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Official descriptions of courses are located in the Academic Calendar. While every effort is made to ensure that the list below is current, in the event of disagreement between descriptions below and those in the calendar, those in the calendar are authoritative.

The following courses are offered in the Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology program.

PSYC6104 Biological and Psycho-social Basis of Behaviour

Introduction to the whole-person model that underlies the Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology. Explores how the biological organization of the human central and peripheral nervous systems and related physiology influences psychosocial functioning. Topics include: the inextricable relationship between behaviour and biology, sensory perception, the role of hormones, pheromones, and the effects of some drugs.

(4 credits) Required

PSYC6113 Theories of Personality

Everybody has one, although how people in their almost infinite variety became the way they are has been a subject of theoretical speculation first in theology, then in philosophy, and, more recently, in psychology. Modern developments in counselling and psychotherapy trace their roots to personality development theories first conceived by Alfred Adler, Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud, Carl Rogers, B. F. Skinner, Harry Stack Sullivan, and others. Their views provide the subject matter for this course. Emphasis will be placed upon contemporary clinical expressions of these approaches.

(3 credits) Required

PSYC6123 Psychological Assessment

Overview of the major types of psychological tests, how they are administered, how they are constructed, and how the results might be interpreted for practical use. Specific topics include: subjective, projective, and inventory assessments tools to assess both normal and abnormal patterns of psychological functioning, as well as other instruments developed as aids to educational assessment and vocational counselling.

(3 credits) Required

PSYC6153 Counselling Methodologies – Psychodynamic and Humanistic Modalities

A review of the most important contemporary psychodynamic and humanistic approaches of counselling and psychotherapy, focusing on: underlying philosophical assumptions, major concepts, view of personality, the therapeutic process, the counsellor’s role, typical interventions, and targeted outcomes. Selected current approaches to counselling and psychotherapy are also explored with respect to the relationships between theorists and their theories, as well as between counsellors and their clients. Cross-cultural and gender-related aspects are considered for each of the counselling schools under study, with a focus on similarities and differences amongst approaches. Links between theory and practice, between constructs and applied techniques or interventions are explored.

(3 credits) Required

PSYC6163 Counselling Methodologies – Behavioural and Cognitive Modalities

A continuation of PSYC 6153, wherein the demeanor of the counsellor is applied to additional modalities. Introduction of the “counsellor-effect” factor, based on experience acquired in thinking about how successful counselling is accomplished and why it works. Emphasis is on the skills associated with effective interviewing, assessment and intervention.

(3 credits) Required


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