PSY 705 Diagnostic Intellectual Assessment of Children and Adolescents
 
This course examines the administration, scoring, interpretation, and research foundations of the major individual tests of intelligence and other objective assessments of cognitive function and behavior, including observation. Emphasizes the Wechsler scales and the measurement of child and adolescent intelligence. Each student will be required to administer a certain number of complete assessments. The course also develops report–writing skills.
 
PSY 708 Analysis and Modification Behavior
 
Learning theories and their application in behavior analysis as an assessment tool for children and adolescents. Protocols of observing and documenting behavior will be taught and emphasis will be placed on methods of behavior modification based on current research and theory. Methods presented include positive and negative reinforcement, schematization, emotional control, negative thought documenting and modification.
 
PSY 711 Psychopharmacology
 
Introduction to the benefit and action of various psychotropics as they are used in the treatment of various clinical syndromes in children, teenagers, adults, and the elderly. Beginning skills for assessing the need for psychoactive medications in helping diverse patient populations, as well as their ability and side effects.
 
PSY 714 Psychological Interventions in the Schools II
 
The course will focus on contemporary, empirically validated treatments for children and families and for classroom-based interventions in collaboration with the teacher. Interventions will include psycho-educational approaches, counseling, cognitive-behavioral and other scientifically based methods, with emphasis on their specific application in the school context.
 
PSY 716 Basic Clinical Skills
 
This course focuses on the clinical thinking and the clinical methods necessary for assessment and psychotherapy. The course reviews the theory and research that will enable students to develop clinical skills needed for interviewing, managing difficult and sensitive topics and managing clients' emotional reactions; it will also teach them insight, self-management and how to define the problem. This course covers the issues and problems involved in clinical practice and presents the process of clinical practice. Specific clinical skills will be taught, discussed and practiced throughout the semester.
 
PSY 717 Adult Psychopathology
 
This course will review the most common disorders of adulthood, with emphasis on diagnosis and the clinical picture; the developmental process; possible etiologies; the role of biological, hereditary, environmental and other factors in the development and maintenance of the problem. Scientifically based treatments for these disorders will be discussed. Also discussed are the clinical diagnostic classifications and the criteria that separate abnormal from normal behavior.
 
PSY 720 Advanced Seminar in Psychotherapy for Couples and Families
 
This seminar focuses on the particularities of working with families and couples. Students will become familiar with behavioral, cognitive and systemic approaches and techniques to assess and treat these groups. Students will learn to anticipate and deal with the problems that arise from the associations between the different family members, and will be taught the role of the therapist in this system. Relevant clinical skills and related ethical issues will be discussed and practiced through simulations and clinical cases.

PSY 721 Seminar in Group Psychotherapy

The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to group psychotherapy. Several theoretical approaches to the development of a therapy group will be considered (e.g., Behavioral, Rational-Emotive, Person-Centered, Psychoanalytic). Specifically, students will acquire knowledge pertaining to issues of forming, developing, and leading different groups. Students will acquire the skills necessary for group leadership through experiential exercises and/or group experiences.

 
PSY 723 Seminar on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
 
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to Cognitive-Behavioral Theory, the related research, and psychotherapy practice. It will focus on how this theoretical approach is applied to the treatment of various psychiatric and psychological difficulties and disorders. It will also address: (a) issues arising as treatment begins, such as assessment, decision-making, conceptualization, and treatment planning; (b) treatment techniques commonly used in CBT and the theories underlying them; (c) issues relating to the practice of CBT; (d) the efficacy of the approach; and (e) the benefits and limitations of identifying and using empirically supported treatment programs. The course will also introduce the "third wave" behavior therapies such as dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Another objective of the course is to encourage students to think critically about their clinical work, and to do the same for the research literature that is related to this work. At the completion of the course, students should be competent in understanding, explaining, critically evaluating, teaching, and applying the philosophy. They should also be aware of the advantages and limitations, the research and the techniques of CBT, as well as the empirical approach to therapy. This course will consist of a mix of lectures, class discussion, videos, demonstrations, role plays, and student presentations.
 
PSY 724 System Theory and Interventions Seminar

Review of the various system models as they apply to psychological intervention. Emphasis will be placed on the family system, the couple system, groups, and organizational systems. Systemic thinking in relation to individual mental health problems, interpersonal difficulties, and intergroup conflict will be developed. Emphasis will be placed on developing students' ability to consider contextual factors (e.g., cultural, social, familial, work, school).

PSY 725 Brief Psychotherapy Seminar

Review of the different brief therapy models. Definition of the clinical problem and solution focused interventions for individual mental health problems and couple distress. Development of skills for brief psychotherapy treatment will be achieved through structured discussions, experiential learning, case studies, and role playing. This course is expected to further develop the students´ knowledge and skills in basic psychotherapy.

PSY 726 Specialized Seminar II: Clinical Geropsychology

This course examines the psychological and health aspects of ageing. It covers normal/healthy ageing, and in addition, it presents research, assessment and intervention strategies regarding typical problems of aging that arise in clinical practice. Information is presented within a framework that emphasizes the interplay among biological, psychological and social factors and the way these impact the aging person's functioning. The role of the family will be explored in treatment programs that plan for problems likely to be faced in later stages of life. Clinical skills will be developed throughout the semester via taking on geropsychological cases at practicum sites as well as through guided discussion, case study, and video case review.

 
PSY 727 Specialized Seminar III: Clinical Forensic Psychology
 
This seminar will train students to apply their clinical knowledge and skills in forensic settings. The course will first address the theories pertaining to aggression, criminality and antisocial behavior. The main focus, however, will be in working with these challenging populations; specifically focusing on the role of the Clinical Psychologist as an expert witness, and on the psychologist's assessment of suspects, witnesses and victims through clinical interviews, cognitive and personality tests and other methods. Students will also study intervention methods with perpetrators and victims of violence through simulations and studies of clinical cases. Ethical issues that arise in the forensic context will also be discussed.
 
PSY 728 Advanced Seminar IV: Psychological Interventions in Health Settings
 
Health Psychology is the interdisciplinary field concerned with the development and integration of behavioral, psychosocial, and biomedical science knowledge, theory, and techniques relevant to the understanding of health and illness, and the application of this knowledge and these techniques to prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation. Behavioral medicine is the clinical or application branch of health psychology. Thus, behavioral medicine is a sub-specialty of both health psychology and clinical psychology, or the field where clinical psychology and health psychology merge. This class will cover a range of topics that are relevant to health psychology and behavioral medicine. In particular, it will examine basic psychological processes that influence health and illness including, but not limited to, perceived control, stress, behavioral conditioning, factors that influence behavioral change, self-efficacy and social support. It will also examine specific behaviors, illnesses, and physical conditions that are part of the behavioral medicine domain such as obesity, smoking, cancer, HIV, and hypertension. This course will focus on the interventions used in the field of clinical health psychology. Specific emphasis is placed on learning the skills associated with delivering cognitive behavioral psychotherapy in the health care setting. These interventions will focus on both behavioral health (i.e., psychiatric) outcomes as well as health-related behaviors such as medication adherence. In this course students will spend significant time learning the details of these interventions through observation of role-play and videotaped interventions, and practicing specific interventions through clinical case studies and role-play exercises.
 
 
PSY 729 Advanced Seminar V: Severe Psychopathology, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Review of theory, research, and intervention for psychotic personality and other severe disorders. Emphasis will mainly be on adult severe psychopathology. Understanding of the development and maintenance of the psychopathology will be explored through theory and research. A bio-psychosocial framework will be applied to the understanding of severe psychopathology. Assessment and psychotherapy skills will be developed in the areas of suicidal and homicidal ideation. Empirically validated interventions and the importance of multidisciplinary treatment for severe psychopathology will be introduced. Methods used to develop the students' clinical skills include simultaneous therapy with clients with severe psychopathology at practicum sites, guided discussion, demonstration, and experiential learning that emphasizes skills training and practice.

PSY 730 Neuropsychological Assessment

Clinical neuropsychology focuses on the interaction between brain functioning and human behavior. The purpose of this course is to discuss neuropsychological assessment and to help the student differentiate between functional versus organic disorders. In addition, the impact of individual differences relating to intelligence, quality of education, and issues pertaining to test sensitivity and specificity will be integrated into the lectures. Neuropathologies such as Alzheimer's disease, traumatic brain injury, cerebral vascular accidents, neoplastic lesions and neuropsychiatric disorders will be discussed as they pertain to dementia, aphasia, apraxias, agnosias, amnesias, and personality disorders. The course will discuss the effects of neuropathology on neuropsychological function and will implement current clinical and valid assessment measures used to measure memory, attention-concentration, language, perception, visual-spatial skills, verbal learning, and psychosocial functioning. Course prerequisites: PSY 200, PSY 706.

 
PSY 733 Theories and Systems in Psychotherapy

This course serves as an introduction to the various theoretical orientations that inform psychotherapy. Psychodynamic, Cognitive, Behavioral and other models will be discussed. Discussions will focus on how each model conceptualizes the etiology of psychopathology, how each model proceeds to diagnosis and the basic methods each model uses in treatment. Through this introduction students will have access to a wide range of therapy tools that they can utilize in their clinical practice. They will also be able to select the theoretical approach that best suits them and which they can study in greater depth during their clinical internship.

PSY 734 Clinical Practicum Seminar I (10 ECTS)
PSY 735 Clinical Practicum Seminar II (10 ECTS)
PSY 736 Clinical Practicum Seminar III (11 ECTS)
PSY 738 Clinical Practicum Seminar IV (11.5 ECTS)
PSY 739 Clinical Practicum Seminar V (7.5 ECTS) – OPTIONAL
 
Various clinical topics are covered. The seminars will be devoted to discussion of clinical cases assigned to students through practicum sites. Professional issues in clinical psychology and students' professional development will be discussed. Enrollment is required for 4 semesters during practicum training at the community and the University of Cyprus΄ premises.
 
PSΥ 747 Diagnostic Assessment II (Personality, Emotion and Symptomatology)
 
This course aims to educate students in the methods used to assess personality and in the use of diagnostic tests and symptom-specific instruments. After a general introduction to the various methods used in personality assessment, emphasis will be placed on the administration and interpretation of widely used tests like the MMPI and NEO-FFI. Students will also acquire experience in the use of structured and semi-structured clinical interviews for purposes of diagnosis and in the use of symptom-specific tests to identify dysfunction in emotional and behavioral processes.
 
PSY 748 Neuropsychological Rehabilitation
 
This course is sequential to the course on neuropsychological assessment (PSY 730). Students will learn how to interpret assessment findings in order to develop a neuropsychological profile and therapeutic goals for neuropsychological rehabilitation. The course will discuss prominent theories of neuropsychological rehabilitation and evidence-based therapeutic methods and treatment techniques for the rehabilitation of neuropsychological disorders including memory, attention-concentration, perception, organization and categorization, language, and psychosocial disorders. Course prerequisites: PSY 730, PSY 706.
 
PSY 749 Qualitative research methods in Psychology

This course will introduce and familiarize students with qualitative research methods in psychology through a theoretical review and empirical applications. The course will involve the study of qualitative research projects in the areas of social, developmental, educational, cognitive and clinical psychology. The course will include study of: 1) the epistemological principles of qualitative and quantitative methodology; 2) principles and application of methods of data collection; 3) analytical theoretical models; 4) organization, management and class presentation of an original small research project.

PSY 788 Advanced Research Methods ΙΙ

Research Design, Review of Regression Analysis, Basic Functions of Structural Equation Modelling and Exploratory Factor Analysis, Confirmatory Factor Analysis (First-order CFA model, CFA models with Higher-Order factors), Multitrait-Multimethod model, The Full Latent Variable model, Growth Modelling, Multiple-Group Analyses(Testing for invariant factorial structure of a theoretical construct, Testing for invariant latent mean structure, Testing for Invariant Causal Structure), Item Response Theory, Rasch measurement models. Emphasis will be placed on application, analysis and interpretation of latent variable models analyzed with appropriate software.

 
PSY 789 Applied Data Analysis II
 
The course is designed to provide an integrated, in-depth approach to data analysis in psychological science research. An emphasis is placed on applied data analysis and accurate conceptualization, rather than statistical theory. Readings and in-class discussions will focus on theoretical and practical issues involved in the conception, implementation, and evaluation of empirical research in psychology. The course revolves around two themes, research methodology and applied statistics. Course topics include experimentation, quasi-experimentation, participant observation, case studies, surveys, interviews and clinical trial implementation. These methodologies are presented and discussed in parallel with related statistical techniques so that students will be able to resolve questions related to study design, and also apply and evaluate different kinds of psychological investigations.
 
PSY 790 Doctoral Seminar: Dissertation and Research Program Development
The aim of this course is to help students develop their dissertation and to learn how to prepare a research proposal suitable for funding. The course will have a seminar format where students will express and develop their ideas related to their thesis, as well as describe their problems and ask questions in order to receive feedback from the instructor and from the rest of the participants in the group.
 
 
 
Year 1
Fall Semester
 
ECTS Spring Semester ECTS Summer Semester ECTS
Research Course 7.5 Research Course 7.5 PCY 870 Research 15
Clinical Assesssment Course 7.5 Clinical Assesssment Course 7.5    
Clinical Intervention or Assesment Courses (717)* 7.5 Clinical Intervention Course 7.5    
Clinical Intervention Courses (716) * 7.5 PSYCH 869 Research 15    
Total  30 Total 37.5 Total 15
Year 2
Fall Semester
  Spring Semester   Summer Semester  
 Specific Psychotherapy Seminar (PSY 723) *  7.5 (5+2.5)  Specific Psychotherapy Seminar
 7.5 
 PSY 800 Final Comprehensive Exam  15
 Specific Psychotherapy Seminar **  7.5 (5+2.5)  Specific Psychotherapy Seminar **
 7.5
   
 PSY 734 Clinical Practicum Seminar I *  10  PSY 735 Clinical Practicum Seminar II * 10    
 PSY 871 Research  15  PSY 872 Research 15    
 Total  40  Total
 40
 Total  15
 Year 3
Fall Semester
   Spring Semester    Summer Semester  
 PSY 736 Clinical Practicum Seminar ΙII * 11  PSY 738 Clinical Practicum Seminar IV *  11.5    
 PSY 873 Research 30  PSY 874 Research 30    
 Total 41  Total  41.5  Total  
 Year 4
Fall Semester
   Spring Semester    Summer Semester  
PSY 875 Writing Level IA
PSY 876 Writing Level IB
15
15
PSY 877 Writing Level IIA
PSY 878 Writing Level IIB
15
15
   
 Total  30  Total  30 Total   
         Total Mandatory Academic ECTS  97.5
         Total Mandatory Clinical ECTS  42.5
         Total Mandatory Research ECTS  180
           

 Note: (*) Denotes a mandatory course; (**) Denotes the possibility of choosing the one elective for one of the two semesters