SAMPLE OF UNDERGRADUATE COURSES TAUGHT
PSYC 205- Introduction to Helping Relationships
The purpose of this course is to introduce basic counseling theories and assist students in developing effective helping skills. It is important to note that while counseling theories and strategies will be reviewed, completion of this course will not enable participants to practice counseling skills without additional training and supervision from a qualified professional.
PSYC 383- Proctoring in Psychology
Students enrolled in this course will serve as teaching apprentices or proctors in a course which they have already completed successfully (PSYC 432). Upon satisfactory completion of the course, students will earn 3 units toward the minimum of 120 units needed for graduate. Only 3 units may be earned in one term. Please note that students will not receive psychology elective credit for this course.
PSYC 432- Introduction to Cross-Cultural Psychology
The primary goal of this course is to introduce students to the field of cross-cultural psychology. We overview and analyze theory and contemporary research in cross-cultural psychology through a critical lens. Lectures, in class activities, readings, and videos, facilitate dialogues in which we compare and contrast the unique and shared aspects of different cultures. Additionally, we discuss methodology of sound cross-cultural research. Students are expected to learn to critique the biases in research studies by implementing critical thinking skills derived from a cross-cultural research paradigm. Lectures are typically interactive, thus students are expected to participate verbally and maintain non-verbal engagement during class time. This course is taught from a multicultural perspective, which emphasizes the importance of equality across cultural groups, self-exploration and self-awareness.
SAMPLE OF GRADUATE COURSES TAUGHT
PSYC 609- Advanced Counseling Techniques
The goal of this graduate level advanced counseling techniques course is to prepare students to work effectively with diverse clients. This class integrates material from counseling theories (PSYC607) and basic counseling techniques (PSYC605) to advance students’ understanding of how theory informs practice. Students learn and practice specific counseling and psychotherapy techniques from basic rapport building through advanced therapy techniques. Topics include case conceptualization, preparing case notes, developing treatment plans, and goal setting. In addition, we review ethical and legal issues in counseling, multicultural counseling competencies, crisis intervention, and the use of supervision.
PSYC 631- Advanced Abnormal Psychology
The goal of this course is to demonstrate knowledge of major concepts, trends, and historical trends in abnormal psychology. Students will learn to apply DSM diagnostic criteria to clinical presentations, and apply research knowledge related to abnormal psychology. This course hones critical thinking and analytic skills, and provides basic knowledge for working with diverse clientele between and within racial, cultural, and linguistic groups. Other topics include current trends in psychopathology, and clinical assessment.
PSYC 721- Group Counseling
In Group Counseling, students learn to understand and apply multicultural counseling and social justice principles to group counseling. Through didactic and experiential approaches students learn to understand group counseling as a primary treatment modality We also learn to evaluate effective group counselors, and learn key attributes of group leaders. Students learn to identity strengths and areas for growth as a group counselor. We synthesize group process issues, and interpersonal dynamics using small group discussion, and identify and explain developmental stages of group counseling. This course develops students' awareness of principles of group selection, screening, and termination. Also, students learn, and are able to practice executing basic group facilitation skills..