The M.A. in Counseling Psychology program at the Chicago Campus is distinctive in that students receive a solid foundation in the principles of counseling psychology, along with the essential diagnostic, therapeutic, and consultative skills they need to be outstanding counselors prepared to work with a range of clinical populations and a variety of emotional and psychological conditions.
Students learn the theoretical frameworks and scientific bases of counseling psychology, the ethical and professional guidelines of counseling psychology and counseling profession, and the impact of diversity and cultural issues in the mental health field. Multicultural education and hands-on practice is integrated throughout the curriculum and students choose from a variety of concentrations suited to their particular educational and professional goals.
Students in the Counseling Psychology master's program benefit from the practitioner-focused curriculum taught in both classroom environments as well as real-world settings. Through these hands-on training opportunities, students interact with Chicago's diverse population in a dynamic urban environment. This real-world training will provide students with an active learning experience they can use as the foundation for their future work in a multitude of settings.
Graduates of our counseling program also maintain a broad and current knowledge base through the research methodologies learned, as well as gain the ability to critically evaluate research as it relates to their specialization within the field of Counseling Psychology. On average, 100% of actively participating students secure practicum/internship placements by September of each year and at sites that meet Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) standards.
The curriculum incorporates the eight content areas outlined by the National Board of Certified Counselors and prepares graduates to sit for professional counselor licensure in Illinois and surrounding states.
• Child and Adolescent Treatment
• Health Psychology
• Latino/a Mental Health
• Marital and Family Therapy
• Trauma and Crisis Intervention
• Treatment of Addiction Disorders
Chicago program prepares graduates to sit for professional counselor licensure in Illinois (LPC and LCPC) and other states
• Year 2: 700-hour (minimum) placement experience
• Chicago: sites meet Licensed Supervisor standards
Program Time to Completion
Two years (six semesters) full time or three to five years part time
Introduces students to the theoretical concepts and clinical applications of the humanistic and existential approach to psychotherapy and counseling including person-centered, Gestalt, and transpersonal approaches to psychotherapy. In addition, group modalities within this theoretical umbrella are addressed.
Evaluation and Treatment of Addictions
Provides in depth examination of the assessment and treatment of addictive disorders. This includes understanding diagnostic criteria, reviews of tools and measurements for assessment, drug testing, ASAM criteria, and knowledge and skills regarding current treatment models (Motivational Interviewing, Harm Reduction, 12-Step), as well as the types of programs and resources available for treatment care planning. There is a special focus on women, children, adolescents, dual diagnosis populations, and treatment in the criminal justice system. Role play, cased-based learning, and practice exercise will be utilized in order to maximize skill development in this course.
Psychology of Aging
Explores biological, social, and psychological factors related to late life issues. Relevant research and theoretical models are presented. Attention is given to issues specific to psychological testing and psychotherapy with the elderly.
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