across time and different social contexts. Attention is given to the major classifications of mental illness, diagnostic criteria, differential diagnoses, and controversies around the use of diagnostic classifications. The use of the DSM is explained with brief training on how to use the DSM in clinical practice. A systemic paradigm is used to help elucidate a multi-modal approach in assessing individuals within a social and familial context. 2.0 credits SCO 5076 Research Methods and Statistics Studies that provide an understanding of research methods, statistical analysis, needs assessment and program evaluation. Research methodology and data analysis, computer research skills, critical evaluation of professional research reports, with emphasis on research relevant to clinical practice. 2.0 credits SCO 5077 Diagnosis and Assessment of Individuals Studies that provide an understanding of individual & group approaches to assessment and evaluation (standardized and non-standardized testing, performance assessment, individual and group test and inventory methods, etc). 2.0 credits SCO 5086 Human Sexuality The study of human sexuality reviews sexual development using a multi-cultural, diverse perspective. Sexual behavior is examined from the perspective of the therapist including methods of assessment, how to conduct conversations focused on sexuality, and how to identify sexual dysfunction with possible referral sources. 2.0 credits SCO5074 & SCO5088 Social and Cultural Diversity I & II Studies that provide an understanding of the cultural context of relationships, issues and trends in a diverse society. Includes such factors as culture, ethnicity, nationality, age, gender, sexual orientation, mental and physical characteristics, family values, education, religious and spiritual values, socio-economics status, etc. 1.0 credit each SCO 5068 & SCO 5081 Group Leadership I & II This course emphasizes the leadership skills and competencies of the group leader. A review of core group membership skills and frameworks for understanding group process and development are also emphasized. Developing general competencies of interpersonal behavior in group members is considered a core developmental challenge. 1.0 credit each Page 2 of 5

3 SCO 5067, SCO 5073, SCO 5080 & SCO 5087 The Self of the Therapist I, II, III & IV There has been a considerable emphasis on the self of the therapist. This course examines the conventional process of counter-transference in therapy, highlighting the importance of studying one s family of origin history. The primary focus of this course is on the interpersonal relationship between the therapist and the client the competencies, process, skills critical in helping therapy move effectively toward a good outcome. Dealing with resistant clients and other therapeutic challenges are examined. This course is conducted at every residential conference through the two years. 1.0 credit each SCO 5082 & SCO 5089 Professional Seminar I & II Development of a professional attitude and identity. Studies of professional socialization and the role of professional organizations; licensure; legal responsibilities and liabilities of clinical practice and research; family law; confidentiality issues, codes of ethics, etc. This seminar complements the clinical practicum as students present clinical cases in a case presentation format along with videotape examples. Feedback on these cases is provided by both faculty and students in a small group format. 1.0 credit each SCO 5070 Couple and Family Therapy Theory I This is the first of three clinical theory courses in the clinical sequence which includes both theory courses and technique courses focusing on the application of theory in clinical practice with individuals, couples, and families. The three theory sections in the clinical sequence review primary models in clinical practice such as cognitive behavior therapy, solution focused therapy, narrative therapy, Bowen therapy, contextual therapy, structural therapy, experiential symbolic therapy, psychoanalytic therapy, and other models. The underlying systemic paradigm shapes the thinking and practice of all the models presented. 2 credits SCO 5071 Couple and Family Therapy Technique I This is the first of three clinical technique courses in the clinical sequence which includes both theory and technique courses. In the technique courses, the models discussed in the theory sections are examined for the clinical principles and techniques associated with each of the models. Multiple practica are used to practice the models in working with individuals, couples, and families with all age groups children, adolescents, and adults and with a variety of developmental and clinical challenges. The link between assessment and interventions is utilized in designing treatment strategies. 2 credits SCO 5078 Couple and Family Therapy Theory II The emphasis in this section is on models of therapy that expand the repertoire of therapeutic models from Theory I with a particular emphasis on the self of the therapist. Given that the relationship system between therapist and client is the most critical instrument of change, the therapist s mindfulness about the self, including family of origin history, countertransference, differentiation and attunement, etc. all constitute an effective and present therapeutic self. The models reviewed in this course include Bowen Therapy, Jungian Therapy, Contextual Therapy, and Group Leadership Theory, and Strategic Therapy. The link between assessment and interventions is utilized in designing treatment strategies. 2 credits SCO 5079 Couple and Family Therapy Technique II This technique section includes a series of practica focusing on work with individuals, couples, and families including children, adolescents, and adults. The practica will integrate the therapeutic models from Theory I and Theory II in a variety of clinical enactments using a small group format with feedback from student colleagues and faculty. The standard clinical skills of joining, assessment, clinical conceptualization, treatment planning, interventions and feedback, measuring progress, adjusting the clinical focus, and so on will be emphasized using a systemic model that includes both an intrapsychic and interpersonal dimension. 2 credits Page 3 of 5

4 SCO 5084 Couple and Family Therapy Theory III This is the third of three clinical theory courses in the clinical sequence which includes both theory courses and technique courses focusing on the application of theory in clinical practice with individuals, couples, and families. The three theory sections in the clinical sequence review primary therapeutic models in clinical practice. The models reviewed in this course include Somatic Therapies, Experiential Symbolic Therapy, Neurobiological Models, Models of Crisis and Suicide Intervention, and The Common Factors in Therapy. The underlying systemic paradigm shapes the thinking and practice of all the models presented. 2 credits SCO 5085 Couple and Family Therapy Technique III This course integrates the therapeutic models, application techniques, and ethics and laws taught in the program. Students develop and report on their own therapeutic models and clinical applications with specific examples. Students are assessed on their Clinical Theory papers and their application skills. The integration emphasis continues in the Clinical Orals where the focus is on clinical vignettes that highlight the link between theory, application, clinical intervention, ethics, and laws. The emphasis in this course is the overall integration of theory, practice, and specific clinical skills with attention to the diverse methods of integration within the student population. 2 credits SCO 5083 & SCO 5090 Counseling Practicum I & II Direct client contact hours, supervision, staff meetings, community relations, record keeping, supervised in-house practica and off-campus site placement. 5 credits/ 10 / 700 total hours/ 280 clinical hours TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 51 OREGON AND CALIFORNIA (LPC) To fulfill graduate requirements for the Oregon and California LPC licensure, the above courses in addition to the following courses below (as electives) are necessary: Lifestyle and Career Development Studies of the career counseling process, techniques and resources as well as career development. SCO 5091 Lifestyle & Career Development Studies of the career counseling process, techniques and resources as well as career development. Focus also includes how the family of origin and culture of origin influence career and lifestyle options. Assessment resources, both objective and subjective, are presented as tools for constructing treatment plans. 3 credits SCO 5092 Family of Origin Theory and Therapy (2 credits) This course reviews intergenerational theory and the different therapeutic models of understanding this therapeutic resource. Students apply these models to themselves through their own autobiographies and reflective exercises on increasing their insight and self awareness within the family of origin. Application to the clinical setting is also emphasized, highlighting particular techniques of integrating an intergenerational model into standard therapeutic conversations. A model of intensive family of origin consultation is presented as a special therapeutic resource. 2 credits SCO 5093 Current Research in Counseling The goal of this course is to have students become informed consumers of research and to use current research knowledge and tools to improve treatment outcomes. There is a review of the basic methods of research, the structure of the research article, and the critical evaluation of research issues and debates in the field. 1 credit Page 4 of 5

5 SCO 5094 Current Issues in Professional Ethics and Law This course focuses on special issues in the ethical standards and laws regulating clinical practice. Special attention is given to the emerging field of teletherapy including the use of s, websites, texting, phone therapy, and therapy utilizing technological devices. SCO 5095 Multicultural Issues in Counseling This course highlights the importance of using a multi-cultural lens in assessing and intervening with clients. Multicultural sensitivity is viewed from a broad perspective, with attention to cultural categories such as religion, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, educational status, political identification, gender, and so on. The countertransference of the therapist is examined from the multicultural viewpoint. 1 credit SCO 5096 Psychopharmacology This course is an overview of psychopharmacology, including the biological bases of behavior, neurophysiology, and an understanding of brain functions as related to behavior and learning. Emphases are placed on the basic classifications, indications, and contraindications of medications and on the professional and ethical issues related to the use of medications. 1 credit SCO 5097 Tests and Instruments in Individual Assessment This course teaches the clinical application of assessment instruments and processes designed for clinical practice. A review of the common tools of psychological assessment is presented. Students will gain skills in the use of clinical interviews, observations, and measures of behavior and personality to create treatment plans and monitor client progress. 1 credit TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 61 Page 5 of 5

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