PSYC W60 Addictions: What, How, Why? This course explores not only the rapidly expanding knowledge of addictions but also how this knowledge is informing identification and treatment of addicted individuals with subsequent impact on society and the Christian community. Specific topics include biological, psychological, and societal contributors to addiction and treatment modalities. Through the use of The Addiction Project film, selected readings, class discussions, projects and guest speakers, this course hopes to demystify the problems of addiction and our Christian responsibility toward individuals with addictions. The course will include an in-depth investigation of alcoholism through the use of a first person account, Smashed, Story of a Drunken Girlhood, a visit to an AA meeting, and examination of Christian perspectives concerning addiction as discussed in the book, “Alcohol, Addiction and Christian Ethics. Students will be evaluated on class participation, journal entries, written responses to readings and a final project presentation. Prerequiste: Psychology 151. J. Yonker. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
PSYC W61 Helping Skills. This course presents fundamental skills and strategies that underlie many psychotherapies. In reviewing the theory and research on therapy and helping relationships, the course identifies basic principles of problem management, communication, listening, and helping. A workshop format is used to teach and practice helping skills. Students develop skills in practice interviews and small group exercises. Students are assessed with direct observation of skill development, behavioral ratings, and writing assignments. Appropriate for students in psychology as well as social work, pastoral counseling, or management fields. Prerequisite: Psychology 151. J. DeBoe. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
PSYC W80 Knowing Yourself. This course is an introduction to contemporary theories and research about how people come to know and evaluate themselves and how self-judgments influence our emotions, actions, and aspirations. How can an individual’s self-concept and self-esteem be assessed? What are the limits and distortions of self-understanding? How does one’s self-concept originate and develop? How do people seek to maintain stable self-conceptions and enhance their self-esteem? How does self-understanding contribute to the way we deal with anxiety, depression, and personal failure? What dynamics contribute to the disintegration of self? The course includes readings, lectures, class discussions, films, and personal reflection on one’s own self-concept. Students are required to take two written tests and to complete a narrative life history that demonstrates their ability to use appropriate principles and concepts from the course. This course may fulfill an elective in the psychology major or minor. This course is not open to students who have taken or plan to take Psychology 311. Prerequisite: Psychology 151. J. Brink, G. Weaver. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
PSYC W81 Psychopathology on Film. From the advent of the motion picture industry, movies have attempted to capture the essence of human affect, behavior, and cognition. This course focuses on the attempts of the movie industry to capture the essence of mental illness. The course is divided into two parts. The first part will trace historical changes in the understanding of mental illness and the perspective on the mentally ill and those who treat them, and in so doing emphasize how movies reflect the Zeitgeist of broader western culture. The second part will focus on various emotional disorders, emphasizing symptoms and perspectives on the development and the treatment of these disorders. Students view a variety of movies and are involved in critiquing them regarding perspective, accuracy, and realism. The goal is to develop critical-thinking skills by viewing film portrayals of psychological disorders. Students are evaluated on the basis of a group project and final paper. This course may fulfill an elective in the psychology major. Prerequisite: Psychology 212 or equivalent. S. Stehouwer. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
IDIS W23 The Psychology and Practice of Stock Market Investing. A. Shoemaker. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
SPAUD 343 Principles of Human Neuroanatomy. E. Helder, P. Tigchelaar. 8:30 a.m. to noon.