Integral Counseling Psychology Student Learning Outcomes

Set One: Clinical Skills

Students will develop skills sufficient to serve as professional therapists at the MA level.

Students will:

  1. Create a working therapeutic relationship (can bridge to world of client, create sense of safety, and can self disclose or not as appropriate). Therapeutic Communication, The Clinical Relationship, Group Dynamics, Family Dynamics, Transpersonal and Integral Psychotherapy, Marriage and Couples Counseling, Supervised Clinical Practicum, Integrative Seminar
  2. Demonstrate empathic sensitivity (can empathically connect to clients, communicate this connection and understand why such empathic contact is important and how it is 
    different from emotional fusion or merging). Therapeutic Communication, The Clinical Relationship, Group Dynamics, Family Dynamics, Transpersonal and Integral Psychotherapy, Marriage and Couples Counseling, Supervised Clinical Practicum, Integrative Seminar
  3. Embody a clinical presence that meets the client in their wholeness (including their difference as well as their spiritual, emotional, and intellectual development). Therapeutic Communication, The Clinical Relationship, Group Dynamics, Family Dynamics, Transpersonal and Integral Psychotherapy, Marriage and Couples Counseling, Supervised Clinical Practicum, Integrative Seminar
  4. Conceptualize his/her work (can connect interventions to meaningful frameworks, shows movement toward integrating his or her own style). Psychopathology, Supervised Clinical Practicum, Integrative Seminar
  5. Diagnose and assess effectively (can assess for ego strength, impulse control,
    psychosis, suicide potential, mood disorders, personality disorders, trauma, alcohol and substance abuse, and is able to diagnose accurately using the DSM). Psychopathology, Supervised Clinical Practicum, Integrative seminar, Trauma, Alcohol and Chemical Dependency
  6. Make practical treatment plans (based on assessment and diagnosis, trainee can create useful, flexible strategies individually matched to clients' issues, and understands the principles and practices of case management). Psychopathology, Supervised Clinical Practicum, Integrative Seminar
  7. Maintain authority within sessions (can take charge if necessary, set and hold limits, challenge for missed sessions and payments). Therapeutic Communication, The Clinical Relationship, Family Dynamics, Couples Counseling, Child Therapy, Community Mental Health
  8. Work productively with process dimension (can respond effectively to non-content cues, can allow, and when appropriate, deepen feelings). Therapeutic Communication, Group Dynamics, Gestalt therapy, Marriage and Couples Counseling, The Clinical Relationship
  9. Work productively with cognitive dimension (understands client, works with cognitions and beliefs, as appropriate, helps with problem-solving when called for). CBT, Couples Counseling, Community Mental Health, Therapeutic Communication, Supervised Clinical Practicum,
  10. Work productively with the spiritual dimension (help integrate essential and personal realities, identify spiritual emergence and emergency). Therapeutic Communication, Group Dynamics, Human Development and the Family, Psychodynamics, The Clinical Relationship, Family Dynamics, Gestalt Therapy, Multicultural Awareness, Transpersonal and Integral Psychotherapy, Integral Psychology, Community Mental Health, Supervised Clinical Practicum, Integrative Seminar
  11. Utilize transference and countertransference dynamics. (can name and discuss the current or past interaction between themselves and the client Psychodynamics, The Clinical Relationship, Supervised Clinical Practicum, Integrative Seminar
  12. Understand and apply systems thinking, attachment theory, and transpersonal concepts to families, couples, and individuals. Psychodynamics, Family Dynamics Couples counseling, Child therapy, Supervised Clinical Practicum, integrative seminar
  13. Attune to the needs and therapeutic objectives of the client. (This includes being able to identify client strengths, resilience, worldview, areas of distress, wishes, and resources). Therapeutic Communication, Group Dynamics, Psychopathology, The Clinical Relationship, Family Dynamics, Gestalt Therapy, Research Methods, Community Mental Health, Supervised Clinical Practicum, Integrative Seminar
  14. Work effectively with trauma and abuse (understand current best practices, utilize community resources, know about disaster response). Trauma, Therapeutic Communication, Supervised Clinical Practicum, Integrative Seminar
  15. Understand the strengths and limitations of psychopharmacology and be able to apply this knowledge to major DSM IV categories. (includes understanding the major categories of psychoactive drugs, the disorders they tend to be used for, and treatment issues such as medication compliance, dosage, and side and interactive effects). Psychopathology, Alcohol and Chemical Dependency, Community Mental Health, Supervised Clinical Practicum, Integrative Seminar
  16. Constructively use supervision (seek input and receive feedback non-defensively in class and in practica, and be able to integrate such feedback into clinical practice and interpersonal relations). Therapeutic Communication, Group Dynamics, The Clinical Relationship, Family Dynamics, Gestalt Therapy, Marriage and Couples Counseling, Child Therapy, Transpersonal and Integral Psychotherapy, Integral Psychology, Community Mental Health, Supervised Clinical Practicum, Integrative Seminar

Set Two: Understanding the Field

Students will gain a broad and deep knowledge of the scholarship associated with the field of psychotherapy, including an introductory understanding of a variety of topics, theories and approaches with an opportunity for more in-depth mastery of a selection of these.

Students will:

  1. Understand deeply and thoroughly the psychodynamic roots of contemporary psychotherapy. Psychodynamics
  2. Understand human development with cultural variations and considerations throughout the lifespan as it relates to work as a therapist. (including grief and end of life span issues, and an understanding of human behavior and cultural context of California) Human Development and the Family, Multicultural Awareness, Supervised Clinical Practicum, Integrative Seminar
  3. Apply theoretical knowledge from Humanistic, Contemporary Psychoanalytic Approaches, and Transpersonal Perspectives to issues that emerge in the clinical relationship, including transference and counter-transference and treatment planning. Therapeutic Communication, The Clinical Relationship, Psychodynamics, Family Dynamics, Gestalt Therapy, Couples Counseling, Child Therapy, Transpersonal and Integral Psychotherapy, Supervised Clinical Practicum, Integrative Seminar
  4. Situate and articulate their personal vision of integral psychology within relevant theoretical approaches and scholarship. Transpersonal and Integral Psychotherapy, Integral Psychology, Supervised Clinical Practicum, Integrative Seminar
  5. Understand, and reasonably integrate the principles of Gestalt Therapy. Gestalt Therapy
  6. Describe and critically assess key theories and practices that focus on how therapists can work with specific demographic groups (adults, children, couples and groups). Psychodynamics, The Clinical Relationship, Family Dynamics, Couples Counseling, Child Therapy, Community Mental Health, Supervised Clinical Practicum, Integrative sSeminar
  7. Apply relevant theories and models of practice to working with diverse populations. (including, but not limited to ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, gender identification, physical ability, age, size, religion, and social economic status). Therapeutic Communication, Group Dynamics, Human Development and the Family, Psychodynamics, The Clinical Relationship, Family Dynamics, Gestalt Therapy, Multicultural Awareness, Child Therapy, Transpersonal and Integral Psychotherapy, Integral Psychology, Community Mental Health, Supervised Clinical Practicum, Integrative Seminar
  8. Reflect critically as a practitioner in the field and to continually reexamine theoretical biases and practice in light of new information and experience. Supervised Clinical Practicum, Integrative Seminar
  9. Work reasonably effectively with substance abuse and addictions (recognition of symptoms and patterns, interface with community resources, understand co-occurring disorders, know recovery model). Alcohol and Chemical Dependency, Psychopathology, Community Mental health, Supervised Clinical Practicum, Integrative Seminar
  10. Understand the impact of extra-therapeutic influences on therapy, as well as therapies impact on extra-therapeutic factors (impact of community variables). Community Mental Health, Multicultural Awareness, Supervised Clinical Practicum, Integrative Seminar
  11. Understand the special needs of the severely mentally ill (understand current systems of care, know specific public and private services available, and methods to collaborate, have basic advocacy skills). Community Mental Health, Supervised Clinical Practicum, Integrative Seminar
  12. Understand California laws and ethics regarding psychotherapy (including being able to explain practice setting rules, fees, rights, and responsibilities of each party, including privacy, confidentiality policies, and duty to care in regard to client or legal guardian). Professional Ethics and Family Law, Supervised Clinical Practicum

Set 3: Personal Growth

Students will experience significant personal growth in the context of the program and will actively bridge their inner experience and development as people with their preparation to work as therapists.

Students will show a willingness and capacity to:

  1. Take responsibility for themselves (own their projections, emotional triggering, role in conflict, etc.). Therapeutic Communication, Group Dynamics, Human Development and the Family, Psychodynamics, The Clinical Relationship, Family Dynamics, Gestalt Therapy, Multicultural Awareness, Transpersonal and Integral Psychotherapy, Integral Psychology, Community Mental Health, Supervised Clinical Practicum, Integrative Seminar
  2. Access and have empathy for their own internal reality (including internalized family dynamics, from childhood wounding through to superconscious states across sensate, emotional, mental and transpersonal realms and their developmental process). Therapeutic Communication, Group Dynamics, Human Development and the Family, Psychodynamics, The Clinical Relationship, Family Dynamics, Gestalt Therapy, Transpersonal and Integral Psychotherapy, Integral Psychology, Community Mental Health, Supervised Clinical Practicum, Integrative Seminar
  3. Communicate this internal reality of feelings and moods sensitively with regards to the receiver. Therapeutic Communication, Group Dynamics, Human Development and the Family, Psychodynamics, The Clinical Relationship, Family Dynamics, Gestalt Therapy, Transpersonal and Integral Psychotherapy, Integral Psychology, Community Mental Health, Supervised Clinical Practicum, Integrative Seminar
  4. Manage one's reactivity (receive feedback non-defensively, be able to self-soothe, center themselves). Therapeutic Communication, Group Dynamics, Human Development and the Family, Psychodynamics, The Clinical Relationship, Family Dynamics, Gestalt Therapy, Transpersonal and Integral Psychotherapy, Integral Psychology, Community Mental Health, Supervised Clinical Practicum, Integrative Seminar

Set 4: Diversity Awareness

Students will actively engage in an exploration of their own filters and biases, seek to understand those who are different, and develop competencies in applying diversity sensitivity to their clinical practice.

Students will:

  1. Understand the fundamentally Eurocentric context within which most Western therapeutic models developed. Therapeutic Communication, Group Dynamics, Human Development and the Family, Psychodynamics, Psychopathology, Multicultural Awareness, Couples Counseling, The Clinical Relationship, Family Dynamics, Gestalt Therapy, Transpersonal and Integral Psychotherapy, Integral Psychology, Community Mental Health, Supervised Clinical Practicum, Integrative Seminar
  2. Understand impact of power and privilege on those in non-dominant culture. Therapeutic Communication, Group Dynamics, Human Development and the Family, Psychodynamics, Psychopathology, Marriage and Couples Counseling, The Clinical Relationship, Family Dynamics, Gestalt Therapy, Multicultural Awareness, Transpersonal and Integral Psychotherapy, Integral Psychology, Community Mental Health, Supervised Clinical Practicum, Integrative Seminar
  3. Understand the relativity of, and gain greater insight on their "diversity lenses" (including, but not limited to ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, gender identification, physical ability, size, religion, age, and socioeconomic status). Therapeutic Communication, Group Dynamics, Human Development and the Family, Psychodynamics, Psychopathology, Marriage and Couples Counseling, The Clinical Relationship, Family Dynamics, Gestalt Therapy, Multicultural Awareness, Transpersonal and Integral Psychotherapy, Integral Psychology, Community Mental Health, Supervised Clinical Practicum, Integrative Seminar
  4. Be open to and respectful of the diverse backgrounds and ways of being of other students and clients (and actively seek helpful resources such as trainings, Diversity Meetings, books, videos, and community involvement). Therapeutic Communication, Group Dynamics, Human Development and the Family, Psychodynamics, Psychopathology, Marriage and Couples Counseling, The Clinical Relationship, Family Dynamics, Gestalt Therapy, Multicultural Awareness, Transpersonal and Integral Psychotherapy, Integral Psychology, Community Mental Health, Supervised Clinical Practicum, Integrative Seminar
  5. Integrate an understanding of difference into all aspects of the clinical practice and understand how multiculturalism is a part of integral psychology. Therapeutic Communication, Group Dynamics, Human Development and the Family, Psychodynamics, Psychopathology, Marriage and Couples Counseling, The Clinical Relationship, Family Dynamics, Gestalt Therapy, Multicultural Awareness, Transpersonal and Integral Psychotherapy, Integral Psychology, Community Mental Health, Supervised Clinical Practicum, Integrative Seminar