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Westbrook University offers Doctoral Degrees in the College of Humanities. Students will complete a minimum of 40 credit hours of core curriculum, a possible clinical training, a 10 credit hour research project and a 25,000 word dissertation to graduate.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

 
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Addiction Counseling

91 Credit Hours

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Clinical Psychology

93 Credit Hours

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Jungian Psychology

90 Credit Hours

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Transpersonal Psychology

101 Credit Hours

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Psy. D - Psychotherapy

96 Credit Hours

Ph.D. in ADDICTION COUNSELING

RP 400 Essentials of Distance Education

This course is often the student's first opportunity to try a distance learning format. It is designed to aid the student through his or her distance education journey. It will help the student know what is expected for distance learning and aid the student in finding the answers needed to accomplish this goal. Finally, this course will prepare the student on how to begin college writing.

AD 683 What Works in Drug Abuse Epidemiology

An excellent overview of a state-of-the-art drug abuse epidemiology providing the necessary information to approach the first step in solving the drug abuse problem; along with describing and identifying the elements that contribute to it. Featuring lively and descriptive accounts of drug abuse epidemiology from drug abuse researchers, public health experts, and social scientists as they gather and evaluate critical drug abuse information for the particular population served. Authoritative contributors offer practical advice regarding what works in drug abuse epidemiology, what doesn't work, and the reasons why.

AD 681 Chemical Dependency and Intimacy Dysfunction

In this course, experts answer pressing questions about the relationship between chemical dependency and intimacy dysfunction and treatment for individuals and families.

AD 682 Addictive Behaviors

The natural history and social etiology of addictive behaviors are examined thoroughly.

AD 673 Clinical Supervision in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling

This course synthesizes the psychodynamic skills, family therapy, and developmental approaches to supervision into a coherent framework that captures the essence of this unique discipline.

AD 674 Group Psychotherapy with Adult Children of Alcoholics - Treatment Techniques and Countertransference Considerations

A powerful course that describes proven strategies for defeating alcohol and drug addiction through the use of group psychotherapy.

AD 667 Childhood and Chemical Abuse Prevention / Intervention

A compelling text that highlights the most recent prevention and intervention strategies for fighting substance abuse among children and adolescents. Edited by Stephanie Griswold-Ezekoye, M.Ed., MPH; Karol Kumpfer, Ph.D.; and William Bukoski, Ph.D.

AD 676 Treating Addicted Survivors of Trauma

Integrating mental health paradigms with disease models of addiction, this course combines psychotherapeutic techniques with 12-step recovery practices to provide an easy-to-replicate model for the effective assessment and treatment of substance abusers who are survivors of childhood abuse and other traumas.

AD 671 Practical Approaches in Treating Adolescent Chemical Dependency: A Guide to Clinical Assessment and Intervention

This course on adolescent chemical dependence illustrates, in a practical way, the major issues of ongoing care, from intervention and assessment through after care and relapse.

AD 672 The Treatment of Shame and Guilt in Alcoholism

Experienced alcoholism counselors offer proven strategies for resolving these feelings that are so deeply entangled in the development and perpetuation of alcoholism.

AD 669 Evaluation of Employee Assistance Programs

This course reviews the history and development of EAPs in North America and offers practical frameworks and suggestions for planning and implementing these programs.

RP 600 Data Gathering and Analysis

This course focuses on data collection from the standpoint of knowledge dissemination and utilization. This focus requires students to understand the process of data gathering from the perspectives of research and development, social science, and problem formation and solution. This course also reviews statistical inference and description. These competencies are addressed by topic in the course presentation.

RP 601 Research Methods

This is a survey course on research in the managerial, natural, and social sciences. It focuses on the why's and how's of doing research including the areas of experimental design, data collection, types of data analysis, and presentation of results. While we explore the kinds of analysis data are subjected to and when each kind is most useful for enabling us to draw reliable conclusions, there is no actual statistical analysis in this course.

RP 602 Professional Publishing Methods

Publishing one's work in books, journals or magazines can boost one's career, but having an advanced degree does not guarantee that a person will be published. In this course, the student will learn how to develop ideas for publication in books, professional and popular journals, how to sell those ideas to editors, and how to write books and articles in plain and readable, yet interesting, English.

RP 605 Research Project

The Ph.D. candidate will demonstrate, using standard research methods, new knowledge in a field of study that represents his/her degree path. A Précis, outlining the topic and a specific problem to be solved, must be submitted to the candidate's committee for pre-approval. Depending on the nature of the research, the candidate will be required to prove or disprove a stated solution or theory through documented research, data gathering, and data analysis. A summation of the findings must be submitted in written form. The written research project will be included in the candidate's dissertation as an appendix, with its own bibliography.

AD 690 Clinical Training: 1,000 - Hour Externship

The student will be required to document 1,000 hours of applied clinical observations and experiences to demonstrate knowledge in the field of addictions counseling at the Ph.D. level.

TH 610 Ph.D. Dissertation - 25,000 word minimum

Upon completion of the required credits of core curriculum courses at the 600 level, the student will prepare a 25,000 word dissertation in a publishable format following Westbrook University's published guidelines. The dissertation will reflect the student's theoretical and practical understanding necessary for their field of concentration. The dissertation will reflect the student's newly acquired direction in his / her techniques and a presentation of a preferred approach in the field. Findings will be based upon the core curriculum of the course, however, the student will have ample latitude in using other sources as well. The goal of the dissertation will be for the student to bring in his contributions to the field of their concentration. The required research project will be an addendum to the dissertation.

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Ph.D. in CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY

RP 400 Essentials of Distance Education

This course is often the student's first opportunity to try a distance learning format. It is designed to aid the student through his or her distance education journey. It will help the student know what is expected for distance learning and aid the student in finding the answers needed to accomplish this goal. Finally, this course will prepare the student on how to begin college writing.

FL 600 Evaluation of Families

This course will cover psychological problems and social relationships within the family as well as mental health status. Students will receive training in family assessments and will become acquainted with various procedures for evaluation and research.

CP 666 Advanced Case Studies

The student will be required to analyze and critique transcripts of a variety of cases. This course is suggested for current practitioners only.

FL 601 Constructual Marital Therapy

This is a comprehensive approach based on various theories and concepts of practice. Defined as a covenant marriage, it explains what is required in a state of marital development. Clear guidelines are described in the choice of techniques to be used. Starting with a clear definition of a working marriage, students will explore misconceptions and confusion experienced by couples.

AD 681 Chemical Dependency and Intimacy Dysfunction

In this course, experts answer pressing questions about the relationship between chemical dependency and intimacy dysfunction and treatment for individuals and families.

AD 682 Addictive Behaviors

The natural history and social etiology of addictive behaviors are examined thoroughly.

FL 604 Solutions for Sexual and Relationship Problems

This approach based on Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) encourages the student to apply techniques related to fulfillment and choice. Although based on Neurolinguistic Programming, prior knowledge of NLP is not necessary.

PY 604 Psychology of Love, Traditional Values, and Spiritual Growth

This course will demonstrate ways in which you can reach a higher level of self-understanding, thus a greater capacity for empathy, by confronting and solving your problems. The student will find valuable insight into the nature of relationships;,how to recognize true compatibility, and how to distinguish dependency from love.

PY 605 Dream Therapy

This course will examine the academic and scholarly history of Dream Therapy, and review the latest scientific and psychological theories of the universe of dreams. The majority of the course is devoted to the development of techniques for lucid dreaming through experiential exercises. The student will gain a mastery of academic, scientific, and psychological concepts of dreaming.

PY 606 Practical Approaches to Common Mental Disorders

The student will learn how to recognize and treat the mental disorders most often encountered in daily clinical work. This course attempts to bridge the gap between cognitive behavioral approaches and ego psychological interpretations. Disorders are seen as emerging out of the individual's struggle with self and environment. These techniques are not mutually exclusive but are interactive and geared toward creative change and alternatives. The specific disorders covered include: the depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress syndrome, sexual dysfunction, and schizophrenia.

PY 608 Death, Dying and Bereavement

One of the most difficult times in an individual's life is the time of death. This course explores surviving the death of a loved one. It is about understanding and coping with loss. This course is both for the bereaved and the helping professional and it combines supportive personal case histories with step-by-step approaches to recovery.

RP 600 Data Gathering and Analysis

This course focuses on data collection from the standpoint of knowledge dissemination and utilization. This focus requires students to understand the process of data gathering from the perspectives of research and development, social science, and problem formation and solution. This course also reviews statistical inference and description. These competencies are addressed by topic in the course presentation.

RP 601 Research Methods

This is a survey course on research in the managerial, natural, and social sciences. It focuses on the why's and how's of doing research including the areas of experimental design, data collection, types of data analysis, and presentation of results. While we explore the kinds of analysis data are subjected to and when each kind is most useful for enabling us to draw reliable conclusions, there is no actual statistical analysis in this course.

RP 602 Professional Publishing Methods

Publishing one's work in books, journals or magazines can boost one's career, but having an advanced degree does not guarantee that a person will be published. In this course, the student will learn how to develop ideas for publication in books, professional and popular journals, how to sell those ideas to editors, and how to write books and articles in plain and readable, yet interesting, English.

RP 605 Research Project

The Ph.D. candidate will demonstrate, using standard research methods, new knowledge in a field of study that represents his/her degree path. A Précis, outlining the topic and a specific problem to be solved, must be submitted to the candidate's committee for pre-approval. Depending on the nature of the research, the candidate will be required to prove or disprove a stated solution or theory through documented research, data gathering, and data analysis. A summation of the findings must be submitted in written form. The written research project will be included in the candidate's dissertation as an appendix, with its own bibliography.

AD 690 Clinical Training: 1,000 - Hour Externship

The student will be required to document 1,000 hours of applied clinical observations and experiences to demonstrate knowledge in the field of addictions counseling at the Ph.D. level.

TH 610 Ph.D. Dissertation - 25,000 word minimum

Upon completion of the required credits of core curriculum courses at the 600 level, the student will prepare a 25,000 word dissertation in a publishable format following Westbrook University's published guidelines. The dissertation will reflect the student's theoretical and practical understanding necessary for their field of concentration. The dissertation will reflect the student's newly acquired direction in his / her techniques and a presentation of a preferred approach in the field. Findings will be based upon the core curriculum of the course, however, the student will have ample latitude in using other sources as well. The goal of the dissertation will be for the student to bring in his contributions to the field of their concentration. The required research project will be an addendum to the dissertation.

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Ph.D. in JUNGIAN PSYCHOLOGY

RP 400 Essentials of Distance Education

This course is often the student's first opportunity to try a distance learning format. It is designed to aid the student through his or her distance education journey. It will help the student know what is expected for distance learning and aid the student in finding the answers needed to accomplish this goal. Finally, this course will prepare the student on how to begin college writing.

MP 600 HUNA: Metaphysics of the Ancient Polynesians

This course looks into the theories of the origins of the Polynesian people, the breakdown of the ten elements of man, the prime directives of consciousness, the three levels of Mana: three aka bodies, healing, and prayer.

NU 650 Nutritional Counseling: Dr. Bernard Jensen's Approach

This is a course for the student who plans to counsel clients. It covers the digestive processes, bodily functions, and nutritional requirements. Vitamins, minerals, herbs, tonics, broths, wholesome beverages, acid and alkaline foods, and how each is used in the body is examined. Foods and their nutritional content are listed with an explanation of the ways they can be used for healing and maintaining health. A daily food program, elimination diet, fasting, and rules for eating are given. Some iridology methods are included in this course as a tool to assist the practitioner in better understanding the client. The blood and the importance of clean blood are emphasized as the student takes a step-by-step journey through the reversal process and healing crisis.

HS 673 Advanced Therapeutic Body Balancing

The student will be given training in scientific Advanced Body Balancing for many illnesses afflicting humankind. The goal of this course is to teach the specific natural knowledge and expertise to accomplish this objective with techniques and procedures that have been proven naturopathically to bring the body back into balance.

MP 602 Wisdom from the East: Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible through Seven Keys

This course is designed to educate the student in Ancient Christian Scripture based on the Peshitta text (the most ancient Holy Bible). The student will gain a thorough understanding of the Bible through Seven Keys that are the combination lock for new enlightenment. The student will learn the difference between the historical and spiritual significance of these ancient writings.

JP 606 Collected Works of Carl Jung

This course is designed to expose the student to an examination or a re-evaluation of the basic writings of Carl Jung.

MP 610 The Law of Your Higher Potential

Everything in nature conforms to basic law: the Law of Division and Growth. Since the beginning of time, the only method of increasing knowledge in nature has been divide and grow. We all have a power inside of us that can bring us anything we really desire. The subconscious mind has a unique way of attracting to us whatever we hold near and dear to our heart. This source has been called many names: the god within, inner wisdom, the super conscious, etc. This course is designed to teach the student the principles of higher potential and how to teach others to reach their highest potential.

PT 601 Psychopathology and Psychological Appraisal

The student will work with Theodore Millon's master work on Psychopathology and the DSM-IV. The student will present clinical formulations based upon case studies from the student's actual practice. These formulations are developed into Theory Base Exposition Essays which demonstrate the application of personal, professional expertise in the clinical setting.

PT 608 Neuropsychology of Human Development

Neuroscience, the Medical Model and Biology are examined in this survey of the implications of contemporary neuropsychology. Human behavior and development adaptation are reviewed with an emphasis on clinical treatment models. Neurocognitive theory is explored.

RP 600 Data Gathering and Analysis

This course focuses on data collection from the standpoint of knowledge dissemination and utilization. This focus requires students to understand the process of data gathering from the perspectives of research and development, social science, and problem formation and solution. This course also reviews statistical inference and description. These competencies are addressed by topic in the course presentation.

RP 601 Research Methods

This is a survey course on research in the managerial, natural, and social sciences. It focuses on the why's and how's of doing research including the areas of experimental design, data collection, types of data analysis, and presentation of results. While we explore the kinds of analysis data are subjected to and when each kind is most useful for enabling us to draw reliable conclusions, there is no actual statistical analysis in this course.

RP 602 Professional Publishing Methods

Publishing one's work in books, journals, or magazines can boost one's career, but having an advanced degree does not guarantee that a person will be published. In this course, the student will learn how to develop ideas for publication in books, professional and popular journals, how to sell those ideas to editors, and how to write books and articles in plain and understandable English.

RP 605 Research Project

The Ph.D. candidate will demonstrate, using standard research methods, new knowledge in a field of study that represents his/her degree path. A Précis, outlining the topic and a specific problem to be solved, must be submitted to the candidate's committee for pre-approval. Depending on the nature of the research, the candidate will be required to prove or disprove a stated solution or theory through documented research, data gathering, and data analysis. A summation of the findings must be submitted in written form. The written research project will be included in the candidate's dissertation as an appendix, with its own bibliography.

TH 610 Ph.D. Dissertation - 25,000 word minimum

Upon completion of the required credits of core curriculum courses at the 600 level, the student will prepare a 25,000 word dissertation in a publishable format following Westbrook University's published guidelines. The dissertation will reflect the student's theoretical and practical understanding necessary for their field of concentration. The dissertation will reflect the student's newly acquired direction in his / her techniques and a presentation of a preferred approach in the field. Findings will be based upon the core curriculum of the course, however, the student will have ample latitude in using other sources as well. The goal of the dissertation will be for the student to bring in his contributions to the field of their concentration. The required research project will be an addendum to the dissertation.

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Ph.D. in TRANSPERSONAL PSYCHOLOGY

RP 400 Essentials of Distance Education

This course is often the student's first opportunity to try a distance learning format. It is designed to aid the student through his or her distance education journey. It will help the student know what is expected for distance learning and aid the student in finding the answers needed to accomplish this goal. Finally, this course will prepare the student on how to begin college writing.

TP 600 Transpersonal Psychology: A Survey of History and Contemporary Practices

This course will examine the creators and founders of Transpersonal Psychology and review contemporary contributions to the discipline.

TP 601 Transpersonal Philosophy

Students will study the works of Ken Wilber, the seminal philosopher of the Transpersonal movement.

TP 602 Transpersonal Psychotherapy

Human development and ego transcendence as presented in Eastern and Western approaches are integrated into a comprehensive psychotherapeutic approach in this course which draws on the brilliant scholarly work of Michael Washburn.

PT 601 Psychopathology and Psychological Appraisal

The student will work with Theodore Millon's master work on Psychopathology and the DSM-IV. The student will present clinical formulations based upon case studies from the student's actual practice. These formulations are developed into Theory Base Exposition Essays which demonstrate the application of personal, professional expertise in the clinical setting.

PY 604 Psychology of Love, Traditional Values, and Spiritual Growth

This course will demonstrate ways in which you can reach a higher level of self-understanding, thus a greater capacity for empathy, by confronting and solving your problems. The student will find valuable insight into the nature of relationships;,how to recognize true compatibility, and how to distinguish dependency from love.

PY 605 Dream Therapy

This course will examine the academic and scholarly history of Dream Therapy, and review the latest scientific and psychological theories of the universe of dreams. The majority of the course is devoted to the development of techniques for lucid dreaming through experiential exercises. The student will gain a mastery of academic, scientific, and psychological concepts of dreaming.

PY 606 Practical Approaches to Common Mental Disorders

The student will learn how to recognize and treat the mental disorders most often encountered in daily clinical work. This course attempts to bridge the gap between cognitive behavioral approaches and ego psychological interpretations. Disorders are seen as emerging out of the individual's struggle with self and environment. These techniques are not mutually exclusive but are interactive and geared toward creative change and alternatives. The specific disorders covered include: the depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress syndrome, sexual dysfunction, and schizophrenia.

PY 608 Death, Dying and Bereavement

One of the most difficult times in an individual's life is the time of death. This course explores surviving the death of a loved one. It is about understanding and coping with loss. This course is both for the bereaved and the helping professional and it combines supportive personal case histories with step-by-step approaches to recovery.

PY 609 A Developmental Approach to Divorce Therapy

Divorce is a painful event under the best of circumstances: it is the end of a dream and a time of grief and loss. This course in aimed at current and future psychotherapists, and those working with divorcing families. This course will focus on divorce therapy with the most complicated issues such as ongoing disputes between parents who enlist the children on one side or the other, family violence, court battles over custody or child support, decline in adequate parenting, and the blending of two families. It will demonstrate principles and techniques through many live transcripts presented in the course text.

PY 611 Creating Love

This course provides a new way to understand our most crucial relationships: with parents and children, with friends and coworkers, with ourselves, and with God. This course shows us how we have been literally entranced by past experiences of counterfeit love, how we can break these destructive patterns, and how we can open ourselves to the soul building work of real love. Practical exercises are interwoven throughout the course that become the teaching tool necessary to make these healthy changes.

PY 612 Course in Miracles

This course makes a fundamental distinction between the real and the unreal, between knowledge and perception. This course is arranged as a teaching device and deals with universal spiritual themes.

RP 600 Data Gathering and Analysis

This course focuses on data collection from the standpoint of knowledge dissemination and utilization. This focus requires students to understand the process of data gathering from the perspectives of research and development, social science, and problem formation and solution. This course also reviews statistical inference and description. These competencies are addressed by topic in the course presentation.

RP 601 Research Methods

This is a survey course on research in the managerial, natural, and social sciences. It focuses on the why's and how's of doing research including the areas of experimental design, data collection, types of data analysis, and presentation of results. While we explore the kinds of analysis data are subjected to and when each kind is most useful for enabling us to draw reliable conclusions, there is no actual statistical analysis in this course.

RP 602 Professional Publishing Methods

Publishing one's work in books, journals, or magazines can boost one's career, but having an advanced degree does not guarantee that a person will be published. In this course, the student will learn how to develop ideas for publication in books, professional and popular journals, how to sell those ideas to editors, and how to write books and articles in plain and understandable English.

RP 605 Research Project

The Ph.D. candidate will demonstrate, using standard research methods, new knowledge in a field of study that represents his/her degree path. A Précis, outlining the topic and a specific problem to be solved, must be submitted to the candidate's committee for pre-approval. Depending on the nature of the research, the candidate will be required to prove or disprove a stated solution or theory through documented research, data gathering, and data analysis. A summation of the findings must be submitted in written form. The written research project will be included in the candidate's dissertation as an appendix, with its own bibliography.

PT 615 Clinical Training - 1,000 Hour Externship

The student will be required to document 1,000 hours of applied clinical training. The student will demonstrate the knowledge acquired in the field of psychology and apply it to the clinical setting. The student's preceptor will assess the student's educational and professional knowledge, including client interaction, recorded keeping, client assessments, and treatment plans.

TH 610 Ph.D. Dissertation - 25,000 word minimum

Upon completion of the required credits of core curriculum courses at the 600 level, the student will prepare a 25,000 word dissertation in a publishable format following Westbrook University's published guidelines. The dissertation will reflect the student's theoretical and practical understanding necessary for their field of concentration. The dissertation will reflect the student's newly acquired direction in his / her techniques and a presentation of a preferred approach in the field. Findings will be based upon the core curriculum of the course, however, the student will have ample latitude in using other sources as well. The goal of the dissertation will be for the student to bring in his contributions to the field of their concentration. The required research project will be an addendum to the dissertation.

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Psy.D. in PSYCHOTHERAPY

RP 400 Essentials of Distance Education

This course is often the student's first opportunity to try a distance learning format. It is designed to aid the student through his or her distance education journey. It will help the student know what is expected for distance learning and aid the student in finding the answers needed to accomplish this goal. Finally, this course will prepare the student on how to begin college writing.

PT 601 Psychopathology and Psychological Appraisal

The student will work with Theodore Millon's master work on Psychopathology and the DSM-IV. The student will present clinical formulations based upon case studies from the student's actual practice. These formulations are developed into Theory Base Exposition Essays which demonstrate the application of personal, professional expertise in the clinical setting.

PY 608 Death, Dying and Bereavement

One of the most difficult times in an individual's life is the time of death. This course explores surviving the death of a loved one. It is about understanding and coping with loss. This course is both for the bereaved and the helping professional and it combines supportive personal case histories with step-by-step approaches to recovery.

PY 609 A Developmental Approach to Divorce Therapy

Divorce is a painful event under the best of circumstances: it is the end of a dream and a time of grief and loss. This course in aimed at current and future psychotherapists, and those working with divorcing families. This course will focus on divorce therapy with the most complicated issues such as ongoing disputes between parents who enlist the children on one side or the other, family violence, court battles over custody or child support, decline in adequate parenting, and the blending of two families. It will demonstrate principles and techniques through many live transcripts presented in the course text.

PT 604 Case Studies: Group and Individual Therapy

Medical Model, Psychodynamic, and Cognitive Behavioral approaches to group counseling are reviewed with an emphasis on group development, dynamics, theory base application, methods and skills. Case formulation, treatment planning, continuity of care, and group charting and documentation are also covered. "PURPOSIVE" Group Work is explored with an emphasis on co-creating and expanding upon "Teaching, Learning and Therapeutic Moments". Ethics and discharge planning are covered. Experiential, Didactic and Directive approaches are examined. The Group Psychotherapy Techniques outlined by Lewis Wollberg are the foundation of this class. Students practice from other diverse theory bases.

PT 605 Clinical Practice: Dual Diagnosis

The use of Integrative Psychotherapy is examined in the context of Therapeutic Psychology in the contemporary clinic and private practice setting. The student will review interviewing, assessment, treatment, and survey patient variables, including personality traits and styles.

PY 611 Creating Love

This course provides a new way to understand our most crucial relationships: with parents and children, with friends and coworkers, with ourselves, and with God. This course shows us how we have been literally entranced by past experiences of counterfeit love, how we can break these destructive patterns, and how we can open ourselves to the soul building work of real love. Practical exercises are interwoven throughout the course that become the teaching tool necessary to make these healthy changes.

PT 607 Vocational Counseling

A vocation is the ultimate expression of a life's work as well as the culmination of the individual psyche in its association with the world and others. This course examines the existential aspects of work as related to psychological health and psychopathology. A special emphasis is paid to psychopathic professions and and examination of psychopaths.

PT 608 Neuropsychology of Human Development

Neuroscience, the Medical Model and Biology are examined in this survey of the implications of contemporary neuropsychology. Human behavior and development adaptation are reviewed with an emphasis on clinical treatment models. Neurocognitive theory is explored.

PY 605 Dream Therapy

This course will examine the academic and scholarly history of Dream Therapy, and review the latest scientific and psychological theories of the universe of dreams. The majority of the course is devoted to the development of techniques for lucid dreaming through experiential exercises. The student will gain a mastery of academic, scientific, and psychological concepts of dreaming.

RP 600 Data Gathering and Analysis

This course focuses on data collection from the standpoint of knowledge dissemination and utilization. This focus requires students to understand the process of data gathering from the perspectives of research and development, social science, and problem formation and solution. This course also reviews statistical inference and description. These competencies are addressed by topic in the course presentation.

RP 601 Research Methods

This is a survey course on research in the managerial, natural, and social sciences. It focuses on the why's and how's of doing research including the areas of experimental design, data collection, types of data analysis, and presentation of results. While we explore the kinds of analysis data are subjected to and when each kind is most useful for enabling us to draw reliable conclusions, there is no actual statistical analysis in this course.

RP 602 Professional Publishing Methods

Publishing one's work in books, journals, or magazines can boost one's career, but having an advanced degree does not guarantee that a person will be published. In this course, the student will learn how to develop ideas for publication in books, professional and popular journals, how to sell those ideas to editors, and how to write books and articles in plain and understandable English.

RP 605 Research Project

The Ph.D. candidate will demonstrate, using standard research methods, new knowledge in a field of study that represents his/her degree path. A Précis, outlining the topic and a specific problem to be solved, must be submitted to the candidate's committee for pre-approval. Depending on the nature of the research, the candidate will be required to prove or disprove a stated solution or theory through documented research, data gathering, and data analysis. A summation of the findings must be submitted in written form. The written research project will be included in the candidate's dissertation as an appendix, with its own bibliography.

PT 615 Clinical Training - 1,000 Hour Externship

The student will be required to document 1,000 hours of applied clinical training. The student will demonstrate the knowledge acquired in the field of psychology and apply it to the clinical setting. The student's preceptor will assess the student's educational and professional knowledge, including client interaction, recorded keeping, client assessments, and treatment plans.

TH 610 Ph.D. Dissertation - 25,000 word minimum

Upon completion of the required credits of core curriculum courses at the 600 level, the student will prepare a 25,000 word dissertation in a publishable format following Westbrook University's published guidelines. The dissertation will reflect the student's theoretical and practical understanding necessary for their field of concentration. The dissertation will reflect the student's newly acquired direction in his / her techniques and a presentation of a preferred approach in the field. Findings will be based upon the core curriculum of the course, however, the student will have ample latitude in using other sources as well. The goal of the dissertation will be for the student to bring in his contributions to the field of their concentration. The required research project will be an addendum to the dissertation.

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