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2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Counseling Psychology, M.A.

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The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology is a rigorous program of study that provides all the coursework necessary to be eligible to sit for licensure exams on the path to becoming a licensed professional counselor.*  Beyond counseling, the program provides an in-depth understanding of human dynamics for those planning a career in human services, education, management, or many of the helping professions. This sixty-credit program is unique in the region for its comprehensive coursework, spanning topics from children & adolescents, family counseling, group process, and crisis intervention, to counseling techniques, counseling theories, substance abuse, and psychopathology.  Every student is paired with a faculty member to mentor them throughout the program. The program concludes with a faculty-directed practicum that provides hands-on experience.  Passing the licensure exam is just one portion of achieving licensure.   Additional counseling hours beyond the practicum conducted in the program are also required to earn a license.

*Please note that requirements for licensure vary from state to state. Here is a link to Delaware’s  requirements for licensure:  https://dpr.delaware.gov/boards/profcounselors/newlicense/.

Program Goals:

Upon successful completion of the Masters of Arts in Psychology, graduates will:

  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the principle constructs, concepts, theories and practices associated with the direct practical application of Psychology for addressing individual and/or societal needs.  
  • Possess understanding of the Professional Ethical Principles and Guidelines of the American Psychological Association (APA) as well as demonstrate the ability to apply ethical decision-making models.
  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of contextual (family, school, peers, community, institutions) factors contributing to the development, maintenance, and treatment of psycho-emotional disorders.
  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of, and ability to utilize effective intervention strategies and prevention programs relevant to a range of mental health issues.  
  • Possess a depth of awareness of cultural sensitivity, and demonstrate understanding of the needs, assets, and challenges inherent in working with multicultural and diverse communities, families, and individuals.
  • Possess the ability to articulate comprehension of essential scientific methodology and statistical skill needed to assess and apply empirical research relevant to the field.
  • Demonstrate the capacity to apply human qualities of respect, compassion, empathy, congruence, self-awareness, and veracity within the context of the professional relationship. 
  • Develop a commitment to fostering autonomy while valuing the role of advocate as key components of professional skills and social responsibility. 

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