FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN PSYCHOLOGY
Q: What are the strengths of your program?
A: We emphasize the training of highly skilled psychotherapists. The practicum training provides intensive, yet supportive training in psychotherapy. Our students have the opportunity to observe faculty and peers conduct psychotherapy and to receive immediate feedback on their work through live supervision. The practicum emphasizes the application of brief, systemic, postmodern approaches to psychotherapy, which are the theories emphasized in coursework. We emphasize multicultural competence. All of our faculty are also practicing psychotherapists and literally "practice what they teach".
Q: Can I attend the M.S. program part-time?
A: Generally yes. Most of our students work at least part time. However, students who do not have flexible work hours will have difficulty arranging and balancing internship requirements, clinical practicum, and Learning Pod meeting requirements in the third year of the program. We encourage students not to work full-time during the third year of the program, though some students still do so.
Q: When are courses scheduled?
Students take two classes each semester (three semesters per calendar year)
Each class meets for four hours, on scheduled Saturdays, during the semester. One class meets in the morning, and one in the afternoon.
In addition, students participate in "Learning Pods". These Learning Pods meet at times and places agreed upon by the students (typically small groups of 4-6 students) for three hours between class meetings in the Fall and Spring semesters and four hours between class meetings in the Summer semesters. During these meetings, students work on small group assignments for their courses.
Q: Where are courses held?
- During the second year of the program, Practica meet four hours per week in clinical teams. These are typically scheduled in late afternoon and evening hours (e.g., 4-8 pm, 5-9 pm).
- During the third year of the program, students are placed on field practicum sites. On these sites, students are working as psychotherapists. Students are expected to be on their site placements approximately 20 hours per week (some sites ask for more time, some allow a little less time). In addition, students still meet in clinical teams every week. These are still usually scheduled in late afternoon and evening hours.
A: Academic courses are held at the campus of LoneStar College - University Center in The Woodlands, TX. Practica meet at various locations in the greater Houston area.
Q: What are the practicum requirements?
A: Marriage and Family Therapy students are required to complete 500 direct service hours over two years of practicum.
Q: What kind of jobs do your graduates obtain?
A: Graduates find employment in community mental health centers, hospitals agencies, community colleges, and schools. Many of our graduates end up in private practice. Graduates often obtain employment through their off-campus practica sites.
Q: Do you offer financial aid?
A: Limited financial aid is available.
Q: Why does you program require more hours than the minimum required for the Texas licensing boards of LMFT and LPC?
A: The goal of the OLLU M.S. program is to graduate highly skilled practitioners. We do not believe that the licensing minimums are sufficient to train competent practitioners.
Q: How long does it take to complete the program?
A: Three Years.
Q: Do I have to take the GRE?
A: No, either the GRE or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) may be taken for admission to the M.S. program.
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