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.

 

For more information, please contact Admissions at 1-800-829-4723.

Curriculum


Psychological Studies Core Courses
15
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.
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
21
Credits

Choose seven electives (students may select other elective courses with approval of the program chair).

Additional elective course: CCP667 Terror, Trauma and the Sacred: Psychological and Spiritual Perspectives

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 Ònormal aging,Ó 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.
Child & Adolescent Psychopathology
CCA 716 3 credit(s)
This course assumes a basic understanding of the DSM-IV TR axes and the classification systems as they apply to children and adolescents. Learning disorders, including emotional issues affecting student achievement and their treatment are explored. This course will explore a wide range of problems across a range of developmental milestones and levels of severity. Further attention is focused on differential diagnosis, treatment planning and best practices in applied settings. Discussions focus on psychopharmacology, knowledge of medical conditions and medication related to physical disabilities and learning disorders, and prevalent treatments. This course utilizes actual sites and cases of the students to practice the usage of principles covered. Confidentiality and other relevant ethical issues are considered throughout the course. Includes the fundamental occupational tasks of assessment, case presentation, case collaboration, team membership and client interaction.
Counseling College Bound Students
CSG 613 3 credit(s)
This course explores college admissions, with emphasis on application and admissions criteria for various colleges. Students will gain an understanding of consultation, of resources available to counselors including print material, software, and web site exploration to assist college bound students. Students develop strategies to effectively work with high school students, parents, and college admissions personnel. Topics include college search, student academic development as related to post high school education, understanding testing and financial aid, development of a classroom guidance curriculum to support delivery of the college admissions process, support to parents, and outreach to students of all backgrounds, special populations, and cultures. 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 Guidance Counseling: m. Development of skills for consultation with parents, teachers and administrators. (m) i. College counseling and use of college and other post-secondary resource materials (grades 5-12).
Family Treatment of Substance Abuse
CCP 606 3 credit(s)
This course bridges the gap between substance abuse counseling and family therapy. It examines the specific interactional patterns that help to maintain addictive behavior within the family. Case examples illustrate how to intervene in addictive families. The following topics are covered: a systemic perspective on addictive behavior; assessing substance abuse and setting treatment goals; the over-responsibility/under-responsibility dynamic in families; the Family Intervention Model; treatment needs of young children and adult children of addictive families; and facilitating family adjustment to sobriety. Course requirements include class attendance, reading, participation in experiential exercises and role play. 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: d: Prevention and treatment of substance abuse, physical and sexual abuse, and violence in PreK-12 students.
Mind, Body, & Emotion: a Holistic Perspective
CCP 681 3 credit(s)
This course reviews literature in animal and human behavior to provide a basic biological and behavioral framework for considering the relationship between the mind, body, and emotions. The historical view of emotion as an instinctual force that should be controlled is contrasted with an emerging understanding of emotion as an adaptive intelligence that deeply informs our relationship to the world.
Psychopathology
CCP 615 3 credit(s)
This course deals with the nature of neurotic behavior, abnormal behavior and the psychoses. Particular attention is given to ego-defensive, adaptive and socio-cultural aspects of behavior and ways in which adaptive behavior becomes symptomatic. These historical contexts in which psychopathology has been diagnosed and viewed historically from early medical concepts through the currently used Diagnostic Criteria, DSM-IV TR, are presented. Discussions focus on psychopharmacology, knowledge of medical conditions and medication related to physical disabilities and learning disorders, prevalent psychotherapies, and theories of abnormal behavior and development. Case studies provide experience in classifying, diagnosing and categorizing various mental disorders. Discussions of treatment of mental illness include psychopharmacology, prevalent psychotherapies used in individual, family, couple and group psychotherapy and current research findings related to treatment. This course utilizes films, tapes, case studies, class presentations, lectures, and group discussions. Includes the fundamental occupational tasks of assessment, case presentation, case collaboration, team membership and client interaction. 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: h: Knowledge of medical conditions and medication related to physical disabilities and learning disorders.

Admissions

  • Admission Test:

    No standardized graduate school tests required for admission into non-licensure programs

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

School Requirements

Official Transcript
Two Completed Recommendation Forms
Current Résumé
Interview (for graduate and advanced graduate programs)

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State Health Requirements

The Massachusetts Health Department and Cambridge College require the following of students in Massachusetts:

Immunizations – All students in Massachusetts are required to get certain immunizations before you can register for your first term. See form 

Health Insurance – In Massachusetts, undergraduate students taking nine or more credits/term and graduate students taking six or more credits/term must enroll in the College’s health insurance plan. Students who have insurance with comparable coverage may request a waiver. See information and enroll or waive.

International Students 

International students are accepted at Massachusetts location only, and need to provide supplemental documentation:

 

  • Official demonstration of English language proficiency
  • Supplemental documentation for issuance of I-20
  • International transcripts, evaluated by an accepted evaluation service

Transfer Credit 

Graduate program applicants, please complete the transfer credit request form if you wish to have prior course work evaluated for transfer. Learn more.

Undergraduate program applicants, once you are accepted, your official transcripts are evaluated for transfer credit.

 

Tuition

  • Credits:
    36
  • Cost per credit hour:
    $500
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)
  • Health Insurance Fee:
    $1,995 - Required for Massachusetts students only. See waiver details on Tuition & Fees page.)
  • Internship/Practicum Fee:
    $650 for all programs with practicums except Alcohol & Drug Counseling Certificate

Note: Rates are as of September 2015, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students, unless otherwise noted.

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