Master of Science in Counseling Psychology

Program Overview

Online Master of Counseling Psychology Program at CBU/Online
 
Dr. Joshua Knabb, Program Director, introduces CBU Online Master of Counseling Psychology Program

The Master of Science in Counseling Psychology program in the Online and Professional Studies (OPS) division of California Baptist University (CBU) is designed to prepare students to enter the field of either marriage and family therapy or professional clinical counseling with a firm understanding of psychological science from a distinctly Christian worldview. Graduates will receive the education and training necessary to assess and treat individuals, couples, and families who are experiencing relational difficulties, and meets the current requirements for licensure in the state of California as a marriage and family therapist or licensed professional clinical counselor.[1] [2]

Joshua Knabb, Psy.D., Master of Science in Counseling Psychology Program
  Joshua Knabb, Psy.D., Program Director

A distinguishing feature of the MS in Counseling Psychology program within the OPS division of CBU is its focus on meeting the needs of the “new normal” generation of graduate students seeking clinical knowledge and training—non-traditional students who want to become competent clinicians while balancing work and family. Therefore, the classes within the OPS MS program are offered in one of two formats—a virtual hybrid format involving synchronous high definition online interactions and an asynchronous online format that allows students to work at their own pace—utilizing a convenient, accelerated schedule with the most current technology to support live interactions between students and faculty. To be sure, the OPS MS program brings together several salient ingredients in order to enhance and strengthen graduate-level clinical training—weekly peer interactions that allow burgeoning clinicians to develop crucial interpersonal skills in the context of supportive relationships; the cultivation of leadership qualities and clinical knowledge via ongoing professional socialization;  live online meetings between faculty and students to offer important mentoring experiences; a convenient schedule for busy working adults with families who want to better their future; and a flexible, blended delivery model of student learning that is more effective than solely face-to-face or entirely online delivery mediums (Cynkar, 2007; Munsey, 2008; Murray, 2002; U.S. Department of Education, 2010).

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Master of Science in Counseling Psychology Program

Program Purpose

The OPS MS in Counseling Psychology program is designed to prepare graduate students to enter the professional field of marriage and family therapy or professional clinical counseling with a sound psychological and spiritual foundation that will allow them to assess and treat individuals, couples, and families who are experiencing relational difficulties. Students graduating from the program will satisfy the curriculum requirements necessary to pursue California licensure as a marriage and family therapist or professional clinical counselor.

Program Objectives

  1. Students will identify basic clinical skills, including the role that empathy plays in psychotherapy, and successfully apply these skills to clinical practice in order to secure a practicum placement. Included in this understanding will be a working knowledge of the various ethical and legal issues that arise in the practice of psychotherapy.
  2. Students will cultivate a knowledge of the most central theories of child, adolescent, adult, older adult, and group counseling, including the behavioral, humanistic, existential, and psychodynamic theoretical orientations, and develop an understanding of key intervention techniques from these therapy modalities and theoretical orientations. Embedded in this knowledge will be an understanding of therapeutic interventions with culturally diverse populations.
  3. Students will be able to explain human development from a cognitive, psychological, sociological, and moral perspective, and describe the most central theories and research related to child development.
  4. Students will comprehend the theoretical and practical applications of research methods to psychotherapy.
  5. Students will demonstrate a knowledge of the DSM-IV-TR, as well as the nature and causes of psychopathology from social, biological, and psychological perspectives. Included in this understanding will be a knowledge of the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of sexual dysfunction.
  6. Students will understand the role that intelligence and personality testing plays in the diagnosis and treatment of DSM-IV-TR disorders.
  7. Students will obtain supervised counseling experience in professional settings.
  8. Students will be able to describe the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of the major schools of family therapy, including the historical and contemporary context of systems theory and family therapy, and develop family therapy techniques through the use of videotape feedback, coaching, and instructor demonstration.
  9. Students will analyze the integration of psychology and Christianity, and explore effective and ethical ways to integrate the two in clinical practice.
  10. Students will compare the major categories of psychotropic medication used in psychiatric intervention, and analyze referral issues that might arise in clinical practice.
  11. Students will be able to describe the methods of assessment, reporting, and treatment of physical, sexual, and neglectful child abuse, and apply this knowledge to clinical practice.
  12. Students will examine the characteristics and treatment of several unique populations, including persons with AIDS related problems, those who suffer from chemical abuse and dependency, individuals experiencing grief and loss, and the perpetrators and victims of domestic violence.
  13. Students within the professional clinical counseling track will gain competency in the basic tenets of career counseling, as well as understand the contemporary context of community mental health settings, including recovery-oriented treatment for severe mental illness, disaster and trauma response, services for victims of abuse, the homeless, foster care services, case management, client advocacy, in-home and in-school services, bilingual client services, professional collaboration, and medical family therapy.

Program Highlights

  1. Professional practicum is offered during the second year of the program. Practicum includes six (6) units of supervised counseling experience completed in an approved inpatient or outpatient facility. Virtual hybrid (i.e., live high definition online interactions) classes are offered throughout the second year of the program to discuss cases and receive further clinical support. This required opportunity for practical experience has immeasurable value for graduate students.
  2. No thesis is required for program completion. Students will be evaluated on their performance on assigned coursework examinations, assessment of clinical skills, and the comprehensive exam.
  3. The program integrates Christian principles and values with the discipline of psychology, permeating the entire program and providing a spiritually based foundation for students to cultivate their professional development.
  4. Most of the courses are offered in a virtual hybrid format, allowing for live interactions between faculty and students with an asynchronous, online enhancement so as to develop solid clinical knowledge and skills.
  5. The program is designed to be completed in two years, a clear advantage for working adults who are looking to transition into the field of marriage and family therapy or professional clinical counseling as soon as possible.

Program Delivery System 

The MS in Counseling Psychology program within the OPS division at CBU blends two different types of class formats for an enriched learning experience. In particular, the formats include: (a) virtual hybrid classes, which involve a live high definition online delivery method via cutting edge Jabber Video technology; and (b) asynchronous online classes that build an important knowledge base within counseling psychology.

Based on the belief that developing into a competent therapist requires ongoing interpersonal interactions and mentoring experiences, a cohort of approximately 20 to 25 students will primarily interact live with faculty and other students. Specifically, OPS MSCP students will have the option of participating in the weekly lectures in-person on CBU’s main campus—where OPS MSCP professors will broadcast from within a classroom setting—or logging on from home via Jabber Video. Students in class will interact with students at home via Jabber Video technology, with online students experiencing a live, in-class environment from the comfort of their own home. By offering this type of flexibility, we believe working adults can more effectively balance work and family while pursing the clinical training necessary to make a significant impact in the mental health field. Overall, some students will elect to come to the main campus each week for classes, some will log on from home, and some will choose to combine the two learning options. A very limited number of classes will be offered asynchronously in that, as noted above, clinical training requires a heavy emphasis on interpersonal interactions and mentoring. In other words, learning about how the self develops and heals in the context of relationships requires being in relationships. Thus, our hybrid model is vastly different from other online master’s programs (e.g., Liberty University, University of Massachusetts, Regent University, Northcentral University) that offer mostly asynchronous classes in an attempt to prepare students for state licensure to assess and treat relational problems.

Virtual Hybrid Technology Requirement

Students logging on from home must meet specific hardware, software, Internet, and environmental requirements in order to participate in the virtual hybrid classes.

All OPS MSCP students are required to comply with the technology requirements set forth by the program. Students must submit proof of purchase for the first two items, as well as an Internet printout of their Internet speed test, in order to gain entrance into the virtual hybrid classes. Please note that the exact items noted below must be purchased, rather than utilizing personal equipment or purchasing other models. If students fail to meet the minimum upload/download Internet speed requirement, they will be required to upgrade with their Internet service provider, and will not be allowed to participate in class until they do so.

(1) Logitech Headset H390

(2) Logitech C920 HD Webcam

(3) Minimum upload/download speed of 3.0 Mbps; students are required to complete an Internet speed test at speedtest.net.

Comprehensive Examination

Students graduating from the Master of Science in Counseling Psychology (MSCP) Program within the Online and Professional Studies (OPS) Division at California Baptist University (CBU) will be required to successfully complete a written comprehensive examination, which includes the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE) and several vignette questions that address law/ethics, diagnosing, and treatment planning. Students unable to come to the CBU campus to take the proctored exam will need to make proctoring arrangements at an OPS-approved location on a case-by-case basis. See the attached document for a more detailed overview of the CPCE and vignette portion of the exam.


[1] Out-of-state applicants are encouraged to verify with their local licensing board that they meet the requirements for licensure in their specific state of residence.

[2] For additional information regarding state licensure requirements, please contact the California Board of Behavioral Sciences:

Board of Behavioral Sciences

1625 N Market Blvd., Suite S-200

Sacramento, CA 95834

(916) 574-7830

 

What are CBU's admissions requirements?
  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • Official sealed transcripts
  • Minimum of two recommendations - Recommedation Form
  • 500 word essay covering these areas:

    • Purpose for entering the program
    • Experiences that have directed your interest toward becoming a therapist
    • Religious background, present pattern of spiritual growth, fundamentals of personal faith and the relationship between your faith and professional goals
    • Reasons for choosing to study at California Baptist University
    • Influences that have shaped your present values and approach to life
    • Include in your essay a response to this question: "Have you ever received psychiatric treatment or counseling, yes or no?" If yes, please provide a brief explanation.
     
  • Minimum GPA of 3.00 for unconditional admission and a minimum 2.75 GPA for conditional admission
  • Successful interview with the Director of the MSCP Program
How much will my education at CBU cost?
  • Approximately 62 units to graduate depending on transferred units
  • Cost vary depending on the number of units transferred
  • Per unit cost is $620
How can I afford to go to CBU?
  • Financial assistance is available
  • The first step is to fill-out the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov
  • CBU’s FAFSA School Code: 001125
Contact Admissions

Phone: 951.343.3900
Email: cbuonline@calbaptist.edu


Master of Science in Counseling Psychology

Master of Science in Counseling Psychology Major Program (62 units)

Prerequisites

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Theories of Personality
  • Research Methods / Statistics
  • Outstanding prerequisite coursework must be completed within the first semester of graduate enrollment
  • Cannot be admitted with more than two outstanding prerequisites.

Core Requirements (62 units)

Diversity Issues in Counseling Psychology Seminar
Professional Practice Seminar I
Professional Practice Seminar II
MFT Counseling Theory
Human Growth and Development
Human Sexuality
Human Communications in Group Process
MFT Counseling Techniques
Advanced Research Methodology
Advanced Psychopathology
Psychodiagnostics
MFT Counseling: Child and Adolescent
Practicum I
Professional Ethics and Law
Practicum II
Family Therapy I
Family Therapy II
Christian Perspective on Professional Counseling
Psychopharmacology
Child Abuse and Neglect: Diagnosis and Treatment
HIV/AIDS Counseling
Domestic Violence
Addictions Counseling
Aging and Mental Health

Optional Electives

Community Mental Health Counseling (Required for LPCC License)
Career Counseling (Required for LPCC License)
Empirically-Based Approaches for Treating Adults with Severe Mental Illness (Required for LPCC license)
Play Therapy for Special Populations (Required for LPCC license)
Evaluation and Treatment of Compulsive Disorders (Required for LPCC license)
Standard of Care Approaches for Evaluating and Treating Children and Adolescents with Externalizing Disorders (Required for LPCC license)
Grief & Loss Counseling

Psychotherapy Requirement
Students entering the Graduate Program in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Professional Counseling (MFT Program) at California Baptist University will be required to complete twenty-four (24) hours of individual psychotherapy or fifty (50) hours of group psychotherapy with a licensed psychotherapist. This therapy must be done outside the campus community and may not include therapists who have any teaching relationship with California Baptist University. Students completing the psychotherapy requirement may obtain the psychotherapy form from the Online and Professional Studies Academic offices.

Student Disclosure of Personal Information
Students may be required to disclose personal information regarding sexual history, history of abuse and neglect, psychological treatment, and relationships with parents, peers, and spouses or significant others if the information is necessary to evaluate or obtain assistance for students whose personal problems could reasonably be judged to be preventing them from performing their training- or professionally related activities in a competent manner or posing a threat to the students or others.

Licensed Professional Cllinical Counselor (LPCC)
Students entering the Online and Professional Studies (OPS) Master of Science in Counseling Psychology (MSCP) program may also complete an additional eighteen(18) units to satisfy the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) academic requirements established by the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) in the state of California. Students must complete both PSY536 Community Mental Health Counseling and PSY537 Career Counseling. In addition, students must complete twelve (12) units, focusing on LPCC special topics, by taking the following four courses: (a) Play Therapy for Special Populations; (b)Evaluation and Treatment of Compulsive Disorders; (c)Empirically-Based Approaches for Treating Adults with Severe Mental Illness; and (d)Standard of Care Approaches for Evaluating and Treating Children and Adolescents with Externalizing Disorders. One additional class is added to the core course sequence each semester so as to complete the eighteen (18) additional units for the LPCC track.

Financial Aid Assistance Scenarios

Scenario 1 – Veteran’s Benefit Recipient
Full Time 9 units: fall, spring, summer
Veteran’s Benefits – Post 9/11 GI Bill &
CBU Yellow Ribbon Program

$14,403   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)
- $14,403   GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Benefits
$0

Scenario 2 – Tuition Reimbursement and Loan Recipient
Full Time 9 units: fall, spring, summer
Tuition Reimbursement and Loan Recipient

$14,403   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$2,500   Employer Tuition Reimbursement**

Scenario 3 – Loan Recipient
Full Time 9 units: fall, spring, summer
Stafford Loan Recipient-Subsidized and Unsubsidized

$14,403   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$14,403   Subsidized & Unsubsidized Stafford Loan***
Examples Only: Assumes Eligibility by filing a FAFSA and meeting all eligibility criteria

* tuition costs based on cost per unit
** must be eligible to qualify
*** based on eligibility (assumes graduate level)

Financial Aid Assistance Scenarios

Scenario 1 – Veteran’s Benefit Recipient
Full Time 6 units: fall, spring, summer
Veteran’s Benefits – Post 9/11 GI Bill &
CBU Yellow Ribbon Program

$9,777   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)
- $9,777   GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Benefits
$0

Scenario 2 – Scholarship and Loan Recipient
Full Time 6 units: fall, spring, summer
Scholarship and Loan Recipient

$9,777   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$2,500   Disablity Scholarship**

Scenario 3 – Loan Recipient
Full Time 6 units: fall, spring, summer
Stafford Loan Recipient-Subsidized and Unsubsidized

$9,777   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$9,777   Subsidized & Unsubsidized Stafford Loan***
Examples Only: Assumes Eligibility by filing a FAFSA and meeting all eligibility criteria

* tuition costs based on cost per unit
** must be eligible to qualify
*** based on eligibility (assumes graduate level)

Financial Aid Assistance Scenarios

Scenario 1 – Veteran’s Benefit Recipient
Full Time 12 units: fall, spring, summer
Veteran’s Benefits – Post 9/11 GI Bill &
CBU Yellow Ribbon Program

$18,885   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)
- $18,885   GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Benefits
$0

Scenario 2 – Grant and Loan Recipient
Full Time 12 units: fall, spring, summer
Pell, Cal Grant & Stafford Loan Recipient

$18,885   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$5,645   Pell Grant (maximum estimate)**
$9,084   Cal Grant A (maximum estimate)**
$5,500   Stafford Loan***

Scenario 3 – Loan Recipient
Full Time 12 units: fall, spring, summer
Stafford Loan Recipient-Subsidized and Unsubsidized

$18,885   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$18,750   Subsidized & Unsubsidized Stafford Loan***
Examples Only: Assumes Eligibility by filing a FAFSA and meeting all eligibility criteria

* tuition costs based on cost per unit
** must be eligible to qualify
*** based on eligibility (assumes Independent Student, Junior grade level)

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