Master of Arts in Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy

Master of Arts in Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy

Courses

(All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted, and are listed in the recommended sequence.)

1st Year


CSL 5130 Life Span Development

This course surveys the major theoretical perspectives on life span development from conception through late adulthood. Developmental processes related to physical, cognitive, moral, and emotional functions are reviewed as well as societal and cultural aspects of development.

CSL 5101 Professional Orientation & Issues in Counseling

This course provides an overall orientation to the counseling profession, including the professional roles, functions, and relationships that counselors hold, counseling practice, history of the discipline, licensing, professional organizations within the discipline, and contemporary issues in the field.

CSL 5280 Ethics, Laws & Standards of Professional Practice*

This course is a study of the ethical and legal issues confronting those practicing in human services. Topics related to clinical methodology, standards of practice, and inter-professional relations are explored. Students learn principles of ethical decision making, standards for human and animal use in research, and standards of care specified by state and federal laws. Emphasis is placed on exploration of the emotional impact that major ethical and legal dilemmas have on decision making. Students also master the current code of ethics of the American Psychological Association and other professional codes of ethics, such as the code of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy or the code of the American Counseling Association. This course must be taken at University of the Rockies and may not be transferred from another institution.

CSL 6600 Theories & Techniques of Marriage & Family Therapy I

This course is a didactic integration designed to introduce the student to the foundations of marriage and family therapy. It provides an overview of the major theoretical approaches to marriage and family therapy. Assessment techniques and intervention strategies are presented for all of the schools of thought, with an emphasis on intergenerational, communication, experiential, structural, and behavioral approaches.

CSL 6160 Family Systems & Dynamics

This course is an introduction to the systems approach to intervention with families. It includes a historical perspective on family theory development. The focus is on obtaining knowledge and theory about the nuclear family in traditional and alternative forms. Normal family patterns of interaction, family life cycle, family of origin, family subsystems, and societal influence are explored. Contemporary issues and outcome research literature are reviewed. This course serves as a knowledge base for further study of assessment, treatment, and intervention with families.

CSL 6210 Survey of Psychopathology

This course includes an examination of DSM criteria for each disorder listed, differential diagnoses, and etiological theories as revealed in the most recent research in the field. Students become acquainted with the most efficacious treatment options and have an opportunity to review and analyze the techniques that lead to successful outcomes with clients.

CSL 6951 Marriage & Family Therapy Practicum (1 credit)

The Marriage & Family Therapy Practicum experience at University of the Rockies is designed to further the classroom knowledge that students have completed and to allow them to begin the practice and application of skills. The competencies that are evaluated are designed to train graduate level mental health clinicians consistent with the standards of national accrediting bodies (e.g., CACREP, AAMFT.)

CSL 6580 Human Sexuality & Sexual Disorders

This course focuses on the sexual response cycle, sexual identity, and the treatment of sexual disorders in clinical practice. The primary emphasis is on the way in which a disturbance in the processes of the sexual response cycle (desire/excitement/orgasm/resolution) leads to sexual dysfunction. The student also becomes familiar with the paraphilias and gender identity disorders.

CSL 6610 Theories & Techniques of Marriage & Family Therapy II

This course focuses on mastery of basic and advanced principles of marriage and family therapy through an integration of therapeutic perspectives of modernist models. Models studied include strategic, brief solution focused, narrative, and integrative. Intervention strategies from each perspective are presented and practiced.

CSL 6952 Marriage & Family Therapy Practicum (1 credit)

The Marriage & Family Therapy Practicum experience at University of the Rockies is designed to further the classroom knowledge that students have completed and to allow them to begin the practice and application of skills. The competencies that are evaluated are designed to train graduate level mental health clinicians consistent with the standards of national accrediting bodies (e.g., CACREP, AAMFT.) Prerequisite: CSL 6951.

CSL 5530 Cultural Diversity & Individual Differences

This course provides a systematic review of the wide range of cultures and individual differences and the ways in which cultural mores, ethnocentrism, and factors such as matters of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, customs and cultures impact behavior of the individual themselves and of those around them. Through this course, students better understand themselves and others, in terms of perceptions and behaviors.

CSL 5400 Statistics & Research Design

This course emphasizes statistical concepts related to methods most appropriate to data and theories in psychology. The focus is on a quantitative approach to the concepts and methods of statistical inference. Topics include sampling, frequency distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, and probability. Statistical analyses covered include correlation, regression, t-tests, nonparametric tests, and Analysis of Variance. Basic research design issues are addressed, with a focus on selecting data analysis techniques to appropriately address research questions and apply the concepts covered to various psychological problems and real life situations. Emphasis is on developing skills in interpreting statistical results presented in research articles. Cross-listed as and equivalent to ORG/PSY 5400.

CSL 6953 Marriage & Family Therapy Internship (1 credit)

The Marriage & Family Therapy Internship experience at University of the Rockies is designed to further the classroom knowledge that students have completed and to allow them to begin the practice and application of skills. The competencies that are evaluated are designed to train graduate level mental health clinicians consistent with the standards of national accrediting bodies (e.g., CACREP, AAMFT.)

2nd Year


CSL 5610 Psychometrics: Tests & Measurements

This course involves the study of the theory and practice of psychological measurement. The focus is on the process of measuring and differentiating variables of psychological interest. Students explore basic concepts of measurement and the principles of test construction. The course familiarizes the prospective professional psychologist with the common tests used in psychological and educational practice. These include intellectual, aptitude, and achievement tests; interest inventories; personality tests; and social measures.

CSL 6460 Marital Systems

This course explores current theory and practice of couple and marital therapy. It includes a review of the professional and non-professional literature related to the subject. Topics such as divorce, infidelity, relationship enhancement, cross-cultural marriages, and same sex couples are researched. Interactive patterns, societal influences, and intervention strategies are discussed.

CSL 6954 Marriage & Family Therapy Internship (1 credit)

The Marriage & Family Therapy Internship experience at University of the Rockies is designed to further the classroom knowledge that students have completed and to allow them to begin the practice and application of skills. The competencies that are evaluated are designed to train graduate level mental health clinicians consistent with the standards of national accrediting bodies (e.g., CACREP, AAMFT.)

CSL 6220 Family/Marital Assessment

This course covers assessment goals related to treatment strategies, assessment techniques, and assessment instruments used in working with couples and families. Guided practice in selecting, administering, scoring, and interpreting assessment techniques and instruments is provided.

CSL 6230 Treatment of Family Violence

This course explores the major personal and social theories of family violence, including elder abuse. The course focuses on severe marital conflicts, rape, and physical and emotional violence. The cycle of family violence is examined with emphasis on societal factors that contribute to this behavior. Students explore causality and treatment alternatives for victims and perpetrators as well as current research findings in the field.

CSL 6955 Marriage & Family Therapy Internship (1 credit)

The Marriage & Family Therapy Internship experience at University of the Rockies is designed to further the classroom knowledge that students have completed and to allow them to begin the practice and application of skills. The competencies that are evaluated are designed to train graduate level mental health clinicians consistent with the standards of national accrediting bodies (e.g., CACREP, AAMFT.)

CSL 6380 Seminar in Marriage & Family Therapy

This course is for students with prior coursework in marriage and family therapy. It focuses on current research and theory in the field, and provides students with the opportunity to build theory and create and develop marriage and family interventions.

CSL 6120 Lifestyle & Career Development

This assessment course focuses on the evolution of the concept of career development. Students review the major theories and their application to the collection, evaluation, and use of career information for counseling psychology as it applies to individuals and groups across the adult life span. Students also learn to use assessment instruments (MBTI, FIRO-B, Strong, etc.) and integrate the findings in vocational counseling situations as they relate to adults.

CSL 6956 Marriage & Family Therapy Internship (1 credit)

The Marriage & Family Therapy Internship experience at University of the Rockies is designed to further the classroom knowledge that students have completed and to allow them to begin the practice and application of skills. The competencies that are evaluated are designed to train graduate level mental health clinicians consistent with the standards of national accrediting bodies (e.g., CACREP, AAMFT.)

CSL 6470 Theories & Techniques of Group Counseling & Psychotherapy

This course is a study of the history, theory, and practice of group counseling and psychotherapy. Several major contemporary models of group counseling are examined. Instructional methods include both didactic presentations and experiential methods. Students are afforded the opportunity to participate in a training group as a group member and as a leader. A strong emphasis is placed on ethical standards and self-assessment of personal strengths and weaknesses that affect group leadership.

CSL 6957 Marriage & Family Therapy Internship (1 credit)

The Marriage & Family Therapy Internship experience at University of the Rockies is designed to further the classroom knowledge that students have completed and to allow them to begin the practice and application of skills. The competencies that are evaluated are designed to train graduate level mental health clinicians consistent with the standards of national accrediting bodies (e.g., CACREP, AAMFT.)

Elective (2 credits)


Comprehensive Exam


Choose From the Following Electives:

CSL 6585 Play Therapy (2 credits)

This course is designed to acquaint students with the types of children with whom therapy is appropriate and to help students improve their ability to conduct meaningful assessment interviews with children, parents, and teachers. The course emphasizes the play therapy approach to psychotherapy with children and familiarizes the student with current law and play therapy techniques addressing physical, emotional, and sexual abuse of children, including theoretical understanding of play therapy techniques.

CSL 6570 Comparative Styles in Parenting (2 credits)

This course reviews the various styles of parenting and guiding the development of children and adolescents. Styles are compared and contrasted, with specific targets toward assisting parents in the marriage and family counseling process.

CSL 6575 Couples Communication (2 credits)

This course provides an examination of the types and levels of effectiveness of communication employed by couples. Areas of focus include communication media, modalities, styles, techniques, and methods of interpretation used by couples.

CSL 6370 Addictions Counseling

This course addresses the basic models and theories of addiction, substance abuse and chemical dependence.; assessment, diagnosis and differential diagnosis of substance use disorders (including assessment with the AUI, ASI, MAST and others); and treatment models and modalities for addicted or substance abusing clients.

Total Credits 60

* This course may not be transferred in.
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