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Westbrook University offers Master of Arts Degrees in the College of Humanities. Students will complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of core curriculum, a possible clinical training and a 15,000 word thesis to graduate.

MASTER OF ARTS

 
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Addiction Counseling

61 Credit Hours

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Clinical Counseling

63 Credit Hours

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Jungian Psychology

61 Credit Hours

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Psychodynamic Counseling

61 Credit Hours

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Transpersonal Counseling

60 Credit Hours

ADDICTIONS COUNSELING

RP 400 Essentials of Distance Education

This course is often the student's first opportunity to try a distance learning format. It is designed to aid the student through his or her distance education journey. It will help the student know what is expected for distance learning and aid the student in finding the answers needed to accomplish this goal. Finally, this course will prepare the student on how to begin college writing.

AD 580 Cocaine Solutions: Help for Cocaine Abusers and Their Families

This course not only addresses the difficulties experienced by addicts and their families in coping with the devastating financial, emotional, and psychological toll that addiction takes, it also identifies specific sources of help that exist for addicts and their families. Both recovering drug addicts themselves, the authors of the text discuss some of the obstacles to recovery and ways to overcome those obstacles.

AD 581 Counseling Chemically Dependent People with HIV Illness

This course describes a front line clinical treatment of HIV infected chemically dependent persons. It provides a realistic view of the daily responsibilities in working with this population. Specific, in-depth case examples and material give students a solid understanding of how to work more effectively with chemically dependent clients infected with HIV. By concentrating on practical versus theoretical aspects of treatment, this book helps practitioners understand problems in treatment and shows different ways treatment can be administered.

AD 582 Ethnic and Multicultural Drug Abuse: Perspective on Current Research

The text for this course includes summaries of ethnic-minority drug abuse literature and identifies knowledge gaps, highlighting areas in need of more research. The authors, most from African-American, American Indian, Asian Pacific-American, or Hispanic backgrounds, discuss topics related to the research development process, report research findings, and make research recommendations for African-Americans.

AD 583 Managing the Dually Diagnosed Patient: Current Issues and Clinical Approaches

This course is one of the first to deal with the problems of mentally ill substance abusers. This comprehensive course offers a broad view of the theoretical, conceptual, and practical issues involved in caring for dually diagnosed patients.

AD 556 Aggression, Family Violence, and Chemical Dependency

This course provides specific guidelines for the assessment of child abuse, incest, and marital rape, as they are likely to be encountered in a chemical dependency treatment setting. Experts outline treatment suggestions for chemically dependent and co-dependent individuals who are or have been the victims or perpetrators of family violence.

AD 555 Special Problems in Counseling the Chemically Dependent Adolescent

A valuable course to help professionals provide the most successful treatment for chemically dependent teenagers by examining the special conditions associated with adolescent chemical dependency. Complicated problems such as sexual abuse, eating disorders, addictive gambling, and cult membership are discussed in their relationship to the treatment of the adolescent substance abuser. Special cases of the mentally impaired adolescent and the relapsing chemically dependent adolescent are also discussed.

AD 558 Effects of Maternal Alcohol and Drug Abuse on the Newborn

Drug abuse and alcoholism specialists present the latest findings on the effects on the newborn mother's use of illicit drugs during pregnancy.

AD 563 Preschoolers and Drug Abuse

The course promotes preschool age as the ideal time to apply strategies that will aid the family in building self-esteem, trust, autonomy, and initiative necessary to protect the child from further problems caused by addictive parents. Intervention strategies are presented in a succinct manner, making them easy for practitioners, health officials, government officials, and family members to put into immediate practice.

CP 593 Group Work

Students taking this course need to be familiar with the history and theories of group work. This course will focus on procedures, group dynamics, effective group leadership, member selection, as well as ethical and legal aspects of group work. Different styles of group leadership will be discussed.

AD 570 Group Psychotherapy with Addicted Populations

A powerful course that describes proven strategies for defeating alcohol and drug addiction through the use of group psychotherapy.

AD 590 Clinical Training: 1,000 - Hour Externship

The student will be required to document 1,000 hours of applied clinical observations and experiences to demonstrate knowledge in the field of addictions counseling at the Master Degree level.

TH 510 MA Thesis - 15,000 word minimum

Upon completion of the required credit hours of course work, the student will submit a 15,000-word thesis, demonstrating his or her understanding of the field of their choice. Students will have to demonstrate their grasp of the basic concepts in their fields and are encouraged to do a comparative study of techniques or philosophies. Students will be able to apply towards the thesis some of their homework, if relevant to the proposal.

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CLINICAL COUNSELING (Mental Health)

RP 400 Essentials of Distance Education

This course is often the student's first opportunity to try a distance learning format. It is designed to aid the student through his or her distance education journey. It will help the student know what is expected for distance learning and aid the student in finding the answers needed to accomplish this goal. Finally, this course will prepare the student on how to begin college writing.

AD 553 Lesbians and Gay Men Chemical Dependency Treatment Issues

This course addresses in-depth specific issues in the treatment of chemical dependency in this population. Authors of the text discuss special problems of the gay population and describe specific clinical techniques and strategies for treating them. The text is filled with case studies and other helpful information and clinical techniques and strategies for treatment. Students can easily apply these ideas for treatment directly to their own work.

PT 502 Therapeutic Counseling

Structuring clinical interventions in support of the Medical Model of Psychobiology as well as Psychodynamic and Cognitive / Behavioral approaches is the focus of this course. It will emphasize Integrative Psychotherapy and require the demonstration of interviews, assessment, mental status exam completions, and knowledge of the five axes of diagnosis and counseling.

PT 503 Career Counseling

This course will review the 1997 text What Color is Your Parachute? Students will use their personal study of vocation and revelation to study the uses of contemporary techniques in Career Counseling.

PT 504 Counseling: Diagnosis and Appraisal

This course will feature the intensive development of diagnostic technique through the use of the DSMIV five axes, and correlations with the ICD-9-CM codes. The crucial roles of accurate diagnosis and rule outs are examined along with treatment planning and formulation. Testing, interviewing, and psychosocial assessment are also featured. Computer based instruments and psychometry are examined.

CP 588 Advanced Case Studies in Counseling

This course is geared toward developing the student's critical abilities. The course will require the student to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of several transcribed cases.

CP 589 Group Counseling: Concepts and Procedures

Group leaders need to be aware and anticipate problems that arise in group interactions. Students will be provided with an insightful and practical examination of group counseling procedures applicable to children, adolescents, adults and the elderly. Also included will be techniques for abused children, juvenile offenders, and clients with chronic conditions.

AD 583 Managing Dually Diagnosed Patient: Current Issues and Clinical Approaches

This course is one of the first to deal with the problems of mentally ill substance abusers. This comprehensive course offers a broad view of the theoretical, conceptual, and practical issues involved in caring for dually diagnosed patients.

AD 582 Ethnic and Multicultural Drug Abuse: Perspective on Current Research

The text for this course includes summaries of ethnic-minority drug abuse literature and identifies knowledge gaps, highlighting areas in need of more research. The authors, most from African-American, American Indian, Asian Pacific-American, or Hispanic backgrounds, discuss topics related to the research development process, report research findings, and make research recommendations for African-Americans.

AD 581 Counseling Chemically Dependent People with HIV Illness

This course describes a front line clinical treatment of HIV infected chemically dependent persons. It provides a realistic view of the daily responsibilities in working with this population. Specific, in-depth case examples and material give students a solid understanding of how to work more effectively with chemically dependent clients infected with HIV. By concentrating on practical versus theoretical aspects of treatment, this book helps practitioners understand problems in treatment and shows different ways treatment can be administered.

CP 593 Group Work

Students taking this course need to be familiar with the history and theories of group work. This course will focus on procedures, group dynamics, effective group leadership, member selection, as well as ethical and legal aspects of group work. Different styles of group leadership will be discussed.

PT 515 Clinical Training - 1,000 Hour Externship

The student will be required to document 1,000 hours of applied clinical observations and experiences to demonstrate knowledge in field of professional counseling at the Master Degree level.

TH 510 MA Thesis - 15,000 word minimum

Upon completion of the required credit hours of course work, the student will submit a 15,000-word thesis, demonstrating his or her understanding of the field of their choice. Students will have to demonstrate their grasp of the basic concepts in their fields and are encouraged to do a comparative study of techniques or philosophies. Students will be able to apply towards the thesis some of their homework, if relevant to the proposal.

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JUNGIAN PSYCHOLOGY

RP 400 Essentials of Distance Education

This course is often the student's first opportunity to try a distance learning format. It is designed to aid the student through his or her distance education journey. It will help the student know what is expected for distance learning and aid the student in finding the answers needed to accomplish this goal. Finally, this course will prepare the student on how to begin college writing.

JP 501 Psychospiritual Therapy

This course requires the student to present a unified approach to therapy based on psychospiritual theory. This course presents diverse approaches including Thomas Moore's Care of the Soul, Minirth and Dyrd's Christian Psychiatry and Jacqueline Small's Natural Therapy are examined. Several psychotherapy textbooks are reviewed with an emphasis on Jungian, post-Jungian, archetypal, and revisionary methods.

JP 505 Jungian Psychology

Carl Jung created a comprehensive approach to psychology that is based upon the service of soul and spirit, a respect for religious belief, science, and a methodology that includes: face to face analysis, dream work, and active imagination. This class reviews Jung's major writings and studies the convergences and differences in the approaches of Jung, Sigmund Freud, and Alfred Adler.

JP 508 Post-Jungian Psychology I

Carl Jung personally trained associates to continue the development of the theories and approaches that he created. Marie Louise Von Franz, Aniela Jaffe, Joland Jacobi, E. A. Bennet and others are contributors to the continuation of Jungian approaches. These theorists, along with Henry Corbin and Edward Edinger, were also formative influences in the creation of archetypal psychology, which was written by James Hillman and his associates.

JP 509 Archetypal Psychology

The psychotherapeutic approaches of James Hillman and Marie-Louise Von Franz are highlighted in this course which challenges the student to respond to the vivid and stimulating imagery and compelling prose for the two creative forces behind archetypal psychology.

JP 520 Soul Care

The field of Soul Care has been created and developed by James Hillermand and Thomas Moore based on their revisioning of both Jungian Psychology and contemporary mental health therapy. Gary Zukav's Seat of the Soul and other relevant texts provide for comprehensive consideration of Noesis as it was first defined by Plato. This course draws heavily on Hillerman's Myth of Analysis and Revisioning Psychology along with Thomas Moore's Care of the Soul.

JP 530 Psychospirituality Counseling and Education

This course will review of basic psychospiritual counseling techniques. The student will apply these techniques with individuals, couples, families, and groups. An assessment tool will be developed as it relates to psychospiritual counseling. The focus will be on case studies, cultural differences, fieldwork, and self-analysis.

PT 515 Clinical Training - 1,000 Hour Externship

The student will be required to document 1,000 hours of applied clinical observations and experiences to demonstrate knowledge in field of professional counseling at the Master Degree level.

TH 510 MA Thesis - 15,000 word minimum

Upon completion of the required credit hours of course work, the student will submit a 15,000-word thesis, demonstrating his or her understanding of the field of their choice. Students will have to demonstrate their grasp of the basic concepts in their fields and are encouraged to do a comparative study of techniques or philosophies. Students will be able to apply towards the thesis some of their homework, if relevant to the proposal.

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PSYCHODYNAMIC COUNSELING

RP 400 Essentials of Distance Education

This course is often the student's first opportunity to try a distance learning format. It is designed to aid the student through his or her distance education journey. It will help the student know what is expected for distance learning and aid the student in finding the answers needed to accomplish this goal. Finally, this course will prepare the student on how to begin college writing.

CP 593 Group Work

Students taking this course need to be familiar with the history and theories of group work. This course will focus on procedures, group dynamics, effective group leadership, member selection, as well as ethical and legal aspects of group work. Different styles of group leadership will be discussed.

CP 572 Dealing with Verbal Aggression

Words can and do hurt. As a practitioner, you will become aware of the importance of recognizing verbal attacks. This course will give the student insight about conversations, silences, body language, facial expression, tone of voice and more. Not only will students learn how to recognize verbal attacks, they will learn how to defend themselves in any situation.

FL 502 Focal Groups

In this course, the student will explore basic concepts and group intervention techniques as applied to co-dependency, survivors of rape, shyness, adult survivors of incest, agoraphobia, survivors of toxic parents, depression, domestic violence offenders, alcohol and drug abuse, eating disorders, and parental training.

CP 583 Practicum: Application of Counseling Skills

Students doing counseling on any level need to develop observational skills, sensitivity to body language and the tone of voice of the client, while remaining aware of their own impact on the counseling interaction. This practicum will take into account the level of sophistication of the student and will require the following: students will tape ten 15-minute segments of interviews, counseling, or therapeutic sessions. Students will be required to transcribe those sessions in writing.

CP 582 Wisdom in the Practice of Psychotherapy

This course is based on experiences of treatment and will illustrate a wide variety of situations to prepare the practitioner with experience in counseling or therapy. The course will address psychological theories and their limitations, patient withdrawal, the mythology of therapeutic settings, the subtleties of clinical listening, patterns of therapeutic relationships, the subtleties and difficulties in verbal communications, treatment processes, techniques and boundaries of therapy, as well as the deceptions of curative agents in psychotherapeutic procedure. This course transcends the direct applications of techniques into a sphere encompassing a global view of the interaction between the client and therapist.

CP 588 Advanced Case Studies in Counseling

This course is geared toward developing the student's critical abilities. The course will require the student to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of several transcribed cases.

CP 589 Group Counseling: Concepts and Procedures

Group leaders need to be aware and anticipate problems that arise in group interactions. Students will be provided with an insightful and practical examination of group counseling procedures applicable to children, adolescents, adults and the elderly. Also included will be techniques for abused children, juvenile offenders, and clients with chronic conditions.

CP 580 Advanced Application of Drawings in the Process of Assessment

This course will teach the student the possible dangers involved in hypnotherapy and / or counseling and will offer techniques which will be useful in assessing the pathology as well as all the modalities the therapist needs in working with the client. DAPTH is an invaluable technique of assessment for any counselor or hypnotherapist. This technique provides the counselor or hypnotherapist with an assessment tool when measuring the strengths and weaknesses of the client's personality.

AD 590 Clinical Training - 1,000 Hour Externship

The student will be required to document 1,000 hours of applied clinical observations and experiences to demonstrate knowledge in the field of addictions counseling at the Master Degree level.

TH 510 MA Thesis - 15,000 word minimum

Upon completion of the required credit hours of course work, the student will submit a 15,000-word thesis, demonstrating his or her understanding of the field of their choice. Students will have to demonstrate their grasp of the basic concepts in their fields and are encouraged to do a comparative study of techniques or philosophies. Students will be able to apply towards the thesis some of their homework, if relevant to the proposal.

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TRANSPERSONAL COUNSELING

RP 400 Essentials of Distance Education

This course is often the student's first opportunity to try a distance learning format. It is designed to aid the student through his or her distance education journey. It will help the student know what is expected for distance learning and aid the student in finding the answers needed to accomplish this goal. Finally, this course will prepare the student on how to begin college writing.

TP 500 Survey of Transpersonal Psychology

This course will explore contemporary literature in the field with an emphasis on an integrative vision of psychology that includes intuitive, imaginative, and spiritual states of consciousness.

TP 501 Transpersonal Psychology: Issues in Psychology

Using the psychological and spiritual issues chosen by Jack Kornfield in his book, A Path with a Heart, the student creates personal approaches to the core challenges of life including dreams, depression, and relationships.

TP 502 Transpersonal Psychology Techniques

This course provides grounding in the facilitation of meditational and contemplational healing techniques. Students examine a basic form of mindfulness meditation, and approach to Transpersonal Psychotherapy based on Eastern spirituality and transpersonal body-mind-spirit healing theories.

CP 593 Group Work

Students taking this course need to be familiar with the history and theories of group work. This course will focus on procedures, group dynamics, effective group leadership, member selection, as well as ethical and legal aspects of group work. Different styles of group leadership will be discussed.

CP 588 Advanced Case Studies in Counseling

This course is geared toward developing the student's critical abilities. The course will require the student to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of several transcribed cases.

CP 589 Group Counseling: Concepts and Procedures

Group leaders need to be aware and anticipate problems that arise in group interactions. Students will be provided with an insightful and practical examination of group counseling procedures applicable to children, adolescents, adults and the elderly. Also included will be techniques for abused children, juvenile offenders, and clients with chronic conditions.

CP 572 Dealing with Verbal Aggression

Words can and do hurt. As a practitioner, you will become aware of the importance of recognizing verbal attacks. This course will give the student insight about conversations, silences, body language, facial expression, tone of voice and more. Not only will students learn how to recognize verbal attacks, they will learn how to defend themselves in any situation.

MP 501 Metaphysics: The Science of Life

There are many systems that try to teach spiritual awareness and convey spiritual truth. The student will learn theories about the anatomy and evolution of consciousness and what it means to live spiritually. This course will shed insight into what metaphysics really is and is not. This course is a synthesis of world religions and beyond. It is designed to teach the laws of metaphysics and how to rise above the physical world and enter a new world of awareness.

PY 501 Whole-Body Connection: A Psychotheological Approach to Cancer Treatment

In this course, the techniques of Dr. O. Carl Simonton and Stephanie Matthews-Simonton, leading practitioners in the field of psychological causes and treatment of cancer, will describe how expectations and belief systems affect the course of cancer. A systematic concept of health is introduced and emphasis is placed on an individual's reaction to stress as well as other emotional factors, which may have contributed to the onset and progress of the disease. Detailed instructions are given to the practitioner to help patients realize and deal with these elements.

CP 582 Wisdom in Practice of Psychotherapy

This course is based on experiences of treatment and will illustrate a wide variety of situations to prepare the practitioner with experience in counseling or therapy. The course will address psychological theories and their limitations, patient withdrawal, the mythology of therapeutic settings, the subtleties of clinical listening, patterns of therapeutic relationships, the subtleties and difficulties in verbal communications, treatment processes, techniques and boundaries of therapy, as well as the deceptions of curative agents in psychotherapeutic procedure. This course transcends the direct applications of techniques into a sphere encompassing a global view of the interaction between the client and therapist.

MP 502 Personal Mythology

Mythology has been a part of human life from the very beginning and it is often said that its roots lie in truth. Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell have made major contributions to the subject of mythology. This course looks into the personal relationship between mythology and the inner self. It will provide the student with information for self-help therapy and inner exploration using dreams, ritual, and imagination.

CP 562 Psychology of Human Development II

PT 502 Therapeutic Counseling

PT 503 Career Counseling

PT 504 Counseling: Diagnosis and Appraisal

For these 4 classes check the course description book for details

TH 510 MA Thesis - 15,000 word minimum

Upon completion of the required credit hours of course work, the student will submit a 15,000-word thesis, demonstrating his or her understanding of the field of their choice. Students will have to demonstrate their grasp of the basic concepts in their fields and are encouraged to do a comparative study of techniques or philosophies. Students will be able to apply towards the thesis some of their homework, if relevant to the proposal.

TP 515 Transpersonal Practicum

This course provides grounding in the facilitation of meditational and contemplational healing techniques. It includes Eastern spirituality and transpersonal body-mind-spirit healing theories.

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