Master in Counseling Psychology
The Master's degree in Counseling Psychology prepares students to become licensed mental health professionals, specifically as licensed counselors, with the ability to serve diverse populations within society. Through classroom learning and fieldwork, students will learn to identify patterns of behavior and articulate treatment plans for patients.
However, developing critical and analytical thinking skills is only part what makes our graduates successful in this field. We also instill within our students our Franciscan values of a love of learning, a commitment to service, and respect for all. This empowers our graduates to bring a high level of professionalism, and humanity to the people and groups they serve.
To meet the needs and time constraints of our students, this program can be completed on a full- or part-time basis. Evening courses are also available.
Program Objectives and Outcomes
Upon completion of the Master of Arts degree in Counseling, students will demonstrate an awareness of the ethical challenges and responsibilities in the field of counseling, and articulate a personal model for addressing these that is consistent with Catholic and Franciscan values. In addition, they will be able to assess individuals and groups which display patterns of psychopathology. They will have the skills to utilize information and technology literacy for maintaining best practices in counseling. They will have the skills to articulate a clear and precise treatment plan for addressing the diagnoses of individuals and groups.
The students will adapt to the unique cultural, gender, racial, and sexual orientation needs of individuals and groups they serve. Students will demonstrate competence in appropriate scientifically validated treatment modalities. These include but are not limited to individual psychological counseling, marital, and couples counseling, family counseling, group counseling, and organizational consultation and interventions. At the completion of the degree program and the accrual of the necessary hours of experience the students will be eligible to sit for the state licensure in professional counseling. Students will participate in ongoing professional development geared toward lifelong learning and professional development.
In addition to a completed application, the following are required:
- Graduation from an accredited baccalaureate program
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
- Official transcripts of past collegiate work including post-baccalaureate work
- Nine credits in psychology coursework or its equivalent
- Personal statement
- Two letters of recommendation
The Master’s degree consists of sixty credits and conforms to the licensing expectations of the New Jersey Professional Counselor Licensing Law. For the license as a Professional Counselor, students need to complete coursework in the following areas: counseling theory and practice; the helping relationship; human growth and development and maladaptive behaviors; lifestyle and career development; group dynamics, processes, counseling and consulting, appraisal of individuals; social and cultural foundations; research and evaluations; and the counseling profession (including ethics). Additionally, must complete the 60 credits and practical and internships, as well as maintain a professional/clinical portfolio prior to being awarded the M.A. in Counseling Psychology. Applicants from out of state should check with their state licensing board and requirements prior to starting the program at Felician College.