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M.A. Counseling Psychology

  • Washington, D.C.
  • Full-Time, Part-Time
  • 2 Years Full-Time or 4 Years Part-Time

The Chicago School’s 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 ranging from children to the elderly with a variety of emotional, intellectual, and psychological conditions and problems. Graduates of this master’s program will be […]

The Chicago School’s 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 ranging from children to the elderly with a variety of emotional, intellectual, and psychological conditions and problems.
Graduates of this master’s program will be trained to work in a variety of clinical settings, and with multiple populations. The program adopts the practitioner-scholar model predicated on the belief that a competent mental health practitioner must have both a broad knowledge of the scientific and theoretical principles in the clinical practice of counseling psychology and the ability to apply that knowledge to specific clinical situations. The program also incorporates the 8 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.

 

M.A. Counseling Psychology: Washington, D.C. Student Experience

Surrounded by much of the nation’s historical and cultural riches, students will have the opportunity to benefit from a location essential to much of the United States’ political, governmental, and multi-national affairs.

Expanding on the success of the Chicago, Los Angeles, and Orange County, Calif. campuses, the Washington, D.C. campus reflects The Chicago School’s commitment to diversity and effort to expand mental health services to multicultural and underserved communities.

 

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Existential-Humanistic Psychotherapy

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.

Introduction to Addictions

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.

Foundations of Family Therapy

Introduces students to family systems theory and its application. Basic assumptions, major issues, primary theorists, and techniques of major theoretical models of family therapy are covered. Students learn preventative and treatment approaches to treating specific problems that impede family functioning. Specific attention is paid to issues of diversity and multicultural competence in family therapy.

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.

Licensure and Certification FAQ

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, techniques 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 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 licensure requirements.

 

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c/o The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
203 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 1900
Chicago, IL 60601

 

Students applying to the M.A. Counseling Psychology program must submit the following:

  • Application
  • Application Fee: $50
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Essay
  • Official College/University Transcripts
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Earned grade of “C” or better in the following 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.

International Application Requirements

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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