MA, Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy & Professional Clinical Counseling

Master of Arts in Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling

The program is designed to help students acquire a broad-based knowledge 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. The Master of Arts in Psychology with a combined emphasis Marriage and Family Therapist and Professional Clinical Counseling explores areas such as advanced psychopathology, diagnosis, child abuse reporting, crisis and trauma counseling, community and environmental mental health, and human diversity. It includes a substantial experimental component in which the student works under supervision at an approved counseling site.

The degree curriculum 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. In addition to this combined emphasis Brandman also offers the ability to take one of the two as a stand-alone emphasis.  Alternative emphasis areas include:

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Family Theories and Intervention: Implement theory and techniques to therapeutic problems and developmental challenges of families.
  • Community Mental Health:  Analyze the role of environmental factors and community resources in providing mental health services.
  • 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.
  • Psychopathology and Diagnostics: Apply diagnostic assessment and criteria to clinical cases.
  • Ethics, Law, and Professional Issues: Apply ethical and professional decision making to issues in the practice of psychotherapy and counseling.
  • Marital Individual, and Group Theories and Interventions: Implement theory and techniques to therapeutic problems and developmental challenges.
  • Assessment: Apply assessment techniques, including diagnostic interviewing, to crisis issues and diagnostic concerns.
  • Psychopharmacology: Analyze the role of psychopharmacological agents on the prevention and treatment of psychological dysfunction.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have regular admission status prior to enrollment in graduate coursework. Applicants from the Washington Campuses are permitted to enroll in up to 12 credits of graduate coursework prior to receiving regular admission.

  • Department of Psychology Supplemental: includes Licensing and Certification and Ethical & Professional Responsibility Statement
    • 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.
  • Autobiographical Statement, 3 – 4 pages: The autobiographical statement should be sent directly to campus to which you are applying.
    • 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.
    • Discuss how you arrived at this point in your career development. Include any relevant professional experience.
  • Three Psychology 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.

Admission Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements:

Option One – GPA required 3.00 or Higher

  • A 3.0 grade point average (GPA) calculated over the most recent 30 graded semester (45 quarter) credits completed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential. All credits used for GPA calculation must be from a regionally accredited institution.

Option Two – GPA between 2.50 and 2.99, submit passing scores from:

  • 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.
  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT): achieve a minimum scaled score of 400.

Option Three – An earned master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution

Option Four – GPA below 2.50, Portfolio

  •   Submission of a portfolio of evidence that shows adequate preparation for graduate studies. The portfolio will contain: writing samples that show graduate level communications and analytical skills; a detailed resume showing professional development and achievements; awards; professional recognition; letters of reference from persons who can attest to the applicant’s ability to do graduate level work; and a letter of explanation detailing the reasons the student believes he or she is a good candidate.

(Offered at California campuses only)

 

Foundation courses

PSYU 501 The Counseling Process 3
PSYU 508 Life Span Development/Aging and Long session Care 3
PSYU 511 Psychological Assessment 3
PSYU 532 Research & Bibliographic Methods 3
PSYU 578 Ethical & Professional Issues 3

 

Marriage and Family Studies and Therapy

PSYU 541 Family Therapy Theories and Techniques: A Modern Emphasis 3
PSYU 556 Family Systems Theories and Techniques: A Postmodern Emphasis 3
PSYU 561 Marital Systems & Studies and Domestic Violence 3

 

Multicultural Counseling and Techniques

PSYU 613 Clinical Issues in Human Diversity 3

 

Adult Counseling Core

PSYU 570 Advanced Psychopathology & Diagnosis 3
PSYU 575 Advanced Individual Counseling I 3
PSYU 576 Advanced Individual Counseling II 3

 

Specialized Topics

PSYU 533 Psychopharmacology 3
PSYU 565 Child/Adolescent Psychopathology and Child Abuse Reporting 3
PSYU 581 Assessment and Treatment of Sexual Disorders 3
PSYU 582 Community and Environmental Mental Health 3
PSYU 586 Assessment and Treatment of Substance Abuse 3
PSYU 595 Crisis and Trauma Counseling 3
PSYU 617 Transition to Work and Career 3
PSYU 652 Theory and Practice of Group Counseling 3

 

Practicum

PSYU 688, 689, and 690 3,3,3

 

Total Credits 69
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