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MA Counseling Psychology and Wellness

Master’s of Arts in Counseling Psychology and Wellness

(WSCUC Approval)

Program Overview

The MA program in Counseling Psychology and Wellness upholds Weimar Institute’s aim to “heal a hurting world” through healing and wholeness in mental health. The program delivers a broad range of counseling education and face-to-face experience with diverse clients enabling students to learn how to bring health and healing to the hurting. Through these courses, students will hone their critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, and integrative learning skills while using theory and knowledge of God in learning to assess, diagnose and treat clients. Students will become health evangelists while they develop their identity as a spiritual leader and a Christian counselor and will become effective communicators as they learn to “speak the truth in love” and “encourage and build one another up,” Ephesians 4:15; 1 Thessalonians 5:11. Students will grow as principled workers not just through the lecture classes, but also through the supervised practicum course with direct face-to-face contact with clients. Through this students will become “equipped…for the work of the ministry…edifying the body of Christ till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,” Ephesians 4:12, 13.

Specifically, the MA program is designed to meet the educational requirements of the state of California, as approved by the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS), and allows students to receive licensure as either a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) or a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).

This program requires:

  • Completion of 60 units; 2 years for completion
  • 600 hours of practicum: 280 of those hours must be direct client contact in a clinical setting counseling individuals, couples, families, or groups.
  • A comprehensive written and oral exam to be administered by the Weimar Institute Department of Education and Clinical Counseling.
  • An exit exam will be offered to each student: The National Clinical Mental Health Counselor
    Examination (NCMHCE), to be administered by the National Board for Certified Counselors
    (NBCC).

 

Occupational Opportunities

Licensed counselors can work in the public sector and non-profit settings like county mental health clinics, state agencies, child guidance clinics, substance abuse centers, group foster homes, school districts, hospitals and HMOs, in juvenile hall and prison settings. In addition, they may work in government, with veterans or with the military, both home and abroad. They can also work in the private sector where they are employed by companies, for-profit agencies, and private practices. Furthermore, licensed counselors may provide consultation to businesses and agencies. Many counselors choose to work with a specific population, such as with teenagers, the incarcerated, families and the elderly. Other career fields may include: spiritual life coaching, church counseling, and a wide variety of other health centers, agencies and organizations.

 

Programs Courses

Year 1: Semester 1 (15 credits)

›   PSYC 506 Lifespan Development 3

›   PSYC 507 Moral Identity and Faith as a Counselor3

›   PSYC 510 Christian Counseling & Psychotherapy: Basic Theories & Skills3

PSYC 524 Counseling Diverse Populations3

PSYC 589 Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in Counseling3

Year 1: Semester 2 (15 Credits)

›   PSYC 572 Psychopathology & Diagnostic Processes3

›   PSYC 540 Knowing God Better Through Career Development: Theories and Techniques3

›   PSYC 515 Advanced Counseling Theory3

›   PSYC 533 Assessment of Individuals, Couples, and Families3

›   PSYC 531 Christian Counseling and Psychotherapy: Advanced Techniques3

Year 2: Semester 1 (15 Credits)

›   PSYC 530 Couples and Family Counseling and Treatment3

›   PSYC 522 Addictions Counseling and Treatment3

›   PSYC 550 Crisis and Trauma Counseling 3

›   PSYC 562 Research and Evaluation in Counseling3

›   PSYC 590 Practicum in Counseling3

Year 2: Semester 2 (15 Credits)

›   PSYC 520 Child and Adolescent Counseling3

›   PSYC 575 Human Sexuality and Sex Therapy3

›   PSYC 518 Group Processes in Counseling3

›   PSYC 564 Clinical Neuroscience and Psychopharmacology3

›   PSYC 590 Practicum in Counseling3

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • PSLO #1
  • PSLO #2
  • PSLO #3
  • PSLO #4
  • PSLO #5
PSLO #1

Truth-centered Leaders in Counseling

Students will identify, develop, and articulate the connections that integrate the key concepts and techniques from assessing, diagnosing, counseling and treatment of individuals, couples and families within a coherent biblical framework and to promote mental health and well-being within the framework of the laws and ethics within the State of California and the moral law of God.

PSLO #2

Critical Thinkers in Therapy

Students will demonstrate the ability to reason, analyze and evaluate information in psychopathology across the lifespan and search out preventive and intervention methods for the purpose of forming a judgment/conclusion or for making an informed decision.

PSLO #3

Integrative Learners in Diversity

Students will demonstrate connections among concepts and experiences across classes and in applications to multiple cultures, sexual orientations, financial SES groups and races, & trauma and abuse victims, so that information and skills may be applied to complex issues and/or challenges, while maintaining a foundation upon Christ.

PSLO #4

Effective Communicators as Counselors

Students will demonstrate interpersonal skills such as integrity, sensitivity, insight and compassion in communicating with clients (personal), in oral and written formats for effective client-therapist interaction and report-making.

PSLO #5

Quantitative Reasoners in Therapy

Students will demonstrate quantitative reasoning skills and use it to analyze and interpret real-world quantitative information to draw conclusions relevant within the context of their Clinical Psychology studies.

Course Work

Students will complete a total of 60 units of coursework toward the degree; this should take a full-time student 2 years to complete. (See below for course plan and course descriptions).

Students will complete 6 units of Practicum thus completing 280 hours of direct client contact in a supervised clinical placement counseling individuals, couples, families, or groups. Practicum courses will include:

  • Applied use of theory & psychotherapeutic techniques
  • Assessment, diagnosis, and prognosis of individuals, couples and families
  • Treatment of individuals, couples and families
  • Dealing with issues of development, adjustment, and maladjustment
  • Health and wellness promotion & illness prevention
  • Professional writing, including documentation of services, treatment plans, and progress notes
  • Learning how to connect people with resources in the community that deliver quality service and support.
  • Counseling individuals, couples, and families in low income and multicultural mental health settings
  • Client-centered advocacy

 

Accreditation

Evaluated and approved by the BBS (pending)

Regionally accredited by WSCUC (pending)

Admission

Students will be admitted during the Fall semester. Admission requirements to enter the MA program in Clinical Psychology include:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
    • Students who have not yet completed a bachelor’s degree may be accepted to the program on the condition that they complete their bachelor’s degree prior to the start of the Master’s program.
    • Applicants with a degree in a language other than English must provide acceptable TOEFL scores.
  • 3.0 GPA within the last 45 units prior to graduation and all core courses for their undergraduate degree.
  • Demonstration of maturity and a desire to help heal a hurting world through a Christ-centered approach within the mental health field.
  • Official Transcripts
  • A letter of personal statement of faith and interest in counseling
  • 3 letters of recommendation (at least one from faculty and one from a work supervisor)
  • Interview with the department faculty

Comprehensive Exam

The comprehensive exam will be administered at the end of the 2nd year of the program and is comprised of both a written and oral portion. The written exam is consists of three sections: a) Theory, which requires the student to analyze a research article, b) Case study, which requires the student to evaluate a case study (specifically to assess and diagnose using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM 5)), and c) Treatment: which requires the student to create an appropriate treatment plan for the aforementioned case study. The oral exam will take approximately 1.5 hours. In this portion, the student will answer questions from a panel of faculty assessing accrued learning from the previous two years of study, and their ability to integrate multiple aspects of that learning and think critically in the moment. In addition, during the oral exam, students will be asked about their plans immediately after graduation. The student must pass both the written and oral portions of the comprehensive exam in order to successfully complete their degree and graduate from the program.

Exit Exam

The National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE) will be used as an exit exam for all students in the Counseling Psychology, MA program at Weimar Institute; this exam will be administered by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). The Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS), the board that licenses all therapists for the state of California, has adopted the NCMHCE as the licensure exam for California LPCCs. Therefore, this experience will allow students exposure to the exam prior to taking the exam for licensure. According to the NBCC website, “the NCMHCE consists of 10 simulated clinical mental health counseling cases. The simulations assess clinical problem-solving ability, including identifying, analyzing, diagnosing and treating clinical issues,” (nbcc.org/exams/ncmhce). It specifically assesses an examinee’s ability to gather appropriate data for decision-making and the ability to utilize that data to make judgments and decisions in order to solve clinical problems. Weimar Institute Clinical Psychology students will be required to take the NCMHCE exam prior to graduation; however, passing this exam is not a requirement for graduation.

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