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M.A. in Counseling Psychology, Health Psychology students learn how biological, psychological, and social factors affect illness as well as health. Counseling

M.A. in Counseling Psychology

Health Psychology Concentration

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

Students in The Chicago School’s M.A. in Counseling Psychology: Health Psychology Concentration program will study to become counseling professionals that integrate how biology, environment, and behavior impact the wellness and health of individuals. Guided by practitioner faculty, Health Psychology students learn interventions and psycho-educative techniques aimed at helping people prevent illnesses, recover quickly, or live […]

Students in The Chicago School’s M.A. in Counseling Psychology: Health Psychology Concentration program will study to become counseling professionals that integrate how biology, environment, and behavior impact the wellness and health of individuals.

Guided by practitioner faculty, Health Psychology students learn interventions and psycho-educative techniques aimed at helping people prevent illnesses, recover quickly, or live with chronic conditions in a way that maximizes their functional capacities.

By understanding how biological, psychological, and social factors affect illness as well as health, graduates are prepared to offer counseling to a wide range of clinical populations.

M.A. in Counseling Psychology, Health Psychology: 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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Wellness, Health, and Prevention

Provides an overview of the professional roles, activities, and contexts for clinical counselors focusing on physical and medical conditions. The major concepts of traditional health and rehabilitation are presented. The course covers primary prevention activities through control of life style related habits involving substances, and dysfunctional habits in diet and exercise. It also covers the concept of stress and ways of coping with stress through applied stress management techniques. A holistic biopsychosocial approach is used as a unifying framework.

Biopsychosocial Aspects of Medical Conditions

Using a biopsychosocial paradigm, this course provides a general introduction to the etiology, assessment, and treatment of medical disorders seen by health psychology counselors. An overview of the primary physical systems and disorders is offered.

Psychology of Aging

This course 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.

The 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.

The practicum and internship placement experiences serve to integrate the theoretical and practical aspects of the education of a professional counselor. Students have the opportunity during the practicum and internship experiences to synthesize their knowledge, technique and skills learned in the classroom. These supervised field placements allow students to provide direct services to clients and demonstrate their understanding of key concepts in professional counseling in a clinical setting. Students are able to choose to apply to a wide variety of training sites that include community mental health centers, child welfare and family service agencies, substance abuse programs, college counseling centers, as well as private group practices. The sites available for the training experience are chosen based on their ability to serve diverse populations that will offer the best possible experience to equip students for working in the counseling field. Students are required to complete a minimum of a 9-month placement experience and complete at least 700 hours with 280 direct service hours during the placement to meet the Illinois licensure requirements.

More specific information is located in the Program Guidebook as well as the Internship Training Manual provided by the Applied Professional Practice department.

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c/o The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
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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