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Kansas Wesleyan University

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Psychological Services is a clinical major that prepares you to work in the community or to pursue graduate studies in human services fields such as social work, alcohol and drug abuse counseling, corrections, gerontology and other areas. In this highly experiential degree program, you will learn the research methods associated with the discipline of psychology, and you will also develop counseling skills and expertise in an area of specialty that will help you build a career.

Students pursuing the Psychological Services major complete a common core of Psychology, Human Services and Counseling courses, then develop a career expertise by taking additional coursework in one of three human service areas: Addictions and Substance Abuse Counseling, Domestic Issues and Educational Counseling.

The Psychological Services major with the Addiction Counseling concentration is a curriculum that is state-approved by the Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board (BSRB) for students seeking to test for licensure to become a licensed addiction counselor (LAC) in the state of Kansas.

Accreditation

  • Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board (BSRB)
  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Psychological Services Major Requirements

Students pursuing a Psychological Services majors complete a common core of Psychology, Human Services and Counseling courses, and then develop a career expertise by taking additional coursework in one of three human service areas: Addictions and Substance Abuse Counseling, Domestic Issues and Educational Counseling.

Psychological Services Common Core (34-35 credit hours)

Psychology Core Courses (10-11 credit hours) – The student must complete all of the following:

BSHS 210 Statistical Analysis – 3

BSHS 210 LPSS Lab – 1

PSYC 101 Introductory Psychology: The World of You – 3

PSYC 390 Psychological Research Design – 4

or SOCI 331 Methods of Research – 3

Mental Health/Human Services (12 credit hours) – The student must complete all of the following:

BSHS 110 Introduction to Human Services – 3

EDUC 244 Developmental Psychology – 3

PSYC 325 Abnormal Psychology – 3

PSYC 380 Theories of Personality – 3

or PSYC 351 Theories of Counseling – 3

Counseling Skills (12 credit hours) – The student must complete all of the following:

PSYC 200 Professional Ethics in Psychology – 3

PSYC 340 Introduction to Group Counseling – 3

PSYC 352 Principles of Counseling Practice – 3

PSYC 455 Case Management – 3

Concentrations

Addiction counseling (15 credit hours) – The student must complete all of the following:

BSHS 105 Foundations of Addiction – 3

PSYC 260 Psychopharmacology – 3

PSYC 345 Addiction and the Family – 3

PSYC 460 nternship (400 hours) – 6

(400 hours of internship required for licensure, preferably at two different sites)

Courses for addiction counseling licensure

Domestic Issues (15 credit hours) – The student must complete all of the following:

BSHS 231 Marriage and Family – 3

BSHS/CRIM 310 Violence – 3

BSHS/CRIM 315 Domestic Violence – 3

PSYC 345 Addiction and the Family – 3

PSYC 460 Internship (150 hours) – 3

Educational Counseling (15-16 credit hours) – The student must complete all of the following:

EDUC 100 Orientation to Education – 1

EDUC 208 Foundations & History of American Education – 3

EDUC 250 Education of the Exceptional Individual – 3

or EDUC 415 Educational Psychology

EDUC 380 Classroom Management – 3

or PSYC 310 Learning and Behavior Modification

or SPED 345 Behavior Management – 2-3

PSYC 315 School Psychology – 3

PSYC 460 Internship (150 hours) – 3

Psychology Course Offerings

PSYC 101 Introductory Psychology: The World of You — Fall & Spring

This course offers an introduction to the areas, findings, problems and methods which constitute the discipline of psychology. Areas studied include neuropsychology, sensation, perception, learning, memory, development, personality, psychopathology, therapy and social behavior.

PSYC 120 Positive Psychology: Voyage of Self-Discovery — Odd Year Spring

Transitioning to college, and from college to the rest of life, can be a challenge. This course explores the psychological knowledge related to motivation, goal-setting, and personal happiness and well-being. Students complete a number of self-assessments to explore their strengths and potentials as well as their goals and directions in life.

PSYC 200 Professional Ethics in Psychology — Odd Year Spring

This course will involve an in-depth exploration of the ethical, legal and behavioral issues facing the professional psychologist. The student will learn about confidentiality rules and regulations; rights and responsibilities of practitioners, researchers, clients, and participants; codes of ethics; and avenues for addressing ethical problems that arise in a variety of clinical, supervisory, consultative and research settings.

PSYC 201 Social Psychology — Odd Year Fall

This course reviews the relationship between the individual and others, including interpersonal perception, attitude formation, social influence, prejudice, aggression, romantic relationships, group processes and other topics. Areas studied include the application of experimental methods to social processes, and current and historical theoretical perspectives on social processes.

PSYC 202 Professional Seminar in Psychology – Spring

This course offers students the opportunity to explore the career possibilities in psychology and to develop plans to achieve them. Activities include career exploration, interviews/shadowing, producing a vita, crafting a personal statement of goals and purpose, and developing curricular plans and a personal timeline for applying to graduate school or a job.

PSYC 210 Psychology of Mass Communication – Alternate Odd Year Spring

This course is an exploration of the psychological effects of mass communication on behavior and thought of the individual in society. Psychology of Mass Communication examines the role that media (TV, movies, newspapers, radio, magazines, etc.) play in today’s society. The course explores different types of media (news, advertising, sports, etc.) as well as the impact that media has on topics like stereotyping, gender roles, sexual and/or violent behaviors, education, values and the transmission of culture.

PSYC 215 Health Psychology – Alternate Odd Year Fall

This course examines the ways in which the field of psychology can inform the health professions. Topics include the relationship between psychological factors and illness, coping and healing; promoting health and wellness; and effective patient-practitioner relationships. Prerequisite: PSYC 101.

PSYC 244/EDUC 244 Developmental Psychology — Fall & Spring

The course offers a comprehensive study of human growth and development from conception to death. We will examine ways people change – physically, mentally, emotionally and socially across the lifespan, integrating key developmental theories and milestones, so that you may better understand yourself and those around you.

PSYC 260 Psychopharmacology — Odd Year Fall

This course examines the primary biochemical and pharmacological processes occurring with the use and abuse of psychoactive drugs. Basic knowledge of pharmacology will be covered along with the properties of drugs and their psychological, behavioral, physical and social effects. Prerequisite: PSYC 101; BIOL 110 or BIOL 221 recommended or consent of instructor.

PSYC 286 Special Topics — Lower-Level — On Demand

This course allows for the study of current topics in psychology best suited for sophomore level students. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or consent of the instructor.

PSYC 310 Learning and Behavior Modification — Odd Year Spring

This course emphasizes how to change the behavior of oneself and others (human and animal) using the principles of classical conditioning, instrumental conditioning and social learning. Students complete and present individualized research projects to apply these theories in real-world practice. Prerequisite: PSYC 101.

PSYC 315 School Psychology – Odd Year Spring

The course offers an introductory exposure to the profession of school psychology. Major areas of study will include personal and career counseling, dealing with special populations, and issues of divorce, suicide, sex, substance abuse and school violence.

PSYC 325 Abnormal Psychology — Spring

This class will examine the major psychological disorders, including anxiety disorders, affective disorders, personality disorders, addictive disorders and schizophrenias. Areas also studied include the application of experimental methodology to mental disorders, current and historical theoretical perspectives, methods of assessment, classification, treatment, etiology and prognosis.

PSYC 340 Introduction to Group Counseling — Even Year Spring

This course introduces the student to the dynamics of group process involving structured and unstructured interpersonal experiences. Special emphasis is placed on experiencing group interaction via exercises, role-playing and videotaped group process for the acquisition of basic observational and process skills. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or consent of instructor.

PSYC 345 Addiction and the Family — Even Year Fall

This course introduces the general principles of family development. The student will develop a working knowledge of family systems theory, a basic understanding of what causes dysfunction within families, and knowledge of the important relationships between family life and the larger social networks and community systems of which it is associated. Special consideration will be given to the importance of cultural competence in addressing family issues and to the intervention process, as it pertains to the treatment of addictive disorder.

PSYC 351 Theories of Counseling — Odd Year Fall

The different theoretical orientations toward the helping relationship and the skill sets needed will be examined as well as review of counselor ethics and professional responsibilities in clinical and educational settings. Prerequisite: PSYC 101, PSYC 380 recommended.

PSYC 352/SOWK 352 Principles of Counseling Practice — Spring

This will be a skill development course with exposure to a variety of counseling techniques and opportunities for role playing of hypothetical therapy situations. Students will also have an opportunity to practice the counseling skills established as national standards of psychologists, social workers and substance abuse counselors, and be reviewed and examined on those skills as well as receive training in the use of assessment tools. Prerequisite: PSYC 351 or SOWK 332.

PSYC 355 Industrial/Organization Psychology – Alternate Odd Year Spring

This course is an introductory survey of the area of Industrial/Organization Psychology. Industrial/Organization psychologists apply psychological theory and research practices to the workplace setting, often employed as trainers or human resource professionals. The course includes such topics as job satisfaction and motivation, personnel selection, job assessment and performance evaluation, leadership, and group behaviors. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or instructor consent.

PSYC 360 Cognitive Psychology — Even Year Spring

This class investigates the major areas of human cognition, including perception, attention, memory, language, problem-solving, reasoning and applications in areas such as artificial intelligence. Includes lab activities demonstrating key principles. Prerequisite: PSYC 101.

PSYC 365 Environmental Psychology — Odd Year Fall

This is an interdisciplinary course studying person-environment interactions. Persons are affected by their environment by pollution, noise, architecture and population density. They also have the power to impact their environments in terms of institutional and residential design, catastrophe preparedness and positive social change related to resilience and global health.

PSYC 380 Theories of Personality — Even Year Fall

This course investigates several major approaches to the study of personality. This course will include psychoanalytic, psychosocial, humanistic/existential, behavioristic and social learning approaches. It includes the major contributions to the study of personality by psychologists such as Freud, Erikson, Rogers, Maslow, Dollard and Miller, Skinner and others. Prerequisite: PSYC 101.

PSYC 385/SPES 385 Psychology of Sport and Exercise — Fall

The course will introduce students to psychological and behavioral aspects of sport, exercise and physical activity. The course is designed to help student-athletes improve their performance and those who hope to work with amateur and/or professional athletes, or those engaged in fitness, exercise and/or rehabilitation, to effectively communicate and motivate their clients toward their goals. In addition, this course will explore factors that affect performance and psychological development in sport, exercise and physical activity, factors that influence behavior and effective goal-setting, and will examine psychological techniques for enhancing sport, exercise and physical activity. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or consent of the instructor.

PSYC 386 The Wesleyan Journey — On Demand

This course combines service-learning with travel to provide students an opportunity to strengthen values and abilities, in addition to learning specific academic content. The service projects will be linked to the academic content of the class, and the course may require a co-requisite or stand-alone as its own special topics course. Credit varies based on the length of the journey and may involve additional fees for travel. Prerequisite: INTD 110 is recommended but not required for this course.

PSYC 390 Psychological Research Design — Fall

This course examines the use of experimental designs in the systematic study of major areas in the field of psychology. As part of an embedded lab, students will learn how to write formal APA style reports, and will have the opportunity to conduct and present research projects. Prerequisites: PSYC 101, BSHS 210 and BSHS 210L, or instructor consent.

PSYC 402 Physiological Psychology — Even Year Spring

This course examines the relationship of psychological phenomena (such as sensation, motivation, and memory) to brain structure and function as well as biochemical processes. Investigative techniques such as brain lesions and stimulation, bioelectrical recordings and anatomical procedures will also be examined. Lab exercises are included to enhance student understanding. Prerequisite: PSYC 101.

PSYC 403 Senior Seminar in Psychology — Even Year Spring

This course offers students the opportunity to review content areas in Psychology in preparation for the major field test, and provide assistance in preparation for career after college (i.e. graduate school or employment). Students will construct or revise resumes, personal statements and their Senior Portfolio as well as prepare for the Graduate Record Examination. Prerequisite: PSYC 202.

PSYC 410 History of Psychology — Even Year Spring

This course studies the development of psychological thought from its philosophical roots to the present time, including an examination of the schools of psychology that emerged to define the field of psychology. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 and Junior standing or consent of instructor.

PSYC 455/SOWK 455 Case Management — Spring

This class will ideally be preparatory to agency internship/field experience. The course covers aspects of client management and treatment planning, including screening, intake, assessment and referral procedures. There will be review of client support systems and issues in counseling special populations; review of legal, ethical and professional growth issues for the counselor; and examination of state services and treatment trends and programming-related issues, particularly in the fields of addictions counseling and social work. Prerequisite: SOWK/PSYC 352 or SOWK 332.

PSYC 460 Internship — Variable Credit (On Demand)

This course offers an intensive field experience with a community social service agency, treatment center or other psychological service provider. Placement will be based on the student’s career orientation. Prerequisite: Departmental approval and satisfaction of entry criteria, where applicable.

PSYC 465 Introduction to Art Therapy —  On Demand

This course examines the use of art in assessment and treatment, using a variety of theoretical perspectives. It also explores the training and ethics required for certification as a practitioner. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 (PSYC 325 recommended).

PSYC 470 Research Assistantship — On Demand

This course offers students the opportunity to participate as part of a psychological research team. Depending on the stages of various projects in the department, students may be involved in planning, data collection, data entry, analysis or writing and presentation phases of research. Course may be repeated, preferably in adjacent semesters. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 and consent of the instructor (PSYC 390 or SOCI 331 recommended).

PSYC 485 Special Topics – Upper-Level (On Demand)

A focused investigation of a specialty or advanced area (or areas) of psychology. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 and PSYC 390 or consent of the instructor.

PSYC 490 Independent Study in Psychology — On Demand

With consent of the instructor, the student is allowed to pursue advanced or specialized study in a topic of special interest. See Independent Study under Alternate Means to Academic Credit for a more detailed description.

Why Study Psychological Services at KWU?

As a KWU Psychological Services major you will get real-world experience working in the specialty track of your choice, developing professional skills, connections and credentials to use in your job search and on graduate school applications. Students pursuing the Psychological Services degree will:

  • Complete a 150-hour internship (Addiction Counseling requires 400 hours for licensure)
  • Participate in Kappa Psi Upsilon, KWU’s psychology club, and learn about opportunities in thepsychology field.

What Can I Do With This Degree?

Psychological Services graduates pursue graduate school in social work, psychology, marriage and family therapy and other related fields. They also go on to work in social service agencies, government, as health coaches, addiction counselors, corporate human relations departments and more.