Concentrations

 

Clinical Neuropsychology Concentration

Overview:

The Clinical Neuropsychology concentration within the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), Clinical Specialization degree program at University of the Rockies can be completed by individuals already holding a graduate degree in psychology. The concentration is primarily aimed at developing competencies in administering, scoring, and interpreting a wide variety of neuropsychological assessment instruments. The systematic training includes coursework in clinical neuroanatomy, clinical neuropsychopathology (e.g., Parkinson's Disease, movement disorders, dementias, traumatic brain injury), clinical psychopharmacology (neuroactive drugs that can skew measurement), and supervised practice in neuropsychological assessment.

Note: Neuropsychology is typically a post-Doctoral specialty designation, requiring state licensure as a psychologist and several years of specialized training and supervised practice. Those prospective or current students who are interested in completing the requirements necessary to practice as a neuropsychologist should consult with the National Academy of Neuropsychology and the state psychology licensing board in which they are practicing or would like to practice to determine the requirements for designation as a neuropsychologist. This concentration does not lead to a designation or licensure as a neuropsychologist.

Concentration Requirements (9 credits):

  • PSY 8185 Pediatric Neuropsychology (3 credits)
  • PSY 8110 Neuropsychological Assessment (3 credits)
  • PSY 8170 Bio/Neurofeedback Assessment & Treatment (3 credits)

(Courses in biological bases of behavior and psychopharmacology are a part of the PsyD, Clinical Specialization degree program.)

 

Forensic/Correctional Psychology Concentration Requirements

Overview:

The Forensic/Correctional Concentration within the PsyD program in Clinical Psychology is designed to give students an introduction to the exciting and emerging fields of Forensic and Correctional Psychology. At its core, Forensic Psychology is the application of psychological principles, research, assessment and practice to the legal, correctional, and criminal/civil justice systems, while Correctional Psychology is the application of psychological principles, research, assessment and practice to correctional systems and facilities. Students who complete this concentration will have a good understanding of the various areas in which forensic and correctional psychologists practice, including corrections, law enforcement, research, consultation and assessment. Students examine the forensic and correctional applications of traditional personality and cognitive assessment instruments and specific forensic instruments used for evaluation of such areas as competency to stand trial, psychopathology, propensity to commit sexual offenses, risk of violent behavior, and general response style. Through hands-on practice (under supervision), students develop a basic competency in the major personal and social theories of correctional mental health practice and family violence, including elder abuse, and develop skills in the treatment of inmates and victims of family and other types of violence.

Concentration Requirements (9 credits)
Choose 9 credits from the following:

  • PSY 8540 Forensic Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSY 8160 Forensic Assessment (3 credits)
  • PSY 8310 Correctional Mental Health: Theory and Practice (3 credits)
  • PSY 6230 Treatment of Family Violence (3 credits)

 

Health Psychology Concentration

Overview:

The Health Psychology concentration within the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), Clinical Specialization degree program at University of the Rockies is designed to prepare you, as a psychologist, to function more effectively in health care settings and to develop a much deeper understanding of the interrelationships between physical and emotional health. Students may focus their studies within the concentration in general health psychology or in pain management.

Concentration Requirements (9 credits):

Required Courses:

  • PSY 8820 Health Psychology (3 credits)

Choose two courses (6 credits) from the following:

  • PSY 8821 Major Illnesses: Health Psychology's Role (3 credits)
  • PSY 8822 Treatment Approaches in Health Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSY 8823 Medical Ethics in Health Psychology (3 credits)

(Courses in biological bases of behavior and psychopharmacology are a part of the PsyD, Clinical Specialization degree program.)

 

Marriage and Family Therapy Concentration

Overview:

The Marriage and Family Therapy concentration within the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), Clinical Specialization degree program prepares you to work with a wide range of issues that confront families and systems. This concentration focuses on the systemic approach for numerous problem areas and diagnoses. Topics covered include: assessment, treatment and interventions. 

Concentration Requirements (9 credits)
Choose 9 credits from the following:

  • PSY 6460 Marital Systems (3 credits)
  • PSY 6600 Theories & Techniques of Marriage & Family Therapy I (3 credits)
  • PSY 6610 Theories & Techniques of Marriage & Family Therapy II (3 credits)
  • PSY 8620 Advanced Seminar in Marriage & Family Therapy (3 credits)

 

Sport Neuroperformance Concentration

Overview:

The Sport Neuroperformance Concentration is designed to prepare psychologists to work with athletes and other performers. With an emphasis on neuropsychology, students in this concentration learn neuropsychological assessment skills, concussion assessment and management skills, psychological aspects of injury, as well as performance enhancement techniques.

Concentration Requirements (15 credits):

  • PSY 8110 Neuropsychological Assessment (3 credits)
  • PSY 8170 Neurofeedback Assessment & Treatment (3 credits)
  • PSY 7314 Rehabilitation in Sports & Performance (3 credits)
  • PSY 7301 Advanced Performance Enhancement I: Core Mind-body Practices (3 credits)
  • PSY 8190 Sport Neuropsychology (3 credits)

Note: This concentration in the PsyD, Clinical Specialization program does not lead to Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) certification. AASP does not certify programs or curricula, but rather approves specific courses in 12 areas leading to certification. Many of the courses in the PsyD, Clinical Specialization program, Sport Neuroperformance Concentration at University of the Rockies have been approved by AASP as meeting criteria in specific content areas, but students may need to use undergraduate courses or take additional courses to meet all AASP requirements. Students will complete practicum courses as part of this Concentration that may meet some or all of AASP internship requirements for certification. Students are strongly encouraged to check with AASP to determine specific internship requirements. 

    For more information on the concentrations at University of the Rockies, call 866-442-0808 or email admissions@rockies.edu.

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