Counseling Psychology

Graduates of Dominican’s Counseling Psychology Master of Science (MS) program are thoughtful and professional practitioners who demonstrate ethical purpose, apply best practices, and use intercultural knowledge to serve the needs of a diverse and global society.

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Students gain professional training in the latest theories and techniques of counseling and psychotherapy with a degree of Master of Science (MS) in Counseling Psychology from Dominican. Those seeking licensure are required to take the concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) and Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC) concentrations.
 
The Counseling Psychology program promotes professionals competent in diagnosis, assessment, client advocacy, effective communication and treatment planning. Students also learn to apply current law and professional ethics to specific client situations. Program graduates enter the field prepared to implement interventions with clients from diverse cultural communities.

Program Highlights

  • Dominican trainees and alumni are highly sought after by agencies in the Bay Area and beyond.
  • Through interactive instruction and practice in a variety of orientations, including traditional, innovative and alternative, students develop excellent clinical skills.
  • In this program, students have ample opportunity to work closely with faculty — all of whom are practicing clinicians — as classes are small (maximum of 20 students).
  • Dominican’s well-established practicum works with over 50 community agencies to place 100 percent of our trainees in the field.
  • Approximately 90 percent of our graduates are licensed MFTs or registered MFT associates.
  • Our flexible schedule is convenient for working students — late afternoon, evening and weekend classes

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Program Format

This program provides flexibility for students who may be working or have personal commitments. Dominican offers a variety of class schedules, including part-time, full-time, as well as evening and weekend classes.

Career Paths

Students receiving a degree in Counseling Psychology are prepared for a wide range of careers such as marriage and family therapist, professional clinical counselor, consultant, case manager, educator, psychotherapy clinician, substance abuse recovery professional, school counselor and hospice/bereavement counselor.

Concentrations

Dominican's Master's in Counseling Psychology is a 43-unit program designed to prepare students to provide consultation, case management, education and training in a wide variety of settings or for further doctoral work.

The program also helps students looking to enter other counseling specialties, such as community college counseling, professional life coaching, somatic therapies, health sciences, research, managed care, community outreach, career services, learning specialties, and all other vocations where excellent communication skills are necessary for personal and professional success.

The MS in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy is a 60-unit program that prepares students for MFT licensure in California. The concentration is designed to meet the requirements of the Business and Professions Code, Section 4980.37 and SB 33 for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist.

The MS in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Professional Clinical Counseling is a 60-unit program designed to prepare students for PCC licensure in California. This concentration is designed to meet the requirements of the Business and Professions Code, 4999.10-4999.122 and SB 788 for licensure as a Professional Clinical Counselor.

*Both the MFT and PCC concentrations are obtained in one 60 unit program.

 

Admissions and Aid

A Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a regionally accredited institution is required to apply to our graduate programs. Other requirements include: 

  1. A Completed Application — Apply now!
  2. Official Transcript(s)
    Official transcript of coursework from each college or university attended (undergraduate and graduate). Transcripts must be sent directly in a sealed envelope from the college or university.

    Send to: 
    Dominican University of California
    c/o Graduate Admissions
    50 Acacia Ave. 
    San Rafael, 94901
  3. GPA of 3.0
    A GPA of 3.0 is required for the last 60 units of graded undergraduate or graduate coursework.
  4. Resume
  5. Statement of Purpose or Intent
    A brief essay (500 words) describing professional and/or personal goals for obtaining a graduate degree
  6. Autobiography
    An autobiography that includes a description of the people who have been of significant influence in your life. Include experiences you believe to be related to your interest in counseling, your desire to be a counselor, and your ability to understand and help others (4 to 5 typed, double-spaced pages).
  7. Response to Scenario
    Describe what you believe might be happening in the following crisis situation and how you might handle it:

    Someone who has recently moved into your neighborhood has become quite friendly with you, sharing personal feelings and problems. She tells you of a very strained relationship with her partner and difficulties she is having with her teenage daughter who she feels is on drugs. She seeks your advice and lets you know how much she depends on you. One day she calls you on the phone to say that she is thinking of committing suicide.
  8. Prerequisite Requirements 
    • Theories of Personality course or its equivalent, completed at a regionally accredited institution, either before the program starts or concurrently within the first year.
  9. Personal Interview
    Applicants who have been selected to continue on in the application process will receive an invitation to interview. Interviews are on-campus only.
  10. International Applicants
    International candidates must meet additional admissions requirements.


Fall 2020 (Space is limited. Apply today)

Deadline July 1, 2020

Interviews are in progress for the fall semester. Program slots will fill on a first-come, first-served basis, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

Spring 2021

Priority Deadline December 1, 2020

Learn about tuition per unit, additional fees and total tuition.

We'll also show you how a Dominican education is more affordable than you might think with support from financial aid, scholarships and loans. 

Tuition and Aid

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Continuing Education

The Counseling Psychology department also offers Continuing Education courses for professionals to meet licensing requirements and keeping abreast with developments in the field.

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Fieldwork

Fieldwork provides an opportunity for students to use newly acquired skills and build clinical experience with on-site supervision. Some Dominican partners are the YMCA Urban Services, Bay Area Community Resources, Interfaith Shelter Network, Compass Family Services, St. Vincent’s, Hospice By the Bay and Petaluma City Schools.

Faculty and Staff

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Robin Gayle, MDiv, PhD

Professor and Chair, Department of Counseling Psychology
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Rani Devadasan, LMFT, MS

Program Manager
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Carlos Molina, EdD, LMFT

Assistant Professor Director of General Masters Declaration Program
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J. Vincent Nevins, LMFT, PhD

Assistant Professor Practicum Director
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Diane Suffridge, PhD

Associate Professor and Director, University Counseling Services

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