Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

The Counseling Program requires each student to demonstrate the following related to knowledge:

  • in-depth knowledge of three general theories of counseling and a general knowledge of at least three additional theories;
  • in-depth knowledge of at least three career counseling theories in reference to educational and career development;
  • knowledge of computer software and technology as it enhances and applies to school counseling;
  • knowledge of commonly used individual and group intelligence tests, interest and personality inventories, aptitude batteries, achievement tests, mental hygiene instruments, and other tests and measurement devices;
  • knowledge of community referral agencies and facilities;
  • knowledge of the various professional counseling organizations including their legal and ethical standards;
  • working knowledge of group counseling and group dynamics;
  • knowledge of human development theory and research, from preschool to adulthood, that relates to educational, social, psychological, physical, and emotional growth;
  • knowledge of drug use and misuse; and
  • knowledge of research methodology and computer-assisted technology in the social sciences.

The Counseling Psychology program requires each student to demonstrate the following related to skills:

  • responsiveness to verbal and non-verbal behavior of clients so as to facilitate the process of counseling;
  • ability to identify and assess problem present by the client to formulate a counseling strategy appropriate to the client’s concerns and needs;
  • appropriate use of crisis intervention strategies;
  • ability to engage in parent consultation with sensitivity parental concerns;
  • ability to consult with school staff on strategies used to deal with classroom behavioral problems;
  • ability to engage in vocational and career counseling by assisting clients in the development of realistic career options;
  • ability to use and interpret various interest inventories, aptitude tests, and other measures related to education and career choice;
  • ability to respond accurately to clients from different backgrounds;
  • ability to consult with staff to resolve organizational conflicts;
  • ability to analyze social science research for practical application;
  • ability to develop and complete a research paper;
  • ability to impact on curriculum development; and
  • ability to demonstrate competence in knowledge of legal and ethical issues.

This 48-hour program provides professional preparation for persons wishing to become counselors in non-educational institutions such as community mental health agencies and other community human services agencies. Candidates may plan programs of study from either an Eclectic theoretical approach to counseling or a specialized approach emphasizing the individual psychology school of thought of Alfred Adler. The program places heavy emphasis on interpersonal and helping relationships, which require considerable commitment on the part of the Candidate. Candidates complete ten (10) hours of Professional Development Activity (PDA) in the community for each 3 credit hour course. In addition, Candidates participate in field experiences throughout the program, complete a semester community/agency practicum field placement (100 clock hrs.), complete a field internship experience (600 hrs.), pass a written comprehensive examination, and write a research paper.

CORE COURSESSEMESTER HOURS
PSYC 502 Principles and Philosophy of Counseling 3
COUN 532 Family Counseling 3
COUN 608 Career Counseling and Development 3
COUN 633 Multicultural Counseling 3
COUN 731 Group Counseling 3
COUN 610 Appraisal, Assessment and Evaluation 3
EDUC 507 Advanced Human Growth and Development 3
EDUC 706 Introduction to Research 3
PSYC 780 Legal and Ethical Issues In Counseling and Therapy 3
PSYC 744 Psychodynamics of Psychopathology (DSMIV) 3
PSYC 710 Psychometric Testing I (Intelligence Testing) 3
PSYC 711 Psychometric Testing II (Projective Testing) 3
PSYC 836 Practicum in Counseling Psychology (100 hours) 3
PSYC 858 Internship in Counseling Psychology (600 hours) 3
PSYC 861 Seminar in Counseling Psychology 3
ECLECTIC COUNSELING REQUIREMENTS: SEMESTER HOURS 42 hrs
PSYC 734 Counseling Theory and Practice 3
COUN 710 Appraisal, Assessment and Evaluation 3
ADLERIAN COUNSELING REQUIREMENTS: SEMESTER HOURS 42 hrs
PSYC 730 Adlerian Theory and Practice 3
PSYC 637 Life Style Assessment 3

COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY SEQUENCE

Level One
PSYC 502 Principles and Philosophy of Counseling
EDUC 507 Human Growth and Development (Adv.)
COUN 633 Multicultural Counseling
COUN 608 Career Counseling and Development
Level Two
PSYC 734 Counseling Theory and Practice or PSYC 730 Adlerian Theory and Practice >Adlerian students
COUN 532 Family Counseling
COUN 610 Appraisal, Assessment and Evaluation or PSYC 537 Life Style Assessment >Adlerian students
PSYC 780 Legal and Ethical Issues in Therapy
Level Three
COUN 731 Group Counseling (Prerequisite: PSYC 734: Counseling Theory and Practice and PSYC 502: Principles and Philosophy of Counseling)
EDUC 706 Introduction To Research
Level Four
PSYC 544 Psychodynamics of Psychopathology I (DSMIV
PSYC 710 Psychometric Testing I
PSYC 711 Psychometric Testing I
Level Five
PSYC 836 Practicum in Counseling Psychology (100 hrs)*
PSYC 858 Internship in Counseling Psychology (600 hrs)*
PSYC 861 Seminar in Counseling Psychology*

*Candidates must have completed Levels I, II, and III and have passed the Comprehensive Examination before registering for these classes. If a candidate has not completed the Seminar in Counseling Psychology by the end of the semester, he/she must enroll in a one-credit hour independent study course (PSYC 601) to complete it by the summer session.

STEPS TO FOLLOW

  1. As can be observed, the initial course taken by all Candidates is PSYC 502: Principles and Philosophy of Counseling. There are three other courses, which Candidates may choose to take concurrently with this introductory course. They are: EDUC 507: Adv. Human Growth and Development, COUN 633: Multicultural Counseling or COUN 608: Career Counseling and Development. At the completion of fifteen (15) hours in the program, Candidates are required to make application for Advancement to Candidacy. The Counseling Faculty at this point reviews the application. If Candidates have a 3.25 grade point average and are recommended by at least two members of the full-time faculty, they are advanced to candidacy in the degree program.
  2. At the second level, Candidates may enroll in PSYC 734: Counseling Theory and Practice, COUN 532: Family Counseling, COUN 610: Appraisal, Assessment and Evaluation or PSYC 780: Legal and Ethical Issues in Therapy.
  3. At the third level, Candidates may enroll in one or both of the following courses: COUN 731: Group Counseling or EDUC 706: Introduction to Research. After completing the first (1st) thirty (30) credit hours (Levels I, II, and III) in the program, each Candidate is eligible to take the three-hour written Comprehensive/Qualifying Examination. The Examination is designed to asses Candidates, mastery of the program objectives.
  4. At the fourth level, Candidates may enroll in PSYC 544: Psychodynamics of Psychopathology I (DSM4), PSYC 610: Psychometric Testing I, or PSYC 611: Psychometric Testing II.
  5. At the fifth level, Candidates may enroll in PSYC 836: Practicum in Counseling Psychology (100 hrs) and PSYC 861: Seminar in Counseling Psychology concurrently. However, Candidates must complete the100 hour Practicum in Counseling Psychology before enrolling in PSYC 558: Internship in Counseling Psychology. (Note: Candidates may not enroll in these fifth level courses until they have completed courses in Levels I, II, III and IV and passed the Comprehensive Examination. These courses are not offered during the summer).

IMPORTANT LINKS

American Counseling Association
http://www.counseling.org/
National Board for Certified Counselors
http://www.nbcc.org/
American Psychological Association
http://www.apa.org/
Association of Black Psychologists
http://www.abpsi.org/