Counseling Psychology MA Program at John F. Kennedy University

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University / College: John F. Kennedy University
Location: Pleasant Hill
Focus: Counseling Psychology
Degree Completion: Masters
Degree Type: MA
Format: Campus Based
Program Director: Dr.Sheila Addison, LMFT
Address: Pleasant Hill
100 Ellinwood Way
Pleasant Hill, California 94523
Phone: (925)-969-3406
Program Description:


John F. Kennedy University, founded in 1964, is a nationally recognized and fully accredited private university in the San Francisco Bay area.  JFKU offers two graduate level Counseling Psychology programs providing excellent training to become a professional therapist.  The two programs include the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology-Holistic degree and the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy degree.  A third option is available for a Post-Masters Clinical Training Certificate.


MA in Counseling Psychology – Holistic:

The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology – Holistic is designed as a three year program which blends elements of body, mind, spirit, and culture into a curriculum meeting the California Marriage and Family Therapist License educational requirements. 


Program goals include teaching students how to build relations with clients, exhibit advanced clinical skills, comprehend theory, use critical thinking, express self-awareness, and integrate program principles from the area of their specialization.


Combining cognitive and experiential learning, student self-exploration and personal growth, the academic coursework incorporates intensive traditional training and practice with innovative theory and approaches.  The learning environment is intentionally intimate and surrounded by acclaimed faculty serving in a wide range of specializations for part-time and full-time study options.  Each student’s critical thinking skills are developed to acquire an ability to adapt to a constantly evolving and changing set of contemporary clinical skills.


Students may choose from five specializations within the MA in Counseling Psychology – Holistic program.  Specializations offered include: Integral Psychotherapy, Somatic Psychology, Transpersonal Psychology, Holistic Studies, and Expressive Arts.


The program areas of emphasis from years one through three include basic counseling psychology theory, core clinical skills for assessment and treatment, and supervised field practicum with clients.


Graduates of the MA programs are well prepared for the California MFT license exam, resulting in successful experiences for graduates who are highly recruited by the best mental health agencies and employers throughout California and the United States.  The MA programs are available at Pleasant Hill, Berkeley and Campbell campuses in the San Francisco Bay Area.


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