Psychology and Counseling

Professional Counseling Program

Program Offered

The Professional Counseling Program offers a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. The MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree includes academic coursework that satisfies the academic course requirements for Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Texas.

The Professional Counseling Program’s emphasis is on the development of counseling competencies in such areas as human growth and development, professional orientation and ethics, career theory, appraisal, counseling theories, individual and group counseling, diversity, research, and practical skills related to counseling practice.  Graduates are equipped with entry-level skills to work as counselors in a variety of educational and agency settings.

* The following graduate degree programs are being phased-out by the University, and no new admissions will be allowed: Master of Science with a major in Counseling Psychology and Master of Education in Professional School Counseling.

Course Delivery

The Professional Counseling Program is:

  • offered on the Stephenville, Fort Worth, and Waco campuses during the regular academic year;  
  • primarily offered in the evenings with a limited number of courses offered on-line/hybrid and/or on weekends.

Admissions

New students are accepted to the Professional Counseling Program in the summer and fall semesters. Students are permitted to enroll in only six hours their first semester. 

Admissions Criteria

Admissions decisions are based on a holistic First Semester Review that includes the following indicators:

  1. Academic aptitude for master’s level study. Indicators:
    1. High grade point average in bachelor’s degree work.
    2. High grade point average in post-bachelor’s degree graduate work.
    3. High GRE scores
    4. Successful completion of, or progress in, TSU graduate courses in counseling.
    5. Commitment to and demonstration of graduate level writing proficiency and use of APA style.
  2. Interest in assuming an identity as a professional counselor. Indicators:
    1. An expressed preference for becoming a professional counselor.
    2. Knowledge of the counseling profession.
    3. Employment or volunteer experience in a counseling environment.
  3. Successful work experience or leadership activities. Indicators:
    1. One or more years of full-time work experience.
    2. Recognition as a successful employee, volunteer, or college student.
    3. Leadership experiences as an employee, volunteer, or college student.
  4. Interpersonal skills. Indicators:
    1. History of positive relationships with peers, professors, employers, friends, and family.
    2. Ability to handle stressful situations effectively.
    3. No evidence of unethical behavior.
    4. Openness to and willingness to act on feedback from faculty.
  5. Interest in a counseling area needed to balance the program or the profession. Indicators:
    1. Indication of interest in a needed emphasis area.
    2. Experience or background in a needed emphasis area.

As part of its commitment to the Tarleton State University policy of affirmative action, and to the professional ethics and values of the field of counseling, the Professional Counseling Program strives to seek a diverse student body.

Admissions Procedure (Two-Step Process)

Step 1: Apply to College of Graduate Studies

Admission to the College of Graduate Studies does not automatically admit a student to a graduate degree program.

  • Complete and submit the Apply Texas Online Application: https://www.applytexas.org/adappc/gen/c_start.WBX
  • Submit current Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (minimum combined score of 280 or higher on the Verbal Reasoning Scale and Quantitative Reasoning Scale)
  • Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate academic coursework  (2.5 or higher GPA on last sixty hours of undergraduate work)

All documents listed above are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies by the following deadlines:

  • Fall - July 1
  • Spring  - No Admission
  • Summer - April 1

If a student is late for any of these requirements, he or she must wait to enroll the following semester the program admits.

Students admitted to the College of Graduate Studies are ONLY permitted to concurrently take CNSL 5350* and CNSL 5353* in the Professional Counseling Program. Students must receive a grade of “A” or “B” in these courses. Course grades of “C” must be repeated the next semester the course is offered.

No student will be permitted to enroll in additional coursework in the Professional Counseling Program (CNSL) beyond the first 6 semester hours if not admitted to the program.

Step 2: Apply to the Professional Counseling Program

  • Attend Mandatory Student Orientation prior to enrolling in any courses in the Professional Counseling Program
  • During Orientation, concurrently enroll in CNSL 5350* and CNSL 5353* (any student who enrolls in other courses, will be removed from the course and attend a Goodness of Fit Meeting)
  • During CNSL 5350* and CNSL 5353* complete Application to the Professional Counseling Program and pay $30 application fee 
  • At the end of the first semester, attend First Semester Review to learn of admitted, admitted with conditions, or not admitted status  into the Professional Counseling Program

*Students are not allowed to transfer in substitutions from other universities for CNSL 5350 and CNSL 5353.

First Semester Review

All students seeking admission to the Professional Counseling Program learn their status of admission during this meeting. Thus, all students enrolled in CNSL 5350* Foundations of Counseling and CNSL 5353* Counseling Theories & Applications, who seek to admission to the Professional Counseling Program, are required to participate in this student-faculty meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss performance in terms of professionalism, competency with beginning counseling skills, social and emotional maturity, integrity, and ethical standards. Attendance at this meeting is mandatory in order to continue enrollment in the Professional Counseling Program at Tarleton State University. Based on results of the First Semester Review, the student's program status will be as follows:

  • Admitted,
  • Admitted with conditions, or
  • Not admitted. 

Students will receive both verbal and written notification of status.

Transfer Hours

Students are permitted to transfer up to six hours of pre-approved coursework into the Professional Counseling Program. Courses cannot be over six years old at time of graduation. The LPC board will not accept courses over ten years old. A student bears the responsibility to see his or her Faculty Advisor to determine if the course is acceptable. The student must submit a transcript and syllabus to the Faculty Advisor when making the request. The course(s) must be equivalent to a Professional Counseling Program course. Under no circumstance will CNSL 5353 or CNSL 5350 equivalents be permitted for transfer.

Students with a Master’s or Doctoral Degree

Students already holding a Master’s or Doctoral degree will be exempt from having to submit GRE scores.

Policy for Certification or Licensure Only

Only degree seeking students are permitted to take classes in the Professional Counseling Program.

Mandatory Student Orientation

All students must attend the Mandatory Student Orientation prior to attending classes in the Professional Counseling Program. Students will be enrolled in CNSL 5353 and CNSL 5350 during this orientation. Check the Professional Counseling Program’s website for dates and deadlines.

Comprehensive Examination

Process

  • Every candidate for the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree must apply for and pass a comprehensive examination.
  • The comprehensive examination is taken in the final semester of graduate coursework, including all internship courses.
  • Students are responsible for checking the website (www.tarleton.edu/pc) for registration deadlines, information regarding the examination and making arrangements to take it as scheduled. 
  • The cost is $50 and it is administered on the Stephenville campus in the Testing Center.
  • Students are required to show an ID prior to being admitted to the Testing Center. Students arriving late and/or without proper ID will not be admitted into the testing center.
  • The Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE) is the instrument used. Students can purchase CPCE specific study materials online. We also recommend the Encyclopedia of Counseling by Rosenthal to aid in preparation.
  • Once scores are received from the national scoring center, the Comprehensive Exam Coordinator will notify the student. A report reflecting the student’s Comprehensive Exam score will be sent to the Graduate College no later than ten (10) days prior to the date of commencement at which the degree is to be conferred.
  • If a student does not pass the CPCE, it must be retaken the next semester it is administered.
    • Students who do not receive a passing score the second time are referred to their advisor. 
    • An individual remediation plan will be considered.
    • No student may take the exam more than three times.
    • Students who are unable to successfully complete the required comprehensive exams will be immediately dismissed from the program. 

Degree Requirements:

Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Required Courses
Core Requirements:
CNSL 5301Research Methods in Counseling3
CNSL 5304Human Growth and Development in Counseling3
CNSL 5311Cultural, Minority, and Gender Issues for the Counselor3
CNSL 5313Crisis Interventions and Management for Counselors3
CNSL 5323Treatment Planning, Case Management, and Consultation 3
CNSL 5332Psychopharmacology3
CNSL 5350Foundations of Counseling 3
CNSL 5351Career Counseling 3
CNSL 5353Counseling Theories and Applications3
CNSL 5354Group Procedures for Counselors3
CNSL 5356Introduction to Family Counseling3
CNSL 5357Pre-Practicum3
CNSL 5358Counseling Perspectives on Psychopathology3
CNSL 5381Assessment in Counseling3
CNSL 5391Ethical Foundations of Counseling3
CNSL 5394Behavioral Addictions and Substance Abuse3
CNSL 5397Practicum3
CNSL 5399Internship (repeat 2 x's) 3 hours per semester repeated6
Total Hours57
Additional Required Courses for Concentrations
Electives:
Choose one of the following3
Human Sexuality and Sexual Dysfunction
Seminar in School Counseling
Evidence Based Counseling
Behavior Management and Counseling
Counseling Children and Adolescents
Play Therapy
Total Hours3
1

Additional requirements for options (in addition to core requirements).

Counseling Psychology Courses

CPSY 5309. Assessment & Treatment in Marital & Family Therapy. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Presents evaluative methods and assessment techniques as well as treatment plans and strategies for examining and treating problematic and dysfunctional marital and family systems. Emphasis is placed on case analysis, management and treatment Prerequisites: CPSY 5350, CPSY 5353, and CPSY 5356, or approval of the department head.

CPSY 5310. Family Relationships and Development. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of family systems in relation to life-cycle changes, cultural issues and influences, gender issues, family functions, and structural changes. Divorce, post-divorce, remarried, single parent and other alternative family systems are examined and various interventions are reviewed. Prerequisites: CPSY 5350, CPSY 5353, and CPSY 5356, or approval of the department head.

CPSY 5320. Advanced Family Systems Theory. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A comprehensive examination of systems theory in family studies, with particular focus on family systems and the relationship between the internal functioning of families and the external environment. Includes the study of the concepts of multi-generational transmission, fusion, emotional cutoff, differentiation, family projection and triangulation among others. Prerequisites: CPSY 5350, CPSY 5353, and CPSY 5356, or approval of the department head.

CPSY 5379. Advanced Psycholinguistics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course emphasizes linguistic principles, the perception of language, the mental lexicon, sentence and discourse comprehension, the production of speech and language, conversational interaction, first and second language acquisition, biological foundations of language, and related topics, such as reading, linguistic diversity, and cultural influences. Course is cross-listed with READ 5379. Credit will not be awarded for both READ 5379 and PSYC 5379.

Counseling Courses

CNSL 5086. Problems. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 1-3 Hours).

Open to graduate students in counseling who are independently capable of developing a problem in the area of counseling and guidance. Problems chosen by the student must be approved in advance by the instructor.

CNSL 5301. Research Methods in Counseling. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course emphasizes research in the counseling field, basic statistics, literature review, proposal and report development, research implementation, needs assessment, program development, and ethical and legal considerations regarding research through the presentation of a formal research proposal and/or presentation of a completed research report. In addition the course explores the history and theory underlying program evaluation, approaches to evaluation, and techniques used for program evaluation, students consider the importance of scholarly writing and learn how to identify a topic for research and how to conduct a literature search. Prerequisite: CNSL 5350 and CNSL 5353.

CNSL 5304. Human Growth and Development in Counseling. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course introduces studies that provide an understanding of the nature and needs of persons at all developmental levels and in diverse cultural contexts. This course also provides a systematic study of human development emphasizing physical, personality, cognitive, moral and psychosocial developmental theories and issues, with an emphasis on facilitating optimal development and wellness over the lifespan. This course will attempt to merge theory into practice and integrate critical thinking concepts associated with developmental factors in human development. Prerequisite: CNSL 5350 and CNSL 5353.

CNSL 5311. Cultural, Minority, and Gender Issues for the Counselor. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is the study of interaction of social/cultural groups in America, problems of minorities and ethnic groups, problems related to gender and age, problems within family systems and contemporary sources of positive change. This course provides an understanding of how diverse values and mores, interaction patterns, social conditions, and trends related to cultural and ethnic diversity affect counseling. Emphasis is on developing knowledge, skills, and attitudes for more effective counseling with persons different from the counselor regarding characteristics such as culture, race, gender, sexual orientation, physical disability, and religious preference. Substantial attention is given to developing awareness of one’s own values, attitudes, and beliefs as they relate to counseling in a diverse society. Prerequisite: CNSL 5350 and CNSL 5353.

CNSL 5313. Crisis Interventions and Management for Counselors. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is an introduction to the research and practice of crisis counseling, trauma counseling and disaster mental health. Issues related to the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of clients affected by crises, trauma and disasters will be thoroughly addressed. Prerequisite: CNSL 5350 and CNSL 5350.

CNSL 5323. Treatment Planning, Case Management, and Consultation. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will provide an introduction to counseling services in private practice, community centers and helping agencies, and schools and universities. Students will learn how to open a private practice, be consultants, clinical directors, and administrators. Overview of leadership theory and skills, consultation models and process, program evaluation, methods, and structure, and ethical, legal, and professional issues, the availability of funding sources and community resources. Students develop a personal model of consultation and apply their knowledge and skills to case studies and real-life examples. Prerequisites: CPSY 5350 and CPSY 5353.

CNSL 5324. Human Sexuality and Sexual Dysfunction. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is a detailed examination of human sexuality, including reproductive physiology, sexual development across the lifespan, sexual behavior, sexual diversity, and the treatment of sexual dysfunction. The course includes a focus on the role of sexuality in relationships and in marital and family dynamics. Prerequisites: CNSL 5350, CNSL 5353, and CNSL 5356.

CNSL 5332. Psychopharmacology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The understanding of the basic neurobiology of psychopathology and how psychotropic medications treat such conditions is the foundation of this class. An emphasis is placed on the role of the counselor as a member of a treatment team who helps facilitate client treatment compliance and monitors the efficacy and side effect manifestations of psychotropic treatment, while helping to integrate that treatment with other non-pharmacological modalities. The course will include an overview of psychopharmacological medications, their basic classification, indications, contraindications, and side-effects will be provided. One goal of this course is to introduce the students to the basic terminology and models of pharmacokinetics as they relate to clinical mental health counseling and pharmacological treatment. A tertiary aim of the course will be to discuss the ethical role of the mental health counselor who is a part of the mental health care team in pharmacotherapy. Prerequisites: CNSL 5350, CNSL 5353, and CNSL 5358.

CNSL 5350. Foundations of Counseling. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course examines theories and concepts with emphasis on counseling skills, as well as historical, philosophical, ethical, legal, multicultural exploration and professional issues. The course provides an overview of counseling services commonly found in a variety of settings. It includes individual and group counseling, assessment, career planning, referral, and consultation. All students are required to take the Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire (16PF) and complete an essay based on the results. The essay will be reviewed during First Semester Review. The First Semester Review is a mandatory meeting students in their first semester of course work must attend to determine eligibility for admissions to the Counseling Program. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss performance in terms of professionalism, competency with beginning counseling skills, social and emotional maturity, and integrity and ethical standards. The course is taken concurrently with CNSL 5353 in the first semester of enrollment. For further details, reference the TSU Graduate Counseling Program Handbook. Prerequisite: Taken first semester concurrently with CNSL 5353.

CNSL 5351. Career Counseling. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is an in-depth study of career counseling that focuses on occupational, educational, and personal/social issues for general and special populations. The course includes examination of theoretical bases for career counseling and a study of organization and delivery of information through individual and group activities. All ethically related concerns are addressed. Students will be required to purchase occupational and educational information materials. Prerequisite: CNSL 5350 and CNSL 5353.

CNSL 5352. Seminar in School Counseling. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is an in-depth study of a comprehensive school counseling and guidance program. The course will address the theoretical foundation, knowledge, and skills to prepare the student to implement a counseling and guidance program in an educational (K-12) setting. As the foundation course for those planning to enter school counseling, this course covers organization, planning, management, and evaluation of comprehensive school counseling programs; appropriate roles and functions of school counselors at various school levels, coordination of professional services; and professional issues such as ethics and associations as they specifically relate to school counseling. This course is required of all students seeking master’s degrees with the school counseling focus and of all students seeking school counselor certification in Texas. Prerequisites: CNSL 5350 and CNSL 5353.

CNSL 5353. Counseling Theories and Applications. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course surveys and investigates counseling theories with an emphasis on how theories influence practice. There is a special emphasis is on applications to various population. The course includes role-plays and other experiential methods. Students will participate in recording a counseling session to be critiqued. All students attend mandatory personal counseling with a community counselor during the course. Related ethical and legal concerns are discussed.of enrollment. Prerequisite: Taken first semester concurrently with CNSL 5350.

CNSL 5354. Group Procedures for Counselors. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is an introduction to group therapy and group procedures with an emphasis on developing group counseling skills to work with children, adolescents, adults, and special populations. The course covers various types of groups, an understanding of group dynamics and development, and related ethical and legal concerns. Students will participate in supervised group counseling experiences. Using relevant literature, multimedia resources, and a scholar-practitioner model, students develop an understanding of culturally and contextually relevant group practice, group leaders’ roles and responsibilities, the relevance and purpose of group work, and strategies for group utilization to foster social change. Students also participate in a group experience in their class. In addition, leadership styles, techniques, and roles are explored. Prerequisite: CNSL 5350 and CNSL 5353.

CNSL 5356. Introduction to Family Counseling. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is an overview of the theoretical concepts and intervention strategies unique to family, systems, and relational therapies. The course includes the study of family dynamics, family development, relationships, and the resolution of family concerns. Ethical and legal considerations are included. Prerequisite: CNSL 5350 and CNSL 5353.

CNSL 5357. Pre-Practicum. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is designed to introduce counseling students to basic interviewing and counseling, to include theories and skills. The students will demonstrate an understanding of ethical behavior. The course includes application of multicultural competencies to case conceptualization. The course includes self-care strategies for the counseling student. The course addresses professional issues relevant to the practice of Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Prerequisites: CNSL 5350, CNSL 5351, CNSL 5353 and CNSL 5354 , CNSL 5381.

CNSL 5358. Counseling Perspectives on Psychopathology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is an overview of psychopathology that includes the history of abnormal behavior and an in-depth study of the specific diagnostic psychological disorders. Emphasis in the course will be on classification systems currently used in clinical settings and treatment alternatives from a counseling perspective. Prerequisites: CNSL 5350 and CNSL 5353.

CNSL 5359. Evidence Based Counseling. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is designed to provide students with both a knowledge/evidence base for the foundations of counseling and practical skills that will prepare them to see clients in their field work. Evidence is presented that the therapeutic alliance is, across all approaches to therapy, the strongest correlate of successful outcome. Students acquire skills in building a personal bond, providing deep empathy, promoting a collaborative atmosphere in therapy, and empowering clients to solve their own problems. Students are also encouraged to explore their own personal impact in developing a therapeutic alliance. Prerequisite: CNSL 5350 and CNSL 5353.

CNSL 5381. Assessment in Counseling. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is designed to provide an introduction to the principles, concepts, methods, and applications of assessing human experience and behavior for counseling purposes. Topics included for study in this course include the history and philosophy behind measurement and assessment in counseling, statistical concepts, and common assessment formats for measuring constructs such as personality, pathology, achievement and aptitude, and career interests. The required assignments focus on the themes of assessment critique, administration and interpretation of assessment results, and incorporating assessment results into work with clients and students. Prerequisite: CNSL 5350 and CNSL 5353.

CNSL 5382. Behavior Management and Counseling. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is an examination of the major approaches and techniques utilized in behavior counseling and behavior management, including the principles of applied behavioral analysis. The course explores formal treatment planning, application, and evaluation of counseling for the management of specific emotional an mental health disorders. Prerequisite: CNSL 5350, CNSL 5353, and CNSL 5358.

CNSL 5390. Selected Topics in Counseling. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of different topics each semester with a focus on contemporary issues in counseling. This course may be repeated for credit as the topic changes.

CNSL 5391. Ethical Foundations of Counseling. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is an exploration of the ethical principles of counselors and related codes of ethics. The course covers models or ethical decision-making and how to apply to counseling practice. Students will learn about the importance of self-care and application. The course explores the importance of multicultural considerations and implications for social justice. Students will learn ethical obligations to advocate for clients. The course covers ethical standards of professional organizations and credentialing bodies. Prerequisite: CNSL 5350 and CNSL 5353.

CNSL 5392. Counseling Children and Adolescents. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is intended to provide a comprehensive study of therapeutic approaches and techniques for children and adolescents and is designed to develop students’ knowledge and skills in the theory and practice of working with children. It prepares counselors to address the specific needs of children and adolescents, with emphasis on developmental needs, specific therapeutic interventions, and common emotional issues. Group and individual counseling techniques and treatment planning are included. Contemporary issues and interventions addressed include: typical developmental problems, creative interventions, crisis management, exceptional children, parenting skills, multicultural considerations, and ethical concerns. Prerequisites: CNSL 5350, CNSL 5353, and CNSL 5393.

CNSL 5393. Play Therapy. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course provides an overview of the essential elements and principles of play therapy, including history, theories, modalities, techniques, applications, and skills. Further, an experiential component focuses on basic play therapy skill development within the context of ethical and diversity-sensitive practice. The course meets Association for Play Therapy requirements providing 67.5 Continuing Education (CE) hours towards the mandatory 150 required for RPT certification. Prerequisites: CNSL 5350 and CNSL 5353.

CNSL 5394. Behavioral Addictions and Substance Abuse. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is intended to provide students with information regarding behavioral addictions (gambling, sex, Internet, video gaming, etc.), substance abuse, and co-occurring disorders. Information regarding the etiology, recognition, assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and impact of addictions will be addressed. The influence of addictions throughout the lifespan will also be examined. An experiential component is included as well. Ethical and legal concerns are covered. Prerequisite: CNSL 5350 and CNSL 5353.

CNSL 5395. Internship in Counseling. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Supervised professional activities in guidance and counseling. Major emphasis is placed on the student's involvement in successful practices at the educational level of interest. Students must have met all academic and professional standards of practice before placement. The field experience will consist of a minimum of 150 clock hours. Liability insurance is required. An application must be submitted by the published due date in the semester prior to field placement and approved by the practicum/internship director. Prerequisites: 3.0 or greater GPA and CPSY 5357, or approval of the department head. Field experience fee $75.

CNSL 5396. Internship in Counseling II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Supervised professional activities in counseling at a field placement. Students must have met all academic and professional standards of practice before placement. The field experience will consist of a minimum of 160 clock hours. Liability insurance is required. A complete application must be submitted by the published due date in the semester prior to field placement and approved by the director. This course is repeatable up to two times for a maximum number of 6 credit hours. Prerequisites: CNSL 5395 and approval of program director.

CNSL 5397. Practicum. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course provides an overview of the basic counseling skills used by the professional counselor in working with children, adolescents, and adults. The course includes a laboratory experience in which the student is trained in the application of counseling relationship-building and working-stage skills via role-play activities with other students in the class and field placements as available. Integration of theory and practice is imperative in counselor training. This course is repeatable up to two times but a maximum number of 3 credit hours will be awarded. This course will be graded using a pass/fail grading system. Prerequisite: 3.0 GPA or greater and CNSL 5357, CNSL 5358, CNSL 5311, and one elective from CNSL 5382, CNSL 5324, CNSL 5359, CNSL 5393, or CNSL 5392.

CNSL 5399. Internship. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Primary interest is on integration of process, conceptual, professional, and personal skills. Provides extensive supervised experience in a setting closely aligned with student's chosen program. Taken as a two-semester sequence of two, three credit-hour courses. Each semester requires twenty weekly hours (300 total in each) of field experience. This course is repeatable up to four times, but a maximum of 6 credit hours will be awarded. This course will be graded using a pass/fail grading system. Prerequisite: CNSL 5350, CNSL 5351, CNSL 5353, CNSL 5354, CNSL 5381, grade of "B" or better in CNSL 5357 and CNSL 5397 and departmental permission received via application acceptance.

Psychology Courses

PSYC 5086. Problems. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 1-3 Hours).

Directed independent study or research under the supervision of a member of the psychology faculty. Prerequisites: graduate standing and approval of department head.

PSYC 5088. Thesis. 1-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-6 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Scheduled when the student is ready to begin the thesis. No credit until the thesis is completed. Prerequisites: Completion of all course work required by the degree and consent of the major professor.

PSYC 5090. Special Topics. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of different topics each semester with a focus on contemporary issues in counseling. This course may be repeated for credit as the topic changes.

PSYC 5300. Behavioral Statistics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Review of descriptive statistics with emphasis on inferential statistics. Includes correlation, one-way and two-way analysis of variance, regression analysis and experimental design. Use of computer software with emphasis on experience with SPSS. Prerequisite: undergraduate statistics recommended.

PSYC 5301. Research Methods. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the scientific method of research, types of research and research design. Students are required to review, analyze and interpret research findings in their major field and develop a research project with the assistance of their instructor. This course should be taken after the completion of 12 graduate semester hours. Prerequisites: PSYC 5300 or equivalent graduate statistics course. Lab fee assessed.

PSYC 5302. Social Psychological Processes. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An in-depth examination of the individual in a social and cultural context. Topics include: the behavior of groups, the roles of individuals within groups, and the influence of groups on an individual¿s perceptions, attitudes, emotions, and behavior. Major theories and supporting research are covered. Includes a selected emphasis on specific topics, with individual or team projects and/or original research.

PSYC 5303. Theories of Learning. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Study of major theories of learning, factors which influence the process of learning, and application of these theories and processes to general and special populations. Prerequisite: Admission to Graduate School or approval of department head.

PSYC 5304. Human Development. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A lifespan survey of the development of human beings from conception to death. Topics included will be research and theory into physical, cognitive, social, and personality development in each of the different age groups: prenatal, infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.

PSYC 5305. Practicum I: Field Experience. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Provides supervised experience in mental health, counseling, marriage and family, school, rehabilitation, and other field settings outside the University. The field experience will consist of a minimum of 150 clock hours. Liability insurance is required. An application must be submitted by the published due date in the semester prior to field placement and approved by the practicum/internship director. Prerequisite: 3.0 or greater GPA and CPSY 5357, or approval of the department head.

PSYC 5311. Cultural, Minority and Gender Issues. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Study of interaction of social/cultural groups in America, problems of minorities and ethnic groups, problems related to gender and age, problems within family systems and contemporary sources of positive change.

PSYC 5312. Child Adol Eval Cnsl Tech. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course provides an overview of advanced statistical techniques to analyze quantitative data resulting from experimental and quasi-experimental research designs. This course is a continuation of PSYC 5300 and 5301 and requires students to demonstrate proficiency in the use of SPSS for data analysis. The course reviews One-Way and Two-Factor ANOVA. Other topics include ANCOVA, MANOVA, MANCOVA, multiple regression, logistic regression, data reduction techniques (factor analysis and principal components analysis), and non-parametric analyses appropriate for two- and multi-group designs. The course emphasizes the integration of multivariate and advanced statistical design with applicable research paradigms.

PSYC 5313. Crisis Intervention and Management of Individuals and Families. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Examination of the dynamics and treatment of developmental and situational crises within families and other varied settings. Emphasis is on intervention in particular crises such as divorce, death, sexual or physical abuse, life-change, substance dependency, suicide, and emotional dysfunction. Theories and approaches to crisis intervention and management described with role play and field observations. Prerequisite: CPSY 5350 and CPSY 5353, or approval of the department head.

PSYC 5314. Assessment of Intelligence and Achievement. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Introduces the selection, administration, and interpretation of selected tests used in the individual measurement of intelligence. Prerequisites: CPSY 5358 and PSYC 5381, or approval of department head.

PSYC 5315. Physiological Psychology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of the biological basis of behavior with an emphasis on the structure and biochemistry of the human nervous system. Includes an exploration of the interactive relationships between biological processes, psychopharmacology, genetics, neurological disorders, normal growth and maturation, perception, memory, emotion, stress, mental disorders, consciousness, and communication. Contemporary theories and research are investigated and critiqued.

PSYC 5316. Advanced Quantitative Methods and Experimental Design. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course provides an overview of advanced statistical techniques to analyze quantitative data resulting from experimental and quasi-experimental research designs. This course is a continuation of PSYC 5300 and 5301 and requires students to demonstrate proficiency in the use of SPSS for data analysis. The course reviews One-Way and Two-Factor ANOVA. Other topics include ANCOVA, MANOVA, MANCOVA, multiple regression, logistic regression, data reduction techniques (factor analysis and principal components analysis), and non-parametric analyses appropriate for two- and multi-group designs. The course emphasizes the integration of multivariate and advanced statistical design with applicable research paradigms.

PSYC 5320. History and Systems. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Historical analysis of the development of the science of psychology from early philosophical theories through the establishment of psychology as a science to modern theoretical positions.

PSYC 5321. Evolutionary Psychology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

In-depth evaluation of the current theories of adaptation with a large focus on how adaptation has influenced social, cognitive and developmental processes in humans. Evidence from cross-cultural studies as well as cross species studies will be reviewed and discussed.

PSYC 5322. Psychometrics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Systematic treatment of the logic of measurement, including such topics as scaling models, validity, variance and covariance, reliability, theories of measurement error and test construction.

PSYC 5360. Foundations of School Psychology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Introduces the foundations, professional standards, ethics, and laws related to the delivery of school psychological services. Prerequisite: admission to graduate school or approval of department head.

PSYC 5380. Personality and Social Assessment. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Instruction and supervision in the assessment of emotional, motivational, interpersonal, and attitudinal characteristics of children and adults. Includes the administration, scoring, and interpretation of many widely-used tests. Prerequisites: CPSY 5358 and 5381, or approval of the department head. Lab fee $50.

PSYC 5381. Assessment and Evaluation Fundamentals. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course examines the nature and development of standardized tests, with emphasis on ethical standards, psychometric theory, test standards and test construction. Selection criteria and utilization of standardized and other instruments in various environments are considered. Includes evaluations and critiques of published tests and experiential exposure to different types of psychological tests.

PSYC 5382. Behavior Management and Therapy. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Examines basic theories of human learning, major approaches to behavior management and therapy and principles of applied behavior analysis. Formal treatment planning application and evaluation of programs for management of specific behavioral/psychological problems. Includes case review and practice in individual interventions. Prerequisite: CPSY 5350 and CPSY 5353, or approval of the department head.

PSYC 5383. Consultation and Supervision. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Introduces the application of psychological principles of consultation and supervision in selected settings. Emphasis is on analysis of client and consultee/supervisor behaviors, individual and group communications, program evaluation and possible intervention options in selected environments. Prerequisites: CPSY 5350 or PSYC 5360, and CPSY 5353, or approval of department head.

PSYC 5384. Practicum II: Field Experience. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Continues Practicum I. The field experience will consist of 150 clock hours with 100 client contact hours. Prerequisite: PSYC 5305, 3.0 GPA, and consent of the practicum/internship director. Field experience fee $50.

PSYC 5387. Practicum III: Field Experience. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Continues Practicum II. The field experience will consist of 200 clock hours with 100 client contact hours. Prerequisites: PSYC 5384, 3.0 GPA, and consent of practicum/internship director. Field experience fee $50.

PSYC 5395. Internship I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Supervised professional activities in psychology. Major emphasis is placed on the student's involvement in successful practices in the area of interest. Students must have met all academic and professional standards of practice before placement. Lab experiences are included. Prerequisites: Completion of all course work required by the degree and application for internship. Field experience fee $50.

PSYC 5396. Internship II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Continued supervised experience of professional activities in psychology in the student's area of interest. Major emphasis is placed on the integration of theoretical and conceptual principles, as well as professional and personal skill development. Prerequisites: PSYC 5395 and application for internship. Field experience fee $50.

Dr. Robert Newby, Department Head
Department of Psychology and Counseling
Mathematics Building, Room 301
Box T-0820
Stephenville, Texas 76402
(254) 968-9090
newby@tarleton.edu
www.tarleton.edu/pc