The Institute for Clinical Social Work


Course Catalog

There are three curricular components in the Master’s program:

  • Conceptual Foundations Sequence
  • Clinical Foundation Sequence
  • Clinical Practicum Sequence

Conceptual Foundations Sequence

The primary goals of the Conceptual Foundations Sequence are to: Advance students’ knowledge about modern psychodynamic theory and core aspects of human development as well as advance a student’s understanding of the research process.

CCP 541: Human Development

This course will provide a graduate-level survey of human development from infancy through the entire life-span. The course examines physical, intellectual, emotional, psychological/personality and social growth and development.  This course is geared toward building the student’s foundational knowledge of human development for adaptation to the professional fields of counseling and clinical field work. An important component of this course will be the exploration of universality, cultural variations, and social context in human development. Particular attention is paid to factors that can facilitate or impede physical, cognitive, social, emotional, relational and psychological/personality development. (Credit Hours: 3)

CCP 640: Development II: Adolescence and Beyond

This course is a continuation of Human Development I and will provide a graduate-level survey of development from young adulthood through the mature years.  The Course examines the physical, intellectual, emotional, psychological/personality and social growth and development of adults from young adulthood to middle age to elder years.  This course is geared toward building the student’s foundational knowledge of human development for adaptation to the fields of counseling and clinical field work.  An important component of this course will be the exploration of universality, cultural variations and social context in human development.  Particular attention is paid to factors that can facilitate or impede physical, cognitive, social, emotional, relational, and psychological/personality development.  Prerequisite Human Development I. (Credit hours:3)

CCP 505: Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy

This course will provide students with an introduction to the major theories of counseling and behavior change. Several major theories of counseling are examined with an emphasis on the key concepts of each theory, the central beliefs about the therapeutic process, the role of the clinician, and specific theoretical applications for change. (Credit Hours: 3)

CCP 555: Fundamentals of Psychodynamic Theory (A second course in Theory area)

This course will offer an overview of psychodynamic theory. It is a survey of fundamental ideas and concepts that underlie psychodynamic thinking. The history of psychodynamic thinking will also be explored along with major contributors to the field. Prerequisite: Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy (Credit Hours: 3)

CCP 570: Research Process and Techniques

This course will provide a comprehensive overview of principles, concepts, methods, tools, and techniques used in counseling and psychotherapy research. Question formulation, hypothesis development, data collection methods, data analysis, and the interpretation of findings are addressed. The course will be augmented with topics such as: online literature searches, critical thinking, the research process, and ethical treatment of human subjects. (Credit Hours: 3)

Clinical Foundations Sequence

The primary goal of The Clinical Foundations Sequence is to: further enhance and integrate their learning of relevant clinical techniques used in the practice of clinical counseling and psychotherapy with a particular focus on psychodynamic clinical techniques. It also serves to advance the student’s knowledge of issues of diversity, psychological assessment, group therapy, the treatment process, substance abuse, family therapy, child therapy, and professional/career development and Psychopathology.

CCP 510: Methods in Counseling and Psychotherapy

This is an introductory methods class that works towards helping students understand the principles of engaging in a helping relationship and understanding what is therapeutic from and within a psychodynamic perspective.  In the broadest sense, the purpose of this course is to help students be reflective thinkers and to understand beginning clinical practice in all forms and what it means to help another person.  This course will help the beginning clinician understand engagement and therapeutic helping factors allowing for psychodynamic insights to illuminate everyday life and to therefore assist clinicians in understanding and relating to people, regardless of clinical setting (i.e. including case management settings, milieu settings and crises work settings as well as therapy settings). (3 credit hours)

CCP 610: Methods in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (A second course in Methods area)

This course will be an introduction and overview of the major tenants of psychodynamic psychotherapy. Students will learn basic elements of psychodynamic treatment in relation to initial diagnostic formulation and ongoing therapeutic work. Topics may include: listening stances, relational dynamics and their role in the therapeutic process, facilitating personality growth and change, etc. Prerequisite: Methods in Counseling (Credit Hours: 3)

CCP 530: Group Process

This course will provide an overview of the prevailing models for group counseling and psychotherapy for a variety of settings. The basic theory, principles and practice of group psychotherapy will be examined with particular attention given to the role of the leader, the therapeutic relationship, different stages of group process, and the implications of different approaches to conducting group therapy. Additional discussions around organizational and systems processes and structures will also occur. (Credit Hours: 3)

CCP 670: Bio-Psycho-Social Personality Assessment Methods in Professional Counseling

This course will provide an overview of the concepts related to assessing the various attributes of people. Special attention will be paid to clinical interviews, clinical observations, gathering client histories, projective tests, and other formal measures such as standardized tests and scales that are representative of psychological and intellectual assessments used in counseling/psychotherapy environments. Understanding and interpreting these assessment methods and measures will also be discussed. Additional topics will include the ethical issues related to test use and interpretation with regard to people from diverse social, ethic, and economic backgrounds. Specific attention to using case examples and case studies to highlight core concepts of class (Credit Hours: 3)

CCP 515: Professional Ethics in Counseling and Psychotherapy

This course will provide an exploration of the legal, ethical, and professional choices faced by clinicians. Topics will include ethical decision-making, professional standards, values and attitudes, competence, supervision, dual-relationships, confidentiality, and informed consent. Special attention will be given to the application of ethical and legal standards to clinical cases. (Credit Hours: 3)

CCP 520: Professional and Life Span Development

This course will provide an introduction to career and professional development theory, practice, and resources. Emphasis is given to developmental considerations and the role of testing, educational and career development planning, and the applications of technology-based career development strategies. Particular attention will be paid to the inter-relationships of work, family, gender, diversity, and life role factors, the relationship between career and self identity, and what influences of work values, occupational choices, and decision-making styles. (Credit Hours: 3)

CCP 560: Psychopathology: Classification and Diagnostic Systems

The course covers general principles of etiology, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and cultural factors of mental and emotional disorders.  Special attention will be devoted to learning how to use the DSM 5 as well as the PDM (Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual), to develop a comprehensive understanding of psychopathology from a psychodynamic perspective. Additional topics to be covered include formulating and developing psychodynamic case formulations and understanding treatment techniques associated with specific disorders. (Credit Hours: 3)

CCP 635: Substance Abuse Counseling and Treatment

This course will provide an orientation to the key concepts of substance abuse assessment, counseling and treatment. It will detail both legal and illegal drug use, its effect on the body, cultural, social and economic issues, diagnostic criteria for substance abuse and dependence, and psychopharmacological and therapeutic interventions. This course will also explore underlying reasons for substance use and the impact on relationships and overall well being. Special attention will be given to the current ethical and professional issues in the practice of substance abuse counseling and treatment. (Credit Hours: 3)

CCP 630: Couples and Family Psychotherapy

This course will provide an overview of the theory and practice of couples and family therapy. A survey of the predominant models of treatment will be explored. Particular attention will be paid to the fundamentals of assessment and intervention with couples and families from various backgrounds. (Credit Hours: 3)

CCP 620: Counseling and Psychotherapy in a Pluralistic Society

This course will provide an introduction to multicultural, diversity, and social justice issues. Students will explore the cultural context of relationships, human behavior, and other issues/trends in a pluralistic society. Factors such as culture, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, differing societies, populations and life patterns, education, religion/spirituality, and family structure will be examined. The course is structured to emphasize the role of context in human behavior and personality development and will aid students in developing effective multicultural counseling and psychotherapy techniques and skills. Special attention will be placed on developing greater personal awareness and knowledge of issues of diversity including bias, oppression, discrimination, and the role of privilege. (Credit Hours: 3)

CCP 645: Clinical practice with children and adolescents

This course is designed to help students attain a mastery of the central concepts in direct clinical work with children and adolescents.  It will provide an overview of clinical techniques and direct work with parents and/or caregivers will be addressed as an essential component of treatment plans with children/adolescents.  Other topics to be included are: assessment, treatment planning, play therapy, understanding the implications of neurobiological and human development research on child treatment and other special challenges that come in working with this specialized population (3 credits).

Clinical Practicum Sequence

The primary goals of the Clinical Practicum Sequence are to: advance the student’s capacity to apply various theories and relevant techniques to the actual practice in the field of clinical counseling and psychotherapy.

CCP 501: Practicum/Internship Seminar I (An additional course in Internship/Practicum area)

This course will serve as a supervisory seminar for students in their field placement. Specifically, students will participate in case discussions, sharing observations and experiences related to the practice setting, reading and discussing relevant literature, and providing, as well as receiving, feedback from peers and the instructor. Supervision will provide students with the opportunity to increase awareness and understanding of the clinical process and other professional activities. (Credit Hours: 2)

CCP 521: Practicum/Internship Seminar II (An additional course in Internship/Practicum area)

This course is a continuation of Practicum/Internship Seminar I. It will also serve as a supervisory seminar for students in their field placement. Specifically, students will participate in case discussions, sharing observations and experiences related to the practice setting, reading and discussing relevant literature, and providing, as well as receiving, feedback from peers and the instructor. Supervision will provide students with the opportunity to increase awareness and understanding of the clinical process and other professional activities. Prerequisite: Practicum/Internship Seminar I (Credit Hours: 2)

CCP 601:Practicum/Internship Seminar III

This course will be taken in a student’s first semester of their second year. This course will provide supervision for a clinical practical experience in counseling and psychotherapy. It is intended to supplement the on-site supervision. Specifically, students will participate in case presentations, listening to audio tapes, completing process notes, and providing, as well as receiving, feedback from peers and the instructor. Supervision will provide students with the opportunity to increase awareness and understanding of the psychotherapy process. (Credit Hours: 3)

CCP 651: Practicum/Internship Seminar IV (An additional course in Internship/Practicum area)

This course will be taken in the second semester of a student’s second year of the program. This course is a continuation of Practicum/Internship Seminar III and will provide supervision for the continuation of a clinical practical experience in counseling and psychotherapy. Students will participate in case presentations, listening to audio tapes, completing process notes, and providing, as well as receiving, feedback from peers and the instructor. Supervision will provide students with the opportunity to increase awareness and understanding of the psychotherapy process. Prerequisite: Practicum/Internship III (Credit Hours: 3)

CCP CP I-IV: Clinical Consultation I-IV

This course will be a supervisory consultation meeting with an ICSW Faculty member every other week for 45-60 minutes. It will allow for the student to discuss cases from their Field placement experience, in addition to getting support and mentoring on the role of becoming a professional counselor. This course could include discussion on relevant literature to supplement the learning process. (Credit Hours: 1 each)


The above course catalog was last updated Fall 2016