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Examinations

The Institute conducts courses and examinations at two levels.

 

(1) Diploma Level

 

Diploma in Psychology (06 Months)

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Diploma in Counseling Psychology (09 Months)

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(2) Higher Diploma Level

 

Higher Diploma in Psychology (1 1/2 Years)

CURRICULUM

PART 1

Trimester 1 (Click on individual Modules to see details)

DPSY 220 General Psychology

DPSY 222 Cognitive Psychology

 

Trimester 2 (Click on individual Modules to see details)

DPSY 224 Developmental Psychology

DPSY 235 Social Psychology

PART 2

Trimester 1 (Click on individual Modules to see details)

DPSY 238 Abnormal Psychology

DPSY 240 Individual Differences

 

Trimester 2 (Click on individual Modules to see details)

DPSY 243 Psychobiology

DPSY 245 Conceptual and Historical Issues

 

Trimester 3 (Click on individual Modules to see details)

DPSY 248 Research Issues

DPSY 250 Quantitative Methods

 

DPSY 220 General Psychology
Introduction to psychology, What Is Psychology?, Why Study Psychology? What Psychologists Do, A History of Psychology, Contemporary Perspectives, Psychological Methods, Ethical Issues.

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DPSY 222 Cognitive Psychology
Perception: visual information processing, auditory perception and speech recognition. Attention. Visual and spatial imagery. Comprehension. Conceptual knowledge. Learning. Skill acquisition and expertise. Memory: encoding and retrieval processes, working, autobiographical, episodic and semantic memory, implicit and explicit memory, memory improvement. Thinking and reasoning, problem solving, decision-making. Language: structure, comprehension, production, reading. Connectionist models. Emotion and cognition.

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DPSY 224 Developmental Psychology
Research methods appropriate to the study of development. Nature of perceptual, motor and cognitive development during infancy. General theories of the nature and nurture of psychological attributes. Development of general representational abilities: especially language, drawing and number. Nature of cognitive change in the school years. Comparative analysis of constructivist, socio-cultural, and information processing theories of development. Development of self and identity. Gender socialisation. Emotional development.

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DPSY 235 Social Psychology
Social perception including: person perception, attitudes, attribution. Inter-group processes including: prejudice, inter-group conflict, social identification. Small group processes including: norms, leadership, decision making, productivity. Social influence including: conformity and obedience, majority and minority influence, the bystander effect. Close relationships including: interpersonal attraction, relationships.

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DPSY 238 Abnormal Psychology

History of abnormal psychology, models of abnormal behaviour, Insanity and the law, nature of abnormality, psychological disorders.

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DPSY 240 Individual Differences
Key assumptions of, and sources of evidence for, the main approaches to emotion, motivation, the self and normal and abnormal personality development, including: psychoanalytic, behavioural, cultural, social learning, social cognitive, radical behaviourist, humanistic-existential-phenomenological, lexical-trait, neo Darwinist, biological and behavioural genetic. Influence of genetic , environmental and cultural factors on individual differences. Temporal and situational consistency of individual differences. Influence of personality on other behaviours including: health; education; culture; ; relationships; occupational choice and competency. History of mental and psychological testing. The nature of intelligence, contemporary approaches to intelligence and their implications for educational and social policy.

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DPSY 243 Psychobiology
Basic neurochemistry and neurophysiology of nerve transmission; the structure and organisation of the CNS; behavioral genetics; hormones and behaviour. Psychopharmacology, the brain and reward, drug action and behaviour. Biological aspects of learning, memory, motivation and emotion, sleep and arousal. Evolutionary explanations of behaviour: primatology, sociobiology, animal cognition and comparative psychology. Human neuropsychology, cortical localisation of function, biological basis of psychological abnormalities.

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DPSY 245 Conceptual and Historical Issues
The syllabus is structured around a number of key questions: What is science, and to what extent does psychology (the science of the mind) exemplify scientific characteristics? To what extent is psychology socially and culturally constructed? Can psychology be politically neutral? Can psychology be morally neutral? Methods of acquiring knowledge: scientific method versus common sense; the relationship between facts and values. Critiques of traditional methods in psychology; the significance of the standpoint from which values are understood. Paradigms and research programmes: Kuhn, Lakatos and Feyerabend. Lessons from the history of psychology: Reductionism, structuralism, functionalism, relativism and the nature of consciousness. Critical psychology and subjectivity: The critical psychological view of subject and subjectivity. The origins of ethical issues for psychology; moral underpinnings of the theory, research and practice of psychology; psychologists and community members as partners in the construction of ethically responsible practices.

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DPSY 248 Research Issues
Problem definition and hypothesis formulation. Independent and dependent variables: their identification and selection. Experimental manipulation, control and internal validity: the roles of random allocation, matching, and counterbalancing in independent groups, related samples and repeated measure designs. The experimental manipulation of more than one independent variable in factorial designs: the contribution of interaction effects. The role of random sampling in psychological research: external validity. Quasi-experimental studies of pre-existing groups: the question of causality. The particular strengths and weaknesses of "single-subject" designs and case studies. Observational approaches. Survey research: sampling and the problem of non-response; descriptive versus explanatory surveys; questionnaire design including closed and open-ended questions; attitude scale construction; different questioning methods, e.g. postal, telephone, face-to-face. Methods of controlling for participants' expectations and experimenter effects. Inter-rater reliability. Critical evaluation of the methods employed to collect data in psychological research. The theory of psychological measurement: standardisation; reliability and the standard error of measurement; validity. The collection of qualitative data: observation, participant observation, techniques for the collection of verbal protocols. The analysis of qualitative data: content analysis, discourse analysis, grounded theory and protocol analysis. The ethics of research with humans and animals.

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DPSY 250 Quantitative Methods
Descriptive and summary statistics: measures of central tendency and dispersion; skew and kurtosis; frequency distributions; graphical methods including frequency histograms and cumulative frequency plots; exploratory data analysis including stem and leaf and box and whisker displays. Probability theory: rules for assigning and combining probabilities; the OR rule with mutually exclusive and non-mutually exclusive events; the AND rule with independent and non-independent events; the binomial distribution (and its normal approximation). The normal distribution: z scores and areas under the curve; the sampling distribution of the sample mean. Statistical inference: significance testing (including the null and alternative hypothesis, type 1 and type 2 errors, significance level, power and sample size); effect size and confidence intervals. z-tests and t-tests of means for single sample, independent samples and related samples designs. Confidence intervals: for the population mean; for the difference between two population means. Mean and error bar graphs. Non-parametric alternatives to t-tests: the sign test; Wilcoxon matched-pairs signed ranks test; Mann-Whitney test. Tests of proportions: chi-squared tests for goodness of fit and for contingency tables. Cramer's Phi as a measure of association in contingency tables. McNemar's test of change. Bivariate correlation and linear regression: scatterplots; Pearson's correlation coefficient; partial correlation; the significance of a correlation coefficient; the linear regression equation and its use in prediction; the accuracy of prediction; Spearman's and Kendall's rank order correlation coefficients. The analysis of variance: one factor independent and repeated measures designs; two factor independent, repeated measures and mixed designs; main effects and interaction effects (including graphical presentation); planned (including trend) comparisons; the Bonferroni correction; post hoc comparisons (including the choice between methods); the analysis of simple effects. Non-parametric alternatives to one factor analyses of variance: Kruskal-Wallis, Friedman and Cochran's Q tests. The choice of an appropriate statistical analysis: the issue of level of measurement (nominal, ordinal, interval and ratio scales); test assumptions (e.g. normality, homogeneity of variance, linearity); transformations of the dependent variable in an attempt to meet assumptions; robustness; power efficiency.

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Higher Diploma in Counseling Psychology (02 Years)

CURRICULUM

Trimester 1 (Click on individual Modules to see details)
CPSY 540 Theories of Individual Counseling
CPSY 600 Human Communication
CPSY 610 Psychopathology and Diagnostic Interviewing
CPSY 636 Chemical Dependency
CPSY 535 Domestic Violence

Trimester 2 (Click on individual Modules to see details)
CPSY 520 Research Methods in Counseling Psychology
CPSY 611 Treatment Planning
CPSY 620 Adult and Family Development
CPSY 642 Behavioral Intervention
CPSY 643 Cognitive Intervention

Trimester 3 (Click on individual Modules to see details)
CPSY 512 Psychological Testing
CPSY 630 Clinical Ethics
CPSY 631 Legal and Professional Issues in Marriage and Family Therapy
CPSY 650 Theories of Family Counseling
CPSY 681 Practicum I

Trimester 4
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CPSY 634 Psychopharmacology
CPSY 644 Dynamic Intervention
CPSY 651 Techniques of Family Counseling
CPSY 660 Theories of Group Counseling
CPSY 682 Practicum II

Trimester 5
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CPSY 633 Cross Cultural Issues in Counseling
CPSY 661 Techniques of Group Counseling
CPSY 670 Theories of Developmental Counseling with Children and adolescents
CPSY 691 Traineeship I


Trimester 6 (Click on individual Modules to see details)
CPSY 530 Human Sexuality
CPSY 645 Dyadic Intervention
CPSY 671 Techniques of Child and Adolescent Counseling
CPSY 692 Traineeship II
CPSY 697 Project In Counseling Psychology

 

 

CPSY 500 Introduction to Counseling Psychology (4)
Overview of the counseling profession, counseling and consultation processes and services, counseling theories, and preparation of counselors, including the development of a professional identify as a professional counselor.

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CPSY 512 Psychological Testing (4)
Survey of assessment procedures applicable to practice and their theoretical and applied characteristics. Consideration of the role of various kinds of assessment in typical clinical situations, as well as the impact of cultural orientation, age, and other client characteristics in ethically selecting and using assessment procedures. Prerequisite: one course in elementary statistics.

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CPSY 520 Research Methods in Counseling Psychology (4)
Methods and issues associated with the conduct and use of research concerning phenomena relevant to counseling psychology. Overview of hypothesis generation, research design, data collection and interpretation, and utilization of research findings in clinical practice. Prerequisite: one course in elementary statistics.

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CPSY 530 Human Sexuality (4)
Examination of the major variables affecting human sexuality. Includes the physiological, psychological, and sociocultural variables associated with the development and manifestation of sexual identity, sexual behavior, and sexual disorders. Special attention to the etiology, assessment, and treatment of sexual
dysfunctions and to the relationship between issues of sexuality and intimate interpersonal relationships.

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CPSY 535 Domestic Violence (2)
Prevention, detection, assessment, intervention, and legal reporting of violence in families, with special emphasis on abuse of children, dependent adults, and partners in intimate relationships. Therapeutic considerations include diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment planning.

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CPSY 540 Theories of Individual Counseling (4)
Examination of several contemporary individual intervention approaches based on specific behavioral, cognitive, humanistic/experiential, and psychodynamic frameworks. Consideration of how each approach is used in clinical, school, and marriage and family counseling applications.

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CPSY 600 Human Communication I (4)
Interpersonal processes fundamental to the development of psychotherapeutic counseling strategies, with an emphasis on processes underlying verbal and nonverbal communication and the use of clinical skills applicable to interviewing, assessment, and intervention. Practice in simulated laboratory situations.
Offered on a credit, no-credit basis only.

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CPSY 610 Psychopathology and Diagnostic Interviewing (4)
Examination of major types of psychopathology. Techniques of intake interviewing and determining mental status to formulate a differential diagnosis based upon the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders .

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CPSY 611 Treatment Planning (2)
Focus on alternative ways of integrating clinical information in order to develop practical and effective treatment plans. Relationships among client factors (e.g., diagnostic, personality, cultural, and developmental), therapist factors, and various interventions.

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CPSY 620 Adult and Family Development (4)
Exploration of the biological, psychological, and social developmental tasks and life events of the adult years, including a family and vocational perspective. Focus on sociocultural, gender, and family issues salient to relationships, separation, nontraditional and blended families, and geropsychology.

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CPSY 630 Clinical Ethics (2)
Contemporary professional ethics relative to counseling practice. Professional codes of ethics .

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CPSY 631 Legal and Professional Issues in Marriage and Family Therapy (2) Laws and regulations that delineate the professional scope of practice of Marriage and Family Therapy. Current legal patterns and trends, including those in family law and reporting requirements imposed on therapists by statue, regulation, State, and case law. Goals and objectives of professional organizations, standards of training, licensure and standards, and the rights and responsibilities of the professional counselor.

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CPSY 633 Cross Cultural Issues in Counseling (4)
Focus on attitudes and issues arising from different values and cultural assumptions which affect therapeutic intervention. Attention to cultural sub-groupings of ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, religion, relationship status, age, disability, and other demographics as they relate to
the counseling process.

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CPSY 634 Psychopharmacology (3)
Examination of the general principles underlying the use in modern practice of drugs to treat the major classes of mental illness. Include antipsychotics, antidepressants, anxiolytics, mood stablilizers, and special topics. Mechanisms of action, drug interactions, pertinent aspects of differential diagnosis, and psychiatric aspects of general medical conditions will be discussed.

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CPSY 636 Chemical Dependency (2)
Etiology, diagnosis and treatment of substance abuse and dependence

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CPSY 642 Behavioral Intervention (2)
Principles and techniques of behavior acquisition and intervention. Emphasis on respondent and operant conditioning. Ethical and professional considerations.

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CPSY 643 Cognitive Intervention (2)
Cognitive theories of psychopathology and adaptive change. Illustration, demonstration, and practice of techniques of cognitive intervention.

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CPSY 644 Dynamic Intervention (2)
Principles of psychodynamic and contemporary psychoanalytic psychotherapies, including and object relations and self-psychology perspectives. Development of the ability to recognize and respond to conscious, preconscious and unconscious states, defenses, and transference and countertransference dynamics

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CPSY 645 Dyadic Intervention (2)
Emphasis on the dynamics of couple interaction, as well as on the examination of gender and ethnic issues. Integrates intrapsychic, interpersonal, and systems perspectives. Focus on enhancing communication and relationship processes and skills.

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CPSY 650 Theories of Family Counseling (4)
Focus on major systemic and nonsystemic orientations in relationship, couples, and family counseling. Attention to the psychodynamics of relationships and transcultural family systems, communications theory, and the role of family of origin in individual and family functioning. Students will relate their own family
dynamics to the literature.

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CPSY 651 Techniques of Family Counseling (3)
Focus on the development of clinical skills necessary for effective relationship and family counseling. Laboratory experiences will be provided through observation, demonstration, and practice

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CPSY 660 Theories of Group Counseling (4)
Focus on the major approaches to group counseling. Emphasis on small and large group processes and involvement in group experiential activities designed to relate the clinical process to theoretical explanations.

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CPSY 661 Techniques of Group Counseling (3)
Focus on the development of clinical skills necessary for effective group counseling. Laboratory experiences will be provided through observation, demonstration, and practice.

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CPSY 670 Theories of Developmental Counseling with Children and Adolescents (4)
Focus on the major approaches to therapeutic interventions with children and adolescents. Attention to developmental issues and tasks necessary for competent counseling with children and adolescents, including biological, psychological, social, and cultural processes that influence or disrupt normal
development.

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CPSY 671 Techniques of Child and Adolescent Counseling (3)
Focus on the development of clinical skills necessary for effective preventive, therapeutic, and consultative interventions with and related to children and adolescents. Laboratory experiences will be provided through observation, demonstration and practice.

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CPSY 681 Practicum I (3)
A supervised clinical practicum within the scope and practice of a Marriage and Family Therapist. Application of counseling procedures, with a focus on interviewing, assessment, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of familial and relationship dysfunctions. Counts toward the practicum requirement Limited
to 8 students per section.

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CPSY 682 Practicum II (4)
A continuation of CPSY 681. Counts towards the practicum requirement..

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CPSY 691 Traineeship I (4)
A supervised clinical practicum in settings designed to facilitate the professional goals of the trainee within the scope and practice of a Therapist. Advanced experience in interviewing, assessment, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of familial and relationship dysfunctions. Counts towards the practicum requirement Offered in a credit, no-credit basis only.

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CPSY 692 Traineeship II (4)
A continuation of CPSY 691. Counts towards the practicum requirement. Offered on a credit, no-credit basis only.

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CPSY 697 Examination in Counseling Psychology (2)
Comprehensive examination as the culminating activity in the Counseling Psychology program. Offered on a credit, no-credit basis only.

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CPSY 699 Independent Graduate Study (1-5)

Individual supervision of counseling or investigation of an approved project leading to a written report. Offered on a credit, no-credit basis only. Requires a petition for individual study approved by the Professor

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CPSY 700 Clinical Extension (4)

Additional supervised clinical experience for students requiring more than two quarters to complete the required hours for Practicum or for Traineeship. May be repeated for credit. Does not count toward requirements for the Certification in Counseling Psychology.
 

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Last Reviewed 04/04/2012