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OCU Professor Larry Olson

Dr. Larry Olson
Psychology Department Chair
Professor of Psychology and Counseling

You will benefit greatly from the extensive knowledge and experience of the OCU Psychology Department faculty. All members of the department are among the highest qualified in the field.

These professors possess strong theoretical foundations and have a lifetime of experience in Chemical Dependency and other counseling. All will seek to assist you to satisfy your personal quest for knowledge and enable your own personal, professional and spiritual growth.

Degree Programs

Circleville Ohio Campus  •  4 Year Program  •  Bachelor of Arts  •  Undergraduate

This program is designed to prepare students for entrance into various fields of Human Services in response to the individual’s desire and calling to meet human needs. Approved 8.30.2018.

Objectives

Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:
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    Integrate Christian principles in critical thinking and problem solving.
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    Exhibit competency in general education subjects.
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    Develop interpersonal and communication skills.
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    Apply assistance and services as appropriate to human need and situations.
 
Circleville Ohio Campus  •  4 Year Program  •  Bachelor of Arts  •  Undergraduate

The Psychology program guides students in discovery of unique personal giftedness as it relates to vocational call. Understanding of the uniqueness of each person as God created them underlies each course. Along with a foundational understanding of human behavior and mental processes based in scientific research, students will understand normalcy and dysfunction with special attention given to understanding how faith and theory translate into application. Students will be prepared for graduate school opportunities, entry-level employment, and/or ministry in related vocations. Each course in the curriculum is intended to scaffold (build, construct) the learning experience toward a capstone practicum that will measure the ability of the student to apply concepts in a professional environment.

Options open to graduates include:
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    Apprenticeship or entry-level work (e.g., juvenile court, corrections, half-way house groups, social services, shelter for abused groups, treatment and counseling centers, other human services settings, etc.).
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    Graduate work at the seminary or university level.

Additional education and supervised work may be required for certification and/or licensing, depending on state and institutional requirements.

Objectives

On completion of the program, students should be able to:
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    Articulate a basic understanding of the principles of human development and behavior.
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    Understand contemporary psychological theory.
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    Attain a basic knowledge of psychological research methodology.
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    Integrate the connection between the Bible and psychological principles into a model applicable to the student’s professional context.
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    Demonstrate mastery of the objective for the chosen concentration.
 
Circleville Ohio Campus  •  4 Year Program  •  Bachelor of Arts  •  Undergraduate

This program seeks to equip the student with a foundational grasp of human behavior and mental processes. General biblical and professional disciplines are holistically blended to create an ongoing process of learning. Options open to graduates include the following:

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    Apprenticeships or entry-level work (e.g., juvenile court, corrections, half-way house groups, social services, shelters for abused groups, treatment and counseling centers, etc.)
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    Graduate work at the seminary or university level

This degree program exceeds the current educational requirements for the State of Ohio at the time of this printing. Additional education and supervised work may be required for a certificate or license in other states or nations. Prior to enrolling, students are encouraged to check educational requirements for any geographical location in which they anticipate employment. A list of credentialing boards in Ohio and around the world is available from icamprc.memberlodge.com.

Objectives

On completion of the program, students should be able to:
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    Integrate Christian principles in critical thinking and decision-making to the study of substance abuse counseling.
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    Appraise the needs of persons through use of assessment techniques, diagnostic criteria, and treatment planning.
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    Utilize appropriate counseling techniques with individuals, families, and groups.
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    Apply chemical dependency interventions, knowledge of drugs, and ethical codes of conduct.
 
Circleville Ohio Campus  •  4 Year Program  •  Bachelor of Arts - Dual Major  •  Undergraduate

This dual major in Worship Leadership and Psychology is designed to prepare students for a calling in worship ministry, and to enable them to enter a graduate school counseling program where they can receive credentials toward a counseling career, serving those within and beyond the Church.

Objectives

On completion of the program, students should be able to:
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    Communicate biblical foundations for spiritual life and ministry.
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    Demonstrate musical and leadership abilities requisite for worship ministry.
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    Plan and lead gospel-centered, edifying worship.
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    Apply and integrate relevant psychological theories to various life and vocational settings and educational environments.