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Concentrations

Child & Family Psychology

The Child & Family Psychology Concentration leads to an advanced acquisition of skills and knowledge obtained through an organized sequence of education and training aimed to develop competencies in the diagnosis, assessment and intervention with families, couples, adolescents and children. Upon completion of the Child & Family Psychology Concentration, graduates will be able to conceptualize and diagnose major psychological disorders of childhood that are affected by biopsychosocial and cultural factors. The concentration develops competency in applying a developmental and life cycle perspective and a systems approach to intervention with children and adolescents and to understand how contextual issues affect a wide range of problems with children, families and couples. Specialized courses are also aimed at teaching effective interventions for families and couples.

Faculty members in the Child & Family Psychology Concentration have extensive training and scholarship in both child and adolescent psychology and family systems and couples therapy assessment and interventions. All students who matriculate with this concentration develop competencies related to child and adolescent developmental issues and disorders, as well as competencies related to family and couple theory, research, assessment and intervention within a broader cultural context. Coursework in the concentration covers a wide range of topics including child and adolescent assessment and treatment, play therapy, couples therapy, evidence based marital treatment, as well as focus on special diagnostic areas such as the treatment of juvenile offenders, anxiety and depression in children.

Clinical Health Psychology

The concentration in Clinical Health Psychology provides specialized training in the area of health psychology for doctoral clinical psychology students, and post-graduate clinical psychologists who desire specialized training.

The concentration in Clinical Health Psychology enables students to develop competency in the area of Health Psychology, including such areas as pain assessment and treatment, eating disorders and self-injury, coordination with primary care, clinical hypnosis and rehabilitation psychology. Our concentration faculty members have extensive clinical experience scholarly and specialized training in the area of clinical health psychology. The concentration in Clinical Health Psychology positions our graduates to further contribute to this growing area of clinical psychology and health care.

Diversity & Multicultural Psychology

The Diversity & Multicultural Psychology concentration is intended for students working with issues of individual differences and cultural issues such as race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, socioeconomic class, and ability. Courses are designed to cover assessment, therapy, and consultation with diverse populations.

Forensic Psychology

The concentration in Forensic Psychology provides specialized training in the study of clinical psychology in forensic settings — both criminal and civil arenas. The concentration or certificate (for qualified health professionals) emphasizes the application of clinical psychology skills in diverse settings in three areas. First, it trains and educates students to work within or with the criminal justice system including competency and criminal responsibility issues as well as custody and parental fitness assessment. Another area of study is in correctional psychology which includes the treatment, assessment and consultation within correctional settings. The third area is working with psychosocial issues that affect forensic populations in outpatient settings, such as substance abuse, domestic violence and parenting skills.

The concentration totals 12 credit hours (taken from the elective course credits) that include courses on Forensic Psychology (criminal and civil), as well as specialized elective courses on competency or malingering as well as on the assessment and treatment of special populations, including sex offenders, juvenile offenders and substance abuse. The Forensic Psychology concentration is led by expert faculty members who have developed professional expertise, research and program development in the area of Forensic Psychology. A concentration in this area enables students to develop specific competencies that may lead to careers in forensic settings, working with the legal system in evaluations, and treating forensic populations in an inpatient or outpatient setting.

Neuropsychology

The Neuropsychology concentration is designed to meet APA Division 40 guidelines for doctoral training in clinical neuropsychology. It provides a foundation of knowledge and training to prepare our graduate students for internship placement and a post-doctoral fellowship in neuropsychology and potentially the licensed practice as a clinical neuropsychologist. The Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy, Schaumburg is a member of the APA, Division 40 listing of doctoral degree programs in clinical neuropsychology.

Students work with the neuropsychology concentration coordinator and Director of Training to obtain practicum sites (diagnostic, therapy and advanced diagnostic) that will supplement the academic focus with neuropsychology assessment and clinical training. Students are required to take 4.5 credits (from their elective course menu) in Brain-Behavior Relationship courses, and to take another 6 credits (from their elective course menu) in Foundations for the Practice of Neuropsychology requirements courses.

The Neuropsychology concentration enables students to develop competencies in a highly competitive and growing field within clinical psychology. Students in this concentration will learn about developmental implications of brain behavior for the life-span that may include geriatric psychology, adult and pediatric neuropsychology. Other areas of study may include advanced clinical psychopharmacology for neuropsychologists, neuroanatomy and neuropathology assessment of learning disabilities and related areas such as pain management or rehabilitation psychology.