Psychology: Integration of Psychology and Theology

Rosemead's curriculum is distinguished by a series of seminars designed to investigate the mutual relationships between theological and psychological concepts and data. These seminars constitute an essential part of Rosemead training and offer students an opportunity to become involved in a creative application of shared insights from these related disciplines. Each student must take RSTP 500 and additional integration seminars to total 12 credits.

RSTP 500 - Psychotherapy and ReligionCredit 1

An introduction to the contributions a biblical understanding of human nature can make to the psychological practitioner's understanding of the therapeutic process. Special attention is given to the relational dimension of human growth and development. Note(s): Required of all first year students to be taken concurrently with Pre-practicum.
Grade Mode: C.
Restrictions: Must be Rosemead Sch of Psychology; and Graduate Level or Doctoral Level.

RSTP 705 - Psychology of ReligionCredits 2

A survey of the psychology of religion research emphasizing both content and methodological issues. Topics covered include religiosity and mental health, measures of religiosity, religious development, correlates of religiosity and psychological aspects of conversion and other religious aspects. Note(s): Elective.
Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: RSTP 500.
Restrictions: Must be Rosemead Sch of Psychology; and Graduate Level or Doctoral Level.

RSTP 715 - Contemporary Psychoanalysis and ReligionCredits 3

The history of the concept of transference is traced, particularly as pertains to controversies in contemporary psychoanalysis over historical truth vs. narrative truth, and reality vs. illusion, with special attention to the formation and use of God as a foreground and background object in light of modern infant observational research. Note(s): Elective.
Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: RSTH 540 or RSTP 721.
Restrictions: Must be Rosemead Sch of Psychology; and Graduate Level or Doctoral Level.

RSTP 721 - The Nature and Scope of IntegrationCredits 2-3

This course includes a discussion of the models, levels and areas in which integration of the theological and psychological can occur, as well as a framework for conceptualizing the scope of integration.
Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: RSTH 540.
Restrictions: Must be Rosemead Sch of Psychology; and Graduate Level or Doctoral Level.

RSTP 725 - Psychotherapy and SpiritualityCredits 2-3

This course is designed to increase students' awareness of the integral process of growth in psychotherapy and spirituality. Course material focuses on an understanding of the nature of psychological and spiritual growth, and an experimental awareness of that growth process. Note(s): Elective.
Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: RSTH 540 or RSTP 721.
Restrictions: Must be Rosemead Sch of Psychology; and Graduate Level or Doctoral Level.

RSTP 732 - Mental Health and Christian MissionCredits 2

This seminar style and experiential learning course explores ways clinical psychologists contribute to Christian outreach through care to missionaries, the global church, and to underserved populations. Note(s): Elective.
Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: RSTH 540 or RSTP 721.
Restrictions: Must be Graduate Level or Doctoral Level.

RSTP 735 - Perspectives on the SelfCredits 3

This covers an overview of philosophical, theological, psychological, cross-cultural and spiritual perspectives on the self. It also considers the historical transition from focusing on the soul to the contemporary focusing on the self. Note(s): Elective.
Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: RSTH 540 or RSTP 721.
Restrictions: Must be Rosemead Sch of Psychology; and Graduate Level or Doctoral Level.

RSTP 744 - Integration and TherapyCredits 2

The focus of this seminar is on "explicit integration" in psychotherapy. The distinctives of the Christian therapist and therapeutic conceptualizations and intervention are examined. Note(s): Elective. Course may be taken multiple times for credit with different emphasis.
Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: RSTH 540 or RSTP 721.
Restrictions: Must be Rosemead Sch of Psychology; and Graduate Level or Doctoral Level.

RSTP 745 - Maturity: Psychological and Theological PerspectivesCredits 2

This course investigates theoretically and experientially some of the major religious and secular approaches to the role of pain and suffering in human maturation. In particular, this course examines the role of pain/suffering from the perspectives of Zen Buddhism, psychoanalytic theory, existential psychology, studies in post-traumatic growth, and Christian theology. Note(s): Elective.
Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: RSTH 540 or RSTP 721.
Restrictions: Must be Rosemead Sch of Psychology; and Graduate Level or Doctoral Level.

RSTP 746 - Selected Topics and Issues in IntegrationCredits 2-3

Occasional seminars are offered under this course designation with focus on some contemporary integration issue, controversy or special research interest. Note(s): May be retaken for credit. Elective.
Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: RSTH 540 or RSTP 721.
Restrictions: Must be Rosemead Sch of Psychology; and Graduate Level or Doctoral Level.

RSTP 750 - Perspectives on Human NatureCredits 2

A critical examination of various theological and psychological anthropologies. Each student is expected to conduct an in-depth review of one theoretical perspective. Note(s): Elective.
Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: RSTH 540 or RSTP 721.
Restrictions: Must be Rosemead Sch of Psychology; and Graduate Level or Doctoral Level.

RSTP 760 - Independent StudyCredits 1-3

Individual study, directed reading or special problems in integration. Such study must be done with the approval and supervision of a faculty professor of record. The student is expected to submit a detailed course proposal and a bibliography on an arranged course form available from the registrar's office. Note(s): Required courses may not be taken through independent study. Elective.
Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Rosemead Sch of Psychology; and Graduate Level or Doctoral Level.

RSTP 770 - Special Topics in IntegrationCredits 1-3

Occasional seminars are offered under this course description that specifically identify current issues relevant to the integration of theology and psychology. This designation is to be used for 1–4 day courses offered at various times per year.
Grade Mode: C.
Restrictions: Must be Graduate Level or Doctoral Level.