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Multicultural Courses

All courses within the Psychology Department at PCOM address diversity/multicultural issues as related to the course topic.  However, diverse populations and/or diversity/multicultural topics are the core focus of many courses offered here.  A sampling of these diversity-related courses is below. 


ODL 506 – Social Factors and Cultural Diversity
3 credits
Culture is the set of shared attitudes, values, goals and practices that characterizes a community. These communities exist around gender, race, color, age, differently-abled, sexual orientation, class, religion, ethnicity and nationality. This course examines differences that characterize people of various communities and what happens when they come together in organizations. The dynamics of social factors and cultural diversity in organizations will be examined through both theoretical literature and pragmatic experience. The course will culminate in the development of strategies for engaging people of various cultures more successfully.

PSY 507 – Social Psychology and Multicultural Competence
3 credits
This course presents an overview of health and social problems at individual, group, institutional and societal levels. It will also provide an overview of the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to understand, communicate with and treat culturally diverse populations.

SPSY 508 – Multicultural Counseling: Methods & Techniques
3 credits
The major theoretical approaches to psychotherapy and counseling with children and adolescents will be reviewed with special consideration of developmental, social, personal and cultural factors and the applications of techniques in school settings.  The course is designed to provide an introduction to the basic skills used in psychotherapy and counseling in general and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) specifically.  Students learn how to deal with social and emotional problems frequently encountered in school-age children. Research focusing on treatment outcome as well as case material will be reviewed.  Ethical and cultural considerations in the psychotherapeutic treatment of children will also be discussed. 

SPSY 507 – The Exceptional Child: Psychological/Educational Implications
3 credits
This course is designed to provide a basic knowledge base about development that allows the student to understand atypical development. In doing so, the student will be introduced to a wide variety of developmental disabilities and become sensitized to the implications of these disabilities when working with children and their families. In addition, the student will cover a wide range of developmental disabilities, including learning disabilities, cognitive disabilities, pervasive development disabilities, sensory disabilities, communication impairments and traumatic brain injuries. The course will use lectures, discussions, videotapes, student presentations and guest speakers to provide a comprehensive learning experience.

SPSY 514 – Multicultural Issues in Psychology
3 credits
This course is part 2 in a sequence of 3 courses focusing on multicultural issues in the field of school psychology. The intent of this course is to present a detailed overview of the complex issues and methods that will serve as a guide to developing multicultural competence, i.e., understanding diversity from a historical, sociological, developmental, educational and psychological perspective. Students are introduced to significant aspects of other cultures while examining their own experiences and developing personal awareness and appropriately applying knowledge to skill-based practices in school settings in order to promote a positive impact on school achievement, self-esteem and personal growth of all children. In addition, students will learn to administer an array of non-verbal and culturally fair assessments and learn how these tests, in conjunction with traditional assessments, inform the practice of school psychology.

SPSY 523 – English Language Learners: Educational Implications and Accommodations
3 credits
This course explores strategies for supporting English Language Learners (ELLs) in formal and informal educational settings. Students are introduced to foundational theories and current research on social and academic factors that influence ELLs’ learning experiences. Emphasis is placed on instructional approaches to support teachers working with linguistically and culturally diverse English Language Learners.

SPSY 634 – Multicultural Community School Psychology
3 credits
This is the final course of a three-part sequence on multicultural issues in school psychology. The course is designed to provide students with an understanding of ways in which culture pervades and interfaces with school, society and community services to children. Students will learn how various multiculturally oriented theories and research are translated into programs that promote prevention and change as they relate to children, families and communities. Emphasis will be placed on linkages between schools and community resources. Working with families from different ethnic backgrounds will enhance the students’ knowledge about cultural competence. Students will be required to conduct field-based experiences by working in urban/suburban/rural school and mental health settings.

CPSY 623 – Human Diversity: Multiculturalism and Individual Differences
3 credits
The intent of this course is to present an overview of issues and methods that will serve as a guide to developing multicultural competence, i.e., the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to understand, communicate with and treat a culturally diverse patient population.

CPSY 609 – Cross-Cultural Cognitive Behavior Therapy
3 credits
This course addresses fundamental awareness and knowledge of cultural competence components. It builds upon knowledge and skills gained in CPSY 623: Human Diversity: Multiculturalism and Individual Differences and further develops culturally sensitive conceptualization and treatment skills adapting cognitive-behavioral therapy for broadly defined culturally diverse populations.

CPSY 685 – Cross-Cultural Assessment
3 credits
The goal of this course is to identify the principles, theories, issues and practices that help to inform the assessment of individuals from diverse cultures. Students will explore the multicultural methods of assessment needed when using “standard” objective and projective methods and techniques.

CPSY 698E – Faith and Clinical Practice
3 credits
Faith is an inner resource most people possess. Yet few clinical training programs are intentional about teaching their students how to leverage their client’s faith to aid in therapy. This course will provide a model for using the clients’ own faith tradition as a therapeutic resource.

CPSY 803 – Advanced Ethics, Health Policy, and Multicultural Competency in Medical Settings
3 credits
This course focuses on the application of the APA Code of Ethics, the Pennsylvania Licensing Law for Psychologists and the Specialty Guidelines for the Delivery of Services to delivery in multidisciplinary health care settings and in care of medical patients. The difference between legal and ethical issues and a variety of professional issues will be addressed. Emphasis will be placed on ethical decision making often encountered in working with clinical health and neuropsychology/rehabilitation populations.


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Last Updated: 12/12/14