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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

 

C6035 - Human Growth and Development
(3)

(3)

C6036 - Essentials of Interviewing
(3)

(3)

C6430 - Treatment of Mental Disorders
(3)

(3)

C6431 - Counseling in Community Settings
(3)

(3)

C6432 - Diagnosis and Treatment of Psychopathology
(3)

(3)

C6435 - Individual Evaluation and Assessment
(3)

(3)

C6436 - Individual Counseling Theories and Practice
(3)

(3)

C6438 - Group Theories and Practice
(3)

(3)

C6439 - Human Sexuality
(3)

(3)

C6440 - Ethics in Counseling
(3)

(3)

C6445 - Social and Cultural Competencies for Counselors
(3)

(3)

C6446 - Substance Abuse Counseling
(3)

(3)

C6452 - Career and Lifestyle Assessment
(3)

(3)

PC6021 - Schools of Family Therapy
(3)

(3)

PC6803 - Trauma Impact and Counseling
(3)

(3)

R6032 - Research and Program Evaluation in Counseling
(3)

(3)

Core Course Requirements — 48 Credit Hours

 

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

 

C6601 - Practicum — Counseling
(1)

(1)

C6602 - Internship I — Counseling
(2)

(2)

C6603 - Internship II - Counseling
(3)

(3)

Practicum and Internship Requirements— 6 Credit Hours

 

Elective Requirements

Students identify appropriate electives in consultation with their advisors. Students are required to take 6 credit hours of elective courses.

Practicum Requirements

The beginning practicum/internship for students in the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program requires that students complete a separate practicum of at least 100 clock hours at the beginning of Practicum/Internship (C6601). Students are required to complete the practicum, which is the first part of a 1000-hour practicum/internship experience.

All practicum students are expected to complete a minimum of 40 hours of direct service with clients including experience in individual counseling and group work.

Students are expected to maintain weekly clinical journals of all aspects of the practicum experience and to log these hours. It is expected that both faculty and site supervisor will regularly read, discuss and sign the journals. Students are expected to participate in weekly online and telephone seminars with a designated seminar leader. Evaluation of the student's performance will occur throughout the practicum and will include a formal evaluation at the completion of the 100-hour practicum.

Internship Requirements

After successful completion of all practicum requirements students are permitted to move on to the internship, which requires an additional 900 clock hours.  All internship students are expected to complete a minimum of 500 hours of direct service with clients.

During the internship, students will have the opportunity to continue to develop and refine competencies related to clinical reasoning, relationship skills, assessment skills, and interventions skills. In addition, students will have the opportunity to continue to increase their knowledge base of core counseling competencies, as well as improve abilities to write clear, well organized reports, and refine communication skills. Internship students will be expected to display enhanced recognition of the rights, responsibilities and ethical guidelines of the profession. They will also be required to demonstrate knowledge of, and sensitivity to, diversity issues in interactions with clients and other professionals.

Capstone Examination Requirements

Students are required to take the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) for the first time at the mid-point of the graduate study or as soon as they complete the ten core courses on which it is based. All students must successfully complete the CPCE no later than the semester before the one in which they plan to graduate.

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