PSYC W60 European Influence on History of Psychology & Religion. This off-campus, European, dual-discipline course will involve the investigation of sites, museums, archives, and institutes of those individuals who created and contributed to the fields of experimental, clinical and cognitive psychology. The best way to understand these famous scientists and their contributions to psychology is to see where they lived, breathed and worked, thereby permitting a greater appreciation of how their contexts shaped their viewpoints and their theories. Our students’ immersion in the birthplaces of these distinctive schools of psychological thought will help them integrate different areas of psychology in order to form a deep appreciation for the roots of these fascinating fields of psychology. Texts include original readings (translated) by Wundt, Freud, and Piaget. Additionally, the origins of these “fathers of psychology” are in cities in which the Church Reformers lived and worked, thereby allowing students the opportunity to experience reformation history where it happened. Aspects of reformation history we will investigate include: the Reformation museum in Geneva, Luther in Worms, the Heidelberg Catechism in Heidelberg and the Anglican Church in London. Selected Reformation texts are also included in the readings. Final course evaluations and presentations take place at Calvin the last day of interim. Through this experience, we expect our students to articulate the central concept contributions of each psychologist and reformer studied, but more importantly, understand how the cultural and historical context shaped these theoretical perspectives and what that means for a student of psychology and religion today. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Prerequisites: PSYC 151 and REL 121 or 131. Course dates: January 8-28. Fee: $3850. P. Moes, J. Yonker. Off campus.
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.
IDIS 150 32 DCM: Human Decision Making and God’s Will. D. Tellinghuisen. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.