Counseling Psychology M.A. with Family Psychology Concentration
Do you want to advance your theoretical and practical knowledge about couple’s and family therapy by being taught and supervised by licensed and practicing clinicians who have a wide range of experiences in the field? If so, then the Family Psychology Concentration (FPC) is for you! Students in the M.A. program in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) can concurrently enroll in coursework in the FPC, which, together with the 48-credits of coursework in the M.A. program, meets the educational and practicum/internship requirements for licensure in Minnesota as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). Along with the 48 credits in the M.A. program, students in the FPC are required to successfully complete an additional 18 credit hours of study (see below) and a supervised practicum/internship in which they work with couples and/or families at an agency outside the University of St. Thomas.
The University of St. Thomas is committed to meeting diverse community needs through programs that emphasize the integration of theory with practice, and the personal and professional growth of lifelong learners. The University of St. Thomas fosters in each student a tradition of public service and an energetic, thoughtful approach to the challenges of contemporary life. As a school within the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling, the GSPP is committed to an educational process that addresses the needs of students through learning strategies that create a supportive and challenging environment
Special Features of the Counseling Psychology M.A. - Family Psychology Concentration
- Coursework fully meets the educational and internship requirements for licensure in Minnesota as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
- Faculty members have extensive experience in couple’s and family therapy, giving students the benefit of current practical knowledge
- Students are given many opportunities to grow personally and professionally, whereby they gain insight into and integrate their own personal characteristics and theoretical “leanings”
- Courses are scheduled in the late afternoon, evening and on weekends
*While the course work in the M.A. Counseling Psychology program is consistent with material tested on state and national licensing exams, applicants are strongly encouraged to research the field and be aware of licensing requirements and employment options.
|M.A. with Family Psychology Concentration|
MA: 66 total credits (18 plus 48 from the Counseling Psychology M.A.)
CPSY 600 Psychological Statistics
CPSY 602 Learning & Behaviors Change in Counseling Psychology
CPSY 603 Introduction to Group Psychotherapy
CPSY 604 Psychological Assessment I
CPSY 605 Theories of Career Development
CPSY 606 Basic Counseling Skills Lab
CPSY 607 Ethics and Professional Issues
CPSY 608 Counseling Practicum I
CPSY 609 Counseling Practicum II
CPSY 610 Counseling Practicum III
CPSY 611 Theories of Counseling and Personality
CPSY 612 Human Growth and Development
CPSY 631 Physiological Bases of Behavior
CPSY 632 Psychopathology
CPSY 648 Family Dynamics
CPSY 650 Introduction to Marriage & Family Psychology
CPSY 651 Marriage and Family Development
CPSY 652 Marriage Counseling
CPSY 653 Family Counseling I
CPSY654 Family Counseling II
CPSY 655 Marriage and Family Internship
CPSY 680 Diversity Issues in Counseling
1 | Meet the basic requirements:
- Prospective students must have completed an undergraduate degree from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting agency.
- An undergraduate degree in psychology is not required.
2 | Meet the supplementary requirements:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) required for any candidate whose primary language is not English.
3 | Submit the following application materials:
- Completed application form
- Official copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts
- Two letters of recommendation, addressing the candidate's suitability for the program.
- Graduate Record Exam (school code: R6110) score (within the last 5 years)
- Statement of Purpose - three pages (double spaced); see application for specific criteria
4 | Complete interview with faculty upon selection as finalist
The Interprofessional Center offers psychological services to a diverse population of clients with mental health issues, while providing both practicum experiences and a pre-doctoral internship for graduate professional psychology students. At the IPC, students strive to meet the needs of underserved people while gaining valuable real-world experience. Our clients are low-income, uninsured or underinsured, individuals who often are unable to obtain psychological services if it were not for clinics like the IPC. Services provided to clients (all free of charge) can include: individual counseling, group counseling, couples/family counseling, DBT (both skills group and therapy), psychological testing and/or psycho-education. In addition, students may have the opportunity to periodically work on cases which are shared between Psychological Services and Social Work, Psychological Services and Law, or among all three of the disciplines at the IPC.
The University of St. Thomas, Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) Graduate Student Organization (GSO) is student-led organization founded with the purpose of enhancing the experiences and development of graduate psychology students within the University of St. Thomas. The GSPP GSO unites Masters and Doctoral-level graduate psychology students in the University of St. Thomas GSPP, for the purpose of professional and personal student development, the betterment of the department, and in their contributions to the field and community. The GSO strives to enhance the experiences and development of graduate psychology students within the University of St. Thomas through: representing and unifying GSPP graduate students at all levels, advancing their professional and personal interests, providing a forum for student discussion of psychology-relevant topics, and promoting graduate student participation in university and community affairs.