Counseling & Applied Educational Psychology
Counseling Psychology (MS/CAGS)
The Master of Science in Counseling Psychology (MSCP) at Northeastern is a 60 semester hour program. This competitive program seeks to educate master level practitioners. The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) is a 30 semester hour program for those who already hold a master's and who want further study to enhance their abilities and career prospects.
The MSCP program at Northeastern is committed to the development of competent Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC) through the disciplinary studies and contemporary professional practice of counseling psychology. Recent program revisions comply with licensing regulations for Mental Health Counselors in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The program philosophy is shaped by an ecological model of development and intervention, attending to the ways in which individuals interact with their environments (family, cultural background, social, economic, and political structures) to develop health and/or pathology, and embracing the need to attend to these multiple levels when intervening. The program consists of two years of classes and clinical training. At the conclusion of this program some graduates seek employment and some seek doctoral study.
The clinical training is student selected from sites approved by the department, and represents a full range of practice settings for mental health counselors. These sites include: college and community counseling centers; inpatient psychiatric units, behavioral medicine, emergency, and other services within hospital settings; comprehensive community-based programs as well as services for identified populations (e.g. battered women, persons with AIDS, persons with substance abuse, and members of the justice system--adults and adolescents). Typically students will develop and practice skills in individual counseling, assessment and diagnosis, and group work as well as psychoeducational programs with remediative, preventive and health promotion emphases.
Our clinical seminars are no larger than eight students; group courses are no larger than fifteen. Only occasionally does a class size reach 20. Our program expects discussion and participation in the courses and so small classes are important.
Required classes provide grounding in theory, strategies, and application of counseling skills relating to human development and sources of difference, psychopathology, individual and group counseling, vocational counseling, and assessment.
The MSCP program at Northeastern is unique in that we offer students a choice of specific concentrations within the general master's program. The concentrations are exciting because they offer the opportunity for students to gain additional depth in selected areas. We believe that having a concentration in training should make our graduates especially successful in admission to further graduate study and jobs after graduation. These concentrations take advantage of interdisciplinary training and perspectives in areas of:
- Health Psychology
- Forensic Counseling
- Early Intervention
- Child and Adolescent Psychology
- Cultural, Gender, and Political Psychology