Master of Arts with a Concentration in Counseling Psychology

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Curriculum

Required Courses

Show DetailsCounseling Theory and Practice
CPM 5013 credits

This course includes study of major theories (e.g., Psychodynamic, Humanistic, Behavioral, Transpersonal, Personality), approaches, and procedures in counseling and psychotherapy; historical and cultural contexts; case conceptualizations and applications with various client populations; specific counseling approaches used in contemporary therapeutic systems (e.g., Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychoanalysis, Family Systems, Solution Focused Therapy, Rational Emotive Therapy) and their respective limitations; and ethical and professional issues associated with counseling theories and practices.
Show DetailsPsychopathology: Diag, Assess/Treat
CPM 5023 credits

This course includes study of the etiology and categorization of pathological behavior patterns; historical, sociopolitical, medical, behavioral, and epidemiological approaches to the systematic description of psychological disorders; use of the nosological system (DSM-IV-TR) in differential diagnosis; potential alternatives to the existing system; the roles of assessment and treatment planning in intervention; and the use of related services, intake interviews, and psychological reports.
Show DetailsHelping Relationships
CPM 5043 credits

This course includes study of the basic building block skills that are fundamental to the counseling process as well as the collaborative nature of the helper-client relationship. A threestage model that drives the client problem-managing and opportunity-developing action phases will be examined: (1) helping clients tell their stories; (2) helping clients determine what they need and what they want; and (3) helping clients develop strategies to accomplish their goals. The basic helping skills, including non-verbal and reflecting skills, will be considered. There is also a residency requirement intended to facilitate proficiency with counseling skills by providing an opportunity to role-play, video tape, and simulate counseling situations.
Show DetailsProfessional Orientation and Ethics
CPM 5053 credits

This course includes the study of ethical issues in a variety of settings, including the moral and legal bases for ethical codes; guidelines for human service professionals; personal values and biases as related to the counseling relationship and ethical and professional conduct, standards, and practices; conflicts among client, counselor, and societal, legal, and cultural values; and methods and practices for recognizing and resolving ethical dilemmas.
Show DetailsHuman Growth and Development
CPM 5063 credits

This course examines the course of human development through the lifespan as well as the interaction between genetic and biological factors in the environment. Specific topics covered include physical development, cognitive development, learning, intelligence, language development, emotional development, and the growth of personality. Current theories are also examined.
Show DetailsGroup Work and Therapy
CPM 5073 credits

This course includes study of the basic elements of group process and dynamics as well as strategies and methods commonly used to facilitate group therapy sessions. Ten theoretical approaches and key concepts to group counseling will be included, while the practice applications of these theoretical models to group work will be considered. Additionally, the historical and cultural context in which these theories were developed as well as the ethical and professional implications of employing these paradigms in practice will be considered.
Show DetailsAppraisal and Diagnostic Techniques
CPM 5083 credits

This course provides a general introduction to the basic testing concepts and other assessment techniques including norm-referenced and criterion-referenced assessment, environmental assessment, performance assessment, individual and group tests, behavioral observations, clinical interviews, and computer-managed and computer-assisted methods.
Show DetailsTreatment Modalities
CPM 5093 credits

This course includes advanced study of specific treatment approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Feminist Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy; specialized focus on one or more modalities; application of theories to practice, case conceptualization, and corresponding therapeutic interventions; and legal, ethical, and diversity aspects of treatment for individuals, families, and groups.
Show DetailsSocial Basis of Behavior and Cultural Diversity
CPM 5103 credits

This course includes study of a number of advanced topics in social psychology including cultural, ethnic, and group processes, sex roles, organizational behavior, group dynamics, status role, and attribution theory. Socially inherited and transmitted patterns of pressure, expectations, and limitations learned by individuals will be considered. Issues and trends in a pluralistic society will be examined. Emphasis will be placed on understanding cultural diversity including, but not limited to, facilitating awareness of attitudes and beliefs that may negatively impact relationships with persons who are sensitive to issues of discrimination.
Show DetailsCareer and Lifestyle Development
CPM 5113 credits

This course includes study of the skills and knowledge needed to help clients consider a wide array of career and lifestyle choices. The application of career development theory and research in counseling and educational settings will be considered. Emphasis will be placed on the relationship between career choice and lifestyle, sources of occupational and educational information, approaches to career decision-making processes, and career exploration techniques.
Show DetailsResearch Methods and Program Evaluation
CPM 5133 credits

This course includes study that provides an understanding of types of research methods, basic descriptive and inferential statistics, and ethical and legal considerations in research. The fundamentals of program evaluation will also be considered. Emphasis will be placed on an understanding of the steps involved in designing and implementing a research design as well as how to evaluate the effectiveness of programs using both qualitative and quantitative methods.
Show DetailsTests and Measurements
CPM 5193 credits

This course includes studies of the theory and practice of psychological assessment; psychological testing and measurement theory; clinical and practical aspects of individual and group test administration; educational and clinical diagnosis; interpretation; non-discriminatory and controversial issues in testing; psychometric procedures used to develop and evaluate psychological and educational testing instruments; validity and reliability; psychometric statistics; factors influencing measurements; professional standards for test development and use; and the legal and ethical issues as established by the American Psychological Association.
Show DetailsCapstone Project I
CPM 5213 credits

The capstone project is designed to be a culminating scholarly product that is typically 30 – 35 pages in length. The purpose of this paper is to provide students with the opportunity to explore a topic relevant to applied professional practice in the helping profession in greater depth, while demonstrating an understanding of inquiry-based learning, research, and scholarly writing expectations at the graduate level.
Show DetailsBiological Bases of Behavior
CPM 5293 credits

This course examines physiological influences on normal and abnormal human behavior including the role of the central nervous system, sensory processes, memory, neurobiology, and psychopharmacology. The course focuses on recent developments in the field that are most relevant to the practice of counseling psychology, particularly recent findings in neuroplasticity and epigenetics.
Show DetailsInternship in Counseling Psychology I
CPM 5423 credits

This course is an off-campus, supervised internship in counseling psychology designed to integrate theoretical understanding with direct hands-on exposure to praxis. The purpose of this fieldwork is to practice the skills of counseling psychology in an applied setting under the supervision of an experienced practitioner. Students must complete a minimum of 300 hours of internship per term at a site approved by the faculty in order to complete this requirement. Total internship hours to be completed for the program may vary for each student based on state credentialing and licensing standards. All aspects of counseling psychology practice - appraisal, therapeutic intervention, and consultation - will receive exposure in this experience. Both the site and college faculty and the internship coordinator will closely monitor the activity of the student throughout this internship and will ensure that all internship activities are appropriate to the field of counseling psychology. The college and site supervisor will also evaluate the progress of the student. Expected outcomes include submission of an internship log and reflective essay that chronicles the student’s growth and development of core competencies, as well as a satisfactory field evaluation.
Show DetailsInternship in Counseling Psychology II
CPM 5433 credits

This course is an off-campus, supervised internship in counseling psychology designed to integrate theoretical understanding with direct hands-on exposure to praxis. The purpose of this fieldwork is to practice the skills of counseling psychology in an applied setting under the supervision of an experienced practitioner. Students must complete a minimum of 300 hours of internship per term at a site approved by the faculty in order to complete this requirement. Total internship hours to be completed for the program may vary for each student based on state credentialing and licensing standards. All aspects of counseling psychology practice - appraisal, therapeutic intervention, and consultation - will receive exposure in this experience. Both the site and college faculty and the internship coordinator will closely monitor the activity of the student throughout this internship and will ensure that all internship activities are appropriate to the field of counseling psychology. The college and site supervisor will also evaluate the progress of the student. Expected outcomes include submission of an internship log and reflective essay that chronicles the student’s growth and development of core competencies, as well as a satisfactory field evaluation.

Electives

Show DetailsFamily Therapy
CPM 5143 credits

This course examines the intervention techniques and major theories, models, and schools of couples and family therapy. The course employs a systemic perspective to consider both traditional and recently developed family treatment models, including empirically supported treatment approaches. Ethical, gender, and cultural competency issues related to family therapy are explored.
Show DetailsCrisis Intervention
CPM 5153 credits

This course includes study of various theoretical frameworks of crisis prevention and intervention; post-traumatic stress disorder; child abuse laws and reporting procedures; systemwide crisis management; lifespan and cultural issues in relation to suicide, death, and trauma; suicide assessment; self-injury; domestic violence; sexual assault; bereavement; and grief.
Show DetailsClinical Consultation
CPM 5163 credits

This course examines the role of mental health counselors and psychologists as consultants in community, educational, and mental health settings. Various consultation models are considered, including case consultation, interdisciplinary team involvement, and the mental health professional as an expert working with diverse populations. Consultation as it applies to individuals, groups, and organizations is also studied. Consideration is also given to issues related to contact, gathering information, evaluation, diagnosis, models of intervention, and follow-up services.
Show DetailsSubstance Abuse/Addictive Disorders
CPM 5183 credits

This course includes study of the historical and societal aspects of drug use and abuse; the etiology of drug abuse; core concepts and advanced terminology of substance use, abuse, and dependence; neurophysiology of addiction; effects of licit and illicit drugs; assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of substance abuse and dependence; boundary issues in intervention; and effectiveness of treatment methods and preventive strategies for addictions to food, sex, alcohol, drugs, work, gambling, and relationships.
Show DetailsSubstance Abuse Counseling with Addicted Populations
CPM 5203 credits

This course addresses counseling procedures and strategies with addicted populations, focusing on prevention, intervention, relapse prevention, and recovery. Evidence-based approaches and ethical and legal issues related to chemical dependency counseling are emphasized.
Show DetailsCapstone Project II
CPM 5223 credits

The capstone project is designed to be a culminating scholarly product that is typically 30 – 35 pages in length. The purpose of this paper is to provide students with the opportunity to explore a topic relevant to applied professional practice in the helping profession in greater depth, while demonstrating an understanding of inquiry-based learning, research, and scholarly writing expectations at the graduate level.
Show DetailsAssessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning for Addictive Disorders
CPM 5303 credits

This course focuses on addictive disorder assessment and treatment planning competencies. Clinical evaluation (screening, assessment) and treatment planning instruments and other methods are reviewed and practiced, including screening for co-occurring mental health problems. Referral and treatment plan implementation are also discussed.
Show DetailsInternship in Counseling Psychology III
CPM 5443 credits

This course is an off-campus, supervised internship in counseling psychology designed to integrate theoretical understanding with direct hands-on exposure to praxis. The purpose of this fieldwork is to practice the skills of counseling psychology in an applied setting under the supervision of an experienced practitioner. Students must complete a minimum of 300 hours of internship per term at a site approved by the faculty in order to complete this requirement. Total internship hours to be completed for the program may vary for each student based on state credentialing and licensing standards. All aspects of counseling psychology practice - appraisal, therapeutic intervention, and consultation - will receive exposure in this experience. Both the site and college faculty and the internship coordinator will closely monitor the activity of the student throughout this internship and will ensure that all internship activities are appropriate to the field of counseling psychology. The college and site supervisor will also evaluate the progress of the student. Expected outcomes include submission of an internship log and reflective essay that chronicles the student’s growth and development of core competencies, as well as a satisfactory field evaluation.

Degree: Master of Arts
Credits: 60
Transfer up to 12 credits
Minimum Time: 24 months
Start Dates: Jan, Apr & Sept

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