Oct 19, 2021  
Fitchburg State University 2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    
Fitchburg State University 2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration, M.S.


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MS—Counseling


Graduate Program Chair & Advisor

Daneen Deptula, PhD

Graduate Committee

Daneen Deptula, PhD
John Hancock, PhD
Lynne Kellner, PhD
Megan Krell, PhD
 

Program Objectives

The MS in Counseling program is designed to prepare professional counselors as human development educators or facilitators whose primary function is to help individuals enhance life adjustment, facilitate personal growth and expand behavioral competencies so that they can cope more effectively with their environment. Through the program students increase their self-awareness, their sensitivity to others and their effectiveness as facilitators as they develop skills in counseling. The two major programs of study — clinical mental health counseling and school counseling — both fulfill the academic requirements for state licensure in their respective fields.

Program Description

The program is based on a developmental socialization model of intervention, which recognizes that at each developmental stage throughout the lifespan, individuals face tasks that can lead to problems needing professional assistance. Counselor education is based on the belief that effective counselors are both personally and professionally integrated. For this reason, a balance between didactic and experiential learning is maintained.

Special Status Student

This program of study is designed for professionals who already hold a master’s degree in counseling or a related field with the opportunity to apply for:

  • Licensure as a mental health counselor (L.M.H.C.)
  • Initial licensure as a school counselor (PreK-8) or (5-12)

A second master’s degree is not awarded. Students apply for enrollment through the CAGS in Interdisciplinary Studies: Counseling/Psychology Concentration. Applicants seeking initial licensure as a school counselor must submit passing scores on the communication and literacy portion of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) for admission to the CAGS in Interdisciplinary Studies: Counseling/Psychology Concentration.

Admissions Standards and Criteria

To apply for enrollment in the MS in Counseling Program, a student must submit documents as outlined in the graduate admissions section as well as:

  • A personal statement (maximum 300 words) describing goals and reasons for applying to the program
  • Applicants to school counseling programs of study must submit passing scores on the communication and literacy portion of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL).

Students are admitted to the university and take Stage I coursework in the program. After the successful completion of the Stage I coursework, students apply for candidacy in the graduate counseling program.

Candidacy is awarded by the Behavioral Sciences Committee on Graduate Programs based on:

  • The successful completion of the undergraduate prerequisites
  • The successful completion of the experiential and theoretical aspects of counseling (Stage I course work)
  • The successful completion of the Communication and Literacy portion of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) if applicable.
  • The demonstration of competent personal and appropriate ethical behavior
  • The demonstration of competent interpersonal skills
  • The demonstration of effective written and oral communication skills

Program Requirements

For all programs, students together with their advisors, must plan a program to meet the candidate’s career goals. All courses must have advisor approval prior to registration. Please note that all counseling courses now have COUN for a course prefix, rather than the formerly used PSY prefix, to better reflect the nature of this program as a preparation for professional counseling careers.

  1.  Undergraduate Prerequisites 6 cr.
 
  A course in Developmental Psychology (e.g., Human Growth & Development), and 3 cr.
  A course in Statistics (e.g., Applied Statistics)  3 cr.
  1.  Eligibility for Field Experience Classes
    Eligibility for field experience classes ( COUN 8132 - Psychopathology II: Treatment Planning and Outcome  ; COUN 8200 - Principles of School Counseling ; COUN 8210 - College and Career Readiness ; COUN 8220 - Counseling in the Elementary School ; COUN 8900 - Counseling Techniques and Case Analysis: School Counseling  or  ) requires admission to the MS in Counseling program.
  2. Eligibility for Internship or Practicum
    Eligibility for COUN 9062 - Internship in Counseling  (3 cr.); COUN 9075 - Internship in Counseling  (6 cr.), COUN 9085 - Practicum in School Counseling  or COUN 9090 - Internship in Mental Health Counseling —Stage III of the program is determined by the Behavioral Science Committee on Graduate Programs based on:
  • Candidacy
  • A grade point average of at least 3.0 in Stage I and Stage II courses
  • All Stage I and Stage II courses completed
  • Overall GPA of 3.25
  • Demonstration of effective written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstration of competent interpersonal skills
  • Demonstration of competent personal and appropriate ethical behavior

 

Programs of Study


Clinical Mental Health Counseling


This program prepares professionals for counseling positions in a wide variety of settings. Mental health counseling involves the application of the principles of psychotherapy, human development, learning theory, group dynamics, psychopathology, and intervention/treatment planning. The applications are relevant to individuals, couples, families and groups for the purpose of treating psychopathology and promoting optimal mental health.

This program of study offers students the opportunity to apply for licensure in mental health counseling (L.M.H.C.).

A minimum of 60 semester hours is required. Students must take 60 hours of required courses including 12 semester hours of internship.

Total for Degree 60 cr.


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