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M.A. in Counseling Psychology

Latino Mental Health Concentration

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

With Latinos representing the largest and fastest growing ethnic group in the United States, The Chicago School’s M.A. in Counseling Psychology Latino Mental Health Concentration program seeks to address the unique mental health needs of this underserved population. This concentration is intended not only for Spanish speakers or Latino/Latina students, but is designed to provide […]

With Latinos representing the largest and fastest growing ethnic group in the United States, The Chicago School’s M.A. in Counseling Psychology Latino Mental Health Concentration program seeks to address the unique mental health needs of this underserved population.

This concentration is intended not only for Spanish speakers or Latino/Latina students, but is designed to provide formalized training and specific education in the areas of assessment and treatment of Latino/Latina clients and their families.

Guided by practitioner faculty, emphasis is placed on understanding cultural factors that interact with the mental health of Latinos and the integration of that knowledge into clinical work. In addition, students will have the opportunity to develop differing levels of Spanish language proficiency, especially in relation to basic and mental health-related language skills.

Graduates will receive a solid foundation in the principles of counseling psychology as well as gain the essential diagnostic, therapeutic, and consultative skills to work with the Latino population in various settings, including:

  • Crisis and prevention centers
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Government assistance programs
  • Schools

M.A. in Counseling Psychology Latino Mental Health: 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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Cultural Foundations: The Latino/a Experience

This course provides an overview of Latino/as’ cultural background, the history of Latinos in the United States, issues related to immigration, and ways in which cultural factors interact with mental health. Participants are engaged in discussions on topics related to culture and identity, including gender, family, class, sexuality, race, age, tradition, values, religion, acculturation and assimilation; and how these are relevant to psychotherapy.

Treatment Issues and Interventions with Latinos/as

This course utilizes in-depth discussions of cultural variables influencing health beliefs among Latino/as and the incorporation of customs and beliefs into the provision of culturally responsive psychotherapy. An additional focus is placed on the practice of culturally responsive interventions with Latino/a clients. Additionally, the strategies to overcome cross-cultural dilemmas and clinical impasses with Latino/a clients will be explored and developed.

Community Intervention with Latino/as

This course is designed to enhance students’ understanding of community systems and institutions pertinent to the Latino/a community in the United States (e.g., schools, social services). It will further examine principles of social advocacy as a process of identifying ways to effectively influence systems that may lead to change at the individual, institutional, organizational, and societal level.

The M.A. Counseling Psychology program aligns with degree and coursework requirements to be eligible for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Illinois. Candidates for licensure must pass the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE). All candidates are also required to complete the application process, which may include fees and/or a background check. For further information about licensure, please visit the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

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 of 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
203 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 1900
Chicago, IL 60601

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 Diversity statement).
      • 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. If you are mailing in your letters, they should arrive in a sealed envelope, signed across the seal. You can also submit the letters online via the applicant portal.
    • 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 to register for an exam date.
    • Students who have taken the test within the last five years should contact them at, 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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