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Specialization in Holistic Studies

The Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology – Holistic with a Specialization in Holistic Studies prepares students for careers as psychotherapists with a special emphasis on transpersonal, somatic and arts based practices. This program is offered at our San Jose campus only and meets the educational requirements of the California Marriage and Family Therapist license and with additional coursework the Professional Clinical Counselor license.

This degree specialization offers a strong foundation in basic counseling theory and practice, combining theoretical and experiential learning modalities and emphasizing personal growth and development. Students engage in self-reflection throughout the program. Core coursework allows students the opportunity to develop awareness of their own process while developing counseling, interpersonal, and communication skills. Students also explore the integration of body, mind, emotions, and spirit in their work through content in body-oriented psychotherapies, transpersonal counseling, Jungian psychology, and humanistic psychology.

The coursework in transpersonal psychology deepens students’ knowledge of the role of meditation, dreams, archetypes, myth, and ritual in fostering psychological and spiritual well-being. They discover how transpersonal psychology emphasizes the quality of presence and authenticity of the therapist, an openness to expanded states of consciousness, and a trust in the client’s innate health and inner guiding wisdom as part of the therapeutic process and a deep exposure to how the arts are used to enhance psychotherapy.

Somatic psychology courses investigate the ways emotions, attitudes, and beliefs are often embedded in one’s physical structure, posture, expression, or voice. Movement seminars explore the reciprocal relationship between movement and the psyche. Students learn to utilize movement and body meditation techniques, work through emotional and energetic blocks, and cultivate body-mind-spirit integration. Students are encouraged to pursue both spiritual practices and somatic disciplines as a foundation for their work with others.

In addition the program provides focused emphasis in Buddhist Psychology, Queer Consciousness and Equine and Animal assisted Psychotherapy.


The MA in Counseling Psychology with a Holistic Psychology specialization requires completion of 91 units.

Holistic Psychology Specialization (17 units)
HSJ 5000 Introduction to Holistic Studies Counseling Psychology Program (0 units)
HSJ 5100 Seminar in Holistic Studies (4 units)
HSJ 5010 Paradigms of Consciousness (3 units)
HSJ 5115 Fundamentals of Transpersonal Counseling (2 units)
HSJ 5130 Movement Seminar
    Prerequisite: HSJ 5100 (3 units)
HSJ 5205 Body-Oriented Psychotherapies (2 units)
HSJ 5220 Jungian Psychology
    Prerequisite: HSJ 5115 (3 units)

General Counseling (34 units)
HSJ 5101 Group Process A (2 units)
HSJ 5102 Group Process B (2 units)
HSJ 5103 Group Process C (2 units)
HSJ 5105 Therapeutic Communication A (3 units)
HSJ 5106 Therapeutic Communication B (3 units)
HSJ 5201 Diagnosis, Assessment and Therapeutic Strategy A (3 units)
HSJ 5202 Diagnosis, Assessment and Therapeutic Strategy B (3 units)
HSJ 5225 Basic Addiction Studies (3 units)
HSJ 5520 Psychopharmacology (3 units)
HSJ 5620 Approaches to Trauma and PTSD A (2 units)
HSJ 5313 Advanced Clinical Skills: Being a Psychotherapist (2 units)
HSJ 5315 Counseling Case Seminar (3 units)
HSJ 5530 Psychological Testing (3 units)
HSJ 9005 Personal Psychotherapy (0 units)

Marriage and Family Therapy (28 units)
HSJ 5120 Individual Development and Family Life Cycle A (3 units)
HSJ 5121 Individual Development and Family Life Cycle B (3 units)
HSJ 5126 Cross-Cultural Issues in Counseling (3 units)
HSJ 5210 Child Therapy A (3 units)
HSJ 5215 Marriage and Family Counseling A (3 units)
HSJ 5216 Marriage and Family Counseling B (3 units)
HSJ 5230 Sexuality (2 units)
HSJ 5235 Ethics and the Law (3 units)
HSJ 5243 Community Mental Health and Principles of Recovery (3 units)
HSJ 5330 Clinical Skills: Partner & Spousal Abuse, Elder Care (2 units)
HSJ 9015 Child Abuse Assessment (0 units)

Field Placement (9 units)
HSJ 5301 Supervised Field Practicum A (3 units)
HSJ 5302 Supervised Field Practicum B (2 units)
HSJ 5303 Supervised Field Practicum C (2 units)
HSJ 5304 Supervised Field Practicum D (2 units)
HSJ 5400 Field Practicum Checkout (0 units)

Integrative Final Project (3 units)
HSJ 5350 Final Integrative Project A (1 unit)
HSI 535X Final Integrative Project A (.5 units)
HSJ 5351 Final Integrative Project B (1.5 units)