Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, M.A.- Counseling Psychology
The Master of Arts (MA) in Counseling Psychology (formerly Marriage and Family Therapy) course of study fulfills all educational requirements for the California (CA) Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) license as prescribed by the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS), and with additional coursework, the requirements of the CA Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) license as well. These programs prepare students for future clinical work in private practice settings as well as county and/or community based agencies.
Interwoven through the coursework are essential themes such as community mental health practice, cultural diversity, systemic thinking, collaborative treatment, wellness, resiliency, and recovery. A combination of didactic and experiential classroom learning and supervised intensive fieldwork cover both contemporary issues in the field and essential skills of effective practitioners. Students are encouraged to increase their own self-knowledge through an ongoing examination of their own values and beliefs, cultural backgrounds and contexts, abilities and growth areas.
This innovative, applied 90-unit program is composed of three phases. Phase I consists of foundation courses that combine current and traditional theory applied within the context of the classroom using didactic and experiential methods. In Phase II, coursework is supplemented by introduction of clinical training through fieldwork placements, which continues through Phase III with the addition of individual and group supervision and group didactic training. Successful completion of each phase is required in order to advance to the next phase.
Students have a choice of full- or part-time programs at the Pleasant Hill or San Jose campuses, including a morning option as well as the standard late afternoon/evening program. In addition, an accelerated full-time cohort program is available at the Berkeley campus.
John F. Kennedy University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Accreditation entitles the University to participate in federal student financial aid programs. The University is approved for veterans’ training.