Master of Arts in Psychology, Sport and Performance Psychology

Master of Arts in Psychology, Sport and Performance Psychology

Courses

(All courses are 3 credits and are listed in the recommended sequence.)

PSY 5003 Introduction to Applied & Professional Psychology  
This course provides an overview of the roles, relationships, and responsibilities of individuals in the various specialties in applied and professional psychology. Attention is given to identifying those specialties for which licensure or certification is possible and/or available, those specialties that apply the principles of psychology to organizations and organizational problems, and the distinction between experimental/theoretical psychology and applied/professional psychology.

PSY 5130 Life Span Development  
This course surveys the major theoretical perspectives on life span development from conception through late adulthood. Developmental processes related to physical, cognitive, moral, and emotional functions are reviewed as well as societal and cultural aspects of development.

PSY 6501 Psychology of Personality  
This course explores the major theories of personality including Psychodynamic, Behavioral, Biological, Cognitive, Trait-Factor, and Humanistic/Existential approaches. Students study individual theories and compare and contrast these theoretical positions in terms of current research. In addition, students explore the relevance and application of personality theories to the profession of psychology.

PSY 5400 Statistics & Research Design  
This course emphasizes statistical concepts related to methods most appropriate to data and theories in psychology. The focus is on a quantitative approach to the concepts and methods of statistical inference. Topics include sampling, frequency distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, and probability. Statistical analyses covered include correlation, regression, t-tests, nonparametric tests, and Analysis of Variance. Basic research design issues are addressed, with a focus on selecting data analysis techniques to appropriately address research questions and apply the concepts covered to various psychological problems and real life situations. Emphasis is on developing skills in interpreting statistical results presented in research articles.

PSY 5280 Ethics, Laws & Standards of Professional Practice*
This course is a study of the ethical and legal issues confronting those practicing in human services. Topics related to clinical methodology, standards of practice, and inter-professional relations are explored. Students learn principles of ethical decision making, standards for human and animal use in research, and standards of care specified by state and federal laws. Emphasis is placed on exploration of the emotional impact that major ethical and legal dilemmas have on decision making. Students also master the current code of ethics of the American Psychological Association and other professional codes of ethics, such as the code of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy or the code of the American Counseling Association. This course must be taken at University of the Rockies and may not be transferred from another institution.

PSY 5290 Theories & Techniques of Counseling & Psychotherapy  
This course is an overview of the psychodynamic, cognitive/behavioral, and existential/humanistic schools of psychology, as well as corresponding models of counseling and frequently used assessment and therapeutic techniques. The primary focus in the course is on the development of both skills and rationale in the application of intervention strategies to treatment and case management.

PSY 5520 Cognitive & Affective Bases of Behavior  
This course studies the science of the cognitive and affective bases of behavior. The course reviews the contributions of cognitive psychology and also studies the effect of emotion and motivation on behavior. Cognitive psychology emphasizes perception, attention, memory, reasoning, language, imagery, and problem solving. Affective psychology focuses on emotional arousal, motivation, attribution, and mood. Students are thoroughly acquainted with research and research methods in this area and also focus on how this information applies in clinical practice.

PSY 6301 Cultural & Historical Approaches to Sports & Performance  
This course provides a foundation for understanding the cultural and historical perspectives on sports and performance psychology. The curriculum explores the key contributors, important research discoveries and differing roles of professionals in the field. Students investigate models of performance from ancient to contemporary traditions. Emphasis is on the successful integration of various cultural perspectives on sports and performance.

PSY 6310 Physiological Factors in Sports & Performance  
This course provides the foundation for understanding the physiological and psychomotor dimensions of sports and performance. The curriculum will focus on physiological components of behavior and their relationship to the mental and emotional aspects of performance. Attention is given to the areas of regulating arousal, stress, anxiety and fear. Students will learn to assess parameters of the stress response. The course is designed to assist the working professional in creating strategies for optimizing human performance.

PSY 6312 Performance Enhancement  
Psychological Skills Training (PST) is the systemic and disciplined use of psychological skills to enhance performance. Similar to physical skills, mental and psychological skills development requires precision and repetition of multiple capacities. These include focusing and concentration, arousal regulation, imagery, increasing confidence, motivation, and effective goal-setting.

PSY 6315 Enhancing Health & Well-Being in Sports & Performance Settings  
This course explores the central importance of health and well-being in sports and performance. Excellence in performance often demands balanced mental and physical functioning and adherence to a well designed training regimen. In attaining health and well-being, particular attention is given to psychological and behavioral components that either support or detract from performance. Supportive elements include healthy exercise, recovery, diet, and relationships. Indicators of imbalance include injuries, illness, eating disorders, addictions, aggression and burnout. Further, the course examines the temptations and dangers of illicit performance enhancing drugs. Attainment of balance is seen as a core ingredient of optimal and sustainable well-being.

PSY 6318 Youth Development & Sports  
One purpose of sports and performance psychology is helping people improve performance through the use of mental techniques. Sports and performance psychology also looks at how involving ourselves in sports and performance activities facilitates personal growth and well-being. Students are introduced to several important topics: 1) how physical activity and psychological development are linked, 2) effective coaching practices for youth and young adults, 3) child/parent interaction, and 4) application of this knowledge with adults.

PSY 6320 Group & Team Dynamics  
The proper blending of the talents and strengths of individuals can create incredible results. Also significant negative impacts are a reality in dysfunctional groups and teams. This course defines the essential ingredients of cohesive groups and high-performing teams. Students investigate how individuals can maximize both personal and team performance.

Comprehensive Exam

Total Credits 39

* This course may not be transferred in.

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Students attending class on campus will take their last three classes and the comprehensive exam during their second year.
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