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Master of Science in Counseling Course Descriptions

 

MSC101 | Introduction to Counseling Theories | 4 credits
Examine major theories of counseling including systems theories as well as resilience and recovery-based models. Explore counseling processes in a diverse society.

MSC1011 Professional Development Seminar I | 2 credits
This course introduces students to concepts, standards, and professional practices of graduate trainees and licensed mental health providers. Clinical topics such as mandated reporting, clinical charting, and risk assessment and crisis management are covered. This course meets each of the first four quarters of study.

MSC1020 Law and Ethics in Counseling | 4 credits
This course examines professional, legal, and ethical issues marriage and family therapists must integrate into their thinking and practice. Laws and regulations relevant to practice as a MFT as well as the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapy code of ethics will be reviewed. Ethical issues relevant to practice with people with diverse and intersecting identifies will be considered.

MSC1030 Social and Cultural Foundations | 4 credits
The objective of this course is to support students in their development of awareness and humility pertaining to diverse and intersecting identities in their practice as MFT’s. This course explores the influence of a range of factors including race, ethnicity, culture, class, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, nationality, age, ability, religion, mental and physical characteristics, family influences, and education. Students will explore their own identities, assumptions, beliefs, and values and consider how these factors may inform and influence their practice. Issues of social justice will also be examined.

MSC1040 | Diagnosis, Conceptualization, and Treatment Planning | 4 credits
This course introduces diagnosis, assessment, prognosis, and treatment of mental disorders. Study will emphasize the use of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Students will focus on the conceptualization of an individual or family’s functioning and distress from a range of theoretical orientations. The course will examine the experience of severe mental disorders, assessment processes, evidence-based practices, and promising mental health practices that are evaluated in peer reviewed literature. 

MSC1011b | Professional Development Seminar II | 2 Credits
This course introduces students to concepts, standards, and professional practices of graduate trainees and licensed mental health providers. Clinical topics such as mandated reporting, clinical charting, and risk assessment and crisis management are covered. This course meets each of the first four quarters of study.

MSC1050 Trauma, Resilience, and Recovery-oriented Care | 4 credits
Students will develop awareness of the presentation and impact of trauma experiences for individuals, families, and communities. Concepts such as social determinants of health, resilience and post-traumatic growth will be explored. The course will examine person-first, person-centered, and strength-based approaches to treatment, rehabilitation and support.

MSC1060 Applied Assessment and Counseling Techniques | 4 credits
Students will explore the clinical application of assessment and treatment approaches with a range of populations. Emphasizing empirically based approaches to assessment and treatment, students will engage in deliberate practice experiences to develop their skills in these domains.

MSC1070 Lifespan Development | 4 credits
Students examine developmental issues from infancy to old age. The course will explore the psychological, psychotherapeutic, and health implications of developmental issues on individuals, couples, and family relationships. Study will include a range of cultural understandings of human development within the social and environmental context of individuals, families, and communities.

MSC1011c Professional Development Seminar III | 2 Credits
This course introduces students to concepts, standards, and professional practices of graduate trainees and licensed mental health providers. Clinical topics such as mandated reporting, clinical charting, and risk assessment and crisis management are covered. This course meets each of the first four quarters of study.

MSC1080 Relational and Systemic Theories | 4 credits
This course continues the survey of theoretical approaches and emphasizes systems perspectives that are used with individuals, couples, families, and communities. Students will explore how factors such as family-of-origin, social context, and culture impact individual, family, and group functioning.

MSC1090 Research | 4 credits
Students explore quantitative and qualitative approaches to research toward the objective of demonstrating critical evaluative skills as consumers of theoretical, assessment focused and treatment outcome research. The course will examine scientific approaches to developing Evidence Based Practices. Practical applications of research to practice will be emphasized and will include approaches such as Feedback Informed Care.

MSC1100 Therapy with Children, Adolescents, and their Families | 4 credits
This course explores the theories and practices foundational to working with children, adolescents, and family systems. Emphasis will be placed on a multidimensional understanding and approach to these populations. Students will develop the ability to apply these foundational concepts to their future work with individuals and family systems.

MSC1011d Professional Development Seminar IV | 2 credits
This course introduces students to concepts, standards, and professional practices of graduate trainees and licensed mental health providers. Clinical topics such as mandated reporting, clinical charting, and risk assessment and crisis management are covered. This course meets each of the first four quarters of study.

MSC1110 Advanced Counseling Techniques (Prerequisite: MSC1060) | 4 credits
This course builds on the foundation from MSC1060 and covers process and strategies inherent in major counseling theories. Students will engage in intensive practice with opportunities to apply what they have learned to case conceptualization, treatment interventions, and self-awareness with an emphasis on the role of diversity in assessment and therapeutic processes.

MSC1120 Group Counseling | 4 credits
This course examines the theory and practice of group counseling. Basic principles of group dynamics, group development, member roles, and basic group counseling skills will be covered. Students will participate in a group process experience with a small cohort toward the goal of better understanding theory, principles, and practice of group therapy.

MSC1500a Supervised Fieldwork I (Prerequisite: MSC1110) | 3 credits
This course is a clinical fieldwork experience in a mental health setting in an affiliated clinical facility.

MSC1130 Psychopharmacology | 4 credits
This course covers basic principles of psychopharmacology as well as provides an overview of commonly prescribed psychotropic medications in the field of professional counseling. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the counselor’s role in working with medical professionals in an interdisciplinary approach.

MSC1500b Supervised Fieldwork II | 3 credits
This course is a clinical fieldwork experience in a mental health setting in an affiliated clinical facility.

MSC1140 Relationship and Sexuality Counseling | 4 credits
Individuals and intimate partners often seek help from therapists to strengthen their ability to relate effectively. This course provides an overview of interpersonal dynamics, adult human sexuality, sexual development, and sex therapy from biological, behavioral, cultural, and sociological perspective. Students will explore their understanding of the complexity of relationships, sexuality identities, sexual desire, relational norms, and gender norms. Students will examine the interface and impact of these understandings with the people they will connect with in their professional roles.

MSC1150 Substance Use, Dependence, and Recovery | 3 credits
This course introduces theories of addiction, screening, diagnosis and assessment, prevention, harm-reduction, and evidence-based treatment models for substance use disorders. Students will gain an understanding and apply skills of Motivational Interviewing in their conceptualization and intervention approaches.

MSC1500c Supervised Fieldwork III | 3 credits
This course is a clinical fieldwork experience in a mental health setting in an affiliated clinical facility.

MSC1160 Postmodern and Cognitive Relational Theories | 3 credits
This course covers postmodern and cognitive-behavioral systemic family theories. Students will explore the philosophical foundations and evidence base of these theories. Emphasis will be placed on application of theory and practice with diverse individuals and families.

MSC1170 Advanced Family Therapy (Prerequisite: MSC1100) | 3 credits
This course explores approaches and techniques to support families and couples. Significant emphasis on the deliberate practice of these approaches and techniques in simulated experiences as well as reflection on family therapy experiences in fieldwork settings.

MSC1500d Supervised Fieldwork IV | 3 credits
This course is a clinical fieldwork experience in a mental health setting in an affiliated clinical facility.

MSC1180 Practicing in Healthcare and Community Mental Health Environments | 2 credits
This course surveys the range of environments where therapists may practice and considerations about how to successfully work integratively in these environments. Additionally, students will explore coordination of care for individuals and families who may be receiving aspects of their care with multiple agencies or individual providers.

MSC1190 Clinical Neuroscience and Mental Health | 3 credits
The course explores intrapersonal and interpersonal neurobiology with an emphasis on the impact of trauma. Neuroplasticity and interventions to support recovery will be explored.