Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling – 60 Credits

Overview

Program Description

The Clinical Counseling program is a 60-credit program structured to promote student appreciation for the role of the professional counselor, to develop a thorough understanding of the theory and practice of counseling, and to acquire mastery of the skills inherent to the program. This program meets the prerequisites for completion of the National Counselor Examination and the criteria for the New Jersey Professional Counselor Licensure.

Program Goals

  • Gain a thorough understanding of and competence in the practice of individual and group counseling.
  • Acquire an appreciation for the role of the counselor in society and an understanding of the ethical and legal responsibilities associated with that role.
  • Acquire a comprehensive understanding of the theories of adaptive and maladaptive human behavior and their applicability to assessment and promotion of improved human functioning.
  • Develop competency in the design, conduct, and evaluation of counseling research; and acquire professional skills.
  • Acquire extensive practical experience in counseling under supervision in appropriate field settings.

Program Requirements

  • Comply with the academic policies and procedures of Centenary University
  • Complete 60 program prescribed graduate credit hours
  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of “B” (3.0) or better in courses completed for the degree
  • Complete a residency requirement consisting of minimally 48 credit hours at Centenary University
  • Complete the program within 7 years from the date of initial enrollment
  • Successfully pass the comprehensive assessment consisting of a review of program content
  • Complete a supervised counseling field experience in a clinical setting
  • Demonstrate throughout the program course of study behavior consistent with the American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct and the National Board for Certified Counselors Code of Ethics

Grading Policy for Counseling Programs

Graduate students must have a GPA of 3.0 or above in order to receive a degree. Any graduate student who receives more than one grade of C (to include C+, C, and C-) will be dismissed from the program. No grades of D will be given (anything lower than a C- is an F). A grade of F will result in dismissal from the program.

Audit

Students who are required to complete undergraduate foundation courses may request that they be taken as an official audit. Students choosing this option must designate such at the time of registration or by the end of the first week of the respective semester in which the courses are taken. Audited courses are recorded on the student’s permanent record as an “AUD,” and cannot be converted to a letter grade.

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology or applicants with an undergraduate degree in another discipline will be required to take a series of prerequisite undergraduate psychology courses.
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA 3.0
  • Personal Statement
  • Interview
  • No GRE required

Curriculum Requirements

Counseling Theory and Practice-12 credits

GCO-501Counseling: the Profession

3

GCO-502Ethics for the Counseling Profession

3

GCO-508Counseling Theories

3

GCO-510Clinical Interviewing

3

Counseling Groups-6 credits

GCO-520Group Dynamics I

3

GCO-525Counseling Consultation

3

Research, Evaluation and Assessment-9 credits

GCO-541Statistical Analysis

3

GCO-544Research Methods in Counseling

3

GCO-546Diagnostic Assessment

3

Development, Behavior and Diversity- 9 credits

GCO-561Human Growth & Development

3

GCO-562Soc. & Cultural Foundations of Behavior

3

GCO-568Maladaptive Behavior I

3

Counseling Specialization-6 credits

GCO-584Life Span Counseling

3

GCO-586Career Counseling

3

Thesis-3 credits

GCO-608Clinical Counseling Thesis I

1

GCO-609Clinical Counseling Thesis II

1

GCO-610Clinical Counseling Thesis III

1

Field Experience-9 credits

GCO-555Clinical Counseling Practicum

3

GCO-601Clinical Counseling Field Experience I

3

GCO-602Clinical Counseling Field Experience II

3

 

**Selected Electives-6 credits (choose two)

GCO-530Marriage & Family Counseling

3

GCO-581Fundamentals of SAC

3

GCO-582Crisis Intervention

3

GCO-590Substance Use Disorders Counseling

3

GCO-591Substance Use in the School Setting

3

GCO-592Psychopharmacology

3

GCO-593Prevention Planning, Program Evaluation, & Community Resources

3

GCO-594Substance Use and the Family

3

**If you are combining both Clinical Counseling and School Counseling your required electives will be GCO-593 and GED-601.