Programs in Counseling Psychology

Overview

The programs in the Counseling Psychology Department prepare competent professional counselors and therapists by broadening their bases of knowledge and by helping them develop the specific skills necessary for successful careers working in schools and a wide variety of mental health settings.

Students may pursue the following degree or credential programs:

    • Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy (M.F.T.) fulfills the educational requirements of Business and Professions code Section 4980.36 for licensure in California as a Marriage and Family Therapist. 
    • Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in School Counseling (S.C.P.) authorizing counseling in K-12 grade levels in public schools and in Community Colleges. The program meets state standards and is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).

For more information about the Counseling Psychology Department and its programs, please visit:

http://www.usfca.edu/soe/programs/counpsych/

Masters and Credential Programs

Two programs lead to the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology.

Below are the current requirements for the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT).  The Marriage and Family concentration requires 60 credits of coursework and supervised clinical Traineeship experience during the third year.  The required courses are listed in sequence:

  • CPSY - 657 Individual and Family Lifespan Development
  • CPSY - 677 Counseling Across Cultures
  • CPSY - 678 Cognitive and Behavior Therapies: Theory & Practice
  • CPSY - 634 Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues
  • CPSY - 639 Individual and Family Psychopathology
  • CPSY - 670 Intermediate Techniques in Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies
  • CPSY - 658 Advanced Techniques in Cognitive and Behavior Therapies: Crisis, Trauma, and Related Disorders
  • CPSY - 630 Individual and Systems Assessment
  • CPSY - 687 Family Systems Therapy
  • CPSY - 684 Couples Therapy
  • CPSY - 629 Alcohol and Substance Abuse
  • CPSY - 647 Group Work in Clinical Settings
  • CPSY - 690 Research Methods
  • CPSY - 661 Adult Life Transitions Therapy
  • CPSY - 628 Child and Parent Therapy
  • CPSY - 646 Community Mental Health: Concepts of Recovery, Wellness, Systems of Care, and Advocacy
  • CPSY - 683 Clinical Psychopharmacology
  • CPSY - 635 Human Sexuality
  • CPSY - 626 Addictions Counseling
  • CPSY - 644 Child, Elder, and Adult Abuse Issues

and 6 credits of supervised traineeship,

  • CPSY - 637 Traineeship I
  • CPSY - 638 Traineeship II

Beginning in Fall 2012, our 60 credit program satisfies the new California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) academic requirements for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist  by the BBS of the State of California. 

The concentration in School Counseling/Pupil Personnel Services Credential requires the completion of 49 credits: 42 credits of coursework and 7 credits of supervised fieldwork. 42 credits of coursework includes:

  • CPSY - 606 Cross Cultural Counseling
  • CPSY - 607 Counseling Theory and Practice
  • CPSY - 608 Prevention & Intervention in Schools
  • CPSY - 609 Academic Counseling
  • CPSY - 610 Advanced Multicultural Counseling
  • CPSY - 611 Problem Solving Counseling
  • CPSY - 612 Lifespan Developmental Counseling
  • CPSY - 613 Group Counseling Skills
  • CPSY - 614 Career Counseling
  • CPSY - 615 Assessment and the Counselor
  • CPSY - 624 Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods
  • CPSY - 625 Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis and Interpretation
  • CPSY - 617 Consulting with Parents, Teachers and Schools
  • CPSY - 618 Law and Ethics
  • CPSY - 623 Trauma and Crisis Counseling in Urban and Multicultural Contexts

one credit of field practicum

  • CPSY - 619 Fieldwork Practicum

6 credits of supervised traineeship,

  • CPSY - 620 PPS Traineeship I
  • CPSY - 621 PPS Traineeship II
  • CPSY - 622 PPS Traineeship III

or supervised internship,

  • CPSY - 602 PPS Internship I
  • CPSY - 603 PPS Internship II
  • CPSY - 604 PPS Internship II
  • 6 credits of supervised traineeship,

  • CPSY - 620 PPS Traineeship I
  • CPSY - 621 PPS Traineeship II
  • CPSY - 622 PPS Traineeship III

Students may also choose to pursue a 60-credit program by taking additional courses for a dual concentration degree in School Counseling and Professional Clinical Counseling (PCC).  This option will give students the opportunity to obtain a California Pupil Personnel Services Credential and eligibility to pursue licensure in Professional Clinical Counseling in California.  The additional 11 credits required are:

  • CPSY - 644 Child, Elder and Adult Abuse Issues
  • CPSY - 639 Individual and Family Psychopathology
  • CPSY - 635 Human Sexuality
  • CPSY - 629 Alcohol and Substance Abuse
  • CPSY - 626 Addictions Counseling
  • CPSY - 683 Clinical Psychopharmacology