Courses

Psy 379 Psychology of Divorce
Divorce directly and indirectly affects the majority of people in society. This course will take a critical look at the cycle of marriage, causes of divorce, psychological consequences of divorce for children and parents.
 
Psy 486A Ethical & Legal Dilemmas in Psychology
Ethical and legal dilemmas arising in psychology are complex and rarely is there one solid "right" answer.  The purpose of this course is to provide a framework for reasoning through ethical dilemmas and documenting your reasoning processes.  Dilemmas arising with adults and children in various contexts (research, mental health services, group homes, summer camps, preschools, offender treatment, etc.) will be considered.
 
Psy 586B Ethical Issues in Psychology
The purpose of this course is to consider role of ethics in psychological practice and psychological science. It will provide a framework for reasoning through ethical dilemmas using moral, philosophical, psychological and legal standards. The goal is for students to be able to develop defensible moral and ethical analyses of ethical dilemmas that commonly arise in psychology. Areas covered include selected theories of moral philosophy, the five broad moral principles, the American Psychological Association (APA) Ethical Principles and Codes of Conduct for  Psychologists and applicable state and federal law.
 
Psy 563 Forensic Assessment: Intervention and Treatment (cross listed with law)
This course will be detailed discussions of the uneasy alliance of psychologists and the legal system, the nature and method of forensic assessment, communicating with the courts (report writing, expert testimony, consultation) and specific forensic assessment areas including family (custody evaluations), criminal (psychological evaluations, competence to stand trial, mental state at the time of the offense), civil (civil competencies) and juvenile.