New Jersey MS MA Counseling Psychology Masters Programs
Counseling psychology is the practice of helping individuals to improve and maintain personal and interpersonal well-being and functioning. Counseling psychology masters programs prepare students to work in a variety of settings with individuals seeking treatment for a wide range of symptoms including emotional, social, developmental and health-related concerns. A master’s in counseling psychology is generally acceptable in educational settings and for private practice, and also prepares graduates to be assistants in a research setting. A Ph.D. in counseling psychology is usually necessary to teach at the university level.
Counseling Psychology Master's Programs and Curriculum
Often the first decision in pursuing a masters degree in psychology is to decide between counseling psychology and clinical psychology. While the two branches do overlap, clinical psychology tends to take a more medical approach to treatment and often works with more serious and complex mental illnesses. Counseling psychologists generally treat individuals with relatively less serious, more everyday concerns.
Ideally, a counseling psychologist masters candidate should have the following characteristics:
Good interpersonal and communication skills Ability to listen Unbiased and nonjudgmental Self-motivated Trustworthy and responsible Compassionate and patient
A thorough degree program for a master’s or doctoral degree in counseling psychology includes coursework in three general areas: psychological theories, research, and assessment and treatment. The program coursework may include topics such as:
- Counseling and psychotherapy
- Human development over the life span
- Research and data Group therapy
- Cultural diversity Emotional and behavioral disorders and assessment
- Ethical and legal Issues
- Substance abuse
- Therapy for children and adolescents
- Family counseling
Most, if not all, programs also require direct experience, often through an internship, and the completion of a thesis. The internship and thesis are geared towards