Department of Psychology

Course Descriptions


PSYC 203 - Understanding Emotions
4 credits

This course provides an introduction to the study of emotions.Themes covered include the biological basis of emotions, individual differences in emotionality, emotions in social relationships, cultural understanding of emotions, emotions and psychopathology, and Ganzheitspsychologie. Emphasis on research methodology and ethics is also covered.

PSYC 207 - Mentor Leadership
1 credit

The Peer Advisor component of the first year of transfer student experience represents an ideal opportunity to positively influence undergraduate students’ academics and personal success. Peer Advisors impact student development by supporting the acquisition and application of academic strategies, creating familiarity with campus resources and their appropriate use, and creating a sense of community at CLU in the first year. This important role can also be defined as a mentor.This course is designed to teach Peer Advisors the skills necessary to become mentors, and provides them with information and opportunities to help new students with their transition to college.We will examine various theories, and style types while honing in on leadership styles that are often found in mentors.

PSYC 215 - Perspectives on Women and Men
4 credits

An examination of current sociological and psychological theory and research on the causes and consequence of sex role expectations to individuals, society and the relationship between men and women.

PSYC 222 - Abnormal Psychology
4 credits

A survey and critique of traditional diagnostic categories of mental illness, plus an introduction to treatment approaches based on psychoanalytic, behavioral and humanistic models.

PSYC 282 - Selected Topics
1 credit

PSYC 304 - Child and Adolescent Development
4 credits

Study of theories and principles pertaining to the developmental characteristics of children and adolescents in terms of the physical, mental, emotional and social development of the individual. Meets the gender/ethnic studies requirement.

PSYC 305 - Adult Development and Aging
4 credits

Study of theories and principles pertaining to the developmental characteristics of adults, including the aged, in terms of the physical, mental, emotional and social development of the individual. Meets the gender/ethnic studies requirement.

PSYC 312 - Research Design and Statistics I
4 credits

Research Design and Statistics I is the first of a two course sequence in Psychology designed to prepare undergraduate psychology majors to develop the knowledge and skills needed to design, implement and analyze psychological research. Students will develop knowledge about ethical issues related to psychological research. Students will develop skill in critical reading and analyzing peer reviewed published research.This course will also introduce students to a variety of research designs and statistical analyses including qualitative, descriptive and correlation methodologies. (Prerequisite: Mathematics 115 or 151 or equivalent)

PSYC 313 - Research Design and Statistics II
4 credits

Research Design and Statistics II is the second course in a two course sequence designed to assist undergraduate psychology majors in developing the knowledge and skills needed to design, implement and analyze psychological research. Building on the skills learned in PSY 312, students will continue to develop knowledge about psychological research with a focus on experimental designs, quasi-experimental designs and inferential statistics. Students are required to design and implement an original research project using an experimental design.This course is a writing intensive course (Prerequisite: Psychology 312).

PSYC 315 - Principles of Learning and Memory
4 credits

An overview of the major principles of learning and memory. Includes Pavlovian and instrumental conditioning as well as verbal learning and memory. Includes an examination of topical issues and areas of research in learning theory.

PSYC 317 - Cultural Psychology
4 credits

This course provides a systematic overview of knowledge about cultural organization of human psychological functions, and how psychology as a research discipline can study these functions. Strong theoretical and methodological orientation is included.

PSYC 321 - Human Cognition
4 credits

Examines perception, attention, memory, language and problem solving. In addition to studying research and theory, students experience and observe cognitive processes in computer labs and class demonstrations. Cognitive deficits and rehabilitation are discussed in each topic area.

PSYC 325 - Theories of personality
4 credits

The analysis of the theories of personality in terms of structure, dynamics and development. Biological, social and cultural determination of personality are considered, as well as characteristic research and research methods.

PSYC 330 - Psychological Assessment
4 credits

Studies the principles and practices of group and individual testing in the fields of intelligence, aptitude, achievement, personality and vocational interest. Includes an introduction to the MMPI-2 and Wechsler tests and projective techniques.

PSYC 331 - Physiological Psychology
4 credits

Studies the physiological aspects of human behavior, with special emphasis on neurological structure and functions as related to sensation, perception and psychopathology.

PSYC 340 - History and Systems of Psychology
4 credits

An overview of the historical foundations of contemporary psychology, including an examination of major systems of thought and theoretical applications of each in the areas of sensation, perception, learning, motivation, emotion, personality and social behavior.

PSYC 341 - Criminal Psychology
4 credits

Students examine theory, research, law and case studies to gain an understanding of the behavior of violent offenders. Research into biological, psychological and social causes is examined and evaluated. Additional topics include the role of the forensic psychologist, the science of profiling and the definitions and use of the insanity defense.

PSYC 345 - Health Psychology
4 credits

Examines the use of behavior therapy procedures in relation to the prevention and treatment of various disorders such as chronic pain, cancer, hypertension, alcoholism, smoking and eating disorders. The use of psychological issues and treatment procedures as they relate to etiology and maintenance of these disorders is emphasized and specialized areas such as clinical behavioral pediatrics, type A behavior and terminal illness are discussed.

PSYC 401 - Social Psychology
4 credits

Studies the influence of personal, group and social systems on individual attitudes and behavior. Includes socialization, social perception, attraction, aggression, prejudice, conformity, altruism and related topics, as well as the discussion of theories, methods and contemporary research.

PSYC 412 - Advanced Research Design and Statistics
4 credits

Advanced Research Design and Statistics is a required course for undergraduate psychology majors seeking a bachelor of science degree in psychology.This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to build on their knowledge of correlational and experimental research methodologies and basic approaches to statistical analyses.Taught as a seminar course, students will be required to design and implement an original research project which utilizes a mixed methodological approach. In addition, students will be introduced to the theoretical underpinnings of advanced statistical analyses (Prerequisite: Psychology 313).

PSYC 416 - Social Learning Theory: Researvh and Application
4 credits

Covers the basic principles and procedures of behavior modification and learning theory as they apply to areas such as child and classroom management, behavioral self-change projects, medical psychology, developmental disabilities and mental health settings. Students read current literature in behavior analysis related to the etiology and treatment of addictive behavior disorders, health psychology, anxiety disorders and behavioral disorders.

PSYC 422 - Child Psychopathology
4 credits

This course is designed to give students an introduction to abnormal child psychology. We will study the major disorders typically diagnosed in childhood, including the DSM-IV- TR diagnostic criteria, the current information on the etiology of the disorders, as well as the current research on the most effective assessment and treatment for these disorders.

PSYC 430 - Applied Psychology Practicum ( Capstone )
4 credits

Involves the application of psychological principles to personal and social problems of everyday life. Topics include the nature of personality, problem solving, stress, psychological disorders, career development and intimate relationships. Theory is integrated with practical experience. Students conduct and present an individual experiment or project.

PSYC 432 - Freud and Beyond
4 credits

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to psychoanalytic theory and the impact of the psychoanalytic theory on society. Students will examine the development of psychoanalysis from an historical perspective beginning with an in depth investigation of Freud, his life and his classical theory. Next, the course will examine the development of psychoanalysis and its departure from traditional Freudian ideology. Students will then consider the four major branches of psychoanalysis including drive theory, ego psychology, object relations, and self psychology. Finally, students will examine contemporary view of psychoanalysis with an emphasis on the integration of psychoanalytic theory and the neurobiology of attachment. (cross-listed with Honors 432)

PSYC 435 - Introduction to Counseling and Psychtherapy
4 credits

An introduction to the theories, problems and techniques of counseling and therapy.

PSYC 450 - Sensation and Perception
4 credits

Introduction to the basic sensory and perceptual processes of humans with an emphasis on vision and audition.

PSYC 482 - Selected Topics
1 credit

PSYC 485 - Seminar
2-4 credits

PSYC 490 - Independent Study ( Research Projects )
1 credit

PSYC 492 - Internship
1 credit

(graded P/NC only)

PSYC 493 - Applied Behavior Analysis: A Clinical Practicum
4 credits

The purpose of this course is to help each student acquire outstanding research and clinical skills within the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. Specifically, each student will (a) fully develop an individual area of expertise related to child behavior disorders within the developmentally disabled population; (b) write a scholarly research paper directly related to the student's assigned area of expertise; and (c) learn skills related to conduction of an in-home behavioral analysis with a caseload of assigned families within the Ventura County area. Students will also learn a comprehensive set of skills related to performing an in-depth review of the literature using innovative Internet research strategies.

PSYC 494A - Clinical Practicum ( Capstone )
4 credits

This course has two components - a weekly seminar in a clinical setting and six hours per week in a field placement working with mentally ill or developmentally disabled patients. Students participate on an interdisciplinary treatment team and, under the supervision of the clinical staff, are taught to implement and evaluate behaviorally based clinical interventions with selected patients.

PSYC 494B - Clinical Practicum ( Capstone )
4 credits

This course has two components - a weekly seminar in a clinical setting and six hours per week in a field placement working with mentally ill or developmentally disabled patients. Students participate on an interdisciplinary treatment team and, under the supervision of the clinical staff, are taught to implement and evaluate behaviorally based clinical interventions with selected patients.

PSYC 495 - Research Practicum ( Capstone )
4 credits

This course offers students the opportunity to work on a major research project or to design and carry out their own research study. Students gain a working knowledge of all aspects of research, which include planning and design of studies, project coordination, administration of measures and data management.

PSYC 510 - Psychopathology
3 credits

Study of psychopathology using the DSM-IV, including etiology, assessment, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis. Prerequisite: Undergraduate course in abnormal psychology.

PSYC 512 - Systems of Counseling & Psychotherapy
3 credits

Major theories and interventions in counseling and psychotherapy.

PSYC 515 - Survey of Psychopharmacology
2 credits

Students gain an understanding of the role of pharmacology in the treatment of mental disorders, and become familiar with major classifications of psychotropic drugs and learn their modes of action.

PSYC 517 - Lifespan Human Development
3 credits

Current theories and research in cognitive, physical, social and emotional development over the life span. Prerequisite: Undergraduate course in child or lifespan development.

PSYC 518 - Gender & Sexuality
3 credits

Issues relating to gender identity, gender differences, gender socialization and related topics. An overview of physiological, psychological, and social-cultural variables associated with sexual identity, sexual behavior, and sexual dysfunction. Includes assessment and treatment of sexual abuse and its consequences.

PSYC 520 - Law & Ethics
2 credits

Law and ethics applicable to the professional practice of counseling and psychotherapy; scope of practice issues; mandated reporting laws including the assessment and reporting of child abuse.

PSYC 522 - Cultural Diversity
2 credits

Cultural variations in lifestyle and values, and the relationship of cultural issues to treatment procedures.

PSYC 524 - Substance Abuse and Dependency
3 credits

PSYC 524 Substance Abuse and Dependency (3) Meets the California licensure requirement for training in the detection and treatment of alcoholism and other chemical abuse and dependency.

PSYC 526 - Domestic Violence and Abuse
2 credits

PSYC 526 Domestic Violence and Abuse (2) Meets the California licensure requirement for training in assessment, detection, and intervention of domestic violence and abuse.

PSYC 530 - Diagnostic & Therapeutic Interviewing
3 credits

Knowledge and skills necessary for evaluations, diagnosis, preliminary case formulation, recommendations, and appropriate referrals. Communication skills are developed for effective therapeutic interactions.

PSYC 532 - Applied Behavior Analysis
3 credits

Principles and techniques for performing a functional analysis of problematic behavior using principles of single-case experimental design to develop and evaluate intervention strategies.

PSYC 534 - Group Therapy
2 credits

Examines group formats for therapeutic change.

PSYC 540 - Principles & Techniques in Child Therapy
3 credits

Issues related to the assessment and treatment of childhood disorders; various psychotherapeutic approaches to the treatment of children.

PSYC 541 - Principles & Techniques in Adolescent Therapy
3 credits

Issues related to the assessment and treatment of adolescent disorders; various psychotherapeutic approaches to the treatment of adolescents.

PSYC 542 - Principles & Techniques in Marital Therapy
3 credits

Principles & Techniques in Marital Therapy Marital relationships; various approaches to marital therapy; assessment and intervention; issues of divorce.

PSYC 543 - Principles & Techniques in Family Therapy
3 credits

Family relationships; application of family therapy theory and techniques.

PSYC 544 - Principles of the Recovery Model
3 credits

Principles and philosophy of working with adults with serious mental illnesses. Use of functional assessment methods to analyze behavioral assets, excesses and deficits in order to define and plan rehabilitation goals.

PSYC 545 - Techniques in the Recovery Model
3 credits

Application of behavioral and social learning principles in working with adults with serious mental illnesses. Development of the ability to conduct skills training necessary for consumers to maintain independent living skills, interpersonal skills, social perception skills, problem-solving skills, and vocational skills.

PSYC 550 - Survey of Psychological Testing
3 credits

Introductory survey of assessment issues, acquainting students with techniques of assessment and an understanding of the use of testing and test results.

PSYC 561 - Research Synthesis & Evaluation
3 credits

Research methodology, with a focus on developing skills in utilizing the professional literature. Emphasis will be given to helping students become knowledgeable consumers of research. Prerequisite: Undergraduate course in statistics.

PSYC 570 - Theories of Latino Counseling
3 credits

This course explores the influence of culture, language, and socio-political factors in the psychological and social development, personality, psychopathology, and adjustment of people of Latin American origin residing in the United States. It examines how the interaction with the U.S. culture influences personality development, child rearing practices, sex role differences, educational achievement, and other aspects of psychological functioning. It concentrates on intra-cultural group variation and less on intercultural differences; and provides a foundation to explore psychotherapy techniques relevant for Latino populations.

PSYC 571 - Techniques of Latino Counseling
3 credits

The Latino Counseling Track with an emphasis on Technique draws on the theoretical implications covered in Part I of the Latino Track with an emphasis on Theory. In this course students see how theoretical implications find application in the clinical setting. The course addresses, for example the possible function of code switching (switching between two languages) in the treatment of bilingual patients by bilingual therapists and its implications in terms of anxiety and defense; How do familial values get enacted in the treatment of patients of the same culture? What are the implications for treatment of culture bound syndromes, such as ataque de nervious? Prerequisite: PSYC-570

PSYC 577 - Family Mediation: Theory and Research
3 credits

This course is intended to a provide broad, yet specialized knowledge in preparation for second course, application to skill development of mediation and ancillary mental health services to families in transition. This is the theoretical and contextual portion of this year-long course.

PSYC 578 - Family Mediation: Application and Practice
3 credits

This course is intended to a provide application of the course concepts learned in the prior course, and skills in conducting mediations. It is an application to skills development of mediation and ancillary mental health services to families in transition. Students will co-mediate child custody mediations with the instructor; work with real families going through the transitions of separation and divorce.

PSYC 580 - Theories of Counseling & Spirituality
3 credits

This course examines the role of spirituality in mental health recovery, including how faith influences the human experience. We will also draw comparisons between psychotherapy and spirituality as transformative processes that can impact personal growth and change.

PSYC 582 - Selected Topics
3 credits

Topics of current and particular interests or concern in counseling or clinical psychology. Students may enroll in more than one selected topics course.

PSYC 583 - Intimate Partner Violence: Advanced Research, Theory and Technique
3 credits

This course will examine the history of intimate partner violence from multiple perspectives including psychological and psychosocial understandings. Current research will be presented and multiple theoretical frameworks will be explored. In addition, the course will review current approaches to treating clients who have been exposed to intimate partner violence including evidenced based practices. Cultural understandings and influences will also be studied.

PSYC 584 - Intimate Partner Violence: Advanced Clinical Applications
3 credits

This course will provide an in-depth examination, analysis and evaluation of current practices utilized in working with clients who have been exposed to intimate partner violence. Students will examine research, view video of therapy sessions and present their own work with clients.

PSYC 590 - Independent Study
1 credit

Approved research in an area not covered by course work listed in this catalog.

PSYC 591 - Counseling Practicum I
2 credits

Placement in the University’s Marriage, Family and Child Counseling Center. Completion of PSYC 591, 592 and 593 constitutes a 12- month practicum. Hours applicable to licensing requirement. Practicum fee in addition to tuition. Prerequisites: PSYC 530 and consent of center director.

PSYC 592 - Counseling Practicum II
2 credits

Placement in the University’s Marriage, Family and Child Counseling Center. Completion of PSYC 591, 592 and 593 constitutes a 12-month practicum. Hours applicable to licensing requirement. Practicum fee in addition to tuition. Prerequisite: PSYC 591

PSYC 593 - Counseling Practicum III
2 credits

Placement in the University’s Marriage, Family and Child Counseling Center. Completion of PSYC 591, 592 and 593 constitutes a 12- month practicum. Hours applicable to licensing requirement. Practicum fee in addition to tuition. Prerequisite: PSYC 592

PSYC 783 - Intimate Partner Violence: Advanced Research, Theory and Technique
3 credits

This course will examine the history of intimate partner violence from multiple perspectives including psychological and psychosocial understandings. Current research will be presented and multiple theoretical frameworks will be explored. In addition, the course will review current approaches to treating clients who have been exposed to intimate partner violence including evidenced based practices. Cultural understandings and influences will also be studied.

PSYC 784 - Intimate Partner Violence: Advanced Clinical Applications
3 credits

This course will provide an in-depth examination, analysis and evaluation of current practices utilized in working with clients who have been exposed to intimate partner violence. Students will examine research, view video of therapy sessions and present their own work with clients.

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