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Child and Adolescent Treatment concentration students within the Counseling Psychology master's program learn about the assessment and treatment of youth. Counseling

M.A. in Counseling Psychology

Child and Adolescent Treatment Concentration

  • Chicago, IL
  • Full-Time, Part-Time
  • 2 Years Full-Time, 3 Years Part-Time

Through the Chicago School’s M.A. in Counseling Psychology: Child and Adolescent Treatment Concentration enables students to effectively work with children in early childhood through adolescence at a broad range of privately run or government funded facilities and institutions. Students enrolled in The Chicago School’s online programs will enjoy a transformative educational experience with the flexibility of […]

Through the Chicago School’s M.A. in Counseling Psychology: Child and Adolescent Treatment Concentration enables students to effectively work with children in early childhood through adolescence at a broad range of privately run or government funded facilities and institutions. Students enrolled in The Chicago School’s online programs will enjoy a transformative educational experience with the flexibility of a program that does not have to interfere with their other commitments.

Guided by practitioner faculty, M.A. in Counseling Psychology, Child and Adolescent Treatment students will cover a wide range of topics, including:

  • Mental health
  • Cognitive, personality, and educational testing
  • Developmental stages
  • Therapeutic activities and goals
  • Childhood trauma
  • Psychotherapy of children

Graduates from the M.A. in Counseling Psychology program are prepared to apply their highly sought-after skills to a wide range of occupations, including private practice, nonprofit, education, and government.

M.A. in Counseling Psychology, Child and Adolescent Treatment: Chicago Student Experience

The Chicago Campus provides students an opportunity to immerse themselves into a culturally diverse city with nearly unlimited academic resources as well as excellent networking opportunities. Chicago is also home to some of the nation’s finest dining, entertainment, museums, and other activities.

At our flagship campus, The Chicago School has demonstrated a continued commitment to a diverse student population and expanding mental health services to multicultural and underserved communities.

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Assessment and Treatment Planning of Children and Adolescents

Considers the various theories of etiology of child psychopathology and the implications for diagnosis, consultation, and treatment. The course also surveys the major methods of cognitive, personality, and educational tests, as well as behavioral rating scales commonly used in the psychological assessment of children and adolescents. Strengths-based approaches to assessment of children and adolescents are explored. Special considerations that arise in assessing these age groups are emphasized throughout the course, including individual differences, contextualized assessments, and assessment within a normative-developmental framework.

Psychotherapy with Adolescents

Examines the relevant therapeutic and developmental considerations encountered in psychotherapy with adolescents. In addition to a survey of the major theoretical approaches and the basic techniques of psychotherapy with adolescents, topics considered include working with parents and schools, the importance of the context of referral, and treatment and the relationship between the adolescent’s developmental stage and therapeutic activities and goals.

Advanced Family and Couples Therapy

Provides an overview of advanced theory and technique, as well as skills training in family and couples therapy with an emphasis on the development of a personal model of counseling. Diagnostic skills, case analysis, and relationship strategies are emphasized. Particular attention is paid to engaging children and adolescents in the family therapy setting. The course also explore the impact of macro systems issues such as gender, power, and economics on contemporary relationships.

This program incorporates the eight content areas outlined by the National Board of Certified Counselors and meets the degree and coursework requirements for eligibility for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) in Illinois. The program may meet the degree and coursework requirements in other states, but it is the student’s responsibility to determine the licensure requirements of the state in which they intend to practice. State-by-state licensure information can be accessed via the National Board of Certified Counselors at www.nbcc.org.

Year 2: 700-hour (minimum) placement experience. Chicago sites meet Licensed Supervisor standards.

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350 N Orleans ST STE 1050
Chicago, IL 60654-1822

Application to The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s M.A. Counseling Psychology program is open to any person who has earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and who meets other entrance requirements. Students applying to the M.A. in Counseling Psychology program must submit the following:

  • Application
  • Application Fee: $50
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Essay – Please answer the following question within three double spaced typed pages (approximately 500-750 words). Essay must specifically address the program/specialization for which you are applying.
    • Psychology is a vast discipline with many career options. In an essay format, please describe:
      • Why you chose this particular program/specialization making sure to cite specific experiences and examples.
      • Why it is important to you to study this discipline at a school that emphasizes cultural awareness, competence, and understanding of diversity (see our Commitment to Diversitystatement).
      • Your professional career goals as they relate to this specialization.
      • Why you believe this program will assist you in reaching these goals.
    • Official College/University Transcripts
      • Students must submit official transcripts from all schools where degrees have been earned. The Chicago School requires that all schools be regionally accredited higher education institutions. Official transcripts may be sent directly from the institution or with your application for admission as long as they are official, sealed, and signed across the envelope flap when they arrive.
    • 3 Letters of Recommendation
      • Appropriate recommendations are from professors and/or supervisors from significant work or volunteer experiences, who can appraise your academic or professional performance. Letters should arrive in a sealed envelope, signed across the seal.
    • Previous Coursework
      • Earned grade of C or better in the following undergraduate courses:
        • Psychology
        • Research Methods
      • Applicants without these courses must complete them in accordance with the policies outlined in the Progression requirement section of the catalog
  • Optional:  Official GRE scores may be used to enhance your application
    • You must arrange for your official GRE scores to be sent to the school. Our school code is 1119.
    • Students who have yet to take the GRE examination should contact them at GRE.org to register for an exam date.
    • Students who have taken the test within the last five years should contact them at GRE.org, to have their scores forwarded directly to the school.

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The Chicago School is dedicated to keeping our professional degree programs accessible to anyone regardless of financial status. In addition to the scholarships that may be available, our Financial Aid Department will help provide you with information to determine what financial arrangements are right for you.

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