Counseling Psychology M.A. with Family Psychology Concentration

Family 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.

What you can earn

Master of Arts (M.A.) with Family Psychology Concentration

Where you will learn

Our Minneapolis campus

 

When to apply

Application Deadlines

Spring: October 15
Fall: December 15

Coursework

 M.A. with Family Psychology Concentration
Credits

MA: 66 total credits (18 plus 48 from the Counseling Psychology M.A.)

Required
Courses

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

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How to Apply

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
  • Resume/CV

4 |  Complete interview with faculty upon selection as finalist

Special Opportunities

Study Abroad

The Singapore J-Term study abroad course takes an existing course (CPSY 680, Diversity Issues in Counseling) and adds an intensely experiential component by traveling, living, and learning in the highly diverse, Southeast Asian country of Singapore. This exciting course consists of joint experiential learning exercises with Singaporean MA counseling students as well as site visits that illustrate the various ways mental health needs are addressed in Singapore (Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shamans, western trained psychotherapists, etc.). The opportunity to plunge into a cultural setting that is highly diverse with multiple languages (Mandarin, Malay, Tamil, and English), multiple religions (Islam, Taoism, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism), and multiple ethnicities (Chinese, Malay, Indian, ex-pat) makes for an unbelievable backdrop for a course on diversity.
 
The Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services

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.   

Graduate Student Organization

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.