M.A. in Counseling PsychologyCurrently Accepting Applications for Fall 2016
Classes begin in September
with emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Clinical Counseling, and Depth Psychology
Becoming a Licensed Therapist at Pacifica
About the Counseling Psychology Program
For over three decades, Pacifica's M.A. Program in Counseling Psychology has offered distinctive and comprehensive training in the art, science, and practice of marriage and family therapy, and professional clinical counseling. As preparation for licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling, this rigorous academic program emphasizes both theoretical understanding and experiential training in clinical skills. Pacifica students have outstanding pass rates for the California LMFT exams.
Students in the Counseling Psychology Program pursue two and a half years of coursework in Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Clinical Counseling, Theory and Praxis, and Humanities and Depth Traditions
Clinical Practicum and Research courses contribute to an integrated program of study. This underlying emphasis invites a curiosity about the psyche and encourages respect for the diversity of life and human experience. Interdisciplinary courses in literature, mythology, religion, and culture deepen students' ability to link archetypal themes to sociopolitical and personal issues in the lives of individuals, families, and communities.
Students who choose to focus on specific areas of interest such as somatic studies, mythology, music therapy, or expressive art therapy will be mentored through their integration process by faculty members experienced in those respective fields.
Students in the M.A. Counseling Psychology Program learn to:
- Become proficient in theoretical orientations that offer perspective and provide meaning to systemic patterns and human behavior.
- Demonstrate process and clinical skills.
- Understand and apply evidence-based clinical assessment procedures.
- Identify underlying psychological and systemic dynamics of human interaction.
- Enhance client functioning and well-being via multi-culturally sensitive networking.
- Understand individual, systemic, community, political, and biologic aspects of diversity.
- Assess, diagnose, and treat the symptoms and characteristics of behavioral addictions, substance use, and dependence.
- Evaluate, integrate, and apply evidence-based, recovery-oriented, and depth psychological approaches to scholarly research and writing.
- Apply current legal and ethical standards and guidelines to diverse populations.
- Interpret psychological meaning in cultural expressions of myth, literature, and religious traditions.
- Demonstrate an evolving capacity to self-assess and articulate one's own strengths.
Featured Blog Posts
- 2015 MA Counseling Psychology Thesis Presentation Titles
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For Program Goals in the M.A. in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Clinical Counseling, and Depth Psychology program, see this PDF. For Academic Program Information see this PDF. All of Pacifica Graduate Institute's degree programs are accredited by the Western Association of School and Colleges (WASC) and the Department of Education to offer financial aid.