Mental Health Counseling Concentration Requirements

(48 credits or 60 credits)

Option A: 48 credits (Satisfies course and credit requirement to sit for the National Counselor’s Examination.)

Option B: 60 credits (Satisfies course and credit requirement to sit for the National Counselor’s Examination and to apply for licensure in Pennsylvania.)

1. Core Courses (39 to 45 credits)

  • PY 500 Educational and Career Counseling, Mental Health Counseling
  • PY 516 Human Development: Life Span
  • PY 521 Research Design, Methods and Evaluation
  • PY 570 Professional Issues in Counseling
  • PY 572 Concepts of Mental Health and Mental Illness
  • PY 574 Clinical Psychopharmacology
  • PY 586 Theories and Techniques of Counseling
  • PY 610 Group Counseling
  • PY 620 Advanced Counseling Techniques
  • PY 625 Psychological Testing
  • PY 688 Cultural Bases of Counseling
  • PY 630A/B Internship (Option A: 3 credits, 150 hours; Option B: 6 credits, 300 hours)
  • PY 631A/B Internship (Option A: 3 credits, 150 hours; Option B: 6 credits, 300 hours)

2. Elective Courses (Option A: 9 credits; Option B: 15 credits) Chosen with the adviser to meet students’ interests—must include one course from the child/family therapy and one from the trauma concentration, and no more than one course outside of the department. May include 6 credits of PY 589 Independent Research.

3. PY 587 Practicum (non-credit): A non-credit Practicum experience consisting of at least 100 hours of documented, supervised counseling experience in an approved setting is required before the student is permitted to enroll in internship.

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