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How do we turn difficult mental or emotional experiences into opportunities for personal growth and reflection?
The counseling and health concentration in Emmanuel's psychology department provides students with a foundation of knowledge across a broad range of mental health symptom categories, and students build on this knowledge through an examination of empirically-supported assessment, diagnostic and treatment methodologies for child and adult psychopathology. A variety of schools of therapy are discussed and students practice clinical interviewing and basic counseling skills. This concentration additionally emphasizes the psychophysical bases of health and illness, including an examination of the causes of stress, as well as an introduction to coping and adaptation as applied to pain and illness.
View the 2018-2019 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.
Senior capstone experience (2 semesters)
At least one elective from the following:
The psychology department’s Learning Goals are based in the Principles for Quality Undergraduate Psychology Programs, a report put out by the American Psychological Association, which “recognizes the importance of undergraduate education in advancing psychology as a science, promoting human welfare, and fostering students’ growth and development,” (APA.org). Each goal is broadly articulated, with the recognition that the content, depth, and breadth of the course are dependent upon a number of factors (e.g., 1000–4000-level).
To further articulate how each goal is addressed within the Psychology program course structure, Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are articulated for each course that is part of the major and minor. Bloom’s taxonomy was used as a framework for distinguishing the level of skill or knowledge expected within the given course. These levels are: Remembering, Understanding, Applying, Analyzing, Evaluating and Creating. The student learning outcomes reflect both the Psychology program goals and the level of learning expected for each goal. The departmental goals and course-specific student learning outcomes are included in all course syllabi.