Master of Science in Counseling Psychology
Master of Science in Counseling Psychology
The Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Avila University is a 60-62 credit hour 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. Fall 2018 MPCAC Annual Survey data can be accessed here.
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. The graphic is representative of the number of hours needed at a clinical site.
MSCP Mission Statement:
The Avila MSCP program is committed to the scientist-practitioner model to train masters-level counselors for the delivery of mental health services in a variety of settings. Students who earn a master’s degree in counseling psychology will be prepared to assist those experiencing social, behavioral, and personal mental health problems through a variety of approaches and learned techniques, integrating key elements of a client’s cultural or social context. Students will leave with the abilities to evaluate evidenced- based treatment approaches, integrate respect for the dignity and well-being of others, and advocate for both the common and individual well-being.
Program Requirements - 60 credit hours
PY 602 Orientation to Counseling Professions
PY 605 The Helping Relationship I
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.
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.
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.
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. 62 credit hour program.
For course descriptions, please view the graduate academic catalog.