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Master's in Counseling Psychology
Imagination is more important than knowledge.Albert Einstein
The Master’s in Counseling Psychology curriculum builds on the core curriculum of the first two years emphasizing clinical courses as well as core courses that support the student’s evolving relationship to professional practice. The Master’s in Counseling Psychology meets the educational requirements of the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Senate Bill 33, Section 4980.36 of the Business and Professions Code (MFT). This degree also meets the educational requirements of the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Senate Bill 788, Section 4999.33 of the Business and Professions Code for the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).
The Masters in Counseling Psychology builds cumulatively upon the MA curriculum and entails the following elements:
- To develop leadership capacities which further professional engagement with the professions of Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling.
- To identify individual concerns and shadow issues relative to legal and ethical aspects of the helping professions and to apply legal and ethical principles to dilemmas that arise in psychological work involving conflicting values.
- To demonstrate the ability to apply psychotherapeutic theories and methods directly related to Marriage and Family Therapy and to Professional Clinical Counseling.
- To articulate principles of the Recovery Model and client advocacy in public systems of care, as well as the understanding of how poverty and social stress impact psychological states and well-being.
- To identify the strengths and limitations of different approaches to psychotherapy for specific clients, issues, and situations and to develop skills for working with trauma, anxiety, depression, and other states of psychological distress within individuals, couples, families, and groups.
- Students are required to complete 105 credits (940 hours) of coursework over 11 quarters. Also, a 340 hours traineeship, including a minimum of 280 direct service hours, must be completed.
- After completing all coursework, students are required to pass written and oral comprehensive examinations.
- Forty hours of personal therapy in an individual, couple, family, or group setting are required. In some cases, this experience may be obtained prior to enrollment in Meridian's graduate program.
- Students have a maximum of six years to complete their Master's in Counseling Psychology degree from their initial date of enrollment.
Please consult the Academic Catalog for the curriculum overview, course descriptions, and clinical licensure information relevant to the M.A. in Counseling Psychology.