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PS 403 Special Problems in Psychology
Fallon, Margo


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.
CoursePS 403 HO Special Problems in Psychology: PSYCHODRAMA II
SemesterUJL2005
FacultyFallon, Margo
TitleAssistant Professor, Psychology
Office LocationMcKay 33
Office HoursAfter class, by appointment
Daytime Phone816-584-6439
E-Mailmargo.fallon@park.edu
Semester Dates7-11 to 8-5-05
Class Days--T-R--     Location: MC23 - McCoy House Visits When Possible
Class Time9:00 - 1:30 PM
PerquisitesPS 101
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Acting In: Psychodramatic Methods, by Dr. Adam Blatner, Springer Publishing, 1998.

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore


Course Description:
Examination of the action techniques of Psychodrama. The course includes use of case studies, supportive research and experiential activities.

Educational Philosophy:
My focus is on teaching the person as well as the subject. A major goal is to have students be fundamentally motivated by their interest in growing and learning , thereby gaining intrinsic value from the course rather than just having them be concerned with proving themselves relative to external criteria. I try to provide a variety of educational experiences to access the various learning styles of all students, including practical experiential learning opportunities. A practitioner myself, I try to relate course material to real world use of course content. Last, but certainly not least, I encourage academic excellence and try to mentor students relative to their special talents, abilities, and eventual contributions to the psychology field.

Learning Outcomes:

1. To describe and differentiate between the main psychodramatic techniques as they apply to special problems

2. Know psychodramatic terms specific to this form of psychotherapy.

3. Identify research which validates psychodramatic and other associated expressive arts techniques.

4. Practical application of psychodrama utilizing case studies.

5. Practical application of psychodrama by demonstration of the major psychodramatic techniques.

Course Assessment:
1. Class Participation/Attendance (obviously cannot by made up) - 20 points per class.

2. Small Group Activities, individual, dyad and small group - 20 points per assignment.

3. Journal regarding personal reflections based on textbook and class activities consisting of a minimum of one page per class activity. Due at the end of the Julmester. Worth 100 points if handed in on time.

4. Final - Class Project: participation/critique of performance of Playback Theatre with grp = 100 pts.

Grading:
This class will be graded on a curve according to the highest score achieved by students.

A = 90 - 100%, B = 80 - 90%, C = 70 - 80%, D = 60 - 70%, F = 50 below, of the highest score in the class.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
If you miss class, you must get the assignment from one of your group members, but obviously experiential activities and participation grades cannot be made up. If your assignments are turned in late they will not receive the maximum number of points available. Points deducted will be per day and depend upon the assignment involved.



Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Courtesy and the "Golden Respect Rule"

1. Everyone has the right to their own opinions, feelings if expressed appropriately, ie assertively rather than aggressively.

2. Everyone has the right to be listened to without interruption, noise or other distractions.

3. Treat others as you would like to be treated. (unless you are a personality disorder!)

4. Stay on the topic at hand.

5. Arrive & leave, turn in assignments on time. (late assignments, less points per day)

6. Cellphones & phasors in the "off" position.

7. Excused absences for school activities require signed permission in advance, otherwise contageous disease and death are the primary excuses.

8. Diversity is celebrated in this class.

9. This is your life/education - ASK if you have questions or don't understand.

10. "Practice" psychology on yourself only - leave friends, relatives and other students to their own devices!

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.  
Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 85-87

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing.
Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 85-87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
NOTE: An attendance report of ā€œPā€ (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

Disability Guidelines:

Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page:
http://www.park.edu/disability
 
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