2016-2017 Graduate Academic Catalog

M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School and Community Specialization 60 credits

This specialization is designed for students who wish to work in both school and community settings. Candidates are required to engage in training at both community and school placement sites. There are two program options in this specialization:

The School Adjustment Counseling option is designed for students who wish to provide counseling to address the mental health treatment needs of children and adolescents within a school setting. It meets the educational requirements of Master's-level counseling licensure and the requirements for Initial licensure in school adjustment counseling in Massachusetts.

The School Guidance Counseling option is designed for students who wish to provide counseling to address the normal developmental needs (academic and psychological) of children and adolescents within a school setting. It meets the educational requirements of Master's-level counseling licensure and the requirements for Initial licensure in school guidance counseling (levels PreK-8 or 5-12) in Massachusetts.

  • Either program can be completed in three academic years of full-time study.
  • 1,300 hours of field experience are required.
  • Students must pass the Communication and Literacy section of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) prior to field training.

School Adjustment Counseling Option:

Required Core Courses

GCOUN 6015Group Dynamics for Counselors and Consultants

3

GCOUN 6026Developmental Psychology Across the Lifespan

3

GCOUN 6027Clinical Skills and the Counseling Process

3

GCOUN 6029Vocational Development and Career Counseling

3

GCOUN 6030Psychology of Culture and Identity: Power, Privilege and Oppression

3

GCOUN 6101Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods

3

GCOUN 6200Orientation to Professional Counseling and Psychology

2

GCOUN 6201Issues and Standards in Professional Counseling

3

GCOUN 6202Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy

3

GCOUN 6211Professional Integrative Seminar

1

GCOUN 7100Biological Bases of Behavior

3

Required Specialization Courses

GCOUN 5007Introduction to Family Therapy

3

GCOUN 6102Child and Adolescent Psychopathology

3

GCOUN 6031Counseling Young Children and Adolescents

3

GCOUN 6259Issues in School Counseling for the School Adjustment Counselor

3

GCOUN 6255Assessments for Counseling and Psychology: Children and Adolescents

3

GCOUN 6258Consultation Skills for Counselors and Mental Health Professionals

3

Field Experience Courses

GCOUN 7710Clinical Practice and Supervision I: Clinical Setting

3

GCOUN 7711Clinical Practice and Supervision II: Clinical Setting

3

GCOUN 7718Clinical Practice and Supervision III: School Setting

3

GCOUN 7719Clinical Practice and Supervision IV: School Setting

3

School Guidance Counseling Option:

Required Core Courses

GCOUN 6015Group Dynamics for Counselors and Consultants

3

GCOUN 6026Developmental Psychology Across the Lifespan

3

GCOUN 6027Clinical Skills and the Counseling Process

3

GCOUN 6029Vocational Development and Career Counseling

3

GCOUN 6030Psychology of Culture and Identity: Power, Privilege and Oppression

3

GCOUN 6101Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods

3

GCOUN 6200Orientation to Professional Counseling and Psychology

2

GCOUN 6201Issues and Standards in Professional Counseling

3

GCOUN 6202Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy

3

GCOUN 6211Professional Integrative Seminar

1

GCOUN 7100Biological Bases of Behavior

3

Required Specialization Courses

GCOUN 5007Introduction to Family Therapy

3

GCOUN 6102Child and Adolescent Psychopathology

3

 

GCOUN 6252Counseling the Young Child and Play Therapy

3

or

GCOUN 6254Counseling Adolescents

3

 

GCOUN 6255Assessments for Counseling and Psychology: Children and Adolescents

3

GCOUN 6260Issues in School Counseling for School Guidance Counselors

3

GCOUN 6261Psychoeducational Approaches to Counseling and Prevention

3

Field Experience Courses

GCOUN 7710Clinical Practice and Supervision I: Clinical Setting

3

GCOUN 7711Clinical Practice and Supervision II: Clinical Setting

3

GCOUN 7718Clinical Practice and Supervision III: School Setting

3

GCOUN 7719Clinical Practice and Supervision IV: School Setting

3