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Program Goals and Outcomes

The Graduate Psychology Department has identified goals and student learning outcomes for our students to master during their graduate program at Mount Saint Mary’s University. They are as follows: 

  • Goals

    Goal 1 - Clinical Evaluation

    Students will demonstrate an ability to evaluate clients and assess crisis situations

  • Outcomes

    Outcome 1- CLINICAL EVALUATION

    Student is able to conduct a thorough clinical evaluation including a case’s presenting problem, psychosocial history, mental status exam, and diagnosis.

    Outcome 2- CRISIS

    Student demonstrates a thorough understanding of crisis and trauma and is able to manage crisis situations throughout the case.

  • Goal 2 - Treatment

    Students will demonstrate an understanding of different theoretical orientations and counseling interventions

  • Outcome 3 - TREATMENT PLAN

    Student will develop an intervention plan for a case using one theoretical orientation.

    Outcome 4- TREATMENT

    Student will develop an intervention plan for a case using one theoretical orientation.

  • Goal 3 - Law and Ethics

    Students will demonstrate knowledge of law and ethics in the field of counseling psychology.

  • Outcome 5 - ETHICS & LAWS

    Students demonstrate knowledge of professional code of ethics, confidentiality issues, the legal responsibilities of counseling ethics, and liabilities of practice and research, familiarity with regional and federal laws as they relate to counseling.

  • Goal 4 - Human Diversity

    Students will demonstrate cultural competency and its application in a clinical setting.

  • Outcome 6 - HUMAN DIVERSITY

    Student exhibits sensitivity to issues of human and cultural diversities when working in the field of counseling.

  • Goal 5 - Research Competence

    Students will demonstrate an ability to evaluate and apply research to the field of psychology.

  • Outcome 7 - RESEARCH COMPETENCE

    Student demonstrates an ability to evaluate and apply research to a clinical case study.

  • Goal 6 - Written and Oral Communication

    Disseminate and communicate information effectively in oral and written form.

  • Outcome 8 – WRITTEN COMMUNICATION

    Disseminate and communicate information effectively in written form.

    Outcome 9 – ORAL COMMUNICATION

    Disseminate and communicate information effectively in oral form.

The Marriage & Family Therapist (MFT) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) programs meet the standards and have been approved by the California Board of Behavioral Science, leading to an MFT or LPCC counselor license in California. Students who wish to practice in a state other than California may or may not have additional requirements to complete prior to applying for licensure. Mount Saint Mary’s University is in the process of researching professional licensure requirements in other states. Contact the Psychology department at gradpsy@msmu.edu to discuss additional requirements that may be needed to obtain an MFT or LPCC license in a state outside of California.