Psychological Studies

  • Credits: 36
  • Degree:
    Master of Education

Program Description

Psychological Studies is a non-licensure graduate program that introduces students to a broad range of psychological perspectives with a strong commitment to an evolving multicultural society.

Learning Outcomes

Students are exposed to the principles of counseling.   They learn about assessment, resources, cultural and racial dynamics, roles on interdisciplinary teams, ethics and relevant laws. They learn about small group dynamics and processes, and how leadership styles influence group process. Students have a flexibility to choose courses to support their particular interests in the field.

Careers and Further Study

Graduates may be eligible for advancement in human service careers that do not require licensure. They will not be eligible to return to study towards mental health licensure at the CAGS level.

Program Chair

Hugh Ferguson
hugh.ferguson@cambridgecollege.edu

Curriculum


Professional Seminar and Project
9
Credits
Professional Seminar I: Counseling Psychology
CCP 691 2 credit(s)
Professional Seminar I is the first of three required seminars focusing on student skills, abilities, interests and goals. Students collaborate with each other sharing experiences, thoughts and ideas, and working together as a cohort group to begin formulating their individual research projects. Students’ perspectives are broadened as they integrate theory and practice with personal ideas—their own and their classmates’. Preparation for field placement in moving from the classroom to the clinic or school counseling setting is examined with a focus on necessary core counseling functions including assessment, record keeping and the establishment of goals and objectives in counseling as well as a review of the principles of therapeutic relationships. Throughout the three terms students discuss current trends in counseling, ethical considerations surrounding these trends, and presenting didactic information to their classmates. Specific agenda items are selected by identified student needs in collaboration with the seminar leader. Includes the fundamental occupational tasks of assessment, case presentation, case collaboration, team membership and client interaction. This course addresses the following Massachusetts State Standard for School Adjustment Counselor/School Social Worker: a: Principles of therapeutic relationships.
Professional Seminar II: Counseling Psychology
CCP 692 2 credit(s)
Students must be continuously enrolled in the three-term Professional Seminar sequence through completion to continue to remain eligible for federal financial aid. This, the second term of Professional Seminar provides a further understanding of research design and statistical procedures to be used as tools for developing an independent research project (IRP). These tools, along with the student’s ideas, knowledge and skills, come together to form an independent research project. In addition, concepts and dilemmas regarding the principles of therapeutic relationships will be discussed. Includes the fundamental occupational tasks of assessment, case presentation, case collaboration, team membership and client interaction. This course addresses the following Massachusetts State Standard for School Adjustment Counselor/School Social Worker: a: Principles of therapeutic relationships.
Professional Seminar III:Counseling Psychology
CCP 693 2 credit(s)
Students must be continuously enrolled in the three-term Professional Seminar sequence through completion to continue to remain eligible for federal financial aid. The final term of the Professional Seminar examines professional requirements in relation to individuals’ career paths and goals. Students are encouraged to express challenges to current themes in order to strengthen and continue their growth in flexible thinking and tolerating differences. Class discussions include reflections on the experiences of the prior year, including the applications of the principles of therapeutic relationships, group dynamics, observations and assessments of students’ learning experiences. Includes the fundamental occupational tasks of assessment, case presentation, case collaboration, team membership and client interaction. This course addresses the following Massachusetts State Standard for School Adjustment Counselor/School Social Worker: a: Principles of therapeutic relationships.
Independent Research Project
CCP 800 3 credit(s)
Over a year’s time, this course provides students with an overview of approaches to research in their chosen program area. With consistent faculty instruction, advice and review, students develop a research proposal, engage in supervised research activities, produce faculty-critiqued drafts and finally complete a formal project document. This thesis-like document describes their inquiry, their critical thinking, and their conclusions.
Psychological Studies Core Courses
18
Credits
Personality and Counseling Theory
CCP 540 3 credit(s)
Pre Practicum: 15 hours of directed field-based training required for DESE licensure. This course explores personality and counseling theories, identifying strengths and weaknesses in each theory. Cultural elements are stressed. Theories are approached from an eclectic standpoint, including normal and abnormal, social, intellectual, and emotional development. Students are encouraged to identify an approach or approaches which are compatible with their history, current philosophy, clients and counseling settings. We also explore modern notions of cultural and family identity, increasing our ability to adapt counseling theory to the strengths and needs of individuals in our contemporary, diverse client population. The on-line library is employed in this course to gather evidence and support project development and presentations. Includes the fundamental occupational tasks of assessment, case presentation, case collaboration, team membership and client interaction. This course addresses the following Massachusetts State Standard for School Adjustment Counselor/School Social Worker: b: Theories of normal and abnormal intellectual, social, and emotional development. This course addresses the following Massachusetts State Standard for School Guidance Counseling: e. Theories of normal and abnormal intellectual, social, and emotional development.
Human Development Across the Lifespan
CCP 630 3 credit(s)
This course will address the psychological and biological aspects of human development from conception through childhood, adolescence, early adulthood, mid-life and aging. Familial, environmental and cultural factors will be explored as they impact the development of people across the continuum of life. Theory will combine with application related to physical, emotional, intellectual, learning, social, normal and abnormal development; plus cognitive, moral, and vocational adjustment. The processes of physical and psychological development including ethnic and gender differences will be studied. Includes the fundamental occupational tasks of assessment, case presentation, case collaboration, team membership and client interaction. This course addresses the following Massachusetts State Standard for School Adjustment Counselor/School Social Worker: b: Theories of normal and abnormal intellectual, social, and emotional development. This course addresses the following Massachusetts State Standards for School Guidance Counseling: c. psychology of learning, and e. theories of normal and abnormal, intellectual, social, and emotional development.
Addiction Disorders
CCP 640 3 credit(s)
Designed for beginning and intermediate clinicians, this course provides a thorough foundation in substance abuse treatment. The prevention and treatment of substance abuse in people of all ages will be explored, as well as the relationship between substance use, violence, and physical and sexual abuse. Topics include: theories of etiology of addiction; pharmacology of psycho-active drugs; cultural factors that influence substance use; assessment and intervention with substance abusers and their families. Emphasis is put on diagnosis, treatment planning and referral to appropriate resources including self-help groups. Students will have the opportunity to participate in simulated interviews and experiential exercises. Includes the fundamental occupational tasks of assessment, case presentation, case collaboration, team membership and client interaction. This course addresses the following Massachusetts State Standard for School Adjustment Counselor/School Social Worker: Standard d: Prevention and treatment of substance abuse, physical and sexual abuse, and violence in PreK-12 students.
Assessment/Appraisal Process: Projective Testing
CCP 626 3 credit(s)
Offered in the spring and fall only. This course focuses on reviewing projective testing techniques for individuals and group administration of tests for understanding personality development and pathology. Basic administration and diagnostic skill development is demonstrated in the use of such techniques as the TAT, MMPI, Rorschach and other state-of-the-art diagnostic instruments, which will be taught as viable adjuncts to special issue interviewing, understanding cognitive style and character development. Emphasis is on practice techniques, clinical integration of the testing materials, useful intervention strategies, and recommendations for the counselor, treatment team, and/or referral agent. Includes the fundamental occupational tasks of assessment, case presentation, case collaboration, team membership and client interaction. This course addresses the following Massachusetts State Standard for School Adjustment Counselor/School Social Worker: e: Knowledge of state of the art diagnostic instruments; procedures for testing and interpreting results.
Perspectives in Cross Cultural Counseling
CCP 754 3 credit(s)
This course focuses on the role of culture in the development of psychological health and in psychopathology. Variations among diverse cultures in defining mental health and deviant behavior are discussed. The importance of understanding the cultural context is emphasized, both in the prevention and in the resolution of psychological problems. Students become aware of their own cultural beliefs regarding mental health issues, and the impact of their perspective in working with culturally different people. Techniques for working with families and schools are also discussed. Includes the fundamental occupational tasks of assessment, case presentation, case collaboration, team membership and client interaction. This course addresses the following Massachusetts State Standards for School Adjustment Counselor/School Social Worker: Standard f: Techniques for communicating and working with families and school and community personnel.
Career Counseling
CCP 670 3 credit(s)
This course provides an experiential approach to analyzing the stages responsible for successful career development. The course enables students to identify, assess, enhance, and act upon data pertinent to career fulfillment and success in individual and group counseling settings. Topics examined include job values and interests, experiences and skills, specification of career targets, research with the online library, analysis of career targets, and developing a comprehensive plan of action. Students can apply such information to develop and assess career goals and to make use of appropriate career resource materials. Course experiences include worksheets, sub-grouping, completion and study of interest inventories (including an examination of basic psychometric issues and discussion of strengths and weaknesses of standardized instruments), and discussion of computer resources which enhance the career guidance process. Students are taught to advocate for learning necessary to promote career development of students. This includes accessing and consulting with viable resources of community, parents, and schools. Students will also explore multicultural issues connected to career development. All students should have access to the book What Color is Your Parachute? or How to Create a Picture of Your Ideal Job or Next Career. The course stresses a practical approach to career development; underlying career development theories are discussed. Includes the fundamental occupational tasks of assessment, case presentation, case collaboration, team membership and client interaction. This course addresses the following Massachusetts State Standard for School Guidance Counseling: h. Career counseling.
Psychological Studies/SOPC Electives
9
Credits

Choose three electives.

Research Design and Evaluation
CCP 518 3 credit(s)
This course provides students with a foundation in research and evaluation methodologies and strategies, program evaluation and needs assessment. Students will gain an understanding of different types of research and research design, procedures for data collection and analysis, analysis of both hard and soft data, and ethical and legal considerations associated with research. Students will leave the course prepared to conduct and be discriminating consumers of research.
Biopsychosocial Dimensions of Aging
CCP 600 3 credit(s)
Students explore the biology, psychology and sociology of aging, with an emphasis on how these issues manifest in clinical settings. Students will explore the biology of aging, including “normal aging,” common physical changes, medical conditions, and related functional impairment. Psychosocial issues will also be addressed, including multigenerational family dynamics, aspects of adult development (e.g. generativity, successful aging), and common late-life stressors (e.g. financial strain, bereavement, housing changes). This course will also explore sociocultural trends in aging such as cohort differences between generations, multicultural concerns, ageism and discrimination. Students will also obtain an overview of public health policy, advocacy and case management, as they relate to counseling work with older adults. Includes the fundamental occupational tasks of assessment, case presentation, case collaboration, team membership and client interaction.
Ethics & Professional Issues for School Couns. & Mental Health Prac.
CCP 622 3 credit(s)
This course explores several models of school counseling and mental health counseling and the relationship to relevant ethics, federal, state, municipal, state laws, and standards and regulations. The course emphasizes best practices and strategies for dealing with ethical and legal dilemmas, including the ability to apply and practice ethical and legal standards in school counseling. School counseling and systems models are examined along with consultation, harm prevention and reduction, and the evaluation and utilization of community resources. Focal areas include professional roles and functions, ethical standards including accountability, responsibility, client/student welfare, emotional health, laws and regulations, institutional policies including crisis/disaster preparedness and response, cross cultural, cross social class practices and their impact on mental health and school counseling. Includes the fundamental occupational tasks of assessment, case presentation, case collaboration, team membership and client interaction. This course addresses the following Massachusetts State Standard for School Adjustment Counselor/School Social Worker: i: Federal and state laws and regulations addressing the legal rights of students and families. This course addresses the following Massachusetts State Standard for School Guidance Counseling: i. Federal, state, municipal, and school laws and regulations.
The Counselor in the Forensic Environment
CCP 631 3 credit(s)
This course explores forensic settings, the counselor’s roles within these settings, and appropriate counseling and systems skills. It introduces concepts of addiction, relapse prevention, and stages of personal change, as they relate to forensic counseling. Students are introduced to the continuum of forensic settings including court clinics, juvenile detention and rehabilitation facilities, houses of correction, jails, prisons, pre-release and post-release centers. Students explore the stages of the judicial process, legal and procedural issues during incarceration, the offender’s transition to release and community life, and the dynamic tension between the goals of rehabilitation and punishment. Students then survey counseling and systems skills appropriate to such settings and engage in realistic role-plays in order to develop or improve their skills. The course then surveys approaches to addiction, relapse prevention, and stages of personal change, with an overview of appropriate counseling techniques. Includes the fundamental occupational tasks of assessment, case presentation, case collaboration, team membership and client interaction.
Death and Dying
CCP 634 3 credit(s)
In this course, students will explore an overview of common end-of-life issues that arise when counseling dying clients and their family, e.g. discussion of goals of care (e.g. DNR/DNI), psychological treatments for pain, multicultural factors, familial conflict, anticipatory grief, bereavement, and death anxiety. Students will also learn about palliative care, hospice care, and the complex bioethical issues that can arise in this work. Lastly, students will explore what it means personally to work with this population, with discussion of compassion fatigue and burnout prevention. Includes the fundamental occupational tasks of assessment, case presentation, case collaboration, team membership and client interaction.
Women in the Family: A Cross-Cultural Perspective
CCP 721 3 credit(s)
This course addresses new findings in women’s psychology and internal experience, the conflicts and expectations women experience in various environments, with specific focus on the family. A family systems perspective is the framework within which women’s roles and status are analyzed. The course considers the ways in which the gender experience has been understood and researched and how this can be helpful to counselors. Topics include gender differences, cultural roles, the myths about motherhood and sexuality, and new psychologies of women. Students are expected to complete assigned readings, participate actively in class discussions and role plays, do a class presentation and submit a paper. Includes the fundamental occupational tasks of assessment, case presentation, case collaboration, team membership and client interaction.

Admissions

  • Admission Test:

    Passing grade on TOEFL (English language proficiency test) is required for international students.

  • Admissions Office:
    1-800-829-4723
  • Application:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)

General Requirements

Official Transcript
Two Completed Recommendation Forms
Current Résumé

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State Requirements

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International Students – Additional Requirements

International Students will need to complete supplemental documentation when applying. International transcripts must also be translated prior to submission in order to be evaluated for applicability. Learn more about international student requirements.

Transfer Credit Request Form

Only needed if you wish to have prior course work evaluated for transfer credit. Learn more about transferring credits.

 

Tuition

  • Credits:
    36
  • Cost per credit hour:
    $475
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)
  • Graduation Fee:
    $110 (charged in last term)
  • Health Insurance Fee:
    $1,296 - Required for Massachusetts students only. See waiver details on Tuition & Fees page.)

Note: Rates are as of September 2013, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students, unless otherwise noted.

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