Counseling, MS

Graduate Program Information

Pleasantville Campus

This 36-credit program in Counseling provides a strong foundation in clinical counseling and specialized knowledge in groundbreaking research in areas such as resiliency and positive psychology and psychotherapy. Students gain an understanding of the many different approaches to contemporary counseling, including group and individual therapy, and are required to specialize in one of three separate tracks: substance abuse, loss and grief counseling, or general counseling. Students specializing in the substance abuse track are qualified to sit for the Certification in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling Exam (CASAC) after they have completed the New York State-required experience hours.

This program also provides the foundational credits for students considering careers in higher education advisement or who might wish to move on to a 60-credit program in Mental Health Counseling or a doctoral program.

Prerequisites:
Admission requirements include a Bachelor’s degree in psychology or a related field. Applicants who haven’t completed such a major may be required to complete General Psychology and Social Psychology prior to beginning graduate study.

Graduate Program Curriculum (36 Credits)

Required Core Courses (18 Credits):

PSY 630Helping Relationships: Counseling Theories and Techniques I

3 credits

PSY 672Psychopathology and Personality Disorders

3 credits

PSY 631Helping Relationships: Counseling Theories and Techniques II

3 credits

PSY 652Human Growth and Development

3 credits

PSY 658Group Dynamics

3 credits

PSY 674Integrating Seminar: Professional Orientation and Ethics

3 credits

PSY 633Counseling Internship

0 credits

Total Credit Hours:18

ONE (1) of THREE (3) Required Tracks (18 Credits):

Substance Abuse Track
FIVE (5) Track Courses and ONE (1) Approved Track Elective Course (18 credits):
PSY 632Orientation to Addiction: Etiology, Screening, Treatment

3 credits

PSY 640Addiction Counseling I: Individual and Group

3 credits

PSY 641Addiction Counseling II: Family and Group

3 credits

PSY 654Appraisal: Assessment, Reporting and Treatment Planning

3 credits

PSY 670Case Management in Treating Addictions

3 credits

Elec 000 Elective

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:18
Grief and Loss Track
FOUR (4) Required Track Courses (18 credits):
PSY 660Death, Loss, and Bereavement: Fundamental Perspectives

3 credits

PSY 661Grief Counseling

3 credits

PSY 662Loss and Bereavement Counseling Across the Life Span

3 credits

PSY 665Counseling Clients and Their Families with Chronic Illnesses

3 credits

AND ANY TWO of the Following Track Elective 6 Credits
PSY 623Social Psychology

3 credits

PSY 650Topics in Psychology (Graduate)

3 credits

PSY 651JTopic: Post Traumatic Stress and Counseling

3 credits

PSY 606Clinical Work with Adolescents

3 credits

PSY 609Introduction to Student Affairs

3 credits

PSY 651GTopic: Psychology of Expressive Therapies: Healing Through Music, Art, Movement, and Film

3 credits

PSY 690Counseling 2.0:Counseling in the Digital Age

3 credits

PSY 689Psychological Resilience

3 credits

PSY 650JTopic: Spiritual Issues in Counseling

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:18
General Counseling Track
ANY SIX (6) of the Following Track Electives (18 credits):
PSY 623Social Psychology

3 credits

PSY 632Orientation to Addiction: Etiology, Screening, Treatment

3 credits

PSY 650Topics in Psychology (Graduate)

3 credits

PSY 651JTopic: Post Traumatic Stress and Counseling

3 credits

PSY 606Clinical Work with Adolescents

3 credits

PSY 609Introduction to Student Affairs

3 credits

PSY 651GTopic: Psychology of Expressive Therapies: Healing Through Music, Art, Movement, and Film

3 credits

PSY 690Counseling 2.0:Counseling in the Digital Age

3 credits

PSY 689Psychological Resilience

3 credits

PSY 650JTopic: Spiritual Issues in Counseling

3 credits

PSY 651WSpecial Topics in Psychology: Couples Counseling

3 credits

PSY 661Grief Counseling

3 credits

PSY 651MSpecial Topic: Domestic Violence: Intimate Partner Abuse

3 credits

PSY 651CIssues in Child Psychotherapy

3 credits

PSY 638Positive Psychology and Psychotherapy

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:18

Total Credits: 36

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