Masters in Counseling Psychology Program
with emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Clinical Counseling, and Depth Psychology
The Masters in Counseling Psychology Program
About the Masters in Counseling Psychology Program
Dedicated to offering students unique and evidenced-based comprehensive training in the art of marriage, family, and individual psychotherapy and professional clinical counseling with an appreciation for the systemic and immeasurable dimensions of the psyche.
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 of the California LMFT exams. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences reports that 85% of the Pacifica graduates taking the MFT standard written exam from 1/1/2015-6/30/2015 passed the exam, which ranks higher than the state average of 65% for that time period.
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
Research studies prepare students to explore and contribute to the continuing development of scholarship within the marriage and family therapy, professional clinical counseling, and depth psychological tradition. This underlying emphasis invites a curiosity about the psyche and encourages respect for the diversity of life and human experience. Supervised practicum traineeship provides students the opportunity to apply clinical counseling techniques in a clinical setting. Students continue to learn multi-theoretical perspectives and supervisory styles while working with individuals, couples, families, and groups. 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 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.
- Determine and implement effective interventions and evidence-based treatment plans and demonstrate knowledge of family systems theories and apply understanding to case conceptualization assessment, and treatment in clinical practice.
- Enhance client functioning and well-being via multi-culturally sensitive referrals and collaborative treatment team consultations.
- Understand individual, systemic, community, political, and biologic aspects of diversity and demonstrate knowledge and respect for diversity.
- Assess, diagnose, and treat the symptoms and characteristics of behavioral addictions, substance use, and dependence.
- Students are knowledgeable and apply evidence based assessment procedures to client cases and demonstrate awareness of community mental health and diversity related considerations.
- Apply current legal and ethical standards and guidelines while working with diverse populations and demonstrate knowledge and application of legal and ethical standards in scholarly work and supervised practicum as they pertain to marriage and family therapy and professional clinical counseling.
- Students will identify and integrate systemic depth psychological perspectives of human interaction and demonstrate competence in the field of marriage and family therapy and professional clinical counseling.
- Demonstrate an evolving capacity to self-assess and articulate one's own strengths.
Counseling Psychology Scholarship Programs
- The Education Assistance Scholarship is sponsored by Pacifica Graduate Institute and offered to new and returning students based on extreme financial hardship and strong academic excellence. Awards are made annually at the beginning of each academic year. The award is $1,000 to be equally divided over the academic year. For students in the Masters in Counseling Psychology Program, enrolled in the 3rd year, the award is $500. This scholarship is not renewable and students must apply each academic year.
- The Founders Scholarship is sponsored by Pacifica Graduate Institute and offered to newly admitted students entering the Masters in Counseling Psychology Program based on extreme financial hardship and strong academic excellence. The Founders Scholarship will be awarded to 4 students in the amount of $4,000 and is renewable provided recipients meet the required 3.5 cumulative grade point average.
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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.