Master of Science in Clinical Psychology


The Master of Science program in Clinical Psychology is designed to provide students with theoretical and practical training that centers ona required core of academic coursework and practicum experiences and meets all of the educational requirements for the Marriage FamilyTherapist (MFT) license of the State of California set forth by the Board of Behavioral Sciences. This program offers training in acontemporary model of MFT practice. The curriculum provides courses and practicum training highly consistent with activities reported bypracticing Marriage Family Therapists in a national survey (Northey, 2002, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy). The mission of thisprogram is to train Masters level psychotherapists for work in a variety of clinical settings including hospitals, schools, community colleges,public agencies, and private practice. The diversity of settings and populations in which our graduates work requires that our students beflexible and open to differing clinical and cultural perspectives.


  1. To train students to think critically about psychotherapy cases and apply a broad understanding of the clinical literature, includingtheoretical and empirical findings, to design and implement interventions for those cases;
  2. To develop effective oral presentation skills of case relevant material with attention and sensitivity to context and variablesimportant to cultural diversity;
  3. To practice assessment and evaluation of clinical outcomes for individual cases in an effort to increase their effectiveness aspsychotherapists and promote professional accountability;
  4. To evidence a foundation of knowledge pertinent to the practice of clinical psychology in the areas including but not limited topsychotherapy theory, service delivery, ethics, assessment; research methods; family therapy; cultural diversity,psychopharmacology, and issues relevant to adult and child populations; and
  5. To meet all of the requirements to prepare students to take the exams required to become a Marriage Family Therapist (MFT) setby the State of California and the Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Student Learning Objectives

  • 1.1 Students will demonstrate breadth of knowledge of a variety of psychotherapy theories and in-depth knowledge of one chosen theory of intervention
  • 1.2 Students will demonstrate knowledge of empirically supported clinical interventions and evidence ability to select treatments for individual clients given this literature
  • 2.1 Students will demonstrate effective integration and communication of clinical case material
  • 2.2 Students will demonstrate the ability to synthesize contextual and culutural variables into presentations of client materials
  • 2.3 Students will effectively respond to queries about clinical material and engage in discussions about thier clients with supervisors and peers
  • 2.4 Students will be able to think and discuss cases other than their own, applying theories, principles, and relevant empirical findings to those cases
  • 3.1 Students will demonstrate understanding of different assessment devices and strategies for assessing client outcome over the course of treatment including standardized nomothetic and idiographic approaches
  • 4.1 Students will demonstrate depth and breadth of understanding in areas including, but not limited to, psychotherapy theory, service delivery, ethics, assessment, research methods, family therapy, cultural diversity, psychopharmacology, and issues relevant to adult and child clinical populations. Students will be able to apply this knowledge to clinical cases
  • 5.1 Students will demonstrate fulfillment of coursework and other pre-degree licensing requirements outlined by the Board of Behavioral Sciences

Assessment of Student Learning

Schedule M.S. (doc)

spring 2013

spring 2011 (.doc)
spring 2010 (.doc)
fall 2008 (doc)
spring 2007 (doc)

This page last updated 08/24/11