Become competent in counseling psychology through academic and experiential learning.
Viewing research and practice as interdependent and mutually supportive, Webster University's MA in Psychology with an emphasis in counseling psychology program is based on the scientist-practitioner training model. The program aims at educating future psychologists who have sound knowledge of the theory and practice of counseling psychology, who are competent consumers and creative producers of social science research, who are competent in counseling practice, and who are ethical and sensitive to the cultures, values and worlds of various clients.
Approaches to Psychology
- Biological and Evolutionary perspectives: The roles of biological processes, structures, and inherited tendencies in explaining human behavior
- Clinical and Counseling perspectives: The diagnosis and treatment of mental, behavioral disorders, and adjustment problems
- Lifespan Development perspectives: Examination of how individuals grow, develop, and change throughout the lifespan
- Learning and Cognitive perspectives: Examination of the mental processes and environmental situations that underlie, shape, and control behavior
- Social and Cross-Cultural perspectives: The roles of social and cultural influences on behavior
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Webster's Master of Arts in Psychology, Emphasis in Counseling Psychology Program
The program is committed to both (1) preparing counseling psychologists for advanced doctoral studies in psychology and (2) providing training and experience that prepare students for practice. Its goal is to train psychologists who have a sound knowledge of the bases of counseling and psychotherapy. Adopting a multicultural perspective, the program also emphasizes the importance of multicultural competence in both research and practice.
To qualify as a professional psychologist or psychotherapist, a student may be required to complete additional education and licensure proceedings, depending on the national requirements of the country in which he/she wishes to work. According to Greek law 4093/2012 and subsequent regulations [Government Gazettes: 229/19.11.12, 3324/12.12.12 and 258/08.12.2014], degrees awarded for programs of studies accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC, Webster's accreditation body), are eligible for recognition of professional equivalency to degrees awarded by the Greek standard system of higher education.
Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Explain the main approaches to counseling and psychotherapy and the role of the therapeutic relationship.
- Describe important theories of human development and examine their significance to counseling psychology.
- Discuss the major categories of psychological disorders and use this knowledge to assess and diagnose psychopathology.
- Describe the mechanisms of action for a variety of psychopharmacological agents and evaluate the role of psychopharmacology in counseling psychology.
- Describe the importance of professional ethics and demonstrate how ethical standards and legal requirements are relevant to the practice of counseling and psychotherapy.
- Administer and interpret various widely-used psychological tests.
- Construct the appropriate research design, collect data and implement the necessary statistical techniques to answer research questions relevant to counseling psychology which add to the discipline.
- Demonstrate practical counseling skills that can be applied to individuals and groups to address a broad range of issues and settings.
- Integrate theory, experience, behavioral observation and analysis to systematically enhance counseling knowledge and skills.
- Evaluate the appropriateness of various counseling approaches to the different cultures, values and world-views of various clients and thereby choose appropriate approaches.
The 48 credit hours required to complete the MA in psychology with an emphasis in counseling psychology program are distributed as follows:
- PSYC 5000 Bases of Counseling Psychology (3 hours)
- PSYC 5100 Approaches to Counseling and Therapy (3 hours)
- PSYC 5200 Advanced Developmental Psychology (3 hours)
- PSYC 5300 Psychopathology (3 hours)
- PSYC 5400 Research Design (3 hours)
- PSYC 5500 Assessment (3 hours)
- PSYC 5600 Group Processes and Group Therapy (3 hours)
- PSYC 5700 Psychopharmacology (3 hours)
- PSYC 5800 Ethical and Legal Foundations (3 hours)
- PSYC 5900 Applied Statistics and Research Methods (3 hours)
- PSYC 6000 Special Topics in Counseling Psychology (3 hours)
- PSYC 6100 Master’s Thesis (6 hours)
- PSYC 6200 Practice and Supervision (3 hours)
- PSYC 6300 Internship (6 hours)
Requirements for admission to the psychology (MA) with an emphasis in counseling psychology program include:
- A bachelor’s degree in psychology from a recognized university or equivalent.
- A cumulative GPA of a 3.0 from the applicant's undergraduate degree granting institution.
- Completion of undergraduate coursework in the following areas: (1) introductory or general psychology, (2) statistics, (3) research methods or experimental psychology.
- Preference in the admission process will be given for applicants demonstrating completed coursework in the following areas: (1) social psychology, (2) biological psychology, neuropsychology or physiological psychology, (3) personality theory, (4) human development or developmental psychology, (5) abnormal psychology.
- Submission of a curriculum vitae* that includes prior employment and related experience.
- Submission of two letters of recommendation* from persons familiar with applicant's professional and academic experience, and one academic reference.
- A personal statement* of approximately 600 words describing the applicant’s academic and professional goals, and reasons for applying for the program.
- A required personal interview with senior program faculty members prior to admission decision.
*These required materials must be electronically uploaded to the application account.
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