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Catalog

Clinical Psychology

Helen Marlo, Ph.D.
Chair
(650) 508-3723
hmarlo@ndnu.edu

The Department of Clinical Psychology prepares students to pursue doctoral studies; or to become a master’s-level mental health and/or gerontology professional (unlicensed); a licensed marriage and family therapist (MFT), and/or a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC).

Our graduates are qualified for careers in mental health, medical, allied health, administration, social service, legal, educational, geriatric, research and business settings.

Students may attend our comprehensive program either part-time or full-time, depending on their needs.

It is structured to meet diverse professional goals through:

  • The Master of Science in Clinical Psychology (MSCP):  37-unit program.
    This program prepares students for doctoral studies in psychology or another related field, or may serve as a terminal degree for unlicensed master's level mental health professionals who work in a broad range of clinical, research, healthcare, legal, or administrative settings.
  • The Master of Science in Clinical Psychology/Marriage and Family Therapy (MSCP/MFT):  60-unit concentration.
  • The Master of Science in Clinical Psychology/Marriage and Family Therapy/Licensed Professional Clinical Counseling (MSCP/MFT/LPCC):  67-unit concentration.
  • Certificate in Clinical Gerontology

The MSCP/MFT and MSCP/MFT/LPCC concentrations cover the specific professional training leading to practice as a licensed marriage and family therapist (MSCP/MFT) or as a licensed marriage and family therapist and professional clinical counselor (MSCP/MFT /LPCC).  It prepares the student for the MFT and LPCC licensing exams.  It provides rigorous preparation for students who may desire to continue on in a doctoral program in the future yet who first wish to train as a licensed psychotherapist.

Course content in evidence-based, strength-based practices, community mental health, and recovery models, as emphasized by the field and BBS, is integrated throughout both concentrations.

The program includes all the necessary courses and meets the full educational requirements of MFT/LPCC licensure as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS).

The MSCP/MFT concentration emphasizes the treatment of relational issues, including with couples and families, as addressed by marriage and family therapists.  The BBS requires 3,000 hours of experience prior to licenure and 1,300 hours may be acquired prior to graduation for students pursuing the MFT license.  Our program provides 500 hours of practicum experience that may be counted towards licensure. With the support of our Clinical Training Team, additional hours may be earned that may count towards MFT licensure through our Supervised Field Experience course.

The MSCP/MFT/LPCC concentration includes, but builds upon, all of the requirements of the MFT degree.  The combined MSCP/MFT/LPCC degree enables students to pursue dual licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy and Licensed Professional Clinical Counseling. The LPCC is the most current licensing option for master’s level mental health professionals.  It differs from the MFT concentration in its emphasis on individual psychotherapy, including additional coursework in trauma and career counseling.  The LPCC concentration enables students to have a more nationally recognized and transferable license within the U.S.  The BBS requires 3,000 hours of post-graduate experience prior to licensure for students pursuing the LPCC license.

The Certificate in Clinical Gerontology offers 8-units of training in the field of clinical gerontology and can be obtained with the MSCP; MSCP/MFT; or MSCP/MFT/LPCC.

Mission, Vision and Philosophy:

The Clinical Psychology Department provides integrative, professionally oriented education and clinical training for mental health professionals, emphasizing lifelong learning and growth, consciousness, character, and integrity with the goal of promoting human development and alleviating suffering.

We value community, holistic learning, and values-based training which affirms sacredness and diversity. We support community engagement, service, and the work of social justice.

We provide ethical, comprehensive, and innovative clinical psychology training for mental health professionals while remaining guided by our humanistic core values.

The CPD approaches the study of clinical psychology with a value on the development of the whole person throughout the lifespan. Guided by the scholar-practitioner model, the CPD supports rigorous clinical training; values curiosity; honors diversity in academic, theoretical, and learning approaches; and respects the validity of theoretical, empirical, experiential, and clinical forms of learning.

The CPD is grounded in an integrative psychological approach, which emphasizes the interdependence of psychological, developmental, relational, affective, cognitive, behavioral, neurobiological, spiritual, cultural, and social dimensions of human behavior. Scientific, philosophical, humanistic, aesthetic, spiritual, and cultural ways of understanding human dynamics are all valued.

Out of respect for the whole person, the CPD combines scholarly, theoretical, clinical, creative, scientific, experiential, practical, and real world sources of information into our curriculum to provide a solid broad-based foundation, grounded in the scholar-practitioner model, for the prospective clinician-psychotherapist, mental health professional, or future doctoral student.  The programs are transformative, and provide numerous opportunities for professional and personal growth.  Personal psychotherapy is strongly recommended during the program to support growth and transformation.

The program offers a range of innovative courses taught by professionals who are experienced professors-psychologists, who are actively working within the field of clinical psychology. Our experienced clinical professors provide training in family systems and relational psychotherapy; child and adolescent psychotherapy; marriage and family therapy; couples therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis; emotion-focused therapy; cognitive behavioral therapy; dialectical behavior therapy; humanistic, existential, experiential, and expressive forms of psychotherapy; somatic, play, and sandplay therapy; and group therapy.  Specialized clinical topics in cross-cultural issues; psychological assessment; addictions; neurophysiology and psychopharmacology; career counseling; and trauma enhance professional development.

Individualized, professional interests are nurtured through our Clinical Training Program and Research Program.

The Clinical Training Program, led by our Director of Clinical Training (DCT) and Clinical Training Team (CTT), includes a year of supervised clinical training and experience at a respected community site, that includes a weekly, small group clinical seminar through the practicum/case seminar sequence.  Opportunities for accruing additional clinical experiences, that can count torwards MFT licensure, are offered year round through a Supervised Field Experince course.

The Research Program involves an original research project—a capstone or thesis--that trains students to critically evaluate and conduct psychological research through our Research Methods/Proposal and Completion course sequence that can contribute to students’ future clinical and research activities and professional opportunities. Students have the opportunity to produce a creative research project that is focused upon their professional interests.

Academic and professional success is fostered through a student-centered Departmental culture that emphasizes mentoring.  Our Academic Director (AD) provides personalized advising and assistance with registration, which supports timely progression through our program.  The Student Government Association (SGA) and Peer Mentoring Program (PMP) foster a student-centered culture that provides mentoring experiences for our students.

Our Mission and Vision is summarized in the “5C’s of the CPD:”

  • Community
  • Culture
  • Character
  • Clinical Training
  • Core Values

Distinctions of the Program:

  • Comprehensive program offering Master’s degrees in Clinical Psychology with concetrations in marital/family therapy; marital family therapy/licensed professional clinical counseling; and a certificate in clinical gerontology.
  • Fulfills all California state academic requirements as required by the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) for licensed marriage and family therapists (MFT) and licensed professional clinical counselors (LPCC).
  • Provides comprehensive and competitive training to prepare for MFT and LPCC exams and licensures.
  • Competitive preparation for doctoral studies, including for becoming a doctoral-level, licensed clinical psychologist.
  • Provides master’s level training in clinical psychology applicable to a variety of backgrounds: psychology, social work, sociology, biology, business, education, nutrition, and more.
  • Clinical Training Program and Research Program provides choices for fulfilling, individual professional, career goals.
  • Courses are conveniently offered in the late afternoon, evening, and weekends on NDNU’s Belmont campus.
  • Comprehensive clinical training and a range of innovative, integrative courses in psychotherapy (psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, cognitive behavioral therapy, family systems and relational psychotherapy; child and adolescent psychotherapy, group therapy, couples therapy, and more).
  • Education on contemporary, specialized topics in clinical psychology: cross-cultural issues, trauma, addictions, neurophysiology, psychopharmacology, career counseling, and more.
  • Practicum Training Fair with community agencies, providing opportunities for competitive practicum and internship placements throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Speakers Series of Bay Area Mental Health Professionals to augment educational and professional opportunities.
  • Supervised clinical experience through extensive clinical practicum program that counts towards MFT licensure.
  • Student centered program that includes the Student Government Association and Peer Mentoring Program to support academic and professional growth and peer networking opportunities.
  • Well-respected clinical program for over 25 years.

Learning Outcomes

  • Clinical Psychology Domain: Learning Outcome 1-- Students will acquire a broad, integrative, and comprehensive foundation in the field of clinical psychology that integrates theoretical, clinical, and empirical findings particularly geared for the mental health professional.  This domain emphasizes understanding factors that mediate human behavior, development throughout the lifespan, psychological health, and psychopathology.
  • Diversity and Cultural Competence Domain: Learning Outcome 2-- Students will be educated on diversity through diverse teaching methods, courses, theoretical perspectives, and topics throughout the program, that directly embody and address issues of diversity.  This domain will also include education on cultural and cross-cultural issues and their impact on human behavior.
  • Psychotherapy Domain: Learning Outcome 3--Students will comprehend, integrate, and apply the major theories and basic empirical findings of psychotherapy practice, including theories and topics that are germane for MFT and LPCC licensure.  Students will also acquire training in specialized clinical topics emphasized in clinical practice.  Students will be versed in tenets of evidence based practice and findings from psychotherapy research.
  • Clinical, Professional, and Ethical Competence: Learning Outcome 4--Students will develop clinical, professional, and ethical competencies through academic coursework and clinical training/practicum experiences.  Through such courses, tenets germane to professionalism; ethical development; and clinical practice will be accented.  Students will be able to recognize the ethical and legal codes for mental health professions; demonstrate personal and professional awareness for their relevancy; and apply them in their clinical work.
  • Research Domain: Learning Outcome 5--Students will understand research designs and parameters of psychological research, particularly within the field of clinical psychology and become more critical consumers of psychological research.  They will create and implement an original research project via a capstone project or thesis that is relevant to their scholarly professional interests.  The final research project aims to contribute to the field and/or community in a meaningful way.

Admission

NDNU has rolling admission, accepting applications all year round, and admitting students throughout the year for fall, spring and summer semesters. Please review the Graduate Admissions section of this catalog for complete admission requirements.

Admission is competitive. To ensure admission, complete your application before the following priority deadlines:

August 1: Fall Admission
December 1: Spring Admission
April 1: Summer Admission

Requirements:

  1. Completed application
  2. Official undergraduate transcripts.  GPA of 3.0 preferred.
  3. Two letters of recommendation (one academic; one professional preferred)
  4. Autobiographical statement:  2-3 typed, double-spaced pages describing interests in the field, program, NDNU, and pertinent personal or professional experiences.
  5. Interview
  6. Five, 3-unit prerequisite undergraduate psychology courses are required (earning a “B-“ or better):
    1. General Psychology
    2. Abnormal Psychology
    3. Statistics
    4. Developmental Psychology
    5. Personality Theory
      1. Courses must be completed by the completion of 15 graduate units and may be obtained at NDNU or transferred from other accredited institutions, pending Departmental approval. To progress in the degree program and register for courses, all lprerequisites must be completed by 15 units.
      2. We recommend satisfying prerequisites (earning a “B-“ or better) prior to beginning the master’s program to ensure more timely completion of program requirements.

Graduate Admissions
Tel: 1 (800) 263-0545 or
(650) 508-3600
Fax: (650) 508-3426
E-mail: grad.admit@ndnu.edu
M-Th 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
F 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Program Requirements for Master of Science in Clinical Psychology Programs (MSCP, MSCP/MFT, and MSCP/MFT/LPCC)

Please consult our Student Handbook for detailed information on program requirements.

Students admitted prior to Fall 2014 may elect to follow their catalog of record.  Students who entered prior to Fall 2014 who wish to transfer to the current program may do so and will follow this current catalog of record.

Master of Science in Clinical Psychology Program (MSCP)

Major Requirements Units
CPY4216 Psychopathology 3
CPY4230 Lifespan Development 3
CPY4235 Human Sexuality 1
CPY4240 Psychodynamic Psychotherapy 3
CPY4245 Professional Ethics and Law 3
CPY4311 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 3
CPY4420 Clinical Practicum I 3
CPY4422 Clinical Practicum II 3
CPY4430 Clinical Case Seminar I 3
CPY4432 Clinical Case Seminar II 3
CPY5205 Neurophysiology and Psychopharmacology 3
CPY4896 Research Project: Methods and Proposal 3
Plus one of the following courses: 3
     CPY4882      Research Project: Capstone Completion
     CPY4897      Research Project: Thesis Completion
Optional:
CPY4888 Research Project: Capstone Extension (1)
CPY4898 Research Project: Thesis Extension (1)
CPY6992 Supervised Field Experience (3)
Total Major Requirements   37

Master of Science in Clinical Psychology/Marriage and Family Therapy Program (MSCP/MFT)

Major Requirements Units
CPY4216 Psychopathology 3
CPY4217 Child and Adolescent Psychopathology and Psychotherapy 3
CPY4221 Cross-Cultural Issues 3
CPY4222 Family Systems and Relational Psychotherapy 3
CPY4230 Lifespan Development 3
CPY423 Human Sexuality 1
CPY4240 Psychodynamic Psychotherapy 3
CPY4245 Professional Ethics and Law 3
CPY4252 Clinical Assessment and Treatment 3
CPY4275 Couples Psychotherapy 3
CPY4280 Survey of Child and Adult Psychotherapy 2
CPY4311 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 3
CPY4420 Clinical Practicum I 3
CPY4422 Clinical Practicum II 3
CPY4430 Clinical Case Seminar I 3
CPY4432 Clinical Case Seminar II 3
CPY5200 Group Psychotherapy 3
CPY5205 Neurophysiology and Psychopharmacology 3
CPY5265 Diagnosis and Treatment of Addictions 3
CPY4896 Research Project: Methods and Proposal 3
Plus one of the following courses: 3
CPY4882 Research Project: Capstone Completion
CPY4897 Research Project: Thesis Completion
Optional:
CPY4888 Research Project: Capstone Extension (1)
CPY4898 Research Project: Thesis Extension (1)
CPY6992 Supervised Field Experience (3)
Total Major Requirements   60

Master of Science in Clinical Psychology/Marriage and Family Therapy/Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Program (MSCP/MFT/LPCC)

Major Requirements  Units
CPY4216 Psychopathology 3
CPY4217 Child and Adolescent Psychopathology and Psychotherapy 3
CPY4221 Cross-Cultural Issues 3
CPY4222 Family Systems and Relational Psychotherapy 3
CPY4230 Lifespan Development 3
CPY4235 Human Sexuality 1
CPY4240 Psychodynamic Psychotherapy 3
CPY4245 Professional Ethics and Law 3
CPY4252 Clinical Assessment and Treatment 3
CPY4275 Couples Psychotherapy 3
CPY4280 Survey of Child and Adult Psychotherapy 2
CPY4286 Specialized Clinical Topics 1
CPY4311 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 3
CPY4420 Clinical Practicum I 3
CPY4422 Clinical Practicum II 3
CPY4430 Clinical Case Seminar I 3
CPY4432 Clinical Case Seminar II 3
CPY5200 Group Psychotherapy 3
CPY5205 Neurophysiology and Psychopharmacology 3
CPY5265 Diagnosis and Treatment of Addictions 3
CPY5550 Crisis, Trauma, and Recovery 3
CPY5560 Career Development Theories and Techniques 3
CPY4896 Research Project: Methods and Proposal 3
Plus one of the following courses: 3
CPY4882 Research Project: Capstone Completion
CPY4897 Research Project: Thesis Completion
Optional:
CPY4888 Research Project: Capstone Extension (1)
CPY4898 Research Project: Thesis Extension (1)
CPY6992 Supervised Field Experience (3)
Total Major Requirements
67
Concentration in Clinical Gerontology
8
GER4110 Assessment in Clinical Gerontology 2
GER4115 Biopsychosociospiritual Aspects of Aging 2
GER4120 Psychotherapeutic Techniques in Aging 2
GER4135 Ethnicity and Aging 1
GER4145 Dying, Death, and Bereavement 1