M.A. in Counseling Psychology
Students enrolled in the Counseling Psychology master's program will gain the knowledge and develop the skills they need to become outstanding mental health counselors. Graduates will be prepared for work in a variety of settings including hospitals, substance abuse programs, private practices, and other fields. D.C. Campus students may choose from two concentrations to fit their unique career goals: Child and Adolescent Psychology and Treatment of Addiction Disorders.
The Chicago School's M.A. in Counseling Psychology program is unique in that students receive a solid foundation in principles of clinical psychology, in addition to gaining the essential diagnostic, therapeutic, and consultative skills they need to be outstanding counseling psychology professionals working with a range of clinical populations and a variety of emotional and psychological conditions. Students learn the theoretical frameworks and scientific bases of clinical psychology, the ethical and professional guidelines of clinical psychology and counseling profession, and the impact of diversity and cultural issues in the mental health field. Graduates are prepared to help individuals and families overcome mental health challenges and emotional issues that prevent them from living life to the fullest.
The M.A. in Counseling Psychology is designed in accordance with licensure requirements in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and Delaware, and can be adjusted to conform with the requirements for licensure in other nearby states in the region.
DEGREE PROGRAM CONCENTRATIONS
The Child and Adolescent Treatment Concentration, offered in our Counseling Psychology master's program, is designed to provide specific education in the area of the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents. The goal is to prepare students to work as entry-level practitioners capable of effectively working with children representing the full age spectrum, from early childhood through adolescence. The emphasis of this concentration is on developing a conceptual and experiential background in working with the mental health needs of these vulnerable populations within a wide range of familial and cultural life styles.
Students enrolled in the Counseling Psychology master's program may choose a concentration in Treatment of Addiction Disorders, which provides specific education in the areas of assessment, intervention/prevention, and treatment of alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) and behavioral addictions. This concentration prepares individuals to provide effective counseling services for a wide range of addictions in community-based environments.
ABOUT THE CHICAGO SCHOOL
The Chicago School is a not-for-profit, accredited institution with more than 3,500 students at campuses across the country (Chicago, Los Angeles and Orange Counties, Calif., and Washington, D.C.) and online. As the nation's oldest and largest graduate school devoted exclusively to psychology and related behavioral science, TCSPP offers more than 20 degree programs and a wealth of opportunities for international experiences. Our focus is not strictly on research or traditional clinical practice, but on preparing students to be extraordinary practitioners, equipped to make a lasting impact on individual lives, in business settings, in diverse and underserved communities, and around the globe.
ABOUT OUR WASHINGTON D.C. CAMPUS
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology has brought its singular focus on preparing extraordinary psychology practitioners to the East Coast. Our newest campus, located in Washington, D.C., builds on the success of campuses in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Orange County, Calif. Few cities or metropolitan areas are better matches for our long-held commitment to diversity and our steadfast determination to work within multicultural communities.
Located at the center of the political and governmental action, the D.C. Campus provides students easy access to the historical and cultural riches that our capital city has to offer. Students find themselves close to national monuments and museums, eclectic dining and shopping, and a plethora of organizations and agencies that can provide unparalleled real-world experiences for the psychology-professional-in-training. Like those enrolled at Chicago School campuses in other cities, D.C. Campus students learn from distinguished faculty members whose teaching credentials reach far beyond research and theory. All are active practitioners and leaders in their fields of expertise, bringing a wealth of first-hand understanding, perspective, and insight to the classroom. Integrally engaged in the community around them, faculty will immerse students in dynamic learning communities that include an unsurpassed level of hands-on skill building.
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.
Tuition & Financial Aid
Financial Aid Offered: No
Classification: Other Specialized Institutions
Institution Sector: Private not-for-profit
Locale: Large City
Size & Settings: 1,000 - 4,999