2018-2019 Catalog

CPSY - Counseling Psychology Courses

CPSY 200 Foundations of Counseling: Process and Skills

Course includes foundational counseling skills including appropriate use of self; empathy, reflective practice, listening and tracking with special emphasis on the impact of diversity on the counseling relationship. Course will introduce assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning, with emphasis on Rogerian and Motivational Interviewing approaches. Case management, including collaboration with community resources, referrals and advocacy will be introduced. Recovery-oriented care and methods of service delivery will be covered. A didactic experiential approach will be utilized throughout the course.

Credits
3

CPSY 201 Foundations of Psychological Research

This course provides a foundation for analysis, evaluation, and use of mental health research in evidence-based, MFT and LPCC practice. Contemporary journal articles are examined for social science research methods and concepts as applied to: co-occurring disorders, AOD, psychopharmacology; recovery-oriented care, collaborative treatment; issues of diversity, community-based needs assessment, treating and tracking vulnerable populations including children, elders, victims of violence, and severely mentally ill.

Credits
3

CPSY 202 Psychopharmacology

This course covers the basics of neurological functioning, development, and psychopharmacology. Topics will include basic brain functioning in mental illness and SUD, as well as how psychotropic medications function on a neurological and biological level.

Credits
1

CPSY 203 Foundations of Forensic Psychology

This course explores the various facets of the field of forensic psychology, including models, practices and procedures. Psychological constructs in forensic psychology will be reviewed, including developmental, behavioral, cognitive, social, and biological models of understanding human behavior. The course will cover landmark legal cases relevant to the practice of forensic psychology, potential careers in psychology including expert testimony, legal consultation, and forensic assessment in the criminal justice system. The course also reviews ethical principles and dilemmas in the practice of forensic psychology, correctional psychology and working in the juvenile justice system. Relevant case law will be covered to provide a historical perspective of the increasing important role of forensic psychology in our country.


Credits
3

CPSY 204 Career Development Theory and Practice

This course provides a practical and theoretical foundation for understanding the relationships of personal and career development theories to counseling practice. A review of vocational choice theory, lifestyle choices, occupational and educational information, decision-making processes and career exploration techniques is reviewed. The course also focuses on the effects of discrimination and harassment in the workplace across the lifespan, issues around work-life balance, as well as ethical standards in practice.  




Credits
3

CPSY 205 Psychopathology

Students will be introduced to assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the major mental disorders, including severe mental illness, co-occurring disorders, AOD, and consequences of disaster and trauma; recovery-oriented care approaches to treatment of psychopathology; how issues of diversity, socio-economic position, human sexuality and stress affect mental health. This course will include meeting with consumers of mental health services.

Credits
3

CPSY 206 Forensic Psychology and the Law

This course introduces research at the intersection of psychology and law including interview methods, psychological assessment with a focus on competency to stand trial, SUD and the law. Students will learn about risk assessments, juvenile and family law, community education, human diversity, restorative justice and criminal responsibility, jury selection and decision-making processes, eyewitness testimony.

Credits
3

CPSY 207 Psychology of Criminal Behavior

This course focuses on evidence-based theories of criminal behavior, including biological, psychological and sociological theories.  The relationship of trauma and SUD to criminal behavior will also be explored, methods of prevention, early intervention and treatment.  It is designed to introduce the student to the complexities of developmental (juvenile) delinquency, adult crime including criminal homicide, sexual offenses, SUD and co-occurring disorders, human aggression, economic and public order crime.  The course will cover biological, sociological, psychological theories of criminal behavior.

Credits
3

CPSY 208 Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment

This course educates students regarding the effects of psychoactive substances on mental health and well-being, with a particular focus on co-occurring disorders, the developmental impact of substance use, and larger cultural and socio-economic diversity issues. This course is taught from a harm reduction perspective, and will introduce students to current theories of dependence, methods and protocols for detoxification, relapse prevention, and evidence-based treatment models.

Credits
3

CPSY 209 Interventions and Treatment in Forensic Psychology

This course focuses on interventions for and treatment of victims and offenders in the forensic system. Students will review the major mental illnesses and models of intervention and treatment, particularly those suited to forensic contexts. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and other trauma informed cognitive-behavioral strategies for engagement such as motivational interviewing, crisis intervention and de-escalation techniques will be presented. Students will have opportunities to practice these skills in a variety of classroom activities.

Credits
3

CPSY 210 Counseling Theories

This course provides a comprehensive survey of the major counseling and psychotherapy approaches, incorporating evidence-based theories, with specific attention to co-occurring disorders, diversity in therapy, and personal therapist qualities that affect the counseling relationship.

Credits
3

CPSY 211 Forensics: Psychometrics and Assessment

This course is designed to familiarize students with the psychological assessments used to measure risk, including assessing the risk for violence and recividism. Course objectives include how to understand and evaluate the reliability, validity, and other pertinent psychometric properties of forensic psychological assessment tools. The course explores interpretation of assessment data and how it may be used in a forensic context.

Credits
3

CPSY 212 Forensic Psychology Professional Practice Seminar

This course introduces students to the ways in which forensic psychologists interface with the diverse agencies in the civil/legal systems. Special topics include providing accessible services that support re-entry, emphasis on referrals and health disparities that prevail for forensically involved individuals, group process, including multi-disciplinary professional communication in integrative settings, and community identified best practices for treatment of substance use, mental health, and other life sustaining services.

Credits
3

CPSY 213 Motivational Conversations: Focus on Change

This class is designed specifically to expose Forensic Psychology students to a set of evidence-based techniques for engaging with individuals in the criminal justice system and is open to anyone interested in learning more about Motivational Interviewing. The aim of this course is to introduce students to Motivational Interviewing as a framework for understanding the change process, as well as a set of techniques toward working with the natural resistance and ambivalence that arises in the context of any behavior change. 

Credits
2

CPSY 215 The Law and Professional Ethics

Topics include, but are not limited to: scope of practice, therapist ethics, legal/ethical issues for the relational, systemic and collaborative MFT and LPCC approaches as they apply to children, severely mentally ill, elderly, various family configurations and recovery-oriented care, abuse and reporting; professional therapeutic boundaries with a focus on advocacy/confidentiality and inter-agency collaboration. Course will meet with consumers of mental health services.

Credits
3

CPSY 220 Human Development Across the Lifespan

A review of the understanding of essential psycho/social dynamics of general human development over the lifespan, this course includes biological, cognitive, affective, interpersonal, moral, spiritual, and personality aspects. Topics include a focus on child/elder abuse, domestic violence; how issues of diversity, socioeconomic position, and stress affect human development and well-being, and the development of human sexuality.

Credits
3

CPSY 226 Advanced Issues in Correctional and Community Counseling

This course is designed to elevate students’ ability to conduct professional counseling duties within the framework of institutional (i.e., prison or jail) and community systems. Focus will be on practical implications of system-imposed limitations including, prioritizing security concerns in correctional treatment, working with correctional/ security/organizational staff, assessing and negotiating issues of diversity, rank, and standing in correctional/organizational cultures, and understanding professional constraints as a function of political concerns within and between organizations. Students will also explore best practice for community policing and correctional programming.

Credits
3

CPSY 230 Human Diversity in Counseling

This course explores various cultural and other diversity contexts and their implications for counseling psychology with any population. A broad spectrum of diversity issues will be covered. Emphasis will be on MFT/LPCC principles and personal therapist qualities that affect the counseling process, including how transference and countertransference dynamics may provide a rich field for exploration of diversity issues.

Credits
2

CPSY 235 Advanced Human Diversity Issues in Counseling

This course focuses on the application and internalization of the multicultural principles learned in CPSY 230. Topics include emotional reactions in multicultural scenarios, spiritual and religious diversity, activism and organizational multicultural competence, classism, an ecological approach to assessment and treatment. Emphasis will be on MFT/LPCC principles and personal therapist qualities, with a focus on collaborative treatment approaches and advocacy for the severely mentally ill. This course will include meeting with consumers of mental health services.

Credits
2

CPSY 240B Child Abuse Assessment and Treatment

This course provides training in assessing, reporting, and treating child abuse, including neglect and sexual abuse.

Credits
1

CPSY 240C Using the DSM

This course teaches how to use of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual as a system for identifying and classifying psychopathology.

Credits
1

CPSY 245A Human Sexuality and Counseling

This course is an overview of human sexual response, sexual functioning and appropriate counseling techniques and theories, with a focus on diversity across individuals and sexual behaviors and identities. The course will utilize readings, student papers and journals.

Credits
1

CPSY 245C HIV/AIDS Assessment and Treatment

This course examines the clinical, social, and ethical issues in counseling persons with HIV-related problems.

Credits
1

CPSY 245D Domestic Violence Assessment and Treatment

This course includes spousal or partner abuse assessment, detection and intervention strategies including knowledge of trauma, SUD, human diversity factors, same gender abuse dynamics and community resources. A strong emphasis is placed on the relationship between SUD, trauma and violence. Students will explore the various types of abusive patterns that occur in intimate relationships and the family dynamics tied to these patterns.

Credits
1

CPSY 250 Marriage and Family Counseling

This course examines assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning for couples and families with focus on transformed definitions of “home” and “family.” A review of law/ethics relating to couples and families, relational and systemic therapies and use of evidence-based practices will be covered. Attention to risk, stress and resiliency as it relates to diversity will be explored, including socioeconomic, mental illness and substance use, and sexuality. The course emphasizes collaborative approaches to treating families, recovery-oriented care and community resources.

Credits
3

CPSY 260 Treatment of Children and Adolescents

This course surveys the diagnosis, assessment and treatment methods for mental illnesses commonly presented by children and adolescents. Topics will include psychosocial development issues, child abuse, domestic violence and the developmental effects of trauma, AOD and co-occurring disorders. MFT/LPCC principles in the context of relational and systemic theories, psychopharmacology, issues of diversity, human sexuality, gender identity, socioeconomic position will be covered. Therapist qualities that affect counseling evidence-based practices and collaborative approaches to treatment including community resources will be reviewed, as well as law/ethics as it pertains to children and adolescents.

Credits
3

CPSY 265 Group Psychotherapy

This course surveys various group theoretical approaches within multiple clinical contexts and populations.  General systems theory along with models of group development are covered, as well as leader characteristics and their impact across different types of groups. The course also reviews for whom and at what point group therapy is an appropriate modality of treatment, and covers techniques for handling some of the major dynamic issues that arise in groups, including scapegoating, remaining closed to differences, and the authority issue with the leader.

Credits
3, 2

CPSY 270 Trauma: Types and Transformation

Course examines various types of trauma including physical, emotional, sexual, endurance (a childhood, prolonged sense of feeling unsafe in one’s world) and their complex and traumatic interconnections with experiences of torture, war and other violent acts. Course will explore the difference between internal and external states of safety, develop a better understanding of how trauma affects body systems and provide transformational approaches grounded in mindfulness and other body-mind psychotherapeutic principles and techniques for treatment of core trauma.

Credits
3

CPSY 271 Trauma, Loss and Grief

This course is an exploration of grief, loss and trauma, and how they relate to issues of diversity, including socioeconomic, human sexuality, domestic violence, child abuse, severe mental disorders and substance use. The course focuses on assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning including recovery-oriented care, community resources/advocacy; personal qualities of the therapist and general MFT principles of relational, systemic and collaborative approaches; an overview of psychopharmacological considerations as they may relate to grief, loss and trauma.

Credits
3

CPSY 272 Foundations of Trauma-Informed Treatment

This course provides students with a comprehensive and integrated approach to the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of trauma. The bio-physiological, psycho-emotional, spiritual, and cultural effects of trauma will be addressed. Major models of the treatment of trauma will be covered, including dynamic, somatic, and cognitive behavioral approaches. Exploration of familial and societal healing are covered, as unresolved trauma can lead to patterns of generational abuse affecting families, cultures and societies.

Credits
3

CPSY 273 Traumatology and Demographics

This course addresses changing perspectives of trauma as it occurs in communities, regions, and populations resulting from war, disaster, community violence, epidemic illness, hate crimes, political uprisings, religious conflicts and other sources. The course will also focus on trauma and human diversity (age, gender, orientation, etc.). The role of spiritual practice as a source for emotional healing will be explored both at the individual and community level. Course will examine the approaches of both contemporary psychologies’ secular humanism and current trends in spiritually-based emotional healing practices as applied to types of trauma in various groups.

Credits
3

CPSY 274 Neurobiology of Trauma: Risk, Resiliency and Positive Psychology

This course explores the neurobiology of trauma and its resonance with the theory and practice of positive psychology, including spirituality and the constructs of emotional well being and happiness. Course will emphasize exploration of diverse spiritual resources for their contributions to healing: developing personal strength and courage, coping with negative emotions, exploring gratitude and forgiveness.

Credits
3

CPSY 275 Psychological Development and Spiritual Growth

Course explores the current findings in psychology and theology as pertain to counseling from a psychological and spiritual development perspective. Focus on spiritual and developmental aspects as they relate to factors of risk, resiliency and human diversity including examination of healthy developmental processes interrupted by severe trauma, neglect, and addictive processes. Using theoretical constructs of lived spirituality and developmental psychology, course will examine issues of adulthood including ongoing perceptions and coping with the construction of meaning, values and relationships in everyday life. Course focuses on the counseling impact of developmental and spiritual positions of therapist and client.

Credits
3

CPSY 280 Psychological Assessment

This course exposes students to the major cognitive, objective, projective and neurological tests used in the field of clinical work. The course also reviews the psychometric properties of reliability and validity and how they apply to the instruments studied throughout the course. Attention is given to the intersection of assessment and human diversity, including socioeconomic differences, neurology, cognition and severe mental illness, alcohol/drug use, personality, marriage, family relationships, children and victims of violence. Test interpretation and writing up results is also covered.

Credits
2

CPSY 285 Introduction to Supervised Practicum and Case Seminar

This course provides an overview of the pragmatics of psychotherapy including assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning/implementation and evaluation of the client in support of the student’s practicum experience. Emphasis is placed on basic MFT/LPCC principles of relational / systemic / collaborative and recovery-oriented approaches using evidence-based practices in working as a counselor. The course also reviews the stress case management/client advocacy techniques and the use of community resources, as well as a review of how case management differs from being a therapist. Focus on /client relationship and client diversity issues including family variations, socio-economics, human sexuality, severe mental illness, co-occurring disorders including AOD, issues of child/ elder abuse/ domestic violence and disaster /trauma. Law and ethics will be reviewed. This course includes the formal Application for Readiness to Practice.

Credits
3

Prerequisites

CPSY 200, 205, 208, 210, and 215

CPSY 286 Supervised Practicum and Case Seminar

This course is for Forensic Psychology students only. Small group supervision based on the Forensic student’s field placement experience. Students will critically review system dynamics and working in a forensic context with peer review and input. Topics addressed include assessment in forensic contexts, evidence-based assessments that are utilized for predicting risk and recidivism, cultural practices in the criminal justice system, working with juveniles in community contexts, and utilizing community resources advocacy and case management techniques.


Credits
3

Prerequisites

CPSY 203, 206 and 209

CPSY 290 Supervised Practicum and Case Seminar

This course is for Counseling Psychology students. Small group supervision based upon the students’ field placement experience. Students will critically review cases, including assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning, with peer review and input. Topics addressed will be therapist qualities, MFT principles, evidence-based practices, human diversity, stress, severe mental disorders, community resources and advocacy, disaster/trauma, interagency collaboration, case management.


Credits
3

Prerequisites

CPSY 200, CPSY 205, CPSY 208, CPSY 210, CPSY 215 and CPSY 285.

CPSY 291 Community Mental Health A

This course will cover the history of CMH from mid-18th century to present. Topics include institutionalization, deinstitutionalization, theories of prevention and intervention, social supports, vicarious traumatization, caring for the caregiver, therapist qualities and training in working in agencies as well as inter-agency collaboration and communication. Agency documentation requirements will be reviewed and clinical writing will be emphasized.

Credits
2

CPSY 292 Community Mental Health B

This course includes concepts of wellness, recovery, prevention and early intervention and emphasizes collaboration and strengths of individuals, families and communities. As many therapists encounter severe disorders in CMH settings, this course addresses AOD and co-occurring disorders; cultural competency; case management; advocacy; evidence-based practices; consumer rights; and communities that have been disproportionally impacted by poverty, stigma, discrimination, and a lack of access to services.

Credits
2

CPSY 293 Community Mental Health C

This course will focus on consultation to collaborating with CMH organizations including relationship building, interagency communication and team building; design and implementation of program evaluation in Community Mental Health (CMH); Federal, State, County and City organizations will be explored for their relationships and interconnections. Students will research Alameda county mental health organizations, cross-check their lists with other course members, design, develop and publish a current, annotated referral base.

Credits
2

CPSY 295 Supervised Practicum and Case Seminar

Small group supervision based upon the student’s field placement experience. Students will critically review cases, including assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, with peer review and input. Topics addressed will be therapist qualities, MFT principles, evidenced based practices, human diversity, stress, severe mental disorders, community resources and advocacy, disaster/trauma, interagency collaboration, case management. Prerequisites: (CPSY 290 X3 or 286 X2)

Credits
2

Prerequisites

CPSY 290 X3

CPSY 297 Special Topics: Career Development Theories and Techniques

This course meets the LPCC requirement for Career Development Counseling and includes career development decision making models and interrelationships among and between work, family, and other life roles and factors, including the role of human diversity in career development. This course will be offered online only.

Credits
3

CPSY 298 Integrating Seminar

As the final course determining graduation, all master’s level students take the Integrating Seminar (CPSY 298) and write a culminating paper. Counseling and Dual students are given a set of questions at the beginning of the semester designed to assist them in integrating and articulating their learning from the program. The culminating paper includes a description of the student’s theoretical approach toward counseling via a case presentation, along with a review of pertinent literature and reflections on countertransference, working with difference, and personal and professional growth. Forensic students will complete a research paper in which they have the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of and mastery of forensic concepts, with an eye toward restorative justice. 

The paper is expected to be clear and well written; content should demonstrate how well the student synthesizes material and develops and expresses responses, and must conform to APA standards.

Credits
3

Prerequisites

CPSY 201; completion of 6 units of CPSY 290 or 3 units of CPSY 286.