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Master of Arts (MA) in Counseling Psychology Admissions & Course Requirements, Argosy University - Seattle Campus

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Admissions Requirements

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:

Course List

Core Course Requirements — Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

PC6000 - Counseling Theory
(3)

(3)

PC6003 - Abnormal Psychology
(3)

(3)

PC6010 - Professionalization Group I
(1)

(1)

PC6011 - Professionalization Group II
(1)

(1)

PC6021 - Schools of Family Therapy
(3)

(3)

PC6025 - Human Growth and Development
(3)

(3)

PC6104 - Counseling Skills I
(3)

(3)

PC6105 - Counseling Skills II
(3)

(3)

PC6220 - Personality Theories and Individual Counseling
(3)

(3)

PC6240 - Introduction to Psychological Testing
(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)

PC6600 - Career and Lifestyle Development
(3)

(3)

Core Course Requirements—41 Credit Hours

 

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

 

PC6400 - Practicum I
(3)

(3)

PC6401 - Practicum II
(3)

(3)

PC6402 - Practicum III
(3)

(3)

Practicum and Practicum Seminar Requirements — 9 Credit Hours

 

Practicum and Practicum Seminar Requirements

Practicum


The practicum is an opportunity provided to students for field training in counseling. During the practicum, students work under supervision with a client population within a mental health delivery system. The practicum is an essential part of training in counseling and all students are required to participate in the practicum experience. Liability insurance is included in the cost of the practicum tuition.

Please see the Practicum Training Manual for your academic year for specific details of practicum requirements and the practicum application process.

Practicum Seminar


All students enrolled in a practicum must also concurrently attend a practicum seminar. The seminar meets biweekly throughout the practicum year and allows the student to reflect on various practicum experiences and to acquire additional skills and attitudes useful in field training. The specific content and emphasis of the seminar varies according to the practicum setting and focus of the enrolled students and the professional expertise of the faculty member.
 

Psychotherapy Competency Examination Requirements

The Psychotherapy Competency Examination (PCE) normally takes place during the third or final practicum seminar. The PCE evaluates the growth and development of clinical competency, in accordance with the standards of Argosy University, Seattle, and ensures acquisition of the appropriate skill levels for subsequent supervised clinical practice.

The PCE assesses competency in assessment, case formulation, and treatment planning and implementation. This requirement is accomplished through a presentation of a treatment session and an accompanying presentation of the assessment, case formulation, course of treatment, and analysis integration of at least one counseling theory orientation to the case.   Students must choose a session that has not been supervised and not been previously presented in the practicum seminar.

Please see the Psychotherapy Competency Examination Handbook for additional information
 

Course/Credit Transfer

The MA in Counseling Psychology degree program does not accept any credit hours earned as military credit, credit by examination, credit by correspondence, credit for life experience, or credit from non-accredited schools.

The maximum number of credit hours or courses eligible for transfer in the MA in Counseling Psychology degree program is 12 credit hours, i.e., four courses. The following is a list of courses that may not be transferred at Argosy University, Seattle:

PC6000 - Counseling Theory
(3)

(3)

PC6003 - Abnormal Psychology
(3)

(3)

PC6010 - Professionalization Group I
(1)

(1)

PC6011 - Professionalization Group II
(1)

(1)

PC6104 - Counseling Skills I
(3)

(3)

PC6105 - Counseling Skills II
(3)

(3)

PC6300 - Professional and Ethical Issues
(3)

(3)

PC6400 - Practicum I
(3)

(3)

PC6401 - Practicum II
(3)

(3)

PC6402 - Practicum III
(3)

(3)

Recommended Course Sequence for the Master of Arts (MA) in Counseling Psychology Degree Program at Argosy University, Seattle

Student progress through the program is intended to be sequential. Certain courses are offered to first-year students that are designed to provide a theoretical and practical foundation for courses that will follow in subsequent years. Students must satisfy all stated prerequisites for a course before registration for that course can be considered official. The MA in Counseling Psychology degree program recommended course sequence can be obtained from the department chair.

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