MA in School Psychology Second Year Courses

For the complete list of all courses in the School Psychology graduate program, visit the Course Sequence page.

PSYH 705
Individual Counseling
3 Credits
This course examines the process involved in individual counseling and psychotherapy. Supportive, re-educative, and reconstructive approaches to therapeutic interaction are explored. Various theoretical approaches to understanding personality change are examined from behavioral, psychodynamic, and client-centered orientations. This course assumes a lifespan perspective on therapeutic interaction. Counseling techniques with children and adolescents will be emphasized.
Prerequisite: 24 graduate credits.

PSYH 618
Social, Emotional, & Behavioral Assessment
3 Credits
This course provides an introduction to various techniques currently utilized in the assessment of social, emotional, and behavioral functioning. A brief history of social, emotional, and behavioral assessment is also presented. Techniques covered include interviews, behavioral observations, projective assessment, and norm-referenced rating scales. Functional Behavioral Assessment is also covered. The course details how these techniques can be utilized to assess students who may have symptoms related to Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, depression, anxiety, and Autism spectrum disorders.

PSYH 602
Consultation in the Schools
3 Credits
The study of school-based consultation: theory, techniques, and practice. Course provides information on the barriers to school change and the critical role of consultation in prevention of school failure. It also includes development of knowledge of the consultation process and preliminary skills in consulting. Students develop an understanding of the school as an organization (culture) and the relationship of organizational factors to the consultation process.

PSYH 610 AND 611
School Psychology Practicum I and II
1 Credit each
The School Psychology Practicum is an integral part of professional training. Experiences are offered in a variety of settings and enable students to apply skills acquired through coursework. Students are required to complete 150 hours on site during each practicum. All field placements must be approved by the Field Placement Coordinator. Students register for the same instructor for Practicum I (fall) and Practicum II (spring). Prerequisites: 24 graduate credits including PSYH 600, PSYH 616, PSYH 617, completion of the Child Abuse Identification, Violence Prevention, and DASA Seminars. Completion of the fingerprinting process through the NYS Education Department is also required.

PSYH 706
Group Counseling
3 Credits
This course introduces students to theories and methods of group interventions with children and adolescents. The course examines historical perspectives, various theoretical orientations, and specific group and conjoint therapy techniques and strategies.
Prerequisite: PSYH 705 Individual Counseling.

PSYH 640
Academic & Behavioral Interventions
3 Credits
This course explores the types of academic and behavioral interventions that school psychologists utilize within the schools. These types of interventions apply to students in both general education and special education programs. From the academic realm, it includes interventions related to reading, mathematics, and written language. Behavioral interventions include those related to working with students diagnosed with disorders such as Autism, AttentionDeficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, and students experiencing difficulty with social skills, bullying, or aggression. Interventions will be discussed through the framework of evidence-based practice. Students will have the opportunity to integrate and evaluate these types of interventions into a single-subject Response to Intervention research design.

PSYG 550 Multicultural Counseling
3 Credits
This course is designed to help counselors-intraining begin to develop the self-awareness, knowledge, and skills necessary to provide effective and appropriate services to clients who come from diverse cultural backgrounds. In addition to sensitizing students to the experiences, worldviews, and within-group differences of several racial/ethnic minority populations, the course provides an overview of the sociopolitical nature of counseling approaches and the way counseling has historically failed the culturally different.

PSYH 625 
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy with Children & Adolescents
3 Credits
This course serves as an introduction to cognitive-behavioral therapy. The foundations, history, and techniques of cognitive-behavioral therapy will be covered. Students will explore the relationships between theory, therapy techniques, and evidence-based practice. Cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques that can be used when working with children and adolescents will be emphasized.

School Crisis Prevention & Intervention
3 Credits
This course provides an overview of the types of crises that students and school personnel encounter. The roles of prevention and intervention are discussed within the context of K-12 schools. Topics covered include establishing a safe and resilient school environment, protective factors, crisis response, bullying, the role of social media, violence, suicide, grief, the impact of war, and natural disasters.