M.A. in Mental Health Counseling
The Psychology Department offers a general undergraduate psychology major and two master’s degrees (M.A.) in Clinical Psychology and Mental Health Counseling. The graduate programs are designed to meet the criteria of professional organizations and accrediting bodies such as the American Psychological Association (APA), the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP), and the Association
of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB). The University of Indianapolis is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to offer advanced graduate studies leading to the M.A. and Psy.D. (the doctoral program is not currently offered in Athens).
The Graduate Programs in Psychology
The Master of Arts Programs in the Psychology Department are designed to produce competent professionals who are able to think critically about issues, are wise consumers of research, and are able to apply their skills in a variety of settings. Two tracks have been developed whose curricula reflect the goals outlined in the M.A. mission statement. These tracks are the Clinical Psychology (CP) track and the Mental Health Counselor (MHC) track. The CP track is based on resolutions and guidelines from the Council of Applied Master’s Programs in Psychology (CAMPP) and the Interorganizational Board for Accreditation of Masters in Psychology Programs (IBAMPP). The MHC track curriculum is based upon CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs) guidelines and is designed to meet the requirements for graduate study specified in Indiana State Laws regulating licensing of Mental Health Counselors. Although the individual courses focus on different aspects of professional training in psychology, recurrent themes such as integration of theory and practice, the inter-relationship of assessment and intervention, the recognition of individual and cultural diversity, scholarly inquiry, ethical practice, and professional problem solving cut across coursework in the curriculum in both tracks.
M.A. in Mental Health Counseling - Syllabi
- Research Methods and Statistics
- Personality Assessment
- Ethics, Professional Standards, & Legal Issues
- Neuropsychological & Biological Basis of Behavior
- Social & Cultural Bases of Behavior
- Advanced Personality Theory & Research
- Career Development
- Foundation Skills of Psychotherapy
- Cognitive & Cog.-Beh. Approaches to Treatment
- Brief Therapy & Crisis Intervention
- Master's Practicum
- Advanced Master's Practicum
- Personality Assessment Lab
- Cognitive & Cog.-Beh. Approaches Lab
- Brief Therapy & Crisis Intervention Lab
- Advanced Psychopathology
- Group Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Case Conceptualization & Treatment Planning I
- Case Conceptualization & Treatment Planning II
- Advanced Master's Practicum
- Master's Practicum
Part-time and Full-time Study
The course sequences outlined in this bulletin are designed for full-time students. Students enrolling for the credit hours specified in the pattern will typically work at most 20 hours per week. Students who must work full time or who have other significant responsibilities may enroll for fewer credit hours. Part-time students must plan their schedule carefully, since courses may be offered only during particular semesters. Regardless of full-time or part-time status, students must complete all requirements within five years.
Clinical Case Study
Every student in the M.A. programs in psychology must complete an approved Clinical Case Study project. The Clinical Case Study is designed to emphasize students’ careers as practicing clinicians rather than academic researchers. It serves as a work sample that allows the faculty to evaluate students’ abilities to critically evaluate and synthesize knowledge gained from theory, research, and clinical practice. Students focus on a client who exhibits difficulties in some clinical area, conduct a literature review over the disorder, complete an assessment of the client, provide appropriate interventions, evaluate outcomes, and produce a scholarly written product (case study) that is academically sound. A primary goal of the Clinical Case Study is for the student to demonstrate in-depth mastery of a specific clinical area or issue.
To receive the M.A. degree in clinical psychology at the University of Indianapolis, students must complete the following requirements
within five (5) years of being admitted to the program:
• Successful completion of 48/60 (CP/ MHC track) credit hours. The total credit hours must include all required courses specified in the curriculum.
• Successful completion of a Clinical Case Study.
• Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 225/1000 (CP/MHC track) practicum/ internship hours at an approved health service training program site.
• A final cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (B)
• Compliance with all university and departmental policies and procedures.
Candidates who wish to apply to the M.A. program in Clinical Psychology or Mental Health Counseling must submit the following items to complete the application process:
1. Signed and completed application form for the Psychology Graduate Programs.
2. Personal statement of academic objectives and professional goals.
3. Three letters of reference from professors or clinical supervisors.
4. Official transcripts showing the successful completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education and any completed graduate coursework. Note: Candidates that hold a degree in a different field of study need at least 18 credit hours of undergraduate psychology courses.
5. Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (including Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytic sections) and the Psychology Subject Test of the GRE (if required; see Psychology Department Chair).
6. International students are required to submit official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (if required; see Psychology Department Chair).
7. A non-refundable application fee.