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Admissions Requirements

All applications for admission must be submitted to the Admissions Department. An admissions representative is available to help interested applicants complete the following required documentation:

Course List

Core Course Requirements

Students enrolled in the MA in Counseling Psychology degree program are required to complete eighteen core courses (54 credit hours).

Core Course Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

PC6005 - Maladaptive Behavior and Psychopathology
(3)

(3)

PC6022 - Family Therapy Counseling Skills
(3)

(3)

PC6025 - Human Growth and Development
(3)

(3)

PC6104 - Counseling Skills I
(3)

(3)

PC6105 - Counseling Skills II
(3)

(3)

PC6230 - Theories in Counseling Families and Individuals
(3)

(3)

PC6240 - Introduction to Psychological Testing
(3)

(3)

PC6250 - Clinical Psychopharmacology
(3)

(3)

PC6300 - Professional and Ethical Issues
(3)

(3)

PC6420 - Community Mental Health
(3)

(3)

PC6440 - Child and Adolescent Counseling
(3)

(3)

PC6505 - Group Counseling
(3)

(3)

PC6511 - Social and Cultural Diversity
(3)

(3)

PC6521 - Research and Program Evaluation
(3)

(3)

PC6532 - Trauma Counseling
(3)

(3)

PC6600 - Career and Lifestyle Development
(3)

(3)

PC6750 - Couples and Relational Counseling
(3)

(3)

PC6900 - Substance Abuse Counseling
(3)

(3)

Core Course Requirements—54 Credit Hours

 

Practicum Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

PC6400 - Practicum I
(2)

(2)

PC6401 - Practicum II
(2)

(2)

PC6402 - Practicum III
(2)

(2)

Practicum Requirements—6 Credit Hours

 

Practicum and Practicum Seminar Requirements

Practicum


The practicum is the first opportunity provided to students for field training in counseling psychology. The practicum provides students with the opportunity for working under supervision with a clinical population in a mental health delivery system. The practicum is an essential part of training in counseling, and all students are required to participate in the practicum experience. Liability insurance is included in the cost of the practicum.

Please see the MA in Counseling Psychology Degree Program Training Manual for procedures related to practicum and the practicum application process.

Practicum Seminar


All students enrolled in a practicum must also concurrently enroll in a practicum seminar. The seminar allows students to reflect on various practicum experiences and to acquire additional skills and attitudes useful in field training. The specific content and emphasis of the seminar varies according to the practicum setting, the focus of the enrolled students and the professional expertise of the faculty member.

Counseling Psychology Competency Examination Requirements

All students in the program are required to successfully complete the Counseling Psychology Competency  Examination (examination) during the Practica series. The examination provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate competence in the end-of-program outcomes in advanced professional practice (including assessment, theory application, skills application), social and cultural issues, multicultural competence, research, ethics, and personal and professional development (including self-reflection/awareness, written communication). 

Students should refer to the Counseling Psychology Competency Examination (CPCE) Candidate Handbook for details.

Clinical Competency Report Requirements

The Clinical Competency Report (CCR) requires students to present a taped session, a transcript, a clinical case report, and a self-evaluation related to a client that they have been working with during the Practicum. In the CCR students have the opportunity to demonstrate conceptual and theoretical abilities and their counseling skills in real world counseling situations. Students who have learned theoretical and applied concepts in classroom courses should make use of out-of-class clinical contacts (i.e., practicum, practicum seminar groups,) to refine and extend the skills that will be evaluated by the CCR.

Recommended Course Sequence for the Master of Arts (MA) in Counseling Psychology Degree Program at Argosy University: Inland Empire; Los Angeles; Orange County; San Diego; and San Francisco Bay Area

Student progress through the program is intended to be sequential. Certain courses are offered to first-year students that are designed to provide a theoretical and practical foundation for courses that will follow in subsequent years. Students must satisfy all stated prerequisites for a course before registration for that course can be considered official. The MA in Counseling Psychology degree program recommended course sequence for Argosy University, Inland Empire; Argosy University, Los Angeles; Argosy University, Orange County; Argosy University, San Diego; and Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area can be obtained from the department chair.

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