Degree Requirements: Masters in Counseling Psychology

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with emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Clinical Counseling, and Depth Psychology

Two comprehensive examinations and a master's thesis are to be completed in partial fulfillment of degree requirements. Students work closely with teh instructors of Clinical Practice and Directed Research courses during the second year fo the program in preparation for the comprehensive examinations and master's thesis processes. For a full description of all requirements, consult the current edition of the Pacifica Student Handbook.

The curriculum content areas required by the Board of Behavioral Sciences in the State of California are covered by the following Counseling Psychology Program courses. Each student is responsible for determining and remaining informed of licensure requirements in his or her own state.

Preparation for California Marriage and Family Therapy Licensure

The Counseling Psychology Program meets the requirements of the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Senate Bill 33, Section 4980.36 of the Business and Professional Code.

Applied Psychotherapeutic Techniques of Marriage and Family Therapy
CP 609, 610, 611, 612, 613, 614, 615, Clinical Practice I, II, III, IV, V, VI

Cross Cultural Mores and Values
CP 530 Multicultural Counseling Theories and Techniques
CP 511 Cultural Psychology

Human Communication
CP 515, 516, 517 Counseling Skills: Process of Psychotherapy I, II, III

Human Growth and Development
CP 520 Human Growth and Development

Human Sexuality
CP 522 Advanced Theories and Techniques: Human Sexuality

Aging and Long Term Care
CP 526 Geropsychology and Long Term Care

Family Violence
CP 605, Family Systems and Domestic Violence

Psychological Testing
CP 630 A, B Psychological Assessment I, II

Psychopathology
CP 502 Psychopathology

Research Methodology
CP 620 Research in Psychology
CP 650 A, B, C, Seminar in Directed Research I, A, B, C
CP 651 A,B, C, Seminar in Directed Research II, A, B, C

Theories of Marriage, Family and Child Counseling
CP 601, 602 Marriage, Family, and Relationship Counseling I, II
CP 527, 528, 529 Group Counseling Theories and Techniques I, II, III
CP 501 Counseling and Psychotherapeutic Theories and Techniques
CP 532 Child Psychotherapy

Alcohol and Drug Abuse
CP 660 A, B Counseling in Substance Use Disorders, Co-occurring Disorders and Behavioral Additions I, II

Psychopharmacology
CP 670 A, B Psychopharmacology I, II

Professional Ethics and Law
CP 523 Professional Orientation: Ethics and the Law

Child Abuse Assessment and Reporting
CP 525 Ethics and the Law: Child Abuse Assessment and Treatment

Community Mental Health
CP 607 A, B Community Mental Health Counseling I,II

Preparation for California Professional Clinical Counselor Licensure

The Counseling Psychology Program meets the requirements of the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Senate Bill 788, Section 4999.33 of the Business and Professional Code.

Core Courses

CP 501 Counseling and Psychotherapeutic Theories and Techniques

CP 534 Introduction to the Theories of the Depth Tradition

CP 520 Human Growth and Development

CP 532 Child Psychotherapy

CP 526 Geropsychology and Long Term Care

CP 608 A, B Career Development I, II

CP 527, 528, 529 Group Counseling Theories and Techniques I, II, III

CP 630 A, B Psychological Assessment I, II

CP 530 Multicultural Counseling Theories and Techniques

CP 511 Cultural Psychology

CP 502 Psychopathology

CP 620 Research in Psychology

CP 650 A, B, C Seminar in Directed Research I. A, B, C

CP 651 A, B, C Seminar in Directed Research II: A, B, C

CP 523 Professional Orientation, Ethics, and Law in Counseling

CP 525 Ethics and the Law: Child Abuse, Assessment, and Reporting

CP 670 A, B Psychopharmacology I, II

CP 660 A, B Counseling in Substance Use Disorders, Co-occuring Disorders in Behavioral Addictions, I, II

CP 607 A, B Community Mental Health Counseling I, II

CP 522 Advanced Theories and Techniques: Human Sexuality

CP 605 Family Systems and Domestic Violence

CP 565, 566, 567, 568 Professional Skills Development I: A, B, C, D

CP 665, 666, 667, 668 Professional Skills Development II: A, B, C, D

Advanced Coursework

CP 515, 516, 517 Counseling Skills: Process of Psychotherapy I, II, III

CP 601, 602 Marriage, Family, and Relationship Counseling I, II

Depth Psychology Theory And Practice

CP 541 Depth Psychology Theory and Practice I: Analytical Psychology

CP 542 Depth Psychology Theory and Practice II: Imaginal and Archetypal Psychology

CP 543 Depth Psychology Theory and Practice III: Archetypal Symbols and Dynamics in Psychotherapy A

CP 544 Depth Psychology Theory and Practice IV: Dreamwork in Clinical Practice

CP 545 Depth Psychology Theory and Practice V: Archetypal Symbols and Dynamics in Psychotherapy B

CP 546 Depth Psychology Theory and Practice VI: Somatic Psychotherapy

Supervised Practicuum

CP 609, 610, 611, 612, 613, 614, 615 Clinical Practice I, II, III, IV, V, VI


Degree Requirements - Requirements for Graduation

  1. Each student must complete a total of 93 quarter units in order to fulfill the unit requirement for graduation.
  2. A minimum grade of C is required in each completed course. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 must be maintained.
  3. Students must attend at least two-thirds of each course.
  4. Students must complete a Master's Thesis accepted by the faculty.
    Thesis Assessment Rubric
  5. Students must complete a minimum of a 300-hour practicum, including a minimum of 280 direct service hours.
  6. Students must participate in 50 hours of personal psychotherapy. A minimum of 20 hours must be completed by the end of the summer quarter.
  7. Students must pass the Comprehensive Examination.
    Assessment of Comprehensive Oral Exam: Rating Anchors (PDF)
    Assessment of Comprehensive Oral Exam: Rating Scale (PDF)

First Year Assessment
During the spring quarter of the students' first year, the faculty will assess each student's progress in process skills and readiness to begin a clinical practicum. The result of this assessment may include:

  1. Endorsement of the student's progress as satisfactory.
  2. Endorsement with reservation and recommendations.
  3. Recommendation that the student discontinues the program.

Practicum Requirement
During the second year of study, students are required to be actively engaged in a supervised practicum experience, approved by the administration, in order to be eligible to sit for Pacifica's Comprehensive Examinations. Students may complete the practicum as a trainee at a charitable social service agency, hospital, or other approved facility. The Institute's Clinical Practicum Department provides guidelines and consultation for students as they select practicum sites in their home settings. The choice of a culturally diverse site is encouraged.


The Comprehensive Examination and Master's Thesis
A comprehensive examinations and a master's thesis are to be completed in partial fulfillment of degree requirements. Students work closely with the instructors of Clinical Practice and Directed Research courses during the second year of the program in preparation for the Comprehensive Examinations and master's thesis processes. For a full description of all requirements, consult the current edition of the Pacifica Student Handbook.

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