Institute of Graduate Studies and Research

Counseling Psychology (MA)

Duration 2 Years
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About the Program

Counseling Psychology master program aims to train specialist psychological counselors who can provide the Counseling Psychology field with effective services. This program enhances the theoretical and practical competence of individuals who will serve in the field of guidance and counseling, with training in areas such as school psychological counseling, family counseling, mental health psychological counseling and career counseling. Providing high-quality service in light of contemporary education understanding and ethical principles, this program makes important contributions to both the academic and personal development of its students. Counseling Psychology master program is based on the applications of the national and international standards, based on student-centered and contemporary education understanding that always respects ethical rules and principles.

Education Opportunities

In the Counseling Psychology master program, in addition to the compulsory courses in education, many elective courses are offered to help students keep up with today's conditions. In the program, there are many courses with options in group and individual psychological counseling; child abuse, cognitive behavioral therapies, family counseling, scientific research methods and other related areas. The program offers the widest range of educational opportunities for students to develop themselves towards becoming a specialist.
Theoretical lectures in the program are carried out classrooms with technological equipment where interactive boards are used, the practical courses are held in the psychological counseling laboratory which has suitable facilities for supervision studies. Our students have the opportunity to benefit from the university library which has a large number of electronic and printed publications for students’ projects, assignments and research.

CIU Campus Students

Career Areas

Counseling Psychology master program graduates can work as psychological counselors in educational institutions, special education institutions, pre-school education institutions, as well as rehabilitation centers, psychological counseling centers of universities and human resources departments of companies. Students who have completed our graduate program can also open their own offices to work as specialist psychological consultants if they wish. Our students, while carrying on to the graduate program of Counseling Psychology, they also conduct scientific researches related to the field, make publications and participate in symposiums and conferences related to the field. Our graduates progress in their careers by taking positions in associations, non-governmental or governmental organizations to offer their professional services.

Contact

Institute of Graduate Studies and Research
Education and Graduate Sciences Center, GE106
Tel: +90 392 671 1111 Extension: 2214-2228
Institute E-mail: ciu-institute@ciu.edu.tr

Compulsory modules

First Semester
CONTEMPORARY APPROACHES IN PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELING

Course code

COPS503

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

Theoretical foundations, basic concepts, principles and methodologies of contemporary psychological movements based on psychological counseling practices. This course seeks to explain and explain all contemporary psychological theories in a systematic coherence. This course aims to help students understand and use contemporary psychological counseling theories in order to determine appropriate counseling goals to develop a therapeutic relationship, to design intervention methods, to evaluate client outputs, and to successfully terminate the client-counselor relationship. In this course, students will focus on the following topics: Assistance in Counseling, Existentialist Theory, Client-Centered Theory, Gestalt Theory, Cognitive-Behavioral Theories, Rational Emotional Behavioral Theory, Reality Therapy, Transactional Analysis (TA), Family System Theories, Feminist Theory , Oriental Therapies, Body-centered Counseling, Constructivist and Integrative Approaches, Other Psychotherapies
AREA ELECTIVE

Course code

COPS5X1

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

AREA ELECTIVE

Course code

COPS5X2

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

RESEARCH METHODS

Course code

SOSC501

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

8
Students learn the scientific methods and techniques and develop their competence to evaluate research and prepare research projects. The basis of scientific research, scientific method, quantitative and qualitative research, problem statement, literature review, hypothesis, assumption, limitations, definitions, sampling methods, data collection (validity, reliability, item analysis, questionnaire development procedures, observation, interview), quantitative research methods (descriptive studies, correlational research, casual research, experimental research, single-case studies, meta-analysis), qualitative research (content analysis, case studies, action research, narrative research), reporting (organizing a scientific writing, parts of a scientific writing, general writing rules, showing the source in the text, preparing the list of resources). Students make scientific research about a subject that is related to their fields.
Second Semester
THESIS

Course code

COPS500

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

The students conduct the research subjects approved by the Graduate School Administrative Board in the supervision of the advisor faculty. The dissertation prepared is evaluated by the jury of three instructors. Thesis students need to contribute to the field of Counseling Psychology. To collect and analyze the results obtained by using a scientific research method selected in the field of Counseling Psychology, to make the scientific research report and write it in the form of a scientific research report by interpreting previous and similar research results and their own comments. Within this scope; researching the related books, articles and materials, scientific research methods, data collection techniques, analysis of data, description and interpretation of findings, writing of thesis in scientific research report.
SEMINAR

Course code

COPS590

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

This course is designed to help develop a broad and unified perspective on research, research ethics and plagiarism, literature review, research methods and design, report writing and effective presentation techniques in social sciences. For this purpose each student will be required to do literature review on a topic related to his/her academic background and interest. As a result of their literature review the students will specify relevant further research areas. Each student will also prepare a report about the studies done so far in the topic and will cover methods used, findings, discussion and implications. Each student will share his/her report with other students in the course by doing a presentation followed by a discussion.
AREA ELECTIVE

Course code

COPS5X3

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

AREA ELECTIVE

Course code

COPS5X4

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

STATISTICS

Course code

STAT502

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

This course is designed to introduce basic statistical techniques necessary for carrying out a scientific research. It covers descriptive statistics and inferential statistics; variables and levels of measurement; measures of central tendency; display data by using graphs, charts, histograms, tables, etc.; a population and samples drawn from it; measures of variability of given data; the normal curve; the concept of probability in making statistical decisions; distributions of sample means; intervals for making statistical inference, hypothesis testing; correlation to detect relationships between and among phenomena; regression analysis; hypothesis testing to make statistical inference; tests (t-test) for the difference between the population means; the null hypothesis; analysis of variance (ANOVA), and analysis of covariance (ANCOVA); non-parametric techniques (chi-square test) for nominal data; other non-parametric techniques.

Optional modules

GROUP COUNSELING

Course code

COPS320

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

0
Basic concepts and principles of group psychological counseling; group psychological counseling process; group types according to different problems and age groups in group counseeling, purposes of psychological counseling with group, differences between individual psychological counseling and group psychological counseling practice, group types (open, closed, marathon, big, small..etc., group formation studies and steps, rules and ethical principles of group counseling practice, group leader's functions, responsibilities, skills, personality traits, characteristics and responsibilities of group members, types of counseling and methods of dealing with problematic counselor types, initiation, transition, work-study, termination), group psychological counseling techniques, exercises, function of exercises, planning of group sessions.
FAMILY THERAPY

Course code

COPS517

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

Family Therapy course is an elective course in the program. family therapy, family theories, family types, premarital period, marriage period, family cycle, parenting, counseling in divorce process, family therapy process will be explained. In addition, basic counseling skills will be taught to familiarize parents with problems, to plan, implement, evaluate and improve problem solving skills, to develop hyphotesis about systems and develop systhemic thinking. In addition, theoretical knowledge will be applied in the course scope. Through these practices, students will have the opportunity to acquire basic knowledge in this area by acquiring the theoretical knowledge they have acquired about family therapies.
PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELING SKILLS

Course code

COPS322

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

0
The knowledge and skills required in the subjects of managing psychological counseling sessions, evaluating and conceptualizing counselor problems in psychological counseling sessions, forming goals, using advanced psychological counseling skills, choosing strategies and interventions for psychological counseling, terminating and monitoring, applications related to the topics covered, psychological counseling sessions constructing psychological counseling techniques (creating rapport, emotional reflection, content reflection, interpretation, encouragement, Socratic questioning and etc.), planning and constructing psychological counseling interviews, explaining the interview rules, using the steps of developing therapeutic relationship with the client, counter reaction, confrontation, explanation, affirmation, sincerity, opening, informing) and developing application skills of psychological counseling skills.
PRINCIPLES AND TECHNIQUES OF PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELING

Course code

COPS321

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

0
Psychological counseling process and stages; the definition and use of psychological counseling principles and techniques (rapport formation, reflection, content reflection, interpretation, encouragement, stereotyping, Socratic questioning, opposing reaction, confrontation, explanation, confirmation, sincerity, understanding what therapeutic conditions are and how they should be achieved, understanding the importance and function of basic and advanced psychological counseling skills, what are the client-related factors in the psychological counsellling consultation process; planning and creating interviews, knowing concepts about how therapeutic conditions can be made in psychological counselling, establishing psychological counseling relationship; what are the conditions for using basic psychological counseling skills, examining sample practices related to the topics covered.
INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING PRACTICE-I

Course code

COPS431

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

0
Making individual counseling by using psychological counseling skills and techniques under supervision. To be able to transfer the theoretical knowledge about principles and techniques of psychological counseling to the field of practice. Development of consulting skills. Pre-interview, structuring, preparing and using informative consent form in the psychological counseling process. Identification of the problem of the client, identification of the purpose of the consultation, determination of the consultation strategy. Decide on appropriate approach and techniques to be used. Evaluation in the consultation process. Evaluation of consultation process. The methods that can be used in the evaluation of the client, the client's self and process evaluation. Self-evaluation as a psychological counselor, utilization of supervision, consultation.
APPLICATIONS OF INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING

Course code

COPS506

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

Psychological counseling principles, counseling process and stages, basic skills and techniques, individual psychological counseling using basic psychological counseling skills and techniques under supervision in the light of these skills and techniques. To understand the general features of therapeutic approaches, to gain the ability to use therapeutic approaches, to provide therapeutic conditions, to establish trust relation in psychological counseling process and to initiate the psychological counseling process and to apply the termination rules and to practice psychological counseling with real counselors, to gain experience of making counseling with clients using basic psychological counseling techniques and principles. It is aimed to develop students' counseling skills with supervision support provided by the instructor responsible for the course and to create original psychological counseling orientations in the process.
APPLICATIONS OF COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL COUNSELING

Course code

COPS508

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

Cognitive behavioral therapy techniques, investigation of Cognitive Behavioral approaches developed in the framework program, children and adolescents with cognitive behavioral counseling. To start cognitive behavioral consultation process, configure the structured introductory session on the basis of cognitive behavioral approach, use cognitive behavioral techniques, configure sessions on the basis of cognitive behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral approaches will develop skills in the subject terminate the counseling process structured basis. Students will also be able to explain and understand the basics of cognitive therapy, cognitive techniques are fundamental to understand and explain, to develop a cognitive perspective, to be able to distinguish between the ethical rules of cognitive therapy theory, according to the cognitive perspective programs and will develop skills in the subject to develop applications.
CAREER COUNSELING

Course code

COPS514

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of career development and the role of the career counselor. The course is designed to examine theories of career development and decision making, sources of occupational information and methods of career counseling, assessment and program planning. Both theory and the practical application of career counseling will be explored through lectures, class discussions, readings, writings and projects. Students will have the opportunity to practice various career counseling techniques and gain an understanding of their own career development. Ethical and legal issues, contemporary trends and application of career counseling models to a variety of populations in school and community settings will be explored.
VOCATIONAL GUIDANCE PRACTICES

Course code

COPS324

Credit

0

Theoretical

0

Practical

0

Ects

0
Vocational guidance practices measurement tools (Academic Self-Concept Scale, Vocational Maturity Scale, Self-Assessment Inventory, Career Orientation Inventory, Kuder Interest Inventory, Hacettepe Personality Inventory, Vocational Training Identification Test, Holland Vocational Preference Inventory, Self Research Inventory, Edwards Personal Preference Inventory, ... etc.) used in career guidance and career counseling and their application and evaluation in career development; preparing, implementing and evaluating career development programs for career guidance; interpreting and evaluating professions of talent in careeer development, interest and value inventories through individual interviews for career development, and knowing ethical rules that must be followed in communicating the results in vocational guidance and career programıng.
SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS AND INTERACTION

Course code

COPS513

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

Definition of social relationships and ınteractıon for students who take the subject of human relations and communication; communication model and elements of communication, effective listening and feedback, factors preventing communication (source, channel, receiver etc.), factors facilitating communication, the role and use of emotions in communication, conflict and prevention in communication, student, the key issues to be considered are detailed information on issues such as communication practices, which have a high level of precaution in the field of guidance and psychological counseling. Students can use the information they have learned about communication within the course of this semester in a way that they can use the other lessons in a useful way and put them into practice when they start their career.
ADVANCED APPLICATIONS OF GROUP COUNSELING

Course code

COPS504

Credit

3

Theoretical

3

Practical

0

Ects

Basic principles, methods and techniques of group process in a theoretical and practical way. Managing a group that is structured or semi-structured as a leader or co-leader under supervision is the goal of this course. The theory and practice of psychological counseling with this group will be studied in order to understand and develop advanced group leadership skills. Ethical and legal issues will be discussed as well as common issues and specific problems encountered in developing and developing the group. Students will experience group membership and co-leadership. To learn basic concepts, principles and techniques related to the psychological counseling process, gain group leadership skills and gain group experience by participating in psychological counseling sessions conducted with different groups under the leadership of course supervisor.

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Fee pe​r course     € 350,00
Fee for thesis     € 1.050,00
Fee for seminar     € 120,00 
Scientific Foundation per course     € 150,00
Registration and other fees* € 245,00
Student Union fee € 50,00    
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*Applies to 1st. Year students. € 195,00 for others.