Sport Psychology

40+

AASP Certified/Approved Supervisors

9

Professional Development Seminars by Global Speakers/Year

4

Internships in Diverse Environments Completed by Students

Sport Psychology Programs

Dual MA Sport Psychology and PsyD

This innovative linked program allows completion of both degrees within six years of full time study.

MA Sport Psychology

Provides rigorous training to help students become effective sport psychology practitioners.

Grad Certificate in Sport Psychology

Provides psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and mental skills coaches the necessary coursework required by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) for certification as a consultant.

Faculty

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JFKu Online

Graduate Certificate Museum Studies

Program Overview

Enhance your understanding of museum work without earning a master’s degree. The Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies is open to students who have a Bachelor of Arts and substantial experience as a museum employee or volunteer. Applicants without substantial museum experience may be admitted to the program, but will be required to complete an additional internship. The 30-unit certificate is offered with a specialization in either collections management or education and interpretation.

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Program Highlights

  • Our on-demand online certificate program gives you the freedom to earn your degree at your own pace while still enjoying close interaction with your course instructor.

Requirements

Certificate students are required to take the first-year core courses applicable to the specialization and complete an internship in a museum.

All students must demonstrate writing competency and, if determined by the program, may be required to take additional courses in writing beyond the units required for the certificate.

All museum studies students are required to complete one or more museum internship(s) in the area of specialization. Internships allow students to assume professional responsibilities and gain an understanding of a museum’s operations and relationship to the museum field under the guidance of professionals.

Core Curriculum

  • MUS 5003 – Issues in Museums I: History and Theory (4.5 units)
  • MUS 5004 – Issues in Museums II: Finance and Administration (4.5 units)
  • MUS 5321 – Museums and Communities (4.5 units)
  • MUS 5975[1] – Internship (4.5 units)
  • MUS 5976 – The Lab (3 units)

Select one of the following specializations (9 units)

Collections Management — select both courses

  • MUS 5501 – Collections Management I: Foundation (4.5 units)
  • MUS 5502 – Collections Management II: Preventive Conservation (4.5 units)

Education and Interpretation — select both courses

  • MUS 5610 – The Visitor Experience: Learning Theories and Understanding Audiences (4.5 units)
  • MUS 5612 – The Visitor Experience: Interpretative Methods and Applications (4.5 units)

[1] All museum studies students are required to complete one or more museum internship(s) in the area of specialization. Internships allow students to assume professional responsibilities and gain an understanding of a museum’s operations and relationship to the museum field under the guidance of professionals. Students in the program have interned in local, national and international museums and museum-related institutions.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of your program, you’ll have the skills and expertise needed to:

  • Collections Management Specialization: Document collections and practice preventative conservation with a focus on creative problem solving and real-world issues
  • Education and Interpretation Specialization: Develop educational programs and exhibitions, and utilize current research and innovative methods to provide engaging learning experiences for visitors of all ages

Why Choose JFK University?

Since 1965, John F. Kennedy University has been providing higher education to lifelong adult learners in the Bay Area and beyond. Here are just a few benefits of enrolling at JFK University:

  • Private nonprofit university
  • Accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)
  • Campus, online, and on-demand online programs
  • Locations in Pleasant Hill and San Jose, CA
  • Experienced faculty who are practitioners in their fields
  • Service learning and internship opportunities

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Graduate Certificate in Creative Strategy

Program Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Creative Strategy is an opportunity for professionals in a variety of fields to advance their careers with the power of design thinking. Throughout the six-course program, you’ll explore design thinking, iterative design, and media production and gain the skills needed to harness emerging media technologies applicable to your field. You’ll also develop the advanced communication skills necessary to convey complex ideas and new solutions in visual, oral, and written mediums. Upon graduation, you’ll leave with the insight and abilities necessary to propel yourself to new levels of agency and influence within your field.

Program Highlights

  • Our on-demand online certificate program gives you the freedom to earn your degree at your own pace while still enjoying close interaction with your course instructor.
  • Opportunity for professionals in a variety of fields to cultivate creative problem solving skills
  • Taught by innovative practitioners from a range of fields
  • Provides students with immediately applicable skills in design thinking

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of your program, you’ll have the skills and expertise needed to:

  • Communicate complex ideas and new solutions in visual, oral, and written mediums
  • Utilize emerging media technologies applicable to your field
  • Apply design thinking, iterative design, and media production best practices

Why Choose JFK University?

Since 1965, John F. Kennedy University has been providing higher education to lifelong adult learners in the Bay Area and beyond. Here are just a few benefits of enrolling at JFK University:

  • Private nonprofit university
  • Accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)
  • Campus, online, and on-demand online programs
  • Locations in Pleasant Hill and San Jose, CA
  • Experienced faculty who are practitioners in their fields
  • Service learning and internship opportunities

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Counseling Psychology

39,157

Counseling Hours Performed by Students Each Year

80%

Pass Rate for First Time Test Takers (MFT and LPCC)

1:1

Each Student Assigned a Faculty Advisor

Overview

Counseling psychology trains future licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Clinical Counselors to work with individuals, couples, and families in a variety of settings.

The programs emphasize development of the self as therapist; multicultural diversity and inclusion; social justice; and in-depth understanding of a wide range of individual and systemic counseling theories.

Counseling Psychology Programs

MA Counseling Psychology

Prepares students for future clinical work in county and community based agencies, residential and addiction treatment programs, inpatient and outpatient hospital settings, health care facilities, veterans’ centers, school districts, private and nonprofit outpatient clinics, and private practice settings.

MA Counseling Psychology - Holistic

With over 40 years of Holistic education, this family of programs incorporates a unique learning environment designed to support students in an integral model toward personal growth, human potential and service to others.

Academic Certificate in Trauma Studies

Developed to give practitioners both the foundational knowledge and practical skills necessary to work effectively and humanely with trauma sufferers. JFK University Certificate in Trauma Studies offers is available in both one and two-year formats.

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Clinical Psychology

13:1

Student - Faculty Ratio in the PsyD Program

84%

of PsyD Students Complete the Program

7:1

Student - Faculty Ratio in the BA Psychology Program

18

Months to Complete BA Psychology

Overview

Clinical psychology is the largest branch of the field of psychology that integrates science, theory and clinical practice to assess and treat a broad spectrum of mental health and behavioral medicine concerns.

The demand for mental health professionals, particularly those with doctoral degrees, is expected to increase over the next decade.  

Clinical Psychology Programs

Doctor of Psychology

The Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology is designed for individuals seeking the highest level of training to become hands-on practitioners in the field of psychology.

Dual MA Sport Psychology and PsyD

This innovative linked program allows completion of both degrees within six years of full time study.

BA in Psychology

Engages students in a lively process of intellectual inquiry, self-discovery, critical thinking, creative synthesis, and interpersonal communication.

Faculty

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Graduate Certificate
in Sport Psychology

40+

AASP-Certified/Approved Supervisors

1

Year - Approximate Time to Completion

Ways to Learn

  • In-Person
  • Hybrid
  • Online

Quick Facts

  • 1 Year Full-Time
  • Part-Time Option
  • 20 Units
  • Evening Option

Campus Location

Overview

JFK University’s Graduate Certificate in Sport Psychology is designed to provide psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and mental skills coaches the necessary coursework required by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) for certification as a consultant. This certificate also gives athletes, coaches, trainers, and others in the sport and fitness arenas an introduction to the world of sport psychology.

Highlights

  • Completed in approximately one year
  • Additional fieldwork opportunities
  • Available to fulfill AASP contact hour requirements
  • Online or in-person options

Curriculum

This 20-unit certificate can be completed online or on-site and will provide knowledge in areas of sport psychology and kinesiology. If a student is interested in completing fieldwork for an applied experience or to fulfill the 200 contact hour AASP requirements, 10 units of fieldwork and supervision (PSP 5280) can be added on to the certificate program.

Fall
Units
PSP 5800A Sport Psychology A
3
This is one of the main introductory courses in the Sport Psychology Program. It covers the main theoretical approaches in this area. The course will encourage students to begin to think critically about the research presented and how it relates to working in the field with performers.
PSP 5815 Performance Enhancement A
3
Theory and practice of optimal performance are explored in the realm of sport behavior. Includes motivation theory, stress management, visualization, and mental rehearsal.
Winter
Units
PSP 5814 Comprehensive Exploration of Diversity in Sport OR
4
This course is designed to offer students an overview of historical and current topics relevant to the understanding of diversity in sport. Students will be exposed to the historical context of how diversity issues have impacted the development of sport. Students will understand the complex nature of gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, age, and disability as it relates to current sport practices. Students will also be exposed to practical strategies for facilitating acceptance of diversity within individual and team sports.
PSP 5833 Kinesiology
4
This course introduces students to each of the major biophysical sub-disciplines of kinesiology, anatomy, biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor control, and sport and exercise psychology. Includes an integrated study of human movement and applies this knowledge to human performance and physical activity across the lifespan. Concepts in the various sub-fields of kinesiology are examined and career opportunities in the field of kinesiology are explored. Students will also gain a better understanding of the course concepts through projects and class discussions.
PSP 5816 Performance Enhancement B
3
Prereq: PSP 5815 Focus is on individual and team consultation. Features role-play, case study, and videotaping. Coursework includes introduction to external field placement opportunities. Second half of a two-quarter sequence with PSP 5815.
Spring
Units
PSP 5800B Sport Psychology B OR
3
Prereq: PSP 5800A and preferably an Internship/applied sport psych experience This is one of the main introductory courses in the Sport Psychology Program. It covers the main theoretical approaches in this area. The course will encourage students to begin to think critically about the research presented and how it relates to working in the field with performers.
PSP 5817 Performance Enhancement C
3
Prereq: PSP 5816 and preferably an internship/applied sport psych experience This advanced optimal-performance course emphasizes sport psychology skill development and addresses different styles of consulting. Students will be challenged by case studies and will role-play actual consulting scenarios in which they can develop and refine their own consulting style with feedback from their peers.
Summer
Units
PSP 5833 Kinesiology OR
4
This course introduces students to each of the major biophysical sub-disciplines of kinesiology, anatomy, biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor control, and sport and exercise psychology. Includes an integrated study of human movement and applies this knowledge to human performance and physical activity across the lifespan. Concepts in the various sub-fields of kinesiology are examined and career opportunities in the field of kinesiology are explored. Students will also gain a better understanding of the course concepts through projects and class discussions.
PSP 5814 Comprehensive Exploration of Diversity in Sport
4
This course is designed to offer students an overview of historical and current topics relevant to the understanding of diversity in sport. Students will be exposed to the historical context of how diversity issues have impacted the development of sport. Students will understand the complex nature of gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, age, and disability as it relates to current sport practices. Students will also be exposed to practical strategies for facilitating acceptance of diversity within individual and team sports.
Winter
Units
PSP 5814 Comprehensive Exploration of Diversity in Sport OR
4
This course is designed to offer students an overview of historical and current topics relevant to the understanding of diversity in sport. Students will be exposed to the historical context of how diversity issues have impacted the development of sport. Students will understand the complex nature of gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, age, and disability as it relates to current sport practices. Students will also be exposed to practical strategies for facilitating acceptance of diversity within individual and team sports.
PSP 5833 Kinesiology
4
This course introduces students to each of the major biophysical sub-disciplines of kinesiology, anatomy, biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor control, and sport and exercise psychology. Includes an integrated study of human movement and applies this knowledge to human performance and physical activity across the lifespan. Concepts in the various sub-fields of kinesiology are examined and career opportunities in the field of kinesiology are explored. Students will also gain a better understanding of the course concepts through projects and class discussions.
PSP 5816 Performance Enhancement B
3
Prereq: PSP 5815 Focus is on individual and team consultation. Features role-play, case study, and videotaping. Coursework includes introduction to external field placement opportunities. Second half of a two-quarter sequence with PSP 5815.
Summer
Units
PSP 5833 Kinesiology OR
4
This course introduces students to each of the major biophysical sub-disciplines of kinesiology, anatomy, biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor control, and sport and exercise psychology. Includes an integrated study of human movement and applies this knowledge to human performance and physical activity across the lifespan. Concepts in the various sub-fields of kinesiology are examined and career opportunities in the field of kinesiology are explored. Students will also gain a better understanding of the course concepts through projects and class discussions.
PSP 5814 Comprehensive Exploration of Diversity in Sport
4
This course is designed to offer students an overview of historical and current topics relevant to the understanding of diversity in sport. Students will be exposed to the historical context of how diversity issues have impacted the development of sport. Students will understand the complex nature of gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, age, and disability as it relates to current sport practices. Students will also be exposed to practical strategies for facilitating acceptance of diversity within individual and team sports.

Faculty

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Graduate Certificate in
Holistic Health Coaching

60%

of Americans Want Health Coaching According to a 2016 Survey

85%

Health Coaching Clients Retain Benefits After 1 Year

Ways to Learn

  • Online

Program Length

  • 14 Units
  • Less than a year
  • Part-Time

Program Overview

Train to become a holistic health coach and learn how to create a collaborative partnership that supports the client’s health and well-being in the Graduate Certificate in Holistic Health Coaching program. This program integrates evidence-based coaching techniques with a holistic approach to health that incorporates the mind, body, spirit, and community. The Graduate Certificate in Holistic Health Coaching draws from our Holistic Health Education Department’s decades of experience conducting our Master of Arts in Holistic Health Education program, while also benefiting from the cross-disciplinary insights and opportunities made possible by the program’s inclusion within our wider university.

What is a Holistic Health Coach?
Individuals and organizations alike increasingly are turning to the evidence-based field of holistic health coaching to address a glaring need in our current health-care system. Properly trained health coaches help clients to bridge the gap between a doctor’s advice and lifelong change. A health coach partners with clients in a holistic and creative process that inspires them to maximize their well-being.

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Program Highlights

  • Evidence based coaching techniques integrated with a holistic approach to health
  • Draws on JFKU Health Education’s decades of experience and cross-disciplinary benefits from the University’s other programs
  • Can be embedded in the MA Holistic Health Education program

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

A student completing the Graduate Certificate in Health Coaching at JFKU will be able to:

Demonstrate mastery of the coaching competencies as defined by the International Coach Federation and International Consortium for Health and Wellness Coaching

Facilitate health-promoting changes in alignment with the values and objectives of the client

Utilize change theory and holistic health principles to support the coaching relationship

Appropriately blend coaching skills and the coach’s area of expertise within the health professions in order to serve the client’s interest

Demonstrate a commitment to the highest standards of professionalism and ethical conduct of coaches

Effectively practice with an awareness of a multicultural and diverse community

There are two paths to obtaining the Holistic Graduate Certificate in Health Coaching. First, students enrolled in the Master’s in Holistic Health Education program may embed the certificate within their Master’s degree, and earn both the MA and the certificate within the same time frame and same number of units. Second, students with at least a bachelor’s degree may enroll in the certificate program without pursuing the entire Master’s degree. To learn more about the individual benefits of each track and for assistance determining which track is right for you, please contact your advisor.

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Curriculum

REQUIREMENTS

The Certificate comprises 14 units at the graduate level. It is designed to be completed in a minimum of nine months (three quarters).

Quarter 1
Units
HHE 5428 Fundamentals of Coaching
2
This course is an introduction to coaching competencies and coaching for wellness.
HHE 5449 Health, Disease, & Wellbeing for Health Coaches
1
HHE 5451 The Mind-Body Connection for Health Coaches
1
Beginning with an inquiry into the meanings of health and healing, students explore the field of mind-body medicine, including psychoneuroimmunology, integrative health, and whole-person approaches. Key topics of interest to health coaches are covered, including self-care, nutrition, spirituality, embodiment, ecotherapy, the importance of connection and community, and more.
HHE 5448 Coaching Experiential
0.5
Quarter 2
Units
HHE 5430 Coaching Practicum A
1
Students build coaching skills through practice.
HHE 5431 Coaching for Health & Wellbeing
1
The focus of this course is coaching individuals for health and wellbeing. Students consider different coaching models and tools such as salutogenesis, narrative, and appreciative inquiry, that are well suited to promoting the client’s wellbeing. Students explore the importance of alignment between a client’s health values and beliefs and their coaching goals. The practice of creating “wellness visions” and the like is examined. We also identify barriers to coaching for health and wellbeing and how to overcome them.
HHE 5452 Change Theory for Coaches
1
This course looks at what motivates people to make sustainable changes in their lives. Change theories covered include Bridges’ Transition Theory, the Transtheoretical Model, Self-Determination Theory, and the Immunity to Change Model. We will also cover transformative learning theory, Kolb’s experiential learning cycle, and Paulo Freire’s concepts of praxis and critical consciousness as key models for working with adults. Coaching students explore how they can use these theories and models to help their clients realize their goals and achieve lasting change.
HHE 5454 Stress Management for Health Coaches
1
Stress may be the defining characteristic of 21st century life; no one is immune. Because every client is different though, health coaches need to understand stress and how it can affect us, and to appreciate the myriad of ways there are to manage it. This course examines the physiological, mental, and spiritual effects of stress before turning to a variety of holistic approaches to stress management that coaches will find useful in their practice.
HHE 5448 Coaching Experiential
1
Quarter 3
Units
HHE 5455 Supervised Community Coaching
2
HHE 5432 Coaching Practicum B
1
Students are observed coaching and receive detailed feedback from a coaching mentor. Written and practical examinations are administered as the final step in obtaining the Coaching Certificate/ Specialization (depending on student’s program) and to conform to the requirements of the International Coach Federation and other credentialing organizations.
HHE 5453 Weight & Body Image for Health Coaches
1
Individuals frequently seek out health and wellness coaches to lose weight and/or change their body shape/size. However, the evidence is overwhelming that weight-loss diets are ineffective long-term and often harmful. Moreover, body dissatisfaction is a growing and insidious problem in U.S. culture. In this course, health coaches learn how to work from a “do no harm” perspective to promote these clients’ long-term health and wellbeing. Coaches will also learn how to recognize more serious conditions, such as depression, eating disorders ,and body dysmorphic disorder, as well as how to refer appropriately.
HHE 5448 Coaching Experiential
0.5
Quarter 2
Units
HHE 5430 Coaching Practicum A
1
Students build coaching skills through practice.
HHE 5431 Coaching for Health & Wellbeing
1
The focus of this course is coaching individuals for health and wellbeing. Students consider different coaching models and tools such as salutogenesis, narrative, and appreciative inquiry, that are well suited to promoting the client’s wellbeing. Students explore the importance of alignment between a client’s health values and beliefs and their coaching goals. The practice of creating “wellness visions” and the like is examined. We also identify barriers to coaching for health and wellbeing and how to overcome them.
HHE 5452 Change Theory for Coaches
1
This course looks at what motivates people to make sustainable changes in their lives. Change theories covered include Bridges’ Transition Theory, the Transtheoretical Model, Self-Determination Theory, and the Immunity to Change Model. We will also cover transformative learning theory, Kolb’s experiential learning cycle, and Paulo Freire’s concepts of praxis and critical consciousness as key models for working with adults. Coaching students explore how they can use these theories and models to help their clients realize their goals and achieve lasting change.
HHE 5454 Stress Management for Health Coaches
1
Stress may be the defining characteristic of 21st century life; no one is immune. Because every client is different though, health coaches need to understand stress and how it can affect us, and to appreciate the myriad of ways there are to manage it. This course examines the physiological, mental, and spiritual effects of stress before turning to a variety of holistic approaches to stress management that coaches will find useful in their practice.
HHE 5448 Coaching Experiential
1

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Academic Certificate
in Trauma Studies

8

Million Adults have PTSD During a Given Year

60%

of Men will Experience at least One Trauma in their Lives

50%

of Women will Experience at least One Trauma in their Lives

Ways to Learn

  • In-Person

Quick Facts

  • 1 Year Full-Time
  • 2 Years Part-Time
  • 20 Units
  • Weekend Intensives

Overview

In recent years, our increased understanding of the neurological underpinnings of trauma, and our greater appreciation for its dramatic impact on individual, families, and societies, have created the need for practitioners possessing both the foundational knowledge and practical skills necessary to work effectively and humanely with trauma sufferers.

Available in both one and two-year formats, the JFK University Certificate in Trauma Studies offers current students and practicing professionals the opportunity to expand their knowledge in this area that is of vital importance to an array of industries, including Medical Care, Mental Health, Rehabilitation, and Public Health.

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Highlights

  • Developed and taught by clinical practitioners and academics experienced in trauma studies
  • One or two-year courses of study
  • Covers basic skills in trauma assessment and diagnosis, as well as a wide range of intervention methods

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

Program participants gain a better understanding of the psychological and physiological roots of trauma and different approaches to its treatment, including multicultural perspectives. This increased understanding makes them better equipped to deal with trauma-related issues in an ethical, humane, and effective manner across a broad range of clinical and non-clinical settings.

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Curriculum

Applicants must have completed their Bachelor’s Degree to be eligible to participate in this certificate.

Fall - First Year
Units
Foundations of Trauma Studies TSC5001
3
This course introduces students to the biological, psychological, developmental and cultural factors that contribute to stress and trauma and provides an overview of the personal, biological and systemic impacts of trauma. Students will become familiar with the foundational concepts within trauma theory, will examine impressed to stress reduction, trauma management techniques and will explore the concepts of resourcing and resilience. Techniques that will be introduced are progressive relaxation, meditation, mindfulness practices, visualization, autogenic and somatic techniques such as breath work, grounding, movement practices, conscious self-regulation and emotional, spiritual and somatic resources.
The Neurobiology of Trauma TSC5002
2
This course provides an understanding of the psychobiology and neurobiology of trauma and how to work with trauma within a neurobiological framework. Conceptual distinctions will be made between developmental bonding, developmental trauma, and shock trauma. Guidance will be provided regarding how to address different kinds of symptom presentations from within a neurobiological treatment perspective. Topics covered include: tracking and making contact with sensorimotor experience, pendulation, window of tolerance, hyper versus hypotonic trauma responses, somatic experience, trauma releasing processes, phase oriented treatment, establishing mindfulness, stabilization and resourcing, spirituality and trauma, and models of understanding and treating dissociation and fragmentation.
Winter - First Year
Units
Attachment and Developmental Approaches to Trauma TSC5003
3
This course focuses on the specific impact of trauma on healthy attachment and individual development. Impacts of trauma on the developing brain and the repercussions of trauma on human relational development will be explored. Chronic early trauma has an impact on psychological, emotional, sensory and neurological development. This class will identify risks, interventions, and assessments for working with individuals that may have been affected by the early developmental traumas of long-term neglect, repeated abuse and poor early childhood care, as well as situational traumas that may impact or limit natural developmental cycles.
Assessment and Treatment Planning for Trauma TSC5004
1
This course will introduce practical approaches for diagnosis, assessment and treatment planning for clients that may be impacted by trauma. Case management, team based care, additional resourcing, goal setting, phase oriented treatment, working with differential diagnosis, co-occurring disorders and resistance will be covered.
Legal and Ethical Issues in Trauma TSC5005
1
This course will familiarize students with existing legal and ethical issues facing clients who have experienced trauma. Mandates to report as well as working with the client to integrate their experiences of trauma will be considered as well as an examination of personal values and biases.
Spring - First Year
Units
Somatic Approaches to Trauma TSC5006
3
Students will learn to help clients resource, stabilize, process, metabolize and integrate personal and historical experiences of trauma, as well as ongoing challenges with activation. This course will provide maps, models and the development of skills within the Phase Oriented treatment model. Topics covered will include: studying the organization of experience, tracking and making contact with felt-experience, establishing somatic mindfulness, pendulation, coping dynamics, regulating traumatic arousal, framing and assessing, stabilization and resourcing. Models of understanding and treating dissociation and fragmentation, and memory processing will be taught and practiced.
Working with Trauma in Family Systems TSC5007
2
This class will focus on the impact of trauma on the family system from a unification de-unification point of view exploring negative impacts as well as resilience within the family unit. Students will learn the application of systemic theories in the treatment of families in therapy. Focus on full family interventions as well as individual insight into systemic issues will be addressed. Considerations regarding diversity, confidentiality and systemic impacts of trauma will be explored.
Summer - First Year
Units
Art-Based Interventions for Trauma TSC5008
2
This course will introduce students to a variety of multi modal art based interventions that can be used in individual, family and group settings to enhance sensory integration, organize narrative responses and find voice in art as healing responses to trauma. This experiential class will introduce a variety of art based tools that the practitioner can use for clients who have acute or long term traumatic histories.
Working with Systemic Trauma: Self, Culture, and Society TSC5009
2
This course will look at the impact of institutionalized racism, bias and marginalization as well as the isolative effects of acute trauma on the client and how these systemic issues can be worked with in a therapeutic session. Issues of diversity, privilege and human potential will be explored. Student’s own cultural identities will be explored as well as issues related to bias and projection.
Vicarious Trauma and Self Care TSC5010
1
This course focuses on the experience of the mental health provider in a trauma based practice and ways to work with and through the emotional content of the client toward better self-care and as an antidote to burn-out and empathy fatigue. Students will explore ways they can build healthy boundaries, release the tensions of day and find ways to care for self toward a continuation of long term practice.
Winter - First Year
Units
Attachment and Developmental Approaches to Trauma TSC5003
3
This course focuses on the specific impact of trauma on healthy attachment and individual development. Impacts of trauma on the developing brain and the repercussions of trauma on human relational development will be explored. Chronic early trauma has an impact on psychological, emotional, sensory and neurological development. This class will identify risks, interventions, and assessments for working with individuals that may have been affected by the early developmental traumas of long-term neglect, repeated abuse and poor early childhood care, as well as situational traumas that may impact or limit natural developmental cycles.
Assessment and Treatment Planning for Trauma TSC5004
1
This course will introduce practical approaches for diagnosis, assessment and treatment planning for clients that may be impacted by trauma. Case management, team based care, additional resourcing, goal setting, phase oriented treatment, working with differential diagnosis, co-occurring disorders and resistance will be covered.
Legal and Ethical Issues in Trauma TSC5005
1
This course will familiarize students with existing legal and ethical issues facing clients who have experienced trauma. Mandates to report as well as working with the client to integrate their experiences of trauma will be considered as well as an examination of personal values and biases.
Summer - First Year
Units
Art-Based Interventions for Trauma TSC5008
2
This course will introduce students to a variety of multi modal art based interventions that can be used in individual, family and group settings to enhance sensory integration, organize narrative responses and find voice in art as healing responses to trauma. This experiential class will introduce a variety of art based tools that the practitioner can use for clients who have acute or long term traumatic histories.
Working with Systemic Trauma: Self, Culture, and Society TSC5009
2
This course will look at the impact of institutionalized racism, bias and marginalization as well as the isolative effects of acute trauma on the client and how these systemic issues can be worked with in a therapeutic session. Issues of diversity, privilege and human potential will be explored. Student’s own cultural identities will be explored as well as issues related to bias and projection.
Vicarious Trauma and Self Care TSC5010
1
This course focuses on the experience of the mental health provider in a trauma based practice and ways to work with and through the emotional content of the client toward better self-care and as an antidote to burn-out and empathy fatigue. Students will explore ways they can build healthy boundaries, release the tensions of day and find ways to care for self toward a continuation of long term practice.

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Paralegal Certificate

100%

Textbooks Included in Tuition

30%+

Graduates Move on to Law School After Graduation

100%

Faculty are Practicing Attorneys

82%

Grads Working in the Legal Field within a Month Post-Grad

Ways to Learn

  • Hybrid
  • In-Person

Quick Facts

  • 1 Year Full-Time
  • 6 Quarters Part-Time
  • 39 Units
  • Evening Classes

Overview

Now as much as ever, our communities are in dire need of socially conscious law practitioners able and willing to defend the rights of the underserved and to represent the interests of the marginalized on issues of vital importance.

JFK University’s American-Bar-Association-approved Paralegal Certificate Program gives you the chance to play a key role in the fast-paced, high-stakes, and hugely impactful legal profession.

In as little as one year, you could be making a difference working in a professional legal environment as a highly valued and respected team member.

Note: Paralegals cannot provide legal advice except as directed by an attorney nor can they establish a client/business relationship or represent a client.

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Highlights

  • Approved by the American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Embedded into a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies completion degree
  • Faculty members that are also successful practitioners in the field
  • A full law school and law library at your fingertips
  • Internship opportunities that pave the way toward your career

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students completing the Paralegal Certificate will be able to do the following:

Demonstrate proficiency in legal writing and analysis.

Describe and assess the ethical obligations and limitations of legal professionals in specific factual situations.

Demonstrate proficiency in legal research, both online and in the library.

Demonstrate proficiency in drafting of discovery.

Apply analytical and creative thinking skills.

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Why JFKU

Experienced Faculty Members who Practice what they Teach

Unlike many other paralegal certificate programs, JFK University offers courses taught by practicing attorneys who possess vast experience in the subject areas they teach. These faculty practitioners expose students to a broad array of perspectives, while giving them the benefit of specialized knowledge that comes only with years of work in the field.  

Internships that Offer Real-World Experience

Our ABA-approved Paralegal Certificate Program offers optional internship opportunities at local law firms, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. By supplementing their classroom education with on-the-job learning and networking, students who take advantage of these internships leave our program with an edge on the job-seeking competition.

A Full Law School at Your Fingertips

Unlike other paralegal studies programs, our students have the resources of a full law school at their disposal. Complete access to the law library, invites to on-campus events, and abundant networking opportunities await. Students also have the opportunity to collaborate with JD candidates on real public-interest legal cases in the College’s highly regarded community law clinics.

Curriculum

REQUIREMENTS

All certificate courses must be taken in residence – no transfers are accepted.

The 39-quarter unit curriculum includes 12 legal specialty courses, of which nine are required courses and two are elective.

Fall
Units
PLS 3001 Introduction to Law
4
This course provides students with an overview of the American legal system and introduces students to various legal fields and topics. Legal vocabulary and legal writing will be emphasized. This course will also provide an overview of the role of paralegals in a work environment while concentrating on the various regulations and ethical guidelines governing the work of paralegals.
PLS3005 Tort Law
4
This course will introduce the student to the broad area of civil tort law including negligence, intentional torts, strict liability, product liability, and nuisance. Privileges and defenses to various torts will also be introduced. Students will acquire the knowledge to define and evaluate tort law to specific factual situations.
PLS3004 Legal Ethics
2
This course provides an overview of the legal ethics facing paralegals today. This course will extensively cover the ethical rules governing paralegals developed by the American Bar Association in conjunction with the various local and state regulations pertaining to the professional work of paralegals. Emphasis will be placed on the evaluation of real-life ethical dilemmas encountered by paralegals in the workforce.
Winter
Units
PLS 3002 Legal Research
4
This course provides an introduction to legal research. It is designed to provide the student with a comprehensive knowledge of research materials and tools including giving the student a working knowledge of the use of primary and secondary sources with emphasis on research strategies. Students will learn how to locate sources of law, the use of proper citation method, how to Shepardize case law, and research codes and statutes. This course will also focus heavily on the use of computer-assisted legal research.
PLS 3003 Legal Writing
4
This course is the advanced writing course, reinforcing the art of analyzing legal problems, writing clear and concise legal memoranda and briefs. This course will emphasize the writing component of the paralegal profession by requiring the student to research various legal problems and communicate their findings in their proper written format.
Legal Specialty Focus Course
4
Spring
Units
PLS 3008 Litigation I
4
This course is designed to introduce the student to civil litigation in federal and state courts. The rules of civil procedure will be the focus, with emphasis in the drafting of complaints, answers, and motion practice. Students will be responsible for the drafting of numerous legal documents by way of practical exercises. Additionally, this course will provide students with various interviewing and investigating skills relevant to paralegal work in a law office setting.
Legal Specialty Focus Course or Internship
4
Summer
Units
PLS 3010 Legal Technology Applications and Management
4
This course is designed to introduce students to various types of technology often used in legal environments. The student will interact directly with the technology throughout the course. The student will be exposed to the management of a law office, including software utilized by firms.
PLS 3009 Litigation II
4
This course covers evidence, discovery, trial preparation, trial practice, appeals, and non-judgment matters. Students will continue building expertise in drafting legal documents and will develop skills in organizing documents and preparing for trial including the use of technology.
PLS 3011 Paralegal Capstone
1
This is the capstone course for the Paralegal Certificate Program. Students will use their skills and knowledge acquired throughout the curriculum to interview clients, prepare pleadings and discovery, and perform legal analysis through the drafting of legal memoranda.
Winter
Units
PLS 3002 Legal Research
4
This course provides an introduction to legal research. It is designed to provide the student with a comprehensive knowledge of research materials and tools including giving the student a working knowledge of the use of primary and secondary sources with emphasis on research strategies. Students will learn how to locate sources of law, the use of proper citation method, how to Shepardize case law, and research codes and statutes. This course will also focus heavily on the use of computer-assisted legal research.
PLS 3003 Legal Writing
4
This course is the advanced writing course, reinforcing the art of analyzing legal problems, writing clear and concise legal memoranda and briefs. This course will emphasize the writing component of the paralegal profession by requiring the student to research various legal problems and communicate their findings in their proper written format.
Legal Specialty Focus Course
4
Summer
Units
PLS 3010 Legal Technology Applications and Management
4
This course is designed to introduce students to various types of technology often used in legal environments. The student will interact directly with the technology throughout the course. The student will be exposed to the management of a law office, including software utilized by firms.
PLS 3009 Litigation II
4
This course covers evidence, discovery, trial preparation, trial practice, appeals, and non-judgment matters. Students will continue building expertise in drafting legal documents and will develop skills in organizing documents and preparing for trial including the use of technology.
PLS 3011 Paralegal Capstone
1
This is the capstone course for the Paralegal Certificate Program. Students will use their skills and knowledge acquired throughout the curriculum to interview clients, prepare pleadings and discovery, and perform legal analysis through the drafting of legal memoranda.

Faculty

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