Master of Science in Psychology

Offered on The Woodlands campus, the Family, Couple and Individual Psychotherapy concentration prepares practitioners to deal with problems in the marital and family context, as well as in the larger social system. 

Approach and Orientation of the program

Students in the MS program are taught a wide variety of theories and professional skills. However, the program emphasizes a particular set of therapy models. These models are described in various ways, such as: Postmodern, Collaborative, Social Constructionist, and Strengths-Based. While there are variations among these collaborative models, all of them have in common:

  • an emphasis on each person's strengths, resources, and unique perspectives
  • an emphasis on a non-pathological view with skepticism regarding the usefulness of psychiatric diagnoses 
  • an emphasis on collaborative practice in therapy

These Collaborative, Social Constructionist, and Competency-Based models include:

  • Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • MRI Strategic Family Therapy
  • Client Directed Outcome Informed Therapy
  • Collaborative Therapy

These theoretical models are taught in our Systemic Approaches to Counseling courses, and strongly influence the perspective of many of our other courses.

In addition to these emphasized theories, students are provided a working knowledge of several other common and classical models of therapy (e.g., Cognitive-Behavioral, Interpersonal, Psychodynamic, Structural Family Therapy) and are taught necessary diagnostic skills to allow them to function as independent therapists.

PSYC 6321 Psychological Measurement and Evaluation
PSYC 6358 Life Planning and Career Development
PSYC 6380 Research Design and Procedures
PSYC 7333 Psychopathology: Etiology, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
PSYC 7351 Life Span Developmental Psychology
PSYC 8301 Group and Family Processes
PSYC 8303 Professional Practice: Skills and Issues
PSYC 8345 Theoretical Foundations of Individual and Family Psychotherapy
PSYC 8348 Strengths-Based Approaches to Contemporary Issues
PSYC 8351 Introduction to Systemic Approaches to Psychotherapy
PSYC 8352 Pre-practicum Psychotherapy Laboratory: Basic Interviewing Skills
PSYC 8355 Psychotherapy with Children, Adolescents, and Their Families
PSYC 8356 Normal Family Processes Across Cultures
PSYC 8357 Advanced Systemic Approaches to Psychotherapy 
PSYC 8359 Couples and Sex Therapy
PSYC 8390 Practicum I
PSYC 8391 Practicum II
PSYC 8392 Practicum III
PSYC 8393 Practicum IV
Electives - Three hours


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