Counseling Psychology Courses

CPSY  602 - PPS Internship I (2)

Corequisite: Paid School Counseling position (part-time or full-time) in a K-12 public school. 150 hours in applying skills from the program's courses of instruction within a school as a paid counselor. Working with students individually, in a group or in a family context. Providing academic advising, logistical duties, consulting, counseling projects, and personal counseling of students. Includes counseling students of a culture different from the credential candidate's. Supervision from an approved Mentor Counselor and from a university faculty member.
• Restricted to Graduate level; • Restricted to Counseling Psychology Majors

CPSY  603 - PPS Internship II (2)

Corequisite: Paid School Counseling position (part-time or full-time) in a K-12 public school. 150 hours in applying skills from the program's courses of instruction within a school as a paid counselor. Working with students individually, in a group or in a family context. Providing academic advising, logistical duties, consulting, counseling projects, and personal counseling of students. Includes counseling students of a culture different from the credential candidate's. Supervision from an approved Mentor Counselor and from a university faculty member.
• Restricted to Graduate level; • Restricted to Counseling Psychology Majors

CPSY  604 - PPS Internship III (2)

Corequisite: Paid School Counseling position (part-time or full-time) in a K-12 public school. 150 hours in applying skills from the program's courses of instruction within a school as a paid counselor. Working with students individually, in a group or in a family context. Providing academic advising, logistical duties, consulting, counseling projects, and personal counseling of students. Includes counseling students of a culture different from the credential candidate's. Supervision from an approved Mentor Counselor and from a university faculty member.
• Restricted to Graduate level; • Restricted to Counseling Psychology Majors

CPSY  605 - PPS Internship IV (2)

Corequisite: Paid School Counseling position (part-time or full-time) in a K-12 public school. 150 hours in applying skills from the program's courses of instruction within a school as a paid counselor. Working with students individually, in a group or in a family context. Providing academic advising, logistical duties, consulting, counseling projects, and personal counseling of students. Includes counseling students of a culture different from the credential candidate's. Supervision from an approved Mentor Counselor and from a university faculty member.
• Restricted to Graduate level; • Restricted to Counseling Psychology Majors

CPSY  606 - Cross Cultural Counseling (3)

This course features an understanding of multicultural issues in counseling with diverse ethnic groups, cultures, and social classes in American society. Emphasis is on developing cultural sensitivity to one's own cultural value system and the values and attitudes of diverse groups in cross-cultural counseling settings; increasing awareness of the effects that culture, race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexual orientation have on human development and the counseling process; and on learning effective counseling strategies and generic counseling methods that accommodate a diversity of cultures.
• Restricted to Graduate level; • Restricted to Counseling Psychology Majors

CPSY  607 - Counseling Theory and Practice (3)

An overview of the theories of counseling including the stages and elements of effective counseling as they pertain to the three domains of school counseling, academic/career, personal, and social development; practical skills in counseling students with personal and interpersonal problems; evaluation of counseling outcomes as they relate to self-esteem, learning and achievement; effective referral practices and interventions in response to personal, school, or community crises; and self-awareness, sensitivity to others and skillfulness in relating to individuals will be demonstrated and practiced with emphasis on an understanding of principles associated with the building of self-esteem and personal and social responsibility.
• Restricted to Counseling Psychology Majors

CPSY  608 - Prevention and Intervention in Schools (3)

The course is designed to provide students with knowledge of comprehensive prevention and early intervention models for addressing student and school issues that pose barriers to learning. Emphasis is on the following: 1) the development of collaboration and coordination skills to establish partnerships among school, family, and community service organizations for the purpose of creating comprehensive counseling and support service programs, 2) the development and implementation of educational strategies and other preventive approaches for reducing school violence and other social problems students face in schools; and 3) the enhancement of interpersonal and social skills in students that can foster self-esteem, positive attitudes toward learning and motivation for achievement.
• Restricted to Graduate level; • Restricted to Counseling Psychology Majors

CPSY  609 - Academic Counseling (3)

This course offers an overview of academic counseling skills and strategies, learning theories, and school resources to support and ensure the academic success of diverse pupils in public schools. Emphasis in diversity, context, and sociopolitical issues that impact equity in learning and educational opportunity/outcomes will be provided to prepare students with multicultural and advocacy academic counseling skills. Specific academic counseling needs for diverse students in the middle and high school years will be covered.
• Restricted to Counseling Psychology Majors

CPSY  610 - Advanced Multicultural Counseling (3)

This course is designed to explore a) the process of counseling with diverse communities, b) the cultural and ethical sensitivity in the assessment and counseling process, and c) the theories to conceptualize clients. Emphasis will be placed on the counselor as an advocate for marginalized communities. The role of race, power, and privilege in counseling relationships at individual, group, family and systemic levels will also be explored.
• Restricted to Graduate level; • Restricted to Counseling Psychology Majors

CPSY  611 - Problem Solving Counseling (3)

This course is designed to teach the foundations of brief, problem oriented counseling techniques, with particular emphasis on the problem solving model, cognitive behavioral counseling approaches, and methods of assessment and case formulation with individuals (children and adolescents), couples, and families. Students will have the opportunity to practice these skills in laboratory format, as well as become familiarized with some current literature in problem solving techniques.
• Restricted to Counseling Psychology Majors

CPSY  612 - Lifespan Developmental Counseling (3)

This course is an introduction to developmental theory and its practical application for school counselors. An overview of the psychological, biological, ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic, and environmental factors that influence the growth and development through the lifespan will be provided. Counseling strategies and interventions based on lifespan developmental theory to meet the personal, social, and academic needs of students will be included.
• Restricted to Counseling Psychology Majors

CPSY  613 - Group Counseling Skills (3)

Theory of human communication and application of group counseling skills with children and adolescents. Experiencing group process, including giving and receiving feedback, group roles, interpersonal communication, and problem solving. Planning, conducting and evaluating a group counseling session. Learning effective group leadership skills, stages of a group, and types of groups for schools. Teaching interpersonal skills to students and creating early intervention strategies for addressing problem behaviors.
• Restricted to Counseling Psychology Majors

CPSY  614 - Career Counseling (3)

This course will provide an overview of theoretical and practical aspects of career counseling for youth, with a special emphasis on multicultural and sociopolitical issues. We will explore key multicultural models and research pertinent to students' career development. We will also critically examine traditional career development theories, as well as major career assessment and occupation information systems. An overview of components and evaluation of career counseling interventions and programs in school/community settings will also be provided.
• Restricted to Graduate level; • Restricted to Counseling Psychology Majors

CPSY  615 - Assessment and the Counselor (3)

Principles of measurement and test construction. Identification and selection of testing instruments, including behavioral assessment, achievement, personality, aptitude and ability assessment. Cultural biases, ethical issues, politicization of assessment and other limitations of assessment. Administration, scoring, interpretation, and presentation of assessment results.
• Restricted to Counseling Psychology Majors

CPSY  616 - Counselor as Researcher (3)

A practical introduction to quantitative and qualitative research in education and psychology: including basic research designs, procedures for gathering outcome data on student learning and achievement, evaluating counseling programs related to schools and families, critical analysis of published research, interpreting research findings to inform interventions and programs in schools, and the use of computer technology for accessing information, and presenting and disseminating research.
• Restricted to Counseling Psychology Majors

CPSY  617 - Consulting with Parents, Teachers, and Schools (3)

This course is designed to provide an overview of the complex role a school counselor plays with parents, teachers, schools and greater education system. Students will learn (1) how to assist teachers and parents with identifying and meeting children's and adolescents' instructional and developmental needs, (2) develop, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive counseling and guidance program according to the needs of the school, (3) demonstrate effective leadership as an agent of change within the school, (4) coordination strategies that build collaborative partnerships among school staff, parents, and community resources to enhance student support services that are mutually beneficial to all parties and provide respect for the natural hierarchy with the school and community.
• Restricted to Counseling Psychology Majors

CPSY  618 - Law and Ethics (3)

This course will provide knowledge of legal and ethical standards in the practice of school counseling and professional clinical counseling to deliver competent services. Professional and ethical standards will be considered as they relate to the relationship between the counselor's sense of self and human values. Licensing laws and the process of credentialing and licensure will be reviewed and discussed. A variety of legal and ethical standards will be introduced such as confidentiality, communicating and collaborating with others, mandated reporting requirements, threat to self and other, attendance, truancy, school records and record keeping, violence in schools, and special education law. Differences between the practice of school counseling and professional clinical counseling will be considered.
• Restricted to Counseling Psychology Majors

CPSY  619 - Fieldwork Practicum (1)

100 hour initial practicum orienting the pupil personnel services candidate to the work of the school counselor in K-12 public schools or community colleges. Candidates learn legal and practical differences between the role of a school counselor and a therapist; compare and contrast counseling roles at the elementary, middle, secondary, and post secondary levels; learn the role and responsibilities of all school personnel on site and at the district level, and participate in school-based meetings under the supervision of an approved Mentor Counselor and from a university faculty member.
• Restricted to Counseling Psychology Majors

CPSY  620 - PPS Traineeship I (2)

150 hours in applying skills from the program's courses of instruction within a K-12 school or community agency. Working with students individually, in a group or in a family context. Providing academic advising, logistical duties, consulting, counseling projects, and personal counseling of students. Includes counseling students of a culture different from the credential candidate's. Supervision from an approved Mentor Counselor and from a university faculty member.
Prerequisites: CPSY 619
• Restricted to Graduate level; • Restricted to Counseling Psychology Majors

CPSY  621 - PPS Traineeship II (2)

150 hours in applying skills from the program's courses of instruction within a K-12 school or community agency. Working with students individually, in a group or in a family context. Providing academic advising, logistical duties, consulting, counseling projects, and personal counseling of students. Includes counseling students of a culture different from the credential candidate's. Supervision from an approved Mentor Counselor and from a university faculty member.
Prerequisites: CPSY 620 with a minimum grade of B-
• Restricted to Counseling Psychology Majors

CPSY  622 - PPS Traineeship III (2)

150 hours in applying skills from the program's courses of instruction within a K-12 school or community agency. Working with students individually, in a group or in a family context. Providing academic advising, logistical duties, consulting, counseling projects, and personal counseling of students. Includes counseling students of a culture different from the credential candidate's. Supervision from an approved Mentor Counselor and from a university faculty member.
Prerequisites: CPSY 621
• Restricted to Counseling Psychology Majors

CPSY  623 - Trauma and Crisis Counseling in Urban and Multicultural Contexts (3)

The course is designed to provide students with knowledge of and competencies in trauma and crisis counseling in urban and multicultural contexts. We specifically investigate ecological, developmental, and social variables that impact ethnic minority and low-income communities and their experience of trauma. Trauma associated with racism, poverty, violence, immigration, refugee status, homelessness, abuse, death, injury, health, and crime (as well as other conditions and issues) will be explored. Cultural, psychological, social, and biological differences in the experiences of trauma will be addressed. Culturally relevant intervention models and strategies will be discussed for various forms of crisis and trauma. These include the use of cultural-ecological crisis assessment and intervention models for school and community-based settings.
• Restricted to Graduate level; • Restricted to Counseling Psychology Majors

CPSY  624 - Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods (2)

This course is an introduction to quantitative and qualitative research methods in education and psychology including basic research designs, methods of data recruitment and collection, consent, and ethical issues. Students also learn how to critically analyze published research and how to use computer technology for accessing existing data and information according to the standards of the American School Counselor Association.
• Restricted to Graduate level

CPSY  625 - Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis and Interpretation (1)

This course is an introduction to quantitative and qualitative data analysis and interpretation in education and psychology. Students analyze data they have collected from the previous semester to investigate the efficacy of their counseling interventions. Students present their findings to their peers and a group of faculty and researchers.
• Restricted to Graduate level

CPSY  626 - Addictions Counseling (2)

This course presents theoretical and practical explorations of the causes of and treatments for addictions and substance abuse. Students enrolled in this course will learn how to assess and intervene with client systems affected by substance use, abuse, and various behavioral addictions, drawing from a range of theories for understanding and models of intervention. Students will gain knowledge regarding multicultural approaches to identification, evaluation, treatment, and prevention of substance abuse and addiction, including populations at risk and the role of support systems.

CPSY  628 - Child and Parent Therapy (3)

Counseling children and parents through client assessments, case conceptualization, goal setting, data collection, and behavior and interactional strategies. Emphasis on systems methods and evidence-based treatment strategies. Consultation with parents, teachers and other professionals in a variety of settings.
• Restricted to Counseling Psychology Majors

CPSY  629 - Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (1)

Study of the interactional patterns, dynamics, etiology, types, legal and medical aspects, and the treatment of alcoholism and other kinds of chemical substance dependency.
• Restricted to Counseling Psychology Majors

CPSY  630 - Individual and Systems Assessment (3)

Course includes exposure to a variety of assessment procedures including structured interviews, standardized and non-standardized tests, and behavioral assessment. Special emphasis will be on assessment of couples, family, and parent-child interactions using empirically validated models.
• Restricted to Graduate level; • Restricted to Counseling Psychology Majors

CPSY  634 - Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues (3)

Course features the roles and responsibilities of Marriage and Family Therapists according to the laws and ethical principles governing practice. Particular emphasis will be given to the ethics codes of major professional associations, family law and statutes covering mental health practice for MFTs in California, and legal mandates pertaining to children in schools.
• Restricted to Counseling Psychology Majors

CPSY  635 - Human Sexuality (1)

This course will provide the basic understanding of human sexuality, including the study of physiological, psychological, and sociocultural variables associated with sexual behavior, sexual orientation, gender identity, and the assessment and treatment of psychosexual dysfunction. The course will review these concepts through a family system and developmental lens over the lifecycle.
• Restricted to Graduate level

CPSY  637 - Traineeship I (3)

A Level 1 supervised experience in marriage and family therapy in an institutional setting under professional supervision. Course focus will be on case conceptualization of fieldwork experiences and development of clinical skills, specifically assessment, treatment planning and intervention strategies. Case management and client centered advocacy strategies, such as accessing community resources will also be addressed.
• Restricted to Counseling Psychology Majors

CPSY  638 - Traineeship II (3)

A Level II supervised experience in marriage and family therapy in an institutional setting under professional supervision.
Prerequisites: CPSY 637
• Restricted to Counseling Psychology Majors

CPSY  639 - Individual and Family Psychopathology (3)

Course includes an understanding of individuals and family psychopathology through the examination of a variety of models, with a focus on the interaction of culture, economics and diagnosis. Basic knowledge of the diagnostic process and criteria associated with diagnostic categories in the DSM-IV-TR are explored. Students are provided with opportunities to interact with mental health consumers.
• Restricted to Counseling Psychology Majors

CPSY  643 - Career Counseling: Theory and Practice (2)

Career counseling theory and applications. Focus on career planning, interest assessment, employment counseling, vocational information resources, use of technology, current trends and implications for individuals and family development.
• Restricted to Counseling Psychology Majors

CPSY  644 - Child, Elder, and Adult Abuse Issues (1 - 2)

This course covers a broad range of domestic violence issues, including assessment, detection, reporting, and intervention strategies in intimate partner abuse, child abuse, and elder abuse for marriage and family therapists. Includes knowledge of community and governmental resources, cultural factors, mandated reporting, and same gender abuse dynamics. Course analyzes patterns of emotional, physical, sexual, and economic or fiduciary abuse along with prevention strategies for changing systemic cycles.
• Restricted to Graduate level; • Restricted to Counseling Psychology Majors

CPSY  645 - Problem-Solving Therapy and Counseling (3)

Course features counseling models on multimodal levels, such as cognitive, behavioral, and interactional. Primary emphasis in individual counseling within a broader systemic context, with secondary emphasis on couples therapy. Course integrates two or more time-limited, problem-solving therapies. Practice includes the integration and demonstration of skills and techniques from the models explored.
• Restricted to Counseling Psychology Majors

CPSY  646 - Community Mental Health: Concepts of Recovery, Wellness, Systems of Care, and Advocacy (3)

This course helps students understand the model of community mental health recover and the skills needed for mental health practice. Students will participate in hands-on experiences through a community mental health immersion experience, in addition to learning about strength and evidence based therapeutic interventions aimed at mental health consumers of community mental health care.
• Restricted to Graduate level

CPSY  647 - Group Work in Clinical Settings (3)

An overview of the theories and practice of group counseling and consultation, with an emphasis on evidenced-based group therapy models such as cognitive-behavioral, problem solving, and psychoeducation and their application to a variety of populations. Students will conduct in-class group therapy sessions, participate in or observe mental-health consumer groups, design a community workshop or therapeutic group.
• Restricted to Counseling Psychology Majors

CPSY  657 - Individual and Family Lifespan Development (3)

Overview of theory and research on the psychological, biological, and social aspects of human growth and development across the lifespan, with attention to family development and dynamics. Relationship of developmental concepts to counseling strategies in school and family counseling.
• Restricted to Counseling Psychology Majors

CPSY  658 - Advanced Techniques in Cognitive and Behavior Therapies: Crisis, Trauma. and Related Disorders (3)

This is the third course in the Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies sequence. This course provides students with an in depth knowledge of evidence-based behavioral approaches to a variety of clinical problems and their relation to trauma, such as depression, anxiety disorders (including PTSD), and serious psychological issues (psychotic behavior, substance abuse, etc.). In addition, students will learn to integrate material from the previous two courses in the Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies sequence and come away with solid skills in crisis/trauma assessment, case conceptualization, treatment planning, brief and long term approaches to trauma, and outcome measurement. Lastly, students will develop an awareness of the multi-systemic psychological sequelae and effects of trauma from a behavioral perspective.
• Restricted to Graduate level

CPSY  661 - Adult Life Transitions Therapy (3)

Application of adult development and life transitions theories to the practice of counseling adults and their families. Strategies and techniques for assessing and assisting adults in initiating, understanding, coping with, and resolving major life transitions issues, as well as the psychological and health implications of life events such as loss, economic change, trauma, illness, substance abuse and relationship changes.
• Restricted to Counseling Psychology Majors

CPSY  663 - Therapy in Later Life (2)

An examination of the psychological, social, economic, and cultural dimensions of later life and the impact of cultural attitudes on individuals and their families. Students will learn counseling strategies for use with later life clients and their families, in addition to strategies for addressing significant challenges impacting clients such as anxiety, depression, chronic mental illness, poverty, dual-diagnosis and loss.
• Restricted to Counseling Psychology Majors

CPSY  670 - Intermediate Techniques in Cognitive and Behavior Therapies (3)

This is the second course in the Cognitive and Behavior Therapies Core Theory and Practice Sequence covering basic evidence-based techniques in Cognitive and Behavior Therapy. This is a competency-based course model, emphasizing practice and mastery of traditional Cognitive and Behavior therapy techniques, with a focus on relationship applications.
• Restricted to Graduate level

CPSY  677 - Counseling Across Cultures (3)

Course features an understanding of multicultural issues in counseling with diverse ethnic groups, cultures, and social classes in American society. Emphasis is on developing cultural sensitivity to one's own cultural value system and the values and attitudes of diverse groups in cross-cultural counseling settings; increasing awareness of the effects that culture, race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexual orientation have on human development and the counseling process; and on learning effective counseling strategies and generic counseling methods that accommodate a diversity of cultures.
• Restricted to Counseling Psychology Majors

CPSY  678 - Cognitive and Behavior Therapies: Theory and Practice (3)

This is the first course in the Cognitive and Behavior Therapies Core Theory and Practice Sequence. Students will develop an understanding of how scientific inquiry leads to evidence-based empirical treatments and current "best" practices in psychotherapy. Essential elements and methods common to beginning practice will be introduced and rehearsed.
• Restricted to Counseling Psychology Majors

CPSY  683 - Clinical Psychopharmacology (3)

This course explores basic principles and applications of psychopharmacology in the mental health field. Students will survey principles of drug action and neurotransmitter systems in the nervous system and various classes of psychiatric drugs. The historical, social, economic, political and cultural influences on the use of psychiatric medication are also explored.
• Restricted to Counseling Psychology Majors

CPSY  684 - Couples Therapy (3)

This course is an overview of systems theory as applied to intimate dyadic interactions. Although primarily based upon a behavioral model, the major theories of family therapy will be referred to, and multicultural and developmental models will be highlighted. Special emphasis will be placed on practical approaches that are accessible and useful in contemporary settings. Committed couples in all forms will be included such as gay, transgender, married and unmarried.
• Restricted to Counseling Psychology Majors

CPSY  687 - Family Systems Therapy (3)

The course features the understanding and application of evidence based family systems model such as strategic, structural, cognitive and behavioral. Practice includes the integration and demonstration of skills and techniques from each model. The impact of major family system disruptions such as chronic mental illness, chemical dependence, dual diagnosis, trauma, and loss are also explored.
• Restricted to Counseling Psychology Majors

CPSY  690 - Research Methods (3)

An introduction to the process, methods, and research literature pertaining to counseling individuals and families. Application of basic research concepts through literature critique, literature review, and mini-proposal development. Students will learn to become professional consumers of research regarding the relationship between research and treatment. Course will focus upon and emphasize evidence-based treatment and outcome research.
• Restricted to Counseling Psychology Majors

CPSY  691 - Traineeship III (1)

A Level III supervised experience in marriage and family counseling in an institutional setting under professional supervision.
Prerequisites: CPSY 638 with a minimum grade of B-
• Restricted to Counseling Psychology Majors

CPSY  697 - Directed Study (1 - 3)

Independent, in-depth study of a specific educational topic.
• Restricted to Counseling Psychology Majors

CPSY  698 - Special Topic Seminar (1 - 3)

Exploration of one or more selected topics in Counseling Psychology.
• Restricted to Counseling Psychology Majors

CPSY  790 - Dissertation Proposal Development (1 - 3)

Directed proposal development in consultation with dissertation advisor and committee.
• Restricted to Doctoral level

CPSY  791 - Dissertation Research and Writing (1 - 3)

Designing, preparing, and writing research study in consultation with the dissertation committee.
Prerequisites: CPSY 790
• Restricted to Counseling Psychology Majors