This is a capstone course designed to review the academic work and empirical experiences of psychology majors in the field, but not excluding the incorporation of other academic and collegiate experiences from psychology's point of view. Additionally, this course provides students the opportunity to explore topics they deem important. The course helps prepare students for program completion and a smooth transition from collegiate to professional life. It also provides a review of the students' academic experiences and verifies that all of the collegiate co-curricular expectations have been met.
The theory and methodology of sexual abuse, non-sexual trauma, and the effects of trauma is examined. Awareness of abuse, recognizing the sources of trauma and developing a recovery plan through the use of available resources for prevention and treatment in the State of Maine will also be covered.
This course covers an introduction to the principles and techniques to counseling and psychotherapy with attention given to professional identity factors, theoretical and research foundations, counseling applications, current issues in therapeutic practice, and the place and obligations of the psychotherapist in the profession.
Field Placement in Psychology is designed to introduce students to the actual fieldwork in mental health that is related to their career goals. This is a highly individualized class that is structured to meet the individual educational and career related needs of each student. Weekly class meetings will focus on issues relevant to providing mental health services to patients, becoming aware of various systems that support provision of mental health services, and increasing one's self-awareness in regards to working in mental health systems and providing mental health services. Students must receive approval from their advisor before they can register.
This course is intended to provide the opportunity to offer advanced courses in psychology that would not normally be a part of the Husson curriculum. As such the topics will depend upon the interests of students and faculty.