Online Programs via the Internet are collaborative/interactive courses in asynchronous (written assignments, emails & discussion boards) and synchronous (virtual classroom) platforms incorporating audio and visual elements (microphone and camera), Power Point presentations, surveys, spontaneous questions and eboard drawing. Online programs mirror the campus programs in course content with the only difference arising from the pace of the schedule.
Online programs are NOT correspondence endeavors where the student receives downloads of information in a sterile model of academic learning. Online programs require active participation from class members and faculty and are created for students whose time and distance from the college preclude participation on campus.
In the Online program, faculty members are selected both for their expertise as practicing clinicians who enjoy teaching AND for their proficiency in working within the computer environment of the Internet. Academic transcripts are identical for on campus and online programs. Students contribute to the online courses through 3 main avenues: chat room, discussion boards and written assignments. Other features support these contributions (i.e., course documents, internet links, staff information, announcements, online library).
Online Schedule For Students
Typically, the online schedule calls for students to attend online at the same time (synchronous) two nights a week in a chat room with classmates and instructor. During the week, students contribute responses or perspectives to the Discussion Board - a site of student and instructor assignment postings.
List Of Programs & Start DatesBACHELOR OF ARTS IN HUMAN BEHAVIOR
Bachelor of Arts In Human Behavior
(B.A. ON CAMPUS)
An Undergraduate Program in Human Behavior that explores psychological subjects relevant to you and to the world. Designed to prepare students for graduate study in Psychology. The Human Behavior Program begins quarterly: during the first week of January, April and September. Please contact the College for exact dates
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (MFT License)
In this 2-year psychotherapy training program, graduates fulfill the educational requirements for Licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) in the State of California. The Master of Arts Program begins twice yearly: January and July.
Certificate in LGBTQ MENTAL HEALTH for practicing clinicians
(M.A. ON CAMPUS & ONLINE)
This interdisciplinary post degree certificate addresses the interest of practicing clinicians to develop a deeper understanding of: the mental health needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender self-identifying people; the societal contexts in which these mental health needs develop and manifest; and effective therapeutic techniques to address these needs in clinical practice. The program uses a case-based pedagogy in order to maximize the learning effectiveness and the relational, interactive, co-construction of best clinical practices.
Master of Arts in Business Psychology (Industrial/Organizational)
Most Psychology students take their expertise into the business arena rather than therapeutic practice, and business is one of the fastest-growing areas for the application of professional psychology because organizations increasingly recognize the impact that human factors can have on overall organizational effectiveness. This program is keyed to the business environment and is especially useful in human resources, training programs, team building, executive coaching, motivation, organizational development, multicultural environments, legal/ethical labor issues and consulting opportunities for large and small corporations.
48 quarter units in 18 months.
Certificate or Master of Arts in Spiritual Psychology
This program allows the student to explore the most innovative and advance thought in Spiritual Psychology and provides a foundation for the student to pursue higher study in the student's chosen field based on comparative knowledge of the many avenues in Spiritual Psychology. This program emphasizes transformational learning and realization of higher human potentials. The curriculum is intellectually rigorous yet transformative and expansive. The student learns basic elements of Spiritual Psychology in the 1st year and specializes practice in the 2nd year. A 1 year study produces a Certificate in Spiritual Psychology and the full 2 year program achieves a Master of Arts in Spiritual Psychology.
Master of Arts in Professional Clinical Counseling (LPCC)
The Master's program in Professional Clinical Counseling was developed to educate students for careers in Professional Counseling for the Professional Clinical Counselor License. The Professional Clinical Counselor’s (or Mental Health Professional in some states) primary goal is to help clients with various "daily life" issues such as relationships, career path decisions and overall well-being. The Master of Arts Program begins twice yearly: January and July. Individual courses for grandfathering by already licensed professional are available.
Combination Master of Arts in Psychology & The PSY.D. Program
(COMBO MA/PSYD ON CAMPUS AND ONLINE)
This 3-year combination Master/Doctoral program maximizes your effort to become a licensed psychologist. In California, after 72 units (about 19 months), you can register as a psych assistant and begin earning internship hoursoften a paid position. This combination program can cut a year of time and costs off your education. This Program begins twice yearly: January and July.
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology
(PSY.D. ON CAMPUS AND ONLINE)
A Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. Graduates fulfill the educational requirements for Licensure as a Psychologist in the State of California. This Program begins twice yearly: January and July.
Doctor of Psychology in Marriage Family Therapy
Licensed Marriage Family Therapists use this program to expand their knowledge, increase the value of their services and earn the prestige of a doctoral degree. With an emphasis on Marriage Family Therapy, this program explores a higher level of skills and knowledge than found on a Master's level.
Continuing Education Units
Certain courses are available to Post Graduate Professionals who need specific courses for licensing or CEU credit. Program and course content vary as do start dates. If you do not find the course listed in this material, please call for an updated schedule because the start dates for the assorted programs vary. 1 quarter unit equals 10 CEU units.
Seminars & Training
These seminars and training forums offer specialized subjects, and many satisfy CEU requirements for licensed professionals. Courses usually last 1-3 months with the class meeting online once per week. Most curriculum courses of the degree academic programs are also available for licensing requirements. Topics are always added so contact the school for the updated brochure and price list.
- Advanced Human Sexuality
- Attachment & Eating Disorders
- Couples Counseling
- Marketing Your Career
- Narcissism and Shame
- Online Professional Consultation Groups
- Positive Psychology
- Treating Sexual Disorders
- Teen life Skills (For Teenagers)
The Doctoral Dissertation process is a straightforward Clinical Case Study Dissertation. It is not theoretical and is not a contentious process where a student defends a theory in front of a panel. The Clinical Case Study Dissertation reflects a process that practicing clinicians will use throughout their careers: presentation of a diagnosis supported by an extensive literary review and a treatment plan. The student must first present a proposal approved by the student's chosen advisor and the Department Chair. The dissertation presents experience with a real client listing a minimum of 25 sources from approved scientific journals with a minimum of 55 pages of text excluding reference and tables (most dissertations take a minimum of one year of study and average 125 pages in length). Students may choose from an approved list of advisors who assist in topics, research and qualitative approvals.
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I chose Ryokan because it was convenient, flexible and affordable. I still work, have a family, take care of my aged mom, own a home, etc. The online classes work best for my busy lifestyle. Without their flexibility, I would not pursue this.
I had attended two California State Universities and received a Master’s Degree from each before attending Ryokan College to acquire my doctorate in Clinical psychology. My second Master’s Degree was from California State University at Dominguez Hills—the program was completely online and there was virtually no difference in the quality of education I received from an accredited California state university and Ryokan college.
My experience at Ryokan from the initial interview through graduation was one of encouragement, motivation and compassion. I have referred others to Ryokan without hesitation knowing first hand that the school is always a part of my mind and I will always be grateful to Ryokan for giving me that chance.