PSYC W10 Psychology and the Law. This course explores the connections between psychological principles and the legal system. Participants of this course will have the opportunity to learn directly from legal practitioners, who will highlight the connections and the conflicts that arise between psychology and the legal system. Students will participate in class lectures and discussions, which will incorporate learning from legal professionals, viewing Hollywood movies, and studying criminal cases. Specific topics may include courtroom persuasion, jury decision making, interrogations and confessions, and police lineups. Through this process, students will be introduced to basic psychological processes that are applicable to the law and to important legal concepts and concerns. Students will be required to actively participate in class discussions and to complete writing assignments that ask students to analyze the connections between psychology and the law. This course is perfect for students interested in law school, forensic psychology, or law enforcement, or for those students who are just fascinated with the legal system. E. Jones. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
PSYC W60 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. Appropriate for students in psychology as well as social work, pastoral counseling, or management fields. Prerequisites: Psychology 151 and Psychology 212. J. DeBoe. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
PSYC W61 Mental Illness and the Movies. From silent film: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, to The Snake Pit, to Good Will Hunting through various movies in a variety of genres, movies have attempted to capture the essence of the affect, behavior, and cognition associated with various forms of mental illness. This course traces concepts of psychopathology as presented in the movies. The focus of the course is on the changing perspectives of mental illness and treatment over the past one hundred years. Additionally the focus of this course is on the ways in which specific emotional disorders are presented in modern films, particularly in terms of symptoms and perspectives of causation. Students view a variety of films from the early 20th century to the early 21st century, documenting and critiquing changes in perspectives of mental illness and of the mentally ill over the past one hundred years. Additionally, students view a variety of films that each attempt to portray a person or persons with specific emotional disorders. Students document and critique these films in terms of accuracy and realism. Students also participate in a small group class presentation and critique of a film selected by the group. Prerequisite: Psychology 212. R. S. Stehouwer. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
PSYC W62 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. This course is recommended for students who are interested in clinical or counseling psychology, ministry, and medical/health professions. Prerequisite: Psychology 151. J. Yonker.