Don’t Miss Out: Summer Counseling Class

Professor Williams-Wengerd will be teaching PSYC 2994: Basic Counseling Skills this summer. The course’s duration will be July 6 through August 8, and will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00-9:30 PM.

The course will introduce core skills of counseling. Such skills include attending, empathy, building rapport, effective responding, goal setting, and action planning. By the end of the course skill strengths and areas for improvement will be identified for future exploration.

The course will be interactive and have triad practice sessions in and outside of class. Alongside readings from the required text and journal articles, students will keep a journal to record their experiences. Students will be graded through two practice videos and one transcribed video.

If a student has any interest in or questions about the course, contact Professor Anne Williams-Wengerd at or (651) 690-6625.

Look for these flyers!

Lauren M. Crepeau ’16
English, Communication Studies, and Women’s Studies

Flipping the Classroom

Associate Professor Jamie Peterson and Amelia Ruedy ’16 recently conducted a study at St. Kate’s in one of the upper division Psychology courses, looking at the impact a flipped classroom had on student learning and rapport.

The study used two classes, one a traditional classroom setting where the professor lectured for 20-25 minutes with PowerPoint slides, followed by a brief learning application activity. The other classroom was a flipped classroom. In this setting the professor turned the PowerPoint slides into online lecture videos, and engaged the students in more lengthy learning application activities during class and lab time.The students self-reported their first two exam scores and completed the Professor Student Rapport Scale (Wilson, Ryan, & Pugh, 2010).

This particular study found contrasting results to previous research. The study found that there was no significant difference in student learning and exam scores between the two different classroom settings. There was also no significant difference in student rapport.

The results suggest that using technology to enhance student learning outside of class time does not detract from forming positive relationships between the professor and the students or student learning.

Ruedy enjoyed collaborating side by side with a professor for this research. She plans on entering graduate school within the next year and believes this research has taught her to look at things from a different perspective. “I also enjoy it because it’s really fun and interesting analyzing the results and gaining new knowledge,” Ruedy says. She looks forward to future opportunities for research in graduate school.


Lauren M. Crepeau ’16
English, Communication Studies, and Women’s Studies

Social Psychology Topics Course

For spring semester 2016 the Psychology Department is offering the topics course of Social Psychology (PSYC 2994) on Thursdays from 6:00 PM-9:30 PM. The course will be taught by Professor Todd Wilkinson. Students must have taken General Psychology (PSYC 1001) before taking this class. This course will cover current theory and research in Social Psychology in various topics such as attitude formation and change, aggression, group dynamics, and much more! For more information, please see this flyer, or contact Professor Jamie Peterson at Students can register without an instructor’s signature until February 4th. After that deadline, students must register with the Registrar’s office with the instructor’s signature, they will have until February 12th to do so.