Ways to Learn

  • In-Person

Quick Facts

  • 3-Years Full Time
  • Part-Time Option Available
  • 91 Units
  • Evening Option Available

Overview

Many of us feel intuitively the intimate, inextricable connections among body, mind, community, and environment. For ages, traditional wisdom has recognized the need to maintain harmony among these various elements in order to achieve mental and physical health as well as internal peace.

However, for how widely acknowledged these connections are, and for how much evidence exists demonstrating their importance, surprisingly few universities offer students the ability to explore with academic and clinical rigor these important aspects of counseling psychology.

JFK University’s Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology—Holistic provides the unique opportunity for students to obtain a license-eligible degree from an accredited university while specializing in transpersonal, somatic, or arts-based practices. The program emphasizes a client-centered approach that teaches students to place trust in the client’s innate health and inner guiding wisdom.

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Highlights

  • A Holistic Approach Acknowledges Mind, Body, and Environment
  • Unique Specializations Include Expressive Arts and Depth Psychotherapy
  • License-Eligible Degree Satisfies the Requirements for the California Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) License

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students earning their Master’s in Counseling Psychology – Holistic will be able to do the following:

Display the capacity to build a therapeutic relationship with client.

Competently apply clinical skills.

Articulate theoretical comprehension and apply critical thinking.

Utilize principles of their specific program specialization (depth & transpersonal, somatic, holistic, expressive arts) in their work with clients.

Exhibit holistic self-awareness and embodied professionalism.

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Specializations

Specialization in Depth and Transpersonal Psychotherapy

A special emphasis on depth, Jungian, and psychodynamic approaches to psychotherapy, exploring the interaction between personality, emotion, and spirit and empowerment of client’s own self-healing abilities.

Specialization in Expressive Arts

A special emphasis on multi-modal expressive arts approaches to psychotherapy

Specialization in Holistic Studies

A special emphasis on transpersonal and somatic approaches to psychotherapy.  Offered at San Jose campus only.

Specialization in Somatic Psychology

A special emphasis exploring somatic processes, the body-mind connection, and the wisdom of the body as a gateway to self-empowerment and healing.

Holistic Research Center

The Holistic Research Center (HRC) supports research of holistic counseling constructs and expanding research methodology toward a more holistic paradigm.  

Curriculum

The curriculum encompasses core courses in holistic studies, basic counseling skills, diagnosis and assessment; marriage and family counseling courses; and courses in the student’s chosen specialization. Students complete a yearlong supervised field placement at an approved community-based site.

Students must complete a minimum of 91-92 units to receive the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology degree.

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