MS in Counseling Psychology

Our highly trained and supportive clinical faculty, small class sizes, well-established fieldwork placement, and flexible class schedules set our MS in Counseling Psychology program apart from the rest. Students are prepared in professional counseling, consultation, and case management.

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About our MS in Counseling Psychology

Our leading-edge program is dedicated to providing students with the most current, emerging trends in mental health delivery, theoretical approaches to clinical practice, innovative and alternative modes of counseling, consultation, and case management. Our students are in-demand by community field placements in the Bay Area. 

For more information, please visit the MS in Counseling Psychology webpage! 

Program Highlights

  • Three concentrations to select from: Marriage and Family Therapy and/or Professional Clinical Counselor (60 units) and General (43 units)
  • Late afternoon and evening coursework to accommodate working students
  • Highly trained and supportive clinical faculty
  • Small, individualized classes and seminars
  • Interactive instruction in traditional, innovative and alternative counseling
  • Excellent training in diagnosis and treatment, which is adapted to a wide range of mental health disorders, including co-occurring disorders
  • Well-established fieldwork placement programs. Recent opportunities include Berkeley Creative Living Center, Catholic Charities of San Francisco and Marin, Family Service Agency of Marin, San Francisco Suicide Prevention and Santa Rosa Institute of Mental Health.
  • Consistently score above statewide average on the Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) written examination
  • A limited number of merit/need-based scholarships awarded each term

Sample schedule and program details

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Program Objectives

  • Develop excellent diagnostic and therapeutic skills that benefit clients ranging from children to seniors
  • Foster fluency in behavioral, cognitive, behavioral, brief and strategic, client-centered, crisis intervention and psychodynamic theoretical models
  • Become proficient in consultation and case management techniques, emphasizing client-centered advocacy
  • Learn about diversity sensitivity, gain experience working with clients from a wide variety of cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Effectively make assessments of and offer treatment for domestic violence, child abuse, alcohol and substance abuse and behavioral addiction

Admission Requirements

  1. $50 application fee
  2. Completed online application
  3. Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning
  4. Official transcript of course work from each college or university attended (undergraduate or graduate). A GPA of 3.0 is required for the last 60 units of graded undergraduate or graduate coursework. Transcripts must be in a sealed envelope sent directly from the college or university. 
  5. Resume
  6. Statement of purpose or intent: a brief essay (500 words) describing professional and/or personal goals for obtaining a graduate degree
  7. Autobiography that tells of your life and includes a description of those 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).
  8. Response to Scenario: Describe what you believe might be happening in the following 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.
  9. Interviews are on-campus only; requests for alternative interview formats will not be granted.
  10. In addition, all admitted students will be required to pass a Theories of Personality course or its equivalent, completed at a regionally accredited institution, either before the program start or concurrently within the first year.
  11. Please note: International Candidates must meet additional admissions requirements, outlined here. 

Questions?

Contact Mike Lavigna at 415.485.3253 or gradmissions@dominican.edu

 

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