Course Descriptions – Behavioral Studies
PSYC 110 Introductory Psychology (3 hours)
An introduction to the scientific study of human behavior including processes
of physiology, cognition and affect, consciousness, social relationships, and psychopathology.
PSYC 150 Theories of Psychotherapy (3 hours)
An introduction to the counseling relationship and fundamental theoretical perspectives of counseling framed within a comprehensive Biblical view. Prerequisites: PSYC 110
PSYC 220 Developmental Psychology (3 hours)
An examination of the interrelated psychological principles of human development, learning, and teaching, with application to a variety of educational settings. Prerequisite: PSYC 110
PSYC 230 Marriage and the Family (3 hour)
An examination of healthy dating, pre-marital relationships, marriage, and family relationships. Prerequisite: PSYC 110.
PSYC 235 Child and Adolescent Psychology (3 hours)
Examines the world of the child and teen, with emphasis on physiological, social, psychological, and cognitive development. In addition, specific problematic behaviors associated with these age groups, along with counseling techniques, will be discussed. Prerequisite: PSYC 110.
PSYC 240 Research in the Behavioral Sciences (3 hours)
An introduction to the methodology used in designing and analyzing psychological experiments, integrating theoretical and practical hypothesis testing with the use of appropriate parametric and nonparametric statistics. Prerequisite: PSYC 110, MATH 240
PSYC 250 Basic Counseling Skills (3 hours)
This course explores contemporary trends and issues in counseling and explores these concepts through case studies and discussion. Prerequisite: PSYC 110, PSYC 150
PSYC 251 Grief and Crisis Counseling (3 hours)
Prepares students for the role of helper as they deal with Crises, personally and professionally. Learn basic models of suicide assessment and prevention, as well as grief and loss as both typically accompany crisis situations on some level. Prerequisite: PSYC 110, PSYC 150
PSYC 252 Child Therapy (3 hours)
This class examines children’s counseling and mental health therapies from a variety of theoretical approaches. The techniques examined include play and creative based therapies and how they work within the developmental stages of children. Prerequisite: PSYC 110, PSYC 150
PSYC 260 Sport Psychology
Sport Psychology surveys the research, theory and applications of psychology pertaining to exercise and sports. Explores current topics and issues relevant to sport psychology. Prerequisite: SPCH 110
PSYC 270 Learning and Memory (3 hours)
Examines the major phenomena and theories of human and animal learning, memory and behavior. Prerequisite: PSYC 110.
PSYC 272 Cognitive Psychology (3 hours)
Examines cognitive processes and their role in language development, concept formation, problem solving, information processing, memory and perception. Prerequisite: PSYC 110.
PSYC 275 Motivation and Emotion (3 hours)
This course reviews the current theories related to the study of motivation and emotion and the contribution these theories make to the field of psychology. In addition, the class will explore how motivation and emotion have spiritual implications to the individual and to ministry in general. Prerequisite: PSYC 110.
PSYC 280 Personality Psychology (3 hours)
Examines the various theories of personality structure, dynamics and development. Prerequisite: PSYC 110.
PSYC 285 Social Psychology (3 hour)
Examines the behavior of the individual as a member of the group and behavior patterns within groups including social interaction, group organization and leadership, social influences on perception, cognitive processes, attitude formation, and attitude change. Prerequisite: PSYC 110.
PSYC 290 Physiological Psychology (3 hours)
This course serves as an introduction to the study of the biological component of behavior and psychology. Special emphasis will be placed on the function of the nervous system, cognitive systems, sensory and motor systems. Prerequisite: PSYC 110.
PSYC 292 Sensation and Perception (3 hours)
This course provides an introduction to the understanding of sensory systems and their role in the process of perception. Prerequisite: PSYC 110
PSYC 295 Human Sexuality (3 hours)
This course is designed to cover a broad range of topics in the area of human sexuality including the broad range of attitudes, behaviors, knowledge, practices, and myths pertaining to sexuality. Content also covers sexuality over the life cycle, socialization, dating, marriage, family, different sexual orientations, law, relationships, contraceptives, and sexual responsibility. A Biblical perspective will be examined, and students will be encouraged to better understand their own sexuality as Christians. Prerequisite: PSYC 110.
PSYC 310 Psychological Testing (3 hours)
An introduction to psychological testing with a focus on the rationale, development, implementation, and diagnostic functions of psychological testing procedures and the statistical foundation on which these tests are based. Validity and reliability are accentuated throughout the course. Prerequisite: PSYC 110.
PSYC 350 Abnormal Psychology (3 hours)
An introduction to the definition, cause, and treatment of mental disorders from various theoretical perspectives. Classification will be explored according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Prerequisite: PSYC 110.
PSYC 352 Addictions and Substance Abuse (3 hours)
This course introduces the student to the effects drugs have on society and human behavior. Both licit and illicit drugs will be discussed from historical, psychological and sociological perspectives with a special emphasis on the impact of substance abuse on the family system. Treatment issues and counseling methods will be discussed. An application to ministry will be explored. Prerequisite: PSYC 110.
PSYC 360 History and Systems of Psychology (3 hours)
Examines the nature of psychology from a philosophical and historical perspective. an emphasis is placed on trends of psychological thought, key concepts in various branches of psychology and their relationship in contemporary systems and the development of psychology as a discipline. Prerequisite: PSYC 110.
PSYC 370 Applied Psychology (3 hours)
Examines the applications of psychology to the practical problems of society. Areas of interest can include: clinical and counseling, industrial, human factors engineering, educational and school psychology, sports psychology, environmental psychology, as well as forensic and medical psychology. Prerequisite: PSYC 110.
PSYC 480 Psychology and the Bible Seminar (3 hours)
This course serves as the culmination of the psychology curriculum and applies previous learning in the various subfields of psychology to the development of a distinct Christian psychology. Topical discussions and analysis of assigned readings will encourage students to think critically about psychology from a Biblical perspective. Prerequisite: PSYC 110, (Senior Level Course)
School of Education & Behavioral Sciences
Master of Arts in Counseling
COUN 502 Spiritual Formation and Counseling (3 hours)
The course will address questions related to the interaction of the mind with classical approaches to spiritual formation with attention to specific actions designed to facilitate healthy spiritual development in both counselors and clients. Topics include the impact of trauma, family of origin issues, and neuroscience on spiritual growth.
COUN 510 Counseling Theories and Methods (3 hours)
A survey of contemporary counseling theories and techniques. Topics covered will include the counseling process, comparison of various theoretical approaches, and an introduction to professional ethical issues in counseling.
COUN 512 Ethical, Professional & Contextual Dimensions in Counseling (3 hours)
A review of ethical and legal considerations in professional counseling, which includes an introduction to ethical guidelines and standards of the American Counseling Association and Ohio law. An examination of professional issues, including counselor identity, history, and philosophy of the counseling profession, professional organizations, credentialing, and counselor self-care. An examination of the role and scope of the service programs. Attention is given to the identity, professional standards, and organizations, and employment settings of the community counselor as well as an examination, management, and evaluation of mental health services including community programs, community interventions, and needs assessment in the public, private, and church organizations.
COUN 515 Human & Family Development (3 hours)
The examination of advanced material in human and family development is explored. Attention is given to human life span development, family life span development, and faith development and its application to professional counseling, the church and community.
*COUN 534 Pre-Marital Counseling (3 hours)
An examination of the need for pre-marital counseling and a rationale and several methods to meet the need of helping couples prepare for a successful marriage.
COUN 561 Group Counseling (3 hours)
Provides theoretical and experiential knowledge of group counseling. Course focuses on group purpose, development, dynamics, roles, leadership, theories, methods and skills.
#COUN 570 Career Counseling (3 hours)
An introduction to career development theories, vocational decision making, occupational classification systems, career assessment instruments and techniques, and vocational information with applications to individual and group counseling. (Only Offered Online, with 2 on-site meetings at the Cincinnati campus)
COUN 575 Social & Cultural Foundations for Counseling (3 hours)
This course will provide an introduction to many of the current issues that counselors and ministers face in terms of how culture impacts their work with others. Areas of focus include: theories of multicultural counseling; identity development; advocacy and social justice; characteristics and concerns when working with diverse groups nationally and internationally; attitudes, beliefs, understandings and acculturative experiences designed to foster understanding of self and others; strategies for working competently with diverse populations; and counselors’ roles in promoting optimal wellness and growth of human spirit, mind and body as well as eliminating biases, prejudices, oppression and discrimination. (Offered in Hybrid Format)
#COUN 580 Counseling Assessment (3 hours)
An examination of the use of assessment and testing instruments in counseling. Aspects of assessment discussed include therapeutic collaboration, historical perspectives, standardized and non- standardized testing, test administration, statistical concepts, reliability, validity, social and cultural factors, and ethical issues. (Only Offered Online, with 3 on-site meetings at the Cincinnati campus)
#COUN 582: Counseling Techniques (3 hours)
Practical application of basic helping skills, clinical documentation, and professional behaviors in counseling at the campus counseling center. An experience of initiating, developing, and sustaining a professional relationship. (Offered in Hybrid Format)
#COUN 592: Practicum I (3 hours)
Initial supervised practice of counseling in the campus counseling center. Individual/triadic supervision and seminar discussion are used for the continued development of counseling skills, strategies, techniques, interventions, and professional role. Prerequisites: COUN 510, COUN 512, COUN 580, and COUN 582. (By Permission Only)
#COUN 593: Practicum II (3 hours)
Continued supervised practice of counseling in the campus counseling center. Individual/triadic supervision and seminar discussion are used for the continued development of counseling skills, strategies, techniques, interventions, and professional role. Prerequisite: COUN 592. (Offered in Hybrid Format; By Permission Only)
#COUN 594: Practicum III (3 hours)
Continued supervised practice of counseling in the campus counseling center. Individual/triadic supervision and seminar discussion are used for the continued development of counseling skills, strategies, techniques, interventions, and professional role. Prerequisite: COUN 593. (By Permission Only)
COUN 595 Substance Abuse Counseling (1 hour)
Provides an overview of substance abuse counseling. Topics include: the nature of addiction, diagnosis, and treatment planning, as well as individual and group counseling strategies with diverse populations.1 hour (Only Offered Online)
COUN 597 Psychopharmacology for Counselors (1 hour)
An examination of psychopharmacological medications most frequently used in the treatment of mental health problems, including classifications, indications, contraindications and side effects. The course will also focus on when and how to make an appropriate referral for a medication evaluation. 1 hour (Only Offered Online)
COUN 599 Marriage & Family Counseling (1 hour)
The treatment of individuals, couples, and families from a relational/ systematic perspective. Students will gain an understanding of healthy marital and family systems, the therapeutic process, and the practice of marriage and family counseling.
*COUN 612 Professional Ethics and Issues in Marriage & Family Counseling (3 hours)
An examination of the professional identity, including professional socialization, scope of practice, professional organizations, licensure, and certification. This course will focus on ethical issues related to the profession of marriage and family therapy; the practice of marriage and family counseling; OCSWMFTB and AAMFT Code of Ethics; confidentiality issues; the legal responsibilities and liabilities of clinical practice and research; family law; record keeping; reimbursement; the business aspects of practice; and familiarity with regional and federal laws as they relate to the practice of couple and family counseling.
*COUN 618 Biblical Resources for Counseling (3 hours) (also listed as PMN 618; PPC 618)
A study of major counseling problems confronting the counselor and minister, and appropriate Biblical material to use with them. The course focuses on the study of the integration of psychological theory and practice with theology, spirituality and Christianity.
*COUN 622 Women’s Issues in Counseling (3 hours)
Women are frequent consumers of mental health treatment and often present issues related to their biological and gender roles. We will explore societal, relational, and internal/biological origins and dynamics of some common problems women present within therapy.
*COUN 624 Crisis and Grief Counseling (3 hours)
An examination of the dynamics of a crisis or disaster, the recommended steps in crisis intervention, disaster mental health, and the role of the church in prevention as well as in a caring response. An examination of the dynamics within the person, family and community when severe or terminal illness has been diagnosed or the bereavement process has been initiated. The course also includes methods and resources for helping.
*COUN 628 Solution Focused/Brief Counseling (3 hours)
An introduction to Solution Focused and Brief Counseling Theories. The focus will be on practical application in a variety of clinical and pastoral settings. Prerequisite: COUN 510.
*COUN 632 Addictions and Compulsive Behavior Counseling (3 hours)
A basic introduction and overview of addictions and their treatment. The pathology of addiction and effects of compulsive behavior are explored while examining the signs, symptoms and stages involved. Students will examine treatment methods, research findings, appropriate referrals to agencies and professional counseling, and liaison work with public service agencies, government offices, human service agencies and local churches. Special attention will be given to the development of support/recovery groups in the local church.
*COUN 633 Advanced Substance Abuse Counseling (3 hours)
An overview of substance abuse and treatment. The impact of medication/drugs/substances on individuals and the pathology of substance abuse are explored while examining the signs, symptoms and stages involved. Students will examine treatment methods, research findings, appropriate referrals to agencies and professional counseling, and liaison work with public service agencies, government offices, human service agencies and local churches. Special attention will be given to the development of support/recovery groups in the local church and appropriate resources for helping individuals. Prerequisite: COUN 595.
*COUN 634 Counseling Children: Play Therapy Techniques (3 hours)
Specific training designed for counselors who work with young children (under age 12) whose ability to communicate feelings verbally is limited. Students practice play therapy techniques with other students and with child clients (when legally and ethically appropriate). Discussion includes research literature which supports the appropriate utility of play therapy techniques with young children affected by circumstances such as divorce, single parenting, ADHD, and sexual abuse.
*COUN 636 Counseling Adolescents (3 hours)
A didactic and experiential seminar focusing on intrapersonal dynamics of adolescents frequently referred to counselors. Counseling procedures, treatment plans and referral for resistant and recalcitrant youth will be covered.
*COUN 640 Human Sexuality (3 hours)
This course is an exploration of human sexuality development and transitions across the lifespan of an individual within the context of cultural diversity and lifestyle differences. Utilizing current research, the assessment and treatment strategies for various sexual disorders, identified in the latest edition of the DSM, will be covered. Concentration is given to the potential impact of sexual abuse on children, adolescents, and adults. Personal self-awareness of values will be emphasized as students examine various topics. Ethical and legal considerations will be presented.
*#COUN 642 Supervision of Counselors (3 hours)
Study of supervisory processes in terms of theoretical perspectives and practices of supervision. Reviews relevant literature related to supervisee development, supervisee evaluation, supervisor roles and functions, risk management issues, and other ethical considerations. Prerequisite: COUN 593. (By Permission Only)
*#COUN 647 Advanced Marriage and Family Practicum (3 hours)
Supervised development of advanced marriage and family counseling skills. Students perform activities in the campus Counseling Center similar to those performed by an employed staff member who provides professional counseling services in a community/church setting. Prerequisite: COUN 593, COUN 620. (By Permission Only)
*#COUN 648: Advanced Individual Practicum (3 hours)
Advanced supervised experience in campus counseling center. Students meet for individual supervision and in seminar groups to assess and improve their effectiveness in helping relationships. Prerequisite: completed Practicum and/or Internship experience(s). May not be taken concurrently with COUN 592, COUN 593, COUN 594, COUN 792, COUN 793, or COUN 794. (By Permission Only)
*#COUN 649 Advanced Professional Issues in Counseling (1 hour)
Various topic seminars considering professional issues and orientation to the counseling profession, state laws, problems, research and current practice for counselors. (Offered Online Only; By Permission Only)
COUN 650 Research and Program Evaluation in Counseling (3 hours)
An examination of research methods, statistical analysis, needs assessment, and program evaluation. (Offered in Hybrid Format)
#COUN 680 Evaluation of Mental and Emotional Status (3 hours)
An examination and practical use of assessment procedures in diagnosis and treatment planning. This course focuses on the administering, interpreting and report writing of individual and group standardized tests of mental ability, personality, and measurement. Prerequisite: COUN 580.
#COUN 690 Diagnosis of Mental and Emotional Disorders (3 hours)
An examination of the principles of diagnosis and the use of current diagnostic tools, including the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. This course provides knowledge and practice in diagnostic interviewing, conducting mental status examinations, collaborating with clients about diagnostic issues, and ethical issues related to diagnosis. (Offered Online Only)
#COUN 711 Clinical Treatment of Psychopathology and Personality (3 hours)
An advanced study of the etiology and treatment of mental disorders. Focus on using biopsychosocial framework and counseling theory to conceptualize client presentation and select appropriate counseling interventions. Course includes a review of empirically supported treatments and discussion about etiology and treatment from a Christian perspective. Prerequisite: COUN 690.
*COUN 750 Special Topics in Counseling (3 hours)
Presentations of special interest in the field of counseling.
COUN 750a Advanced Play Therapy (Prerequisite: PCO 634)
COUN 750b Geriatric Counseling
COUN 750c Multicultural Counseling
#COUN 792 Internship I (3 hours)
On site training under the professional guidance of a Licensed Clinical Counselor with Supervision designation. Students will continue to gain experience with assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of clients while building additional skills needed to serve in a variety of community mental health agencies. Individual as well as group supervision will be provided as students are given the opportunity to process their growth as a professional. Prerequisite: COUN 593 (or completion of Practicum experience), COUN 690, and the submission of a formal application. Pre/co-requisite: COUN 561. (By Permission Only)
#COUN 793 Internship II (3 hours)
Continued on-site training under the professional guidance of a Licensed Clinical Counselor with Supervision designation. Students will continue to gain experience with assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of clients while building additional skills needed to serve in a variety of community mental health agencies. Individual as well as group supervision will be provided as students are given the opportunity to process their growth as a professional. Prerequisite: COUN 792. (Offered in Hybrid Format; By Permission Only)
*#COUN 794 Advanced Internship III (3 hours)
Advanced on-site training under the professional guidance of a Licensed Clinical Counselor with Supervision designation. Students will continue to gain experience with assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of clients while building additional skills needed to serve in a variety of community mental health agencies. Individual as well as group supervision will be provided as students are given the opportunity to process their growth as a professional. Prerequisite: COUN 793. (By Permission Only)
*#COUN 800 Comprehensive Review & Examination (0 hours)
This zero-credit course serves as a comprehensive review of core competencies and culminates in the MAC Comprehensive Exam as a Capstone project. (By Permission Only)
#Open only to MAC students *Counseling Elective