School of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences



Blue Sky University’s School of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences offers programs designed for those interested in various mental health professions. Some programs can prepare graduates for licensure as psychologists, counselors or therapists. Other programs can prepare individuals to work in fields that apply psychology, like corrections, addictions, sports/exercise, or religious institutions, hospitals, and clinics. Our world faces extraordinary challenges. Much of the conflict and disease that threatens our communities is rooted in an inability to see others as people like ourselves, worthy of respect and opportunity. At the B-SkyU School of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, we educate socially responsible practitioners to lead the way in healing these divisions within. Socially responsible practitioners are prepared to meet the needs of a complex and changing world.

We work with students who are courageous enough to want to change the world. To prepare them for the challenges they will face, we offer demanding curricula and hands-on experiences. This blend of theory, science, and practice results in graduates who have the knowledge, skills, and values to be effective personal and social change agents in the pursuit of justice.

Our faculty are practitioners who bring a range of experiences and perspectives to the classroom. They regularly rethink and improve our pedagogy, and they build new academic programs to meet emerging social needs. All of our programs focus on preparing practitioners who are grounded in the fundamentals of sound behavioral science and able to use and apply clinical and scientific research and scholarship. We value ethical practice that is sensitive to issues of diversity and multiculturalism. Personal development is central to the professional training and development of mental health professionals. This belief is critical to our curriculum, our off-site experiences, and our faculty. You will learn through example, active participation, and the high expectations of our faculty mentors.

Our Focus

 

Blue Sky University School of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences educates professionals whose practices exemplify a commitment to understand and respect individual and cultural differences. The application of humane professional judgment is achieved through the integration of psychological theory, scientific research, and professional practice. The curriculum and training opportunities prepare graduates to deliver outstanding professional services, emphasizing the need to understand diversity and the importance of working with underserved populations. From this statement of purpose, we derive our institutional goals, which are attained through individual programs of study. Our consistent focus on student learning ensures that the institution provides excellent career education. Each program regularly identifies the learning expectations, determines the outcomes of these student-learning expectations across academic programs, and uses assessment results to improve student learning. Our institutional learning goals for students completing our degree programs are:

  • Scholarship: Graduates will be able to use scientific research and theory to inform their practices and be able to prepare scholarly work broadly defined;
  • Diversity: Graduates will be able to apply theoretical and practical knowledge about ethnic, racial, gender, sexual, cultural and religious, age, and disability difference in their professional work;
  • Professional Behavior: Graduates will be able to function in a professional and ethical manner;
  • Professional Practice: Graduates will be able to conduct assessments, develop appropriate interventions, and implement interventions in their specialty area of professional psychology.

To ensure an effective and high-quality educational experience, the B-SkyU School of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences’ faculty systematically monitor student learning to inform future planning and to generate creative, responsive initiatives to improve the programs. Data are gathered, analyzed, and presented to the learning community for review. Based on these results, the program revises the student learning assessment plan, the curriculum, and the approach to learning in the classroom. Student learning assessment offers the school a critical opportunity to evaluate the effectiveness of its programs and to develop innovative, student-focused learning environments.

To optimize the learning environment offered by the programs, students are strongly encouraged to be active learners. Active student learners reflect on the conditions and activities that engage their learning style and work independently, with peers and with faculty, to enhance their learning in the classroom.

Our Mission

The B-SkyU School of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences is a reflection of the broad spectrum of modern scientific psychology research and applications. The School is committed to expand the understanding of human behavior and its development and contribute to optimize mental health and well-being through rigorous and state of the art research. This forms the basis for its academic and professional training programs which strive to provide a rich experience to its students preparing them to excel in their careers and their contribution to society.

The specific mission of the undergraduate program in Psychology is to provide students with an understanding of the mental structures and processes that underlie individual human experience and behavior, the scientific methodologies by which such a knowledge base is acquired, and the critical thinking skills necessary to evaluate scientific and popular claims concerning behavior. For a subgroup of our undergraduate majors (particularly those intending to continue into graduate study), we also seek to provide in-depth research apprenticeships.

The specific mission of our graduate programs in experimental and clinical psychology is to educate and train students for careers in basic and applied scientific psychological research that are currently defined as five main and active research fields, Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Lifespan Psychology, Social & Community Psychology, with the outcome being graduates who will produce and apply scientific knowledge in their research and/or teaching in a variety of contexts. For those who pursue careers in clinical psychology, training is offered in a scientist-practitioner model of psychological service, with a special emphasis on evidence-based interventions.

 

Our Vision

The Vision is for the B-SkyU School of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences to be the “leading” or premier higher education organization addressing socially responsible practice and its concomitants – locally, regionally, and globally – a unique resource for broadening relevant practice, effecting social justice, understanding policy, initiating advocacy, promoting academic reflection, and producing social action and change.

In addition of the five broad fields of basic experimental and applied research (clinical, cognitive, developmental, neurosciences, and social), we envision the School as a nationally and internationally recognized centre of excellence for training and for basic and applied psychological research in five inter-related strategic areas of development. These strategic areas, which will serve as the backbone of our traditional fields of graduate training, will also serve as the focus of development for the School’s future initiatives. These five strategic areas of development are:

Clinical Research in Psychotherapy and Service Delivery – The goal of this strategic area is to increase research focusing on clinical psychotherapy process, outcome and service delivery questions using the Centre for Psychological Services and Research which include:

  • Increased research that directly benefits clients at the and/or practicum students/interns in training.
  • Facilitating research on clinically relevant issues and research that will contribute to the larger field of clinical psychology.
  • Research that is avant-garde in examining alternatives and innovations in providing services to linguistic minorities, remote communities, populations with varying ethnic and cultural background, and economically disadvantaged populations.

Lifespan Development – The goal of this strategic area is to work toward the integration of developmental psychology and geronto-psychology.

The activities include:

  • Fundamental research (cognitive development, social development, and geronto-psychology)
  • Clinical activities (clinical child psychology, family psychology, clinical gerontology).
  • Partnerships with Hospitals which enhance quality of research on both fundamental processes and the study of clinical population, services to clinical populations, and training of graduate students.

Neuroscience and Cognition – Following the strong emphasis placed by Blue Sky University on the role of the neurosciences in different spheres of research activities, the goals of this strategic area are:

  • To integrate the study of brain changes under normal and pathological conditions
  • To further develop the research on the neuro-physiological correlates and determinants of cognition
  • To establish and to strengthen partnerships with the hospitals in developing research in neuropsychology.

Social & Community Psychology – The goal is to expand social psychology to include inter-disciplinary research on basic principles in social psychology, applied social psychology, and community psychology. Emphasis is placed on working towards the creation of a research facility on basic and applied social psychology within the School that will facilitate the further development of the Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services (CRECS) and that will include:

  • Research on basic principles in social and personality psychology
  • Inter-disciplinary social psychological studies, applied, and community research (i.e., in schools, businesses, sport federations, governmental agencies, ethnic and cultural minority groups, etc.)
  • The teaching and practice of a variety of research methods (experiments, focus group, qualitative interviews, participatory, observational, and surveys)
  • Research on social and health policies and translation of research knowledge
  • Systematic research links with the rest of the FSS and the University

Research Methods and Quantitative Methods – Researchers of different research fields rely on different methodologies and different sets of qualitative and quantitative methods to conduct their research. Undergraduates need to be exposed early to research methods and quantitative methods in order to master basic statistical concepts; graduate students in each field need to be exposed to advance methodology and both quantitative and qualitative methods. Sophisticated statistical methods are critical to most fields of psychology.

The area of research methods and quantitative methods is important for our five traditional fields of research and graduate training. Therefore, the goal is to strengthen the resources in line with the School’s mission and its future initiatives by increasing the relevant expertise in research and quantitative methods across all areas of psychology.

 

Our Values

Five values guide expectations and behavior at Blue Sky University School of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences:

Social Interest: We are part of and invested in community, and we act and collaborate with compassion and social responsibility. The School’s faculty, staff, students, and graduates are recognized as teachers and promoters of social responsibility, are engaged in their communities, and are politically aware and active. We will strengthen our culture of social responsibility and of community service and engagement. Life at the School will be marked by rich opportunities for service, and an active pursuit of sustainability.

Pluralism: We respect and celebrate human diversity and difference. Throughout our history, recognition and inclusion of diversity have been hallmarks of Blue Sky University’s School of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences. Our academic, social, and organizational strength is enhanced by our inclusiveness and respect for the unique identity of individuals reflected in their cultural traditions, beliefs, and viewpoints. The School embraces diversity in its broadest sense, including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, age, nationality, language, disability, socioeconomic status, education, religious / spiritual orientation, political perspective, and intellectual viewpoint. The School views diversity as an essential component of the educational experience of our students and an important indicator of our success in ensuring the relevance of the School. We will dedicate the necessary resources to recruiting, welcoming, supporting, and retaining outstanding students, faculty, staff, and leadership who will significantly improve the diversity of the School community, with particular attention to the inclusion of under-represented, under-served, and marginalized populations. Academic life and scholarly excellence will be enriched in profound ways by our global connections and bonds with local, national, and international organizations. These programs, partnerships, and relationships will demonstrate our deep local roots, wide national influences, and broad global reach.

Courage: We encourage leadership, innovation, and creativity, act on principle, and challenge the status quo. We will continue to build a culture of innovation. The School’s revised curricula, and the Institutes for Social Change’s groundbreaking work are all challenging and revolutionary – and we expect the School’s ongoing work to challenge assumptions and to support revolutionary approaches to social action and change. Staff and faculty are encouraged to find solutions beyond the boundaries of traditional higher education practices. Students are prepared to be leaders who are agents of change.

Excellence: We embrace the highest level of quality, rigor, and integrity for education, scholarship, performance, and outcomes. We will continue to build a culture of high performance. To ensure leadership in the changing global context, we will support high performance in learning, scholarship, technology, financial management, and organizational processes. We will train, inform, and empower staff, faculty, and leadership through motivating and rewarding high performance and through providing opportunities for professional development and advancement. We will be an international magnet for the next generation of intellectual and professional leaders. With each graduate program demonstrating distinction, and with increased support for programs that have achieved or will achieve recognition, we will be known as a world-class institution for advanced studies related to social responsibility, healthy communities, and social justice.

Pragmatism: We are outcome-oriented and evidence-based, and we pursue real-world solutions and measurable results. We are a practitioner school that is practical and applied. We apply scholarship and theory to practice. Our work can be observed in the surrounding communities in which we live, learn, and practice. We are out to change the world for the better. Our organizational practices are effective, efficient, and focused on outcomes. We set goals and achieve them.

Our Programs

Blue Sky University School of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences offers programs at the bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate levels in Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology and various applied psychology, including Forensic Psychology, Sport-Exercise Psychology, Pastoral Community Counseling and Industrial organization Psychology. At the B-SkyU School of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, you will benefit from the superior theoretical and classroom preparation you expect from an established institution – but you will get so much more than that. You will receive a wholly unrivaled range of real-world training opportunities, beginning your first semester on campus, to help you build a relevant, robust resume that will set you apart and prepare you to make an impact in a way few other graduates can.

Whether your motivation for advancing your education is personal, professional or a combination of both, Blue Sky University is ready to support you. Contact the Office of Admissions today (admissions@bluesky-u.com) for details on how our School of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences programs can satisfy your academic, personal or professional needs. Also, be sure and ask about our scholarship opportunities that are reserved exclusively for students in the behavior sciences.

Programs offered by School of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences

Degree Programs

Eligibility Criteria

Associate Degree (A.Sc.) Minimum high school or equiv.
Associate-to-Bachelor’s Desgree (B.Sc.) Associate degree, or equir. international education
Bachelor’s Degree (B.Sc.) Minimum high school or equiv.
Masters Degree (M.Sc.) Minimum Bachelor’s or equiv.
Doctorate Degree (Ph.D.) Minimum Master’s or equiv.

 

Diploma Programs

Eligibility Criteria

Undergraduate Diploma in Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Minimum high school or equiv.
Graduate Diploma in Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Minimum high school or equiv.

 

Certificate Programs

Eligibility Criteria

Undergraduate Certificate in Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Minimum high school or equiv.
Graduate Course Certificate in Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Minimum high school or equiv.
Undergraduate Certificate in Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Minimum high school or equiv.
Graduate Certificate in Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Minimum high school or equiv.
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