2014-15 Undergraduate Catalog

Department of Addiction Studies, Psychology and Social Work

Dr. Paul Markel

The Department of Addictions Studies, Psychology, and Social Work (ASPSW) offers three undergraduate programs and one graduate program leading to the following degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Addiction Studies
  • Bachelor of Social Work degree
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology
  • Education Specialist degree in School Psychology

Dedicated to quality learning, ASPSW comprises 13 full-time faculty members and approximately 18 adjunct faculty members delivering our programs across North Dakota:

  • Minot (Addiction Studies, Psychology, Social Work, and School Psychology)
  • Bismarck (Addiction Studies, Psychology, Social Work)
  • Fargo (Social Work)
  • Dickinson (Social Work)

In cooperation with MSU's Center for Extended Learning, several ASPSW course are available around the world with online delivery.  We also are expanding the reach of our Social Work program to Norway.

Our faculty and students are heavily engaged in service to the community and are active in research.  Service and research foster an understanding for our students regarding how our departmental disciplines are applied in the community and add to our scientific knowledge. Student-led activities are facilitated by the Student Social Work Organization (SSWO) and the Psychology and Addiction Studies Club (PASC).

Our programs are fully accredited by the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC), the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).





PSY Courses

PSY 111. Introduction to Psychology. 3 Hours.

A survey of the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Topics studied include development of normal and abnormal behavior, learning, biopsychology, development, memory, personality, cognition, therapy, and social psychology. This course is a prerequisite to most other psychology courses.

PSY 112. Foundations of Psychology. 3 Hours.

Designed for psychology and addiction studies majors, this course will emphasize the tools necessary to advance in these fields. Prerequisite(s): PSY 111.

PSY 200D. Special Topics. 4 Hours.

PSY 241. Introduction to Statistics. 4 Hours.

This course examines basic concepts in measurement, scaling, descriptive statistics, binomial and normal distribution, applied probability, and z-scores. In addition, this course introduces inferential statistics and hypothesis testing, including t-test, analysis of variance, correlation and linear regression, and the chi-square test statistic. Basic software applications will also be examined. Prerequisites: PSY 111 and Math 102 or higher.

PSY 242. Research Methods in Psychology. 4 Hours.

A study of the scientific methods as it is used in the investigation of problems in psychology. A variety of types of research methodologies, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of their use. Ethical implications of the use of various methofologies will also be discussed. Prerequisites: PSY 241 or departmental approval.

PSY 252. Child Psychology. 3 Hours.

Overview of theories of human development form conception through childhood including physical, cognitive, language, social, and self-help skills in family, school, and community settings. Prerequisite: PSY 111.

PSY 255. Child & Adolescent Psychology. 3 Hours.

Overview of theories of human development from conception through adolescence including the physical, cognitive, language, social, and educational aspects of the individual development. Special emphasis will be given to the individuals learning capabilities. This course cannot be applies towards the Psychology or Addiction Studies majors, minors, or concentrations. Prerequisite: PSY 111.

PSY 261. Psychology of Adjustment. 3 Hours.

This course will present psychological research about improving adjustment and overall quality of life. Factors affecting adjustment include gender, personality, self-esteem, ability to communicate effectively, health, experience of stress, changes with aging, and coping processes. Factors also include things like social influence and pressure, relationships with others, career preparation, work, and stages of life. The desired outcome is for students to use this knowledge to actively take charge of their own lives, effectively adjusting to an ever-changing world. Prerequisite: PSY 111.

PSY 270. Abnormal Psychology. 3 Hours.

A survey of the classification, symptoms, and etiology of psychological disorders. Prerequisite: PSY 111.

PSY 297. Addiction Studies Practicum. 2 Hours.

Participation in individual, group, and family counseling in an agency or hospital involved in addiction counseling. Prerequisite: PSY 111.

PSY 299. Special Topics In Psychology. 1-8 Hour.

PSY 313. Industrial Organizational Psychology. 3 Hours.

This course will examine human behavior in industrial and organizational settings. Psychological principles are applied to selection, placement, adn training. The effectiveness of individuals and groups within organizations, including leadership and control, conflict and cooperation, motivation, and organizational structure and design, is examined. Prerequisite: PSY 111.

PSY 338. Professional Relations & Ethics. 3 Hours.

Study of Federal Confidentiality Laws adn ND Connitment Law and process in order to protect the rights of the client. Prerequisite: PSY 111.

PSY 344. Dynamics of Addiction. 3 Hours.

Emphasizes the history of drug abuse, theories, and controversies regarding chemical dependency, and multidisciplinary approaches to treatment. Prerequisite: PSY 111.

PSY 349. Psychopharmacology. 3 Hours.

An introduction to behavioral pharmacology, including the basics of pharmacology, psychology, and neuroscience needed to understand drugs of abuse. Prerequisite: PSY 111.

PSY 352. Adolescent Psychology. 3 Hours.

Study of physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and behavioral parameters of adolescence from preteen to young adulthood. Prerequisite: PSY 111.

PSY 365. Evolutionary Psychology. 3 Hours.

Examines the important aspects of human behavior as it is explained as a result of natural selection. The course will focus on a number of topics including sex differences, mate selection, selfishness and altruism, homicide and violence. Prerequisite: PSY 111.

PSY 375. History & Systems of Psychology. 3 Hours.

Examines the historical development of the science of psychology. Special emphasis is placed upon cultural context and its influences on the developing systems of psychology. Prerequisite: PSY 111.

PSY 376. Social Psychology. 3 Hours.

An interdisciplinary approach to the study of behavior of individuals in relation to social stimulus situation. Prerequisites: PSY 111 and SOC 101.

PSY 379. Psychology of Adult & Aging. 3 Hours.

Overview of theories of human development from young adulthood through old age focusing on demands of personal adjustment, family, work, retirement, adn community life. Prerequisites: PSY 111; recommended: PSY 252 or 352.

PSY 394. Independent Study General Psych. 1-4 Hour.

Election of a topic and a course of study. Must be approved by a psychology staff member and the psychology chair. Student must be a psychology major and have 12 semester credits.

PSY 410. Cognitive Psychology. 3 Hours.

Examines the research dealing with the processing of sensory information, attention, short term and long term memory, decision making and problem solving, as well as related topics. Prerequisite: PSY 111.

PSY 411. Introduction to Personality Theories. 3 Hours.

Examines the basic concepts of personality development as viewed by the psychoanalytic, learning, humanistic and trait-type theorists. Special emphasis is placed on the comparison of various perspectives. Prerequisite: PSY 111.

PSY 413. Theories & Practice of Psychotherapy. 3 Hours.

Aimed at the development of a balanced view of teh major concepts of various therapies and an awareness of pratical applications and implementation of techniques used by the various therapists. Prerequisite: PSY 111.

PSY 420Q. Family Dynamics. 4 Hours.

Psy Exceptional Chldrn Dropped Spring 1990; New Course (Family Dynamics) Approved By Senate Spring 1990.

PSY 423. Introduction to Counseling. 3 Hours.

Study of the theories of counseling and application of these principles for dealing with behavioral problems in agencies, schools, or hospitals. Prerequisite: PSY 111.

PSY 424. Advanced Counseling. 3 Hours.

Further study of counseling theory with students being required to develop a workable methodology of their own. Prerequisite: PSY 111.

PSY 435. Theories of Learning. 3 Hours.

Examines the basic concepts of learning theory as viewed by the more prominent theorists in the area. Emphasis is placed on the comparison of the various perspectives within historical contexts. Prerequisite: PSY 111.

PSY 460. Sensation and Perception. 3 Hours.

Focus on the principles of our sensory systems and the laws which govern the sensory processes. The course includes research and theories on the visual system, auditory system, chemical senses, and the skin senses. Prerequisite: PSY 111.

PSY 465. Physiological Psychology. 3 Hours.

An introduction to the neuroanatomical and neurophysiological bases of behavior, including learning, reinforcement, eating and drinking, sleep, sexual behavior, and mental disorders. Prerequisite: PSY 111.

PSY 473. Behavior Modification. 3 Hours.

Description of behavioral principles and procedures for assessment and treatment that can be used helping professionals to enhance behavioral development. Class projects are requiredd. Prerequisite: PSY 111.

PSY 476. Group Dynamics. 3 Hours.

Actual group experience in a lecture/lab format. Readings and written assignments focus on organizing groups and skills required of group facilitators. A problem solving/personal growth group meets each week. Prerequisite: PSY 111.

PSY 485. Addiction Studies Practicum. 15 Hours.

Participation in on of the North Dakota consortia to provide experience in the addiction field. This is a 4.5 month, full time experience, where the student actively participates as an addiction counselor in training. Course restricted to psychology or addiction studies majors.

PSY 486. Addiction Studies Practicum. 15 Hours.

Participation in one of the North Dakota consortia to provide experience in the addiction field. This is the second part of the nine month practicum experience required for licensure as an addiction counselor. The course involves a 4.5 month, full time experience, where the student actively participates as an addition counselor in training. Course restricted to psychology or addiction studies majors.

PSY 491. Senior Seminar in Psychology. 3 Hours.

Overview of psychology as a displine and a synthesis of biological and psychological factors in human behavior. Prerequisites: PSY 111, 241, senior status and psychology major.

PSY 494. Directed Behavorial Research. 1-4 Hour.

This course provides students with the practical applications of research designs. Although a resulting publication is not required for the course, it is desired outcome. Students will need to work with a faculty Sponsor on a specific research project.

PSY 495. Service Learning. 3 Hours.

This course provides students with the ability to work in meaningful community service coupled with instruction about the service and reflection on their service.

PSY 496. Senior Research Paper. 3 Hours.

Students will formulate an original research topic and write a paper in that topic. Restricted to psychology majors and senior status.

PSY 497. Psychology Practicum. 3 Hours.

Placement in an applied setting for practical experience.

PSY 499. Special Topics In Psychology. 1-8 Hour.

SWK Courses

SWK 250. Interpersonal Skills. 3 Hours.

Verbal and nonverbal interpersonal skills relating to common interaction as well as those interactions generic to planned changed processes of generalist social work practice. This course requires 50 hours of concurrent interpersonal skill building experience in the community in which social workers may be employed.

SWK 256. Development of Social Welfare. 3 Hours.

Overview and history of social welfare and social work, including fields of practice and populations served, social work philosophy, and socio-political-economic conditions which influence social welfare services.

SWK 285. Child Welfare in Rural Comm. 3 Hours.

This course will examine the basic core of child welfare services: Services to protect children from neglect and abuse, family preservation services, foster care, adoption, and child advocacy. Additionally, it will examine the legal freamework that governs the affairs of children.

SWK 299. Special Topics In Social Work. 1-4 Hour.

SWK 330. Behavior in Pluralistic Society. 3 Hours.

The underlying theoretical perspectives of sociological, psychological, biological, and spiritual systems relative to human growth and development from birth to death with emphasis on ethnic, racial, and cultural diversity characteristics of American pluralism.

SWK 331. System Theory and Family Dynamics. 3 Hours.

The underlying theoretical perspectives of the systems model, with application to individuals, families, groups, and communities within the larger context. Assessment and problem solving techniques with families of all types in the context of generalist practice.

SWK 335. Social Work Methods I. 3 Hours.

Problem solving, assessment, and application of internentive techniques with individuals in the context of generalist practice. Prerequisite: SWK 331 and admission to the social work program.

SWK 340. Social Welfare Policy. 3 Hours.

A generalist practice framework is used for the analysis of social welfare policies and current policy structures, and policy practice, advocacy, and evaluation used in agency, community, and legislative settings.

SWK 350. Rural Social Work Practice. 3 Hours.

Study and evaluation of rural, regional social services and delivery systems, characteristics of rural populations and community analysis, function and roles of social worker in a nonmetropolitan environment. Prerequisite: SWK 250, 255 and 256.

SWK 379. Aging Practices and Policies. 3 Hours.

Study of social welfare policies which sanction and direct services and welfare for the elderly.

SWK 394. Independent Study General Sw. 1-4 Hour.

SWK 401. Contemporary Issues with Native American Families. 3 Hours.

This course will survey contemporary issues that Native American families face in today's society and how these influence effect the context of family life and the helping process.

SWK 402. N.A. Children & Adolescents. 3 Hours.

This course will survey contemporary issues that Native American children and adolescents experience in today's society and how these issues affect their family life and issues relatd to delivery of services.

SWK 426. Social Work Methods II. 3 Hours.

Problem solving, assessment, and application of interventive techniques with small groups in the context of generalist practice.

SWK 427. Social Work Methods III. 3 Hours.

Problem solving, assessment, and application of interventive techniques with connunities, disciplinary boards, and organizations in the context of generalist practice.

SWK 428. Crisis Intervention. 3 Hours.

This course introduces students to the theory and practice of crisis intervention with an emphasis on the use of short-term intervention and problem-solving techniques. This course emphasizes crisis theory and crisis intervention models applied to various crisis problems and populations at-risk. Pre-requisiste: Junior or Senior status.

SWK 432. Field Education. 11 Hours.

Structured and educationally directed learning experiences in public and private human service agencies. Prerequisite: Admission to Social Work program. Corequisites: 491.

SWK 442. Research Methods in Social Work. 3 Hours.

This course introduces students to the concepts and principles of social work research methodology. This course includes conceptualizing a social work problem, designing research strategy, making use of relevant literature, and organizing and evaluating relevant data. Prerequisite(s): MATH 240, or PSY 241.

SWK 491. Senior Seminar. 3 Hours.

Seminar during field education that integrates social work knowledge, values, skills, and ethics.

SWK 494. Independent Study Honors Sw. 1-8 Hour.

SWK 499. Special Topics. 1-8 Hour.

SWK ELE. SWK Elective. 0.5-99 Hour.


Addiction Studies Faculty

Dr. Shirley Cole-Harding

Dr. Vicki Michels
Program Director

Psychology Faculty

Dr. Don Burke

Dr. Rita Curl-Langager

Dr. Darren Dobrinski

Dr. Paul Markel
Program Coodinator

Dr. Deb Olson

Dr. Henry Riegler
Bismarck advisor

Social Work Faculty

Susan Herzog

Susan Peterson
Program Director

Dr. Amy Phillips

Dionne Spooner

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