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Professional Psychology 820
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Clinical Psychology 821
School Psychology 826
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  Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology 2017-2019 Course Listing GSAPP Courses School Psychology 826  

School Psychology 826

18:826:506 Practicum Group Supervision: School Psychology (1) Biweekly group supervision addressing issues that arise in practicum settings. Required of all first-year nonadvanced school psychology students during their first semester of practicum.
18:826:532 Basic Therapeutic Strategies with Children and Adolescents (3) This course is designed to introduce first-year graduate students to the therapeutic interview and to basic attending and communication skills that are essential to both the initial visit and the ongoing therapeutic process with children and adolescents.
Formerly 18:820:532.
18:826:543 Human Development (3) Overview of norms, transitions, and crisis in the life structure from birth to old age to provide
students with an understanding of life span development that will be useful in their clinical work. Topics covered include developmental milestones for infancy; childhood; adolescence; early, middle, and late adulthood; effect of divorce on children; developmental trajectories; gender differences and cultural/ethnic variation in life span development; "successful" aging; etc. Life span interview and report required, as well as one semester paper.
Required for school psychology students; elective for all others.
18:826:544 Pediatric Behavioral Medicine (3) Behavioral health care to children and adolescents with chronic or acute medical illness and/or developmental-behavioral concerns in a variety of child-serving settings including the medical clinic or school. Students will be introduced to evidence-based assessment and treatment practices for commonly occurring pediatric conditions. Students will also be introduced to the pediatric medical and health culture and be exposed to various methods of interdisciplinary collaboration.
18:826:550 Introduction to School Psychology (2)   This course provides an introduction to the profession and practice of school psychology. Topics to be discussed include the historical confluences of school psychology and psychological services in schools and the roles and functions of school psychologists. Current legal, ethical, and professional issues, in addition to relevant educational laws and the cultures of schools, will be discussed.
18:826:555 Exceptional Children in the School, Family, and Community (3)
Covers trends and issues that influence exceptional citizens, such as definition and comparison of the intellectually disabled, gifted and creative, communications disabled, auditorially impaired, visually disabled, and physically disabled; implications of federal and state legislation for professional psychologists; educational, vocational, social, and mental health resources associated with exceptional children and adults; the implications of classification on behavior; and the impact of an exceptional child on the family, school, and community.
18:826:557 Psychoeducational Foundations of Learning Disabilities (3)
Focuses on the administration, scoring, and interpretation of major standardized assessment approaches (e.g., cognitive, achievement), and assessing various child learning difficulties. The roles of RTI, CHC theory, and cross-battery assessment approaches for the identification and monitoring of learning difficulties and disabilities are presented. Under faculty supervision, the completion of two comprehensive clinic-based cases is required.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of the first year of full-time study at GSAPP and high competency of administration and scoring of major cognitive assessment batteries.
18:826:558 Adult and Organizational Learning and Change: Effective Program Planning and Implementation (3) Examines theory, research, and practice of adult and organizational learning and change. Emphasizes bringing evidence-based practices and programs to schools and other human service settings through understanding the process of innovation implementation. Focuses on how to incorporate a new practice or program in the functioning of an individual, group, or organization in systems change efforts.
18:826:602 School-Based Psychological Intervention (3) This course will provide an overview of evidence-based interventions that can be used in schools to improve the emotional, social, and behavioral functioning of children and adolescents. The course will address theory and research related to behavioral and cognitive behavioral interventions and will examine common practice elements of these interventions. Students will be introduced to several manualized interventions used in practice. Implementation issues specific to school settings will be examined. Prerequisites: 18:820:502, 503, 504, 635, 636; 18:826:605,606.
18:826:605,606 Advanced Supervision in School Psychology (3,3)
Provides for personal and professional growth and development through small-group supervision by faculty and peer group. Focuses on the integration of coursework with the professional, ethical, and legal issues encountered in school practicum placements.
Required of all school psychology students for two years, starting with the second year.
18:826:609 Learning and Academic Interventions: Research to Practice (3) Provides students with a comprehensive theoretical and research foundation in human learning as well as the key characteristics and features of common academic intervention strategies targeting academic skills (e.g., reading, writing, math) and academic behaviors (e.g., studying, homework completion). A self-regulated theoretical framework will also be used to help conceptualize the development and implementation of academic interventions in school contexts.
18:826:612 Consultation Methods (3)
Overview of theory, research, and practice of school-based consultation. Indirect models of delivering educational and mental health services. Methods of improving services for clients by increasing consultee capacities. Behavioral consultation, conjoint behavioral consultation, mental health consultation, and instructional consultation approaches addressed. Course requires a school-based consultation project.
18:826:616 Program Evaluation (3) Develops knowledge, skills, and abilities that contribute to effective planning and evaluation of programs that add value to individuals and groups in organizations (profit, nonprofit) and related community settings. Students will utilize four phases that constitute the program planning and evaluation process: clarifying the target population (individual, group) to be served, their human service needs, and the relevant context; designing a program that addresses important needs of the target population; implementing the program, making adjustments as indicated; and evaluating the merit of the program. Reading materials, strategies, methods, and techniques integrated into class sessions and the out-of-class learning activities including completion of two real-time program planning and evaluation projects each semester, under supervision of course instructor. Additionally, learn about procurement of external funds for program planning and evaluation, proposal development, marketing of professional services, and professional self-management. Extra projects and learning experiences can be made available. Students will need to carry two course projects, one with a client. Required of all third-year school psychology students. Students are not permitted to audit this course.
18:826:630 Cognitive Assessment (3) The purpose of this course is to attain knowledge on cognitive assessment and skills in administering measures of cognitive abilities. The course integrates administration and scoring of major cognitive assessment instruments in the context of theory, research, and best practices. Students will be introduced to interpretation of cognitive assessment results, as well as communication of findings through written reports. The course will reinforce basic issues of measurement such as reliability and validity, address the assessment of persons representing various stages of development, and introduce a wide variety of measures. Issues of assessing children and adolescents from a diverse set of populations are integrated throughout the course in addition to specified lectures. Upon completion, students will be qualified to administer the measures on which they have been trained, and to monitor themselves in obtaining competence to administer, score, and interpret a wide range of cognitive assessment measures. Required for first-year school psychology students.
18:826:631,632 Internship in School Psychology (3,3)
Supervised experience of 1,500 hours (departmental requirement) or 1,750 hours (predoctoral licensing requirement) in a setting determined by the internship coordinator and the student.
Required of all students in the school psychology program.
18:826:633 School Psychology Internship Seminar (1) Not required if students receive four hours of individual supervision and didactic instruction with other interns from a licensed, appropriated credentialed psychology at their internship site.
18:826:635,636 Part-Time Internship in School Psychology (BA,BA)
Part-time supervised experience in a setting determined by the internship coordinator and the student.
18:820:637 Part-Time Internship Seminar (BA)
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