Courses in Counseling Psychology

T CPY 110X Honors Education: History, Theory, & Practice (1)
A course for all incoming first-semester students in The Honors College. Students will be introduced to university life, the roles of students and professors in the University, and working effectively in small groups to promote each other's learning. All first-semester honors students are strongly encouraged to enroll.

T CPY 111 Introduction to Honors Research (1)
A course for all incoming first-year honors students and all second-year honors students admitted during their first year. Students will be introduced to undergraduate honors research through presentations of their honors theses by senior honors students and by presentations by professors who supervise undergraduate honors theses. Prerequisite: first-year student in The Honors College or new second-year student in The Honors College. 

T CPY 112 Exploration of Pathways: Careers and Families (1)
A course for second-year honors students that completes a three-course sequence that began during the first year. Through a series of talks by professionals from several fields, students will gain an understanding of the professional and personal pathways taken by those in various professions. Prerequisites: T CPY 110 & 111. Open only to second-year students in The Honors College.

E CPY 204U/204X Principles of Career and Life Planning (3)
Review of theories of decision-making career development, occupational choice, and job satisfaction. Additional topics: vocational measurement and assessment, evaluation and use of occupational information, and strategies of life-span planning. Some sections restricted to freshmen and sophomores only.

E CPY 301 Methods in Peer Helping I (2)
Introduction to the counseling theories and skills used in a variety of helping roles. Opportunities to develop basic relationships and communication skills. Case studies that examine motivational variables in helping activities. Prerequisite(s): A PSY 101 and permission of instructor.

E CPY 302 Methods in Peer Helping II (2)
Group activities for greater understanding of interpersonal skills. Interpersonal skill development and understanding of relevant theoretical concepts. Optional individual research projects. Prerequisite(s): E CPY 301 and permission of instructor.

E CPY 303 Methods in Peer Helping III (2)
Theories and research concerning young adult development. Practice with both individual and group helping skills. Research projects related to young adult development. Prerequisite(s): E CPY 301, 302, and permission of instructor.

E CPY 311 Helping Skills in Human Services: Sexuality and Young Adults (3)
Introduction to the major theories and research regarding human sexuality and young adults. Opportunities are provided for students to develop helping skills in the area of human sexuality. Prerequisite(s): A PSY 101 and permission of instructor.

E CPY 312 Service Learning: Designing Sexuality Education and Peer Helping Programs for Young Adult (3)
This course, the second in a series of training courses, will continue the training for participation in the Project SHAPE peer education program wherein students will conduct a variety of sexual health and sexuality programs for the University and greater Albany community. Students will expand their knowledge of major concepts and issues in human sexuality, refine their program development and facilitation skills, and enhance peer helping skills through structured discussions and engaged learning experiences. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor. Must be a member of Project SHAPE: Sexual Health and Peer Education program through University Counseling Center. Must have successfully completed E CPY 311.

E CPY 357 Applied Sport Psychology (3)
This course will provide an overview of issues related to applied sport psychology. Topics covered will include enhancing motivation, effective leadership, team cohesion, individual performance enhancement techniques (e.g., imagery and relaxation, cognitive restructuring), and counseling/clinical issues that are especially relevant to athletes (e.g., substance abuse, burnout). Application of sport psychology across human diversity (e.g., gender, race, ethnicity, culture, age) also will be addressed.

E CPY 360 Psychology, Cultural Diversity, & Social Justice (3)
This course will examine several aspects of diversity as it relates to U.S. culture and society. Moreover, the course will examine and explore the psychological effects of various types of oppression (i.e., racism, heterosexism, and classism) as they impinge upon specific communities within the U.S. and individuals within those communities. In addition, this course will include topics related to social justice and advocacy related to the improvement and empowerment of marginalized groups studied. The course will incorporate various sources of knowledge and content to provide a comprehensive perspective on the multiple layers of cultural diversity represented in U.S. culture. These sources include readings, class discussions, video presentations, experiential activities, and guest lecturers.

E CPY 387 Institute (1-9)
A special course, not part of the regular pattern of offerings, designed to meet non-recurring needs. Available for division use and subject to division approval.

E CPY 400 Foundations of Peer Counseling and Peer Education (3)
In this course, students will be introduced to peer counseling and peer educations through classroom presentations, experiential exercises, and participation in a weekly “training shift” at the Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program. The classroom portion of the course will consist of lectures on basic listening and communication skills as well as an introduction to peer counseling and peer education. There will also be classroom sessions on specific topics related to campus issues, such as alcohol and substance abuse, sexual assault, eating disorders, and other topics addressed by peer counselors and peer educators. In addition to participating in the lecture portion of the course, students will be required to complete a weekly three-hour “training shift” in which they will be paired with a peer mentor to practice the skills that are discussed in class. In this way, students will have an opportunity to observe and work with experienced peers in the context of a service agency that is located on campus. Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor.

E CPY 403 Peer Counseling and Peer Education: Theory and Practice I (3)
In this course, which is a companion to A CPY 400 (Foundations of Peer Counseling and Peer Education), students will have the opportunity to practice peer counseling and peer education skills through supervised experiences which will occur on the Middle Earth crisis hotline and/or in the Middle Earth outreach education service. Students will also participate in weekly supervision groups which are facilitated by instructional staff. A primary strength of this course is that learning can take place in the context of a campus service agency, allowing students the opportunity to apply skills which they have learned. Prerequisite(s): E CPY 400 or the equivalent: and permission of the instructor.

E CPY 404 Peer Counseling and Peer Education: Theory and Practice II (3)
In this course, which is a companion to E CPY 400 (Foundations of Peer Counseling and Peer Education), students will have the opportunity to practice peer counseling and peer education skills through supervised experiences which will occur on the Middle Earth crisis hotline and/or in the Middle Earth outreach education service. Students will also participate in weekly supervision groups which are facilitated by instructional staff. A primary strength of this course is that learning can take place in the context of a campus service agency, allowing students the opportunity to apply skills which they have learned. Prerequisite(s): E CPY 400 and 403, or equivalent; and permission of instructor.

E CPY 405 Peer Counseling and Peer Education: Theory and Practice III (3)
In this course, which is a companion to E CPY 400 (Foundations of Peer Counseling and Peer Education), students will have the opportunity to practice peer counseling and peer education skills through supervised experiences which will occur on the Middle Earth crisis hotline and/or in the Middle Earth outreach education service. Students will also participate in weekly supervision groups which are facilitated by instructional staff. A primary strength of this course is that learning can take place in the context of a campus service agency, allowing students the opportunity to apply skills which they have learned. Prerequisite(s): E CPY 400, 403, and 404, or equivalent; and permission of instructor.

E CPY 406 Theory and Practice in Peer Counseling and Education: Peer Supervision (3)
In this course, which is a companion to E CPY 403, 404, and 405 (Peer Counseling and Peer Education: Theory and Practice I, II, and III), students will have the opportunity to practice peer counseling and peer education supervision skills through practical experiences which will occur on the Middle Earth crisis hotline and/or in the Middle Earth outreach education service. Students will also participate in weekly supervision groups facilitated by instructional staff. A primary strength of this course is that learning can take place in the context of a campus service agency, allowing students the opportunity to apply skills which they have learned. Prerequisite(s): E CPY 400, 403, 404, and 405, or equivalent; and permission of instructor.

E CPY 421 Introduction to Counseling Psychology (3)
The history, philosophy, and organization of counseling psychology both as an academic discipline and as a helping profession are explored. Emphasizes understanding of personal, academic, and professional aspects of counseling psychology in the context of modern economic and social influences. For the student considering a career in the helping professions. Prerequisite(s): A PSY 101.

E CPY 462 Psychology of Disability (3)
Study of the psychological aspects of disability. Emphasizes physical disability, but also includes other disabling conditions. Topics include reactions to disability, adjustment to disability, rehabilitation approaches, community resources, and affirmative action policies. Prerequisite(s): A PSY 101 or its equivalent.

E CPY 497 Independent Study (3–6)
Designed to meet needs of undergraduate students who possess interest in counseling or counseling psychology and plan for graduate education. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite(s): junior or senior standing, and permission of instructor.