2021-2022 Catalog

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

This program prepares its graduates for a career in counseling and psychotherapy across a wide variety of settings including hospitals, community clinics, schools, jails and private practice. with an emphasis on community mental health. Students will gain theoretical knowledge of the counseling field and experience practical application of theory in therapeutic, supervised field placement settings. Graduating students are prepared to register with the BBS as an associate, collect 3000 documented appropriate hours and sit for licensure with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) as Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) and/or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). The program is continually updated to meet the requirements set by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.


Counseling Psychology Learning Outcomes

1. Clinical Practice

  • Students will demonstrate competency in their ability to diagnose, assess strengths and challenges, develop treatment plans and apply and integrate their theoretical orientation into their clinical practice.

2. Professional, Ethical and Legal Competence

  • Students will develop awareness of the legal and ethical standards as they apply to professional practice.
  • Students will demonstrate mastery in their ability to think critically and apply legal and ethical standards while maintaining fidelity to principles of social justice.

3. Diversity and Cultural Competence

  • Students will demonstrate the capacity to engage in epistemological shifts and perspective-taking and apply this learning to professional practice informed by empathy and self-awareness.
  • Students will understand the importance of cultural competence and diversity while demonstrating the capacity to engage in self-reflection, particularly on their implicit biases as evidenced by the ability to monitor their effect on others while engaging in professional activities.

4. Research and Writing Fluency

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to understand, interpret and critique research methods and apply evidenced-based research in their clinical and scholarly activities.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to write concisely and comprehensively in their scholarly work that supports effectively communicating their message to their audience.

5. Theory

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of major psychological, developmental and clinical theories and apply them to understanding the factors related to human behavior.
  • Students will begin developing a theoretically integrated perspective including evidence-based practice and apply that in their professional activities.

Courses

63 units total

CPSY 200Foundations of Counseling: Process and Skills

3

CPSY 201Foundations of Psychological Research

3

CPSY 202Psychopharmacology

3

CPSY 205Psychopathology

3

CPSY 208Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment

3

CPSY 210Counseling Theories

3

CPSY 215The Law and Professional Ethics

3

CPSY 220Human Development Across the Lifespan

3

CPSY 230Human Diversity in Counseling

2

CPSY 235Advanced Human Diversity Issues in Counseling

3

CPSY 250Marriage and Family Counseling

3

CPSY 260Treatment of Children and Adolescents

3

CPSY 265Group Psychotherapy

3, 2

CPSY 271Trauma, Loss and Grief

3

CPSY 275Spirituality, Community and Trauma

3

CPSY 280Psychological Assessment

2

CPSY 285Introduction to Supervised Practicum and Case Seminar

3

CPSY 291Community Mental Health A

2

CPSY 292Community Mental Health B

2

CPSY 293Community Mental Health C

2

CPSY 298Integrating Seminar

3

CPSY 290Supervised Practicum and Case Seminar

3

*CPSY 290: Three (3) semesters.

*CPSY 204: Must be completed if seeking LPCC licensure per the California BBS.