The objective of this course is to examine major theories of counseling and counseling processes in a diverse society. Theories covered include Psychodynamic, Person Centered, Behavioral, Cognitive Behavioral, Solution Focused, Narrative, Feminist, Family Systems (introduction), and Multicultural. Students will choose one theory to explore in-depth. Students will be encouraged to engage in thoughtful consideration and selection of aspects of counseling theories that can be incorporated to student’s developing style towards an integrated synthesis of personal awareness of counseling theory Identify characteristics of counseling theories that students can or should integrate into their therapeutic repertoire.

The objective of this course is to support students in their development of awareness. This course examines professional, legal, and ethical issues marriage and family therapists (MFT) must integrate into their thinking and practice. Laws and regulations relevant to practice as a MFT as well as the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT) code of ethics will be reviewed. Ethical issues relevant to practice with people with diverse and intersecting identifies will be considered.

Students examine developmental issues from infancy to old age. The course will explore the psychological, psychotherapeutic, and health implications of developmental issues on individuals, couples, and family relationships. Study includes an exploration of the biological, social, cognitive, and psychological aspects of aging. The course includes a range of cultural understandings of human development within social and environmental contexts including socioeconomic status and issues of social justice. 

This course introduces assessment, diagnosis, and prognosis of mental disorders for adults. Study will emphasize the use of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Biological, psychological, and social constructs in diagnosis will be considered. Students will explore the causes of dysfunction, the process of labeling, psychiatric nomenclature, and the impact of culture in diagnosis. 

The objective of this course is to support students in their development of awareness and humility pertaining to diverse and intersecting identities in their practice as MFT’s. This course explores the influence of a range of factors including race, ethnicity, culture, class, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, nationality, age, ability, religion, mental and physical characteristics, family influences, and education. Students will explore their own identities, assumptions, beliefs, and values and consider how these factors may inform and influence their practice. Issues of social justice will also be examined. 

This course covers basic attending and relationship building skills needed for counselors serving individuals, couples, or families to develop a therapeutic relationship, establish counseling goals, design intervention strategies, evaluate MS client outcome, and terminate the counseling relationship. Students will present video tapes of mock counseling and consulting sessions.

Students will explore the clinical application of assessment as an essential part of mental health care. Students will develop a foundation for using assessment procedures to better understand the individuals, families, and groups they will care for. Emphasis will be given to concepts necessary for the selection, administration, scoring and interpretation of individual and group tests.