Course Descriptions: Masters in Counseling Psychology
PROFESSIONAL CLINICAL COUNSELING AND MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY COURSES
Counseling and Psychotherapeutic Theories and Techniques CP 501, 2.5 Units
This course introduces students to the theory and practice of psychotherapy, marriage and family therapy, and professional clinical counseling and how theories and techniques serve clinically therapeutic interventions with couples, families, adults, children, and groups. To provide a thorough cultural and historical perspective, this course includes: counseling processes as they exist in a multicultural society; an orientation to wellness and prevention; counseling theories to assist in selection of appropriate counseling interventions; models of counseling consistent with current professional research and practice; training in multidisciplinary responses to crises, emergencies, and disasters. The course traces the development of psychotherapy from precursors in ancient and indigenous culture to the contemporary Western world. Both the profession and vocation of being a psychotherapist are considered, and the fundamental assumptions of the main theories that define contemporary psychotherapy. This course examines: Person-Centered therapy, Gestalt, Cognitive Behavior, Feminist, Post-Modern and Depth Psychological approaches.
Professional Skills Development I.A., I.B., I.C., I.D. CP 565, CP 566, CP 567, CP 568, .25 Unit each
The online courses CP 565, CP 566, CP 567 and CP 568 are designed to assist students in developing knowledge of California state educational and licensure requirements for applicant eligibility as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and/or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Each course builds upon the previous one, and must be taken in sequential order as prerequisites to enter Professional Skills Development II.A., II.B., II.C., II.D., and CP 610. Throughout the series of Professional Skills Development courses students will learn to recognize the value of continuing education in advanced clinical training, while developing knowledge that will assist them to professionally prepare and manage their trainee experience at an approved practicum site.
Human Growth and Development CP 520, 2 Units
Human growth and development are addressed in order to understand diverse approaches to developmental stages and issues across the lifespan, with particular emphasis paid to developmental crises, psychopathology and the situational and environmental factors that affect both normal and abnormal behavior and development. The socio-cultural context of development and of theories about development will be emphasized, as well as the impact of socioeconomic status and other contextual issues affecting social position. Biological, social, cognitive, and psychological aspects of aging and development will be addressed within the context of depth psychotherapy.
Geropsychology and Long Term Care CP 526, 1 Unit
This online course examines psychological, social, biological, and cognitive aspects of the aging process including theories of aging, developmental tasks of older life, normative changes in memory versus disease processes, ageism, sexuality and intimacy in later life, life review, end of life and grief, diversity in aging, and myths and misconceptions about the elderly. Assessment, diagnostic formulation, and treatment planning guidelines are explored in working with the elderly and their significant others regarding housing, health care options, long term care needs, and end of life issues.
Ethics and the Law: Child Abuse Assessment and Treatment CP 525, 1 Unit
This course provides a comprehensive overview of the ethics and laws regarding child abuse assessment, reporting, and intervention pertaining to clinical practice. This course integrates an understanding of various cultures and the social and psychological implications of socioeconomic status, as well as the principles of mental health recovery oriented care, and methods of service delivery in recovery-oriented practice environments.
Psychopathology CP 502, 4.5 Units
The history and varieties of psychopathology in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders are studied in this course. Mental illness, several mental disorders, and co-occurring disorders, are examined with an understanding of the social and psychological implications of socioeconomics, age, gender, and other cultural matters that affect social position and social stress. Systemic dysfunction in relationships and families are evaluated to develop awareness of psychopathology in a relational context. Suicidality in relation to mental illness and disorder, including risk and assessment, is explored. In the spirit of Freud’s drives and conflicts, and Jung’s “the gods are in the diseases,” suffering and the soul are explored in the tradition of depth and developmental psychology.
Family Systems and Domestic Violence CP 605, 1.5 Units
This course introduces family systems and psychodynamic concepts and theories, with an emphasis on spousal or partner abuse assessment, detection, prevention, and intervention strategies. Coursework includes development of safety plans, identification of community resources, awareness of cultural factors, and same gender abuse dynamics. Ethical considerations are explored and the activation of community and familial support are considered as they impact effective prevention and treatment.
Multicultural Counseling Theories and Techniques CP 530, 2.5 Units
Recognizing and honoring cultural diversity is now accepted as an essential component to any effective psychotherapeutic process. Today’s psychotherapist must have an understanding of cultural factors in working with an increasing culturally diverse population. However, creating a psychotherapeutic container that is considerate and relevant of cultural issues, as well as differences, can be quite a challenge. This course is designed as a dialog to give the student an introduction to how various cultural backgrounds influence psyche. The intention of the course is to engender an appreciation for the cultural diversity in the therapist as well as their patients. In addition, this course will present practical tools for dealing with cultural diversity in clinical practice through the use of role-plays, vignettes, and a written self-assessment.
Professional Orientation: Ethics and the Law CP 523, 3.5 Units
This course provides an in-depth consideration of legal and ethical issues related to the development of an ethical conscience in order to recognize, examine, respond, and apply legal and ethical considerations to professional practice. The course includes contemporary professional ethics and statutory, regulatory, and decisional laws that delineate the scope of practice of marriage and family therapy and professional clinical counseling. Professional behavior and ethics are applied to the differences in legal and ethical standards for different types of work settings. The course focuses on the current legal patterns and trends in the mental health professions, including psychotherapist-patient privilege, confidentiality, patients dangerous to self or others, and the treatment of minors with and without parental consent. Child abuse assessment and reporting as well as suicide and homicide prevention and intervention are emphasized. This course concentrates attention on the recognition and exploration of the relationship between a practitioner’s sense of self and human values, functions, and relationships with other human service providers, strategies for collaboration, and advocacy processes needed to address institutional and social barriers that impede access, equity, and success for clients. Case vignettes expand students’ conceptualization of the ethical and legal concerns in a variety of potential situations, including but not limited to mandated reporting laws and professional standards of conduct.
Group Counseling Theories and Techniques I CP 527, 1.5 Units
This course focuses on theories, principles, and methods of a variety of psychotherapeutic orientations related to group counseling. This includes principles of group dynamics, group process components, and therapeutic factors of group work. Special emphasis will be placed on individual and interpersonal dynamics of therapy groups fostering resilience and the improvement, restoration, and maintenance of healthy relationships. Class participation in an extensive group experience is designed to further the understanding of group interaction and strengthen facilitator skills.
Advanced Theories and Techniques: Human Sexuality CP 522, 1 Unit
This course focuses on the development of a therapeutic approach that appreciates the diversity of human sexual expression, advances the assessment and treatment of psychosexual dysfunction with emphasis on resiliency and recovery-oriented care, and examines the physiological, psychological, and socio-cultural variables associated with sexual behavior and gender identity.
Community Mental Health Counseling I CP 607A, 3 Units
These courses will explore how the depth psychological traditions enhance community mental health service delivery. Each course builds upon the previous one, and must be taken in sequential order. They address the theories and skills required in contemporary community mental health settings, including recovery-oriented treatment for people with severe mental illness, disaster and trauma response, services for survivors of abuse, case management, client advocacy and empowerment, home-based and school-based services, bilingual client services, a collaborative approach to treatment, and knowledge of community resources. These courses provide a practical overview of public and private systems of care as well as opportunities to explore populations with severe mental illness. Special attention is also paid to the assessment and treatment of acute suicidality and suicidal ideation.
Community Mental Health Counseling II CP 607B 1.5 Units
This course will further explore how the depth psychological traditions enhance community mental health service in terms of wellness and prevention, as well as response to crisis and trauma, with a focus on whole communities. Maintaining a multicultural lens, the course will look at multidisciplinary responses to crises, emergencies, and disasters, as well as the effects of chronic problems that affect the psychological well-being of a community. We will explore models of counseling consistent with current professional research and practice, as well as helping the student formulate a personal model of counseling that is congruent with personal values and strengths. The course will provide opportunities to meet and hear from consumers and professionals who have first-hand experience with community mental health. Prerequisite: CP 607A
Professional Skills Development II.A., II.B., II.C., II.D. CP 665, .2 Unit; CP 666, .25 Unit; CP 667, .25 Unit; CP 668, .25 Unit
The online Professional Skills Development II.A., II.B., II.C., and II.D. courses are designed to complement the Clinical Practice I, II, and III course lectures, experiential exercises, and assignments in which students continue to refine and apply the course curriculum and their assessment, diagnostic, and treatment skills to the approved and supervised practicum site experience within their community. Each course builds upon the previous one, and must be taken in sequential order. The supervised practicum integrates a multi-theoretical approach to marriage and family therapy and professional clinical counseling through clinical application and provides students with an introduction to the scope and practice of Licensed Professional Clinical Counseling and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy. Pass/ No Pass. Perquisites: CP 568 for CP 665; CP 665 for CP 666; CP 666 for CP 667; CP 667 for CP 668
Marriage, Family and Relationship Counseling I, II CP 601, CP 602, 3 Units each
Students complete coursework in theories, principles, and evidence-based/informed methods of assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of marriage, domestic partnership, and family while developing a working knowledge of systemic organization. Each course builds upon the previous one, and must be taken in sequential order. These courses examine how these theories and principles can be applied therapeutically with individuals, couples, same sex couples, families, children, adolescents, and groups to improve, restore, and maintain resiliency in relationships. Course content includes life span issues, genealogy, ethnicity, and cultural factors that affect individuals, pre-marital couples, couples, and families. Students will develop and cultivate theoretical, metaphorical, and experiential knowledge for application in the context of relationship theory. The psychological, psychotherapeutic, and health implications that arise within couples, families, adolescence, adulthood, marriage, divorce, blended families, intercultural families, and step parenting are also investigated. Students learn to integrate depth psychology as it applies to marriage and family therapy and professional clinical counseling. Prerequisites: CP 517, CP 523 for CP 601; CP 517, CP 601 for CP 602
Psychological Assessment I, II CP 630A, 2.5 Units; CP 630B, 2 Units
These courses cover psychological assessment, appraisal, and testing of children, adults, couples, and families, including basic concepts of standardized and non-standardized tests, norm-referenced and criterion referenced assessment, statistical concepts, test theory and construction, and the appropriate and ethical use of assessment for those from diverse backgrounds and within diverse settings including community mental health. Each course builds upon the previous one, and must be taken in sequential order. Coursework includes how to select, administer, score, and interpret tests, instruments, and other tools designed to measure attributes, abilities, aptitude, achievement, interests, personal characteristics, disabilities, and mental, emotional functioning and behavior. Students are familiarized with neuro-psychological tests, intelligence and personality tests, and psychological reports. Qualitative analysis and mythic inquiry are explored within a depth psychological perspective. Prerequisite: CP 630A for CP 630B
Counseling in Substance Use Disorders, Co-occurring Disorders and Behavioral Addictions I, II CP 660A, 3 Units; CP 660B, 1.5 Units
Theories, skills, and techniques of bio-psycho-social therapy for substance use disorders are studied in these courses. Each course builds upon the previous one, and must be taken in sequential order. Students learn models for assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of substance use disorders, behavioral addiction, and co-occurring disorders. Coursework includes the study of at-risk populations, community resources, the role of support persons and support systems, follow-up programs for the affected person and family, methods for prevention and relapse prevention, and the legal and medical issues related to substance use disorders and behavioral addictions. Students learn how to work with both sides of the therapeutic relationship and through motivational interviewing techniques to increase conditions which support change in substance user. The relationship of alcohol and drugs to the functions of the psyche allows for the study of substance use and abuse in psychological depth. Prerequisite: CP 660 A for CP 660 B
Child Psychotherapy CP 532, 1.5 Units
This course covers the history and treatment of childhood disorders including learning, behavioral, and emotional problems. Emphasis is placed on imaginative processes and expressive techniques useful in psychotherapy with children, such as drawings, sand tray, board games, puppets, and clay as well as analytical and phenomenological evaluations of the expressed content. Affective neuroscience with its recent attention to emotion, attachment, and child development, along with traditional play therapy and gestalt approaches to working with children, are integrated throughout the course. Students continue to increase their understanding of contextual issues such as the impact of culture, socioeconomics, and family systems in the treatment of children.
Group Counseling Theories and Techniques II CP 528, 2 Units
This course focuses on theories, principles, and methods of psychotherapeutic modalities related to group counseling. Each course builds upon the previous one, and must be taken in sequential order. Special emphasis will be placed on theories of developmental stages related to group work, group leadership styles and approaches, pertinent research and literature, and evaluation of effectiveness. In class participation in an extensive group experience is designed to further the understanding of group interaction and strengthen facilitator skills.
Cultural Psychology CP 511, 2 Units
Psychological experience, development, and pathology occur in a cultural context. This class examines cultural phenomena such as race, gender, age, sexual orientation, group affiliation, environment, socioeconomics, politics, violence, media, and education to illuminate how they affect the individual and the community. The intermingling of cultural and depth psychologies brings culture into the consulting room of counseling psychology and psyche to the world whereby individual souls are found to be interrelated and interdependent. Special emphasis is given to liberation psychology and strategies for recovery from dependence, building individual and community resilience to crisis, multidisciplinary approaches to research and intervention that limit social barriers to mental health services and other resources, advocacy for diverse populations, fostering social justice, and develop greater awareness of mental health consequences which result from bias and oppression.
Career Development I, II CP 608A, .75 Unit; CP 608B, 3.75 Units
This course examines career development theories and techniques, such as decision making models and interrelationships among, and between, work, family, and other life roles, including the role of multicultural issues. Students evaluate assessment tools for determining skills, values, interests, personality traits, psychological types, and archetypal categories. Emphasis is given to the importance of the relationship between work and vocation through the study of the organizational psyche and individual calling, destiny, and self-understanding.
Psychopharmacology I, II CP 670A, 2 Units; CP 670B, 2.5 Units
These courses cover the general principles of psychopharmacology, as well as an overview of the pertinent neurochemistry, and the appropriate use of psychoactive drugs. Each course builds upon the previous one, and must be taken in sequential order. They include the use of psychopharmacological agents in psychotherapy and their consequences as well as the relationship with prescribing professionals in medication management. All of the course material will be explored within the socio-political context of the client and/or their system.
Group Counseling Theories and Techniques III CP 529, 1 Unit
This course focuses on theories, principles, and methods of psychotherapeutic modalities related to group counseling. Each course builds upon the previous one, and must be taken in sequential order. Special emphasis will be placed on developing effective group leadership styles and approaches, and evaluation of effectiveness. In class participation in an extensive group experience is designed to further the student’s understanding of group interaction and strengthen facilitator skills.
THEORY AND PRAXIS COURSES
Counseling Skills: Process of Psychotherapy I, II, III CP 515, CP 516, CP 517, 3 Units each
The Counseling Skills courses occur in sequence and are designed to assist students in developing the personal and professional qualities and skills that are related to becoming effective mental health practitioners. Each course also introduces students to theoretical concepts, including those from the depth tradition, and clinical application related to special treatment issues and populations. Each course builds upon the previous one with successful completion of the earlier courses required for entrance into the subsequent courses. Students must pass an assessment of clinical readiness at the end of the final course in this sequence in order to progress to the clinical practicum. Prerequisites: CP 515 for CP 516; CP 516 for CP 517
Research in Psychology CP 620, .75 Unit
This course introduces students to the distinctive theory and practice of research in marriage and family therapy, professional clinical counseling, and depth psychology including designing and conducting qualitative research, quantitative research designs, and mixed methods at the conceptual level. The organic relationship between methodological approach, research questions, and research findings will be studied and students will be introduced to a conceptual overview of statistical analysis. An emphasis will be placed on the identification of research problems related to personal healing, collective healing, and human services with a depth psychological perspective. During this course students begin to organize their research for the Master’s Thesis. This course culminates in the submission of a library database and thesis interests/research question paper.
Clinical Practice I CP 610, 3 Units
The course material and discussion in Clinical Practice I introduce and elaborate upon the therapeutic work of Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, and depth-oriented counselors. Focus is placed on the temenos of the therapeutic container and the development of a therapeutic alliance through the utilization of specific techniques that include genuineness, positive regard, empathic attunement, active listening skills, and reflection. Coursework helps students develop skills to successfully complete intake assessments, and frame theory-based case formulation and treatment planning. Students are taught note-taking procedures, case reporting, case management, crisis intervention, and strategies for working with, and advocating for, diverse populations in community health settings. Application of the diagnostic process, including differential diagnosis, the use of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual, and family systems diagnostic procedures are covered through case discussion and case presentation. Students learn to integrate the art of depth psychotherapy by maintaining an awareness of the unconscious and its continuous healing and disruptive presence. Prerequisites: CP 517, CP 568
Clinical Practice II CP 611, 3 Units
The Clinical Practice II course continues the therapeutic work of Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, and depth oriented psychotherapists. Focus is placed on case formulation that utilizes an assessment approach to co-creating a treatment plan with the client. Students will gather information through a bio-psychosocial assessment to define or describe the clinical problem as it is evidenced in the particular client. Students will associate the client’s symptom pattern with diagnostic criteria in the DSM-5 (APA, 2013). Based on the defined clinical problem students will create treatment goals and interventions, as well as the selection of appropriate clinical strategies, and methods for evaluating the client’s treatment progress. Theory-based case formulation is introduced in a collaborative format, as well as training on multicultural competencies and diversity, and the system of care principles within the evidenced-based Recovery and Resiliency Models for mental health. The course addresses a clinical approach to the treatment of trauma to better understand how trauma is imprinted on the body, brain, and spirit. Simultaneously, professional skill development focus is on the clinical capacity to understand, appreciate, and facilitate a traumatized client’s resiliency and ability to heal. Prerequisite: CP 610
Clinical Practice III CP 612, 3 Units
The Clinical Practice III course continues the sequential focus on the practice of psychotherapy emphasizing the practical integration of depth psychology with the recovery model and other evidence-based treatment models that are utilized in community mental health settings. Particular attention is given in assisting students to refine assessment and diagnostic skills to master the elements that go into building treatment plans and intervention strategies that are commensurate with the practice of marriage and family therapy and professional clinical counseling standards. Students will present clinical cases from their respective practicum sites utilizing a variety of theoretical orientations and receive specific feedback to improve skills in assessment and diagnosis, clinical interventions, and tracking progress of treatment. Attention is given to the psychodynamic process; group therapy principles and interventions; the internal supervision model; ethical, legal, and professional issues in practice; therapeutic efficacy; the process of termination; and the vocations of marriage and family therapy, professional clinical counseling, and depth psychotherapy. Prerequisites: CP 610, CP 611
Clinical Practice IV CP 613, 1 Unit
In this online course, students continue to refine assessment, diagnostic, and treatment skills. Each course in the Clinical Practice Sequence builds upon the previous one with successful completion of the earlier courses required for entrance into the subsequent courses. The importance of administrative and clinical management of client files, case notes, and other documentation is emphasized, as well as mastering a working knowledge of law, ethics, and HIPPA that regulates client confidentiality and privilege. Students will also learn self-care practices for therapists.
Clinical Practice V CP 614, 1 Unit
In the CP 614 online course, students continue their professional development in the vocations of Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Clinical Counseling, and community mental health service delivery systems. Each course in the Clinical Practice Sequence builds upon the previous one with successful completion of the earlier courses required for entrance into the subsequent courses. Students will develop a working knowledge of community mental health, client advocacy, and diverse populations. To assist the student in career preparation for community mental health work and/or the management of professional practice, the distinction and understanding between clinical supervision and clinical consultation will be further refined.
Clinical Practice VI CP 615, 1 Unit
Clinical Practice VI explores the core professional values of the counseling profession. Students will consider both law and ethics that govern the practice of marriage and family therapy, and professional counseling. Professional expectations include the principles and standards for ethical practice described in the AAMFT (2015) Code of Ethics, the ACA (2014) Code of Ethics, and the CAMFT (2011) Code of Ethics. Ethical standards are rules of practice upon which the marriage and family therapist, and professional counselor is obliged and judged. These ethical codes are designed to establish expectations of conduct and assist members in constructing a course of action that best serve those utilizing mental health services. Students will complete the Clinical Practice I – VI series of courses by passing the Comprehensive Written Exam in Module VIII. Prerequisites: CP 612, CP 613, CP 614
Seminar in Directed Research I.A. CP 650A, .3 Unit
Students enroll in this course in the fall quarter of the second year. Students explore specific research designs and qualitative approaches that involve library literacy and an imaginative approach to a research problem and research question grounded in marriage and family therapy and professional clinical counseling. Students engage in research related to the recovery model and incorporate a depth perspective in the integration of the material. This course is the second in the seven course research sequence of courses. Prerequisite: CP 620
Seminar in Directed Research I.B. CP 650B, .45 Unit
The transferential aspects of depth psychological research and the importance of research in advancing the professions of marriage and family therapy, professional clinical counseling, and depth psychology are presented and explored. Each course in the Research Sequence builds upon the previous one with successful completion of the earlier courses required for entrance into the subsequent courses. Reflection regarding the research question and healing is pursued. Students will explore specific research designs and qualitative methodological approaches that involve library literacy, an imaginative approach to a research question, and clinical applicability. This course culminates in the submission of the first draft of the methods section of the thesis and the first draft of the thesis outline which are submitted to the student’s Research Portfolio. Prerequisite: CP 620, CP 650 A
Seminar in Directed Research I.C. CP 650C, .3 Unit
Students will identify designs used in published research, and hone critical thinking skills in depth psychological research and methodology grounded in the fields of marriage and family therapy and professional clinical counseling. Each course in the Research Sequence builds upon the previous one with successful completion of the earlier courses required for entrance into the subsequent courses. This course focuses on the vocational aspects of depth psychological research and its impact on the clinical practice of marriage and family therapy and professional clinical counseling. The course culminates in the submission of the thesis outline in the student’s Research Portfolio. Prerequisite: CP 620, CP 650 AB
Seminar in Directed Research II.A. CP 651A, .75 Unit
The transferential aspects of depth psychological research and the importance of research in advancing the professions of marriage and family therapy, professional clinical counseling, and depth psychology are presented and explored. Methods of analysis needed for formative and summative program evaluation will be assessed inclusive of the depth perspective. The research and writing of the thesis is supervised by a Portfolio Thesis Advisor who guides the students through critiques of drafts of sections of the thesis assigned. Elements written by the student are archived in the student’s Research Portfolio. This course is the fifth in the seven course research sequence of courses. Prerequisites: CP 620, CP 650 ABC
Seminar in Directed Research II.B. CP 651B, 1 Unit
Students deepen their understanding of the vocational and transformational aspects of depth psychological research as a container for soul work and to foster individual, community, and cultural well-being grounded in marriage and family therapy and professional clinical counseling. All components of the thesis capstone project are assessed and refined. Research and writing is supported by the instructor and supervised by a Portfolio Thesis Advisor. Elements of the thesis are submitted to the Research Portfolio. This course is the sixth in the seven course research sequence of courses. Prerequisite: CP 620, CP 650 ABC, CP 651
Seminar in Directed Research II.C. CP 651C, 1 Unit
Supervision of research and writing of thesis. Successful completion of the course requires completion and submission of the thesis which is archived in the student’s Research Portfolio and approved by the Portfolio Thesis Advisor and Research Associate. The thesis is grounded in the fields of marriage and family therapy and professional clinical counseling and is published in ProQuest. This course is the seventh in the seven course research sequence of courses. Pass/No Pass. Prerequisite: CP 620, CP 650ABC, CP 651 AB
HUMANITIES AND DEPTH TRADITIONS COURSES
Introduction to the Theories of the Depth Tradition CP 534, 2 Units
The field of depth psychology is based on multiple historical, cultural, and theoretical perspectives. This course examines these perspectives and formulates an introductory understanding of the theories of depth psychology. Topics include the multidisciplinary role of myth and metaphor, the nature of the unconscious, multicultural approaches to wellness and prevention, contemporary theory and technique, and empirical evidence for efficacy of depth psychotherapy.
Depth Psychology Theory and Practice I: Analytical Psychology CP 541, 2 Units
This course introduces the foundational concepts and theories of analytical psychology including the ego, persona, shadow, anima and animus, typology complexes, transference, and countertransference. The personal and archetypal dimensions of the unconscious, the individuation process, the nature and function of psychopathology, and the role of dreams and active imagination are explored. The emphasis is on the application of these concepts to psychotherapeutic practice. Populations and specific treatment issues amenable to analytic approaches are examined. The contributions of C.G. Jung, as well as post-Jungian theorists, to the field of analytical psychology are appraised.
Depth Psychology Theory and Practice II A: Imaginal, and Archetypal Psychology A CP 542 A, 1.5 Units
Imaginal and archetypal psychology are examined for the ways in which they revision depth psychological approaches to therapy and culture. Consideration is given to the development of a poetic/metaphorical sensibility in confronting the complexity of psychological life. Emphasis is placed on moving from theory to practice specifically regarding the use of images to deepen clinical work.
Depth Psychology Theory and Practice II B: Imaginal, and Archetypal Psychology B CP 542 B, 1 Unit
This course explores James Hillman’s seminal work Re-Visioning Psychology, its motivations, legacy, and critical response within and beyond the field of depth psychology. Course content explores psyche’s history and movement within culture, the re-establishment of soul and soul-making as a central aspect of life, and the primacy of imagination. Special attention is given to the aesthetic, anti-humanist, and polytheistic attributes that inform archetypal psychology. Subsequently, the work itself is re-visioned as theory and practice are integrated by understanding the conceptual and performative aspects of imagining as it applies to the practice of both systemic and individual psychotherapy.
Depth Psychology Theory and Practice III: Archetypal Symbols and Dynamics in Psychotherapy ACP 543, 1 Unit
To be fully present to the polyphonic nature of experience and imagination, psychology must pay close attention to the perennial issues that guide the understanding of being human. This course develops knowledge of the archetypal dimensions of psychotherapeutic practice through interdisciplinary studies in the humanities. From the depth psychological perspective, the course explores ways in which mythology and literature reveal the complex metaphoric and symbolic nature of the human psyche and its search for meaning within the context of psychologically challenging experiences.
Depth Psychology Theory and Practice V: Archetypal Symbols and Dynamics in Psychotherapy B CP 545, 1 Unit
Building on Depth Psychology Theory and Practice III, we continue to develop a depth psychological application of the humanities to the archetypal dimensions of psychotherapy, including therapeutic relationships, psychopathology, therapeutic interventions, and healing. An interdisciplinary approach to specific treatment issues such as depression, psychosis, narcissism, anxiety and specific populations are explored.
Depth Psychology Theory and Practice VI: Somatic Psychotherapy CP 546, 1 Unit
Students will be introduced in this course to theories and therapeutic and depth psychological modalities that emphasize awareness of sensory, affective, cognitive, and imaginal impressions as manifestations of psyche in the sensed-felt-known field of the body. These impressions and images are manifestations of the prima material and ground somatic psychotherapy in depth psychology within the professions of marriage and family therapy and professional clinical counseling. The functional unity between mind and body as evidenced in recently published research in neuroscience will also be reviewed.