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Degree: Master of Arts
Semester Hours:
60

The MA in Counseling program is a 60 semester hourCACREP-accredited clinical mental health counseling program. The curriculum meets educational requirements for professional licensure in accordance with the regulations of the Virginia Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Curriculum Focus

Our curriculum includes study in the areas of professional identity, counseling theories, group counseling, counseling techniques, abnormal behavior, appraisal, career development, human growth and development, social and cultural functions, research, social and multicultural issues, ethics, spirituality and religion, addictions, marriage and family counseling, and supervised clinical work.

To graduate, the student will have met all course requirements with a minimum GPA of 3.00, obtained satisfactory internship references, met program assessment criteria for competency, and obtained the formal approval of the faculty for graduation.

Curriculum Details (60 SH)

Full-time students should be able to complete the program in two years (the equivalent of five semesters of full time study)

  • COUN 507 Professional Identity, Function and Ethics (3 SH)
  • COUN 508 Counseling Techniques (3 SH)
  • COUN 509 Supervision and Consultation (3 SH)
  • COUN 517 Human Growth and Development (3 SH)
  • COUN 518 Integrated Counseling Process (3 SH)
  • COUN 527 Psychopathology (3 SH)
  • COUN 528 Practicum (100 hours field work) (3 SH)
  • COUN 530 Advanced Psychopathology (2 SH)
  • COUN 536 Foundations in Research & Program Evaluation: Theory, Design and Foundational Statistics (3 SH)
  • COUN 547 Counseling Theories (3 SH)
  • COUN 557 Assessment and Evaluation Procedures (3 SH)
  • COUN 567 Group Counseling (3SH)
  • COUN 587 Crisis Counseling (2 SH)
  • COUN 607 Multicultural Counseling (3 SH)
  • COUN 610 Advanced Multicultural Counseling (2 SH)
  • COUN 617 Counseling Children and Adolescents (10 weeks) (2 SH)
  • COUN 627 Marriage and Family Counseling (3 SH)
  • COUN 637 Career Development (3 SH)
  • COUN 689 Internship I  (2 semesters totaling 600 total hours of field work) (3 SH)
  • COUN 690 Internship II (3 SH)
  • COUN 697 Addictions Counseling (3 SH)
  • Elective Courses (choose one)
    • COUN 687 Expressive Arts (1 SH)
    • COUN 698 Mindfulness and Psychotherapy (1 SH)
    • COUN 699 Sec A Topics: Sexual Health (1 SH)
    • COUN 699 Sec B Topics: Psychoanalysis (1 SH)

Co/prerequisites

  • Counseling Techniques, Theories, PIFE - prerequisite for Practicum
  • Counseling Techniques  - prerequisite for Integrated Counseling Process
  • CRPE during last two semesters
  • Admission to Internship - prerequisite for Internship Practicum and Integrated Counseling Process are corequisites

*Students on a three year or longer plan are required to register for a 1 SH Skill Development course in the year that they are not in practicum or internship. This will increase the credits required for graduation to 61 SH.

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