Master of Science in Counseling Psychology

Master of Science in Counseling Psychology

The Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Avila University is a 60-credit hours degree program designed to provide specialized education in the field of counseling psychology. The program is designed to help graduates meet the educational criteria required for licensed mental health counselors in Kansas and Missouri and is accredited by MPCAC.

The Avila University School of Psychology is committed to the scientist-practitioner model to train masters-level counseling psychologists for the delivery of mental health services in a variety of settings, such as private practice, mental health clinics, counseling centers, and human service agencies. Students who earn a masters degree in counseling psychology will be able to assist people experiencing social, behavioral, and personal mental health problems through a variety of approaches and learned techniques.

Internship requires a 750-hour field experience completed between one semester of practicum and at least two semesters of internship. The internship class begins at 4:00 pm.

Program Requirements - 60 credit hours

PY 602 Introduction to Counseling Psychology
PY 605 The Helping Relationship 
PY 615 Career Development
PY 617 Research Design and Analysis I
PY 621 Advanced Developmental Psychology
PY 630 Theories of Counseling
PY 645 Personality Assessment
PY 650 Biological Bases of Behavior
PY 656 Multicultural Counseling
PY 660 Theories and Methods of Group Counseling
PY 665 Differential Diagnosis of Mental Disorders
PY 693 Ethics and Professional Development
PY 694 The Helping Relationship II
PY 695 Internship
PY 698 Treatment of Disorders

The remaining 12 credit hours may be completed by pursuing a concentration or completing 12 hours of elective credit.

 

Concentrations

Students in the Counseling Psychology program have the option of pursuing a concentration utilizing some or all of the 12 hours of electives in the program.

Child and Adolescent Counseling

Students in this concentration complete coursework on the intricacies in working with youth populations. Coursework in this concentration enables learning through an immersion in family dynamics and issues related to children. Courses include family systems : theory and treatment, topics in abnormal psychology and topics in counseling. Students have the opportunity to select a site for their internship experience that specializes in counseling children.

Couples and Family Counseling

Students in this concentration complete coursework that relates to working the couple and family unit. Coursework in this concentration focuses on the learning dynamics and therapeutic approaches when working with couples and families. The classes in this concentration includes couples counseling, family systems, human sexuality, and selected topics in those areas. This concentration does not meet the eligibility requirements to become licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist.

Psychological Assessment

Students in this concentration complete coursework that relates to psychological assessment and analysis. Coursework in this concentration focuses on understanding and applying concepts, measures, research designs, and statistical analyses as they relate to cognitive, social, and interpersonal processes.  The classes in this concentration include Advanced Cognitive Processes, Individual Intelligence Assessment, Advanced Social Psychology, and Research Design and Analysis II. This concentration is ideal for those students interested in pursuing licensure as a master’s level psychologist in Kansas.

Research

Students in this concentration will focus on areas related to psychological research and statistics and lab experiences.  Students interested in completing a master's thesis as part of their degree program should pursue the Research concentration.  The concentration includes 14 additional credits hours and includes: Research Design & Analysis II and III, Research Experience I, and Master's Thesis.  Students interested in pursuing a doctorate are encouraged to speak with their faculty advisor about the research concentration.  Students are admitted to the concentration after they begin the program.

For course descriptions, please view the graduate catalog.

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Master of Science in Counseling Psychology

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