FAMILY, COUPLE AND INDIVIDUAL PSYCHOTHERAPY
Master of Science in Psychology

Offered on the San Antonio campus (traditional program) and on the Woodlands campus (Weekend College), the Family, Couple and Individual Psychotherapy (FCIP) concentration is one of two concentrations in the Master of Science in Psychology degree program at Our Lady of the Lake University. The FCIP concentration emphasizes relational strengths-based approaches to mental health services. In coursework and practice, students learn to work with clients from a wide variety of ethnic, economic, educational and religious backgrounds and develop proficiency in providing psychotherapy services to individuals, couples, families and groups. The FCIP concentration is designed to meet the academic requirements for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Texas, and also meets the academic requirements for licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC) in Texas.

Cultural Competence Focus

The Program’s mission to prepare culturally competent professionals who are skilled in providing psychotherapeutic services to a diverse community and that have a deep and abiding respect for individual and cultural diversity, has long been one of its greatest strengths. A hallmark of our Program is its emphasis on cultural as well as linguistic diversity. Our focus on cultural diversity evolved as a consequence of the University’s location in a predominantly low-income Mexican-American neighborhood, OLLU’s status as a Hispanic Serving Institution, and the long-standing commitment by the program’s faculty members to infuse this focus at all levels of the Program.


Practitioner Focus

Faculty members focus on designing classroom experiences that are relevant to the practice of systemic psychotherapy. Students are required to apply their knowledge in several courses that have a practical component. Thus, many courses go beyond awareness and knowledge to focus on skill development. Students begin their practicum training after completing a minimum of 18 hours of specified courses. Full-time students generally begin practicum in the summer of their first year. This experience begins with clinical teams at the Psychology Department's training clinic, the Community Counseling Service (CCS). The team approach provides a supportive environment. Up to six students and a faculty supervisor meet weekly as a team to deliver psychotherapy services. After the first semester, and with the approval of their supervisors, students may complete a portion of their required practicum hours at approved off-campus sites. Students are required to obtain a minimum of 500 hours of supervised, direct delivery of services.

Students in the FCIP concentration are taught a variety of theories and professional skills. However, the program emphasizes a particular set of systemic therapy models. These models are described in various ways, such as: Relational Strengths-based, Postmodern, and Social Constructionist. 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 diagnosis
  • 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
  • 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 family and individual therapy and are taught necessary diagnostic skills to allow them to function as independent therapists.

Students are urged to become Student Affiliates of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Applications are available online at www.aamft.org

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