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Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (MA)

About the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Trauma Track

The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Trauma Track is designed to provide students with a graduate level education, preparing them for employment in a variety of helping professions. Our program prepares graduates for mental health counseling licensure in Massachusetts and in other states.

In addition to core courses in counseling techniques, psychopathology, career counseling, psychopharmacology and psychological assessment, students will be exposed to specialty areas of how to counsel those who have experienced physical, emotional, and sexual trauma, people and families impacted by chronic illness, and those embarking on end of life concerns. 

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this program students will be able to:

  • Understand qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods research studies.
  • Critically analyze peer-reviewed literature.
  • Examine the most appropriate methods and understand different types of research designs, including survey, experimental, and quasi-experimental.
  • Students will design, conduct, write, and present new psychological research.
  • Analyze several different aspects of human development, including, but not limited to: cognitive development, social development, and emotional development.
  • Evaluate the impact of mental health issues on society at micro and macro levels.
  • Explore various types of trauma (physical, sexual, emotional), and how they affect individuals, couples, families, and groups differently.
  • Analyze literature on mental health diagnoses, psychopharmacology, trauma, and resiliency.
  • Evaluate the psychological, sociological, and biological concerns related to aging.
  • Analyze attitudes, reactions, values, and beliefs about death, dying and grief across cultures in the United States.
  • Understand counseling theories and how they apply to clinical practice
  • Apply core counseling techniques to a wide variety of clinical issues and presentations.
  • Comprehend and abide ethical codes of conduct for professional counseling practices.
  • Demonstrate competency in crisis situations.

Program Requirements, Delivery, and Courses

Additional Information

Program Requirements

The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program consists of 20 3-credit courses for a total of 60 credits. 

Delivery Format

Courses will be offered in three 12-week terms. Students with continuous, full-time enrollment may complete the program in 2 years. Classes will be offered in a combination of online and face to face classes. 

Licensure

The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology aligns with the Massachusetts Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) licensure requirements. Students may be eligible to apply for licensure after:
  • Completing the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program
  • Accruing 3,360 hours of supervised work in the mental health counseling field (about 2 years)
  • Passing the National Clinical Mental Health Examination
 
*Requirements vary by state

 

Courses

PS501 Counseling Theory   
PS502 Psychopathology
PS503 Counseling Techniques
PS504 Group Therapy   
PS505 Advanced Human Development
PS506 Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling       
PS507 Practicum
PS508 Crisis Intervention and Disaster Mental Health
PS509 Career Counseling
PS510 Addictions
PS511 Research and Evaluation
PS515 Social and Cultural Foundations
PS525 Psychological Assessment and Techniques
PS612 Counseling for Chronic Illness      
PS620 Psychopharmacology
PS621 Death and Dying
PS623 Social Gerontology
PS633 Psychological Trauma Across the Lifespan
PS660 Internship I
PS661 Internship II