M.S. in Counseling Psychology (MFT)

Marital and Family Therapy


Courses

PSYC 510 - Psychopathology (3)

Study of psychopathology using the DSM-IV, including etiology, assessment, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis. Prerequisite: Undergraduate course in abnormal psychology.

PSYC 512 - Systems of Counseling & Psychotherapy (3)

Major theories and interventions in counseling and psychotherapy.

PSYC 515 - Survey of Psychopharmacology (2)

Students gain an understanding of the role of pharmacology in the treatment of mental disorders, and become familiar with major classifications of psychotropic drugs and learn their modes of action.

PSYC 517 - Lifespan Human Development (3)

Current theories and research in cognitive, physical, social and emotional development over the life span. Prerequisite: Undergraduate course in child or lifespan development.

PSYC 518 - Gender & Sexuality (3)

Issues relating to gender identity, gender differences, gender socialization and related topics. An overview of physiological, psychological, and social-cultural variables associated with sexual identity, sexual behavior, and sexual dysfunction. Includes assessment and treatment of sexual abuse and its consequences.

PSYC 520 - Law & Ethics (2)

Law and ethics applicable to the professional practice of counseling and psychotherapy; scope of practice issues; mandated reporting laws including the assessment and reporting of child abuse.

PSYC 522 - Cultural Diversity (2)

Cultural variations in lifestyle and values, and the relationship of cultural issues to treatment procedures.

PSYC 524 - Substance Abuse and Dependency (3)

PSYC 524 Substance Abuse and Dependency (3) Meets the California licensure requirement for training in the detection and treatment of alcoholism and other chemical abuse and dependency.

PSYC 526 - Domestic Violence and Abuse (2)

PSYC 526 Domestic Violence and Abuse (2) Meets the California licensure requirement for training in assessment, detection, and intervention of domestic violence and abuse.

PSYC 530 - Diagnostic & Therapeutic Interviewing (3)

Knowledge and skills necessary for evaluations, diagnosis, preliminary case formulation, recommendations, and appropriate referrals. Communication skills are developed for effective therapeutic interactions.

PSYC 534 - Group Therapy (2)

Examines group formats for therapeutic change.

PSYC 540 - Principles & Techniques in Child Therapy (3)

Issues related to the assessment and treatment of childhood disorders; various psychotherapeutic approaches to the treatment of children.

PSYC 541 - Principles & Techniques in Adolescent Therapy (3)

Issues related to the assessment and treatment of adolescent disorders; various psychotherapeutic approaches to the treatment of adolescents.

PSYC 542 - Principles & Techniques in Couples Therapy (3)

Principles & Techniques in marital relationships; various approaches to marital therapy; assessment and intervention; issues of divorce.

PSYC 543 - Principles & Techniques in Family Therapy (3)

Family relationships; application of family therapy theory and techniques.

PSYC 544 - Principles of the Recovery Model (3)

Principles and philosophy of working with adults with serious mental illnesses. Use of functional assessment methods to analyze behavioral assets, excesses and deficits in order to define and plan rehabilitation goals.

PSYC 545 - Techniques in the Recovery Model (3)

Application of behavioral and social learning principles in working with adults with serious mental illnesses. Development of the ability to conduct skills training necessary for consumers to maintain independent living skills, interpersonal skills, social perception skills, problem-solving skills, and vocational skills.

PSYC 550 - Survey of Psychological Testing (3)

Introductory survey of assessment issues, acquainting students with techniques of assessment and an understanding of the use of testing and test results.

PSYC 561 - Research Synthesis & Evaluation (3)

Research methodology, with a focus on developing skills in utilizing the professional literature. Emphasis will be given to helping students become knowledgeable consumers of research. Prerequisite: Undergraduate course in statistics.

PSYC 570 - Theories of Latino Counseling (3)

This course explores the influence of culture, language, and socio-political factors in the psychological and social development, personality, psychopathology, and adjustment of people of Latin American origin residing in the United States. It examines how the interaction with the U.S. culture influences personality development, child rearing practices, sex role differences, educational achievement, and other aspects of psychological functioning. It concentrates on intra-cultural group variation and less on intercultural differences; and provides a foundation to explore psychotherapy techniques relevant for Latino populations.

PSYC 571 - Techniques of Latino Counseling (3)

The Latino Counseling Track with an emphasis on Technique draws on the theoretical implications covered in Part I of the Latino Track with an emphasis on Theory. In this course students see how theoretical implications find application in the clinical setting. The course addresses, for example the possible function of code switching (switching between two languages) in the treatment of bilingual patients by bilingual therapists and its implications in terms of anxiety and defense; How do familial values get enacted in the treatment of patients of the same culture? What are the implications for treatment of culture bound syndromes, such as ataque de nervious? Prerequisite: PSYC-570

PSYC 577 - Family Mediation: Theory and Research (3)

This course is intended to a provide broad, yet specialized knowledge in preparation for second course, application to skill development of mediation and ancillary mental health services to families in transition. This is the theoretical and contextual portion of this year-long course.

PSYC 578 - Family Mediation: Application and Practice (3)

This course is intended to a provide application of the course concepts learned in the prior course, and skills in conducting mediations. It is an application to skills development of mediation and ancillary mental health services to families in transition. Students will co-mediate child custody mediations with the instructor; work with real families going through the transitions of separation and divorce.

PSYC 590 - Independent Study (1-4)

Approved research in an area not covered by course work listed in this catalog.

PSYC 591 - Counseling Practicum I (2)

Placement in the University's Marriage, Family and Child Counseling Center. Completion of PSYC 591, 592 and 593 constitutes a 12-month practicum. Hours applicable to licensing requirement. Practicum fee in addition to tuition. Prerequisites: PSYC-530 and consent of center director.

PSYC 592 - Counseling Practicum II (2)

Placement in the University's Marriage, Family and Child Counseling Center. Completion of PSYC 591, 592 and 593 constitutes a 12-month practicum. Hours applicable to licensing requirement. Practicum fee in addition to tuition. Prerequisite: PSYC-591

PSYC 593 - Counseling Practicum III (2)

Placement in the University's Marriage, Family and Child Counseling Center. Completion of PSYC 591, 592 and 593 constitutes a 12-month practicum. Hours applicable to licensing requirement. Practicum fee in addition to tuition. Prerequisite: PSYC-592

PSYC 5XV - Experience Verification

PSYC 5XT - Individual Therapy Requirement

PSYC 5XC - Comprehensive Exam

 

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