The MS Programs in counseling and psychology offer a dynamic curriculum designed to prepare counselors to work in the mental health field or to pursue doctoral study in psychology and counseling
PCOM offers two MS programs:
- Counseling and Clinical Health Psychology (48 credits)
- Mental Health Counseling (60 credits)
The Counseling and Clinical Health Psychology program provides specialized training in cognitive behavioral therapy and training in empirically supported treatment techniques.
The program is designed to be completed in two years by full-time students. Full- and part-time options are available. Most courses meet in the evenings, and a few courses meet on Saturdays.
The mission of the master’s program is to prepare highly skilled, compassionate counselors to provide empirically based, culturally sensitive, and collaborative interventions.
Grounded in the cognitive-behavioral tradition, this program trains practitioner-scholars to offer assessment, therapy, consultation, program evaluation, social justice advocacy, and followup services.
Incorporating knowledge of the biopsychosocial model (mind + body + interpersonal/culture/community), the program provides a foundation for ethical practice that facilitates the well-being of individuals, families, and communities.
The program prepares master’s-level graduates to pursue further doctoral training and/or credentialing as a licensed professional counselor to work in the mental health field.
The Counseling and Clinical Health Psychology program prepares individuals to work in mental health and medical settings, providing assessment, therapy, and consultation services. This program also prepares students to pursue PsyD or PhD degrees in psychology, counseling, or related fields.
This program, with the addition of 12 coursework credits (four courses), fulfills the Licensed Professional Counselor requirements in Pennsylvania.
- This degree prepares students to work in a variety of settings, including mental health centers, inpatient psychiatric settings, outpatient clinics or group practices, general hospitals, and private or public schools.
- Many students who plan to complete doctoral programs opt for the Counseling and Clinical Health Psychology degree.