MPS-525 Biopsychology (2 credits)
Biopsychology, an important branch of psychology, combines neuroscience with basic
psychological models for the purpose of understanding how the brain and neurotransmitters
influence human behavior. In this course, students examine the structure and functions of the
central and peripheral nervous systems and explore the impact of neurobiology, endocrinology,
and physiology on human behavior. They learn about brain functioning, including exploration of neural conduction; effects of neurotransmitters; sensory systems; and mechanisms of attention, memory, perception, and language. Students also explore literature addressing issues related to neuroplasticity, lateralization, and regeneration. Applying knowledge and skills gained throughout the course, students develop a final research paper through which they synthesize biopsychology concepts, critically analyze related research, and demonstrate APA-writing ability.
MPS-526 Psychopharmacology (2 credits; prerequisite: MPS-525)
This course covers and applies substantial foundational knowledge in biological bases of behaviour as related to psychopharmacology. Topics include clinical application and issues associated with the actions of drugs that affect mood and behaviour. Lectures and discussion will address neurobiological elements that underlie psychiatric disorders as well as the utilization and effectiveness of psychotropic chemotherapy regimens and options. Students will be expected to recognize the major classes of psychoactive drugs and their effects
MPS-651/2/3 Practicum (3 credits each trimester; prerequisite: MP599; Capstone requirement for graduation)
This series of 3 field placements provides opportunities for the psychology student to gain practical experience in competencies that meet their professional goals.Under the guidance of their Practicum Portfolio Faculty Mentor/Advisor in their first trimester, they are introduced to the Psychology Practicum Handbook. By their second trimester, they are expected to have developed a Practicum Portfolio to support their application to placement settings following a successful Practicum Readiness Interview with the Director of Clinical Training and their Faculty Mentor/Advisor. Once a site has been identified, the student has applied and been accepted, and the practicum experience has been approved by the Director of Clinical Training, placement begins at the beginning of Applied Sequence (fourth trimester for full-time students). Placements are in a psychology or related mental health setting under the supervision of a qualified member of the College of Psychology. Students should expect to attend one full day per week at the practicum site, although some sites may allow half-days or evenings. Each practicum consists of 300 hours including 15 hours of supervision and 75 hours of direct client contact. Remaining hours consist of report writing, research and reading, and attending and/or presenting at conferences or rounds, as directed by the site Primary Supervisor. The Supervisor observes and assesses students against a standard of “competent” in all seven MPsy program learning objectives: Foundational Content; Clinical Relationships; Diagnostic Skills and Knowledge; Intervention; Assessment; Research and Evaluation; and Professional Expectations and Ethics.
MPS-660 Practicum Seminars (2 credits each trimester; concurrent with MPS-651/2/3)
Practicum Seminars run concurrently with student practicum placements and meet on a regular basis in a small group format. They provide experienced faculty with the opportunity to guide the on-going development of the student’s “safe and effective use of self”.Students present and critique clinical case material through methods such as audio and/or video recordings and receive peer consultation as well as sound clinical instruction and developmental supervision necessary for enhancement of professional skills and knowledge
MPS-670 Master’s Research Project/Thesis I, II, III (2 credits each trimester; seminars meet 3 hours monthly plus 6 hour intro; Capstone requirement for graduation)
In this series of three trimesters of independent activity supported by seminars, students will be required to complete a project that provides a capstone to their master’s preparation and demonstrates their ability to work at the forefront of their chosen profession. Students will familiarize themselves with the Psychology MRP/Thesis Handbook in the second trimester of their Portfolio Seminar. It is expected at the beginning of their Applied Sequence that they will have identified possible topic(s), type of project (MRP or Thesis) and potential Supervisor(s). During their first trimester of Applied Sequence, they will review their plans in a full-day introductory class with the MRP/Thesis Director and further familiarize themselves with the steps involved in completing their project. Monthly three-hour MRP/Thesis Seminars with the Director will provide support as they carry out those steps. Students are expected to select a project that shows originality in the application of knowledge and an understanding of how the boundaries of knowledge are advanced through a combination of research and practice. All projects are expected to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively and to show originality in tackling and solving problems related to the student’s professional interests.If approved by theirSupervisor, students may pursue the goal of producing a thesis based on quantitative or qualitative research leading to an original contribution to the field of professional psychology that is of publishable quality. Specific requirements are outlined in the Psychology MRP/Thesis Handbook.
MPS-699 Master’s Comprehensive Examination (0 credits; Capstone requirement for graduation)
Graduating students who have completed all coursework for the MPsy degree are required to present an oral and written reflection on their professional and personal learning at Adler during the PSY500 Professional Development I: Motivation and Values course for incoming students. Successful completion of this assignment is a Capstone requirement for graduation.
Total 9 credits; selected from various Faculties, are available on a per-trimester basis.