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Professional Certificate in Integrative Counseling

Rosemead School of Psychology

Overview

The Professional Certificate in Integrative Counseling is a global online graduate level program designed to help Christians integrate their faith with compassionate, effective counseling practice. We seek to equip our students to use a scripturally based, empirically supported, and culturally sensitive integrative counseling approach to address unmet mental health needs worldwide, both in the Christian community and in society at large.

Students with a professional counseling license will earn a Professional Certificate in Integrative Counseling by successfully completing four foundational courses that provide essential knowledge and practical skills, followed by two additional courses with online case consultation in a “virtual practicum clinic.” A bilingual (Chinese-English) format makes an international standard of counselor education and training available in the two top languages used on the internet.


Courses

Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising. For official program requirements, see the course catalog.

Program Courses

This graduate level course focuses on laying a sound foundation to help students integrate their Christian faith with effective counseling practice. In particular, it provides a theoretical overview of how the Integrative Psychotherapy (McMinn and Campbell, 2007) approach to Christian counseling integrates a Christian worldview with culturally sensitive, evidence-based counseling practice. It also encourages students to better understand their identity and roles and responsibilities in a continuum of care, with particular attention to issues of ethics and personal growth. Finally, it introduces students to foundational relationship building skills (e.g., active listening, empathy, genuineness, positive regard) which are essential to facilitate the counseling process. Notes: Course will be taught online to students in Asia in a bilingual (Chinese-English) format, with weekly 2-hour class meetings via videoconferencing. Grade Mode: A.
This graduate level course focuses on how a Christian worldview can impact the assessment process in counseling. In particular, students will learn how to apply McMinn and Campbell (2007)'s Integrative Psychotherapy approach to assessment and case conceptualization, which integrates sound biblical and theological perspectives with empirically supported methods for making sense of human problems and symptoms. Students will learn to think Christianly and in a culturally sensitive way about key topics that include: 1) processes and procedures for conducting intake interviews, 2) basic principles for diagnosing conditions (including clinically significant depression and anxiety) and assessing suicide risk, 3) an approach to effective goal setting, and 4) continued practice of foundational relationship building skills that are necessary for establishing rapport, gathering information, and helping to motivate counselees to change. Notes: Course will be taught online to students in Asia in a bilingual (Chinese-English) format, with weekly 2-hour class meetings via videoconferencing. Grade Mode: A.
This graduate level course focuses on essential knowledge and practical skills for conducting Integrative Counseling's Domain 1 symptom-focused interventions and Domain 2 (schema-focused). Students will learn to evaluate and apply from a distinctively Christian and culturally sensitive perspective evidence-based cognitive and behavioral interventions (e.g., cognitive restructuring, diaphragm breathing, progressive muscle relaxation) for regulating emotions and reducing anxiety and depression. They will also begin to learn interventions to help transform underlying schemas. Notes: This course will be taught online to students in Asia in a bilingual (Chinese-English) format, with weekly 2-hour class meetings via videoconferencing. Grade Mode: A.
This graduate level course focuses on essential knowledge and practical skills for conducting Integrative Counseling's Domain 2 (schema-focused) and Domain 3 (relationship-focused) interventions. Students will learn to evaluate and apply these interventions from a distinctively Christian and culturally sensitive perspective to help themselves and their counselees address underlying cognitive schemas and relationship patterns that affect their well-being. Notes: Course will be taught online to students in Asia in a bilingual (Chinese-English) format, with weekly 2-hour class meetings via videoconferencing. Grade Mode: A.
This graduate level course provides licensed Christian counselors who have completed foundational courses on Integrative Counseling with an opportunity to put into practice what they have learned in the context of counseling an actual client with clinically significant distress while receiving technology-assisted remote case consultation in a 'virtual practicum clinic'. Notes: This course offers weekly (2-hour) online group case consultation. Individualized case consultation is also provided in the form of targeted videotape review, as well as one individual consultation combined with remote live observation of a client session. The overall goal of this course is to address identified 'edges of growth' that emerge with trainees actively involved in clinical practice. It is expected that each trainee will have one client who gives informed consent to participate in videotaped counseling sessions with online case consultation by the instructor. Due to the personalized nature of this course, there will be no more than 12 students per class. This course will be taught online to students in Asia in a bilingual (Chinese-English) format. Grade Mode: A.
This graduate level course continues to provide licensed Christian counselors with technology-assisted remote case consultation in a 'virtual practicum clinic'. It is designed to enable students to synthesize and demonstrate mastery of knowledge and skills for implementing Integrative Counseling interventions to help actual clients with clinically significant distress meet their counseling goals. Notes: This course offers weekly (2-hour) online group case consultation. Individualized case consultation is also provided in the form of targeted videotape review, as well as one individual consultation combined with remote live observation of a client session. The overall goal of this course is to address identified 'edges of growth' that emerge with trainees actively involved in clinical practice. It is expected that each trainee will have one client who gives informed consent to participate in videotaped counseling sessions with online case consultation by the instructor. Due to the personalized nature of this course, there will be no more than 12 students per class. Grade Mode: A.

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