Special Course Descriptions

PSY 320 90 HONORS Health Psychology

Team co-authored conference posters are a common outcome of the course.

cumulative GPA requirement = 3.3 to register (or Jim Siemen.s explicit permission)

PSY 394 Helping Relationship

PSY 394 Helping Relationship (a clinical/counseling core course open to junior and senior psychology majors and minors): This course is designed to focus on personal growth and development in the belief that we can only be as effective as counselors as we are willing to do our own work. Students will learn what constitutes a helping relationship and how it differs from other relationships. Topics will include the stages of counseling, transference and countertransference, multicultural issues, ethical considerations, and identifying one's own strengths and vulnerabilities as a professional helper. The course will be experiential and there will be three practice videotapes made throughout the semester. The required text will be Corey & Corey.s (2007) .Becoming a Helper..

PSY399/400 Senior Seminar I/II

All Psychology majors who have two semesters left at the college (first semester seniors) should enroll in PSY399. All majors in their final semester at the College should enroll in PSY400. Neither course bears credit, but both are required for graduation. Senior Seminar only meets 3-4 times per semester, but it is strongly recommended that you use that scheduled time to work on your Senior Capstone Experience project.

PSY 490/491 Internship

PSY 490/491 Internship enrollment will be limited to 10 students who are of junior or senior status. Students may not register without talking to Jim Siemen and setting up a placement plan. Large blocks of free time in your schedule are generally necessary.

PSY410 Neuroscience Research Methods

PSY410 There are two Neuroscience Research Methods (NRM) courses being offered in the fall. Both of them will require a major research project, which often results in work that can be presented at a professional conference like Eastern Psychological Association or Society for Neuroscience. Please note that it is very UNLIKELY that NRM will be offered during the Spring 2009 term; if you are planning to graduate next year and need NRM to graduate, you should take one of the fall offerings.

PSY 410 NRM: Traumatic Brain Injury

This course will provide an overview of experimental animal models of traumatic brain injury (TBI), focusing heavily on repeated concussions (a relatively new model of sports concussions) and moderate closed head injuries (a classic model of car accident-type injuries). Students will become familiar with the neuronal pathology typical of TBI, acute and chronic neurological recovery from experimental TBI, and endpoint, measurements and deficits in rodent models. Students will also develop basic (bench) research skills, gain familiarity with rodent anesthesia, surgery, and post-surgical care, and learn the leading rodent model oexperimental brain injury. We will explore research in the field through readings and examples, culminating in a major student research project.

PSY 410 NRM: Human Neuropsychology

NRM: Human Neuropsychology (counts as a clinical/counseling lab course or a biological lab course for those in the clinical/counseling concentration) The perfect marriage of clinical psychology, neurology, and behavioral medicine, Human Neuropsychology is based on the science of brain-behavior relationships and strives to non-invasively measure functional strengths and weaknesses in people. Through this course, students will gain theoretical knowledge of the brain.s inner workings, will learn practical clinical assessment skills, and will appreciate the need for rehabilitation treatment teams. Major neurological disorders caused by strokes, tumors, seizures, and traumatic brain injury will be covered, with students completing an individual project on an additional neurological disorder of their choice. Group experimental projects will employ cognitive neuropsychological testing techniques with the college population.