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Course Requirements

Master of Science in Counseling Psychology Degree (62-80 units)

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Content: Discipline knowledge and skills (theories, concepts, & terms)
    • Students will demonstrate a knowledge of family systems theories and be able to successfully apply these theories in clinical practice
    • Students will be able to acquire the skills necessary to qualify for state MFT internship status necessary for continued progression towards MFT licensure
  • Critical Thinking: Skill in analysis, synthesis, and use of evidence; problem solving (reflective & analytical)
    • Students will be able to conceptualize cases, articulate systemically-oriented treatment plans, and demonstrate overall competence in clinical practice
    • Students will be able to think critically about family systems theories through the use of comparison and contrast, problem solving and the integration of evidence from diverse contexts (research, professional practice and daily living) and worldviews (religious, ethnic, cultural).
  • Communication: speaking and writing skills; technology literacy; research skills
    • Conduct and write a review that summarizes part of the psychology literature, applying fundamental strategies such as a thesis focus, an informative middle and an effective conclusion resulting from effective drafting, revising, and editing
    • Use and define terms and concepts of the discipline and applying them appropriately, showing a strong & direct link between concepts and assigned reading
    • Deliver effective oral presentations in a variety of communication settings, using standard diction of American English in a professional manner including dress and demeanor
    • Lead and participate effectively in group discussions, applying active listening skills and a respect for diverse views in interpersonal settings
    • Select the most appropriate sources and databases for accessing and obtaining the needed information. Examines and compares information from various sources in order to ascertain the reliability, validity, accuracy, authority, timeliness, and point of view or bias of a given source.
  • Integrity/values: academic integrity, discipline specific ethical issues; an understanding of ethics; respect for social diversity
    • Students will demonstrate a knowledge of legal and ethical guidelines and be able to apply these guidelines in practice of marriage and family therapy
    • Students will demonstrate an awareness of and respect for diverse clinical populations including those with different religious and spiritual backgrounds, racial and cultural differences, and medical and/or physical disabilities.
  • Project management: team work skills; informed participation in multiple levels of community applying academic studies to the workplace and professional environments

*Full-time students can complete the program in two years; part-time students have up to six years to finish.

**The following courses are offered in both the Fall and Spring semesters and may be taken in either:  PSY595, PSY597a, PSY598a and PSY598c.

***PSY534 is a summer elective only for students seeing clients prior to the start of PSY555 - Practicum I in the fall semester.


Optional Concentration Requirements

Forensic Psychology (18 units)

Elective Requirements

Complete two (2) of the following courses:

Professional Clinical Counselor (18 units)