Academic Programs of Study

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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Mental Health Counseling at Marywood

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).

More About This Degree

Janet Muse-Burke, Ph.D., LPC
Associate Professor
Counseling Fieldwork Coordinator, Counseling and Development Minor Coordinator, LPC Track Coordinator

Kevin Snow, Ph.D., M.A., NCC, ACS
Assistant Professor
Program Director, Clinical Mental Health; CSI Primary Faculty Advisor

Bradley Janey, Ph.D., LPC
Program Coordinator, CACREP Liaison

Jennifer Barna, Ph.D., NCC, ACS
Associate Professor
Program Director, School Counseling

McGowan Center

The William G. McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies provides psychology and counseling students with facilities for clinical training, student research, and psychological testing.

There are also plenty of places to relax and socialize in the McGowan Center or grab something to go at Market Marywood.

    Personal and Academic Success Services (PASS)

    PASS provides free counseling services to undergraduate students with personal, academic, and career concerns. Services are provided by graduate students enrolled in the mental health counseling program, under the supervision of a faculty member.

    Psychological Services Center (PSC)

    The Psychological Services Center provides mental health services to the community and training facilities for students in undergraduate, master's, and doctoral programs. The clinic has one-way observation rooms for individual, group, and family therapy.

    Psychology Library

    This library is part of the Curriculum Laboratory and contains books and journals related to psychology. Students are encouraged to use this library for research.

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    At Marywood, I learned the tools of building relationships from a counselor perspective.

    I currently work as an undergraduate adviser at The Catholic University of America.  In my position, I hope I have a positive impact on students, similar to how I was influenced by my former Marywood professors.  I also enjoy research and would like to transfer those skills to academic advising.

    Marywood has prepared me for a career in academic advising on the college level in several ways. At Marywood, I learned the tools of building relationships from a counselor perspective.  I also built strong mentor/student relationships, especially with Dr. Janet Muse-Burke, with whom I still maintain a friendship.

    Marywood’s core values created such a great environment on campus.  I remember visiting as a high school student and feeling welcomed the moment I stepped on campus.  As I began my job search, I was hoping to find the same personal kindness and sense of community I felt at Marywood, so it was not a surprise that I ended up working at another Catholic university.

    Graduate Admissions Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally 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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