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Atlanta Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Courses & Admissions Requirements

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Admissions Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, a nationally accredited institution approved and documented by the faculty and dean of the College of Counseling, Psychology and Social Sciences, or an appropriately certified foreign institution.
  • A grade point average (GPA) on a scale of 4.0 as described below. Additional requirements may apply.
    • 3.0 for the last 60 hours of coursework (including graduate work).
    • Applicants with grade point averages lower than the stated program minimums may be considered for admission with significant evidence of academic and professional potential demonstrated by the career and/or professional accomplishments indicated in the statement of academic and professional goals, the career summary, and academic or professional letters of recommendation. Such Admission must be recommended by the Admissions Committee and department chair and must be justified, documented, signed, placed, and retained in the student's academic file.
  • A minimum score on an Argosy University pre-approved English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction as specified in Section Five, Admission Policies, "English Language Proficiency Policy."
  • Completion of an interview with a member of the program Admissions Committee.

All applications for admission must be submitted to the Admissions Department. An admissions representative is available to help interested applicants complete the following required documentation:

  • Completed Application for Admission Form.
  • Personal/professional goal statement with a self-appraisal of qualifications for the profession.
  • Current résumé (or career summary).
  • Three completed Applicant Recommendation Forms.
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended.

Course List

Core Course Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

PC6000 - Counseling Theory
(3)

(3)

PC6003 - Abnormal Psychology
(3)

(3)

PC6025 - Human Growth and Development
(3)

(3)

PC6104 - Counseling Skills I
(3)

(3)

PC6105 - Counseling Skills II
(3)

(3)

PC6106 - Foundations of Mental Health Counseling
(3)

(3)

PC6300 - Professional and Ethical Issues
(3)

(3)

PC6505 - Group Counseling
(3)

(3)

PC6511 - Social and Cultural Diversity
(3)

(3)

PC6521 - Research and Program Evaluation
(3)

(3)

PC6525 - Appraisal and Assessment
(3)

(3)

PC6600 - Career and Lifestyle Development
(3)

(3)

PC6700 - Couples and Family Counseling
(3)

(3)

PC6803 - Trauma Impact and Counseling
(3)

(3)

PC6900 - Substance Abuse Counseling
(3)

(3)

Core Course Requirements—45 Credit Hours

 

Elective Requirements—Students Choose Two Courses from the Following
PC6020 - Theories of Family Process and Development
(3)

(3)

PC6022 - Family Therapy Counseling Skills
(3)

(3)

PC6200 - Human Sexuality
(3)

(3)

PC6220 - Personality Theories and Individual Counseling
(3)

(3)

PC6430 - Aging
(3)

(3)

PC6440 - Child and Adolescent Counseling
(3)

(3)

PC6445 - Play Therapy
(3)

(3)

PC6800 - Special Topics in Professional Counseling
(3)

(3)

Elective Requirements—6 Credit Hours

 

Practicum and Internship Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

PC6410 - Counseling Practicum
(3)

(3)

PC6415 - Counseling Internship
(6)*

(6)*

Practicum and Internship Requirements—9 Credit Hours

*Students enroll in PC6415 for three credit hours for two consecutive semesters.

 

Practicum and Internship Requirements—9 Credit Hours

Practicum and Internship Requirements

The practicum and internship are an essential part of the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program. The sequence consists of a 10-month long supervised field training experience within a mental health setting. A required, essential component of the degree program, students are supervised by experienced clinicians who teach relevant skills, provide supervision of on-going work, and serve as role models of professional identity and behavior.

Training may not be done in a student's place of employment, nor is any student exempt from the practicum/internship requirements. Students are required to complete a minimum of 100 hours of on-site experience (of which at least 40 hours are direct client contact) during the practicum and a minimum of 600 clock hours of on-site experience (of which at least 240 are direct client contact) during the internship.

All students who enter the practicum/internship application process must be in good academic standing, have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0, and have completed all the practicum prerequisite courses prior to the beginning of training with a "B-" or better. In addition, students must take and successfully pass the Comprehensive Exam prior to the start of the practicum.

All students enrolled in a practicum/internship are concurrently enrolled in a seminar that is led by a program faculty member. The seminar meets throughout the placement and allows the student to reflect on various training experiences while acquiring additional skills and attitudes.

Detailed guidelines on the practicum and internship sequence are included in the current Practicum/Internship Student Handbook available from the Counseling Department.

Initial Five Courses Requirement

The first five courses of the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program must be satisfactorily completed before a student is allowed to take additional courses in the program:

  • PC6000 - Counseling Theory (3)
  • PC6003 - Abnormal Psychology (3)
  • PC6104 - Counseling Skills I (3)
  • PC6106 - Foundations of Mental Health Counseling (3)
  • PC6300 - Professional and Ethical Issues (3)

All five courses must be successfully completed in order for a student to continue in the program. After successful completion, each student's academic record will be reviewed. Students who earn a GPA of 3.0 or above (on a scale of 4.0) and have satisfactory faculty evaluations will be considered for continuation in the program.

Any of the five courses in which a grade below "B-" is received must be repeated. Any student who receives two grades below "B-" in the first five courses (including grades received on courses retaken) will be automatically dismissed from the program. Students who achieve a GPA below 3.0 at the end of their first five courses will be dismissed from the program.

Clinical Evaluation Conference Requirements

The Clinical Evaluation Conference (CEC) normally takes place during the final term of internship seminar. The CEC evaluates the growth and development of clinical competency in accordance with the standards of Argosy University, Atlanta, and ensures acquisition of the appropriate skill levels for subsequent supervised clinical practice. The CEC assesses competency in assessment, case formulation, treatment planning and implementation and writing skills.

Graduation Requirements
  • Completion of 60 semester credit hours by the end of the fifth year of matriculation. The total credit hours must include:
    • 45 credit hours of core courses
    • 6 credit hours of elective courses
    • 9 credit hours of practicum/internship (completed over 10 months)
  • Successful completion of the Comprehensive Examination
Course/Credit Transfer

A maximum of four courses — 12 credit hours — may be transferred into the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program. Students wishing to transfer course credit hours from another graduate program must submit the required Course Waiver Form and supporting documentation to Student Services. The request must then be approved by a designated program representative. Required courses that may not be transferred into the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program at Argosy University, Atlanta are listed below:

Non-Transferrable Courses

 

PC6104 - Counseling Skills I
PC6105 - Counseling Skills II
PC6410 - Counseling Practicum
PC6415 - Counseling Internship
Recommended Course Sequence for the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Degree Program

Students upon admission to the program are provided a program of study. The sequence outlines the courses the student is to take in the program and when these courses are to be taken by the student. The sequence generally shows a pattern of 6 semester hours of course work each semester. Students are expected to follow the sequence and if they must divert from the sequence pattern, are highly encouraged to speak with their faculty advisor first. Admissions representatives will discuss sequencing with prospective students.


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