M.A. in Counseling

M.A. in Counseling

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares counselors for positions in community mental health and human service agencies, schools, universities, hospitals, government, business, and industry; and provides core courses toward licensure. Additional course electives can be taken to meet licensure requirements. Program graduates will be able to: 

  • Provide counseling and consultation for individuals, families, and groups. 
  • Deliver the continuum of community counseling services including prevention, intervention, outreach, and crisis and disaster response. 
  • Assess the needs of diverse clients within the context of multicultural development and wellness across the life span. 
  • Assess, diagnose and treat individuals who have mental health disorders. 
  • Recognize the impact of alcohol, drugs, and other addictions on the individual and family in counseling. 
  • Employ evidence-based practices in counseling such as cognitive behavioral therapy, person-centered counseling, and multimodal therapy. 
  • Advocate for programs and services to meet the mental health needs of underserved individuals and groups. 
  • Evaluate counseling practices and programs using research and technological methods.

Click here for a counseling program sheet.


CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS (60 credits)

Course Number
Course Title*
Credit Hours
COUN 601**
Orientation to Professional Counseling and Ethics
3
COUN 603
Counseling and Development Across the Life Span
3
COUN 604
Appraisal and Assessment in Counseling
3
COUN 605
Counseling Theories
3
COUN 606
Research and Program Evaluation
3
COUN 607
Group Process
3
COUN 608
Counseling Skills
3
COUN 609
Differential Diagnosis of Maladaptive Behavior
3
COUN 610
Clinical Mental Health Counseling
3
COUN 629
Multicultural Counseling
3
COUN 632
Family and Couple Counseling
3
COUN 636
Group Counseling Theory and Practice
3
COUN 650
Foundation of Addictions Counseling
3
COUN 663
Career Counseling and Development
3
COUN 686
Case Conceptualization and Treatment Planning in Counseling
3
COUN 690***
Practicum in Counseling
3
COUN 694
Internship I in Counseling
3
COUN 695
Internship II in Counseling
3
COUN Counseling Elective 3
COUN Counseling Elective 3

*View our course catalog for detailed course descriptions.

**Effective fall 2012, new students in the MA in Counseling Program will complete COUN 601 successfully within the first 9 credits of the program. Taking the course in the first semester is highly recommended.

***Prerequisites: Permission of the Clinical Coordinator, approval by the Clinical Committee, and 30 credits successfully completed before beginning Practicum, including COUN 601, COUN 605, COUN 607, and COUN 608.

Practicum and Internship may not be taken in the same semester, and each course must be successfully completed in sequential order. The Practicum application must be submitted to the Clinical Coordinator at least one semester before the student plans to begin Practicum. The Clinical Committee reviews the student’s readiness in the three core areas: Knowledge, Skills and Dispositions. Click here for the Practicum and Internship Manual. 

 


ELECTIVE COURSES

Course Number
Course Title*
Credit Hours
COUN 616
Therapeutic Intervention Techniques: Consultation in Educational Settings
3
COUN 631
Psychopharmacology
3
COUN 642
Play Therapy
3
COUN 644
Parent and Child Play Therapy
3
COUN 652
Assessment, Treatment Planning, and Interventions in Addictions Counseling
3
COUN 703
Independent Study in Counseling
3
COUN 715
Consultation and Program Evaluation
3

*View our course catalog for detailed course descriptions.

CONTACT US

Yumiko Ogawa, Chair
Rossey Building, Room 536
Email: yogawa@njcu.edu
Tel: 201-200-2474

 

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