MA in Psychology, Counseling

This degree program explores psychological assessments, research, bibliographic methods, clinical issues in human diversity, treatment options, and group counseling. The student will work under supervision at an approved counseling site.

Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Psychology, Counseling meets the education requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor in Washington State, membership in the National Board of Certified Counselors and membership in the American Psychological Association.

As a student, you will:

  • Apply career development theories and techniques to work/career issues and problems.
  • Implement theory and techniques from multiple orientations to attend to therapeutic problems of individuals.
  • Employ assessment techniques to include crisis evaluation and diagnostic assessment to address clinical cases.
  • Utilize ethical and professional decision-making to deal with issues in the practice of psychotherapy and counseling.
  • Implement theory and techniques to facilitate a group process.
  • Analyze the role of psychopharmacological agents on the prevention and treatment of psychological dysfunction.

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Next Session

Jan 08, 2018

Estimated Cost

Ways to Learn

Hybrid

(on-campus/online)

Online

Available Campuses

Ft. Lewis Campus
6242 Colorado Avenue, Room B-148, Ft. Lewis, WA 98433
Lacey Campus
1445 Galaxy Drive NE, Suite 201, Lacey, WA 98516
McChord AFB Campus
851 Lincoln Blvd, Room 323, McChord AFB, WA 98438
Fully Online
Working adults prefer the flexible format that allows them study any time of day.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants for this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

  • Completed application
  • Autobiographical Essay
  • Three recommendation forms
  • Signed Ethical and Responsibility Statement form
  • View the Psychology Program Introduction Video
  • GPA: Meet 1 of these 4 GPA options for admission
  • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions where baccalaureate and/or post-baccalaureate coursework was completed or attempted
Residency Restrictions

This program is not available to residents of all states. Please contact a University Enrollment Coach for details.

Transcripts

Only credits from regionally accredited institutions may be accepted in transfer. Failure to report any previous academic work at another college or university may be considered a violation of academic integrity.

Graduate Level Exams

Most of Brandman’s Master Degree programs do not require a graduate level exam; however, there are a few that do. For detailed information about which Brandman programs have graduate exam and minimum test score requirements, please reference the Brandman University Catalog.

Program Curriculum

  • (Offered at Washington campuses only)

    Foundation Courses

     

    PSYU 501 The Counseling Process

    3

    PSYU 508 Life Span Development/Aging and Long Term Care

    3

    PSYU 511 Psychological Assessment

    3

    PSYU 532 Research and Bibliographic Methods

    3

    PSYU 578 Ethical and Professional Issues

    3

    Foundation Courses Subtotal

    15

    Adult Counseling Core

     

    PSYU 570 Advanced Psychopathology and Diagnosis

    3

    PSYU 575 Advanced Individual Counseling I

    3

    Adult Counseling Core Subtotal

    6

    Marriage and Family Studies

     

    PSYU 541 Family Therapy Theories and Techniques: A Modern Emphasis 3
    Marriage and Family Studies Subtotal 3
    Multicultural Counseling and Techniques
    PSYU 613 Clinical Issues in Human Diversity

    3

    Multicultural Counseling and Techniques Subtotal

    3

    Specialized Topics

     

    PSYU 533 Psychopharmacology

    3

    PSYU 581 Assessment and Treatment of Sexual Disorders

    3

    PSYU 586 Assessment and Treatment of Substance Abuse

    3

    PSYU 617 Transition to Work and Career

    3

    PSYU 652 Theory and Practice of Group Counseling

    3

    Specialized Topics Subtotal

    15

    Practicum

     

    PSYU 688 Practicum I *

    3

    PSYU 689 Practicum II *

    3

    Practicum Subtotal

    6

    *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 Credits

    48

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