Applied Psychology Courses

Full-time Applied Psychology Counseling Faculty are:
Dr. Maryam Azary, Doug Barr, Sarah Chang, Dr. Mariana DeSaracho, Mike Engels, David Francisco,
Steve Handa, Paula Jacobs, Mike Long, Sharon Nussenbaum, Dr. Jan Ventura

In order to fully meet the needs of our diverse student population the Counseling Services Division offers a variety of courses to assist students in achieving their academic goals:

APSY 1 - ACADEMIC PLANNING (1.5 Units - CSU & UC Credit)

Designed to prepare students for a successful college and transfer experience. Topics include opportunities and requirements for vocational programs and associate degrees as well as for transfer to four-year colleges and universities.  Students develop an academic plan based on individual educational goals. College survival skills and issues will be discussed, including college expectations, student motivations, study skills, time management, college resources, and academic policies. Students will also learn strategies for choosing a major. The overall objective of the course is to help students identify and overcome obstacles to academic success. NR

APSY 140 - EDUCATIONAL AND VOCATIONAL PLANNING (3 Units - CSU Credit)

Designed as an instrument of individual and group counseling. Activities are centered on self-analysis including the use of tests and inventories, the analysis of occupational areas and trends, and the study of educational requirements and factors in academic success and personal achievement. Recommended for all freshman students, especially those who are uncommitted to a major or goal. NR

APSY 141 - PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT (3 Units - CSU Credit)

Recommended Preparation: College level writing skills
A guidance course designed to assist students in the development of individual portfolios as preparation for seeking credit by examination in selected courses. Focuses on conceptualization of prior learning. Successful student projects provide clearly written, well-presented, concise summaries of experiential learning, supported by documentation, which may be used by college faculty as a part of the examination process. Includes the development of a concise written personal chronology, learning narratives keyed to the objectives of the target courses, and the essential components of acceptable documentation of learning outcomes, an overview of degree and transfer requirements. Offered on a credit/no credit basis.

APSY 150 - HELPING RELATIONSHIPS (3 Units - CSU Credit)

Designed to aid the individual in acquiring the skills and personal growth necessary to help others in self-exploration and positive changes. The student will learn a process of helping which relies heavily on empathy, honesty, and caring in relationships to effect positive change in others. Benefits those in the helping professions as well as any individual seeking to be more helpful in relationships with others. NR

APSY 151 - HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS (3 Units - CSU Credit)

Integrating psychological, sociological, and physiological perspectives, this course will explore the human experience and the human connections that make us whole. Aspects of human experiences examined will include the dimensions of relatedness: to the self, to the body, to significant others and to the larger social context. The environments we create in which we flourish and the spaces between us that gives us meaning will be explored. In addition, ways to enhance and grow relationships within those contexts will be described. NR

APSY 160 - CAREER AND VOCATIONAL EXPLORATION (3 Units - CSU Credit)

Focuses on process of vocational choice through study of occupational trends and survey of specific occupations. Working with information about themselves obtained through standardized tests and other measures and selected occupational information, students develop a tentative vocational plan. Designed for students who are undecided about their majors or interested in changing careers. NR

APSY 161A - LEARNING AND STUDY TECHNIQUES (1.5 Units - CSU Credit)

Applies principles derived from cognitive/behavioral psychology to facilitate development of organizational and information-processing skills. Includes strategies for information acquisition, retention, and retrieval. Practical applications focus on decision making, goal setting, motivational techniques, time management, and didactic learning skills. Concepts are reinforced through online activities and supplemental website research. Principles and techniques are applicable in educational and professional settings. NR

APSY 161B - ADVANCED LEARNING, STUDY, AND TESTING TECHNIQUES
(1.5 Units - CSU Credit)

Recommended Preparation: APSY161A
Principles of learning theory, information acquisition, retention, and retrieval are reviewed. Emphasizes test-taking strategies and test preparation related to objective and subjective tests. NR

APSY 166 - THEORETICAL AND APPLIED LEADERSHIP (1 Units - CSU Credit)

Learning and applying basic theoretical and practical applications of leadership focused on contemporary issues such as governance, organizational structure, and planning. Includes decision making, team building, parliamentary procedure, time management, diversity, conflict resolution, budgeting, and ethics. R E 3