PhD Psychology - Family Therapy

The PhD program in Family Therapy is dedicated to provide training to the upcoming therapists of marriage and family psychology. It helps in enhancing the social justice approach of the next generation. It includes creative problem solving for family matters involving both group and individual sessions, their observations, learning and solutions to technical issues.

Under our training are the teachers who deliver lectures on family therapies in psychology to the students with the similar concentration. The second category trained under Queensville University's PhD program are the researchers conducting research in the related subject matters by using both the qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Also the clinical supervisors with advanced skills acquire this degree from us in order to further their study.

 

What will you learn from this course

Through this PhD program you will learn to:

  • Interpret results and deliver outcomes on ecological models of health and mental behaviors in terms of family therapies conducted
  • Further deliver the psychological concepts in family therapy to students via teaching and advising
  • Develop essential and technical skills in family therapeutic sessions
  • Conduct research and apply new knowledge in psychology of family therapy
  • Understand and apply the learned skills to real world scenarios and participate in groups, community or organizational based public health sectors
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Information Research Strategies 2 Introduction to information research including electronic resources. This course is designed to help researchers locate, evaluate, and use information. It includes exploration of the research process, search strategies, locating resources, source documentation, and organization of research.
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Statistical Modeling and Analysis for Complex Data Problems 2 reviews some of today’s more complex problems, and reflects some of the important research directions in the field. Twenty-nine authors – largely from Montreal’s GERAD Multi-University Research Center and who work in areas of theoretical statistics, applied statistics, probability theory, and shastic processes – present survey chapters on various theoretical and applied problems of importance and interest to researchers and students across a number of academic domains.
Optimal Experimental Design 2 Introduces the philosophy of experimental design, provides an easy process for constructing experimental designs, calculating necessary sample size using R programs and teaches by example using a custom made R program package: OPDOE introduces experimenters to the philosophy of experimentation, experimental design, and data collection. It gives researchers and statisticians guidance in the construction of optimum experimental designs using R programs, including sample size calculations, hypothesis testing, and confidence estimation. A final chapter of in-depth theoretical details is included for interested mathematical statisticians.
Mathematical Modeling 2 complete range of basic modeling techniques: it provides a consistent transition from simple algebraic analysis methods to simulation methods used for research. Such an overview of the spectrum of modeling techniques is very helpful for the understanding of how a research problem considered can be appropriately addressed.
Research Methods and Design 2 Learners gain a thorough understanding of statistical tests appropriate to their dissertation topic and design, how to interpret the results of the tests and how to conduct follow-up analyses, as appropriate. This course includes guidelines and "best practices" for collecting data. Power analysis, what it is, why do it, and how to use available software is covered. Data preparation, use of software to analyze data, and understanding the calculated results are covered. Experience with computer-based statistical analysis techniques is stressed. Emphasizes what is applicable to the Learner’s proposed research questions, design, construct/variable definitions and properties of measurements. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grade only.
Dissertation Planning, Writing, and Defending 2 step-by-step through the dissertation process, with checklists, illustrations, sample forms, and updated coverage of ethics, technology, and the literature review.
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Positive Psychology 4 Focuses on the positive psychology principles of positive subjective experience, positive traits, and positive institutions. It is an emerging shift within the field of psychology. The emphasis includes a scientific investigation of the latest research of positive psychology focusing on positive human strengths such as optimism, gratitude, hope, and justice. The course offers an opportunity for theoretical exploration and practical application.
Social Psychology 4 Survey of social, cultural, and cognitive influences on individual and group behavior. Introduces attitude formation, social conformity, personal perception, aggression, cooperation, and interpersonal and intergroup relations.
Dynamic Psychotherapy 4 Practical step-by-step introduction to the principles of dynamic psychotherapy to teach students more about dynamic psychotherapy, the emphasis is on the practical rather than the theoretical. The book opens with a description of the steps involved in conducting insight-oriented psychotherapy, then moves on to the modifications required for time-limited therapy, supportive and management techniques, and the combination or augmentation of psychotherapy with medications. Included are such topics as the significance of different patient-referral sources, recommendations on how to set up the initial appointment, and practical issues like the arrangement of office furniture and professional fees.
Personality Theories 4 Presents an overview of theories of personality development involving genetic, interpersonal, and environmental forces affecting human development, emphasizing personality theories as alternative orienting viewpoints.
Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences 4 Principles and methods for evaluating, planning, and carrying out psychological research, Non-experimental, quasi-experimental, and experimental designs for research in experimental and applied areas of psychology.
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Psychological Tests and Measurements 4 Introduces the Learner to psychological test construction, administration and interpretation as well as current research in the area. Commonly used tests to assess cognition and personality will be studied.
Organizational Industrial Psychology 4 Introduces organizations as psycho-social systems with values, norms and behavioral dynamics.
Survey Research 4 This course provides an in-depth understanding of the survey research process as it is used in psychological, educational and social science research. This includes development of research questions and hypotheses, sampling, questionnaire design, survey administration, data processing and analysis.
Organizational Behavior and Management 4 Behavioral theories of the organization are inherent in the operation of all organizations. Behavior of individuals and groups in organizations serve to determine the organizational climate and health. This course examines the nature of the behavior of organizations.
Family Therapy : Concepts and Methods 4 In the field of mental health today, there is a rising demand for the utilization of effective short-term therapy. This course offers an overview of brief therapy roots and demonstrates techniques common to all brief therapy models.
Applied Statistics 4 Provides instruction on the calculation, use, and interpretation of descriptive and inferential statistics. Emphasis is placed on the application and interpretation of statistical tests in conducting research at the graduate level. This course introduces inferential statistics and its application to research design. Current SPSS software will be utilized. Both parametric and non-parametric approaches to the analysis of data will be discussed.
Organizational Industrial Psychology 4 Introduces organizations as psycho-social systems with values, norms and behavioral dynamics.
Multivariate Statistics 4 The central theme of the course is the general linear model, and statistical methods include multivariate hypothesis testing, principal components analysis, factor analysis, discriminate analysis, canonical correlation analysis, and multivariate analysis of variance and covariance. The course covers theoretical, computational, and interpretive issues of multivariate techniques using computer solutions.
Applied I/O Psychology Project 4 Requires the Learner to conduct a research study in the area of Industrial/Organizational Psychology and to document the results in a formal research project report. Note: Individual topic areas are to be submitted and approved by the Learner's advisor and faculty mentor.
Industrial / Organizational Psychology Practicum 4 Provides the opportunity for learners to experience the direct application of theory and techniques of psychology in supervised professional settings.
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Concept Paper 2 Ethical issues in research are studied and the Learner evaluates the research plan developed in modules RSH8951-RSH8953 against accepted ethical principles and practices in the field. The material developed in the modules is integrated into a summarizing document called the Dissertation Research Proposal. The proposal is comprised of Chapter I (Introduction), Chapter II (Literature Review), and Chapter III (Methodology). The Learner develops the Dissertation Research Proposal under the supervision of the faculty mentor, with a focus on the conceptual and methodological clarity of the research plan for the Learner’s dissertation topic. Once acceptable to the Learner and the faculty mentor, the draft of the Research Proposal is reviewed by the Learner’s Dissertation Committee and the University’s Ethics Committee. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grade only.
Doctoral Comprehensive Examination 2 Assures that the Learner has mastered knowledge of his or her discipline, specialization, and can demonstrate applications of that knowledge before formal candidacy status is granted and research in support of the dissertation is initiated. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grade only.
Doctoral Dissertation Research l 2 Continuation of RSH8954-P. The draft of the Dissertation Research Proposal is finalized and approved by the Learner’s Dissertation Committee and the University’s Ethics Committee. All steps necessary to begin data collection, including any necessary pilot testing, are completed. Candidates for the Ph.D. must maintain continuous enrollment. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grade only.
Doctoral Dissertation Research ll 2 Dissertation data are collected and analyzed. Candidates for the Ph.D. must maintain continuous enrollment. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grade only.
Doctoral Dissertation Research lll 2 the dissertation process is completed. The manuscript is prepared, accepted by the Learner’s Dissertation Committee, and the oral defense is conducted. Candidates for the Ph.D. must maintain continuous enrollment. Candidates must have satisfied all financial obligations to the University and be enrolled at the time the oral defense is conducted. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grade only.