Master of Arts in Psychology

The mission of the psychology program is to help students acquire a broad-based knowledge in the field of psychology in its historical and cultural contexts, both as an empirical science of human behavior and as a foundation for a professional career in human services.

Brandman University offers a Master of Arts in psychology with three emphases designed to provide the student with the academic and professional training necessary for a career in counseling and human services and/or provide the foundation for further graduate study in psychology or one of the related disciplines. The emphasis areas include Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Clinical Counseling (CA only), and Counseling (WA only). California offers the option to combine the MFT and PCC Emphases. Additional post degree requirements are necessary for licensure. Consult with your state licensing authority for information. Emphasis descriptions are listed below.

Program Learning Outcomes

All MA Psychology Students

  • Assessment, Psychopathology, and Diagnostics: Apply assessment techniques to include crisis evaluation and diagnostic assessment to clinical cases.
  • Ethics, Law, and Professional Issues: Apply ethical and professional decision making to issues in the practice of psychotherapy and counseling.
  • Group Counseling Theories and Interventions: Implement theory and techniques to facilitate a group process.
  • Psychopharmacology: Analyze the role of the psychopharmacological agents on the prevention and treatment of psychological dysfunction.

All MFT Emphasis Students

  • Family Theories and Intervention: Implement theory and techniques to therapeutic problems and developmental challenges of families.

ALL MFT Emphasis and CA-PCC Emphasis Students

  • Community Mental Health:  Analyze the role of environmental factors and community resources in providing mental health services.

All PCC (CA) Emphasis and CE (WA) Emphasis Students

  • Career Counseling: Apply career development theories and techniques to work/career issues and problems.
  • Advanced Individual Counseling: Implement theory and techniques from multiple orientations to therapeutic problems of individuals.

Marriage and Family Therapy Emphasis

This emphasis is a practice-oriented psychology master’s program. It provides a solid foundation for practice as a marriage and family therapist. This program meets the education requirements for licensure in California and Washington or certification in other states, and membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. This program includes a substantial experiential component in which the student works under supervision in an approved counseling site. Students in this emphasis complete a minimum of 60 semester credits.

Brandman University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. In California the Master of Arts in Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy program at Brandman University meets and exceeds the curriculum requirements set forth in the California Business and Professional Code sections 4980.37 and 4980.40 and has notified the Board of Behavioral Science (the licensing board for marriage and family therapists in California) of our curriculum as required by law. In Washington State the MFT Program meets and exceeds the curriculum requirements established by state licensing law under the Revised Code of Washington (RCW 18).

Counseling Emphasis

(Offered only at Brandman University campuses in Washington)
This emphasis is a practice-oriented psychology master’s program. It provides a solid foundation for practice as a mental health therapist. This program meets the education requirements for licensure in Washington or certification in other states, and membership for the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). This program includes a substantial experiential component in which the student works under supervision in an approved counseling site. Students in this emphasis complete a minimum of 48 semester credits.

Brandman University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. In Washington State the MFT Program meets and exceeds the curriculum requirements established by state licensing law under the Revised Code of Washington (RCW 18).

Professional Clinical Counseling Emphasis

(Offered only at Brandman University campuses in California)
This emphasis is a practice-oriented psychology master’s program. It provides a solid foundation for practice as a professional clinical counselor. This program meets the education requirements for licensure in California as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (Business and Professions Code section 4999.33) or certification in other states, and membership in the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). This program includes a substantial experiential component in which the student works under supervision in an approved counseling site. Students in this emphasis complete a minimum of 63 semester credits.

Combined Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling Emphases Option

(For California Students only)
Students may wish to work toward both emphasis areas if they plan to complete requirements for both an MFT and PCC license in the State of California. This combined program includes a substantial experiential component in which the student works under supervision in an approved counseling site.  Please note that only one degree will be awarded, with two emphasis areas.  Students who choose this option will complete a program that meets the education requirements for licensure in California as a Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Completing both emphasis areas may give students more options in terms of future careers and may increase marketability in diverse work settings. Students who choose to complete both emphasis areas will complete a total of 69 units.

Admission to the Program

Admissions decisions to the MA Psychology program are based on evaluation of all application materials and information provided by the applicant.  Submission of all required application materials does not guarantee admission to the program.

The following requirements must be completed in order to become eligible for consideration for admission to the program:

  1. Satisfactorily fulfill graduate admission requirements for Brandman University as stated in the catalog. (See the Graduate Admissions section.)
  2. If the student uses Option Two in the Brandman University graduate admissions requirements, submit passing scores from one of the following standard admission tests:
    1. Graduate Record Examination (GRE): achieve a minimum score of 300 on the combined scores of the verbal and quantitative subsections of the GRE or score at or above the 60th percentile on the Graduate Subject Test in psychology.
    2. Miller’s Analogies Test (MAT): achieve a scaled score of 400.
  3. Admission is also contingent on the quality of the autobiography and the recommendation forms. The student should submit an autobiography, which must be at least three to four typed pages in length and conform to the following guidelines:
    1. Include childhood, family and (if applicable) marital data and values derived from these experiences in relation to your choice of a career in marriage and family therapy/counseling. Incorporate two or three relevant experiences that have helped to shape your development and personality; and
    2. Discuss how you arrived at this point in your career development. Include any relevant professional experience.
  4. Submit three recommendation forms from individuals who know you in a professional, and/or academic, and /or personal context (i.e. skills with youth, intellectual problem solving skills, character). Relatives may not submit recommendations.
  5. The application process includes submission of both the Graduate Admissions application and the Psychology program supplemental form as well as viewing and acknowledging that the program video was reviewed. The application packet must be complete, including an autobiography, recommendation forms, and the ethical and responsibility statement form.  Psychology program faculty may require an interview with the applicant if clarification is required.
  6. Note that licensing and certification agencies typically have regulations denying licensure or certification to anyone who has been convicted of a felony, most especially one which reflects an offense which would be a cause for disciplinary action if committed by one already holding the license. Please contact the licensing board in the state you plan to license for clarification of how a conviction may affect licensing. This clarification should be done before the application for admission to this program is submitted.
  7. Students must have regular admission status prior to enrollment in graduate coursework. Students from the Washington Campuses are permitted to enroll in up to 12 credits of graduate coursework prior to receiving regular admission.
  8. Students admitted to the MA in Psychology program will be admitted to the Catalog based on the program start date and not the admission date.

Transfer of Coursework

A maximum of 12 semester credits or 18 quarter credits may be accepted in transfer toward the Master of Arts in Psychology degree program. (See Academic Policies and Procedure section.)

Advisement/Orientation

Prior to admission, students are required to review, and submit acknowledgement of the review, of the Masters of Arts in Psychology program advisement and orientation video. This video contains pertinent program information focused on advising students of program requirements such as core courses, advancement, practicum, and much more. Upon admission, students are strongly encouraged to contact and maintain a mentoring relationship with the lead faculty at the student's campus. All questions related to academic and professional pursuits should be directed to the lead faculty.  

Advancement to Candidacy

During the session before the student plans to begin the first practicum, he/she must apply to the Brandman University campus for advancement to candidacy. The following courses must be successfully completed as shown for each emphasis below.

MFT Emphasis 

PSYU 501The Counseling Process3
PSYU 541Family Therapy Theories and Techniques: A Modern Emphasis3
PSYU 556Family Systems Theories and Techniques: A Postmodern Emphasis3
PSYU 561Marital Systems and Studies and Domestic Violence3
PSYU 565Child/Adolescent Psychopathology and Child Abuse Reporting3
PSYU 570Advanced Psychopathology and Diagnosis3
PSYU 575Advanced Individual Counseling I3
PSYU 578Ethical and Professional Issues3
PSYU 586Assessment and Treatment of Substance Abuse3
PSYU 652Theory and Practice of Group Counseling3
Total Credits30

Masters in Counseling

PSYU 501The Counseling Process3
PSYU 508Life Span Development/Aging and Long Term Care3
PSYU 511Psychological Assessment3
PSYU 541Family Therapy Theories and Techniques: A Modern Emphasis3
PSYU 570Advanced Psychopathology and Diagnosis3
PSYU 575Advanced Individual Counseling I3
PSYU 578Ethical and Professional Issues3
PSYU 586Assessment and Treatment of Substance Abuse3
PSYU 617Transition to Work and Career3
PSYU 652Theory and Practice of Group Counseling3
Total Credits30

PCC Emphasis

PSYU 501The Counseling Process3
PSYU 561Marital Systems and Studies and Domestic Violence3
PSYU 565Child/Adolescent Psychopathology and Child Abuse Reporting3
PSYU 570Advanced Psychopathology and Diagnosis3
PSYU 575Advanced Individual Counseling I3
PSYU 576Advanced Individual Counseling II3
PSYU 578Ethical and Professional Issues3
PSYU 586Assessment and Treatment of Substance Abuse3
PSYU 652Theory and Practice of Group Counseling3
PSYU 595Crisis and Trauma Counseling3
Total Credits30

Combined Emphases Option

PSYU 501The Counseling Process3
PSYU 561Marital Systems and Studies and Domestic Violence3
PSYU 565Child/Adolescent Psychopathology and Child Abuse Reporting3
PSYU 570Advanced Psychopathology and Diagnosis3
PSYU 575Advanced Individual Counseling I3
PSYU 578Ethical and Professional Issues3
PSYU 586Assessment and Treatment of Substance Abuse3
PSYU 652Theory and Practice of Group Counseling3
And any two of the following:6
Advanced Individual Counseling II
Crisis and Trauma Counseling
Family Therapy Theories and Techniques: A Modern Emphasis
Family Systems Theories and Techniques: A Postmodern Emphasis
Total Credits30

A student must receive a “C” or better in a course for successful completion. The degree requires an overall 3.0 average for required courses in the student’s degree program. At the advancement to candidacy interview, the student will meet with a faculty committee. The committee determines whether the student is prepared to be formally declared a candidate for a Master of Arts degree and be permitted to proceed into the practicum phase of the program.

At the time of the advancement interview, each student will be provided with a vignette for which the student will discuss a diagnosis and a tentative treatment plan, which will be the foundation of the advancement interview. The treatment plan will address identification of problems, proposed interventions, ethical issues, prognosis and further assessment and any “red flags” that may need further attention.  An Advancement to Candidacy Study Guide for students is available at the campus.

Specifically, the functions of the advancement to candidacy committee are:

  1. To review the student’s academic status with respect to fulfilling required coursework in a satisfactory manner.
  2. To provide information and counsel to the student in matters pertaining to his or her academic progress and plans.
  3. To ascertain whether significant gaps exist in the student’s knowledge and/or understanding of the subject field.
  4. To apprise the student of any academic, professional or ethical aspects of the counseling program that may be a source of concern.
  5. To assess the student’s academic and psychological readiness, and personal suitability to engage in the profession of marriage and family therapy/counseling; and
  6. To assess the student’s readiness to begin the practicum. Successful advancement to candidacy is a prerequisite to enrolling in practicum.

Ethical and Professional Standards

Students are expected to meet all program standards and abide by the ethical standards of the profession and the Brandman University Student Code of Conduct. Since the MA Psychology program involves preparing people to work in the helping profession, the program faculty assumes the responsibility for reasonably assuring that individuals who complete the program are not only academically competent, but are aware of and are capable of functioning within the established ethical and professional standards of the profession. A student in the MA Psychology program must adhere to the ethical standards propounded by the relevant professional associations and should understand that he/she is being trained in a program which is not only academic, but also professional in nature.

The university has both the right and obligation to evaluate continually, and, if necessary, to suspend or terminate the student’s participation in the master's program at any point for ethical violations and/or personal unsuitability for the profession. This philosophy is consistent with that of most psychology graduate programs which are engaged in explicitly or implicitly certifying that their graduates are competent to engage in the practice of professional counseling or psychotherapy.

It is understood, therefore, that students will be required to maintain appropriate professional, ethical, and personal standards in order to continue in the program. Faculty will assess each student’s status in meeting these standards on a continuing basis, and students experiencing difficulties will be advised as to appropriate means of remediating such difficulties by the faculty or Dean’s Office. Compendia of the prevailing ethical standards are available from the American Psychological Association, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, the Washington Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the National Board of Certified Counselors.

The MA Psychology professional conduct policy applies both to current MA Psychology students and graduated MA Psychology students.

For current MA Psychology students, the professional conduct procedures are as follows:

  1. When a MA Psychology program faculty member observes or becomes aware of behavior that brings into question a student’s ability to maintain appropriate professional, ethical, or personal standards, the faculty member shall meet with the student (in person, by phone, or by electronic means) to discuss the behavior and to advise as to appropriate means of remediating such behavioral concerns. This meeting may be attended by a staff member. The faculty member will document the behavior, the advisement provided at the meeting and any additional advisement for remediating the behavioral concerns in light of the meeting’s proceedings, and will submit the documentation to the MA Psychology program chair and the student.

  2. When the MA Psychology program chair and vice chair deem that, after one or more occurrences of such faculty advisement, a student’s ability to maintain appropriate professional, ethical, or personal standards remains in question and behavioral concerns remain unresolved, a Professional Conduct Meeting shall be convened. The meeting shall consist of a conference call for the program chair, vice chair, and student. If the faculty member who met with the student in step 1 was the program chair or vice chair, the Dean will appoint a different psychology faculty member to substitute for the program chair or vice chair in steps 2 and 3 of this process. A staff member will also attend the meeting silently for the purpose of documenting the meeting's proceedings.

    The student may choose to have a silent observer attend the conference call. This does not include attorneys. The presence of attorneys at the meeting is not permitted as the meeting is not meant to function as a court of law. The silent observer may not participate directly in the meeting. Failure to comply with these rules may result in the removal of the silent observer or the termination of the meeting. One five-minute recess may be requested during the course of the meeting if the student wishes to consult with the silent observer.

    During the meeting, the program chair and vice chair will discuss the behavior in question with the student, will solicit the student’s response to the behavioral concerns in question, and will advise the student as to appropriate means of remediating the behavioral concerns. The staff member will document the meeting's proceedings, and the program chair will further document the advisement provided. Subject to written approval from all participants, the meeting shall be recorded with the URL for the recording provided to the student, program chair, and vice chair.

  3. At any time after the Professional Conduct Meeting, if the MA Psychology program chair and vice chair deem that the student’s ability to maintain appropriate professional, ethical, and/or personal standards remains in question and the behavioral concerns remain unresolved, they may recommend to the Dean that the student be suspended or dismissed from the MA Psychology program. The Dean may suspend or dismiss the student from the program, with written notice provided to the student.
  4. A student who is dismissed or suspended from the program may, within 30 calendar days of receipt of the dismissal or suspension notification, petition the Dean’s ruling to a professional review committee. The petition process is documentation-based and does not include a synchronous hearing. To file a petition, the student must submit to the Dean a written petition with supporting documentation appended. The Dean will forward the written petition and supporting documentation to the professional review committee. After review, the professional review committee will issue a final ruling within 30 calendar days of Dean's receipt of the student's petition. The committee’s ruling is not subject to appeal.

For graduated MA Psychology students, for whom information is discovered after the time of their degree completion regarding alleged ethical or professional violations that occurred during the time they were enrolled in the MA Psychology program, the professional conduct procedures are as follows:

  1. When the MA Psychology program chair and vice chair learn that a graduated student may have committed ethical or professional violations during the time they were enrolled in the MA Psychology program, they may investigate the allegations.
  2. After reviewing their findings, the program chair and vice chair may choose to convene a Professional Conduct Meeting. The meeting shall consist of a conference call for the program chair, vice chair, and graduated student. A staff member will also attend the meeting silently for the purpose of documenting the meeting's proceedings.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

    The graduated student may choose to have a silent observer attend the conference call. This does not include attorneys. The presence of attorneys at the meeting is not permitted as the meeting is not meant to function as a court of law. The silent observer may not participate directly in the meeting. Failure to comply with these rules may result in the removal of the silent observer or the termination of the meeting. One five-minute recess may be requested during the course of the meeting if the student wishes to consult with the silent observer.

    During the meeting, the program chair and vice chair will discuss the behavior in question with the graduated student and will solicit the student’s response to the behavioral concerns in question. The staff member will document the meeting's proceedings. Subject to written approval from all participants, the meeting shall be recorded with the URL for the recording provided to the graduated student, program chair, and vice chair.

    The program chair and vice chair may, at their discretion, proceed to conduct a Professional Conduct Meeting in the absence of a graduated student who fails to appear. Should there be a hearing, the findings of the program chair's and vice chair's investigation shall be presented and considered regardless of whether or not the graduated student attended the meeting.

  3. Based on their investigation and on the proceedings of the Professional Conduct Meeting, if the MA Psychology program chair and vice chair deem that the graduated student committed egregious violation(s) of ethical or professional conduct during the time that they were enrolled in the MA Psychology program, and that such violation(s) would have merited a recommendation to the Dean of suspension or dismissal from the program if the violation(s) had been discovered when the graduated student was enrolled in the program, the program chair and vice chair may recommend to the Dean that the graduated student's degree be revoked. The Dean may issue the graduated student a letter of intent to revoke the graduated student's degree.
  4. A graduated student receiving a Dean's letter of intent to revoke the student's MA Psychology degree may submit a written appeal to the Dean with supporting documentation, within 30 calendar days of transmission of the Dean's letter of intent. This appeal process is documentation-based and does not include a synchronous hearing. After review of the student's written appeal and supporting documentation, the Dean may or may not decide to revoke the graduated student's degree, with written notice of either outcome provided to the student.
  5. A graduated MA Psychology student whose degree is revoked may, within 30 calendar days of transmission of the notification of degree revocation, petition the Dean’s ruling to a professional review committee. The petition process is documentation-based and does not include a synchronous hearing. To file a petition, the graduated student must submit to the Dean a written petition with supporting documentation appended. The Dean will forward the written petition and supporting documentation to the professional review committee. After review, the professional review committee will issue a final ruling within 30 calendar days of Dean's receipt of the graduated student's petition. The committee’s ruling is not subject to appeal.
  6. If a graduated MA Psychology student's degree is revoked, and if the student had been a California resident at the time of degree conferral, the program's Board of Behavioral Science (BBS) liaison will inform the BBS that the student no longer holds a degree from Brandman University.  If the graduated student resided in Washington at the time of degree conferral, the program's Washington State Department of Health (WDH) liaison will inform the WDH that the student no longer holds a degree from Brandman University. In addition, and only If known, the University representative will also inform the state governing body where the student is currently in clinical authorized practice.

Personal Therapy

The psychology faculty believes that participating as a client in individual or group therapy is an important educational aspect of a program to prepare mental health professionals. Experience as a client in personal therapy is, therefore, one of the program requirements for the Masters of Arts in Psychology degree. The requirement is met through a minimum of 20 sessions of individual or group therapy conducted by a current licensed marriage and family therapist, licensed clinical social worker, licensed clinical psychologist, board-eligible psychiatrist, or mental health worker of equivalent status. Verification will consist of a letter by the therapist (on the therapist’s letterhead and must include the therapist’s license number) or an official psychotherapy form from the state in which the student is registered stating the time spent in therapy, sent directly to the Brandman University campus. This verification must be on file at the time the student applies for graduation.

Additional personal therapy may at any time be recommended by program faculty for the student to continue in the program. Commencement of therapy or recommendation of additional therapy may be a stipulation or condition at the time of a student’s screening or advancement to candidacy interview. The student has the right to choose his/her own therapist for this requirement within the limitations of ethical standards prohibiting dual relationships and the criteria of the paragraph above.

Practicum

The practicum site Field Agreement must be completed and approved by the university and the practicum site prior to starting any trainee hours at the approved site. The student should obtain the required forms from the faculty/staff at the local campus well in advance of the deadline to enable him/her to fully comply with the requirements for the practicum and to deal with any special problems or circumstances that may affect the acceptability of the proposed practicum. Students must advance to candidacy prior to registration for practicum. Practicum students will be required to continue to meet with instructors and complete assignments related to the practicum experience. Practicum hour requirements are specified in the course description.

The student may elect to begin the Capstone Case Study in PSYU 688 Practicum I. Work on the case study will continue through the remaining practicum course(s). The case study requirement will be fulfilled after passing a written and oral presentation. The practicum courses are graded on a pass/no pass basis. Practicum courses are to be taken consecutively.

Capstone Case Study

The student will complete a written case study based on a case selected during the practicum experience and ultimately make an oral presentation to a committee of faculty, adjunct faculty and/or other selected members. After the student has successfully advanced to candidacy and has acquired an approved practicum site, he/she is eligible to begin the Capstone Case Study. The selection of the case occurs in the first or second practicum course and the final oral presentation must be completed prior to graduation. Capstone information is available in the student area of MyBrandman. As determined in consultation with faculty and depending upon the student’s particular emphasis, the Case Study may include several of the following content areas:

  1. Assessment and treatment of Substance Abuse
  2. Ethical and Legal issues
  3. Assessment and treatment of Sexual Disorders
  4. Advanced Psychopathology and Individual Counseling
  5. Child/Adolescent Psychopathology     
  6. Family therapy, including Human Diversity
  7. Crisis/Trauma
  8. Community Mental Health Issues

Specific Requirements for the Master of Arts in Psychology

Marriage and Family Therapy Emphasis

Foundation Courses
PSYU 501The Counseling Process3
PSYU 508Life Span Development/Aging and Long Term Care3
PSYU 511Psychological Assessment3
PSYU 532Research and Bibliographic Methods3
PSYU 578Ethical and Professional Issues3
Foundation Courses Subtotal15
Marriage and Family Studies and Therapy
PSYU 541Family Therapy Theories and Techniques: A Modern Emphasis3
PSYU 556Family Systems Theories and Techniques: A Postmodern Emphasis3
PSYU 561Marital Systems and Studies and Domestic Violence3
Marriage and Family Studies and Therapy Subtotal9
Multicultural Counseling and Techniques
PSYU 613Clinical Issues in Human Diversity3
Multicultural Counseling and Techniques Subtotal3
Adult Counseling Core
PSYU 570Advanced Psychopathology and Diagnosis3
PSYU 575Advanced Individual Counseling I3
Adult Counseling Core Subtotal6
Specialized Topics
PSYU 533Psychopharmacology3
PSYU 565Child/Adolescent Psychopathology and Child Abuse Reporting3
PSYU 581Assessment and Treatment of Sexual Disorders3
PSYU 582Community and Environmental Mental Health3
PSYU 586Assessment and Treatment of Substance Abuse3
PSYU 652Theory and Practice of Group Counseling3
Specialized Topics Subtotal18
Practicum
PSYU 688Practicum I *3
PSYU 689Practicum II *3
PSYU 690Practicum III *3
Practicum Subtotal9
*If a student does not complete the required practicum hours and/or the Capstone Case Study during the PSYU 688, 689, 690 course series, s/he will be enrolled in a required PSYU 695 Practicum Continuation course (0 credits) and required to pay a Practicum Continuation fee, per each course and session, until the student receives a P in the PSYU 688, 689, 690 courses or until the student's seven-year program completion timeline has expired. Students will accumulate hours toward their practicum requirements only when enrolled in PSYU 688, 689, 690, or 695.
Total Credits60

Counseling Emphasis

(Offered at Washington campuses only)

Foundation Courses
PSYU 501The Counseling Process3
PSYU 508Life Span Development/Aging and Long Term Care3
PSYU 511Psychological Assessment3
PSYU 532Research and Bibliographic Methods3
PSYU 578Ethical and Professional Issues3
Foundation Courses Subtotal15
Adult Counseling Core
PSYU 570Advanced Psychopathology and Diagnosis3
PSYU 575Advanced Individual Counseling I3
Adult Counseling Core Subtotal6
Marriage and Family Studies
PSYU 541Family Therapy Theories and Techniques: A Modern Emphasis3
Marriage and Family Studies Subtotal3
Multicultural Counseling and Techniques
PSYU 613Clinical Issues in Human Diversity3
Multicultural Counseling and Techniques Subtotal3
Specialized Topics
PSYU 533Psychopharmacology3
PSYU 581Assessment and Treatment of Sexual Disorders3
PSYU 586Assessment and Treatment of Substance Abuse3
PSYU 617Transition to Work and Career3
PSYU 652Theory and Practice of Group Counseling3
Specialized Topics Subtotal15
Practicum
PSYU 688Practicum I *3
PSYU 689Practicum II *3
Practicum Subtotal6
*If a student does not complete the required practicum hours and/or the Capstone Case Study during the PSYU 688, 689 course series, s/he will be enrolled in a required PSYU 695 Practicum Continuation course (0 credits) and required to pay a Practicum Continuation fee, per each course and session, until the student receives a P in the PSYU 688, 689 courses or until the student's seven-year program completion timeline has expired. Students will accumulate hours toward their practicum requirements only when enrolled in PSYU 688, 689, or 695.
Total Credits48

Professional Clinical Counseling Emphasis

(Offered at California campuses only)

Foundation Courses
PSYU 501The Counseling Process3
PSYU 508Life Span Development/Aging and Long Term Care3
PSYU 511Psychological Assessment3
PSYU 532Research and Bibliographic Methods3
PSYU 578Ethical and Professional Issues3
Foundation Courses Subtotal15
Marriage Therapy/Domestic Violence
PSYU 561Marital Systems and Studies and Domestic Violence3
Marriage Therapy/Domestic Violence Subtotal3
Multicultural Counseling and Techniques
PSYU 613Clinical Issues in Human Diversity3
Multicultural Counseling and Techniques Subtotal3
Adult Counseling Core
PSYU 570Advanced Psychopathology and Diagnosis3
PSYU 575Advanced Individual Counseling I3
PSYU 576Advanced Individual Counseling II3
Adult Counseling Core Subtotal9
Specialized Topics
PSYU 533Psychopharmacology3
PSYU 565Child/Adolescent Psychopathology and Child Abuse Reporting3
PSYU 581Assessment and Treatment of Sexual Disorders3
PSYU 582Community and Environmental Mental Health3
PSYU 586Assessment and Treatment of Substance Abuse3
PSYU 595Crisis and Trauma Counseling3
PSYU 617Transition to Work and Career3
PSYU 652Theory and Practice of Group Counseling3
Specialized Topics Subtotal24
Practicum
PSYU 688Practicum I *3
PSYU 689Practicum II *3
PSYU 690Practicum III *3
Practicum Subtotal9
*If a student does not complete the required practicum hours and/or the Capstone Case Study during the PSYU 688, 689, 690 course series, s/he will be enrolled in a required PSYU 695 Practicum Continuation course (0 credits) and required to pay a Practicum Continuation fee, per each course and session, until the student receives a P in the PSYU 688, 689, 690 courses or until the student's seven-year program completion timeline has expired. Students will accumulate hours toward their practicum requirements only when enrolled in PSYU 688, 689, 690, or 695.
Total Credits63

Combined Marriage and Family Therapist and Professional Clinical Counselor Emphases Option    

(Offered at California Campuses only)

Foundation Courses
PSYU 501The Counseling Process3
PSYU 508Life Span Development/Aging and Long Term Care3
PSYU 511Psychological Assessment3
PSYU 532Research and Bibliographic Methods3
PSYU 578Ethical and Professional Issues3
Foundation Courses Subtotal15
Marriage and Family Studies and Therapy
PSYU 541Family Therapy Theories and Techniques: A Modern Emphasis3
PSYU 556Family Systems Theories and Techniques: A Postmodern Emphasis3
PSYU 561Marital Systems and Studies and Domestic Violence3
Marriage and Family Studies and Therapy Subtotal9
Multicultural Counseling and Techniques
PSYU 613Clinical Issues in Human Diversity3
Multicultural Counseling and Techniques Subtotal3
Adult Counseling Core
PSYU 570Advanced Psychopathology and Diagnosis3
PSYU 575Advanced Individual Counseling I3
PSYU 576Advanced Individual Counseling II3
Adult Counseling Core Subtotal9
Specialized Topics
PSYU 533Psychopharmacology3
PSYU 565Child/Adolescent Psychopathology and Child Abuse Reporting3
PSYU 581Assessment and Treatment of Sexual Disorders3
PSYU 582Community and Environmental Mental Health3
PSYU 586Assessment and Treatment of Substance Abuse3
PSYU 595Crisis and Trauma Counseling3
PSYU 617Transition to Work and Career3
PSYU 652Theory and Practice of Group Counseling3
Specialized Topics Subtotal24
Practicum
PSYU 688Practicum I *3
PSYU 689Practicum II *3
PSYU 690Practicum III *3
Practicum Subtotal9
*If a student does not complete the required practicum hours and/or the Capstone Case Study during the PSYU 688, 689, 690 course series, s/he will be enrolled in a required PSYU 695 Practicum Continuation course (0 credits) and required to pay a Practicum Continuation fee, per each course and session, until the student receives a P in the PSYU 688, 689, 690 courses or until the student's seven-year program completion timeline has expired. Students will accumulate hours toward their practicum requirements only when enrolled in PSYU 688, 689, 690, or 695.
Total Credits69