Meet Your Instructor: Dr. Christina Villarreal

This semester Dr. Christina Villarreal will be teaching a course in Personality Theory at UC Berkeley Extension’s Post Baccalaureate Program for Counseling and Psychology Professions on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm.  The Post-Baccalaureate Program for Counseling and Psychology Professions is ideal if you need to complete undergraduate course prerequisites or if you want to become more competitive for graduate or professional school in counseling and psychology. Designed for career changers with bachelor’s degrees, the curriculum consists of a range of upper-division psychology courses that are required or strongly recommended by graduate and professional schools in social work, counseling, and psychology. The program also offers you guidance in planning your academic program of study and in initiating the graduate school application process.

Personality psychology, in contrast to abnormal and clinical psychology, is the study of normal and exceptional personalities, their assessment and development, and the processes that define them. Personality psychologists have been influenced by the “grand” theories of personality that tend to have more historical significance than relevance for current personality theories and research. Contemporary personality theories are more specific but still fall under broad paradigms or approaches. Research some of these approaches, including trait, biological, psychodynamic, phenomenological, behavioral and learning, and social-cognitive theories.

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