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This list is not a guide for course selection. It was created to give you an overview of the program’s academic offerings. For official program requirements, please see the current course catalog.

Class Time: 2-3 courses taught 2 nights/week 6-9pm or 6-10pm
Clinical Hours Requirement: 280 direct client contact hours during Practicum
Graduation Requirement: 20 hours of personal psychotherapy while in the program

1st Year

This course is designed to provide students with a broad overview and understanding of foundational counseling skills and treatment planning skills needed as Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC). Students will examine various theoretical approaches to therapy, learn and practice effective counseling techniques and develop clinical treatment plans for a wide array of mental health issues across diverse populations.

This course emphasizes application as it examines the classic counseling theories as well as mainstream contemporary theories in individual psychotherapy. It also introduces systems theories as well as treatment planning strategies as they relate to various theories and mental health conditions.

This course examines the legal, ethical and professional responsibilities relevant to the practice of Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) and Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC). This includes state legal mandates, professional ethical codes and liabilities. The complimentary yet distinct responsibilities of moral, ethical and legal perspectives will help the student with ethical decision making strategies for the mental health practitioner.

This course provides a comprehensive overview and analysis of human development across the lifespan of the individual, from birth to death, with emphasis on the clinical relevance for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC). Students will examine, analyze and synthesize the biopsychosocial/spiritual theoretical underpinnings of human development and diversity. The course will include an in-depth overview of geropsychology with special emphasis on aging, long-term care and elder abuse reporting.

This course covers the main categories of psychopathology as presented in the DSM-5. This includes the polythetic diagnostic criteria for DSM-5 diagnoses, decision making trees for differential diagnosis, some controversial issues inherent in labeling and diagnosing, brief summaries of the research on treatment of these disorders, and tools for the evaluation of the diagnostic and treatment approaches from a Christian World View. In addition, formats for Diagnostic Interviews, including the Mental Status Exam, will be covered.

This course examines the application of psychological instruments to the assessment of individuals, couples, and families. Fundamentals of psychological assessment are reviewed, including standardized and non-standardized testing approaches, basic statistical concepts, and ethical and cultural considerations in assessment. Students gain experience in the administration, scoring, and interpretation of selected tests as well as in report writing.

This course provides an overview of issues and therapeutic methods relevant to the treatment of children and adolescents. Students will learn and identify assessment strategies, compare and contrast major theoretical approaches to treating children and adolescents, and apply various treatment methods for common childhood mental health issues and complex child and adolescent psychopathology. Students will learn how to respond to legal and ethical concerns in treating minors, including mandated child abuse reporting.

This course covers assessment, diagnosis, and intervention strategies for individuals, couples, and families according to the systemic application of psychodynamic, humanistic, communication, experiential, and integrative models. Sociocultural issues are addressed as they relate to the development of the field as well as assessment and intervention.

This course builds upon concepts learned in PSYC 521: Child & Adolescent Therapy, and provides a deeper understanding and mastery of theoretical approaches and interventions to treatment involving families. Various treatment models of family therapy will be presented and practiced, with special attention to attachment-based, systems-based, and affect regulation based interventions.

Students are introduced to foundational and science-informed theories and principles for practice in crisis, trauma psychology, and community mental health. Attention is directed to an examination of multicultural competence, trauma risk reduction, and trauma intervention. Topics to be discussed include PTSD, post traumatic growth, resilience, vicarious trauma, and healthy self-care practices for helping professionals and first responders. The course will also briefly survey interpersonal trauma (including child abuse and partner and spousal abuse), medical trauma, as well as natural and humanly caused disasters.

2nd Year

This course prepares MACP students to address the intersections of career, values, and life roles in the context of career development, career counseling and responding to career and work-related issues for majority and marginalized groups. Students will gain core knowledge of major career development theories, techniques and their application to providing career counseling to diverse populations. Students will examine the significance of work in clients’ lives and their mental health (i.e., psychology of work) as well as the implications of socio-cultural factors on career development, work transitions, and the human career counseling process over the life-span. Students will gain experience with career counseling assessments and resources; and become familiar with current career development literature as the topics pertain to the practice of MFT/LPCCs.

A study of the theories and processes of therapy based on the group modality. Focus is placed on the concepts of the primary therapeutic factors, stages, interventions, critical incidents and diversity. Application is made to group dynamics and development of clinical skills.

This course covers basic concepts in statistics, research design, and program evaluation for mental health professionals, including experimental and correlational design methods, levels of measurement, central tendency, dispersion, correlation, and the use of inferential statistics for hypothesis testing. Students are also introduced to methods of evaluating programs and clinical outcomes while considering systemic and sociocultural influences. Emphasis is given to helping students become knowledgeable consumers of research, including the use of research to inform evidence-based practice.

This course includes the study of physiological-psychological and socialcultural, systemic variables associated with sexual identity, sexual behavior, and sexual disorders. Issues related to sexuality and intimacy in couple and family relationships are reviewed.

This course uses a bio-psycho-social-spiritual and systemic model to examine the history and use of psychopharmacology for the treatment of mental disorders and includes the study of neurobiology and mechanisms of action of the major psychotropic drugs. The role of gender, culture, age, and other contextual variables on the indications, recovery principles, and use of medication(s) and medication adherence is examined. Constructive interventions that integrate psychopharmacology and psychotherapy will be discussed based on the research.

Multicultural factors, including those related to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, spirituality, sexual orientation, gender, and ableness, are reviewed as they relate to individual, couple, and family treatment procedures. Issues of poverty, financial, and social stressors with individuals, couples, families, and communities are addressed.

This course addresses common questions and concerns students have when beginning clinical work at practicum sites. Students are taught how to prepare for beginning stages of therapy, how to effectively utilize consultation and supervision, how to deal with clients in crisis, advocacy practices, and other practical skills such as completing case notes and other forms of treatment documentation. Special attention is given to evidence-based practices and interventions with diverse individuals, couples, families and communities, and those who experience severe mental illness. Students must obtain a placement in an approved clinical setting, with a signed, written agreement, prior to the first class meeting. Clinical hours gained while enrolled in practicum count toward LMFT and LPCC requirements.

This course focuses on professional development, self-as-the-therapist issues, consultation, and clinical case presentation skills. Students receive consultation from the instructor and feedback from other students on clinical cases from their field placement settings. Students formulate and present cases using a variety of psychotherapeutic models with attention to sociocultural and contextual issues and recovery-oriented principles.

This course focuses on increasing student awareness with regard to areas of interest within the field of therapy and facilitates students’ mastery in treating a specific population, age-group and/or clinical issues. Continued focus on professional development, self-as-the-therapist issues, consultation, and clinical case presentation skills. Emphasis is also given to outreach and providing psycho-education to the community. Students receive consultation from the instructor and feedback from other students on clinical cases from their field placement settings. Clinical hours gained while enrolled in practicum count toward LMFT and LPCC requirements. Pre-requisite: PSYC 675a & b.

PSYC621 | Advanced Child & Family Therapy
This course builds upon concepts learned in PSYC 521: Child & Adolescent Therapy and PSYC 520: Family Systems Therapy, providing a deeper understanding and mastery of theoretical approaches and interventions to treatment involving children, adolescents and families. Various treatment models of child and family therapy will be presented and practiced, with special attention to attachment-based and cognitive-based interventions.

PSYC622 | Advanced Couple & Marital Therapy
This course continues the study of the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of individuals, couples, and families using interactional and brief models. Major theoretical approaches covered include strategic, structural, and cognitive-behavioral models as well as postmodern and recovery-oriented approaches such as narrative and solution-focused therapy.

3rd Year

This course investigates major approaches used in the identification, evaluation, and treatment of substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders. Individual, group, family, and recovery-oriented approaches are addressed.

This capstone course focuses on the student’s ability to document, analyze and present a final clinical case to graduate faculty and students, while applying skills of self-assessment and integration of Biblical principles. Emphasis will be given to personal and professional transformation, clinical insights and mastery of case conceptualization. Students receive feedback from the instructor and from other students on capstone cases.

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