Practical Experience and Emerging Specialties
The graduate program in Counseling Psychology prepares highly qualified mental health clinicians for positions in schools, community mental health centers, hospitals, other health agencies, and business and industry settings. Courses provide the history, theory and practice of counseling and psychotherapy, and students are given ample opportunity to integrate coursework with firsthand experience by learning and practicing skills needed to be highly effective, culturally competent and ethical providers of mental healthcare to diverse populations. Graduates use their ever-growing base of knowledge and skills to provide evidence-based therapy to achieve positive clinical outcomes.
Arcadia offers the following specializations:
- Applied Behavior Analysis
- Child/Family Therapy
- Mental Health Counseling
- School Counseling (Elementary and Secondary)
- Trauma: Clinical Bases of Treatment and Recovery
Arcadia’s Mental Health Counseling, Applied Behavior Analysis, Child/Family Therapy and Trauma concentrations are designed for students seeking national certification and/or state licensure as master’s-level mental health practitioners. These concentrations are designed to enable a graduate to apply for licensure in Pennsylvania (or other states with equivalent requirements) once that individual has passed the National Counselor’s Exam (NCE) and has accumulated 3,600 hours of supervised work experience. The program is accredited by the Masters in Psychology Accreditation Council (MPAC) and offers students the opportunity to take the NCE on campus before graduation.
Arcadia’s School Counseling master’s program is designed for students seeking state certification as elementary and/or secondary school counselors. The program enables a graduate to apply for certification once that individual has passed the necessary Praxis exams.
All master’s students in all concentrations take common core courses but choose areas in which to specialize. Each concentration is offered as a full specialty master’s program. The Child/Family Therapy, Trauma, and School Counseling concentrations also are offered as free-standing programs for practitioners who already hold a master’s degree in a relevant area. The Child/Family Therapy and Trauma post-master’s programs lead to an Arcadia University Graduate Certificate, while the School Counseling program leads to certification by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Finally, students with a 48-credit master’s degree in counseling are able to apply for the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Counseling Psychology and complete the state requirements for licensure as a licensed professional counselor in Pennsylvania (or other states with equivalent requirements). The Applied Behavior Analysis concentration is also offered as a post-baccalaureate certificate by the Education Department.