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

You found the door. So open it.

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.

Faculty

Big things begin with a simple yes.

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

Set something in motion with a simple yes.

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 available
  • 20 units
  • Evening option available

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
PSP5800A 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.
PSP5815 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
PSP5814 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.
PSP5833 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.
Performance Enhancement B
3
Prereq: PSP5815 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 PSP5815.
Spring
Units
PSP 5800B Sport Psychology B OR
3
Prereq: PSP5800A 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.
PSP5817 Performance Enhancement C
3
Prereq: PSP5816 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
PSP5833 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.
PSP5814 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
PSP5814 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.
PSP5833 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.
Performance Enhancement B
3
Prereq: PSP5815 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 PSP5815.
Summer
Units
PSP5833 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.
PSP5814 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

Maybe lasts forever. Yes changes the world.

Master of Arts in Sport Psychology - Clinical PsyD Dual Degree

40+

AASP- certified/approved supervisors

9

Professional Development Seminars given by global speakers

84%

PsyD completion rate

13:1

PsyD student to faculty ratio

Ways to Learn

  • In-Person
  • Hybrid

Quick Facts

  • 6 years full time
  • part-time option available
  • 222 units
  • evening option available

Overview

For individuals interested in both sport and clinical psychology. John F. Kennedy University offers an innovative program for those seeking to work in clinical settings as well as with athletes in a sport setting.  Individuals work toward earning an MA in Sport Psychology and a PsyD degree concurrently. This program provides a unique training opportunity with clinical clients,  athletes, as well as athletes with clinical concerns. And it prepares you to apply the skills and knowledge developed from the fields of sport and clinical psychology.

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Highlights

  • The PsyD program is designed to produce active practitioners. Innovative linked program allows for completion of both degrees within six-years full-time
  • Having both degrees enables graduates to use the title “Sport Psychologist”

Both the Master of Arts in Sport Psychology and the PsyD offer the highest level of available training in applied sport and clinical psychology respectively. (Unlike a research-based Ph.D., the PsyD program is designed to produce practitioners, not researchers, while providing the same high level of scholarly study.) And the missions of the two programs are similar: both provide a strong foundation in counseling skills and train students to serve multicultural and diverse populations.

In the past, students could earn a Master’s degree in two years and a Doctorate in Psychology in an additional four years. This innovative linked program allows completion of both degrees within five years of intensive, full-time study (part-time options are available). Students earn their Master of Arts in Sport Psychology after their third year and they earn their PsyD after their fifth year. With both degrees, graduates are able to use the title “Sport Psychologist” and apply to sit for the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) certification exam. Graduates also earn eligibility to take the psychology licensing exam for the state of California.

Requirements

PsyD core coursework: 128 units (including externship)

Electives: 16 units minimum: May be taken anytime after Spring Quarter of Year 2.

Total Units for years 2-5 must equal or exceed 144

Internship = 36 units

Total Sport Psychology units = 42
Total PsyD program units = 180
Total units for MA/PsyD = 222

Prerequisites

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Theories of Personality
  • Diversity-related course
  • Statistics

Curriculum

Fall - First Year
Units
PSP5800A 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.
PSP5819 Social & Historical Issues in Sport
2
The course examines selected topics within the sociology and history of sport. Particular emphasis will be given to issues related to the potential of sport to benefit society and its potential to reinforce existing social problems. Students will be encouraged to reflect on their own experiences within sport and to explore in detail one area of special interest within the history and sociology of sport. The course offers an analysis of sport as a social institution and the interrelations between sport and societal subsystems, as well as a consideration of the attitudes, values, and behaviors associated with sport. Analysis of contemporary problems associated with sport will be made, with ties made to their historic origins; such problems include race relations, the traditional and emergent role of women, aggression and violence, and political and economic concerns.
PSP5815 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.
PSP5803A Ethics and Professional Issues in Sport Psychology A
2
Examines ethical issues that impact the field of applied sport psychology. Through reading, lecture, and interaction with an experienced professional, students learn how ethical issues influence consultation and develop ways to deal with ethical dilemmas that may arise in sport psychology.
PSP9020 Town Hall Meeting
0
PSP5002 Writing Workshop
0
No Fee
Winter - First Year
Units
PSP5811 Counseling Skills A
3
Introduction to basic counseling skills and techniques relevant to sport psychology consulting in a safe and supervised environment. Included are tools for building rapport, empathy, listening and life-development skills, treatment versus consulting, ethics, closure, and termination. Students will also develop skills in presenting sport psychology intervention material.
PSP5816 Performance Enhancement B
3
Prereq: PSP5815 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 PSP5815.
PSP5833 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.
Spring - First Year
Units
PSP5822 Team Building
3
The course examines selected topics within the social psychology and sociology of sport. Particular emphasis will be given to issues related to group behavior and dynamics, leadership, interpersonal communication, the potential of sport to benefit society, and its potential to reinforce existent social problems. The course offers and analysis of sport as a social institution and the interrelations between sport and societal subsystems, as well as a consideration of the attitudes, values, and behaviors associated with sport. Students will be encouraged to reflect on their own experiences within sport. Analysis of contemporary problems associated with sport will be made; such problems include race relations, the traditional and emergent role of women, aggression and violence, and political and economic concerns. Additionally, students will learn team building and communication skills and strategies that will enable them to effectively work within the current framework of sport in society. The course will examine the practical and theoretical application of group process and social psychology in relation to working in the field of sport psychology. The students will gain an understanding of group behavior and dynamics and will be able to use this knowledge with diverse populations. Students will learn to recognize ethical issues in relation to working with groups and will examine their interpersonal and professional style.
PSP5804 Assessment Strategies
3
Examines a variety of assessment methods used to gain information from athletes, coaches, or teams utilizing sport psychology professionals. Topics to be covered include the role of assessment in the initial stages of work with athletes, methods of informal assessment, sport-specific assessment tools, issues of reliability and validity with instruments, and the ethical use of measures in the practice of sport psychology. Online or in residence.
PSP9085 Fieldwork Exam
Prereqs:PSP5803A, PSP5815, and PSP5816

$75 Fee
PSP9090 Comp. Written Examination
0
Prereqs:PSP5800A, PSP5803A, PSP5804, PSP5811, PSP5822, PSP5815, and PSP5816

$75 Fee

Comprehensive written examination covering material of Phase I, to be taken at the end of Phase I. Further guidelines are available in the Sport Psychology office
PSP5279 Fieldwork Orientation
$75 Fee
PSP9020 Town Hall Meeting
0
Summer - First Year
Units
PSP5280 Supervised Field Experience: Fieldwork I
3
Covers field placement and individual and group supervision. The field-placement aspect requires students to intern at a site working with athletes and applying skills learned in the classroom. Individual and group supervision involves one-on-one meetings, discussions, case presentations, and role-playing and covers ethical issues. Provides students with a supportive environment for discussion and for exploring issues which pertain to their fieldwork experience. This course may be retaken for additional credit.
PSP5834 Motor Learning and Performance
1
This course will teach students how to apply the principles of motor learning and performance in a variety of real-world situations. Students will learn to identify solutions that address many of the issues and obstacles encountered when teaching and learning motor skills.
Fall - Second Year
Units
IPS I - Integrated Professional Seminar: PSD7035 Ethnographic Placement I: Sport-Focused
2
Students are placed for eight hours per week in settings, generally schools or community mental health agencies, which allow them to engage in an ethnographic observation/participation of individuals and groups that are culturally different from the students in significant ways. The ethnographic placement is designed to enhance clinical and cultural competence by broadening the student’s exposure and appreciation of “others,” while gaining an indepth understanding of his or her own assumptions, stereotypes, and biases. Co-requisites: PSD 7046, PSD 7047.
PSD7046 Group Dynamics
1
Students explore the foundations of group therapy and engage in group process over the course of three quarters. They reflect upon the group dynamics of their ethnographic placement, their own collective experience within the IPS and the range of perspectives encountered in the assigned academic reading. They also explore the meanings of cultural differences in a group context. In the Fall quarter, students explore the foundations of group therapy with particular emphasis on the beginning stages of group development. Students also participate in group process with a self-reflective focus on the multicultural course content. In the Winter quarter, students explore the foundations of group therapy with particular emphasis on the working stages of group development. Students also participate in group process with particular emphasis on self-reflection as well as multicultural and group dynamics related to power, privilege, and oppression. In the Spring quarter, students explore the foundations of group therapy with particular emphasis on termination, and the closing stages of group development. Students also participate in group process with particular emphasis on self-reflection, as well as clinical considerations of multicultural and group dynamics related to power, privilege, and oppression.

Co-requisites: PSD 7035, PSD 7047.
PSD7047 Multicultural Awareness in Professional Psychology
2
In this part of the IPS curriculum students examine and critically consider contemporary and empirical literature in multicultural psychology. Students explore the effects of power, privilege, and oppression on psychological functioning. Students are encouraged to develop self-awareness and a heightened sensitivity to their own values, cultural assumptions, beliefs, and biases to understand how these serve as both resources and barriers to the effective delivery of mental health services to diverse populations. In the Fall quarter, students examine and critically consider foundational and current literature in multicultural psychology, particularly as it relates to immigration, social class, race, privilege, and oppression. In the Winter quarter, students will examine and critically consider foundational and current literature in multicultural psychology, particularly as it relates to sexual orientation and gender. In the Spring quarter, students will examine and critically consider foundational and current literature in multicultural psychology, particularly as it relates to disability, ageism and social justice. Co-requisites: PSD 7035, PSD 7046.
PSD7007 Clinical Interviewing Skills I
3
This course is the first of a two course sequence. It is designed to teach students fundamental clinical interviewing skills. Students will learn the basic attending skills required to establish and maintain a therapeutic relationship, including empathy, listening, reflecting, focusing and formulating questions. Students will also practice skills related to informed consent, confidentiality, and cultural sensitivity. The importance of taking into consideration contextual variables such as culture and ethnicity, language, socioeconomic status, migration, political conditions during the interview process is emphasized.
PSD7xxx Psychopathology I & Lab
3
PSD7225 Human Development
4
This course introduces students to empirically-based developmental psychology theories with an emphasis on conceptual issues and scientific methods in the study of developmental psychology. It teaches students to comprehend, assess, and evaluate scientific research on child development, and provides an essential understanding of child development for clinical activities. Students are taught to examine the interrelationship between physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional development in infancy, early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence.
PSP9000 Professional Development Seminar
0
Offered every quarter
Winter - Second Year
Units
IPS I - Integrated Professional Seminar: PSD7035 Ethnographic Placement I: Sport-Focused
2
Students are placed for eight hours per week in settings, generally schools or community mental health agencies, which allow them to engage in an ethnographic observation/participation of individuals and groups that are culturally different from the students in significant ways. The ethnographic placement is designed to enhance clinical and cultural competence by broadening the student’s exposure and appreciation of “others,” while gaining an indepth understanding of his or her own assumptions, stereotypes, and biases. Co-requisites: PSD 7046, PSD 7047.
PSD7046 Group Dynamics
1
Students explore the foundations of group therapy and engage in group process over the course of three quarters. They reflect upon the group dynamics of their ethnographic placement, their own collective experience within the IPS and the range of perspectives encountered in the assigned academic reading. They also explore the meanings of cultural differences in a group context. In the Fall quarter, students explore the foundations of group therapy with particular emphasis on the beginning stages of group development. Students also participate in group process with a self- reflective focus on the multicultural course content. In the Winter quarter, students explore the foundations of group therapy with particular emphasis on the working stages of group development. Students also participate in group process with particular emphasis on self-reflection as well as multicultural and group dynamics related to power, privilege, and oppression. In the Spring quarter, students explore the foundations of group therapy with particular emphasis on termination, and the closing stages of group development. Students also participate in group process with particular emphasis on self-reflection, as well as clinical considerations of multicultural and group dynamics related to power, privilege, and oppression. Co-requisites: PSD 7035, PSD 7047.
PSD7047 Multicultural Awareness in Professional Psychology
2
In this part of the IPS curriculum students examine and critically consider contemporary and empirical literature in multicultural psychology. Students explore the effects of power, privilege, and oppression on psychological functioning. Students are encouraged to develop self-awareness and a heightened sensitivity to their own values, cultural assumptions, beliefs, and biases to understand how these serve as both resources and barriers to the effective delivery of mental health services to diverse populations. In the Fall quarter, students examine and critically consider foundational and current literature in multicultural psychology, particularly as it relates to immigration, social class, race, privilege, and oppression. In the Winter quarter, students will examine and critically consider foundational and current literature in multicultural psychology, particularly as it relates to sexual orientation and gender. In the Spring quarter, students will examine and critically consider foundational and current literature in multicultural psychology, particularly as it relates to disability, ageism and social justice. Co-requisites: PSD 7035, PSD 7046.
PSD7008 Clinical Interviewing Skills II
3
This course is the second in a two course sequence. It builds upon the foundational clinical interviewing skills acquired in PSD 7007. Students will utilize these skills in establishing and maintaining a therapeutic relationship. Students will acquire additional skills such as confrontation and summarizing. In addition, specific situations such as suicide assessment, interviewing couples and younger clients will be addressed. The course will also explore clinical skills such as case formulation and report writing, peer supervision, the mental status examination, assessment of the client’s presenting problems, issues with difficult clients, and making appropriate referrals. Prerequisite: PSD 7007.
PSD7xxxx Psychopathology II & Lab
3
PSD7xxx Critical Analysis of Clinical Research: A Problem-Based Learning Lab
2
Spring - Second Year
Units
IPS I - Integrated Professional Seminar: PSD7035 Ethnographic Placement I: Sport-Focused
2
Students are placed for eight hours per week in settings, generally schools or community mental health agencies, which allow them to engage in an ethnographic observation/participation of individuals and groups that are culturally different from the students in significant ways. The ethnographic placement is designed to enhance clinical and cultural competence by broadening the student’s exposure and appreciation of “others,” while gaining an indepth understanding of his or her own assumptions, stereotypes, and biases. Co-requisites: PSD 7046, PSD 7047.
PSD7046 Group Dynamics
1
Students explore the foundations of group therapy and engage in group process over the course of three quarters. They reflect upon the group dynamics of their ethnographic placement, their own collective experience within the IPS and the range of perspectives encountered in the assigned academic reading. They also explore the meanings of cultural differences in a group context. In the Fall quarter, students explore the foundations of group therapy with particular emphasis on the beginning stages of group development. Students also participate in group process with a self- reflective focus on the multicultural course content. In the Winter quarter, students explore the foundations of group therapy with particular emphasis on the working stages of group development. Students also participate in group process with particular emphasis on self-reflection as well as multicultural and group dynamics related to power, privilege, and oppression. In the Spring quarter, students explore the foundations of group therapy with particular emphasis on termination, and the closing stages of group development. Students also participate in group process with particular emphasis on self-reflection, as well as clinical considerations of multicultural and group dynamics related to power, privilege, and oppression. Co-requisites: PSD 7035, PSD 7047.
PSD7047 Multicultural Awareness in Professional Psychology
2
In this part of the IPS curriculum students examine and critically consider contemporary and empirical literature in multicultural psychology. Students explore the effects of power, privilege, and oppression on psychological functioning. Students are encouraged to develop self-awareness and a heightened sensitivity to their own values, cultural assumptions, beliefs, and biases to understand how these serve as both resources and barriers to the effective delivery of mental health services to diverse populations. In the Fall quarter, students examine and critically consider foundational and current literature in multicultural psychology, particularly as it relates to immigration, social class, race, privilege, and oppression. In the Winter quarter, students will examine and critically consider foundational and current literature in multicultural psychology, particularly as it relates to sexual orientation and gender. In the Spring quarter, students will examine and critically consider foundational and current literature in multicultural psychology, particularly as it relates to disability, ageism and social justice. Co-requisites: PSD 7035, PSD 7046.
PSD7123 Cognitive-Behavioral Theory & Applications to Diverse Populations
3
This course introduces the basic tenets of CBT and the various forms of this perspective. Discussions of the philosophy of CBT and the structure of a CBT case conceptualization set the stage for more detailed work with the kinds of disorders for which CBT has demonstrated effectiveness. The interventions and evaluation procedures commonly used by CBT practitioners are demonstrated and discussed with regard to their applicability to various forms of psychological, emotional, or social problems. Consideration of the applications and limitations of CBT to diverse populations are woven into the fabric of each discussion.
PSD7141 Ethical and Legal Issues in Professional Psychology
3
This course focuses upon the legal and ethical issues related to the practice of psychology. Students explore issues which include, but are not limited to, licensing, scope of practice, competence, informed consent, client welfare, confidentiality (and its exceptions), and professional conduct. Also covered are issues related to the treatment of minors, couples, groups, and the use of technology in clinical psychology, as well as issues related to working with individuals with cultural, contextual, and individual differences from those of the provider. In addition, students will be introduced to methods of critically evaluating their professional behavior. The course emphasizes contemporary professional ethics and statutory, regulatory, and decisional laws that delineate the profession’s scope of practice and role of the psychologist.
PSD7151 Quantitative Methods
3
This course is the first of a three course sequence. This course presents an overview of psychometrics and quantitative research design and methodology. In addition, the course covers ethics in research, issues of cultural diversity relevant to the process of research, and an introduction to data analysis using SPSS. The focus of the course is on acquisition of skills that permit students to critically evaluate published professional literature.
PsyD COMPREHENSIVE WRITTEN EXAM I
June
Summer - Second Year
Units
PSD7114 Psychometrics: The Basics of Assessment
2
This course is designed to provide first-year students with an overview of psychometric principles and introduce them to the various types of psychological assessment tools such as cognitive and intellectual testing and measurement of personality. The course covers the foundations of psychological assessment, tools used in psychological measurement (e.g., test construction) essential characteristics of psychological measurement (e.g., reliability and validity), and the application of measurement ( e.g., tests of intelligence, personality assessment). This course is a prerequisite for the Assessment Series courses (PSD 7115, 7116, and 7117).
PSD7131 Psychology and Treatment of Substance Abuse
3
This course focuses on the identification, assessment, and treatment of individuals who are abusing substances. The influence of socio-economic status, cultural context, and the variations in substance use and abuse across groups will be considered. Prerequisite: PSD 7016.
PSD7124 Family Systems Theory & Applications to Diverse Populations
3
This course offers the basics in family systems theory and the historical context from which it arose. Students learn the application of systems theory to the treatment of a variety of family systems. A comparison and critique of systems theory from a postmodern perspective is included. The limitations of systems theory to families of diverse backgrounds are considered, and modifications of systems models that better meet such families’ needs are proposed.
PSD7xxx Group Clinical Skills
2
Winter - First Year
Units
PSP5811 Counseling Skills A
3
Introduction to basic counseling skills and techniques relevant to sport psychology consulting in a safe and supervised environment. Included are tools for building rapport, empathy, listening and life-development skills, treatment versus consulting, ethics, closure, and termination. Students will also develop skills in presenting sport psychology intervention material.
PSP5816 Performance Enhancement B
3
Prereq: PSP5815 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 PSP5815.
PSP5833 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.
Summer - First Year
Units
PSP5280 Supervised Field Experience: Fieldwork I
3
Covers field placement and individual and group supervision. The field-placement aspect requires students to intern at a site working with athletes and applying skills learned in the classroom. Individual and group supervision involves one-on-one meetings, discussions, case presentations, and role-playing and covers ethical issues. Provides students with a supportive environment for discussion and for exploring issues which pertain to their fieldwork experience. This course may be retaken for additional credit.
PSP5834 Motor Learning and Performance
1
This course will teach students how to apply the principles of motor learning and performance in a variety of real-world situations. Students will learn to identify solutions that address many of the issues and obstacles encountered when teaching and learning motor skills.
Winter - Second Year
Units
IPS I - Integrated Professional Seminar: PSD7035 Ethnographic Placement I: Sport-Focused
2
Students are placed for eight hours per week in settings, generally schools or community mental health agencies, which allow them to engage in an ethnographic observation/participation of individuals and groups that are culturally different from the students in significant ways. The ethnographic placement is designed to enhance clinical and cultural competence by broadening the student’s exposure and appreciation of “others,” while gaining an indepth understanding of his or her own assumptions, stereotypes, and biases. Co-requisites: PSD 7046, PSD 7047.
PSD7046 Group Dynamics
1
Students explore the foundations of group therapy and engage in group process over the course of three quarters. They reflect upon the group dynamics of their ethnographic placement, their own collective experience within the IPS and the range of perspectives encountered in the assigned academic reading. They also explore the meanings of cultural differences in a group context. In the Fall quarter, students explore the foundations of group therapy with particular emphasis on the beginning stages of group development. Students also participate in group process with a self- reflective focus on the multicultural course content. In the Winter quarter, students explore the foundations of group therapy with particular emphasis on the working stages of group development. Students also participate in group process with particular emphasis on self-reflection as well as multicultural and group dynamics related to power, privilege, and oppression. In the Spring quarter, students explore the foundations of group therapy with particular emphasis on termination, and the closing stages of group development. Students also participate in group process with particular emphasis on self-reflection, as well as clinical considerations of multicultural and group dynamics related to power, privilege, and oppression. Co-requisites: PSD 7035, PSD 7047.
PSD7047 Multicultural Awareness in Professional Psychology
2
In this part of the IPS curriculum students examine and critically consider contemporary and empirical literature in multicultural psychology. Students explore the effects of power, privilege, and oppression on psychological functioning. Students are encouraged to develop self-awareness and a heightened sensitivity to their own values, cultural assumptions, beliefs, and biases to understand how these serve as both resources and barriers to the effective delivery of mental health services to diverse populations. In the Fall quarter, students examine and critically consider foundational and current literature in multicultural psychology, particularly as it relates to immigration, social class, race, privilege, and oppression. In the Winter quarter, students will examine and critically consider foundational and current literature in multicultural psychology, particularly as it relates to sexual orientation and gender. In the Spring quarter, students will examine and critically consider foundational and current literature in multicultural psychology, particularly as it relates to disability, ageism and social justice. Co-requisites: PSD 7035, PSD 7046.
PSD7008 Clinical Interviewing Skills II
3
This course is the second in a two course sequence. It builds upon the foundational clinical interviewing skills acquired in PSD 7007. Students will utilize these skills in establishing and maintaining a therapeutic relationship. Students will acquire additional skills such as confrontation and summarizing. In addition, specific situations such as suicide assessment, interviewing couples and younger clients will be addressed. The course will also explore clinical skills such as case formulation and report writing, peer supervision, the mental status examination, assessment of the client’s presenting problems, issues with difficult clients, and making appropriate referrals. Prerequisite: PSD 7007.
PSD7xxxx Psychopathology II & Lab
3
PSD7xxx Critical Analysis of Clinical Research: A Problem-Based Learning Lab
2
Summer - Second Year
Units
PSD7114 Psychometrics: The Basics of Assessment
2
This course is designed to provide first-year students with an overview of psychometric principles and introduce them to the various types of psychological assessment tools such as cognitive and intellectual testing and measurement of personality. The course covers the foundations of psychological assessment, tools used in psychological measurement (e.g., test construction) essential characteristics of psychological measurement (e.g., reliability and validity), and the application of measurement ( e.g., tests of intelligence, personality assessment). This course is a prerequisite for the Assessment Series courses (PSD 7115, 7116, and 7117).
PSD7131 Psychology and Treatment of Substance Abuse
3
This course focuses on the identification, assessment, and treatment of individuals who are abusing substances. The influence of socio-economic status, cultural context, and the variations in substance use and abuse across groups will be considered. Prerequisite: PSD 7016.
PSD7124 Family Systems Theory & Applications to Diverse Populations
3
This course offers the basics in family systems theory and the historical context from which it arose. Students learn the application of systems theory to the treatment of a variety of family systems. A comparison and critique of systems theory from a postmodern perspective is included. The limitations of systems theory to families of diverse backgrounds are considered, and modifications of systems models that better meet such families’ needs are proposed.
PSD7xxx Group Clinical Skills
2
Fall - Third Year
Units
IPS II - Integrated Professional Seminar: PSD7135 Practicum II
2
This course is taught over three quarters, in conjunction with PSD 7146 and PSD 7147. The second-year practicum is a clinical placement where students apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired in the first year. PSD 7135 gives students credit for their practicum work. In class, students do weekly practicum check-ins and formal case presentations of clients. Theoretical conceptualizations are emphasized. Prerequisites: PSD 7008, PSD 7016, PSD 7035, PSD 7141. Co-requisites: PSD 7146, PSD 7147.
PSD7xxx Applied Diagnosis
1
PSD7147 Multicultural Proficiency in Professional Psychology
1
This course is taught over three quarters, in conjunction with PSD 7135 and PSD 7146. This course examines the ways diverse cultural perspectives are experienced within the clinical interchanges of psychotherapy. In addition, there will be a focus on clinical treatment interventions with specific populations and exploration of their relative effectiveness and the impacts on both therapist and client. Evidence-supported treatment approaches with specific populations are highlighted in this course. Prerequisites: PSD 7008, PSD 7016, PSD 7035, PSD 7141. Co-requisites: PSD 7135, PSD 7146.
PSD7115 Assessment I & Lab
4
This is the first of a three course sequence. This course is designed to provide the student with a broad understanding of the intellectual/ cognitive assessment of adults, adolescents, and children. Teaching will include administration, scoring, and interpretation of some of the widely used cognitive, achievement, and neuropsychological screening measures: the Weschler Adult Intelligence Scale-IV (WAIS-IV), the Weschler Intelligence Scale for Children-IV (WISC-V), the Wide Range Achievement Test 4 (WRAT 4), and the Bender II. Students will also learn about alternative cognitive measures including the Test of Nonverbal Intelligence 3 (TONI 3) and the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test-IV (PPVT-IV) . Students will also be taught how to conduct a thorough mental status exam with clients. The historical, cultural, linguistic, and socio-economic contexts of assessment and evaluation will be emphasized. A weekly lab is also required. Prerequisites: PSD 7008, PSD 7016, PSD 7114.
PSD7122 Psychodynamic Theory & Applications to Diverse Populations
3
This course reviews drive theory and ego psychology, object-relations theory, self-psychology, and intersubjective approaches to therapy. The paradigm shift in psychoanalytic thought from a drive theory to a relational theory model and the implications of this shift for clinical practice are examined. A critical review of psychodynamic theory and practice from a cultural perspective is included.
PSD7250 Statistics
3
This is the second course in a three course sequence. It is designed to provide students with knowledge of inferential statistics through two-way ANOVA and post hoc analysis with an introduction to selected multivariate techniques. Emphasis is placed on conceptual understanding and appropriate use of statistics including knowledge of assumptions and limitations of specific techniques. Critical review of published empirical literature and critique of culturally appropriate analysis and interpretation is an integral part of the course. Students are introduced to the dissertation process and are guided to begin formulating a dissertation research question. Prerequisite: PSD 7151.
Winter - Third Year
Units
IPS II - Integrated Professional Seminar: PSD7135 Practicum II
2
This course is taught over three quarters, in conjunction with PSD 7146 and PSD 7147. The second-year practicum is a clinical placement where students apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired in the first year. PSD 7135 gives students credit for their practicum work. In class, students do weekly practicum check-ins and formal case presentations of clients. Theoretical conceptualizations are emphasized. Prerequisites: PSD 7008, PSD 7016, PSD 7035, PSD 7141. Co-requisites: PSD 7146, PSD 7147.
PSD7xxx Case Formulation
1
PSD7147 Multicultural Proficiency in Professional Psychology
1
This course is taught over three quarters, in conjunction with PSD 7135 and PSD 7146. This course examines the ways diverse cultural perspectives are experienced within the clinical interchanges of psychotherapy. In addition, there will be a focus on clinical treatment interventions with specific populations and exploration of their relative effectiveness and the impacts on both therapist and client. Evidence-supported treatment approaches with specific populations are highlighted in this course. Prerequisites: PSD 7008, PSD 7016, PSD 7035, PSD 7141. Co-requisites: PSD 7135, PSD 7146.
PSD7116 Assessment II & Lab
4
This is the second of a three course sequence. It is designed to provide the student with a focused understanding of the Minnesota Multiphasic Inventory-2 (MMPI-2), the Millon clinical Multiaxial Inventory-III (MCMI-III), and their adolescent counterparts. .Students will learn about the psychometric properties of the measures as well as learn to administer, score, and interpret them. Other personality measures such as the Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI) and the Beck Depression Inventory will be introduced. Additionally, the field of therapeutic assessment will be discussed. Students will continue to enhance their skills in report writing, integrating evaluative data while incorporating historical and socio-cultural contextual information, and providing feedback and clinically useful recommendations. A weekly lab is also required. Prerequisite: PSD 7115.
PSD7107 Biological Bases of Behavior
3
This course offers a practical, clinical, and evidence-based description of the functional anatomy and physiology of the human nervous system. Normal and abnormal development and functioning of the nervous system is presented, including concepts of neuronal physiology and maturation, sleep, arousal and attention, acquiring and retaining information, and various aspects of a person’s ability to act on and adapt to changing environments. Application of this information to clinical practice, research, and personal experience is encouraged. Gender, age, and racial/ethnic differences in physiological processes, as they relate to behavior and experience, are presented in light of new neuropsychological, neuroimaging, and neurophysiological research findings. The ways in which psychological symptoms can arise from physical problems will be discussed to facilitate accurate and comprehensive clinical diagnosis.
PSD7251 Qualitative Research
2
This is the third course in a three course sequence. It introduces students to specific qualitative methodologies in detail: phenomenology, grounded theory, and qualitative content analysis. Additional forms of qualitative research are also introduced, including consensual qualitative research, qualitative meta-analysis, and case-study designs. The philosophical and methodological issues which underlie qualitative research will be discussed. The course includes lecture, discussion, and practice assignments covering interviewing and qualitative data analysis. Prerequisite: PSD 7250.
Spring - Third Year
Units
IPS II - Integrated Professional Seminar: PSD7135 Practicum II
2
This course is taught over three quarters, in conjunction with PSD 7146 and PSD 7147. The second-year practicum is a clinical placement where students apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired in the first year. PSD 7135 gives students credit for their practicum work. In class, students do weekly practicum check-ins and formal case presentations of clients. Theoretical conceptualizations are emphasized. Prerequisites: PSD 7008, PSD 7016, PSD 7035, PSD 7141. Co-requisites: PSD 7146, PSD 7147.
PSD7xxx Informed Treatment Planning
1
PSD7147 Multicultural Proficiency in Professional Psychology
1
This course is taught over three quarters, in conjunction with PSD 7135 and PSD 7146. This course examines the ways diverse cultural perspectives are experienced within the clinical interchanges of psychotherapy. In addition, there will be a focus on clinical treatment interventions with specific populations and exploration of their relative effectiveness and the impacts on both therapist and client. Evidence-supported treatment approaches with specific populations are highlighted in this course. Prerequisites: PSD 7008, PSD 7016, PSD 7035, PSD 7141. Co-requisites: PSD 7135, PSD 7146.
PSD7117 Assessment III & Lab
4
This is the third of a three course sequence. It is designed to provide the student with knowledge and experience in the area of projective personality assessment. Students will learn to administer, code, score, and interpret the Rorschach using the Rorschach Performance Assessment System. Students will also learn to utilize other projective assessment techniques and the Rotter Incomplete Sentences Blank. Current research in the field of projective assessment will be presented. Multicultural considerations will be integrated throughout the course, and the historical and sociocultural contexts of evaluation will be discussed. Students will continue to enhance their skills in report writing, integrating evaluative data, providing feedback and clinically useful recommendations. Emphasis will be placed on the integration of cognitive, personality, and projective assessment findings within the context of history, mental status, behavioral observations, SES and culture. A weekly lab is also required. Prerequisite: PSD 7116.
PSD7160 Psychopharmacology
3
This course prepares students to evaluate and direct clients regarding psychiatric medications. Pharmacokinetics, the major classes of psychiatric medications, referral processes, and how to follow-up with clients on medications will be discussed. Students will gain an understanding of the practical, ethical, diversity-related, and philosophical advantages and limitations of pharmacotherapy in the treatment of clients with various psychological disorders. Prerequisites: PSD 7016, PSD 7107.
PSD72xx Dissertation Proposal I
1
This is the first of a three course sequence designed to assist and supervise students in developing their dissertation proposals. Students will create a prospectus for their proposed studies, begin the process of recruiting a dissertation committee, as well as outline and begin drafting a Review of the Literature relevant to their proposed research. Prerequisite: PSD 7251.
Summer - Third Year
Units
PSD7104 Social & Cultural Bases of Behavior
3
This course provides students with an overview of Social Psychology and other domains of psychological research addressing the nature and influence of culture, with an emphasis on social psychology research and theory relevant to multiculturalism, social justice and professional ethics. The course will also address some key pieces of organizational psychology research which could also be classified as social psychology.
PSD7108 Cognitive & Affective Bases of Behavior
3
This course provides students with an overview of classical and recent research in the areas of cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience, as well as theories of emotion. While the emphasis of the course is on the science of psychology, the relevance of these models to diversity-competent clinical practice is also reviewed.
PSD7xxx Psychology of Trauma
3
PSD 72xx Dissertation Proposal II
2
This is the second of a three course sequence designed to assist and supervise students in developing their dissertation proposals. Students will continue to expand and refine their Literature Reviews, while drafting the Methods chapter of their dissertation proposals. Students also finalize their dissertation committees this quarter. Prerequisite: PSD 7252.
COMPREHENSIVE WRITTEN EXAM II
(Sep)
PSP5280 Supervised Field Experience
3
note this can be done any quarter once it has been confirmed that the student has the pre-reqs to start PSP internship work*
Fall - Fourth Year
Units
IPS III - Integrated Professional Seminar: PSD7235 Practicum III
3
This is a year-long course, taught in conjunction with PSD 7245. Practicum III gives students credit for their third-year training placement. To receive credit, students must meet the terms of the placement contract, carry the stipulated caseload, and receive a satisfactory evaluation from their clinical supervisor. In class, students are required to demonstrate assessment and integration of clinical data in their clinical work with clients. Students do formal case presentations and prepare for their Clinical Proficiency Exam. Prerequisite: PSD 7135.
PSD7245 Integrative Case Conceptualization and Treatment Planning
1
PSD7003 History & Systems
3
This course discusses the evolution of modern psychology with regard to theories, systems and practices. It is grounded in a broad historical understanding that builds a framework for understanding the contemporary field of psychology, examining the philosophical, epistemological, cultural, and sociopolitical contexts and consequences of the major systems in the development of contemporary psychology.
PSD 72xx Dissertation Proposal III
2
This is the third of a three course sequence designed to assist and supervise students in developing their dissertation proposals. Students will complete drafts of their dissertation proposal and Human Participants Review materials, and conduct a mock defense of their dissertation proposals. Prerequisite: PSD 7253.
PSP5817 Performance Enhancement C
3
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.
Winter - Fourth Year
Units
IPS III - Integrated Professional Seminar: PSD7235 Practicum III
3
This is a year-long course, taught in conjunction with PSD 7245. Practicum III gives students credit for their third-year training placement. To receive credit, students must meet the terms of the placement contract, carry the stipulated caseload, and receive a satisfactory evaluation from their clinical supervisor. In class, students are required to demonstrate assessment and integration of clinical data in their clinical work with clients. Students do formal case presentations and prepare for their Clinical Proficiency Exam. Prerequisite: PSD 7135.
PSD7245 Clinical Communication
1
PSD7309.x Clinical Topics in Sport Psychology
3
EXPECTED - DISSERTATION PROPOSAL DEFENSE
Spring - Fourth Year
Units
IPS III - Integrated Professional Seminar: PSD7235 Practicum III
3
This is a year-long course, taught in conjunction with PSD 7245. Practicum III gives students credit for their third-year training placement. To receive credit, students must meet the terms of the placement contract, carry the stipulated caseload, and receive a satisfactory evaluation from their clinical supervisor. In class, students are required to demonstrate assessment and integration of clinical data in their clinical work with clients. Students do formal case presentations and prepare for their Clinical Proficiency Exam. Prerequisite: PSD 7135.
PSD7245 Professional Development and Lifelong Learning
1
PSD7xxx Internship Application Workshop
0
PSP5800B Sport Psychology B
3
Take after 2nd PSP internship This is an advanced course that is the second in a two-part series. The main theoretical approaches in the field of sport psychology will be revisited and addressed from an integrated perspective. The students will be expected to synthesize the various theoretical perspectives and research findings and show how this integrated perspective can help their work with performers. The course will continue to engage students to think critically about the research presented and how it relates to their work in the field as a practitioner.
CLINICAL PROFICIENCY EXAM
April
Summer - Fourth Year
Units
INTERNSHIP APPLICATION & INTERVIEW PROCESS
FINAL DEADLINE - DISSERTATION PROPOSAL DEFENSE
PSP9091 Comp. Oral Examination
0
(When all MA requirements are completed) $75 Fee Comprehensive oral examination covering material in all phases of the program to be taken in the student’s last quarter. Further guidelines are available in the Sport Psychology office.
PSP 9100 Exit Meeting
0
Winter - Third Year
Units
IPS II - Integrated Professional Seminar: PSD7135 Practicum II
2
This course is taught over three quarters, in conjunction with PSD 7146 and PSD 7147. The second-year practicum is a clinical placement where students apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired in the first year. PSD 7135 gives students credit for their practicum work. In class, students do weekly practicum check-ins and formal case presentations of clients. Theoretical conceptualizations are emphasized. Prerequisites: PSD 7008, PSD 7016, PSD 7035, PSD 7141. Co-requisites: PSD 7146, PSD 7147.
PSD7xxx Case Formulation
1
PSD7147 Multicultural Proficiency in Professional Psychology
1
This course is taught over three quarters, in conjunction with PSD 7135 and PSD 7146. This course examines the ways diverse cultural perspectives are experienced within the clinical interchanges of psychotherapy. In addition, there will be a focus on clinical treatment interventions with specific populations and exploration of their relative effectiveness and the impacts on both therapist and client. Evidence-supported treatment approaches with specific populations are highlighted in this course. Prerequisites: PSD 7008, PSD 7016, PSD 7035, PSD 7141. Co-requisites: PSD 7135, PSD 7146.
PSD7116 Assessment II & Lab
4
This is the second of a three course sequence. It is designed to provide the student with a focused understanding of the Minnesota Multiphasic Inventory-2 (MMPI-2), the Millon clinical Multiaxial Inventory-III (MCMI-III), and their adolescent counterparts. .Students will learn about the psychometric properties of the measures as well as learn to administer, score, and interpret them. Other personality measures such as the Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI) and the Beck Depression Inventory will be introduced. Additionally, the field of therapeutic assessment will be discussed. Students will continue to enhance their skills in report writing, integrating evaluative data while incorporating historical and socio-cultural contextual information, and providing feedback and clinically useful recommendations. A weekly lab is also required. Prerequisite: PSD 7115.
PSD7107 Biological Bases of Behavior
3
This course offers a practical, clinical, and evidence-based description of the functional anatomy and physiology of the human nervous system. Normal and abnormal development and functioning of the nervous system is presented, including concepts of neuronal physiology and maturation, sleep, arousal and attention, acquiring and retaining information, and various aspects of a person’s ability to act on and adapt to changing environments. Application of this information to clinical practice, research, and personal experience is encouraged. Gender, age, and racial/ethnic differences in physiological processes, as they relate to behavior and experience, are presented in light of new neuropsychological, neuroimaging, and neurophysiological research findings. The ways in which psychological symptoms can arise from physical problems will be discussed to facilitate accurate and comprehensive clinical diagnosis.
PSD7251 Qualitative Research
2
This is the third course in a three course sequence. It introduces students to specific qualitative methodologies in detail: phenomenology, grounded theory, and qualitative content analysis. Additional forms of qualitative research are also introduced, including consensual qualitative research, qualitative meta-analysis, and case-study designs. The philosophical and methodological issues which underlie qualitative research will be discussed. The course includes lecture, discussion, and practice assignments covering interviewing and qualitative data analysis. Prerequisite: PSD 7250.
Summer - Third Year
Units
PSD7104 Social & Cultural Bases of Behavior
3
This course provides students with an overview of Social Psychology and other domains of psychological research addressing the nature and influence of culture, with an emphasis on social psychology research and theory relevant to multiculturalism, social justice and professional ethics. The course will also address some key pieces of organizational psychology research which could also be classified as social psychology.
PSD7108 Cognitive & Affective Bases of Behavior
3
This course provides students with an overview of classical and recent research in the areas of cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience, as well as theories of emotion. While the emphasis of the course is on the science of psychology, the relevance of these models to diversity-competent clinical practice is also reviewed.
PSD7xxx Psychology of Trauma
3
PSD 72xx Dissertation Proposal II
2
This is the second of a three course sequence designed to assist and supervise students in developing their dissertation proposals. Students will continue to expand and refine their Literature Reviews, while drafting the Methods chapter of their dissertation proposals. Students also finalize their dissertation committees this quarter. Prerequisite: PSD 7252.
COMPREHENSIVE WRITTEN EXAM II
(Sep)
PSP5280 Supervised Field Experience
3
note this can be done any quarter once it has been confirmed that the student has the pre-reqs to start PSP internship work*
Winter - Fourth Year
Units
IPS III - Integrated Professional Seminar: PSD7235 Practicum III
3
This is a year-long course, taught in conjunction with PSD 7245. Practicum III gives students credit for their third-year training placement. To receive credit, students must meet the terms of the placement contract, carry the stipulated caseload, and receive a satisfactory evaluation from their clinical supervisor. In class, students are required to demonstrate assessment and integration of clinical data in their clinical work with clients. Students do formal case presentations and prepare for their Clinical Proficiency Exam. Prerequisite: PSD 7135.
PSD7245 Clinical Communication
1
PSD7309.x Clinical Topics in Sport Psychology
3
EXPECTED - DISSERTATION PROPOSAL DEFENSE
Summer - Fourth Year
Units
INTERNSHIP APPLICATION & INTERVIEW PROCESS
FINAL DEADLINE - DISSERTATION PROPOSAL DEFENSE
PSP9091 Comp. Oral Examination
0
(When all MA requirements are completed) $75 Fee Comprehensive oral examination covering material in all phases of the program to be taken in the student’s last quarter. Further guidelines are available in the Sport Psychology office.
PSP 9100 Exit Meeting
0
Fall - Fifth Year
Units
Clinical Sport Psychology Externship
1 elective credit
Applied Clinical Theory
3
PSD7230 Fundamentals of Clinical Supervision
3
Aspects of the supervisory process are presented through the use of theoretical and case materials. Each student has the opportunity to participate as a supervisor in training and have his or her work critiqued. This course also includes information and skills related to supervising organizations, i.e., understanding and managing multiple levels of a system including one’s own private or group clinical practice. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: PSD 7235 or instructor permission.
INTERNSHIP APPLICATION & INTERVIEW PROCESS
Winter - Fifth Year
Units
Clinical Sport Psychology Externship
1 elective credit
PSD7215 Foundations of Professional Consultation & Advocacy
3
This course introduces students to the consultative and educational processes and roles in the profession of psychology and their application in working with diverse populations. Students become familiar with the basic stages and processes of consultation and various ways in which professional psychologists provide consultation services. Students are also introduced to the issues and processes of teaching in the field of psychology—including but not limited to administrative duties, course development, and course management. Prerequisite: PSD 7016.
PETITION TO GRADUATE
(Feb)
INTERNSHIP INTERVIEW PROCESS
Spring - Fifth Year
Units
Clinical Sport Psychology Externship
1 elective credit
FINAL DEADLINE – FINAL DISSERTATION DEFENSE
Fall - Sixth Year
Units
PSD7400 Internship
9
Students will apply for approved internship sites anywhere in the country that are consistent with their individual interests, training needs, and professional goals. Students will build competency in the diverse clinical skills required of a professional psychologist. Students are required to complete either one full-time, year-long internship or two-half-time, yearlong internships completed over two years’ time.
Winter - Sixth Year
Units
PSD7400 Internship
9
Students will apply for approved internship sites anywhere in the country that are consistent with their individual interests, training needs, and professional goals. Students will build competency in the diverse clinical skills required of a professional psychologist. Students are required to complete either one full-time, year-long internship or two-half-time, yearlong internships completed over two years’ time.
Spring - Sixth Year
Units
PSD7400 Internship
9
Students will apply for approved internship sites anywhere in the country that are consistent with their individual interests, training needs, and professional goals. Students will build competency in the diverse clinical skills required of a professional psychologist. Students are required to complete either one full-time, year-long internship or two-half-time, yearlong internships completed over two years’ time.
Commencement & Graduation
If dissertation defended & 36 units of internship completed
Summer - Sixth Year
Units
PSD7400 Internship
4.5*
*If you began internship with 4.5 units. Students will apply for approved internship sites anywhere in the country that are consistent with their individual interests, training needs, and professional goals. Students will build competency in the diverse clinical skills required of a professional psychologist. Students are required to complete either one full-time, year-long internship or two-half-time, yearlong internships completed over two years’ time.
Winter - Fifth Year
Units
Clinical Sport Psychology Externship
1 elective credit
PSD7215 Foundations of Professional Consultation & Advocacy
3
This course introduces students to the consultative and educational processes and roles in the profession of psychology and their application in working with diverse populations. Students become familiar with the basic stages and processes of consultation and various ways in which professional psychologists provide consultation services. Students are also introduced to the issues and processes of teaching in the field of psychology—including but not limited to administrative duties, course development, and course management. Prerequisite: PSD 7016.
PETITION TO GRADUATE
(Feb)
INTERNSHIP INTERVIEW PROCESS
Fall - Sixth Year
Units
PSD7400 Internship
9
Students will apply for approved internship sites anywhere in the country that are consistent with their individual interests, training needs, and professional goals. Students will build competency in the diverse clinical skills required of a professional psychologist. Students are required to complete either one full-time, year-long internship or two-half-time, yearlong internships completed over two years’ time.
Spring - Sixth Year
Units
PSD7400 Internship
9
Students will apply for approved internship sites anywhere in the country that are consistent with their individual interests, training needs, and professional goals. Students will build competency in the diverse clinical skills required of a professional psychologist. Students are required to complete either one full-time, year-long internship or two-half-time, yearlong internships completed over two years’ time.
Commencement & Graduation
If dissertation defended & 36 units of internship completed

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Faculty

Master of Arts in Holistic Health Education

19.6%

expected annual growth in Health Education jobs in CA

14.5%

expected annual growth in Health Education jobs in U.S. 2014

Ways to Learn

  • Hybrid
  • Online

Quick Facts

  • 2-years full-time
  • 3 years part-time
  • 59 units
  • Evening option

Campus Location

Overview

The Master of Arts in Health Education at John F. Kennedy University guides students on an in-depth exploration of health that goes far beyond the disease/cure paradigm currently prevailing in Western medicine. Following an evidence-based approach, students examine the various links among the physical, emotional, spiritual, social, environmental, and systemic aspects of health, investigating the ways in which our individual and communal life experiences are influenced not only by physical factors such as nutrition, exercise, and the environment, but also by thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and relationships.

 

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Highlights

  • Emphasis on client interaction goes beyond the science-only approach of other programs
  • Applied learning component ensures all students gain practical, on-the-job experience while serving the local community
  • Optional Specialization in Holistic Nutrition

With a strong focus on experiential learning and an emphasis on multicultural understanding, the program prepares aspiring health educators and holistic nutritionists to work with a wide range of clients across a variety of practice settings. Graduates possess the skills and knowledge necessary to chart their own career in health education, whether it be with a traditional healthcare employer such as a hospital or clinic, with a niche non-profit organization, or as a solo entrepreneur. From day one, our accomplished faculty of scholar-practitioners is dedicated not only to providing our students with the tools they need to guide their clients successfully to increased health and well-being, but to embody this holistic healthfulness themselves.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

Graduates of the Master of Arts in Health Education program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a holistic and evidence-based approach to health education, addressing body, mind, spirit, and community
  • Explain the basic philosophies of health and healing and the basics of diagnosis and treatment (to the level appropriate for health educators) in a variety of modalities of health care, both conventional and alternative, demonstrating an evidence-based integrative approach
  • Be proficient in performing competencies associated with the professional role of health educator
  • Develop and implement effective strategies for delivering health education content and services, drawing from a knowledge of multiple approaches and frameworks

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Why JFKU

An Integrative Approach to Health

The JFK University MA in Health Education program takes an integrative approach to health that addresses not only the body but also the mind, spirit, community, and environment. Working from an ecological perspective that recognizes the individual’s connection to others and the environment, our trained health educators assist clients in coming to a holistic understanding of health and wellbeing.

Applied Learning

Prior to completing the program, all students are required to participate in an applied learning component in which they take their knowledge and abilities from the classroom into the community. Under faculty supervision, students fulfill their applied learning component by providing wellness coaching, nutritional consultation, and other health education services.

HOLISTIC NUTRITION SPECIALIZATION

One of the most popular aspects of our MA in Health Education program is the Holistic Nutrition Specialization. Focusing on food as a healing modality, this specialization meets and exceeds the requirements established by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) and is a NANP recommended program. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Board Exam in Holistic Nutrition.

Curriculum

The MA in Health Education requires completion of 59 quarter units comprised of the courses outlined below. Each student must also take:

  • Five (5) units of HHE5615
  • Practicum in Health and Healing.

Holistic Nutrition Specialization

Most of the courses required for the Holistic Nutrition Specialization are part of the curriculum for the Master’s program, leaving only four (4) units beyond the degree requirements required to fulfill the requirements of the Holistic Nutrition specialization.

Year 1 - Fall
Units
HHE5001 Intro to HE Program
0
A required, no cost, no credit course for all students entering the program, it prepares students to get the most out of the program and lets them know what they need to do in order to complete it.
HHE5225 Foundations of Health Education
4
This course overviews the field of health education and prepares students for study and practice in their chosen field. We discuss the role of the health educator and various professional and ethical considerations inherent in that role. We look into various holistic theories as tools for analyzing and understanding health and health education. We begin to identify issues and questions of importance to the field and to us personally and professionally, such as health education for the “whole person;” shifting from a disease-focused to a health-focused health paradigm; wellness and the salutogenic approach to health promotion; self-care; and spirituality and health. This course is also designed to provide students entering the MA in Health Education program with a review of the critical thinking, research, and writing skills that will serve as a foundation for producing graduate-level work.
HHE5155 Foundations of Holistic Nutrition
4
Food forms the fiber of our being. Beyond basic nutrition, this course lays the foundation for using food as medicine focusing on supporting healthy cellular, organ and system function. Reviewing anatomy and physiology through the lens of functional medicine, we also examine the role of macronutrients and micronutrients in health and illness. As a result of the course students will be able to communicate the scientific reason for their nutritional recommendations.
HHE5148 Health Education Research Basics
1
In this course, students will conclude the work they’ve begun in HHE 5200 Research in Health Education A and HHE 5147 Research in Health Education B, including writing up and presenting their research results.
Year 1 - Winter
Units
HHE5120 Integrative Health
4
his course provides a foundation in Integrative Health, exploring the development of Western Medicine and alternative and complementary medicine. We examine historical perspectives that influence the current state of healthcare, explore the scientific basis of integrative approaches, and address the challenges of integrative health care. Students evaluate multiple approaches for addressing degenerative diseases, cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes examining the relationships among behavioral, environmental and genetic factors that enhance or compromise health.
HHE5169 Nutrition for Wellness Throughout the Life Cycle
4
This course introduces the foods, ways of eating and nutritional therapies that help to bring about and maintain the most vibrant health throughout the lifecycle, highlighting pediatric health, geriatric health and holistic sports nutrition. Special dietary needs of children and elders are a focus of this course. Nutritional recommendations for physical and mental vibrancy in the elder years are identified through a holistic approach for preventing illness and maintaining wellness. The nutritional needs of the athlete will also be examined through the lens of holistic nutrition and specific nutritional recommendations for athletes are discussed.
HHE5428 Fundamentals of Coaching
1
This course is an introduction to coaching competencies and coaching for wellness.
Year 1 - Spring
Units
HHE5140 Culture, Community, & Health
4
Taking stock of the influence of culture and community on health status and health outcomes and the current state of U.S. health policies, this course explores effective approaches to community health education and the role of the health educator as agent of change. Topics covered include: the social ecological model of health promotion; community building and community organizing; health activism; Health in All Policies (HiAP); and cultural competency in health education
HHE5145 Health and the Environment
4
In this course, we examine the connection between health of the environment and health of the individual and community. An examination of the food system, changes in agricultural practices, and the impact of these changes on environmental and human health is conducted. Possibilities for creating sustainable outcomes to address the global environmental health crisis are explored.
HHE5429 Coaching Tools & Techniques
1
This course is an introduction to coaching competencies and coaching for wellness.
Year 1 - Summer
Units
HHE5505 Midpoint Review
0
Before beginning the Research in Health Education and MA Integrative Project course series, students are oriented to the last year of the program, which is focused on applications and professional preparation.
HHE5574 Preparing for Supervised Internship
0
This course begins the process of creating the capstone project – also known as the “MA Integrative Project” – that is required at the end of the Health Education Master’s degree. Students will consider their education and examine their areas of professional interest in order to identify a viable topic. Because students will work with the same topic throughout the Research in Health Education and MA Integrative Project courses, topic selection is critical. Students will engage in both creative exercises and scholarly research to produce a project prospectus by the end of the quarter. Students will work in a collaborative learning format to provide feedback on topic development.
HHE5500 Concepts & Practices for the Emerging Educator
4
This course is designed for future educators, including teachers, trainers, coaches, and others who facilitate learning. We will explore how students can forge their identity as educators from the wisdom of their own lived experience. Topics will include: whole person learning, creating space for learning, adult learning models, learning taxonomies, content organization, presentation skills, experiential activities, learning aids, and learning module lesson plans. Opportunities for in-depth practice will enable students to discover and develop their own style of teaching.
HHE5200 Research in Health Education A
4
Whether for their own practice or for a mainstream organization, the health educator needs to be prepared to find, understand, and evaluate public health or medical articles written by experts in the field. They also need to know, through systematic evaluation, whether their programs are having an impact on the target population. This course helps develop these core health educator skills: research literature assessment, data interpretation, survey development, research design methods, population management, and program analysis. Students will gain essential hands-on experience with both quantitative and qualitative research methods. They will design a health study, conduct literature reviews and analysis, hold a focus group meeting in the community, and develop their own survey.
HHE5430 Coaching Practicum A
1
Students build coaching skills through practice.
Year 2 - Fall
Units
HHE5147 Research in Health Education B
4
In this course, students will gain essential hands-on experience with both quantitative and qualitative research methods. They will continue the work they’ve begun in HHE 5200 Research in Health Education A, by continuing the design of a health study, conducting a community needs assessment, and writing an extensive research report that includes a health education curriculum proposal. Whether for their own practice or for a mainstream organization, the health educator needs to be prepared to find, understand, and evaluate public health and medical articles written by experts in the field. They also need to know, through systematic evaluation, whether their programs are having an impact on the target population. This course continues the development of these core health educator skills: research method design, research literature critique, needs assessment, survey design, data analysis, and program evaluation.
HHE5158 Models of Change for Health Education
4
This course will cover determinants that influence health and well-being and discuss the role of the health educator in working with individuals attempting to make health behavior changes. Students will explore concepts and approaches of change specific to health and health behaviors. Current models of health behavior change will be analyzed and viewed through the lens of a holistic approach to health and health education.
HHE5607 MA Integrative Project A
1
This course begins the process of creating the capstone project – also known as the “MA Integrative Project” – that is required at the end of the Health Education Master’s degree. Students will consider their education and examine their areas of professional interest in order to identify a viable topic. Because students will work with the same topic throughout the Research in Health Education and MA Integrative Project courses, topic selection is critical. Students will engage in both creative exercises and scholarly research to produce a project prospectus by the end of the quarter. Students will work in a collaborative learning format to provide feedback on topic development.
Year 2 - Winter
Units
HHE5512 Mind Body Approaches to Stress Management
4
In this course, we examine the effects of stress on the nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, digestive and immune systems. Holistic approaches to stress management and mind-body medicine self-care practices are explored.
HHE5609 MA Integrative Project B
2
In this final course of the capstone series for the Health Education Master’s degree, students will focus on two objectives. First, they will revise and refine their papers drafted in the HHE 5609 course, producing a paper of publishable quality by the end of the quarter. Second, they will prepare and deliver professional quality presentations on their integrative projects. At the conclusion of the capstone series, students will be ready to make the transition from being a student to being a professional in the field of health education.
Year 2 - Spring
Units
HHE5608 Demonstrating Mastery
0
A required, no cost, no credit course in which students are able to demonstrate mastery of general health education knowledge, as described in the Program Learning Outcomes.
HHE5575 Supervised Internship
1
(may be taken for up to 3 units)
(may be taken in any quarter after HHE5574)

Students work with ways of bridging their work as students with what they hope to do as professionals by working for one quarter in a professional setting under the guidance of a mentor, keeping a journal, and describing their work in a paper. This internship meets the requirements of SVL 5000 – Service Learning. To receive credit, students must receive approval from the Service Learning Coordinator upon submitting the required proposal, and perform at least 30 hours of service learning through the internship before graduation.
HHE5610 MA Integrative Project C
1
In this final course of the capstone series for the Health Education Master’s degree, students will focus on two objectives. First, they will revise and refine their papers drafted in the HHE 5609 course, producing a paper of publishable quality by the end of the quarter. Second, they will prepare and deliver professional quality presentations on their integrative projects. At the conclusion of the capstone series, students will be ready to make the transition from being a student to being a professional in the field of health education.
HHE5431 Coaching for Health and Wellbeing
1
The focus of this course is coaching individuals for health and wellness.
Year 1 - Winter
Units
HHE5120 Integrative Health
4
his course provides a foundation in Integrative Health, exploring the development of Western Medicine and alternative and complementary medicine. We examine historical perspectives that influence the current state of healthcare, explore the scientific basis of integrative approaches, and address the challenges of integrative health care. Students evaluate multiple approaches for addressing degenerative diseases, cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes examining the relationships among behavioral, environmental and genetic factors that enhance or compromise health.
HHE5169 Nutrition for Wellness Throughout the Life Cycle
4
This course introduces the foods, ways of eating and nutritional therapies that help to bring about and maintain the most vibrant health throughout the lifecycle, highlighting pediatric health, geriatric health and holistic sports nutrition. Special dietary needs of children and elders are a focus of this course. Nutritional recommendations for physical and mental vibrancy in the elder years are identified through a holistic approach for preventing illness and maintaining wellness. The nutritional needs of the athlete will also be examined through the lens of holistic nutrition and specific nutritional recommendations for athletes are discussed.
HHE5428 Fundamentals of Coaching
1
This course is an introduction to coaching competencies and coaching for wellness.
Year 1 - Summer
Units
HHE5505 Midpoint Review
0
Before beginning the Research in Health Education and MA Integrative Project course series, students are oriented to the last year of the program, which is focused on applications and professional preparation.
HHE5574 Preparing for Supervised Internship
0
This course begins the process of creating the capstone project – also known as the “MA Integrative Project” – that is required at the end of the Health Education Master’s degree. Students will consider their education and examine their areas of professional interest in order to identify a viable topic. Because students will work with the same topic throughout the Research in Health Education and MA Integrative Project courses, topic selection is critical. Students will engage in both creative exercises and scholarly research to produce a project prospectus by the end of the quarter. Students will work in a collaborative learning format to provide feedback on topic development.
HHE5500 Concepts & Practices for the Emerging Educator
4
This course is designed for future educators, including teachers, trainers, coaches, and others who facilitate learning. We will explore how students can forge their identity as educators from the wisdom of their own lived experience. Topics will include: whole person learning, creating space for learning, adult learning models, learning taxonomies, content organization, presentation skills, experiential activities, learning aids, and learning module lesson plans. Opportunities for in-depth practice will enable students to discover and develop their own style of teaching.
HHE5200 Research in Health Education A
4
Whether for their own practice or for a mainstream organization, the health educator needs to be prepared to find, understand, and evaluate public health or medical articles written by experts in the field. They also need to know, through systematic evaluation, whether their programs are having an impact on the target population. This course helps develop these core health educator skills: research literature assessment, data interpretation, survey development, research design methods, population management, and program analysis. Students will gain essential hands-on experience with both quantitative and qualitative research methods. They will design a health study, conduct literature reviews and analysis, hold a focus group meeting in the community, and develop their own survey.
HHE5430 Coaching Practicum A
1
Students build coaching skills through practice.
Year 2 - Winter
Units
HHE5512 Mind Body Approaches to Stress Management
4
In this course, we examine the effects of stress on the nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, digestive and immune systems. Holistic approaches to stress management and mind-body medicine self-care practices are explored.
HHE5609 MA Integrative Project B
2
In this final course of the capstone series for the Health Education Master’s degree, students will focus on two objectives. First, they will revise and refine their papers drafted in the HHE 5609 course, producing a paper of publishable quality by the end of the quarter. Second, they will prepare and deliver professional quality presentations on their integrative projects. At the conclusion of the capstone series, students will be ready to make the transition from being a student to being a professional in the field of health education.

If you’re here, you’ve already begun.

Master of Arts in Consciousness and Transformative Studies

1

first accredited Consciousness MA in the United States

40+

year old program

88%

Student Satisfaction rate

74%

Program Alumni with right livelihood

Ways to Learn

  • Online
  • Hybrid
  • On-campus

Program Length

  • 2 years full time
  • 3 years part time
  • 58 units

Overview

Delve deeper into your own consciousness and gain the knowledge to help transform self and world with a Master of Arts in Consciousness and Transformative Studies.

Drawing from psychology, philosophy, religion, and the new sciences, consciousness studies bridges the divide between science and spirituality to empower transformative leaders. Leading students on a journey of self-discovery, the MA in Consciousness and Transformative Studies program links personal transformation to professional development and service of the greater good. The program is designed not only to galvanize your wisdom, courage, love, joy, and vitality, but also to enrich your sense of meaning, passion, and purpose. This program is offered on campus and online in a structured format with weekly deadlines across each quarter-long course.

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Highlights

  • Attain greater self-knowledge and growth through a multidisciplinary approach drawing from psychology, philosophy, and religion
  • Clarify your life purpose and developing professional expertise.
  • Gain Creative Competencies Applicable to a Wide Range of Fields

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students earning a Master’s in Consciousness and Transformative Studies will be able to do the following:

Articulate and apply a holistic and developmental view of consciousness and human evolution.

Demonstrate awareness and accountability for one’s subjective states and stage development using integrative psychological and spiritual principles and practices.

Communicate and apply systems theory principles to individual, community, and organizational transformation.

Apply leadership and Participatory Action Research skills to a creative leadership project in service of consciousness growth and systems change.

Sound like you? Make it real.

Why JFKU

Turn Your Degree into Your Work

Acknowledging that the journey of identifying our authentic purpose would not be complete without the practical skills necessary to make that vision a reality, our program devotes a portion of required coursework to professional development topics such as writing, teaching, publishing, entrepreneurship, and coaching. These practical skills aid students in translating their degree into a professional context.

Customize Your Expertise

Graduates of the Program go on to work in a range of fields where their new skills allow them to effectively guide individuals, organizations, and even entire communities through transformational change. Depending on their objectives, students may choose from a variety of specializations:

  • Consciousness and Healing
  • Culture and Consciousness
  • Philosophy and Religion
  • Dream Studies
  • Coaching (Coming soon!)

Come Home to a Program that Recognizes Your Experience

In existence since the late 1970s, our program was one of the first of its kind in the country. We were built on the understanding that there are those of us out there whose experience is not yet recognized by the culture at large. In joining us, many of our students feel that they have found their tribe. By discovering a shared recognition of their unique experience, they also come home to themselves.

Faculty

Curriculum

The Master’s in Consciousness and Transformative Studies requires completion of 58 quarter units. Specializations are completed within the 58 units through completion of four “core” courses and 6-7 elective units, all of which are part of the degree requirements.

Undergraduate Prerequisites [1]
COR 3145 – Research Writing (4 units)

Fall - First Year
Units
CNS 5049 Intro to Consciousness Studies
0 (All New Students)
This course introduces new students to the Consciousness and Transformative Studies program.
CNS 5012 Emotional Intelligence
3
This course introduces basic principles and practices of effective communication. Since emotional intelligence is a cornerstone of effective communication, students learn about affect theory and emotional scripts, and learn to apply these theories personally in service of greater self-awareness. Topics include emotional intelligence, affect theory, emotional scripts, emotional triggering and reactivity, presence, centering, listening skills, and discriminating between content and process.
CNS 5015 Body Consciousness/ Body Wisdom
2
This experiential course gives students the opportunity to explore their own body sensations, and in so doing, to make contact with its wisdom and power. We explore various areas and systems of the body, listening to their messages about what makes us feel supported, trusting, and strong; what makes us feel alive and passionate; what is right for us; what makes us feel satisfied; what do we care for and what do we want to give; what are our boundaries and what do we want to express; and what makes us feel protected and safe. Along the way, we consider messages that signal stress, anxiety, hunger, fear, and vulnerability.
Winter - First Year
Units
CNS 5030 Consciousness of Sleep and Dreams
2
Students will examine recent scientific research in sleep and dreams and explore varieties of techniques in working with dreams. The course focuses on the states of consciousness within sleep and different phenomena of the dreaming mind. Students will also explore their own dreams through different experiential and creative explorations.
CNS 5013 Interpersonal Intelligence
3
(prereq: CNS 5012 Emotional) This course continues to practice skills and principles of effective communication with a focus on intersubjective contexts. Students explore the use of communication in day-to-day life, relationships, counseling, teaching, employment settings, and other contexts. Topics include emotional dynamics, conflict resolution, and the importance of communication in social and global issues.
Spring - First Year
Units
CNS 5010 Paradigms of Consciousness
3
A paradigm is a model of reality, or aspects of reality, held by a community, and affirmed and enacted through communal behavior. Society today is shaped by past paradigms of consciousness as well as those which are newly emerging. This class explores the nature of paradigms, how they emerge, and how they are sustained and changed. We give particular attention to the evolution of various paradigms of consciousness and reality – from indigenous to modern, postmodern, holistic, and integral – and examine the potential of each to contribute to personal, social, and global transformation.
CNS 5125 Transpersonal Psychology
3
Summer - First Year
Units
CNS 5349 Integral Life Spiritual Practice
2
The complex challenges of our time demand that we give the best of ourselves to the world, yet many of these challenges leave us with little time for self-care or self-cultivation. An integral life practice, which draws on both ancient and modern insights and techniques as well as the principles of cross-training to maximize the effectiveness of our efforts, offers a stream-lined approach to transformative practice and thriving. Through this course, students engage in individual and collective self-assessment exercises, and learn to design and implement an integrative program of practices to promote physical health, emotional balance, mental clarity, and spiritual awakening.
CNS 5275 Living Systems & Creative Potential
2
This course introduces the basic principles of Living Systems Theory using theoretical and experiential components. Students apply these principles and practices to a selected area of interest (ecology, psychological development, community/cultural development, education, business or spiritual leadership, etc). We also explore feedback processes, the interdependence of all life, creative emergence, individual development, family systems and the impact of systems thinking on organizational transformation and social change.
Fall - Second Year
Units
CNS 5017 Human Development and Evolution of Consciousness
2
This course imparts a meta-perspective on human development and on the evolution of human consciousness. Developmental models assist us in perceiving the growth potentials across the human life span, which include conscious leadership. The course introduces various models of human development, such as Erikson’s psychosocial development, Kohlberg and Gilligan’s moral development, Fowler’s faith development and Kegan’s adult development. The course also explores basic elements of Ken Wilber’s integral theory, including the four quadrants, the difference between states and stages, and premodern, modern, and postmodern altitudes. Topics include models of consciousness, the relationship of Self/self, and the potential of integral psychology to deepen our understanding of and help bring about personal psycho-spiritual development as well as social/global change.
ELECTIVES OR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
3
Winter - Second Year
Units
CNS 5023 Shamanic Traditions
2
Shamanic practices and rituals that acknowledge and strengthen relationship to family, community, and the earth are sorely lacking in our modern culture, yet with each person’s ancestral lineages can be found evidence of earth-based spirituality, nurtured and supported through shamanic traditions. In this class, students will research shamanic practices within their ancestral lineages with the intention of integrating these practices with present-day knowledge.
CNS 5120 Diversity, Community & Leadership
3
(prereq: CNS 5013 Interpersonal) This course explores the question: Who am I, who are we, and who do we want to be as leaders of a new paradigm of interrelationship, interconnection, compassion and global citizenship? Students explore diversity, community development, leadership skills and professional development possibilities for expressing their highest and deepest values as agents of transformative change in their personal lives, families, and communities.
Spring - Second Year
Units
CNS 5025 Cosmology & Consciousness
3
(Prerequisite: CNS 5010 Paradigms). Cosmology is the study of the origin, structure, evolution, and eventual fate of the universe. Perhaps the most mysterious and intriguing aspect of the universe is the fact that it has evolved to include living beings with experience and even self-consciousness. Using the principles of systems theory, we can view the evolution and development of human consciousness not as separate from the rest of the cosmos, as is usually thought, but as integral parts of the experiential expansion of the cosmos. In this view, experience is as fundamental a feature of the universe as is space, time, energy, and matter. This participatory cosmology asks us all to become aware of our subjective states as causal elements in the continuing unfolding of the cosmos.
ELECTIVES OR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
2
Summer - Second Year
Units
CNS 5455 Professional Identity: Life Purpose
3
This course presents the Enneagram system through the lens of professional identity (e.g. as team members, leaders, entrepreneurs). The Enneagram is a spiritual and psychological personality system comprised of 9 interrelated personality types with distinct unconscious emotional motivations that drive behavior and are expressed in 9 unique styles of speaking, communicating, body language and world view. The course examines the Enneagram Centers, Wings and Levels of Development, to identify differences between people of the same Type and levels of constriction (i.e. healthy to unhealthy). Throughout the course, students are expected to create and maintain a developmental practice designed to bring awareness to subjective reactions and perceptions and improve self-awareness, self-management and personal accountability.
CNS 5020 Archetypal Mythology
3
(Prerequisite: CNS 5125 Transpersonal). This course explores the role, weight, and significance of life's mythic dimension from the standpoint of depth psychologists who have claimed that mythic presences, events, and situations are not dead or extinct, but alive and addressing us continually. Archetypes and myths address us every day in our dreams, relationships, conflicts, and mishaps. We explore this claim through discussions, dream work, film, and other media that disclose deep myth-making layers of the psyche. Understanding the archetypal layer of consciousness deepens awareness of our subjectivity, and restores to us the archaic roots of our evolutionary heritage.
CNS 5126 Qualitative Research A
1
This course provides students with an introduction to research paradigms, and an overview of qualitative research methodologies. Discussion and exercises in class are geared toward defining and developing a research topic, question and project, in preparation for designing and conducting a creative leadership project.
Winter - First Year
Units
CNS 5030 Consciousness of Sleep and Dreams
2
Students will examine recent scientific research in sleep and dreams and explore varieties of techniques in working with dreams. The course focuses on the states of consciousness within sleep and different phenomena of the dreaming mind. Students will also explore their own dreams through different experiential and creative explorations.
CNS 5013 Interpersonal Intelligence
3
(prereq: CNS 5012 Emotional) This course continues to practice skills and principles of effective communication with a focus on intersubjective contexts. Students explore the use of communication in day-to-day life, relationships, counseling, teaching, employment settings, and other contexts. Topics include emotional dynamics, conflict resolution, and the importance of communication in social and global issues.
Summer - First Year
Units
CNS 5349 Integral Life Spiritual Practice
2
The complex challenges of our time demand that we give the best of ourselves to the world, yet many of these challenges leave us with little time for self-care or self-cultivation. An integral life practice, which draws on both ancient and modern insights and techniques as well as the principles of cross-training to maximize the effectiveness of our efforts, offers a stream-lined approach to transformative practice and thriving. Through this course, students engage in individual and collective self-assessment exercises, and learn to design and implement an integrative program of practices to promote physical health, emotional balance, mental clarity, and spiritual awakening.
CNS 5275 Living Systems & Creative Potential
2
This course introduces the basic principles of Living Systems Theory using theoretical and experiential components. Students apply these principles and practices to a selected area of interest (ecology, psychological development, community/cultural development, education, business or spiritual leadership, etc). We also explore feedback processes, the interdependence of all life, creative emergence, individual development, family systems and the impact of systems thinking on organizational transformation and social change.
Winter - Second Year
Units
CNS 5023 Shamanic Traditions
2
Shamanic practices and rituals that acknowledge and strengthen relationship to family, community, and the earth are sorely lacking in our modern culture, yet with each person’s ancestral lineages can be found evidence of earth-based spirituality, nurtured and supported through shamanic traditions. In this class, students will research shamanic practices within their ancestral lineages with the intention of integrating these practices with present-day knowledge.
CNS 5120 Diversity, Community & Leadership
3
(prereq: CNS 5013 Interpersonal) This course explores the question: Who am I, who are we, and who do we want to be as leaders of a new paradigm of interrelationship, interconnection, compassion and global citizenship? Students explore diversity, community development, leadership skills and professional development possibilities for expressing their highest and deepest values as agents of transformative change in their personal lives, families, and communities.
Summer - Second Year
Units
CNS 5455 Professional Identity: Life Purpose
3
This course presents the Enneagram system through the lens of professional identity (e.g. as team members, leaders, entrepreneurs). The Enneagram is a spiritual and psychological personality system comprised of 9 interrelated personality types with distinct unconscious emotional motivations that drive behavior and are expressed in 9 unique styles of speaking, communicating, body language and world view. The course examines the Enneagram Centers, Wings and Levels of Development, to identify differences between people of the same Type and levels of constriction (i.e. healthy to unhealthy). Throughout the course, students are expected to create and maintain a developmental practice designed to bring awareness to subjective reactions and perceptions and improve self-awareness, self-management and personal accountability.
CNS 5020 Archetypal Mythology
3
(Prerequisite: CNS 5125 Transpersonal). This course explores the role, weight, and significance of life's mythic dimension from the standpoint of depth psychologists who have claimed that mythic presences, events, and situations are not dead or extinct, but alive and addressing us continually. Archetypes and myths address us every day in our dreams, relationships, conflicts, and mishaps. We explore this claim through discussions, dream work, film, and other media that disclose deep myth-making layers of the psyche. Understanding the archetypal layer of consciousness deepens awareness of our subjectivity, and restores to us the archaic roots of our evolutionary heritage.
CNS 5126 Qualitative Research A
1
This course provides students with an introduction to research paradigms, and an overview of qualitative research methodologies. Discussion and exercises in class are geared toward defining and developing a research topic, question and project, in preparation for designing and conducting a creative leadership project.
Fall - Third Year
Units
CNS 5127 Qualitative Research B (OR)
1
(prereq: CNS 5126 Qualitative Research A) Continuing the approach of CNS 5126, this course provides students with an in-depth exposure to participatory action research methods. Students apply one of these methods to their own creative leadership project by creating a research design using Action Research, Collaborative Inquiry or Appreciative Inquiry. They also complete a literature review focused on their topic and project.
CNS 5600 Planning a Thesis
1
(prereq: CNS 5126 Qualitative Research A) In this course, students will explore their thesis topics and clarify the major questions to be addressed.
ELECTIVES OR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
4
Winter - Third Year
Units
CNS 5610 MA Integrative Project A (OR)
1
(prereq: CNS 5127 Qualitative Research B) Students implement participatory action research methods in service of consciousness growth and systems change. Students conduct research for their creative leadership project designed in CNS 5127. Projects typically engage in four cycles of action and reflection, plus a final meaning-making meeting.
CNS 5602 Thesis
1
(prereq: CNS 5600 Planning a Thesis)
ELECTIVES OR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
4
Spring - Third Year
Units
CNS 5611 MA Integrative Project B (OR)
1
In this class, students assimilate the learnings from their creative leadership project conducted in service of consciousness growth and systems change. They prepare their final integrative paper, reporting on their learnings from their creative leadership project conducted in CNS 5610. They also present their project and learnings in class. The creative leadership project offers a bridge to post-graduation work and right livelihood.
CNS 5602 Thesis
1
(prereq: CNS 5600 Planning a Thesis)
CNS 5613 Consciousness Studies Integration
1
This course, taken at the conclusion of the program, offers students the opportunity to integrate their cumulative learnings from the Consciousness and Transformative Studies curriculum, both personally and conceptually. The course includes a review of key concepts and major principles from the core curriculum, gathered through student presentations and then evaluated through a cumulative learning assessment. Additionally, students apply these concepts and principles in a personal essay exploring their own transformation of consciousness throughout the program.
ELECTIVES OR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
4
Summer - Third Year
Units
CNS 5602 Thesis
1
Winter - Third Year
Units
CNS 5610 MA Integrative Project A (OR)
1
(prereq: CNS 5127 Qualitative Research B) Students implement participatory action research methods in service of consciousness growth and systems change. Students conduct research for their creative leadership project designed in CNS 5127. Projects typically engage in four cycles of action and reflection, plus a final meaning-making meeting.
CNS 5602 Thesis
1
(prereq: CNS 5600 Planning a Thesis)
ELECTIVES OR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
4
Summer - Third Year
Units
CNS 5602 Thesis
1

You found the door. So open it.

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
  • On Campus

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.

Watch what happens when you say yes.

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
PLS3001 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
PLS3002 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.
PLS3003 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
PLS3008 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
PLS3010 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.
PLS3009 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.
PLS3011 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
PLS3002 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.
PLS3003 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
PLS3010 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.
PLS3009 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.
PLS3011 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.

Maybe Lasts forever. Yes changes the world.

Master of Arts
in Counseling Psychology

39,157

Counseling psychology hours performed by students each year

80%+

pass rate for first time test takers (MFT and LPCC)

1:12

Student Teacher Ratio

Each student assigned

Ways to Learn

  • In-Person
  • Hybrid

Quick Facts

  • 2.5 years/ 10 quarters
  • part-time available
  • 90 units
  • Morning & evening options

Overview

“Follow your passion,” the old saying goes. But what about compassion? With a license-eligible Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills necessary to transform your affinity for helping others into a career in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT).

Marriage and Family Therapists work with clients of all ages and life circumstances, from children to seniors, guiding them through life’s many challenges. JFK University’s MA in Counseling Psychology prepares graduates to attain their full potential as practitioners by focusing on the development of clinical skills through extensive practical experience. Our expanded focus on clinical skills, assessment, and diagnosis make JFK University graduates some of the most highly sought-after Marriage and Family Therapists in the competitive Bay Area job market.

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Highlights

  • Satisfy California Board of Behavioral Sciences Requirements and gain exam preparation with this license-eligible degree
  • Attune yourself to issues of multiculturalism and social justice
  • Learn from a faculty of practitioner-scholar experts

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students completing the Master’s in Counseling Psychology will be able to do the following:

Articulate and evaluate the role of the self in marriage and family therapy and in professional clinical counseling along with developing strong professional identities as therapists and counselors and demonstrating leadership and advocacy applicable to furthering the professions.

Assess and diagnose client problems systematically and contextually.

Establish, maintain, evaluate, and utilize the therapeutic relationship to serve the mental health needs of diverse clients.

Recognize their own potential biases and deliver culturally sensitive treatment.

Utilize concepts, structures, theories, models, and technologies appropriate to the practice of marriage and family therapy and professional clinical counseling.

Identify, explain, and apply state, federal, and local laws that govern the provision of psychotherapy and counseling and can employ ethical decision-making processes.

Be aware of, evaluate, and respond to measurable outcomes of their work with clients using the research tools and methods in the field and employing evidence-based practices in psychotherapy and counseling interventions, assessments, and program evaluations.

Set something in motion with a simple yes.

Why JFKU

A Modern, Multifaceted Degree in Counseling Psychology

JFK University’s master’s degree program in Counseling Psychology provides a robust contemporary education in the counseling arts and the practice of psychotherapy, integrating recent findings in fields such as trauma research, developmental attachment, systems theory, and neurobiology (including interpersonal neurobiology) with a grounding in evidence-based practices and psychotherapy.

Practitioner-Scholars Who Practice What They Teach

Our faculty members collectively have published dozens of articles, books, and studies, and they have travelled the country giving talks on their respective areas of expertise. Their diversity of backgrounds and viewpoints exposes our students to the full breadth of clinical psychology and allows them to make informed decisions about which theoretical approaches and practice areas suit them best.

An Emphasis on Clinical Practice

Our program graduates stand apart from the competition thanks to the volume of practical experience and clinical skills training they receive. Whereas most programs require only one quarter of clinical skills training, JFK University requires three. And the JFK University MA in Clinical Psychology offers up to twice as many courses dedicated to assessment and diagnosis as other programs.

Curriculum

To receive the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology degree, students must complete 90 units.

Fall - First Year
Units
PSY/PSJ 5115 Theories for MFT Practice I
3
This course serves as the beginning of a survey of historical and empirical foundations of therapeutic theories and their effectiveness. Individually-oriented and family systems epistemologies are compared in their historical contexts. Theories I covers psychodynamically-based approaches with individuals, couples, and families. The course also introduces communication theory, cybernetics, and early systems approaches. This course is the first in the three-quarter sequence with PSY 5156 and PSY 5157.
PSY/PSJ 5112 The Family Life Cycle
3
Students study individual and family life cycle stages and transitions, including childhood, adolescence, launching, courtship, early marriage, childbirth, divorce, blended families, aging, and death. Human growth, intergenerational theory and multicultural considerations form a framework for the examination of life cycle stages and transitions. Students reflect on clinical applications and implications for self-of-the-therapist development.
PSY/PSJ 5070 Theories and Practices of Community Mental Health
3
This course provides contextual and practical information for working in publicly-funded community settings. Core elements of the community mental health movement and factors essential for working effectively with diverse communities will be initially provided. Using this as a foundation, other core issues will be addressed, including: working with the severely mentally ill; wellness, resilience, and recovery; consumers, families, and community as key partners in collaborative treatment; continuum of care across human services; multicultural competence and accountability; addiction and substance abuse; case management principles; disaster and community trauma response. Appropriate therapeutic models, including effective practices, emerging community practices, and linking interventions to outcomes will also be core to this course.
PSY/PSJ 5000 New Student Orientation
0
This is a required one time orientation to the MA in Counseling Psychology program. It provides essential information needed to navigate the university and program systems by reviewing essential information regarding policies, ethical codes of conduct, community building, and academic expectations. Specific discussion topics include; curriculum requirements, core competencies, comprehensive exams, practicum/internship, graduation requirements, university and department resources and advisement, professional conduct, and an introduction to evidence based practice..
PSY/PSJ 9001 Diversity Awareness Workshop
0
In this workshop, students engage in activities and discussions designed to increase awareness of diversity issues on the personal, social, professional, and systems levels. It is intended to be taken in the first phase of study and must be completed prior to enrollment in PSY5249 or PSY5260 Field Practicum.
Winter - First Year
Units
PSY/PSJ 5156 Theories for MFT Practice II
3
Prereq: PSY/PSJ 5115 This course examines family systems, humanistic, and experiential approaches to include with individuals, couples, and families. Students participate in experiential learning activities to bridge theory and application. This course is the second in the three-quarter sequence with PSY 5115 and PSY 5157.
PSY/PSJ 5230 Clinical Skills Training A: Self as Clinician
3
This course focuses on the person of the therapist with an emphasis on one’s own values, beliefs, attitudes, personal biases, and expectations. Students are invited to examine how their personal history has led up to a decision to enter the field of counseling psychology. Through personal reflections and interpersonal interactions students are also invited to consider how their context shapes who they are as individuals, and impacts interactions between self and other. In this class “context” will be examined as one’s personal history, family of origin, cultural dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, social class, religion, and physical ability, as well as community, national, and global realities. Theoretical and experiential learning applies this contextual awareness of self and other to communication and counseling skills. Through experiential activities, students will gain self-awareness, practice foundational counseling skills, and learn about self-disclosure, as both a tool for effective therapeutic change, and as a barrier to clinical treatment.
PSY/PSJ 5054 Research Methods: Quantitative and Qualitative
3
The Research Methods course provides a brief introduction to various forms of research methods, both quantitative and qualitative. An overview is presented of the quantitative and qualitative research methods and designs applicable to the systematic analysis of the varieties of human behaviors. Scientific problem-solving will be emphasized to include observational techniques and measurement tools, coding, analytic strategies, and reporting of research. Reviews of applications within the psychological literature will be covered. The course will encourage students to focus on research that has been used in their appropriate fields. This course will help in preparing students for the MA research thesis process and will facilitate understanding of research in later work as a practitioner in the field.
Spring - First Year
Units
PSY/PSJ 5157 Theories for MFT Practice III
3
Prereq: PSY/PSJ 5156 This course closely examines cognitive-behavioral, post modern and integrative approaches to individual, couple, and family therapy. Evidence-based treatment models and common factors in research are explored. This course is the third in the three-quarter sequence with PSY 5115 and PSY 5156.
PSY/PSJ 5231 Clinical Skills Training B: MFT Techniques I
3
Prereq PSY/PSJ 5230 This course is an introduction to clinical communication processes with individuals, couples, and families. Working within a multicultural context, students interactively learn practical skills for joining with clients, gathering clinical information in early interviews through use of questions and formal assessment methods, such as the genogram, and the mental status exam, and developing early clinical hypotheses linked to theory-based conceptualizations. Includes skills such as listening and tracking, focusing on process vs. content, understanding contributing dynamics, mirroring and reflective listening, interviewing individuals, couples, and families, a systemic evaluation of unit(s) of treatment, and managing therapeutic crises. Students learn how to recognize opportunities for referral and collaboration, and make appropriate use of clinical supervision. This course is the first in the two-quarter sequence with PSY 5232 taken with same instructor.
PSY/PSJ 5635 Ethics and the Law
3
Prereq: PSY/PSJ 5230; Concurrent: PSY/PSJ 5231 Examines legal and ethical issues related to the practice of Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling. Class topics include ethical and legal obligations of licensees, legal trends in mental health and family law, professional behavior, and the impact of therapist’s values on practice. Case management, referral practices, confidentiality and privilege, scope of practice, client welfare, and AAMFT, CAMFT, and ACA specific codes of ethics are also covered. Systemic, specific issues such as joint confidentiality, sessions with sub-systems, and separation and divorce are also considered.
Summer - First Year
Units
PSY/PSJ 5303 Child, Adolescent and Family Therapy: Assessment and Treatment A
3
Prereq: PSY/PSJ 5157 This course is part of a two quarter sequence with 5304 & is taken with the same instructor. Part one focuses on the history of assessment & diagnosis using the DSM-5 related to children and adolescents. DSM-5 diagnoses will be explored from various viewpoints through using both formal and informal assessment tools; differential diagnosis; neuropsychology findings; and a bio-psycho-social approach. Topics include developmental theories, case conceptualization and the introduction of treatment planning through a multicultural & systemic lens.
PSY/PSJ 5232 Clinical Skills C: MFT Techniques II
3
Prereq: PSY/PSJ 5231 with same Instructor Students continue to prepare for clinical work with individuals, couples, and families. Supervised role-play and/or videotaped practice sessions are used to help students practice listening and tracking, re-focusing from content to process, mirroring and reflective listening, and creating couple and family enactments. Students practice applying individual and systemic case conceptualizations to the beginning, middle, and end phases of therapy, and formulating clinical approaches using individual and systemic theories of practice. This course is the Third in the three-quarter sequence with PSY 5230 and PSY 5231.
PSY/PSJ 5403 Diagnosis and Assessment of Psychopathology A
3
This course is part one of a two-quarter sequence and it examines notions of health and psychopathology from individual, familial, and systemic perspectives. It focuses on the history, development, use, and critique of the DSM-5, with an emphasis on all mental disorders diagnosed except for Personality Disorders (to be discussed in Psychopathology B) and diagnoses designed for children (to be discussed in the Child, Adolescent, and Family Therapy sequence). DSM-5 diagnoses will be explored from various viewpoints, including assessment (formal—such as mental status exam—and informal—such as intake interviews), differential diagnosis, neuropsychology findings, psychopharmacology, and a bio-psycho-social approach. Culturally sensitive diagnosis is included as well as the scope of LPCC and LMFT practice, use of referrals, inter-disciplinary and inter-agency cooperation, and wellness/recovery principles. This course is the first of a two-quarter sequence with PSY 5404 taken with same instructor.
PSY/PSJ 9000 Child Abuse Assessment & Reporting Workshop
0
This workshop covers the following topics: recognizing and assessing physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and neglect; legal definitions of child abuse; legal reporting requirements and process; crisis intervention for the victim, families, and abusers; cross-cultural concerns; counter-transference issues; and community resources. It meets the requirement of AB141 for seven hours of training for MFT licensure and must be taken prior to the beginning of field placement.
Fall - Second Year
Units
PSF 5251 Field Practicum 1
1.5
Field experience at a JFK University Community Center that meets BBS requirements for clinical training experiences for MFT and PCC trainees. Includes one hour of individual supervision and at least two hours of group supervision per week, as well as didactic training and practice application of MFT and PCC assessment and intervention techniques with individuals, couples, and families. Field experience includes the use of audio/video recordings or live supervision of the student’s interactions with clients. Student’s counseling performance will be formally evaluated on an ongoing basis. Completion of Phase I and written consent of community counseling center director required.
PSY/PSJ 5304 Child, Adolescent and Family Therapy: Assessment and Treatment B
3
Prerequisite: PSY/PSJ 5303 with same Instructor This course is part two of the child, adolescent and family therapy series. The course examines the theories and practices in working with children and adolescents within individual, systemic, and multicultural contexts. Topics include a variety of clinical techniques and treatment modalities within different theoretical orientations. Students participate in experiential learning activities to bridge theory with application.
PSY/PSJ 5404 Diagnosis and Assessment of Psychopathology B
3
Prerequisite: PSY/PSJ 5403 with same Instructor This is part two of a two-quarter sequence examining, in particular, psychopathologies diagnosed in the category of Personality Disorders of the DSM-5--while simultaneously reviewing all the other categories. Etiology, assessment, and treatment recommendations of personality disorders from multi-theoretical perspectives, including cultural contexts, are explored and critiqued. Dual diagnoses, including co-occurring Substance Induced and Substance Use disorders and their standard screening and assessment instruments, are being discussed.
PSY/PSJ 5620 Multicultural Competence
3
Prerequisite: PSY/PSJ 9001 This course provides specific exposure to core elements in multicultural counseling. The course is specifically designed to enhance students’: a) deepening awareness and appreciation of their own cultural identities through theoretical frameworks; b) understanding of variables that affect therapeutic process and outcomes for diverse individuals, couples, and families; c) knowledge of evidence-based practices, community-defined evidence, and cultural adaptation of effective practices; and d) skills in committing to multicultural competence and sensitivity as an ongoing, developmental process in becoming and practicing as a therapist.
Winter - Second Year
Units
PSF 5252 Field Practicum 2
1.5
Field experience at a JFK University Community Center that meets BBS requirements for clinical training experiences for MFT and PCC trainees. Includes one hour of individual supervision and at least two hours of group supervision per week, as well as didactic training and practice application of MFT and PCC assessment and intervention techniques with individuals, couples, and families. Field experience includes the use of audio/video recordings or live supervision of the student’s interactions with clients. Student’s counseling performance will be formally evaluated on an ongoing basis. Completion of Phase I and written consent of community counseling center director required.
PSY/PSJ 5179 Family Treatment of Addiction
3
This course provides core information about alcohol and drug addiction, including the physical, psychological, and systemic impact they have on individuals, couples, and their families. Compulsive behaviors, such as disordered eating, gambling, and internet addictions, as well as their assessment are included, along with information about etiology, intergenerational patterns, and relapse. Research and assessment on systemic treatment approaches for youth, adults, minorities, and co-occurring disorders are reviewed. Standard screening and assessment instruments for substance use disorders and process addictions are covered. Contemporary strategies, such as abstinence/12-step, motivational interviewing, harm reduction, community-based treatment, and recovery (disease) models are covered. Students will learn about appropriate collaboration with other professionals, and about how to make appropriate referrals.
PSY/PSJ 5247 Clinical Case Seminar
2
Prerequisite: PSF 5251 This course accompanies quarters/sessions 2-4 of a student’s practicum experience (5261-5263 or 5250-5252), and involves formal presentation of ongoing clinical cases. Students will present videotape, audiotape, and/or treatment studies in class, for feedback on case conceptualization, systemic theory application, and treatment planning that is consistent with theoretical orientation. Instructors may also use role play, and other techniques to help students with treatment impasses, illustrate, and practice interventions, etc. Students will learn the application of both individual and systemic theories. This course is also intended to support students in preparing for their Master’s Oral Exam. Limited to students in clinical practice. Students with unsatisfactory progress in this course may be required to take extra quarter(s) beyond the three required for graduation.
PSY/PSJ 5434 Family Violence
2
This course covers violence against children, intimate partners, and the elderly. The following topics are addressed: the shared dynamics associated with violence; recognizing and assessing physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and neglect; legal definitions of child, dependent adult, and elder abuse; legal reporting requirements and process; crisis intervention for victims, families, and abusers; cross-cultural concerns; self-of-therapist issues; and community resources. Culturally sensitive therapeutic theories and interventions are examined. This course satisfies the BBS requirement for 15 hours of coursework in domestic violence for Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Clinical Counselors.
PSY/PSJ 9010 Issues with HIV/AIDS Workshop
0
This course covers the current medical, psychosocial, and mental health needs of clients living with HIV/AIDS, as well as family members, intimate partners, and caretakers. Specific concerns addressed include working with chemically addicted clients, cultural diversity issues including racial and sexual minority clients, legal issues, self-of-therapist issues, and effective models for service delivery and care. Family dynamics that impede or support treatment compliance are included. This course satisfies the BBS requirement for Marriage and Family therapists to complete a course at least seven hours in length that covers the characteristics and methods of assessment and treatment of people living with HIV and AIDS.
Spring - Second Year
Units
PSF 5253 Field Practicum 3
1.5
Field experience at a JFK University Community Center that meets BBS requirements for clinical training experiences for MFT and PCC trainees. Includes one hour of individual supervision and at least two hours of group supervision per week, as well as didactic training and practice application of MFT and PCC assessment and intervention techniques with individuals, couples, and families. Field experience includes the use of audio/video recordings or live supervision of the student’s interactions with clients. Student’s counseling performance will be formally evaluated on an ongoing basis. Completion of Phase I and written consent of community counseling center director required.
PSY/PSJ 5154 Couple Therapy
3
This course introduces students to the modality of couples therapy. Empirically based and non-empirically based models of treatment will be explored. Students will participate in experiential learning activities designed for practicing fundamental clinical skills in couples counseling.
PSY/PSJ 5247 Clinical Case Seminar
2
This course accompanies quarters/sessions 2-4 of a student’s practicum experience (5261-5263 or 5250-5252), and involves formal presentation of ongoing clinical cases. Students will present videotape, audiotape, and/or treatment studies in class, for feedback on case conceptualization, systemic theory application, and treatment planning that is consistent with theoretical orientation. Instructors may also use role play, and other techniques to help students with treatment impasses, illustrate, and practice interventions, etc. Students will learn the application of both individual and systemic theories. This course is also intended to support students in preparing for their Master’s Oral Exam. Limited to students in clinical practice. Students with unsatisfactory progress in this course may be required to take extra quarter(s) beyond the three required for graduation.
PSY/PSJ 5310 Group Therapy
3
Group therapy has gained recognition as an evidence-based approach that is both critically-sound and cost-effective. This course introduces students to both theoretical and experiential understanding of group therapy. The value of multi-couple and multi-family groups is discussed. The class is introduced to psychoeducational (content), interpersonal (process-oriented), or combined (content and process) group approaches. An on-going group experience is required so that students may reflect upon their own interpersonal process to further develop the self of the therapist. An overview of multiple models and techniques are applied in experiential practice, including stages of group development, support group, group leadership, and facilitation styles.
PSY/PSJ 9090 Master’s Written Exam
0
Comprehensive written examination covering material of Phase I to be taken during the first or second quarter of filed working Phase II. Further guidelines are available in the Graduate Psychology office. The written examination must be passed before advancing to Phase III of the program.
PSY/PSJ 9007 Community Based Programs
0
(Concord School-Based Placement Students Only) Students take this workshop when beginning a school based practicum. Students are oriented to the organization and dynamics of working in a school based setting. The politics of working with children and adolescents in the schools is addressed including the legal and ethical issues inherent in the schools. Introduction into the specialized record keeping and procedures of the school based program will be implemented. Information is given regarding assessment and treatment planning in the school system. Students learn how to conduct consultation with the school personnel and parents.
Summer - Second Year
Units
PSF 5254 Field Practicum 4
4
Field experience at a JFK University Community Center that meets BBS requirements for clinical training experiences for MFT and PCC trainees. Includes one hour of individual supervision and at least two hours of group supervision per week, as well as didactic training and practice application of MFT and PCC assessment and intervention techniques with individuals, couples, and families. Field experience includes the use of audio/video recordings or live supervision of the student’s interactions with clients. Student’s counseling performance will be formally evaluated on an ongoing basis. Completion of Phase I and written consent of community counseling center director required.
PSY/PSJ 5613 Human Sexuality
2
This course covers a diverse range of human sexual and intimate behaviors throughout the lifespan. The course examines the impact of gender, race, class, age, health/disability, religion, sexual and gender identity, and sexual behaviors and concerns. Topics include sexual assessment interviewing, treatment models, clinicians’ comfort, and competence. Relevant legal and ethical issues are covered. This course satisfies the BBS requirements for licensure.
PSY/PSJ 5247 Clinical Case Seminar
2
This course accompanies quarters/sessions 2-4 of a student’s practicum experience (5261-5263 or 5250-5252), and involves formal presentation of ongoing clinical cases. Students will present videotape, audiotape, and/or treatment studies in class, for feedback on case conceptualization, systemic theory application, and treatment planning that is consistent with theoretical orientation. Instructors may also use role play, and other techniques to help students with treatment impasses, illustrate, and practice interventions, etc. Students will learn the application of both individual and systemic theories. This course is also intended to support students in preparing for their Master’s Oral Exam. Limited to students in clinical practice. Students with unsatisfactory progress in this course may be required to take extra quarter(s) beyond the three required for graduation.
PSY/PSJ 5167 Brief Therapy
2
This course examines theories and methods of brief therapy from systemic and individual psychotherapy perspectives. Topics include problem identification, goal formulation, languaging, problem solving and solution building. Students will learn philosophical and theoretical premises of approaches, and practice clinical application through experiential activities.
PSY/PSJ 9008 Aging and Long-Term Care Workshop
0
This course offers an overview of mental health issues for older adults. Differential diagnosis of dementia from depression along with the impact of retirement, altered family roles, decline in social and economic status, and increased disability. The psy­chological, social, and financial aspects of long-term care are discussed. Psychodynamic treatment strategies focus on maxi­mizing quality of life and functional capacity for the elderly client, and facilitating collaboration with family, medical personnel, and caregivers. This course satisfies the BBS requirement to complete a minimum of ten hours of coursework in aging and long-term care for California licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist.
PSY/ PSJ 5309 Seminar in MFT
1
These 1-3 unit courses cover specific topics pertaining to the field of Marriage and Family Therapy. Each class has a specific focus, such as working with issues in divorce and remarriage, grief and loss, resilience and wellness, medical family therapy, addiction, eating disorders, LGBT clients, expressive arts therapy, advanced child therapy, or advanced couple therapy. MFT Students must complete a total of 3 units of PSY5309. May be repeated for credit with a change of topic. Recommended for during field practicum.
Winter - First Year
Units
PSY/PSJ 5156 Theories for MFT Practice II
3
Prereq: PSY/PSJ 5115 This course examines family systems, humanistic, and experiential approaches to include with individuals, couples, and families. Students participate in experiential learning activities to bridge theory and application. This course is the second in the three-quarter sequence with PSY 5115 and PSY 5157.
PSY/PSJ 5230 Clinical Skills Training A: Self as Clinician
3
This course focuses on the person of the therapist with an emphasis on one’s own values, beliefs, attitudes, personal biases, and expectations. Students are invited to examine how their personal history has led up to a decision to enter the field of counseling psychology. Through personal reflections and interpersonal interactions students are also invited to consider how their context shapes who they are as individuals, and impacts interactions between self and other. In this class “context” will be examined as one’s personal history, family of origin, cultural dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, social class, religion, and physical ability, as well as community, national, and global realities. Theoretical and experiential learning applies this contextual awareness of self and other to communication and counseling skills. Through experiential activities, students will gain self-awareness, practice foundational counseling skills, and learn about self-disclosure, as both a tool for effective therapeutic change, and as a barrier to clinical treatment.
PSY/PSJ 5054 Research Methods: Quantitative and Qualitative
3
The Research Methods course provides a brief introduction to various forms of research methods, both quantitative and qualitative. An overview is presented of the quantitative and qualitative research methods and designs applicable to the systematic analysis of the varieties of human behaviors. Scientific problem-solving will be emphasized to include observational techniques and measurement tools, coding, analytic strategies, and reporting of research. Reviews of applications within the psychological literature will be covered. The course will encourage students to focus on research that has been used in their appropriate fields. This course will help in preparing students for the MA research thesis process and will facilitate understanding of research in later work as a practitioner in the field.
Summer - First Year
Units
PSY/PSJ 5303 Child, Adolescent and Family Therapy: Assessment and Treatment A
3
Prereq: PSY/PSJ 5157 This course is part of a two quarter sequence with 5304 & is taken with the same instructor. Part one focuses on the history of assessment & diagnosis using the DSM-5 related to children and adolescents. DSM-5 diagnoses will be explored from various viewpoints through using both formal and informal assessment tools; differential diagnosis; neuropsychology findings; and a bio-psycho-social approach. Topics include developmental theories, case conceptualization and the introduction of treatment planning through a multicultural & systemic lens.
PSY/PSJ 5232 Clinical Skills C: MFT Techniques II
3
Prereq: PSY/PSJ 5231 with same Instructor Students continue to prepare for clinical work with individuals, couples, and families. Supervised role-play and/or videotaped practice sessions are used to help students practice listening and tracking, re-focusing from content to process, mirroring and reflective listening, and creating couple and family enactments. Students practice applying individual and systemic case conceptualizations to the beginning, middle, and end phases of therapy, and formulating clinical approaches using individual and systemic theories of practice. This course is the Third in the three-quarter sequence with PSY 5230 and PSY 5231.
PSY/PSJ 5403 Diagnosis and Assessment of Psychopathology A
3
This course is part one of a two-quarter sequence and it examines notions of health and psychopathology from individual, familial, and systemic perspectives. It focuses on the history, development, use, and critique of the DSM-5, with an emphasis on all mental disorders diagnosed except for Personality Disorders (to be discussed in Psychopathology B) and diagnoses designed for children (to be discussed in the Child, Adolescent, and Family Therapy sequence). DSM-5 diagnoses will be explored from various viewpoints, including assessment (formal—such as mental status exam—and informal—such as intake interviews), differential diagnosis, neuropsychology findings, psychopharmacology, and a bio-psycho-social approach. Culturally sensitive diagnosis is included as well as the scope of LPCC and LMFT practice, use of referrals, inter-disciplinary and inter-agency cooperation, and wellness/recovery principles. This course is the first of a two-quarter sequence with PSY 5404 taken with same instructor.
PSY/PSJ 9000 Child Abuse Assessment & Reporting Workshop
0
This workshop covers the following topics: recognizing and assessing physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and neglect; legal definitions of child abuse; legal reporting requirements and process; crisis intervention for the victim, families, and abusers; cross-cultural concerns; counter-transference issues; and community resources. It meets the requirement of AB141 for seven hours of training for MFT licensure and must be taken prior to the beginning of field placement.
Winter - Second Year
Units
PSF 5252 Field Practicum 2
1.5
Field experience at a JFK University Community Center that meets BBS requirements for clinical training experiences for MFT and PCC trainees. Includes one hour of individual supervision and at least two hours of group supervision per week, as well as didactic training and practice application of MFT and PCC assessment and intervention techniques with individuals, couples, and families. Field experience includes the use of audio/video recordings or live supervision of the student’s interactions with clients. Student’s counseling performance will be formally evaluated on an ongoing basis. Completion of Phase I and written consent of community counseling center director required.
PSY/PSJ 5179 Family Treatment of Addiction
3
This course provides core information about alcohol and drug addiction, including the physical, psychological, and systemic impact they have on individuals, couples, and their families. Compulsive behaviors, such as disordered eating, gambling, and internet addictions, as well as their assessment are included, along with information about etiology, intergenerational patterns, and relapse. Research and assessment on systemic treatment approaches for youth, adults, minorities, and co-occurring disorders are reviewed. Standard screening and assessment instruments for substance use disorders and process addictions are covered. Contemporary strategies, such as abstinence/12-step, motivational interviewing, harm reduction, community-based treatment, and recovery (disease) models are covered. Students will learn about appropriate collaboration with other professionals, and about how to make appropriate referrals.
PSY/PSJ 5247 Clinical Case Seminar
2
Prerequisite: PSF 5251 This course accompanies quarters/sessions 2-4 of a student’s practicum experience (5261-5263 or 5250-5252), and involves formal presentation of ongoing clinical cases. Students will present videotape, audiotape, and/or treatment studies in class, for feedback on case conceptualization, systemic theory application, and treatment planning that is consistent with theoretical orientation. Instructors may also use role play, and other techniques to help students with treatment impasses, illustrate, and practice interventions, etc. Students will learn the application of both individual and systemic theories. This course is also intended to support students in preparing for their Master’s Oral Exam. Limited to students in clinical practice. Students with unsatisfactory progress in this course may be required to take extra quarter(s) beyond the three required for graduation.
PSY/PSJ 5434 Family Violence
2
This course covers violence against children, intimate partners, and the elderly. The following topics are addressed: the shared dynamics associated with violence; recognizing and assessing physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and neglect; legal definitions of child, dependent adult, and elder abuse; legal reporting requirements and process; crisis intervention for victims, families, and abusers; cross-cultural concerns; self-of-therapist issues; and community resources. Culturally sensitive therapeutic theories and interventions are examined. This course satisfies the BBS requirement for 15 hours of coursework in domestic violence for Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Clinical Counselors.
PSY/PSJ 9010 Issues with HIV/AIDS Workshop
0
This course covers the current medical, psychosocial, and mental health needs of clients living with HIV/AIDS, as well as family members, intimate partners, and caretakers. Specific concerns addressed include working with chemically addicted clients, cultural diversity issues including racial and sexual minority clients, legal issues, self-of-therapist issues, and effective models for service delivery and care. Family dynamics that impede or support treatment compliance are included. This course satisfies the BBS requirement for Marriage and Family therapists to complete a course at least seven hours in length that covers the characteristics and methods of assessment and treatment of people living with HIV and AIDS.
Summer - Second Year
Units
PSF 5254 Field Practicum 4
4
Field experience at a JFK University Community Center that meets BBS requirements for clinical training experiences for MFT and PCC trainees. Includes one hour of individual supervision and at least two hours of group supervision per week, as well as didactic training and practice application of MFT and PCC assessment and intervention techniques with individuals, couples, and families. Field experience includes the use of audio/video recordings or live supervision of the student’s interactions with clients. Student’s counseling performance will be formally evaluated on an ongoing basis. Completion of Phase I and written consent of community counseling center director required.
PSY/PSJ 5613 Human Sexuality
2
This course covers a diverse range of human sexual and intimate behaviors throughout the lifespan. The course examines the impact of gender, race, class, age, health/disability, religion, sexual and gender identity, and sexual behaviors and concerns. Topics include sexual assessment interviewing, treatment models, clinicians’ comfort, and competence. Relevant legal and ethical issues are covered. This course satisfies the BBS requirements for licensure.
PSY/PSJ 5247 Clinical Case Seminar
2
This course accompanies quarters/sessions 2-4 of a student’s practicum experience (5261-5263 or 5250-5252), and involves formal presentation of ongoing clinical cases. Students will present videotape, audiotape, and/or treatment studies in class, for feedback on case conceptualization, systemic theory application, and treatment planning that is consistent with theoretical orientation. Instructors may also use role play, and other techniques to help students with treatment impasses, illustrate, and practice interventions, etc. Students will learn the application of both individual and systemic theories. This course is also intended to support students in preparing for their Master’s Oral Exam. Limited to students in clinical practice. Students with unsatisfactory progress in this course may be required to take extra quarter(s) beyond the three required for graduation.
PSY/PSJ 5167 Brief Therapy
2
This course examines theories and methods of brief therapy from systemic and individual psychotherapy perspectives. Topics include problem identification, goal formulation, languaging, problem solving and solution building. Students will learn philosophical and theoretical premises of approaches, and practice clinical application through experiential activities.
PSY/PSJ 9008 Aging and Long-Term Care Workshop
0
This course offers an overview of mental health issues for older adults. Differential diagnosis of dementia from depression along with the impact of retirement, altered family roles, decline in social and economic status, and increased disability. The psy­chological, social, and financial aspects of long-term care are discussed. Psychodynamic treatment strategies focus on maxi­mizing quality of life and functional capacity for the elderly client, and facilitating collaboration with family, medical personnel, and caregivers. This course satisfies the BBS requirement to complete a minimum of ten hours of coursework in aging and long-term care for California licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist.
PSY/ PSJ 5309 Seminar in MFT
1
These 1-3 unit courses cover specific topics pertaining to the field of Marriage and Family Therapy. Each class has a specific focus, such as working with issues in divorce and remarriage, grief and loss, resilience and wellness, medical family therapy, addiction, eating disorders, LGBT clients, expressive arts therapy, advanced child therapy, or advanced couple therapy. MFT Students must complete a total of 3 units of PSY5309. May be repeated for credit with a change of topic. Recommended for during field practicum.
Fall - Third Year
Units
PSF 5255 Field Practicum 5
1.5
Field experience in community mental health centers that meets BBS requirements for clinical training experiences for MFT and PCC trainees. Includes one hour of individual supervision and at least two hours of group supervision per week, as well as didactic training and practice application of MFT and PCC assessment and intervention techniques with individuals, couples, and families. Field experience includes the use of audio/video recordings or live supervision of the student’s interactions with clients. Student’s counseling performance will be formally evaluated on an ongoing basis. Completion of Phase I and written consent of Field Placement Coordinator required.
PSY/PSJ 5120 Specific Theories of Change
3
Prereq: PSF 5253

Child - This course explores in-depth a theoretical approach and application of a specific theory used with children, adolescents, and their families in MFT and PPC practices. Theory topics regularly offered include Attachment-Based Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Expressive Arts Therapy. This course may be repeated for credit with a change of topic.

OR Family - This course explores in-depth a theoretical approach and application of a specific theory used with individuals, couples, and families in MFT and PCC practice. Theory topics regularly offered include Bowen Therapy, Object Relations Therapy, Structural Family Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Postmodern Therapy, and Gottman Marital Therapy. This course may be repeated for credit with a change of topic.

OR, Individual - Explores specific theoretical and evidence-based approaches to psychotherapy and counseling with individuals selected from such schools of thought as Psychodynamic-Psychoanalytic Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical-Behavioral therapy, and Humanistic-Existential Therapy. This course may be repeated for credit with a change of topic.
PSY/PSJ 5406 Psychopharmacology
3
Provides a comprehensive overview of psychotropic medication options, including biochemical makeup, function, and possible side effects, utilized to treat mental disorders. Students will be exposed to the basic physiology and function of the brain as it relates to the use of psychotropic medications and basic psychological dysfunctions, e.g., mood disorders, ADHD, ADD, OCD, intermittent explosive disorder, and psychotic disorders. Also examines the increased collaboration among mental health and medical practitioners as psychopharmacological interventions become more common in client populations served by Professional Clinical Counselors.
PSY/PSJ 5309 Seminar in MFT
1
These 1-3 unit courses cover specific topics pertaining to the field of Marriage and Family Therapy. Each class has a specific focus, such as working with issues in divorce and remarriage, grief and loss, resilience and wellness, medical family therapy, addiction, eating disorders, LGBT clients, expressive arts therapy, advanced child therapy, or advanced couple therapy. MFT Students must complete a total of 3 units of PSY5309. May be repeated for credit with a change of topic. Recommended for during field practicum.
PSY/PSJ 9091 Master’s Oral Exam
0
Prereq: PSF 5254, Passed Written Exam Comprehensive oral examination covering material in all phases of the program to be taken in Phase III during the fifth or sixth quarter of practicum. Further guidelines are available at the College of Psychology and Holistic Studies office.
Winter - Third Year
Units
PSF 5256 Field Practicum 6
1.5
Field experience in community mental health centers that meets BBS requirements for clinical training experiences for MFT and PCC trainees. Includes one hour of individual supervision and at least two hours of group supervision per week, as well as didactic training and practice application of MFT and PCC assessment and intervention techniques with individuals, couples, and families. Field experience includes the use of audio/video recordings or live supervision of the student’s interactions with clients. Student’s counseling performance will be formally evaluated on an ongoing basis. Completion of Phase I and written consent of Field Placement Coordinator required.
PSY/PSJ 5120 Specific Theories of Change
3
Prereq: PSF 5253

Child - This course explores in-depth a theoretical approach and application of a specific theory used with children, adolescents, and their families in MFT and PPC practices. Theory topics regularly offered include Attachment-Based Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Expressive Arts Therapy. This course may be repeated for credit with a change of topic.

OR Family - This course explores in-depth a theoretical approach and application of a specific theory used with individuals, couples, and families in MFT and PCC practice. Theory topics regularly offered include Bowen Therapy, Object Relations Therapy, Structural Family Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Postmodern Therapy, and Gottman Marital Therapy. This course may be repeated for credit with a change of topic.

OR, Individual - Explores specific theoretical and evidence-based approaches to psychotherapy and counseling with individuals selected from such schools of thought as Psychodynamic-Psychoanalytic Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical-Behavioral therapy, and Humanistic-Existential Therapy. This course may be repeated for credit with a change of topic.
PSY/PSJ 5309 Seminar in MFT
1
These 1-3 unit courses cover specific topics pertaining to the field of Marriage and Family Therapy. Each class has a specific focus, such as working with issues in divorce and remarriage, grief and loss, resilience and wellness, medical family therapy, addiction, eating disorders, LGBT clients, expressive arts therapy, advanced child therapy, or advanced couple therapy. MFT Students must complete a total of 3 units of PSY5309. May be repeated for credit with a change of topic. Recommended for during field practicum.
PSY/PSJ 5436 Crisis and Trauma
3
This course provides an overview of crisis theory and management, and disaster and trauma causing events and their interventions. Students will learn current strategies for working with individuals, couples, and families impacted by personal, familial, intergenerational, community, and crisis and trauma events. Brief, intermediate, and on-going interventions aimed at reducing traumatic impact, utilizing strengths and resilience, restoring previous levels of function, as well as interventions for addressing delayed, longer-term, or secondary effects of trauma will be presented.
PSY/PSJ 9100 Professional Development: Post Master’s Preparation
0
This meeting formalizes the preparation of paperwork that must be processed as students complete field practicum and change from trainee status to intern status upon graduation. This meeting allows students to reflect upon and bring closure to their graduate experience as they prepare for their future as a practitioner.
PSY/PSJ 9075 Personal Psychotherapy
0
Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their personal development and knowledge of self and to become sensitive to the impact that they have on those around them. Consequently, and consistent with the BBS guidelines for MFT and PCC training, there is a non-credit requirement for at minimum of 50 hours of personal (individual, couple, family, or group) psychotherapy. Students register in the quarter they will complete the requirement or later. Further guidelines are available at the College of Psychology and Holistic Studies office.
Winter - Third Year
Units
PSF 5256 Field Practicum 6
1.5
Field experience in community mental health centers that meets BBS requirements for clinical training experiences for MFT and PCC trainees. Includes one hour of individual supervision and at least two hours of group supervision per week, as well as didactic training and practice application of MFT and PCC assessment and intervention techniques with individuals, couples, and families. Field experience includes the use of audio/video recordings or live supervision of the student’s interactions with clients. Student’s counseling performance will be formally evaluated on an ongoing basis. Completion of Phase I and written consent of Field Placement Coordinator required.
PSY/PSJ 5120 Specific Theories of Change
3
Prereq: PSF 5253

Child - This course explores in-depth a theoretical approach and application of a specific theory used with children, adolescents, and their families in MFT and PPC practices. Theory topics regularly offered include Attachment-Based Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Expressive Arts Therapy. This course may be repeated for credit with a change of topic.

OR Family - This course explores in-depth a theoretical approach and application of a specific theory used with individuals, couples, and families in MFT and PCC practice. Theory topics regularly offered include Bowen Therapy, Object Relations Therapy, Structural Family Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Postmodern Therapy, and Gottman Marital Therapy. This course may be repeated for credit with a change of topic.

OR, Individual - Explores specific theoretical and evidence-based approaches to psychotherapy and counseling with individuals selected from such schools of thought as Psychodynamic-Psychoanalytic Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical-Behavioral therapy, and Humanistic-Existential Therapy. This course may be repeated for credit with a change of topic.
PSY/PSJ 5309 Seminar in MFT
1
These 1-3 unit courses cover specific topics pertaining to the field of Marriage and Family Therapy. Each class has a specific focus, such as working with issues in divorce and remarriage, grief and loss, resilience and wellness, medical family therapy, addiction, eating disorders, LGBT clients, expressive arts therapy, advanced child therapy, or advanced couple therapy. MFT Students must complete a total of 3 units of PSY5309. May be repeated for credit with a change of topic. Recommended for during field practicum.
PSY/PSJ 5436 Crisis and Trauma
3
This course provides an overview of crisis theory and management, and disaster and trauma causing events and their interventions. Students will learn current strategies for working with individuals, couples, and families impacted by personal, familial, intergenerational, community, and crisis and trauma events. Brief, intermediate, and on-going interventions aimed at reducing traumatic impact, utilizing strengths and resilience, restoring previous levels of function, as well as interventions for addressing delayed, longer-term, or secondary effects of trauma will be presented.
PSY/PSJ 9100 Professional Development: Post Master’s Preparation
0
This meeting formalizes the preparation of paperwork that must be processed as students complete field practicum and change from trainee status to intern status upon graduation. This meeting allows students to reflect upon and bring closure to their graduate experience as they prepare for their future as a practitioner.
PSY/PSJ 9075 Personal Psychotherapy
0
Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their personal development and knowledge of self and to become sensitive to the impact that they have on those around them. Consequently, and consistent with the BBS guidelines for MFT and PCC training, there is a non-credit requirement for at minimum of 50 hours of personal (individual, couple, family, or group) psychotherapy. Students register in the quarter they will complete the requirement or later. Further guidelines are available at the College of Psychology and Holistic Studies office.

PROFESSIONAL CLINICAL COUNSELING (PCC) SPECIALIZATION

The following courses are required for the PCC specialization. These 10.5 specialization units along with the 90 core units of coursework, fulfill requirements for the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology degree with a Specialization in Professional Clinical Counseling.

Course
Units
PSY 5780 - Theories of Career Development
4.5
This course provides an opportunity for students to learn and evaluate several key career development theories and practice how to integrate and apply aspects of theories to their counseling work with diverse client populations. Students will understand the importance of theory in career development and life planning, learn the historical and philosophical perspective of career development, recognize current challenges in existing theories, explore emerging issues and trends, and appreciate the complexity of career choice, decision-making, and satisfaction of clients. This is an online course.
PSY 5405 - Psychological Testing
3
An overview of tests utilized and interpreted in the practice of Professional Clinical Counseling with the goal that students learn to develop referral questions and to review psychological reports conducted by other professionals. Projective tests (Rorschach, TAT), objective tests (Millon, MMPI), and behavioral rating scales (Hamilton, Conners) will be covered with the emphasis on managing and assessing client outcome. Introduces the principles of intellectual and cognitive assessment so that learning disability diagnosis can be discussed. Ethical and legal issues involved in psychological testing including the influences of gender, cultural, and socioeconomic context are included.
PSY 5407 - Recent Advances in Pediatric & Geriatric Psychopharmacology
1.5
This course provides an up to date view of the development in pediatric and geriatric psychotropic research and new medication options. Advanced study of physiology and function of the brain in relation to the use of psychotropic medications and common disorders in youth and aged populations are examined. This course provides the additional 1.5 units for the PPC specialization requirement in Psychopharmacology.
PSY 5646 - Advanced Studies in Research
1.5
Advanced topics and issues concerning research designed to expand student knowledge of the topic beyond the core course through additional learning and/or practical applications. This course meets the requirements for additional units in addiction studies for the LPCC in California. Must be taken either concurrently with or subsequent to PSY 5054. Required for students in the LPCC track, though open to all MFT students.

Faculty

Sound like you?

Bachelor of Arts
in Legal Studies

82%

Of graduates working in legal field within a month post-grad

30%+

number of program alum that move on to Law School after-grad

100%

faculty are practicing attorneys

1

only ABA approved Bachelor’s Degree in Northern California

Ways to Learn

  • Hybrid
  • In Person

Quick Facts

  • 7 quarters full time
  • 8 quarters part time
  • Minimum 180 units
  • Evening only

Overview

Since 1965, John F. Kennedy University College of Law has been a leading force for public-interest legal causes in Contra Costa County and throughout the Bay Area. JFK University’s ABA-approved Legal Studies Program builds off our College of Law’s half-century of experience educating successful, socially conscious legal professionals.

Our bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies combines our Integrated Paralegal Certificate Program with the only bachelor’s degree in Northern California approved by the American Bar Association (ABA).

JFK University’s unique degree completion program allows eligible students to satisfy the California paralegal education requirements after their first year of study while earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Legal Studies in as little as three additional quarters of coursework. This combination provides graduates with a broad range of options for pursuing productive, impactful careers in the law.

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

  • Only legal studies bachelor’s degree in Northern California to be ABA-approved
  • Paralegal Certificate Program integrated into first-year curriculum
  • Only undergraduate Legal Studies program in the Bay Area offering full access to an on-campus law library
  • Most textbooks are included in the tuition

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students completing the Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies will be able to:

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.

Demonstrate proficiency in oral communication.

Describe the role of diversity in American Jurisprudence.

Big things start with a simple yes.

Why JFKU

A degree that gives you options.

Combining the only ABA-approved Legal Studies undergraduate program in Northern California with an embedded ABA-approved Paralegal Certificate Program, the JFK University College of Law’s Legal Studies Degree-Completion Program puts undergraduate students on a pathway to success in the legal profession, whether they decide to pursue a career as a paralegal or continue on to law school.

An entire law school at your disposal.

Housed in the JFK University College of Law, the ABA-approved undergraduate Legal Studies program is the only such program in the Bay Area to offer a complete on-campus law library where students can hone their legal research skills. Students also have the opportunity to collaborate with JD candidates on real cases in the College’s highly regarded community law clinics.

Internships that offer experience and build your resume.

For students looking to get a head start on their legal careers, our Legal Studies program offers optional internship opportunities at local law firms, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and community law clinics. Students who take advantage of these internships leave our program with an edge on the job-seeking competition.

Curriculum

REQUIREMENTS

Students must complete a minimum of 180 quarter units to graduate with a Bachelor’s in Legal Studies, including 21 units of core requirements, 47 upper division units in the legal studies area, and 8 units of electives.

Fall - First Year
Units
PLS3001 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 - First Year
Units
PLS3002 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.
PLS3003 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 - First Year
Units
PLS3008 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 - First Year
Units
PLS3010 Legal Tech. Apps
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.
PLS3009 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.
PLS3011 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.
PLS 3103 Advanced Legal Writing
4 (BA ONLY)
This course is the advanced writing course, required for the BA students. This course will reinforce the art of analyzing legal problems, and writing clear and concise legal correspondence, e-mail, memoranda and briefs. Students will conduct research and write a research paper, as well as draft other legal documents.
Fall - Second Year
Units
BUS3400 Bus. Comm.
4
This course addresses basic skills needed by students to both write effectively and understand verbal and nonverbal communication. Students will develop competencies in business presentations, professional business writing, team communication and identifying techniques to improve effective communication among diverse workplace audiences.
LIB3146 Information Literacy
2
This course is designed to be taken prior to or concurrently with LIB 3100 Critical Thinking and Writing. Students receive an introduction to library and electronic research, including the skills to successfully find, retrieve, evaluate and use information. Students then focus on the process of conducting research using library and electronic resources in relation to a topic of their choice. This intensive course provides hand-on work in the computer lab with guidance from the instructor. Hybrid or Online.
PLS 3101 Accounting for the Legal Professional
4
This course introduces the basic concepts and principles of accounting. This is an introductory course and, as a result, assumes no prior knowledge or experience with accounting. Objectives of this course include: (1) understanding how accounting concepts and financial statements affect legal issues, (2) a working knowledge of accounting; (3) the ability to understand the language of accounting; (4) enhanced ability to communicate with those in the accounting profession; and (5) the ability to critically review and analyze financial statement information.
SVL 4000, Service Learning
0
As part of JFK University's initiative, JFKU Engaged, to encourage student engagement in our communities, all new students who enrolled in Winter 2015 and after must perform 30 hours of community service as a requirement for graduation. Through this online course, students will submit a service learning proposal, maintain a log of hours worked, write a reflection and final essay, and complete a final project summary. Students will receive/obtain feedback from their site/project supervisor.
Winter - Second Year
Units
LIB3100 Critical Think/Writing
4
Focuses on academic essay writing, rhetorical analysis, and critical thinking; designed particularly to help upper-division students craft better academic essays. Students work on the organization, mechanics, and coherence of their writing and build greater confidence in their ability to write. Students also discuss and practice the fundamental tools of critical thinking, analyze rhetorical devices and targeted audiences of different texts, and attempt to apply their understanding to their own expression. The course helps students examine thesis, types of evidence, and counter arguments as well as movements between concrete and abstract, personal and universal. Each quarter, the course will be organized around a different interdisciplinary theme.
PLS3113 Critical Thinking in Law and Business
4
Addresses the interaction of law and business and the societal issues that must be a part of successful and responsible business activities.
PLS3006 Contract Law
4
This course is designed to introduce the student to the area of contract law. Contract information will be emphasized along with evaluation of contract disputes, discharge of performance and resulting damages, and the various remedies available for breach of contract.
Spring - Second Year
Units
PLS3111 Law/Social Justice
4
This is a survey course examining the civil rights of the various groups studied including people of color, people with disabilities, and gays and lesbians. Sexual discrimination against both women and men will be studied as well.
PLS3033 Public Benefits Law
4
This course examines the law and regulations surrounding our public benefits in both our state and federal government systems. Emphasis is placed on healthcare law, social security, the ADA, welfare, and regulations governing the rights of the elderly.
PLS3012 Capstone
3
This is the capstone course for the Legal Studies Program. Students will use their skills and knowledge acquired throughout the curriculum to perform substantive legal work in preparation for their entry into the legal profession.
Winter - First Year
Units
PLS3002 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.
PLS3003 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 - First Year
Units
PLS3010 Legal Tech. Apps
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.
PLS3009 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.
PLS3011 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.
PLS 3103 Advanced Legal Writing
4 (BA ONLY)
This course is the advanced writing course, required for the BA students. This course will reinforce the art of analyzing legal problems, and writing clear and concise legal correspondence, e-mail, memoranda and briefs. Students will conduct research and write a research paper, as well as draft other legal documents.
Winter - Second Year
Units
LIB3100 Critical Think/Writing
4
Focuses on academic essay writing, rhetorical analysis, and critical thinking; designed particularly to help upper-division students craft better academic essays. Students work on the organization, mechanics, and coherence of their writing and build greater confidence in their ability to write. Students also discuss and practice the fundamental tools of critical thinking, analyze rhetorical devices and targeted audiences of different texts, and attempt to apply their understanding to their own expression. The course helps students examine thesis, types of evidence, and counter arguments as well as movements between concrete and abstract, personal and universal. Each quarter, the course will be organized around a different interdisciplinary theme.
PLS3113 Critical Thinking in Law and Business
4
Addresses the interaction of law and business and the societal issues that must be a part of successful and responsible business activities.
PLS3006 Contract Law
4
This course is designed to introduce the student to the area of contract law. Contract information will be emphasized along with evaluation of contract disputes, discharge of performance and resulting damages, and the various remedies available for breach of contract.

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