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Dual Enrollment: MA Counseling Psychology/MS Applied Behavior Analysis

  • Washington, D.C.
  • Full-Time
  • 3 Years

In the past, graduates who have completed this unique combination of credentials have found themselves in high demand for jobs due to their diverse skills. The M.S. ABA/M.A. Counseling Psychology Dual Enrollment program offers several opportunities to students, including: Dual credentials Increased training experience (field placement) Faster rate of counseling internship placement Qualifications for a wide […]

In the past, graduates who have completed this unique combination of credentials have found themselves in high demand for jobs due to their diverse skills. The M.S. ABA/M.A. Counseling Psychology Dual Enrollment program offers several opportunities to students, including:

  • Dual credentials
  • Increased training experience (field placement)
  • Faster rate of counseling internship placement
  • Qualifications for a wide range of careers
  • Exposure to faculty with expertise in various disciplines

Applied Behavior Analysis
The Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) master’s program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology® provides the tools for students to bring about behavior change through data-based decision-making and program development—equipping them to become leaders in the field.
The M.S. Applied Behavior Analysis/M.A. Counseling Psychology Dual Enrollment program meets the degree, coursework, and supervised experience requirements to be eligible for Certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA®).

Counseling Psychology
The M.A. Counseling Psychology program is a counselor training program that equips students with essential diagnostic, therapeutic, and consultative skills in preparation to work with a variety of clinical populations.
Graduates will be trained to work in a variety of clinical settings, and with multiple populations. The dual-degree program incorporates the eight content areas outlined by the National Board of Certified Counselors to prepare students seeking professional counselor licensure and desiring to begin professional practice at the master’s level.

Dual Credentialing
Empowered to seek dual credentialing of LPC and BCBA®, students will be trained in the following behavioral counseling techniques:

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Behavioral Activation Therapy

Working with families

Providing behavior therapy to children

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Introduction to Addictions

This course surveys the biological, psychological, social, political, and spiritual aspects of addictions. Addiction is broadly defined and includes substance abuse, gambling, internet, sex, food, and other modern day addictions. The course considers a strength-based holistic model for assessment, conceptualization, and treatment care planning. Included are basic pharmacological, physiological, and medical aspects of chemical dependence along with current evidenced-based research and treatment care models and treatment delivery systems. There is a special focus on the dually-diagnosed (MISA population), addiction across the life span, and diversity.

Science and Human Behavior

This course is designed to enhance students’ understanding of the application of behavior analysis to individual and social problems, with an emphasis on the philosophical bases of behavior analysis. Students read Skinner’s seminal text, Science and Human Behavior, in which he describes behavioral and cultural analyses, as well as critiques and related articles. The major objective of the class includes understanding and critiquing Skinner’s approach to the study and control of individual and group behavior. Topics include discussing individual behavior that seems difficult to study with a behavior-analytic approach (e.g., private events) as well as control of group behavior and the problems associated with such control. Students will be able to discuss the pros and cons of Skinner’s perspective, identify the aspects of his beliefs with which they agree or disagree, and explain their own perspectives.

Observation and Measurement

This course addresses behavioral definition, data collection, inter-observer agreement, and data displays. Students learn to employ and evaluate various measurement and display techniques and to interpret data displays.

M.A. Counseling Psychology

The M.A. Counseling Psychology program aligns with degree, coursework, and supervised experience requirements for eligibility to be a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Washington, D.C. and Virginia, and to be a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in Maryland.

Candidates for licensure must pass the required national examination National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification or National Clinical Mental Health Counselor’s Exam) and any required state-specific counseling examination.
Additional post-master’s supervised experience is required in order to qualify for licensure in each of the above jurisdictions. All candidates are also required to complete the application process, which may include fees and/or a background check. It is the student’s responsibility to determine the licensure requirements for any jurisdiction not listed above.

For further information about licensure in Washington, D.C., please visit the Department of Health.

For further information about licensure in Virginia, please visit the Virginia Board of Counseling.

For further information about license in Maryland, please visit the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

BCBA® Certification and Licensure: M.S. Applied Behavior Analysis

The M.S. Applied Behavior Analysis is aligned with degree, coursework, and supervised experience requirements for eligibility to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB).

Applicants for BCBA® certification must meet additional requirements established by BACB® including application, examination, and background check.

BCBA Examination Pass Rates

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*Pass-rate data are not published for sequences with fewer than six first-time candidates in a single year or for sequences within their first four years of operation.

There may be state professional licensure requirements to practice applied behavior analysis. A state’s licensure board determines the specific requirements for candidates seeking professional licensure and those requirements are subject to change. The following is professional licensure information as of the date of publication:

  • Graduation from the M.S. Applied Behavior Analysis Program in conjunction with BCBA® certification aligns with degree and certification requirements for professional licensure in Alabama, Arizona, Alaska, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Mississippi, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin. Graduation from the M.S. Applied Behavior Analysis Program aligns with degree requirements for professional licensure in Arizona, Massachusetts, and New York. Note that candidates for licensure may be required to meet additional state requirements such as application, examination, and background check.
  • A professional license is not required to practice behavior analysis in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, West Virginia, Wyoming, and the District of Columbia. State laws on professional licensure are subject to change by their legislatures.

It is the student’s responsibility to determine the licensure requirements for any state not listed above. The M.S. Applied Behavior Analysis may meet some or all of the requirements of states not listed, but additional state-specific approvals or coursework and/or practicum hours may be required beyond the program’s graduation requirements. Some state licensing requirements include the following:

  • Completion of a master’s degree
  • Post-graduate field work
  • Certification as a board certified behavior analyst
  • Examination
  • Application for license

Due to recent and ongoing changes in state professional licensure of applied behavior analysis practitioners, students should contact the state board directly to verify information regarding professional licensure. To assist with this research, the Association of Professional Behavior Analysis (APBA) publishes information regarding state licensure.

Licensure and Certification FAQ

The M.S. Applied Behavior Analysis degree includes seven credits of field-based clinical training. Additional practicum and internship experience is necessary to complete the M.A. Counseling Psychology degree.

Transfer: Students from the TCSPP M.A. Counseling Psychology or M.S. Applied Behavior Analysis programs may transfer into the dual-enrollement program at any point prior to degree conferral.

Application to the M.A. Counseling Psychology/M.S. Applied Behavior Analysis program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is open to any person who has earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and who meets other entrance requirements.

Applicants will be evaluated on their overall ability to complete graduate work. Factors considered prior to admission include: GPA from undergraduate and any graduate schools, successful work history after completion of the baccalaureate degree, relevant experience, the required admission essay, and letters of recommendation from academic professors or professional or volunteer experience supervisors.

An undergraduate GPA of a 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale is expected for admission.
Applicants must submit official transcripts from all schools where a degree was earned.
It is recommended that transcripts are submitted from all schools where credit was received to enhance their applications.
The Dual Degree M.A. Counseling Psychology/M.S. Applied Behavior Analysis program has two specific required undergraduate courses that must be completed prior to enrollment with a grade earned of “C” or better (at least one course in psychology and one course in research methods).

Shared Responsibilities:

Financial Aid: MACP will be the “lead program” for Financial Aid purposes.

Academic Student Advisement: Students will have an assigned academic advisor from both programs.

Academic Development Plans: Administrative or disciplinary issues will be addressed by the chair of the program with the related course code with the participation of both programs’ student advisor.

Communication: Students will be on both student distribution lists.

Academic Records: Forms related to students will be approved by both chairs.

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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