PSC 5011 Theories of Psychotherapy in Context
In this course, students critically examine some of the influential theories of counseling and psychotherapy by exploring the social, cultural and historical contexts that produced them. Theories are considered in terms of their evidence base and relevance in the contemporary social context. The course compares and contrasts theories in terms of key theoretical concepts such as personality development, health and illness, and therapeutic techniques. Students begin the process of developing their philosophy of treatment and therapeutic orientation.
PSC 5031 Research Methods
This course examines different approaches to the generation and evaluation of psychological theory and data. Strengths, weaknesses, and ethical practice of quantitative and qualitative methods are examined with attention to the descriptive and inferential statistical methods used in hypothesis testing and psychological assessment.
PSC 5032 Evaluation and Outcome Research (LPCC Track)
This course builds on PSC5031 to develop students’ understanding of recent developments in measurement and evaluation and examines the role of evaluation in the development of programs and services. Students will learn about approaches to outcome based evaluation and gain skills in identifying appropriate data collection and analysis methods for research, needs assessment and program evaluation.
PSC 5040 Human Development and Diversity
This course provides an overview of human development throughout the lifetime in the family, social and cultural context. The individual and family life cycles will be viewed as mutually interactive processes which are also affected by such factors as biology/ genetics, gender, race, ethnicity, acculturation, religion, etc. The development of the individual will be traced chronologically through a survey of a select number of major theoretical approaches. The family and other factors influencing and generated by the individual’s developmental tasks will be explored concurrently.
PSC 5041 Lifespan Human Development: The Older Adult
This course examines individual and family life cycle development perspectives are used to understand the psychological, social, and biological changes that are associated with aging with an emphasis on factors related to positive adjustment. Students will examine later life transitions in work, social roles and health as well as how aging processes vary by gender, race, and ethnicity.
PSC 5050 Clinical Skills in the Multicultural Context
This experiential course builds on the student’s developing multicultural awareness and clinical skills repertoire. Students are introduced to culturally responsive assessment practices and work to develop case conceptualization and treatment planning skills that integrate knowledge about cultural influences and identities as well as the concepts of oppression, power, poverty, and acculturation into their clinical practice.
PSC 5051 Multicultural Awareness: Self, Culture & Context
Professionals in a multicultural society must be aware of psychological, social, economic and political issues associated with culture, race, class, ethnicity, age and gender. This course examines the experience of cultural difference, with particular emphasis on power, oppression and marginalization. The course promotes self-awareness and cross-cultural exploration of cultural heritage as well as students’ attitudes and biases.
PSC 5061 Psychopathology
In this course students develop basic competency in formulating a psychological diagnosis using the most up-to-date DSM criteria. Using knowledge of the etiology and diagnostic criteria of psychological disorders, participants will learn to view symptoms of psychopathology from a biopsychosocial framework in order to assess, diagnose, and plan treatment.
PSC 5070 Clinical Skills with Families and Couples
This experiential course focuses on the application of systems theory to psychotherapy with couples and families. Students learn assessment and intervention techniques that consider the context of the client and are aimed at changing the interactions between individuals and in the functioning of the family system as a whole.
PSC 5071 Theories of Family Systems
This course examines the major concepts and theories of the family systems movement in psychotherapy. By exploring the history, premises, cultural influences and approaches of family therapy practice, students learn to conceptualize individuals, couples, and families from a systemic point of view.
PSC 5072 Advanced Family Therapy: Special Populations
This course is designed to teach students in-depth skills in working with specific populations. Students will learn about characteristic psychological and social issues associated with diverse and “non-traditional” families and apply mental health approaches that correspond to their needs.
PSC 5073 Advanced Family Therapy: Evidence-based Practice
This course is designed to teach students in-depth skills of an evidence-based treatment approaches. Through a focused study of these approaches, students learn to use the theories to conceptualize a case, plan treatment, and apply the associated techniques.
PSC 5080 Psychological Assessment
This survey course covers the major psychological assessment instruments used with normal and pathological populations. Evaluating the psychometric properties of tests and their use in planning treatment is addressed. Students will learn to administer level B instruments and to interpret them within the cultural, developmental and systemic context of the individual.
PSC 5081 Social & Cultural Factors of Assessment & Evaluation (LPCC Track)
This course builds on PSC5080 in examining the theoretical basis for social, psychological, and cultural assessment and evaluation of individuals and groups. Students will learn to use the major psychological assessments within a range of diagnostic presentations and apply the assessments within a social and cultural context including attention to ethical considerations in selecting, administering and interpreting assessment instruments.
PSC 5110 Latino Mental Health
This course focuses on the understanding of the mental health and psychosocial development of adults, families and children within the Latino context. The course addresses multicultural issues such as Latino subgroup differences, immigration, acculturation, family values, gender socialization, and language, and how these variables relate to providing culturally responsive therapy.
PSC 5121 Clinical Skills I: The Psychotherapeutic Relationship in the Latino Context
In this experiential course, students work on the development of basic counseling skills and the building of a therapeutic relationship that is accomplished within and with reference to the Latino cultural context and healing practices.
PSC 5150 Clinical Skills with Latino Couples & Families
This experiential course focuses on the applications of systems theories to Latino families and couples. Students will learn assessment and intervention techniques with attention to the systemic context of the client with the aim of changing family interaction patterns.
PSC 5160 Process of Bilingual Group Psychotherapy
This course serves as an introduction to the theories and concepts of bilingual group psychotherapy, including group development, membership, and dynamic processes. Students will learn about the curative power of group therapy, leadership skills and treatment strategies and how cultural factors affect group behavior. All students participate in the instructor-facilitated classroom group process with the opportunity to practice group facilitation skills in Spanish.
PSC 5170 Clinical Skills II: The Psychotherapy Process with Latino Clients
This course focuses on developing fluency and clinical competency in psychotherapy with the Latino client. Skills are developed for differentiating between content and process and for working with client affect, resistance and defense, transference and counter transference as these processes relate to the Spanish speaking client.
PSC 5200 The Process of Group Psychotherapy
The course integrates theories and concepts learned in the group theory course through an experiential group process oriented learning model. Students will learn the curative power of group therapy, leadership skills and treatment strategies through instructor facilitated groups that include group participation and group facilitation practice opportunities.
PSC 5201 Clinical Skills I: The Psychotherapeutic Relationship
This course provides an introduction to basic psychotherapeutic concepts and skills, with particular attention to the nature of the relationship between psychotherapist and client. Students learn fundamental clinical skills aimed at establishing core therapeutic conditions, building a therapeutic alliance, and identifying a treatment focus in the initial phase of psychotherapy.
PSC 5202 Clinical Skills II: The Psychotherapeutic Process
In this course, students learn to attend to process variables in psychotherapy and gain practice experience in applied psychotherapy techniques. Skills are developed for differentiating between content and process, and for working with client affect, resistance and defense, transference and counter transference.
PSC 5220 Group Theories
This course serves as an introduction to the theories and concepts of group psychotherapy including stages of group development, membership and dynamic processes. Students will develop a foundation in formulating and creating groups for specific populations and gain basic skills in group facilitation.
PSC 5240 Contemporary Theories of Psychotherapy
This course expands upon the material in PSC 5011 by reviewing contemporary theories and practices that have shown to be effective. The underlying theoretical framework, key theoretical concepts and techniques, and the applications of the approach are emphasized.
PSC 5250 Career Theories and Practice in the System
This course will provide the theoretical foundations of career counseling and explore important considerations in the provision of career counseling to multi-cultural client populations. Students will reflect on their own personal career/professional development and use this experience to gain a broader understanding of how clients experience their career development and what motivations guide their choices. Students will learn basic career counseling interview skills and become familiar with commonly used assessment tools. Students will be prepared with the necessary knowledge and skills to collect, evaluate, and use occupational and life development data to help diverse client populations make effective decisions.
PSC5251 Career Theories and Practice
This course acts as a companion course to Career Theories and Practice in the System. It provides students with the practical experience necessary to understand and foster career/lifestyle development for diverse populations. This course teaches a range of skills to assist clients facing work and education related issues from a multi-cultural perspective. In addition, the course will address the role of career planning within the counseling domain by discussing subjects such as job searches, resume building, and interview preparation. Major course topics will include the delivery of culturally sensitive career counseling, the complex relationship between professional life and personal life, and career assessments. Students will learn to utilize knowledge gleaned within each of these realms to administer thoughtful, ethical, and competent career counseling.
PSC 5300 Psychotherapy with Children & Adolescents
This course focuses on the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents. Students learn to assess and integrate the child or adolescent’s developmental, social, cultural, educational, and familial context in the formulation of a clinical case conceptualization and treatment plan.
PSC 5311 Intimate Relationships
In this course, students examine relationships of intimacy, including same-sex and opposite-sex partnering, and marriage. Systemic theories and processes for facilitating change in intimate relationships will be explored, including communications theory, cognitive-behavioral theory, psychodynamic theory, and research based methods.
PSC 5320 Trauma Counseling
This course examines the cognitive, behavioral and neurological effects associated with traumatic situations and experiences. Assessment strategies and intervention principles for individuals with trauma-related psychological disorders are addressed.
PSC 5321 Crisis, Disaster and Emergency Response
This course examines the role of the mental health professional in natural disasters and community emergencies. Application of crisis theory and multidisciplinary responses ranging from short-term crisis intervention to long-term approaches designed to prevent the development of mental health problems and trauma responses are emphasized.
PSC 5372 Human Sexuality & Counseling
In this course students examine biological, psychological, psychosocial, and cultural aspects of sexuality in order to gain an appreciation for the diversity of human sexual response. The course also covers psychosexual disorders and their treatment. Students will have the opportunity to explore their values regarding sexual behavior as it relates to their work as therapists
PSC 5382 Professional Ethics & the Law
This course addresses the most current statutes, regulations and ethical standards governing the practice of marriage and family therapy and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors in California. Students will become familiar with the therapeutic, clinical, and practical considerations involved in the professions’ legal and ethical practices and current legal patterns and trends in the mental health professions. Emphasis is placed on the application of legal and ethical standards to cases, and upon learning a structured approach to ethical decision making in clinical and professional practice.
PSC 5386 Practicum: Professional Orientation
0 unit (completion required to enter traineeship)
In this course students are oriented towards beginning practice in their traineeships as licensed professionals. The policies and procedures of the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) including knowledge of the required paperwork and regulations involving training that meets BBS standards are covered. Students will gain an overview of the licensure process and their responsibilities and limitations at the Trainee level. Professional persona is addressed and a vocational component helps prepare students to apply for an interview with training sites.
PSC 5451 Substance Related Disorders & Other Addictive Behaviors
This course addresses the major substance related disorders and other addictive processes. It includes a comparative study of different diagnostic, therapeutic, and theoretical approaches to the treatment of these disorders. Additional topics include a classification of the major substances of abuse and other objects of addiction, the impact on families, the impact on society, and cultural sensitivity when working with diverse populations.
PSC 5460 Psychopharmacology for Therapists
This course covers fundamentals of psychopharmacology needed to inform practitioners when referring clients for psychotropic medication consultations and in working collaboratively with psychiatrists. Students will learn the various classifications of psychotropic medications, their indications, contraindications and efficacies. Attention will be given to the diagnostic criteria for major DSM disorders that are treatable with medication, including a list of these medications, their therapeutic dosage ranges, side effects, and drug interactions
PSC 5461 Psychopharmacology for Therapists
This course builds on PSC5460 to cover biological basis of behavior, basic classifications and indications for use. Particular attention is paid to the contraindication of commonly prescribed psychopharmacological medications so that appropriate referrals can be made for medication evaluations and so that the side effects of those medications can be identified. Students will gain skills such as comprehensive psycho-social assessment that includes medication assessment from a holistic perspective that considers the integrated health and wellness of clientele from diverse populations.
PSC 5502 Domestic Violence: Spousal, Elder & Child Abuse
This course provides students with foundational learning in clinical skills and ethical competence in domestic violence inclusive of spousal, elder and child abuse. Students will learn to recognize and assess spousal, elder, and child abuse, to recognize risk factors and family dynamics, intervene from a variety of approaches and understand the psychological and traumatic consequences of abuse. Students will also gain knowledge in professional responsibility regarding mandated reporting laws and utilization of community resources for intervention and prevention.
PSC 5510 Community Mental Health
This course examines the theories, history, research, and practice of community mental health as a foundation for effective community based treatments for people with serious mental illness. The biopsychosocial factors that support this population’s ability to live as symptom free as possible, with the highest quality of life in the least restrictive environment will be examined. Additionally, evidence based methods and promising practices of rehabilitation, recovery, and empowerment for currently served and underserved people with serious mental illness will be explored.
PSC 5551 Dual Diagnosis: Substance Related & Co-occurring Disorders
This course examines the evaluation and treatment of individuals with co-occurring mental illnesses and substance related disorders. Topics include diagnosing common co-occurring disorders, risk factors for development, and the interrelationship of these disorders. Students will learn about evidence-based Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT), and other specific approaches targeted to this population such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Referral resources for these disorders will also be identified and investigated.
PSC 5552 Substance Related & Co-Occurring Disorders in the Older Adult
This course examines the evaluation and treatment of older adults with co-occurring mental illnesses and substance related disorders. Topics include diagnosing common co-occurring disorders in older adults and the interrelationship of these disorders as well as risk factors such as medication abuse. Students will learn about evidence-based Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and other commonly appearing co-occurring disorders in this population. Referral resources specific to older adults and their families for these disorders will also be identified and investigated.
PSC 5600 Healthy Development Throughout the Aging Process
Individual and family life cycle development perspectives are used to understand the psychological, social and biological changes that are associated with aging with an emphasis on factors that contribute towards positive adjustment and healthy aging. Students will examine later life transitions in work, social roles and health, as well as how aging processes vary by gender, race, ethnicity and other variables.
PSC 5610 Social, Cultural, & Systemic Aspects of Aging
This course provides a broad perspective on the social effects of our increasing population of older adults. Social attitudes, cultural values and changes in society and the family are examined as they relate to resiliency in later life. Specific issues such as the economic effects on the family, living arrangements, multi-generation relationships, and the utilization of social service programs are examined in diverse families and communities.
PSC 5620 Clinical Skills with Older Adults
Drawing from clinical approaches used with all populations, this course will teach skills specifically applicable for working with older adults and their families. Interventions are informed by the clinician’s knowledge of and sensitivity to the unique and profound changes experienced by individuals during the natural progression of this phase, who also encounter discrimination and marginalization. Intervention with a unique lens to the aging population will include topics of loss including; roles, financial resources, support networks, partners, friends, cognition, health, overall sense of well-being. Challenges and corresponding interventions which relate to the “whole person” including; mind, body and spirit, physical changes, interpersonal relationships and sexuality will be addressed. The course will also look at the impact on the family system including; care giving, and transition to alternative living arrangements. Clinical approaches will be presented which support resilience and the positive reframing of the experience for aging populations and their families and which facilitate the incorporation of tools for joyful living in the face of loss and change.
PSC 5631 Loss and Bereavement Through the Lifecycle
This course addresses issues related to losses of all kinds through the life cycle with a particular focus on physical and cognitive functions, dying, and death and other losses that naturally accompany the aging process. Theories of bereavement and loss, caregiver stress, and cultural differences are applied to clinical issues of grief and mourning and caregiver coping and burnout within the family context. Students learn to recognize ethnic variations, traditions, and needs and within specific populations with regard to loss and, gain self-awareness regarding their own responses to loss, death and dying.
PSC 6511 Practicum I: Clinical Evaluation and Crisis Intervention
This practicum course is focused on the skills needed in the early stages of treatment including establishment of the therapeutic relationship, identification of critical issues and factors related to healthy functioning. Students learn to conduct a comprehensive interview to obtain an assessment of the case with a family, social, economic, and medical context, as well as the standard for documentation of the evaluation. The course also addresses the identification of psychosocial stressors, emergent issues, and crisis situations in order to target them for immediate intervention and establishing treatment goals.
PSC 6512 Practicum II:Treatment Planning and Clinical Interventions
In this practicum course students will focus on the assessment and diagnosis of psychological disorders. Students will learn to write a basic treatment plan that addresses goals for psychotherapy and to make community referrals for collaborative treatment services. Students working in a training site will discuss cases in class with a focus on evaluation and treatment planning within the context of the treatment setting.
PSC 6513 Practicum III: Case Conceptualization
This practicum course focuses on providing individual and family interventions, including the use of evidence based treatments and the effects of trauma. A systemic perspective is emphasized that examines social, community, family, and cultural systems (including uses and abuses of technology), and points of intervention as they interface with psychological health, resiliency and wellness. Boundary, confidentiality issues, therapist use of self, and objective and subjective counter-transference issues will be examined.
PSC 6514 Practicum IV: Integrating Clinical Skills
This course is the capstone course of the program and covers the integration of theory and professional practice. The theoretical foundations of clinical psychology are reviewed and used as a basis for clinical cases conceptualization. Students learn to plan interventions over the course (stages) of psychotherapy, write case conceptualization reports, document short and long term plans and terminate treatment effectively.
PSC 6530 Practicum/Special Project
3 units & 4 units
This course allows students to develop a project that focuses on an area of special interest in the field of Psychology. The project can be a thesis, project, or supervised practicum relevant to the chosen area of specialization. The project is proposed by the student and approved by the supervisor assigned who oversees the practicum/project. Additional readings and learning resources are integrated and practiced throughout the project to strengthen application.
Somatic Psychotherapy Concentration Courses
PSC 5700 Introduction to Theories and Techniques of Somatic Psychotherapy
In this course, students will critically examine historical theories of the body and mind interconnection in psychotherapy with reference to current theoretical models and techniques. The course will provide a basis for an interdisciplinary, holistic perspective that will inform the development of treatment planning skills and therapeutic orientation with individuals, groups, children, and adolescents.
PSC 5701 Neurobiology, Stress, and Somatic Psychotherapy
In this online course students will critically read and discuss texts from current areas of interpersonal and affective neurobiology with a focus on attachment, affect regulation and dysregulation, stress, PTSD and trauma as they relate to clinical work.
PSC 5702 Somatic Approaches to Trauma and PTSD
This course will focus on recent advances in understanding the effects of trauma on the brain, mind, and body in general and with regard to specific forms of complex trauma and PTSD. Major current theorists and practitioners in the field will be studied in depth including Van der Kolk, Levine, Ogden, and Porges. Students will develop a solid theoretical understanding as well as training in specific treatment modalities and methods. Practical application to children, adolescents, veterans and other adult survivors of various forms of abuse and trauma will be addressed. Building upon traditional psychotherapeutic techniques and principles, students will learn approaches viewing the body as central in the therapeutic field of awareness, and includes observational skills, theories, and interventions not usually practiced in psychodynamic psychotherapy.
PSC 5703 Movement, Mindfulness, and the Expressive Arts in Somatic Psychotherapy
This experiential course is grounded in somatic therapies’ principles and practices, and will provide the student experience in integrating these practices with verbal psychotherapy. This course will draw from dance/movement therapy, Somatic Experiencing, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and mindfulness practices. Elements of the expressive arts, with attention to present moment experience and body-centered experience, will be included in the course. Distinctions will be made between the expressive arts therapies and the clinician’s ability to utilize the arts as a tool in the course of therapy, without formal training in art, dance/movement, or music. This course will be experiential and will focus on practical application, as the student learns to improvise integrating somatic tools in the here-and now context of therapy. This course builds upon and expands the student’s previous clinical training, and the theoretical information offered in additional somatic courses.
PSC 5704 Practicum: Somatic Psychotherapy Consultation
This Practicum course focuses specifically upon group and dyadic work with specific current cases with presentations, discussions and explorations relating to the application of the theories and techniques learned in the program. This will synthesize all aspects of somatic psychotherapy with assessment, treatment plans, differential diagnosis, course of treatment, choice of modalities, working with multiple diagnoses, cultural sensitivity, transference and countertransference, clinical intuition and the art and science of psychotherapy.
PSC 5705 Standards of Practice and Ethical Issues in Somatic Psychotherapy
This online course will cover the most current statutes, regulations, and ethical standards relating to psychotherapy and specifically somatic treatment modalities and techniques. Emphasis is placed on developing the basis for ethical decision-making regarding issues surrounding touch and physical contact, informed consent, clinical judgement, transference/countertransference, boundary issues, differential diagnosis, and treatment planning.
Healthy Aging Practicum Courses
PSC 6531 Practicum I: Clinical Evaluation & Crisis Intervention with Intervention
This practicum course students will focus on the assessment and diagnosis of psychological disorders. Students will learn to write a basic treatment plan that addresses goals for psychotherapy and to make community referrals for collaborative treatment services. Students working in a training site will discuss cases in class with a focus on evaluation and treatment planning.
PSC 6532 Practicum II: Diagnosis & Treatment Planning with Older Adults & Their Families
In this practicum course students will focus on the diagnosis of psychological disorders in older adults and the associated issues including differentiating developmental factors from psychopathology. Students will learn to develop a basic treatment plan that addresses short-term goals for psychotherapy and to make community referrals to the range of community based services that maintain the health and productivity of the older adult. A continuum of care is addressed from programs that assist older adults to remain in their communities to those required for long term care. Students working in a training site will present cases for class discussion with a focus on evaluation and treatment planning.
PSC 6533 Practicum III: Clinical Interventions with Older Adults & Their Families
This practicum class draws from evidence based practices with a focus on interventions with older adults and their families from a systemic perspective. Social, community, family and cultural variables and resources are considered as they interface with psychological health, resiliency, and wellness.
PSC 6534 Practicum IV: Integrating Clinical Skills with Older Adults & Their Families
This course is the capstone course of the program and covers the integration of theory and professional practice. The theoretical foundations of clinical psychology are reviewed and used as a basis for clinical case conceptualization related to working with older adults and their families. Students learn to plan interventions over the course (stages) of psychotherapy, to write case conceptualization reports, to document short and long term plans and terminate treatment effectively.
Latino Mental Health Practicum Courses
PSC 6521 Practicum I: Clinical Evaluation and Crisis Intervention with Latino Clients
This practicum course is a blend of theory, skills, and consultation focusing on students’ initial experiences in a clinical traineeship. Students learn the basics of working with non-profits and other agencies. Early stages of treatment are examined including establishment of the therapeutic relationship, identification of critical issues and factors related to healthy functioning. Students learn to conduct a comprehensive interview to obtain an assessment of cases within a family, social, economic, and medical context, and standards of documentation. The course also addresses the identification of psychosocial stressors, emergent issues, and crisis situations in order to target them for immediate intervention and establishing treatment goals. Attention is given to prevention and intervention within the context of working with Latino families and within the context of the Latino community.
PSC 6522 Practicum II: Diagnosis and Treatment Planning with Latino Clients
This practicum course builds upon the skills acquired in Practicum I: Clinical Evaluation and Crisis Intervention. Students will integrate diagnostic skill and application of specific theories including evidence- based treatments to formulate treatment planning and clinical interventions. Students will learn to apply a systemic perspective that considers collaborative treatment services and social, community, family, and cultural systems. The effect of trauma as well as psychological health, resiliency and wellness are considered. Students will learn fundamentals of establishing the therapeutic relationship and beginning stages of therapeutic processes including use of self and therapist self-care concerns.
PSC 6523 Practicum III: Clinical Interventions with Latino Clients
This practicum course focuses on providing individual and family interventions, including the use of evidence based treatments and the effects of trauma. The discussion focuses on interventions with Latino clients within a systemic context. The course addresses social, community, family, and cultural systems (including uses and abuses of technology), and points of intervention as they interface with psychological health, resiliency and wellness. Boundary issues, confidentiality issues, therapist use of self, and the therapeutic relationship are examined.
PSC 6524 Practicum IV: Integrating Clinical Skills with Latino Clients
This course is the Capstone course of the program and covers the integration of theory and professional practice. The theoretical foundations of clinical psychology are reviewed and used as a basis for clinical cases conceptualization. Students learn to plan interventions over the course of stages of psychotherapy, to write case conceptualization reports, and to document short and long term plans.