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Degree Requirements

Successful completion of the following courses will fulfill the requirements for Licensure as a Mental Health Counselor in the State of Massachusetts established by the Board of Allied Mental Health and Human Service Professions. Substitutions and transfer credit for the following courses are strongly discouraged and may invalidate the degree requirements relative to licensure.

Counseling Theory
CPSY 901 Theories of Psychotherapy and Counseling
Human Growth and Development
CPSY 964 Advanced Principles of Learning and Development
Psychopathology
CPSY 925 Adult Psychopathology
Social Cultural Foundations
CPSY 945 Multicultural Counseling: Research, Theory, and Practice
Helping Relationships
CPSY 911 Orientation to Counseling Practice
Group Work
CPSY 910 Group Processes in Counseling
Special Treatment Issues (one required, one elective)
CPSY 943 Family Counseling - required
CPSY 919 Problems of Substance Abuse - elective
CPSY 966 Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning - elective
Appraisal
CPSY 962 Theories and Methods of Psychological Testing
Research and Evaluation
CPSY 956 Understanding Social Science Research
Professional Orientation
CPSY 921 Professional Issues in Counseling and Mental Health
Clinical Field Experience Requirements
CPSY 990 Counseling Practicum I
CPSY 991 Counseling Practicum II
CPSY 998 Counseling Internship I
CPSY 999 Counseling Internship II

Additional Information on Internship Clinical Experience
The courses CPSY 998 Counseling Internship I and CPSY 999 Counseling Internship II are offered during consecutive fall and spring semesters. Each enrollment requires a minimum of 300 clock hours for a combined total of a minimum of 600 clock hours. Students should expect to devote a minimum of 20 clock hours per week at their internship site for two consecutive semesters.

For students who wish to begin their internship in the summer, three consecutive internship courses are required: CPSY 987 Counseling Internship A, CPSY 988 Counseling Internship B, and CPSY 989 Counseling Internship C. These internships consist of no less than 200 clock hours for a combined total of a minimum of 600 clock hours. Students electing to complete CPSY 987 A, the summer internship, MUST enroll in CPSY 988 B and CPSY 989 C in subsequent fall and spring semesters. This sequence may be substituted for the CPSY 998/CPSY 999 Internship Sequence.

Students must contact Professor Deborah McMakin to obtain an Internship Application. Completed application for summer enrollment is due March 1. For fall enrollment the application is due no later than May 1. Placement is strongly encouraged at one of the University's affiliated sites. Students must interview at their internship site whether university affiliated or otherwise.

At the successful completion of each internship course, students must submit a completed Internship Report along with documentation of the site supervisor's credentials. This information is necessitated by State Licensure requirements. All students must be favorably reviewed for continuation by the departmental Professional Review Committee prior to the enrollment in the internship. Unsuccessful completion of any internship course will result in termination from the program.

Educational Goals and Learning Outcomes
The Department of Psychology and Philosophy adopted relevant educational goals and learning outcomes for the Master of Arts with a Concentration in Counseling program (MCO) from the Competency Benchmarks for Professional Psychology.  The adopted benchmarks are congruent with recent curriculum and assessment changes made in accordance with Massachusetts licensure requirements. 
 

Enrollment Plan
The following sequence is designed for matriculated students who wish to complete the program in three years. The student should note that summer courses are required for completion of the program. Courses must be taken in sequential order and require graduate advisor approval prior to enrollment.

Year 1
Fall
CPSY 911 Orientation to Counseling Practice
CPSY 956 Understanding Social Science Research

Spring
CPSY 901 Theories of Psychotherapy and Counseling
CPSY 964 Advanced Principles of Learning and Development

Summer
See below

Year 2
Fall
CPSY 925 Adult Psychopathology
CPSY 990 Counseling Practicum I

Spring
CPSY 921 Professional Issues in Counseling and Mental Health
CPSY 991 Counseling Practicum II

Summer
See below

Year 3
Fall
CPSY 943 Family Counseling
CPSY 998 Counseling Internship I

Spring
CPSY 945 Multicultural Counseling
CPSY 999 Counseling Internship II

Summer Offerings:
The following required courses are offered every summer for students who have successfully completed all Year 1 courses, as outlined above:

Summer Course Offerings
CPSY 910 Group Processes in Counseling
CPSY 962 Theories and Methods of Psychological Testing

One of the following Special Treatment electives will be offered every summer for students who have successfully completed all Year 1 courses:

Special Treatment Electives
CPSY 919 Problems of Substance Abuse
CPSY 966 Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning

Coordinator: Dr. Deborah McMakin, Psychology
Advisor: Dr. Robert Donohue, Psychology and Dr. T. Bridgett Galvin, Psychology

Notes:

  1. Requirements are accurate to date. However, the University reserves the right to change requirements in the future, and will notify applicants should any changes be made.
  2. Refer to appropriate catalog for Degree Requirements for prior years.

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