Union Institute and University

Psychology

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Concentrations

Students in the Psychology major may complete a generalized program, or select one of three concentrations within the major, each with a specific focus as described below.

Forensic Psychology (FPY)

The Forensic Psychology concentration focuses on the interface between psychology and the law. Students pursuing this concentration will be prepared with the knowledge and skills integral to careers in the criminal justice system, law enforcement, and correctional psychology.

Students completing the Psychology major with a concentration in Forensic Psychology will be able to:

    • Discuss the roles and responsibilities of a clinician when working within the legal system.
    • Evaluate key concepts regarding criminal behavior and apply psychological knowledge to understanding and treating offenders.

Holistic Psychology (HPY)

The Holistic Psychology concentration focuses on the intersections between science, psychology, and spirituality. Students pursuing the Holistic Psychology concentration will develop the knowledge and skills integral to careers in holistic health, counseling, and spiritual direction.

Students completing the major with a concentration in Holistic Psychology will be able to:

      • Discuss the interaction of psychological, physical, and spiritual factors on health and wellness.
      • Integrate contemplative and mindfulness techniques and learn approaches to teaching these techniques to others.

Addictions (ADDS)

The Addictions concentration focuses on knowledge and skills specific to applied work in the addictions field. Students will learn theories of addiction, assessment, and therapeutic methods and be able to:

    • Discuss and evaluate theories and research regarding addictions etiology and treatment.
    • Formulate socially and culturally responsive approaches to diverse populations.
    • Evaluate ethical conflicts within the addictions field and articulate ethical responses.