Master's Degree in Psychology in San Francisco in USA

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A Masters degree gives you the opportunity to either further your understanding of a particular question or take off in a completely different way using skills you have gained from your previous undergraduate degree.

Psychology is a diverse field that involves knowledge of human behavior and the mind. Research psychology conducts experiments to better understand personality and social behavior. Applied psychology uses the results of research to solve social problems.

Education in the United States is mainly provided by the public sector, with control and funding coming from three levels: state, local, and federal, in that order. The common requirements to study at a higher education level in United States will include your admissions essay (also known as the statement of purpose or personal statement), transcript of records, recommendation/reference letters, language tests

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MA School Counseling

University of San Francisco - School of Education
Campus Full time September 2017 USA San Francisco

Preparing School Counselors to be Social Justice Agents of Change in Urban Schools [+]

Masters in Psychology in San Francisco in USA. The 49 credit School Counseling program meets requirements recently issued by the California State Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) for those seeking a career in school counseling in K-12 schools. OPTION: After their first semester at USF, students enrolled in the 49-credit School Counseling/Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential Program have the option to enroll in a 60-credit Dual Concentration Program in School Counseling and Professional Clinical Counseling. Graduates of the program obtain a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree and are eligible for the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential. They may be employed: - in public or private educational settings, - in community-based agencies, - as consultants to schools, education programs, and other institutions serving the educational needs of youth. They also may choose to pursue a doctoral degree. Program Description The School Counseling program is a unique, innovative educational program for preparing counselors to address the social, emotional, and academic needs of children, adolescents, and young adults in educational settings. The program emphasizes: - multicultural youth development and counseling - problem-solving, goal-oriented, counseling - social justice orientation - ecological systems in urban contexts Students learn theories and effective, pragmatic interventions with youth in schools. The program has a social justice orientation which seeks to foster equity, respect for diversity, creativity, compassion and community empowerment. “When asked if I feel ‘ready’ to enter the field of school counseling, I always reflect on how the USF School Counseling Program has prepared me to work with the universal issues faced by adolescents as well as those specifically related to underserved youth in urban schools.” - Andrea Davis, School Counseling Psychology Alumna The curriculum is designed sequentially - The first year focuses on counseling theory and practice, legal and ethical issues, child and adolescent development, multicultural counseling, research, group counseling, and prevention and intervention in schools. - The second year focuses on problem-solving counseling strategies, learning and instruction, counseling students with exceptional needs, academic and career counseling, assessment and program evaluation, and consultation with parents, teachers, and schools. A partnership of fieldwork and classroom learning forms the core of the program. Students begin their fieldwork in the schools during a first semester practicum class and complete the fieldwork requirements during three semesters of fieldwork classes. Each semester, the fieldwork class is conducted under the supervision of an experienced PPS credentialed instructor. Entry Requirements - Completed online application with non-refundable $55 application fee. - One set of unofficial transcripts from each university/college previously attended. For U.S. applicants, the degree must be from a regionally accredited university/college. An applicant with a pending degree must provide official verification of expected degree completion from institution's Registrar or school official. An undergraduate degree is required to apply to a master's program. A master's degree is required to apply for a doctoral program. Please note: if admitted you will need to submit official transcripts prior to enrolling. - MA and Credential applicants: Minimum GPA of 2.75 - Doctoral applicants: Minimum GPA of 3.0 from a graduate program - Two current, signed letters of recommendation, noting suitability for graduate work. - Current résumé. - A Statement of Intent Visit our website directly here to learn more about the School Counseling program Financial Resources Federal financial aid, state, and university resources are available as funding to newly admitted and current USF School of Education students. In order to offset the cost of graduate education tuition, many School of Education courses are offered in the late afternoon and evening, and/or on alternating weekends. Most students find they can maintain a full time job while earning their credential, master’s or doctoral degree. However, if your program requires you to spend time in a classroom (i.e. student teaching) or to complete a fieldwork or traineeship experience, such commitments will interfere with a normal workday.     Visit our website to learn more about financial resources for this program [-]

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy

California Institute of Integral Studies
Campus Full time September 2017 USA San Francisco

At CIIS, expressive arts therapy refers to a therapeutic approach with individuals, couples, families, groups, and community-based programs that integrates a wide range of arts modalities in the service of human growth, development and healing. [+]

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy The Expressive Arts Therapy Program is still accepting applications for Fall, 2015! What is Expressive Arts Therapy? At CIIS, expressive arts therapy refers to a therapeutic approach with individuals, couples, families, groups, and community-based programs that integrates a wide range of arts modalities in the service of human growth, development and healing. It takes a multi-arts or multimodal approach, integrating painting, drawing, sculpture, dance/movement, music, drama, ritual, poetry, and prose within therapeutic encounters. Expressive arts therapists seek to build a compassionate, supportive, and culturally-sensitive relationship with clients. The expressive arts become the medium through which clients can explore and potentially transform emotional, social, spiritual, and relational issues; identify strengths; and experience new creative insights. Expressive arts therapy processes are used successfully in almost all psychotherapeutic contexts, ranging from work with people faced with chronic and persistent mental health challenges, to the facilitation of human growth and potential. Mission The EXA@CIIS program educates and trains the future leaders of the Expressive Arts therapy field. We use the power of the arts as tools for human development & healing, psycho-spiritual growth, social change, and empowered self-agency. This This is accomplished through an innovative Scholar-Artist-Practitioner model bridging gaps between academic knowledge, clinical practice and community engagement with the arts at the center. Our faculty considers each student to be a unique contributor to the learning community due to their diverse backgrounds, experience and interests. A Comprehensive Training in Counseling and Psychotherapy The Expressive Arts Therapy program integrates a thorough education in theories and methods of psychotherapy with intensive training in expressive arts therapy. This three-year full-time program covers individual, group, couples, and family therapy, and includes a year-long practicum under the supervision of licensed mental health professionals who are also expressive arts therapists. The training meets the educational requirements for California's Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) license and is also designed to meet the educational requirements to become a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT) with the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA). A Range of Theoretical Frameworks The principles of liberation psychology and relational-cultural theory (RCT) provide overarching theoretical frameworks for the curriculum. The EXA program also provides students with foundational knowledge and skills of the major schools of psychotherapy through multicultural and feminist lenses. These include contemporary psychoanalytic and psychodynamic approaches; Jungian; existential-humanist; cognitive-behavioral; mindfulness-based; narrative and constructivist; as well as a range of family systems approaches. The program places a high premium on sensitivity and responsiveness to the needs of the very diverse communities of the Bay Area in terms of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual preference, differing abilities, and socioeconomic status. This is reflected in all aspects of the formal curriculum as well as in our approach to pedagogy in the classroom. Multiple Expressive Arts Approaches There are multiple theoretical foundations for an expressive arts practice. At CIIS, students have an opportunity to receive foundational training in a wide range of expressive arts approaches. The most established approaches include person-centered, movement-centered, intermodal, and narrative and collaborative expressive arts therapies. Hands on Learning CIIS EXA students typically complete their clinical fieldwork in the third year, beginning in the fall semester and ending the following summer. In the first year, students begin receiving hands-on training in-class as well as visiting and interviewing practitioners in the community. The program also maintains partnerships with community organizations, including GLIDE's Family Youth & Child Center and Contra Costa Health Services, to offer students additional opportunities to practice prior to their third year clinical fieldwork. Learning Outcomes EXA is a dynamic program weaving the arts across the curriculum, enabling students to: Demonstrate capacity to integrate a range of expressive arts practices into psychotherapy with individuals, couples, families, and groups; with sensitivity to differences including gender identification, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, differing abilities, socioeconomic status, and spiritual and religious practices Translate expressive arts interventions and processes into standard psychological language, and vice versa Articulate when expressive arts approaches are appropriate and when they may be contraindicated within particular clinical situations Demonstrate capacity to weave together expressive arts and recovery-oriented principles and practices into treatment Demonstrate personal growth and development through the use of expressive arts practices Demonstrate ability to conceptualize and intervene holistically (addresses body, mind, and spirit) Admission to the Program Because we believe that individuals can tap into an innate healing power, our curriculum explores interconnections between spirituality and creativity. One of four programs in the world that concentrate in this specialty, ours brings together the therapeutic arts-visual, musical, dramatic. CIIS' intensive training combines coursework with individual and group expressive arts psychotherapy, plus a yearlong clinical practicum. Students come from all over the world to enroll in our three-year program. They work in a variety of psychotherapeutic contexts, and in a wide range of business and professional settings. Our coursework meets the academic requirements for California's Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) license and is designed to meet the educational requirements to become a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT) with the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA). [-]

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Concentration in Drama Therapy

California Institute of Integral Studies
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA San Francisco

The CIIS Drama Therapy program is one of only three master's programs in the United States both regionally accredited and approved by the North American Drama Therapy Association, and is one of only a handful of such programs in the world. [+]

Masters in Psychology in San Francisco in USA. MA in Counseling Psychology with a Concentration in Drama Therapy Freedom and possibility are two key words that begin to describe the essence of drama therapy. Life is finite; there are only so many experiences we can have. But in drama, the opportunities and options are endless, enabling us to dive more deeply into the richness of life. And when the dramas are authentic and "real," they have the power to affect, and even alter, our real lives profoundly. For the past thirty years, we have been investigating how therapeutically adapted dramatic processes work over time to heal wounds, facilitate lasting change, and help people reach their highest potential. -Renée Emunah, Program Founder/Director The program allowed me to tap into the limitless storehouse of compassion, imagination, play, and resiliency inside of me and helped me channel all that into my fullest potential as a therapist and human being. It was an all-encompassing and transformative experience. As a storyteller, scholar, and now clinician, the impacts of the Drama Therapy program at CIIS will continue to serve me professionally and reverberate through me and those with whom I come into contact. -Aileen Cho, Program Alumna, MA (2012) One of my most life changing experiences! The Drama Therapy program at CIIS gave me the personal and clinical resources I needed to become a skilled therapist, while remaining in touch with my artist self. -Dorothy Lemoult, Program Alumna, MA (2011) The CIIS Drama Therapy program is one of only three master's programs in the United States both regionally accredited and approved by the North American Drama Therapy Association, and is one of only a handful of such programs in the world. CIIS is internationally recognized as housing one of the world's most highly developed and rigorous training programs for drama therapists. FOR FALL 2016 ADMISSION THE APPLICATION DEADLINE WILL BE IN JANUARY 15, 2016 Admission opens November 15th, 2015. All application materials need to be submitted by January 15th, 2016. Interviews will take place in late February and early March, 2016. About the Program The Drama Therapy Program at CIIS is one of the only master 's level programs accredited in the field nationwide. Our aim is to take students on a challenging and compelling personal and intellectual journey toward deeper levels of understanding and developing competence in drama therapy. Our commitment is to provide a serious, multilayered training in using this potent medium ethically, respectfully, and skillfully. Faculty and students delve into the complexities, subtleties, and possibilities of drama therapy. Coursework is sequenced and progressive. Theoretical, practical/clinical, and experiential formats are incorporated. Small, action-oriented classes within a cohort model support students' personal development and a sense of community. While many people come to our program already personally familiar with the transformative power of drama, even the first semester of the program reveals new dimensions to the field and gives a glimpse of the vast range of exploration ahead. An integral part of the program is on-site clinical training and supervision at a wide range of possible placement sites. Interns receive individual weekly supervision on-site by a licensed clinician, as well as small-group supervision at CIIS with a Registered Drama Therapist (RDT). In their final semester of the program, students take an Integrative Seminar which supports the development of a capstone project. This final project may be a theoretical article, a live, self-revelatory (therapeutic) theater performance, or a DVD documenting a drama therapy treatment process. All formats are presented publicly to a community of peers, family, and friends, leading to a sense of culminating achievement in the program. CIIS is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The program follows the academic guidelines set forth by the North American Drama Therapy Association and meets academic requirements for registry as a drama therapist (RDT). The program also fulfills academic requirements for Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT*) licensure in the state of California. Coursework preparing for licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) is also available. *Please note that in order to become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, you must also complete 3,000 hours of internship in addition to your educational requirements. You will graduate from our program with between 700 and 1,000 hours that will count toward licensure. Apply to the Drama Therapy Program We seek (and seem to attract!) creative, motivated, mature students who have already demonstrated a strong interest in the integration of theater and therapy. Integrity, introspection, and dedication are all essential attributes. Our students come to the program from around the world. Applicants must have a background in drama/theater and a minimum of two undergraduate psychology courses. Volunteer or paid work experience in human services is strongly recommended. Diversity We encourage and embrace diversity in our program, and place a high value on having students from a variety of racial and cultural backgrounds; other representations of diversity (including age range) are also important to us. We look at each applicant holistically, and if you feel passionate about this field, we welcome your application. Admission Requirements THE DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR THE FALL SEMESTER IS JANUARY 15. Admission is for the Fall semester only. Those applicants who are selected to interview will be invited to San Francisco for interviews that are held in late February to early March. Admissions Application Non-refundable $65 Application Fee Degree Requirement: An undergraduate degree (BA, BS, or BFA) from an accredited college or university. Transcripts: Official transcripts from all accredited academic institutions attended within the United States. Transcripts must arrive in their official, sealed envelopes. Autobiographical Statement: A five to seven page (12 pt font, double-spaced) introspective essay in which you reflect on significant childhood and adult life experiences that have affected your personal development. Goal Statement: A one page (12 pt font, double-spaced) statement of your educational and professional interests, goals or passions. Two Letters of Recommendation: From academic advisors, professors or professional supervisors. Recommenders should use standard business format and include full contact information-name, email, phone number, and mailing address. Resume/Outline: A one to two page outline listing your background/experience (if any) in: (1) theater (2) psychology (3) human services work, and (4) creative arts therapy. Academic Prerequisites: Two undergraduate psychology courses from an accredited college or university are required. They may be in progress during the application process. Interview: Individual and group interviews by invitation from the admissions committee. International students and individuals who have studied at institutions outside the US and Canada may have additional requirements. [-]

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Concentration in Community Mental Health

California Institute of Integral Studies
Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 USA San Francisco

CIIS has trained MFT's since 1973 and graduates have had one of the highest pass rates on the MFT exam, with a 96% pass rate. Since 1973 the Master's in Counseling Program has responded to changes in the field. [+]

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Concentration in Community Mental Health CIIS has trained MFT's since 1973 and graduates have had one of the highest pass rates on the MFT exam, with a 96% pass rate. Since 1973 the Master's in Counseling Program has responded to changes in the field. Community Mental Health evolved out of this trend in providing innovative educational opportunities and the changing needs in the field. In order to better meet the changing landscape of public mental health, CIIS was an early adapter of the CMH curriculum, and as such, a pioneer in developing master's level coursework and specialty training for those interested in careers in public mental health. In the spirit of the Mental Health Services Act stakeholders in the public mental health system were invited to the table to help plan the needs of master's level counseling students. This included working with local public mental health; community-based organizations; consumers; community members; and service providers. Out of this work the CMH program developed the following program goals: CMH will provide strong clinical training built on Psychodynamics, Humanistic Mindfulness, and Family Systems Therapy Trauma-informed therapies; Recovery and resiliency models of treatment; Social justice perspectives, and Community psychology theory and praxis. CMH trains students with a strong theoretical base to be proficient as licensed, independent mental health practitioners either as a licensed MFT or LPCC. These skills include: Assessment, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment planning; Outcomes Evaluation; Cultural Humility; Best Practices; and Practice-Based Evidence. The CMH program models itself on the public mental health model, providing opportunities for peer-based support and services; Wellness Recovery Action Planning for students; community meetings; and access to MHSA-based support services for students of color; LGBT students; consumers of public mental health services and their family members; and veterans. We welcome a diverse cohort of students to come together to learn to become licensed therapists, clinical case managers, change agents within the mental health system. Our trainees and graduate students are consistently sought after in the public mental health system and in community organizations. We welcome you to become part of the next generation of students trained and ready for system transformation. Statement of Diversity: Diversity and the recognition of multiple perspectives is a core value of the Community Mental Health Program at CIIS. We celebrate and embrace these diverse perspectives as a source of strength, creativity and relevance in our field. Our differences and how we each live those differences - be they of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, socioeconomic status, abilities, experiences and more - enhance our ability to achieve the Institute's core mission to embody spirit, intellect, and wisdom in service to individuals, communities and the Earth. We do this by framing our studies in the context of social justice, liberation psychologies and including, respecting, and valuing the voices of the communities we serve in our students, staff, faculty and where we provide service. Training Clinical Training The clinical training component of the CMH program is fully integrated into the Master's degree program. In the first year students will have assignments which bring them into agencies and programs to learn firsthand what is happening in community mental health in our area. In year two (see below) students will begin to gain experience and deliver services and in year three they will take clinical practicum courses. It is in practicum that students begin, with supervision, to engage in therapy with clients. Each student plays a key role in identifying sites for field work and clinical practicum. The CMH office and the Field Placement team are ready and eager to help students make good choices. Once made, those choices must be approved by the Director of the CMH program and the Director of Field Education Year 2- Clinical Field Study (2-units) Over the course of two semesters students will engage in (2) one-unit courses that will introduce the student to clinical fieldwork. Students will explore the development of professional identity, client engagement, client advocacy, psychosocial education and case management. Completion of the course will require attendance in weekly classes plus 6-8 hours per week of documented fieldwork in an approved site. Year 3- Clinical Practicum (4-units) Over the course of two semesters students will engage in (2) two-unit courses that will enhance clinical training in the practicum. Students will continue their development of professional identity as the student learns to become a psychotherapist and integrate what is learned in the classroom with the experience at the practicum site. Completion of the course will require attendance in weekly classes plus 16-20 hours per week of documented training in an approved site. Students must complete a minimum of 500 qualifying BBS hours between their fieldwork and practicum training, but may complete as many as 1300. The remaining qualifying hours may then be accrued post-graduation. Apply to the Community Mental Health Program About the Program Taking a systemic approach, this 60-unit, three-year program integrates the fundamentals of intensive and supplemental case management with an emphasis on counseling, cultural competence and a public sector practicum. Delivered in a variety of formats, the curriculum graduated students job-ready for high-demand public sector careers and prepared to sit for Marriage and Family Therapy licensure. Designed in collaboration with leading mental health providers, this program meets critical needs: Therapeutic A growing number of clients with multiple diagnoses require a different level and type of therapy. Cultural The profession needs more practitioners from diverse backgrounds who are culturally competent and bilingual or multilingual. Professional Nearly 70 percent of San Francisco's public mental health work force will retire within the next 10 years-a trend that is echoed throughout the state and the nation. Admissions Requirements Admissions Application: The online application can be found on the school website. Non-refundable $65 application fee Degree Requirement: An undergraduate degree (BA, BS, or the equivalent) from an accredited college or university. Transcripts: Official transcripts from all accredited academic institutions attended within the United States. Transcripts must arrive in their official, sealed envelopes. Goal Statement: A one-page statement of professional goals and objectives that shows demonstrated commitment to the field of community mental health. Resume Autobiographical Statement: A four-to-six page (typed, double-spaced) introspective autobiographical statement emphasizing how you arrived at your current commitment to work in the area of community mental health and describing life experiences that have led to your decision to apply. Two Letters of Recommendation: Letters of recommendation will be accepted from academic advisors, professors, professional supervisors, or someone able to attest to your ability to undertake the work required for your program. Recommenders should use standard business format and include full contact information-name, email, phone number, and mailing address. International students and individuals who have studied at institutions outside the US and Canada may have additional requirements. Candidate Selection In selecting candidates for admission, the program considers the following factors to be desirable: a background, interest, and demonstrated commitment to public and community mental health (work or volunteer), and evidence of a commitment to achieving positive health outcomes in these settings. Alternatively, experience in community planning, community organizing, and/or social justice in a paid or volunteer position will be helpful, as well as sufficient personal stability, and energy to become an effective therapist, and academic records that indicate probable success in completing graduate studies.The statement of professional goals and objectives submitted with the application form should address these issues. In addition to the above considerations, the program seeks individuals who exhibit the interpersonal communication skills required of psychotherapists.These include a congruence of feelings and action, an ability to listen and attend, a willingness to be self-reflective, and an openness to evaluating and changing behaviors and attitudes.As the program operates on a cohort model, students are interviewed about their goals, objectives, and experiences.These interviews aim to create a cohort of students who can support, motivate, and sustain one another during the seven semesters of study. [-]