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

PSY500 Diversity Issues in Counsel Psy
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Examination of the effects of therapeutic interventions on culturally distinct populations. (3 units; Summer)

PSY500-D
STAFF, STAFF
05/08/2017 T 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM TBA
PSY500-C
STAFF, STAFF
05/08/2017 T 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM TBA
PSY500-A
Stokes, H. Bruce
05/08/2017 T 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM TBA
PSY500-B
Armstrong, Satara M.
05/08/2017 T 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM TBA

PSY501S Professional Practice Seminar I
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Emphasis on empathy training and the structure of the therapeutic process through a lecture/discussion/small group format. Students will videotape simulated sessions with one another. Meets two hours per week. Students will be assigned an on-going case. Pass/Fail. (2 units; Fall)

PSY502S Professional Practice Seminar II
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Continuation of PSY 501s. Emphasis on various clinical and legal issues related to the practice of psychotherapy. Enables the student to develop the skills necessary to obtain a practicum placement. Prerequisite: PSY 501s. Pass/Fail. (2 units; Spring)

PSY502S-D
Bradshaw, Tammy K.
01/09/2017 TR 7:15 PM - 9:15 PM James Complex 190
PSY502S-A
Rayford, Christine
01/09/2017 T 7:15 PM - 9:15 PM James Complex 192
PSY502S-B
Bradshaw, Tammy K.
01/09/2017 T 7:15 PM - 9:15 PM James Complex 183
PSY502S-C
Cox, Mark
01/09/2017 Sa 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM BUS ONLN

PSY505 MFT Counseling Theory
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The student is introduced to the theoretical foundations of Family Systems Theory, Behaviorism, Humanism, Existentialism, and Psychoanalytic Theory. (3 units; Fall)

PSY510 Human Growth and Development
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A study of the developmental cycle of the human organism from a cognitive, psychological, sociological, and moral perspective. Emphasis is placed on theories and research related to child development. (3 units; Fall)

PSY515 Human Sexuality
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Etiology, diagnosis and treatment of sexual dysfunction with an overview of physiology. (2 units; Summer)

PSY515-B
Bergin, Aine
05/08/2017 M 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM Yeager Center ONLN
PSY515-A
Bergin, Aine
05/08/2017 M 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM Yeager Center ONLN

PSY520 Human Comm in Group Process
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Application of group treatment models to various forms of interpersonal communication. (3 units; Spring)

PSY520-G
Knabb, Joshua J.
01/09/2017 W 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM James Complex 191
PSY520-D
Jauregui, Tonette M.
01/09/2017 W 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM James Complex 181
PSY520-C
Sale, Beverley A
01/09/2017 W 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM James Complex 192
PSY520-E
Gross, Danielle Marie
01/09/2017 W 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM James Complex 189
PSY520-A
Sale, Beverley A
01/09/2017 W 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM James Complex 192

PSY525 MFT Counseling Techniques
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Intervention techniques from a phenomenological, cognitive, behavioral and existential frame of reference. (3 units; Spring)

PSY525-D
Rayford, Christine
01/09/2017 TR 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM James Complex 189
PSY525-B
Sherbon, Stefanie Sue
01/07/2017 M 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM Yeager Center B110
PSY525-A
Cox, Mark
01/09/2017 W 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM James Complex 166
PSY525-E
Sherbon, Stefanie Sue
01/09/2017 M 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM Yeager Center B110
PSY525-C
Rayford, Christine
01/09/2017 W 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM James Complex 189

PSY530 Advanced Research Methodology
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Theoretical and practical applications of research methods of psychotherapy. Prerequisite: BEH 383 Statistical Techniques in Behavioral Science or equivalent. (3 units; Spring)

PSY530-A
Knabb, Joshua J.
01/09/2017 M 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM James Complex 171
PSY530-C
Deulen, Angela A.
01/09/2017 TR 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM James Complex 190
PSY530-B
Knabb, Joshua J.
01/09/2017 M 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM James Complex 171

PSY535 Advanced Psychopathology
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Nature and causes of reactions to social, biological and psychological stress, maladaptive development, and faulty learning. Includes an in depth study of anxiety disorders, character personality, and the psychoses. (3 units; Spring)

PSY535-C
Sale, Beverley A
01/09/2017 T 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM James Complex 190
PSY535-A
Vazquez, Veola E.
01/09/2017 T 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM Yeager Center B112
PSY535-B
Costello, Jennifer R.
01/09/2017 T 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM James Complex 190

PSY540 Psychodiagnostics
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Applications of Intelligence Testing and Personality tests to diagnosis and therapy. Prerequisite: PSY 383 (Statistical Techniques in Behavioral Science) or equivalent. (3 units; Fall)

PSY545 MFT Counseling: Child/Adolescent
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Processes of diagnosis, dynamics, and treatment of children and adolescents. (3 units; Fall)

PSY555 Practicum I
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Supervised counseling experience in professional settings. Prerequisites: PSY 501s, 502s, 505, 525, and 560. Pass/Fail. (3 units; Fall)

PSY560 Professional Ethics and Law
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An examination and explanation of current laws and ethical issues affecting psychotherapists. (3 units; Summer)

PSY560-C
STAFF, STAFF
05/08/2017 W 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM TBA
PSY560-A
Stanfield, Jan U.
05/08/2017 W 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM TBA
PSY560-B
Knabb, Joshua J.
05/08/2017 W 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM TBA

PSY570 Practicum II
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A continuation of PSY 555. Prerequisite: PSY 555. Pass/Fail. (3 units; Spring)

PSY570-G
Bergin, Aine
01/09/2017 T 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM James Complex 181
PSY570-I
Routon, Mischa
01/09/2017 W 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Instructor OFFC
PSY570-J
Purrington, Susan N
01/09/2017 W 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM James Complex 370
PSY570-A
Stanfield, Jan U.
01/09/2017 M 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM James Complex 125
PSY570-B
Bergin, Aine
01/09/2017 M 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM James Complex 186
PSY570-D
Campbell, Rachel E
01/09/2017 TR 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM James Complex 125
PSY570-E
Stanfield, Jan U.
01/09/2017 T 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM James Complex 186
PSY570-F
Deulen, Angela A.
01/09/2017 W 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM James Complex 186
PSY570-H
Routon, Mischa
01/09/2017 TR 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Instructor OFFC
PSY570-C
Cox, Mark
01/09/2017 T 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM James Complex 370
PSY570-K
Bergin, Aine
01/09/2017 TR 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM James Complex 181

PSY580 Family Therapy I
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An examination of the philosophical and theoretical suppositions of the major schools of family therapy. Emphasis on the historical and contemporary context of systems theory and family therapy.(3 units; Fall)

PSY585 Family Therapy II
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Concentration on the therapeutic techniques of the various schools of family therapy discussed in Family Therapy I. Students are encouraged to develop specific family therapy skills through the use of videotape feedback, coaching, and classroom demonstration. Prerequisite: PSY 580. (3 units; Spring)

PSY585-B
Olson, Ruth Y.
01/09/2017 TR 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM James Complex 181
PSY585-D
Lewis, Nathaniel P
01/09/2017 M 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM James Complex 191
PSY585-E
Deulen, Angela A.
01/09/2017 W 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM James Complex 183
PSY585-C
Olson, Ruth Y.
01/09/2017 M 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM James Complex 183
PSY585-A
Lewis, Nathaniel P
01/09/2017 TR 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM James Complex 171

PSY590 Christian Perspctv Prof Couns
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Faculty and student dialogue on issues and topics related to the integration of Christianity and psychology. (2 units; Summer)

PSY590-B
Knabb, Joshua J.
05/08/2017 TR 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM TBA
PSY590-A
Lewis, Nathaniel P
05/08/2017 TR 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM TBA

PSY595 Psychopharmacology
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This course is designed for the non-medical psychotherapist. The major categories of medication used in psychiatric intervention and issues related to consultation and collaboration with treatment teams, including medical staff, will be discussed. Pass/Fail. (3 units; Fall, Spring)

PSY595-A
Kehoe, William A.
01/09/2017 Sa 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM BUS

PSY597A Chld Abuse/Neglect: Diag & Treat
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Examines the methods of assessment, reporting, and treatment of physical, sexual, and neglectful child abuse. Pass/Fail. (2 units; Fall, Spring)

PSY597A-A
McClung, Scott
02/11/2017 Sa 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM BUS 202

PSY597B HIV and AIDS Counseling
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This seminar examines the clinical, social and ethical issues in counseling persons with AIDS-related problems. In addition to the lecture/discussion format, opportunity for supervised role-playing may be provided. Pass/Fail. (1 unit; Summer)

PSY597B-B
Minton, Carol
06/17/2017 Sa 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM BUS 202
PSY597B-A
Minton, Carol
06/10/2017 Sa 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM BUS 202

PSY597C Domestic Violence
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Examines the characteristics and treatment of the perpetrators and victims of domestic violence. Pass/Fail. (1 unit; Summer)

PSY597C-B
Pearce, Kenneth C.
05/27/2017 Sa 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM BUS 202
PSY597C-A
Pearce, Kenneth C.
05/20/2017 Sa 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM BUS 202

PSY598A Addictions Counseling
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This course provides the student with an overview of the addictive process including substance dependency and behavioral compulsions. The course emphasizes the etiology of addiction, the systemic impact of co-occurring disorders, the standard of care treatment modalities, and concepts of resiliency and recovery. Pass/Fail. (3 units; Fall, Spring)

PSY598A-A
Costello, Jennifer R.
02/04/2017 Sa 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM BUS 203

PSY598C Aging and Mental Health
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This seminar addresses mental health issues in aging populations. Pass/Fail. (2 units; Fall, Spring)

PSY598C-A
Minton, Carol
01/09/2017 Sa 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM BUS ONLN

*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)

CJS530 Theories & Prspctves Crim Behav
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A study in the traditional and theoretical schools of criminology. Theories relating to individual abnormality and theories relating to cultural influences are examined. Theories of the causes of delinquency and data on delinquent behavior including gangs, minor and major criminal actions and methods of correction are also covered. (3 units; Summer)

CJS530-A
Gamez, Ana
05/08/2017 TR 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM TBA

FPY530 Advanced Social Psychology
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Survey of theory, method, and research results in areas of social psychology, such as attitude formation and change, social perception/ cognition, impression formation, social influence, interpersonal attraction and relationships, aggression and pro-social behavior, and group dynamics. Application in areas such as criminal behavior, legal settings, or neurobehavioral psychology will also be included. (3 units; Summer)

FPY530-A
Torres, Samantha
05/08/2017 W 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM TBA

FPY540 Forensic Psychology
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This course covers relevant laws and ethical issues affecting forensic psychologists practicing in California. It is designed to instill a broad understanding of the issues/areas within the field of forensic psychology. This broad understanding will include the areas of psychology, law, criminal justice, and forensic mental health. Students will be given the opportunity to gain this basic knowledge and will be expected to critically analyze theories, policies, research, and practices within the field of forensic psychology. (3 units; Spring)

FPY540-A
Larsen, Anne-Marie
01/09/2017 M 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM Yeager Center B112
FPY540-B
Larsen, Anne-Marie
01/09/2017 M 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM Yeager Center B112

FPY595 Special Topics
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This course is designed to be an in-depth seminar on a selected topic within Forensic Psychology. Course is repeatable for a total of nine units with a change of topic. (3 units; Fall, Spring)

FPY595-A
Gamez, Ana
01/09/2017 Sa 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM James Complex ONLN

Elective Requirements

Complete two (2) of the following courses:

CJS510 Legal Research & Reasoning
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This course provides an introduction to legal research methods, including state and federal reported cases, digests, annotated codes, state and federal administrative regulations, and computerized legal research, as well as an introduction to the writing of case briefs and memoranda. This course is also an advanced examination of aspects of evidence acquisition, evaluation, and preservation with special consideration of the legal context including its use in the trial process. This course is designed to provide additional insights concerning the proper use of evidence and its admissibility. (3 units; Fall)

CJS520 Advanced Criminal Law
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Graduate level course on the nature of criminal law; philosophical and historical development; major definitions and concepts; classification of crime; elements of crimes and penalties using California and federal statutes as illustrations; defenses to criminal responsibility; criminal responsibility. (3 units; Spring)

CJS520-A
Hinrichs, Troy
01/09/2017 M 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM Yeager Center B258
CJS520-B
Hinrichs, Troy
01/09/2017 M 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM Yeager Center B258

CJS560 Criminal Investigations
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This course will examine elements of criminal investigation, including crime scene preservation, evidence collection and interviewing. To bring these two topics (investigation and report writing) together, students will also be exposed to various concepts of criminal law, search and seizure and police procedures. (3 units; Summer)

CJS560-A
Hinrichs, Troy
05/08/2017 M 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM TBA

FPY510 Biological Bases of Behavior
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This course examines the biological bases of behavior and learning through the lifespan, including the fundamentals of neuroanatomy, brain development, neuropsychology, neurophysiology, neurochemistry, psychopharmacology and temperament. (3 units; Fall)

FPY520 Criminal Profiling
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This course is meant to teach graduate students the fundamentals of reconstructing the serial offenders’ motives and intent through examination of psychological evidence left by perpetrators at crime scenes. This course incorporates a multifaceted approach to psychological profiling utilizing criminal investigative skills, social psychological principles, and advanced research methodology. Prerequisites: CJS 530, 560, either FPY 506 or PSY 530, and either FPY 535 or PSY 535.(3 units; Spring)

FPY520-A
Spezzaferri, Mitchell Rae
01/09/2017 W 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM James Complex 190
FPY520-B
Aguilar, Jenny Elizabeth Ann
01/09/2017 W 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM James Complex 190

Professional Clinical Counselor (18 units)

PSY536 Community Mental Health Cnsling
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This course introduces the student to the contemporary context of community mental health settings. Course content emphasizes recovery-oriented treatment for severe mental illness, disaster and trauma response, services for victims of abuse, the homeless, foster care services, case management, client advocacy, in-home and in-school services, bilingual client services, professional collaboration and medical family therapy. This is an elective course for which students wishing to pursue licensure as a Professional Clinical Counselor in the State of California should register. Pre- or Co- requisite: PSY535. (3 units)

PSY537 Career Counseling
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This course is designed to meet the professional training criteria of students within the field of Counseling Psychology and other helping professions to gain competency in the basic tenets of career counseling. This is an elective course for which students wishing to pursue licensure as a Professional Clinical Counselor in the State of California should register. (3 units; Spring)

PSY537-A
Deulen, Angela A.
01/09/2017 W 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM BUS 251
PSY537-B
Deulen, Angela A.
01/09/2017 TR 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM BUS 251

PSY541 Empircly-Based Trtmnt Appchs for
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This course exposes students to empirically based approaches for treating adults with severe mental illness. Students will gain an understanding of the history, goals, techniques, and research outcomes associated with interventions for adults with major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and borderline personality disorder. A specific focus will be on empirically based approaches for severe mental illness, including acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). (3 units; Fall)

PSY542 Play Therapy for Special Popltns
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This course introduces the student to the major theoretical models of play therapy with an emphasis on special populations including children experiencing grief and loss, children placed in foster care, and children who have been physically abused, sexually abused or neglected. (3 units; Spring)

PSY542-A
Sherbon, Stefanie Sue
01/09/2017 F 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Yeager Center ONLN

PSY543 Eval&Treatmnt Compulsv Disordrs
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This course offers an intensive study of the biopsychological mechanisms underlying compulsive behaviors. Focus includes eating disorders, sexual compulsions, gambling, and internet addiction. Evidence-based treatment approaches are identified and related to their impact on health, wellness, and recovery. (3 units; Summer)

PSY543-A
Stanfield, Jan U.
05/08/2017 F 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM TBA ONLN
PSY543-B
Knabb, Joshua J.
05/08/2017 F 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM TBA ONLN

PSY599 Special Topics
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An in-depth seminar on a selected topic within Psychology. This course may be repeated with a change in topic for a maximum of six units. (1-3 units)

PSY599-A
Cox, Mark
01/09/2017 Sa 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM James Complex ONLN
PSY599-A
Gamez, Ana
05/08/2017 Sa 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM BUS ONLN