Lynn J. Darby School of Psychology and Adolescent Counseling

Our mission

The mission of the Lynn J. Darby School of Psychology and Adolescent Counseling is to encourage students to live extraordinary lives through a curriculum informed by the values of liberal education.  This will be accomplished by (1) providing students with core scientific literacy in the fundamental areas within psychology, (2) maximizing the development of critical thinking, research skills, creative expression, and proficiency in communication, (3) fostering personal and social awareness towards an increase in personal integrity, (4) encouraging community and global responsibility, cultural competence and diversity, and service.

A message from Dr. Julie Battle

The outstanding faculty in the School of Psychology have a wide range of interests and areas of expertise, and faculty are strongly committed to providing extraordinary, hands-on educational experiences that help students to think critically about real-world issues.These hands-on experiences start early in our program with a Introductory Psychology laboratory that includes, among other things, students being involved in activities that simulate pregnancy, psychosis, and cultural immersion.

These types of experiences continue throughout our undergraduate program and culminate in an applied field experience capstone course. During this course, students integrate information learned throughout the Psychology program with applied experiences in the community.

In addition, the faculty value advanced educational opportunities and therefore offer master’s level degrees: M.S. in Applied Gerontology and an M.S. in Clinical Counseling Psychology.
The graduate programs are rigorous, applied programs that train students in the skills and knowledge to enter into a particular professional field and/or advance within their current field.

The School of Psychology also runs the Brenau Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (BCCPS) which offers individual and group therapeutic services on a sliding scale fee to community members.

Throughout all programs in the School of Psychology, there is an emphasis on the integration of knowledge and skills with an emphasis on critical thinking and good decision making. We hope that you will join us in this endeavor.

Sincerely,
Julie V. Battle, Ph.D.
Department Chair
Professor of Psychology

 

Changes for the fall 2020 semester

 

Undergraduate Psychology and Psychology/Pre-OT Programs

All fall 2020 semester onground courses will be delivered in a hybrid format. Students should plan to attend classes both in person and remotely, though almost all classes will be set up in a way that students who are uncomfortable coming to class can participate via Zoom sessions at their scheduled times according to the modified schedule (thus avoiding any onground meetings). Some classes will be entirely online, in a synchronous format (class will meet through zoom during the scheduled class time, and students are expected to be there at the scheduled time). Some classes (e.g,. PY 101 Lab) have components that cannot adequately be completed in an online format; those classes will have required on-ground meetings as needed. Efforts will be made to minimize the need for such face to face meetings. Details of each course will be communicated by the instructors. For all in-person meetings on campus, masks are required unless medical documentation is provided to the Learning Center and the Learning Center writes a letter for accommodations (e..g. face shield instead of face mask). After getting course syllabi on the first day of classes, any student uncomfortable with onground requirements who is in a course that requires onground participation can talk to his/her advisor about making schedule adjustments through add/drop. The last day of add/drop is the Friday of the first week of classes. The University mandate of a 14 day self-quarantine following out of state travel will be followed.

 

Clinical Counseling Psychology Program

All fall 2020 semester CCP didactic courses will be delivered in a hybrid format. Students on both Gainesville and Norcross campuses should plan to attend classes both in person and remotely. Most classes will have at least one class session on ground, with the majority of didactic (class) content online. Online class content may involve both synchronous and asynchronous meetings, according to the modified schedule. Some classes, such as Thesis and Practicum Supervision, will be taught entirely online. Any course content requiring in-person instruction or the distribution of materials will involve some on-ground meetings. Details of each course will be communicated by the instructors. For all in-person meetings on campus, masks are required unless medical documentation is provided to the learning center and the learning center writes a letter for accommodations (e..g. face shield instead of face mask). Students can opt to continue their practica and internship experiences in either a face-to-face format or in a telemental health format. The University mandate of a 14 day self-quarantine following out of state travel will be followed. Any student unwilling or unable to participate in the required clinical experiences or on-campus sessions must notify their advisor prior to August 15, 2020.

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