A private, nonprofit, accredited educational institution, founded in 1975 as the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (PGSP).

M.A. Counseling Curriculum

Areas of Emphasis:
   -Marriage, Family, and Child (MFT)
   -Clinical Mental Health (LPCC)

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Palo Alto University's M.A. counseling curriculum can be completed in two years and three months of full-time study. Some students elect to take a full three years.

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This M.A. Counseling program is an academically rigorous program consisting of 90 quarter-units as well as mandatory fieldwork, workshops and intensives. The curriculum is progressive and designed to prepare students for fieldwork culminating in a capstone project.

Palo Alto University is on the quarter-unit system:

  • Fall quarter: September to December
  • Winter quarter: January to March
  • Spring quarter: March to June
  • Summer quarter: June to August

On-campus hybrid students complete the curriculum in 9 quarters, and online students complete the program in 11 quarters. Course sequences vary somewhat depending on when students start their practicum fieldwork.

Students are expected to be enrolled continuously and to complete their degree on schedule with their cohort.

On-Campus Blended Format Course Sequence

The following course sequence is the degree plan for students enrolled in the on-campus format beginning in Fall Quarter.  Click the links below to download the specific sequence for the quarter in which students can start the on-campus program.

Year 1

 

Fall

COUN600

3

Counseling Theory

PSYS610

4.5

Life Span Development*

LCNS600

0

*includes a California required workshop - Aging and Long Term Care

COUN601

3

Professional Identity

Seminar

0

Introduction to the Clinical Advancement Project

Year 1

 

Winter

CLIN615

3

Clinical Interviewing

CLIN610

4.5

Legal and Ethical Foundations*

LCNS602

0

*includes a California required workshop - Child Abuse and Reporting

ASMT600

3

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning I

Year 1

 

Spring

CLIN650

3

Community Mental Health with Cognitive Behavioral and Brief Therapy

ASMT601

3

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning II

CLIN618

3

Family Systems Theory

Year 1

 

Summer

PSYS605

3

Child and Adolescent Counseling

COUN630

4.5

Crisis and Trauma Counseling

CLIN612

1

Clinical Advancement Project

Year 2

 

Fall

CLDV601

4.5

Multicultural Counseling Theories and Techniques

CLIN604

4.5

Substance Abuse

PRAC603

3

Practicum *Marriage, Family, and Child Emphasis or Clinical Mental Health Emphasis

Year 2

 

Winter

CLIN619

3

Couples Counseling*

LCNS601

0

*includes a California required workshop- Domestic Violence

CLIN680

4.5

Psychopharmacology

PRAC603

3

Practicum *Marriage, Family, and Child Emphasis or Clinical Mental Health Emphasis

Year 2

 

Spring

CLIN621

4.5

Group Counseling

MTHD600

4.5

Research and Program Evaluation

PRAC603

3

Practicum *Marriage, Family, and Child Emphasis or Clinical Mental Health Emphasis

Year 2

 

Summer

CLIN622

3

Advanced Family Counseling

ASMT603

4.5

Appraisal and Assessment in Counseling

Year 3

 

Fall

CLIN634

2

Human Sexuality

COUN607

3

Capstone Project in Counseling

COUN661

4.5

Career Development Theories and Techniques

Total

90

 

 

 

Summer Electives

PRAC603

3

Practicum

CLIN655

3

Special Issues In Counseling

 

Online Format Course Sequence

The following course sequence is the degree plan for students enrolled in the online format beginning in Fall Quarter.  Click the links below to download the specific sequence for the quarter in which students can start the online program.

The online course sequence is the same for U.S. and global students except that students in Online with One-Week Residency programs take Clinical Interviewing during their residency at the Palo Alto campus while students in other countries typically attend this course in their home country through the Global Advancement of Counseling Excellence initiative.

Year 1

 

Fall

PSYS610

4.5

Life Span Development*

LCNS600

0

*includes a California required workshop - Aging and Long Term Care

COUN601

3

Professional Identity

Seminar

0

Introduction to the Clinical Advancement Project

Year 1

 

Winter

COUN600

3

Counseling Theory

ASMT600

3

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning I

Year 1

 

Spring

CLIN610

4.5

Legal and Ethical Foundations*

LCNS602

0

*includes a California required workshop - Child Abuse and Reporting

ASMT601

3

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning II

Year 1

 

Summer

CLIN615

3

Clinical Interviewing (on site)

CLIN650

3

Community Mental Health with Cognitive Behavioral and Brief Therapy

CLIN618

3

Family Systems Theory

Year 2

 

Fall

PSYS605

3

Child and Adolescent Counseling

COUN630

4.5

Crisis and Trauma Counseling

Year 2

 

Winter

CLDV601

4.5

Multicultural Counseling Theories and Techniques

CLIN604

4.5

Substance Abuse

Year 2

 

Spring

CLIN619

3

Couples Counseling*

LCNS601

0

*includes a California required workshop- Domestic Violence

CLIN612

1

Clinical Advancement Project

CLIN621

4.5

Group Counseling

Year 2

 

Summer

MTHD600

4.5

Research & Program Evaluation

CLIN622

3

Advanced Family Counseling

Year 3

 

Fall

CLIN634

2

Human Sexuality

ASMT603

4.5

Appraisal & Assessment in Counseling

PRAC603

3

Practicum *Marriage, Family, and Child Emphasis or Clinical Mental Health Emphasis

Year 3

 

Winter

CLIN680

4.5

Psychopharmacology

PRAC603

3

Practicum *Marriage, Family, and Child Emphasis or Clinical Mental Health Emphasis

Year 3

 

Spring

COUN661

4.5

Career Development Theories and Techniques

COUN607

3

Capstone Project in Counseling

PRAC603

3

Practicum *Marriage, Family, and Child Emphasis or Clinical Mental Health Emphasis

Totals

90

 

 

 

Summer Electives

PRAC603

3

Practicum-- Elective for Students Who Desire Additional Practicum (Not Financial Aid Eligible) or Required for Students Who Have Not Completed Their Fieldwork (Financial Aid Eligible)

CLIN655

3

Special Issues In Counseling -- Elective (Not Financial Aid Eligible)

 
 
 

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