Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology with specializations in Integral Psychotherapy, Holistic Studies, Somatic Psychology, and Transpersonal Psychology
The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology – Holistic degree program builds on the foundation of counseling theory and practice to add a holistic perspective that integrates body, mind, spirit, and culture into the curriculum. The curriculum for this degree meets the educational requirements for the California Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) License.
Central to the program is the perspective that holistic learning occurs both cognitively and experientially – i.e., only through knowing oneself can the therapist obtain the clarity, compassion, and wisdom necessary to help others. The curriculum therefore places significant emphasis upon the student’s self-exploration and personal growth along with critical thinking and the acquisition of clinical skills.
Students in the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology – Holistic program must select from one of four specializations:
- Integral Psychotherapy
- Somatic Psychology
- Transpersonal Psychology
- Holistic Studies (an integration of somatic and transpersonal psychologies) [Offered at JFK University's Campbell campus]
The three-year program is divided into three areas of emphasis:
- Year One: Basic counseling psychology theory and the acquisition of personal therapy skills such as receptivity, presence, tracking, and therapeutic communication.
- Year Two: Development of core clinical skills in the area of assessment and treatment, marriage, and family interventions, and training in the specializations.
- Year Three: Supervised field placement and courses focused on work with clients.
The curriculum encompasses core courses in holistic studies, basic counseling skills, diagnosis and assessment; marriage and family counseling courses; and courses in the student’s chosen specialization. Students complete a yearlong supervised trainee-ship at the school’s Center for Holistic Counseling in Oakland, JFK University’s Community Counseling Centers in Sunnyvale, or an approved community-based site.
JFK University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The University is an approved participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program for veterans.
# of Credits Required:
92 Quarter Units
Tuition & Financial Aid
Cost Per Credit Hour:
Financial Aid Offered: No
Classification: Master's Colleges & Universities I
Institution Sector: Private not-for-profit
Locale: Large Suburb
Size & Settings: 1,000 - 4,999