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
Lee-Johnson, Charles Courtney
05/08/2017 T 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM James Complex 356
PSY500-C
Costello, Jennifer R.
05/08/2017 T 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM James Complex 245
PSY500-A
Stokes, H. Bruce
05/08/2017 T 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM Yeager Center B252
PSY500-B
Armstrong, Satara M.
05/08/2017 T 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM Yeager Center B220

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)

PSY501S-D
Bradshaw, Tammy K.
09/05/2017 Th 7:15 PM - 9:15 PM James Complex 181
PSY501S-B
Bradshaw, Tammy K.
09/05/2017 T 7:15 PM - 9:15 PM James Complex 181
PSY501S-A
Rayford, Christine
09/05/2017 T 7:15 PM - 9:15 PM James Complex 183
PSY501S-C
Cox, Mark
09/05/2017 Sa 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM James Complex ONLN

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)

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)

PSY505-D
Rayford, Christine
09/05/2017 Th 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM James Complex 183
PSY505-C
Stanfield, Jan U.
09/05/2017 Th 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM James Complex 183
PSY505-B
STAFF, STAFF
09/05/2017 T 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM James Complex 356
PSY505-A
Rayford, Christine
09/05/2017 T 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM Yeager Center B111

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)

PSY510-A
STAFF, STAFF
09/05/2017 M 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM James Complex 190
PSY510-D
STAFF, STAFF
09/05/2017 M 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM James Complex 190
PSY510-C
Pearce, Kenneth C.
09/05/2017 Th 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM James Complex 191
PSY510-B
Vazquez, Veola E.
09/05/2017 W 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM James Complex 189

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)

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

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)

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)

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)

PSY540-C
Pate, Robert Anthony
09/05/2017 M 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM James Complex 189
PSY540-A
Knabb, Joshua J.
09/05/2017 M 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM James Complex 192
PSY540-B
Knabb, Joshua J.
09/05/2017 M 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM James Complex 189
PSY540-D
Pate, Robert Anthony
09/05/2017 M 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM James Complex 192

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

PSY545-C
Edge, Cianna Renae
09/05/2017 W 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM James Complex 191
PSY545-A
Knabb, Joshua J.
09/05/2017 W 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM James Complex 181
PSY545-E
Knabb, Joshua J.
09/05/2017 W 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM James Complex 192
PSY545-D
Sherbon, Stefanie Sue
09/05/2017 T 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM James Complex 191
PSY545-B
Sherbon, Stefanie Sue
09/05/2017 T 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM James Complex 191

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)

PSY555-J
STAFF, STAFF
09/05/2017 W 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM James Complex 192
PSY555-B
Bergin, Aine
09/05/2017 M 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM James Complex
PSY555-I
Routon, Mischa
09/05/2017 W 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Instructor OFFC
PSY555-A
Stanfield, Jan U.
09/05/2017 M 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM James Complex
PSY555-F
Routon, Mischa
09/05/2017 W 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Instructor OFFC
PSY555-G
Bergin, Aine
09/05/2017 T 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM James Complex
PSY555-H
Bergin, Aine
09/05/2017 Th 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM James Complex 263
PSY555-K
STAFF, STAFF
09/05/2017 Th 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM James Complex 370
PSY555-C
Machado, Reba Joyce
09/05/2017 T 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM James Complex 263
PSY555-D
Cox, Mark
09/05/2017 Th 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM James Complex ONLN
PSY555-E
Stanfield, Jan U.
09/05/2017 T 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM James Complex 183

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-B
Knabb, Joshua J.
05/08/2017 W 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM BUS 251
PSY560-A
Stanfield, Jan U.
05/08/2017 W 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM BUS 253
PSY560-C
Costello, Jennifer R.
05/08/2017 W 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM BUS 104

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

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)

PSY580-B
STAFF, STAFF
09/05/2017 M 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM James Complex 191
PSY580-D
Lewis, Nathaniel P
09/05/2017 M 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM James Complex 191
PSY580-A
Lewis, Nathaniel P
09/05/2017 Th 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM James Complex 356
PSY580-C
STAFF, STAFF
09/05/2017 W 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM James Complex 191

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)

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 Th 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM Yeager Center B220
PSY590-A
Lewis, Nathaniel P
05/08/2017 Th 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM Yeager Center B252

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.
09/05/2017 Sa 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM James Complex ONLN

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
10/14/2017 Sa 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Yeager Center B110
PSY597A-B
Pearce, Kenneth C.
09/09/2017 Sa 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Yeager Center B110

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-A
Pearce, Kenneth C.
05/20/2017 Sa 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Yeager Center A110
PSY597C-B
Pearce, Kenneth C.
05/27/2017 Sa 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Yeager Center A110

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.
09/16/2017 Sa 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Yeager Center A111

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
09/05/2017 Sa 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Yeager Center ONLN
PSY598C-B
Cox, Mark
09/05/2017 Sa 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Yeager Center 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 Th 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM BUS 204

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 BUS 202

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)

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
Larsen, Anne-Marie
09/05/2017 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)

CJS510-A
Hinrichs, Troy
09/05/2017 M 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM James Complex 376
CJS510-B
Hinrichs, Troy
09/05/2017 M 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM James Complex 376

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)

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 BUS 250

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)

FPY510-A
Torres, Samantha
09/05/2017 Th 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM James Complex 189
FPY510-B
Aguilar, Jenny Elizabeth Ann
09/05/2017 Th 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM James Complex

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)

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)

PSY536-B
Pate, Robert Anthony
09/05/2017 Sa 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM James Complex ONLN
PSY536-A
STAFF, STAFF
09/05/2017 Sa 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM James Complex ONLN

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)

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)

PSY541-B
Pate, Robert Anthony
09/05/2017 Sa 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM James Complex ONLN
PSY541-A
STAFF, STAFF
09/05/2017 Sa 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM James Complex ONLN

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)

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 BUS ONLN
PSY543-B
Knabb, Joshua J.
05/08/2017 F 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM BUS 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
Gamez, Ana
05/08/2017 Sa 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM BUS ONLN
PSY599-A
Cox, Mark
09/05/2017 Sa 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM James Complex ONLN