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MA Counseling Psychology and Wellness

Master’s of Arts in Counseling Psychology and Wellness

Online option available

Accreditation & Approval

Evaluated and approved by the BBS
The Counseling Psychology and Wellness, MA program is approved by the state of California’s Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) for both LPCC and LMFT licensure requirements.

Regionally accredited by WSCUC
Weimar University is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WSCUC). The Counseling Psychology and Wellness, MA program was approved by WSCUC in August 2020 for face-to-face courses. Weimar University has received WSCUC approval for this program to be fully online as of August 2021.

Program Overview

The MA program in Counseling Psychology and Wellness upholds Weimar University’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 University 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

Course Work: 60 units (All courses are required):

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

 

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 University; 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 University 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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Lifespan Development (3 Credits)

From conception to old age, this course explores focuses on the biological, psychological, and social developmental issues and milestones for each stage of the lifespan, paying particular attention to the aspects of context, culture, and environmental issues. Topics include, but are not limited to: parenting style (child guidance), social contexts, social stress, poverty, low educational attainment, abuse and neglect, gender and family issues salient to relationships, separation, nontraditional and blended families and inadequate housing and how these affect development. Issues of aging and long-term care are included.

Moral Identity and Faith as a Counselor (3 Credits)

This course explores the formation of the student therapist’s identity as a counselor within the framework of Christianity and how this plays out in a secular world of counseling. This course presents philosophical and ethical perspectives integral to the understanding of the contemporary psychologies. Students learn how to analyze the ethical bias of psychotherapeutic psychologies, identify their underlying philosophical assumptions, and develop an appreciation for the moral components in individual, marital, and family identity formation. Also included will be a workshop to enhance spiritual development.

Christian Counseling and Psychotherapy: Basic Theories and Skills (3 Credits)

This course develops an understanding of the major theoretical orientations used by current practitioners, focusing on systemic approaches. Theories provide a coherent framework for understanding how people change. This course will highlight the Biblical understanding of how change takes place. This course covers the concepts and techniques associated with the primary theories of counseling psychology: psychodynamic, existential-humanistic, cognitive-behavioral, and post-modern; in contrast with wholistic counseling techniques. Also included are the evidence-based treatments, limitations, and outcome research associated with each concept. The course also highlights cultural and spiritual diversity as it applies to the therapeutic process and awareness of the self, interpersonal issues, and spiritual values as they impact the use of theoretical frameworks. This course also introduces the student to basic skill in attending behavior, clinical interviewing and clinical intervention. Finally, this foundational course clarifies key issues in human nature and prepares the student for developing a worldview that is consistent with their theological and spiritual orientation.

Advanced Counseling Theory (3 Credits)

This course will examine several individuals, and family approaches for counseling. The development of specific behavioral, cognitive, humanistic/experiential, psychodynamic and systemic frameworks will be deconstructed. Student will distinguish Christian approach of addressing individual and family concerns. Students will be involved in experiential activities designed to relate the observation, demonstration and practice to research-based explanations. In this course, we will consider how each approach is used in clinical, school, and marriage and family counseling applications. Training in the use of the therapeutic relationship will be a focus for understanding and intervening with clients.

Group Processes in Counseling (3 Credits)

This course introduces students to the theory and practice of group counseling with children, adults, families, and couples. The course focuses on basic group counseling theory including therapeutic group factors, stages of group development, and principles of commonly accepted and research-based group interventions. The course will cover different types of groups, such as support, psycho-educational, and process groups; the tasks, skills, and qualities of effective group leaders; roles of group members; and legal and ethical issues pertaining to groups, group leaders; roles of group members; and legal and ethical issues pertaining to groups. Importance is placed on responsibilities and skills and cultural considerations. Emphasis on small and large group processes and involvement in experiential activities is designed to relate the clinical process to theoretical explanations. Throughout, there is an emphasis on group work within community mental health settings.

Child and Adolescent Counseling (3 Credits)

This course provides an understanding of the broad range of childhood and adolescent problems and maladjustment behaviors. A variety of psychotherapeutic modalities are presented, providing the student with an opportunity to develop knowledge of basic child and adolescent therapy skills, assessments, and treatment strategies. The impact of the development aspects, family dynamics, social environments, and multicultural issues are addressed. In addition, legal and ethical issues and the role of hospitalization are considered.

Addictions Counseling and Treatment (3 Credits)

This course covers the prevention, assessment, and treatment of substance abuse/dependence, behavioral addictions, and co-occurring conditions. Theories of etiology, populations at risk, and the role of persons and systems in supporting or compounding abuse/addiction are discussed. The course reviews the cognitive, affective, behavioral, and neurological effects of psychoactive drug use and the impact of addiction on the family system. Best practices for the screening, assessment, and treatment of addictions and co-occurring behaviors are covered as well as community resources for individuals and family members. Additional focus will be placed on developing understanding of Recovery Oriented Care, social and psychological implications of socioeconomic position, and cultural awareness and competencies.

Counseling Diverse Populations (3 Credits)

This course focuses on the intersection and convergence of culture, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability, socioeconomic status, religion, acculturation, and chronological age and how these inform effective mental health care. The goal is to increase awareness of multiple dimensions of diversity in order to prepare students to work sensitively and effectively with California’s multi-cultural population. Attention also is given to issues of privilege, marginality, and oppression, including sexism, racism, classism, ableism, ageism, and heterosexism. Theoretical perspectives on multicultural counseling will be examined as well as strategies for intervention and advocacy. This course will focus on eliminating biases, prejudices, and processes of intentional and unintentional oppression and discrimination. Throughout, effective strategies for communicating about emotionally charged material is emphasized.

Couples and Family Counseling: Post-Modern (3 Credits)

This course continues the study of the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of individuals, couples, and families using interactional and brief models. This course provides advanced training in the theories and techniques of modern and post-modern schools of family therapy including Cognitive Behavioral, Behavioral, Solution-Focused, and Narrative Therapy. Also included are the evidence-based treatments, outcome research, and limitations associated with each theory. Specific family issues addressed include: transition to parenthood, parenting young and school-age children, household division of labor, and blended families. Throughout, careful attention is paid to the historical and cultural context in which the theories were developed and the implications for working with diverse populations in recovery-oriented community mental health settings.

Christian Counseling and Psychotherapy: Advanced Techniques (3 Credits)

This course is designed to further develop the psychotherapeutic skills of students prior to their entry into a clinical placement. Students focus on developing proficiency in the core interviewing qualities, deriving goals for a clinical session, and in making contracts with clients for change. Additionally, students are encouraged to begin developing a theoretical and conceptual understanding of cases and trained to work with diverse populations. Students are also encouraged to address issues regarding the integration of their faith with the practice of psychotherapy.

Assessment of Individuals, Couples, and Families (3 Credits)

This course examines the application of psychological instruments to the assessment of individuals, couples, and families. Fundamentals of psychological assessment are reviewed including standardized and non-standardized testing approaches, basic statistical concepts, and moral, ethical and cultural considerations in assessment. The course will also provide an overview of issues related to cognitive assessment, achievement, aptitude, and neuropsychological assessment. Emphasis will also be on clinical, behavioral, and personality assessment.

Knowing God Better Through Career Development: Theories and Techniques (3 Credits)

This course prepares students to address the intersections of career, values, and life roles in the context of career counseling and responding to career and work-related issues

for majority and marginalized groups. Students will gain core knowledge of major career development theories; examine the implications of sociocultural factors on career development, work transitions, and the career counseling process; gain experience with career counseling assessments and resources; and become familiar with current career development literature.

Crisis and Trauma Counseling (3 Credits)

Students will develop a foundation for assessing and treating post-trauma reactions in adults along with an overview of trauma responses in children. We will begin by reviewing the variety of trauma populations followed by in-depth instruction on the mechanism of development major trauma concerns. The assessment and intervention of post-trauma conditions will be identified. Next, we will address clinical interventions including disaster mental health and exposure-based treatment. Finally, we will review issues affecting therapists working with trauma populations and self-care strategies to prevent compassion fatigue.

Research and Evaluation in Counseling (3 Credits)

The goal of this course is to enable students to become informed consumers of psychological research and to use current research knowledge and tools to improve treatment outcomes. Students will explore methods and issues associated with the conduct and use of research concerning phenomena relevant to counseling psychology. The course provides an overview of hypothesis generation, research design, data collection and interpretation, and utilization of research findings in clinical practice, while considering systemic and sociocultural influences. Students will review seminal research findings including research on specific treatments and common factors across treatments that improve therapy outcome. The course also provides students with assessment tools for evaluating mental health programs and the effectiveness of one’s own clinical practice. Emphasis is given to helping students become knowledgeable consumers of research, including the use of research to inform evidence-based practice.

Clinical Neuroscience and Psychopharmacology (3 Credits)

Fulfills the California Board of Behavioral Sciences requirement for surveying the use of pharmacological agents in patient care. This course provides a basic overview of neurobiology in order to understand the biological bases of behavior and the psychopharmacological treatment of mental disorders. The course includes information about commonly prescribed psychiatric medications for children and adults – indications, contraindications, mechanisms of action, side effects, drug-drug interactions, iatrogenics, and variability related to age, gender, ethnicity, and medical condition. Students will learn how to work cooperatively and effectively with clients, family members, and prescribing clinicians. Additionally, controversies related to the medical model and to specific prescribing practices will be explored.

Psychopathology & Diagnostic Processes (3 Credits)

This course examines the major types of psychopathology. It explores techniques of intake interviewing and determining mental status to formulate a differential diagnosis based upon the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Students will also recognize and understand the controversial history of the development of the DSM. The

course also includes a critical examination of the clinical and experimental literature in psychopathy. Etiologies of cognitive/affective functions and dysfunctions and implications for therapeutic intervention are also addressed.

Human Sexuality and Sex Therapy (3 Credits)

This course will provide students with an understanding of human sexual development with a particular focus upon sexuality counseling from a systems perspective. The goal of this course is to learn about the many facets of human sexuality and the treatment of sexual dysfunctions in a safe and respectful environment. Topics include the physiology, psychology, and sociology of sexuality, including the effects of sexual attitudes and functioning on individuals and families. Gender Identity and LGBTQ and sexual perspectives will be reviewed. Clinical applications, including the treatment of sexual difficulty and dysfunction will also be explored. Students will develop familiarity with the language and terms of sexology and demonstrate an ability to apply this knowledge to clinical situations. Finally, students will explore the above with a framework of Christian compassion and love, exploring how God created sex to be beneficial. A review of AIDS, HIV, and STDs will be given.

Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in Counseling (3 Credits)

This course introduces students to the legal, ethical, and moral issues related to the practice of LPCC and MFT in the state of California. This course focuses on contemporary professional law and ethics and moral dilemmas related to counseling practice. Students review statutory, regulatory, and decisional laws related to the scope of therapy practice, including confidentiality, privilege, reporting requirements, family law, and the treatment of minors. Professional codes of ethics (ACA, AAMFT/ CAMFT, and APA) will be reviewed. California law that is relevant to the practice of counseling will be examined including goals and objectives of professional organizations, standards of training, licensure, and the rights and responsibilities of professional counselors. Case examples will be discussed. Consideration is also given to the student practitioner’s values and behaviors, especially in relation to becoming a Christian therapist.

Practicum in Counseling (6, 3 per term)

The purpose of this course is to develop counseling competencies when working with a variety of clients with unique presenting concerns. Specifically, the focus will be on your ability to engage your clients in treatment, establish a working alliance, identify dysfunctional patterns, and use either general strategies or ECBIS strategies to facilitate change. You will work toward the development of a personally acceptable and professionally effective style of establishing and working in helping relationships. We will work toward helping you to examine your behaviors and rationales and to modify for greater effectiveness.

Course Prerequisites:
This is the terminal course for the program and will run concurrently with a weekly seminar that will address issues in counseling practice.