Counseling PsychologyProgram Description
Program Coordinator: Ken Ishida
Dorothy Donahoe Hall, D123
The Counseling Psychology Program at CSUB trains students to meet the community need for ethical, competent, and adaptable mental health professionals. It is designed to meet the academic requirements established by the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS), Section 4980.37 of the Business and Professions Code, for the Califomia License in Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT). Students receive broad training that prepares them for work in diverse and changing settings. The well-trained counselor will understand that:
The Master of Science in Counseling Psychology Faculty Committee (CPFC) reserves the right to admit those applicants they deem most qualified. Students seeking admission to the Master of Science in Counseling Psychology should secure application materials from the Graduate Program Coordinator. All program-specific application materials must be submitted as a complete package. Deadlines are listed on information sheets accompanying application forms; deadlines are also listed on the CSUB Counseling Psychology Program Home Page: www.csub.edu/cpsy.
To be eligible for admission, the student must fulfill the following minimum requirements:
Students are normally admitted for Fall enrollment. Students may be admitted in other quarters, but course selection will be limited and sequencing will be affected.
Experiential Learning Requirements -- The Master of Science in Counseling Psychology Program is sequentially arranged and includes an emphasis on principles of experiential learning. Students are expected to participate from both counselor and client perspectives in individual, dyadic, and group exercises. Enrollment in the Program implies student consent to engage in individual and group experiential learning activities in various courses.
Classification Levels -- At each point the CPFC will evaluate academic and pre-professional development (below). The CPFC determines students' initial classification level prior to admission as well as all subsequent changes in level.
Pre-professional Development -- Throughout the program students must provide evidence of the ability to interact competently and ethically with others from a variety of backgrounds. Such evidence may come from practicum and technique-based courses, courses with an experiential focus, or from supervised experiences. Students will be evaluated at each point of reclassification.
Conditionally Classified -- Students who have completed most, but not all of the requirements for admission at the Classified level and show promise of success may be admitted at the Conditionally Classified ievel. Students admitted at this level who complete all admission requirements or alternate requirements specified in the offer of admission will be moved to the Classified level, but may take no more than 20 units applicable to the MS degree prior to achieving Classified standing.
Classified -- Students who meet all of the requirements for admission will be admitted at the Classified level. Classified graduate students may take any graduate level course meeting the requirements of their Plan of Study as long as the appropriate prerequisites or co-requisites have been met.
Trainee -- Successful completion of the courses normally taken during Quarters One and Two (listed below). Students must also receive positive faculty evaluations in pre-professional development (above).
Graduate Candidacy -- Classified level students will be advanced to Graduate Candidacy in the term in which they intend to graduate and must have a minimum 3.0 GPA in the Plan of Study and have completed the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement. (See GWAR under "Graduation Requirements" below.) Students must also receive positive faculty evaluations in pre-professional development.
Graduation Requirements -- To graduate with the MS degree in Counseling Psychology, a student must meet the following requirements:
To be in Good Standing, a student must maintain at the end of each term of enrollment a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in courses taken to meet degree requirements and receive satisfactory evaluations of pre-professional development from faculty and field placement supervisors. Students not in Good Standing must formally request permission (and receive written approval) to enroll in additional graduate courses. The CPFC will review the explanations and plans set forth in the petition and make a decision whether to permit continued enrollment and what conditions must be met for a return to Good Standing.
Students who will require a professional or commercial license provided by a local, state, or federal government agency in order to engage in an occupation for which the CSU may be training them must meet the immigration requirements of the new Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act to achieve licensure.
Time Allotments for EDCS Courses
-- EDCS 645, 650, CPSY 641, CPSY 651, CPSY 661 and CPSY 671 are clinical
process classes. They are experiential in nature and require the use of
live clients and videotaping of sessions. Because of the additional time
needed to move people from room to room and change videotapes, the class
schedule indicates more time than mandated for clinical process classes.
Overview of the counseling profession, counseling and consultation processes and services, counseling theories, and preparation of counselors, including the development of a professional identify as an MFT or school counselor. [F]
CPSY 510 Assessment of Intellectual Functioning and Interests (4)
Introduction to the theories and applications of selected psychological tests to measure achievement, aptitude, ability, and vocational interests. Consideration of the role of various kinds of assessment in typical clinical situations, as well as the impact of cultural orientation, age, and other client characteristics in ethically selecting and using assessment procedures. Prerequisite: one course in elementary statistics. Recommended: Psychology 429 (or equivalent). [F]
CPSY 511 Assessment of Personality, Psychopathology, and Interpersonal Behavior (4)
Survey of assessment procedures applicable to MFT practice and their theoretical and applied characteristics. Consideration of the role of various kinds of assessment in typical clinical situations, as well as the impact of cultural orientation, age, and other client characteristics in ethically selecting and using assessment procedures. Prerequisite: one course in elementary statistics. Recommended: PSYC 429 (or equivalent) and CPSY 510. [S]
CPSY 520 Research Methods in Counseling Psychology (4)
Methods and issues associated with the conduct and use of research concerning phenomena relevant to counseling psychology. Overview of hypothesis generation, research design, data collection and interpretation, and utilization of research findings in clinical practice. Prerequisite: one course in elementary statistics. [W]
CPSY 530 Human Sexuality (4)
Examination of the major variables affecting human sexuality. Includes the physiological, psychological, and sociocultural variables associated with the development and manifestation of sexual identity, sexual behavior, and sexual disorders. Special attention to the etiology, assessment, and treatment of sexual dysfunctions and to the relationship between issues of sexuality and intimate interpersonal relationships. [S]
CPSY 600 Human Communication I (4)
(Formerly EDCS 502)
Interpersonal processes fundamental to the development of psychotherapeutic counseling strategies, with an emphasis on processes underlying verbal and non-verbal communication and the use of clinical skills applicable to interviewing, assessment, and intervention. Practice in simulated laboratory situations. Offered on a credit, no-credit basis only. Prerequisite: Classified Standing or in the EDCS MA, MS, PPS. Prerequisite or corequisite: CPSY 500. [F]
CPSY 610 Psychopathology and Diagnostic Interviewing (4)
Examination of major types of psychopathology. Techniques of intake interviewing and determining mental status to formulate a differential diagnosis based upon the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Prerequisite: Classified Standing in the MS in Counseling Psychology. [F]
CPSY 611 Treatment Planning (2)
Focus on alternative ways of integrating clinical information in order to develop practical and effective treatment plans. Relationships among client factors (e.g., diagnostic, personality, cultural, and developmental), therapist factors, and various interventions. Prerequisites: CPSY 600 and CPSY 610. [W]
CPSY 620 Adult and Family Development
(Formerly EDCS 515)
Exploration of the biological, psychological, and social developmental tasks and life events of the adult years, including a family and vocational perspective. Focus on sociocultural, gender, and family issues salient to relationships, separation, nontraditional and blended families, and geropsychology. Prerequisite: Classified Standing in the MS in Counseling Psychology or in the EDCS MA, MS, PPS. [W]
CPSY 630 Clinical Ethics (2)
(Formerly EDCS 520)
Contemporary professional ethics relative to counseling practice. Professional codes of ethics (ACA, AAMFT/CAMFT, and APA) and examination of key case examples. Prerequisite: Classified Standing in the MS in Counseling Psychology or in the EDCS MA, MS, PPS. [S]
CPSY 631 Legal and Professional Issues in Marriage and Family Therapy (2)
Laws and regulations that delineate the professional scope of practice of Marriage, Family and Child Counselors. Current legal patterns and trends, including those in family law and reporting requirements imposed on California therapists by statue, regulation, and case law. Goals and objectives of professional organizations, standards of training, licensure and standards, and the rights and responsibilities of the professional counselor. Prerequisite or corequisite: CPSY 630. [S]
CPSY 632 Substance Abuse and Domestic
(Formerly EDCS 601 and EDCS 602)
Etiology, diagnosis and treatment of substance abuse and dependence. Prevention, assessment, intervention and legal reporting of violence in families, with special emphasis on abuse of children, dependent adults, and partners in intimate relationships. Prerequisite: Classified Standing in the MS in Counseling Psychology or in the EDCS MA, MS, PPS. [F]
CPSY 633 Cross Cultural Issues in Counseling
(Formerly EDCS 505)
Focus on attitudes and issues arising from different values and cultural assumptions which affect therapeutic intervention. Attention to cultural sub-groupings of ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, religion, relationship status, age, disability, and other demographics as they relate to the counseling process. Prerequisite: CPSY 600. [W]
CPSY 640 Theories of Individual Counseling
(Formerly EDCS 605)
Examination of several contemporary individual intervention approaches based on specific behavioral, cognitive, humanistic/experiential, and psychodynamic frameworks. Consideration of how each approach is used in clinical, school, and marriage, family, and child counseling applications. Prerequisite: Classified Standing in the MS in Counseling Psychology or in the EDCS MA, MS, PPS and CPSY 500. [W]
CPSY 641 Techniques of Individual Counseling (3)
Focus on the development of clinical skills necessary for effective counseling with individuals. Simulated laboratory experiences will be provided through observation, demonstration, and practice. Prerequisite or coreqquisite: CPSY 640. [W]
CPSY 650 Theories of Family Counseling
(Formerly EDCS 610)
Focus on major systemic and nonsystemic orientations in relationship, couples, and family counseling. Attention to the psychodynamics of relationships and transcultural family systems, communications theory, and the role of family of origin in individual and family functioning. Students will relate their own family dynamics to the literature. Prerequisite: Trainee Standing in the MS in Counseling Psychology, or Graduate Candidacy in the EDCS MS; and CPSY 640. [S]
CPSY 651 Techniques of Family Counseling (3)
Focus on the development of clinical skills necessary for effective relationship and family counseling. Laboratory experiences will be provided through observation, demonstration, and practice. Prerequisite: CPSY 650. [F]
CPSY 660 Theories of Group Counseling
(Formerly EDCS 620)
Focus on the major approaches to group counseling. Emphasis on small and large group processes and involvement in group experiential activities designed to relate the clinical process to theoretical explanations. Prerequisite: CPSY 650 (formerly EDCS 610). [F]
CPSY 661 Techniques of Group Counseling
(Formerly EDCS 625)
Focus on the development of clinical skills necessary for effective group counseling. Laboratory experiences will be provided through observation, demonstration, and practice. Prerequisite: CPSY 660 (formerly EDCS 620). [W]
CPSY 670 Theories of Developmental Counseling with Children and Adolescents (4) (Formerly EDCS 510)
Focus on the major approaches to therapeutic interventions with children and adolescents. Attention to developmental issues and tasks necessary for competent counseling with children and adolescents, including biological, psychological, social, and cultural processes that influence or disrupt normal development. Prerequisite: Trainee Standing in the MS in Counseling Psychology, or Classified standing in EDCS MA, MS or PPS. [W]
CPSY 671 Techniques of Child and Adolescent Counseling (3)
Focus on the development of clinical skills necessary for effective preventive, therapeutic, and consultative interventions with and related to children and adolescents. Laboratory experiences will be provided through observation, demonstration and practice. Prerequisite: CPSY 670. [S]
CPSY 681 Practicum I (3)
A supervised clinical practicum within the scope and practice of a Marriage, Family and Child Counselor. Application of counseling procedures, with a focus on interviewing, assessment, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of familial and relationship dysfunctions. Counts toward the MFT practicum requirement (Business and Professional Code, Chapter 1054, Section. 4980.43, a-c). Limited to 8 students per section. Prerequisite: Trainee Standing in the MS in Counseling Psychology; completion of or concurrent enrollment in CPSY 511, CPSY 630, CPSY 631, CPSY 650, and professional liability insurance. [F,W,S]
CPSY 682 Practicum II (4)
A continuation of CPSY 681. Counts towards the MFT practicum requirement. Prerequisite: CPSY 681 and professional liability insurance. [F,W,S]
CPSY 691 Traineeship I (4)
A supervised clinical practicum in settings designed to facilitate the professional goals of the trainee within the scope and practice of a Marriage, Family and Child Counselor. Advanced experience in interviewing, assessment, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of familial and relationship dysfunctions. Counts towards the MFT practicum requirement (Business and Professions Code, Chapter 1054, Section 4980.43, a-c). Offered in a credit, no-credit basis only. Prerequisites: Candidate Standing in the MS in Counseling Psychology, CPSY 682, professional liability insurance, and placement in an approved setting. [F,W,S]
CPSY 692 Traineeship II (4)
A continuation of CPSY 691. Counts towards the MFT practicum requirement. Offered on a credit, no-credit basis only. Prerequisite: CPSY 691 and professional liability insurance, and placement in an approved setting. [F,W,S]
CPSY 697 Master’s Examination in Counseling Psychology (2)
Comprehensive examination as the culminating activity in the MS in Counseling Psychology program. Offered on a credit, no-credit basis only. Prerequisites: Candidate Standing in the MS in Counseling Psychology and approval of the Program Coordinator based on satisfactory completion of curricular components. [F, W, S]
[The following courses are not part of the 90-unit curriculum and are offered by individual study petition only as needed.]
CPSY 699 Independent Graduate Study (1-5)
Individual supervision of counseling or investigation of an approved project leading to a written report. Offered on a credit, no-credit basis only. Requires a petition for individual study approved by the sponsoring faculty member, the MS program coordinator, and the Dean.
CPSY 700 Clinical Extension (4)
Additional supervised clinical experience for students requiring more than two quarters to complete the required hours for Practicum or for Traineeship. May be repeated for credit. Does not count toward requirements for the MS in Counseling Psychology. Offered on a credit, no-credit basis only. Requires a petition for individual study approved by the sponsoring faculty member and the MS program coordinator.