Mental Health Counseling

Master of Arts (MA) in Mental Health Counseling

  • Work with children, families, elderly, adults
  • Work in agencies, offices, parishes, colleges, addiction centers
  • Prepare for LPC licensure in PA
  • CACREP accredited programd

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The program prepares counselors for careers in settings such as mental health, child welfare and family counseling agencies; institutions for the aging; employment and personnel offices; parishes; college counseling centers and fields dealing with chemical dependency and other addictions. The program provides the required educational credits for students to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania. Because the program is CACREP accredited, training in this program is recognized nationally (though specific laws and licensing regulations vary in each state).

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The McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies includes a broad range of teaching, clinical and research equipment in support of its graduate training mission. The facility includes multimedia classrooms, a shared research laboratory, a stress and coping laboratory, a neuropsychology laboratory, and a curriculum library that includes books and journals related to psychology.

The McGowan Center also houses the Psychological Services Center, an outpatient mental health clinic that serves the local community and is an important training ground for psychology and counseling students.

Graduate Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • “B” average during undergraduate study or demonstrated potential for graduate work
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official, sealed transcripts
  • Two or three letters of recommendation

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Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling

60 semester hours

I. CORE COURSES

6 semester hours

PSYC 501 Research Methods 3
PSYC 514 Human Development
3

II. COUNSELING CONCENTRATION

42 semester hours

COUN 500 Field Placement Prep
0
COUN 505 Career Development
3
COUN 507 Principles and Practices of Mental Health Counseling
3
*COUN 518 Applied Practice I
3
COUN 525 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
3
COUN 530 Ethics and Professional Development
3
COUN 532 Multicultural Issues for Counseling Professionals
3
COUN 543 The Group Process in Counseling
3
*COUN 544 Counseling Techniques
3
*COUN 557 Applied Practice II in Counseling
3
*COUN 552A,B,C,D Internship in Mental Health Counseling
3 total
COUN 561 Introduction to Psychological Testing
3
COUN 584 Marital Counseling and Therapy
3
COUN 586 Chemical Dependence 3
PSYC 531 Psychopathology  3

* “B” grade required

III. ELECTIVES

12 semester hours

Twelve credits are taken in counselor or related disciplines, depending on the experiential background, interests, and professional goals of the student.

Suggested Counseling Electives

COUN 538 Psychopharmacology
3
COUN 582 Counseling the Abuser of Drugs and Alcohol
3
COUN 586
Chemical Dependency 3

Psychology and other University courses can be elected with the advice of and/or permission of the student's advisor and the program director.