MA in Counseling Psychology (in 30% English)

MA in Counseling Psychology (in 30 % English)

In the department of guidance and counseling psychology, the emphasis will be on the establishing an intellectual bridge between eastern and western cultural heritage. They will have opportunity to explore different views of counseling practices in all over the world. At the same time, students will be able to take most recently formed classes which address daily current problems.  The department would provide a number of elective classes according to the students’ interest and future specialization needs.

The program value the essence of personal, cultural and spiritual resources and would like to use it as a tool of teaching and inner discovery of the students. Besides, learning the most current theories, techniques and practices students would encourage to construct their own knowledge and utilize their personal creativity and imaginations in order to explore new opportunities for personal as well as professional development.

Faculty of Educational Sciences offers master of Guidance and Psychological Counseling. This program emphasizes both the theory and technical competence required for future doctorate students as well as practitioners in the area or similar areas. Students are encouraged to develop a scientific approach, a professional attitude and competence in counseling within the scientific-applicable model.

In the Department of Educational Sciences, the Master in Guidance and Psychological Counseling is a two-year program consisting of 24 credit hours (124 ECTS) of coursework spread over four semesters including the preparation of a thesis and the oral defense of the thesis. Students are also required to do field work as assigned on a non-credit basis. The successful completion of the program leads to the Master of Guidance and Psychological Counseling.

After completing your master’s degree in counseling psychology, you can pursue your career as an independent researcher and apply for lecturer or research assistant positions in public or private universities. You can pursue your doctoral studies inside and outside Turkey.

On the other hand, if you pursue your career as a practitioner you can work in many different environments such as schools, counseling centers, courts, rehabilitation centers, family counseling centers, guidance and counseling psychology departments of colleges and universities, human resources departments, General Directorate of Security Guidance and Counselling Psychology Departments and nongovernmental organizations like the Turkish Red Crescent and the Turkish Green Crescent.

1st Semester
Code Course Name Theory Practice Credit AKTS
CPSY 501 Research Methods and Publication Ethics 3 0 3 8
CPSY … Elective Course 3 0 3 8
CPSY … Elective Course 3 0 3 8
CPSY … Elective Course 3 0 3 8
Total 12 32
2nd Semester
Code Course Name Theory Practice Credit AKTS
CPSY 502 Statistics 3 0 3 8
CPSY … Elective Course 3 0 3 8
CPSY … Elective Course 3 0 3 8
CPSY … Elective Course 3 0 3 8
Total 12 32
3rd Semester
Code Course Name Theory Practice Credit AKTS
CPSY 500 Seminar 3 0 0 8
CPSY 599 MA Thesis 3 0 0 30
Total 0 38
4th Semester
Code Course Name Theory Practice Credit AKTS
CPSY 599 MA Thesis 3 0 0 30
Total 0 30
Grand Total 24 132
Fall Term
Code Course Name Theory Practice Credit AKTS
CPSY 501 Research Methods and Publication Ethics 3 0 3 8
CPSY 500 Seminar 3 0 0 8
Spring Term
CPSY 502 Statistics 3 0 3 8
Fall Term
Code Course Name Theory Practice Credit AKTS
CPSY 505 Career Counseling 3 0 3 8
CPSY 507 Advanced Counseling Theories 3 0 3 8
CPSY 509 Personality Theories 3 0 3 8
CPSY 511 Individual Psychological Counseling with Children 3 0 3 8
CPSY 513 Culturally Sensitive Counseling Approaches 3 0 3 8
CPSY 515 Cognitive-Behavioral (CBT) Therapy 3 0 3 8
CPSY 517 Individual Psychological Counseling Practices 3 0 3 8
CPSY 519 Coping Skills 3 0 3 8
CPSY 521 Personality Tests and Evaluation 3 0 3 8
CPSY 523 Counseling with the Elderly (Gerontological Counseling) 3 0 3 8
CPSY 525 Projective Evaluation of Children and Adolescents 3 0 3 8
CPSY 527 Biography Analysis (Psychobiography) 3 0 3 8
CPSY 529 Qualitative Research 3 0 3 8
CPSY 531 Mystical Approaches in Psychological Counseling 3 0 3 8
CPSY 533 Family in Turkish-Islamic Culture 3 0 3 8
CPSY 535 History and Practice of Counseling Services in Eastern Cultures 3 0 3 8
CPSY 537 Psychological Counseling for Gifted Students 3 0 3 8
CPSY 539 Spirituality in Counseling 3 0 3 8
Spring Term
CPSY 504 Group Counseling Theory and Practices 3 0 3 8
CPSY 506 Group Counseling with Children 3 0 3 8
CPSY 508 Female Psychology and Gender 3 0 3 8
CPSY 510 Marriage and Family Counseling 3 0 3 8
CPSY 512 Advanced Adolescence Psychology 3 0 3 8
CPSY 514 Child Psychopathology 3 0 3 8
CPSY 516 Crisis Management and Trauma Psychology 3 0 3 8
CPSY 518 Play Therapy 3 0 3 8
CPSY 520 Advanced Behavior Disorders (Psychopathology): 3 0 3 8
CPSY 522 Contemporary Approaches in Psychological Counseling 3 0 3 8
CPSY 524 Existentialist Psychotherapy Approach (Logo-therapy) 3 0 3 8
CPSY 526 Bibliotherapy 3 0 3 8
CPSY 528 Life Story Research 3 0 3 8
CPSY 530 Violence in Society 3 0 3 8
CPSY 532 Criminal Psychology 3 0 3 8
CPSY 534 Travel Psychology 3 0 3 8
CPSY 536 Human Nature in Traditional Texts 3 0 3 8
CPSY 538 Multicultural Counseling 3 0 3 8
CPSY 540 Science of Face (Face Reading) 3 0 3 8

CPSY-501-Scientific Research Techniques and Publication Ethics

Basic concepts of scientific research techniques and applications. Data collection techniques and methods, sampling types, research types, patterns and features, research suggestion, steps and application, writing suggestion, article review. The ethical rules that must be followed during and after the research, such as ethical principles that should be observed in publications, subject choices, informed consent, collection of data, confidentiality of data, use of scientific articles and references. In addition, topics such as the division of labor between authors, contribution presentations and author rank, in the article writing phase, include teaching in line with APA standards.

CPSY-502 Statistics

Methods of statistical techniques and their introduction, descriptive and experimental research methods, parametric and non-parametric techniques, introduction to SPSS program and its use in applications.

CPSY-503-Research Seminar in Psychological Counseling

Preparation of research designs specific to psychological counseling and a research proposal. To investigate research articles from different research types, qualitative and quantitative. To examine a sample of each research design such as Correlational, T test, Anova, Manova, Longitudinal, Regression, Factor Analysis, Field Study, Mixed Patterns.

CPSY504- Group Counseling Theory and Practices

Introducing psychological counseling approaches with groups, concepts related to counseling with groups, stages of group, resistance, transference, exercises, dealing with difficult counselee and group practices.

CPSY505- Career Counseling

Career development theories, career development in childhood and adolescence, intervention in adult occupational crises, career counseling with different job preferences.

CPSY506-Group Counseling with Children

Group counseling with children, features and group dynamics of group leaders, building a group, ethical principles to be followed when working with children, and features and contents of support and education groups to be established in different cases (anxiety, depression, mourning, trauma, social skills, aggression etc.).

CPSY507- Advanced Counseling Theories

Widely used psychological counseling theories and contemporary psychological counseling theories (Cultural Psychology, Feminist Psychology, Post-modern approaches, etc.). Techniques and methods specific to these theories. Counseling theories and ethics.

CPSY508-Female Psychology and Gender

Differences in gender and gender concepts and the influence of stereotypes on gender roles, psychological counseling theories, and gender stereotypes on the application of these theories on psychological theories. Psychological diagnosis and psychological treatment are negative effects of stereotypes. Gender and social gender-sensitive psychological counseling and psychotherapies. The effects of the advisor and the advisor’s gender on counseling processes. Feminist contributes to the science of psychology and to the psychological counseling process.

CPSY509- Personality Theories

Contemporary personality theories, personality characteristics to be consulted, examination of the personality characteristics of the counselee and communication in counseling process, examination of the personality structure in Turkish culture. Discussion of personality traits and some concepts (endurance, competence, etc.) leading to integration problems.

CPSY510-Marriage and Family Counseling

Structural theory, strategic theory, intergenerational theory, experiential theory, cognitive and feminist family counseling theories, methods and techniques in family counseling. Family counseling process, initial interview, determination of goals, measurement and evaluation of longitudional effects, terminating and monitoring principles and techniques. Ethical principles in family counseling.

CPSY511-Individual Psychological Counseling with Children

Adaptation of psychological counseling theories and techniques to children, play therapy, art therapy and other methods. working with special topics (homeless children, being alone at home,divorce, mourning, trauma, etc.). Ethical and legal issues in counseling with children.

CPSY511-Individual Psychological Counseling with Children

Adaptation of psychological counseling theories and techniques to children, play therapy, art therapy and other methods. working with special topics (homeless children, being alone at home, divorce, mourning, trauma, etc.). Ethical and legal issues in counseling with children.

CPSY512-Advanced Adolescence Psychology

Theories that explain the adolescence period, the issues of gender identity acquisition, friends and family relations, closeness, autonomy, identity acquisition and adolescence problems will be covered within the dimensions of physical, cognitive, social and psychological development during adolescence.

CPSY513- Culturally Sensitive Counseling Approaches

Relationship between culture and psychology. Culture-sensitive theories and their implications. Cultural sensitivity development, effects of culture on psychological counseling processes and therapeutic relationship.

CPSY514 Child Psychopathology

Behavioral problems in childhood, emotional and emotional problems, etiology, prevalence, treatment approaches, prevention and preventive approaches. Referral cases.

CPSY515- Cognitive-Behavioral (CBT) Therapy

The development of CBT. Schema and cognitive systems, information processing mechanisms, meta-cognitive processes, and emotional processes. Relations between emotion and thought. Counseling processes according to CBT approaches, role of counselor, methods and techniques used. Termination of the counseling and monitoring of its effectiveness.

CPSY516-Crisis Management and Trauma Psychology

What is the crisis and how is it coped with? Crisis counseling differences from normal counseling processes. Measures of suicide and suicide risks. Limits of the psychological counselors’ responsibilities at the time of crisis. Natural disasters and traumas caused by humans and their differences. Diagnosis and treatment process of post traumatic stress disorder and comorbid problems. The cultural dimension of trauma. The course includes issues such as post-traumatic growth.

CPSY517- Individual Psychological Counseling Practices

The practice of individual psychological counseling processes, techniques and practices with individual supervision within the framework of a specific psychological counseling theory.

CPSY518- Play Therapy

The basic principles and practice of play therapy. Axline and Klien Models, Dora Klaff and Jungian Sand Therapy. It is taught to use play therapy in preschool, school age, adolescents and adults.

CPSY519- Coping Skills

Individual strategies of coping. Identifying and using personal and environmental factors. Coping skills include: cognitive restructuring, relaxation techniques, active ways of coping. Being resistant. The course examines how people stand against difficulties and how they maintain their spiritual integrity.

CPSY520 – Advanced Behavior Disorders (Psychopathology)

The history, definition and classification of behavioral disorders. Axis 1, 2, according to DSM V classification are introduced. Axis 3, 4, and 5 diagnoses are learned. The writing of the GAF report is taught. Anxiety disorders, dissociative disorders, post-traumatic disorders and mood disorders, personality disorders, sexual dysfunctions, impulsive disorders and their diagnosis are taught.

CPSY521- Personality Tests and Evaluation

The most used personality tests are introduced in the field of psychological counseling. The Information is given about the application and reporting of the tests applied in the field. They are taught how to be used and reported. Information about test ethics and expertise is given.

CPSY522- Contemporary Approaches in Psychological Counseling

Recent developments in psychological counseling. Contemporary theories brought to the field. In-depth study of selected current theories (Sensitive to the culture counseling theories, Feminist theories, post-modern theories etc.).

CPSY523- Counseling with the Elderly (Gerontological Counseling)

Old age problems and their psychological interventions are discussed. Counseling methods specific to the old age, such as reminiscence therapy, are discussed.

CPSY524- Existentialist Psychotherapy Approach (Logo-therapy)

The emergence of the existentialist psychotherapy approach, the theorists and their works in this area are taught. The basic principles of existential therapy and their use in psychological counseling are taught. Basic works of the theorists and their approaches are introduced.

CPSY525- Projective Evaluation of Children and Adolescents

Psycho-dynamically oriented psychological assessment instruments based on reflection techniques, which are frequently used in children and adolescents, are taught and interpreted.

CPSY526- Bibliotherapy

The use of cognitive psychology as an application form in the process of therapy of books and other written sources, the provision of these resources as homework and discussion with the counselor in counseling sessions. In the personal reflection of the material being read, on the basis of sharing the impact, feelings, thoughts and emotions that the reading has left on the reader by the client. Books are selected on the basis of the theme to be developed, taking into consideration the age groups of the clients.

CPSY527- Biography Analysis (Psychobiography)

It is one of the cognitive methods. It is the study of the life stories of the artists, the writers, the politicians, the civil society leaders, revolutionaries, scientists and the religious leaders, who have left a mark in history and in their own field. It is an approach to analyze, to interpret and to understand the historical and social conditions that shape their lives and their ideology, to identify the sources of influence, to examine important historical events in their lives, to analyze the individual’s life stories and to interpret and learn their experiences of individual change and transformation.

CPSY528- Life Story Research

They are the interviews in which it is aimed at understanding the stages of life from childhood to old age, examining the events that are important in their lives, their successes and failures and how they interpret them. It can be completely spontenous or semi-structured. It’s based on interviews made by the researcher. In a sense, it requires the individual to have a review of his own life story. It is a research method that can be used mostly in elderly individuals.

CPSY529- Qualitative Research

It is the examination of the subjective life experiences which cannot be examined with the curious and quantitative methods by making deep interviews with direct individuals. It is the method used to investigate the experience of the individual directly experiencing first hand and their reflection on them. Rather, it deals with the life experiences of people who are different from the mainstream and who differ in some way from the others. It is a method used to focus on issues such as being discriminated against, being a woman, being religious and ethnically different. It is more of a search for meaning. It tries to understand how these victims make sense of their victimization and try to understand it.

CPSY530- Violence in Society

Violence in the family, violence against women, violence against children, sexual abuse and abuse, discrimination, peer bullying, cyber violence and cyberbullying, information technology, internet addiction and mobbing are the common violence in the society. It is aimed to take measures to prevent their occurrence and to develop intervention techniques for the improvement of victims.

CPSY531- Mystical Approaches in Psychological Counseling

Investigation of the teachings based on the well-accepted and supposed Sufism and tolerance in the society such as Mevlana, Hacı Bektaş Veli and Yunus Emre and discussion in the context of multiculturalism, social acceptance and tolerance, and use of these teachings in psychological counseling.

CPSY532- Criminal Psychology

Investigation of personality types and patterns of criminal offenses such as types of guilt and offense, behavior and antisocial personality disorder, pedophilia, sexual abuse, rapists and serial killers and the factors that uncover them, the incidents of violence in the society and their trends.

CPSY533- Family in Turkish-Islamic Culture

It is aimed to teach about the structure of our traditional family and its importance, sharing and solidarity within the family, role and duties of the family members, change in the family, protective and developing features of the traditional family, traditional family values ​​and problem solving skills, change in traditional family, conversion to core family includes topics such as problem areas of the family.

CPSY534- Travel Psychology

To examine the effects of multiculturalism, travel, recreation, recognition of local culture, meeting new people and developing relationships, seeing new places and art, culture, literature and individual relations in these areas, improving people, changing and improving themselves. Reading previously written travel-notes and trip-notes and sharing individual experiences.

CPSY535-History and Practice of Counseling Services in Eastern Cultures

This course aims to examine the perspective of people from the eastern sources. It deals with the point of view of Russian, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Indian and Arab people in their cultures. It is examined traditional and at the same time modern helping and counseling techniques in these cultures.

CPSY536- Human Nature in Traditional Texts

The aim of this course is to examine the perspective of human and human nature in traditional Turkish and Islamic sources and human relations. Mathnawi, Bostan and Gulistan, Mukaddme, and the Discovery of the Hearts, and compare them with modern theories.

CPSY537- Psychological Counseling for Gifted Students

The curriculum includes the definition of giftedness, the physical, emotional, mental and moral characteristics of gifted students, their needs, and the counseling and consultation of gifted students.

CPSY538- Multicultural Counseling

To recognize people who are different from the majority, to recognize their lives, traditions, beliefs and systems. To recognize the roles and functions of women, men, children and the elderly in these cultures. It is aimed to define education, culture and belief practices. In this context, It includes the process of elderly people, disabled people, people in different social groups, to learn about the people indifferent social groups, to create awareness and help them.

CPSY539- Spirituality in Counseling

In this module students will be familiar with discussions regarding the place of spirituality and religion in counselling relationship. Both secular and religious approaches to counselling will be brought into discussion. In addition, students will be able to learn how to handle religious and spiritual material encountered in counselling and how to work with a religiously committed clients in cultural contexts.

CPSY540- Science of Face (Face Reading)

To provide awareness for evaluating the information that the client expresses as non-verbal or behavioral in individual counseling activities. To raise awareness of the cues of physical illnesses that may affect the client’s particular psychological and social situation. Making it easier to assess the applicant’s suitability for work in cases of collective bargaining such as psycho-technical examination or recruitment. To provide training at the level of judicial and security personnel who can give trainings in daily work such as suicide tendency and false expression in forensic work. To provide the knowledge that can be consulted for appropriate selection of players, scenarios, make-up materials to be used in common media in activities such as social media, advertising, publishing, central / local selection preparations. Giving the ability to enable individuals to understand each other’s personal characteristics more easily and to develop appropriate behavior patterns in family-oriented work such as choice of spouse and communication between family members. Ensure that educators and guidance teachers on the school have the knowledge to provide the most appropriate career planning according to the abilities and limitations of the students.



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