College of Education and Human Services
Curriculum

General Approach

If your objective is to gain a solid background, general knowledge base and clinical preparation for advanced work in the mental health field, this masters program in counseling will fit your needs.

This M.A. with a Major in Counseling is designed to provide:

  • students with a thorough grounding in the theories, skills, and models of interventions
  • training to function effectively as counselors in a variety of settings
  • the ability to work in such populations as community mental health centers, college counseling centers, nursing homes, hospitals, and educational institutions, to name only a few
  • an emphasis on training students to work with individuals  who are essentially intact, rather than severely disturbed clients

If your objective is to pursue education beyond the master's level, you have the option of applying to the online Ed.S. (Educational Specialist) and complete both the M.A. in Counseling and the Ed.S. in Professional Counseling for a total of 60 credits. The combined M.A./Ed.S. is open only to students having completed the M.A. with a major in Counseling at SHU.

Eligibility  to take the NCE (National Counseling Exam)  during Semester VIII of the Masters Program and can take this exam at Seton Hall University.  http://www.nbcc.org/home

Coursework

Completion of this  Counseling degree requires students to complete sixteen 3-credit courses for a total of 48-credits.  Students join a cohort or learning team of students who progress through the program together. This learning team approach is a key component to student success with the online delivery of courses.  This program does not accept transfer students or transfer credits. 

Course Number Course Title Credits Semester
CPSY 6002 Counseling Theory 3 I
CPSY 6003 Counseling Skills 3 I
CPSY 6102 Psychology of Human Development 3 II
CPSY 6301 Career Development and Counseling 3 II
CPSY 6103 Abnormal Psychology 3 III
CPSY 8100 Multicultural Counseling and Psychology 3 III
CPSY 6306 Counseling and Community Agencies 3 III
CPSY 6302 Orientation to Professional Counseling 3 IV
CPSY 7005 Stat Theory and Computer Applications I 3 IV
CPSY 6316 Group Counseling (prerequisites: CPSY 6002and CPSY 6003) 3 IV
CPSY 6005 Appraisal and Assessment in Counseling 3 V
CPSY 7001 Counselor Ethics in Practice 3 V
CPSY 7101 Research Methods 3 VI
CPSY 7310 Practicum in Counseling (prerequisites: CPSY 6316 and program approval) 3 VI
CPSY 7380 Internship in Counseling I 3 VII
CPSY 7381 Internship in Counseling II 3 VIII

Total 48

Students complete a comprehensive final exam or capstone project to complete the degree requirements and usually during their final semester.

Required Courses for the Ed.S.
Students can begin to register for these in Semester V of the M.A. Program


Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) with a major in Professional Counseling

Course Number Course Title Credits Semester
CPSY 6310 Etiology and Treatment of Addictions 3
CPSY 8520 Seminar in Psychopathology (prerequisite 6103) 3
CPSY 6601 Couple & Family Dynamics: Systemic Perspectives 3
CPSY 7383 Internship in Counseling III 3

Total 12

Residencies

If you are asking the question so many students ask, “Why do I need to attend a residency?”

Hear what students have to say:

"Because we feel so strongly about the many benefits of students coming together and meeting one another before working completely online, the residency is vital and required." 

This initial face-to-face experience is essential for your continued educational success online.We ask you to attend for only 4 days at the start of the program and then again the following year. Your expenses are included in the cost of your tuition except for your transportation to and from the residency. This is a small commitment for a large benefit.

Course Descriptions

CPSY 6005 Appraisal and Assessment in Counseling
Rationale and assumptions underlying psychological tests.  Consideration and evaluation of the types of tests commonly used in education and psychology. Introduction to theoretical foundations for assessing psychological constructs including methods for estimating reliability/validity and techniques for scale construction. 3 credits

CPSY 6002 Counseling Theory
Examines in depth the function of theory in counseling; major theories and their contributions to the practice of counseling.  Affords opportunity to begin the development of students’ own theoretical orientation to counseling. 3 credits

CPSY 6003 Counseling Skills
Skill-building experience in facilitative behaviors (empathy, genuineness, extending client communication) using such techniques as modeling, role-playing, audiotape and videotape feedback, as well as other training methodologies. Extensive research has indicated that certain basic skills, interpersonal in nature, are essential to all helping relationships. 3 credits

CPSY 6301 Career Development and Counseling
Overview of the factors in career development and occupational choices, including theories, sources of information, assessment, diversity issues and the impact of technology. A materials fee will be assessed for each student the first week of class.  3 credits

CPSY6302 Orientation to Professional Counseling
This course provides an overview of the counseling profession and the roles of counselors in a variety of mental health and educational settings. Counselor preparation and licensure are examined in depth with attention to career pathways, accreditation, counselor licensure statutes and regulations, and school counseling certification. Professional topics introduced include common factors, empirically supported treatments, counseling specializations, counseling competencies, social and cultural factors, appraisal, and research.

CPSY 6306  Counseling and Community Agencies
Application of community counseling model across diverse community agencies. Review how agencies provide preventative education, outreach, counseling, advocacy, social and public policy, and consultation interventions to clients and communities.  Attention given to cross-cultural issues, managed health care, service utilization, agency systems and the mental health professional’s role. Students prepare and present a portfolio on a community agency by collecting information and interviewing staff. 3 credits

CPSY 6102 Psychology of Human Development
Overview of current theories of human development: biological, psychological, social, emotional and cognitive aspects of maturation and growth through the life cycle. 3 credits

CPSY 6103 Abnormal Psychology
Survey of maladaptations in light of current theory and research, including sociocultural factors, defense mechanisms, coping with stress. Etiology, diagnosis, treatment of classical syndromes. Understanding individuals within the context of their own environment; epidemiological and community approaches to treatment and prevention. 3 credits

CPSY 6005 Appraisal and Assessment in Counseling
Survey of characteristics, assessment, intervention, and prevention of addictive behaviors with a primary examination of chemical dependency.  Influence of cultural and social variables are explored as they relate to etiology, assessment, treatment, and relapse prevention. 3 credits.

CPSY 6316 Group Counseling
Requires active participation in training group setting. Students learn group process through participation. Factors such as resistance, transference, group climate, norms and stages of development will be observed, experienced and studied. The format of this course will be experiential, not lecture-discussion.  Prerequisites: Department permission required. 3 credits

CPSY 6601 Couple and Family Dynamics: Systemic Perspectives
An introduction to various schools of contemporary literary theory, including preliminary exposure to a variety of perspectives on families and couples. Students acquire an understanding of normative family lifecycle patterns and transitions as well as changing patterns in the family lifecycle. The roles of gender and ethnicity in normative family patterns and in family-based therapeutic interventions are discussed. 3 credits

CPSY 7005 Statistical Theory and Computer Applications I
Students will be taught the interaction between measurement, research design and statistical analysis in sociobehavioral research. Statistical theory will be presented so students gain an insight to modern statistical methods. All students will demonstrate proficiency with current software for data analysis. 3 credits

CPSY 7101 Research Methods
Systematic analysis and clarification of research problems, explanation of relationships between research hypothesis and research procedures and appropriate techniques for analyzing data and evaluating evidence. (Formerly RESH 7101). 3 credits

CPSY 7310 Practicum in Counseling
Supervised work in case study, diagnosis, specific program planning and team conferences. Use of audio and videotape. Students are required to submit exposition of their own counseling theory. One hundred hours minimum of fieldwork experience is required. Placements need to be approved by the practicum/internship coordinator at least three months prior to placement. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in denial of registration for the course. Additional credits (maximum of 6) with department permission. Prerequisites: acceptance into M.A. in Counseling program or post-master’s licensing sequence; CPSY 6002, 6003, 6315, 6316 and departmental permission. 3-6 credits

CPSY 7380 Internship in Professional Counseling I
Supervised fieldwork placement for mental health counselors.  Setting appropriate to area of concentration, including community agencies, hospitals, treatment centers, higher education, and secondary or elementary education. Students are required to complete 300 hours per semester (120 direct hours, 180 indirect hours). Placements need to be approved by the practicum/internship coordinator at least three months prior to placement. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in denial of registration for the course. Prerequisite: Successful completion (B- or better) of CPSY 7310 and department permission. 3 credits

CPSY 7381 Internship in Professional Counseling II
Continuation of supervised fieldwork placement for mental health counselors. Setting appropriate to area of concentration, including community agencies, hospitals, treatment centers, higher education, and secondary or elementary education.  Students are required to complete 300 hours per semester (120 direct hours, 180 indirect hours). Placements need to be approved by the practicum/internship coordinator at least three months prior to placement. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in denial of registration for the course. Prerequisite: Successful completion (B- or better) of CPSY 7381 and department permission. 3 credits

CPSY 7383 Internship in Professional Counseling III
Continuation of supervised fieldwork placement for mental health counselors. Students will focus on fine tuning their conceptual and intervention skills while learning the basics of supervising and leadership in mental health programs Students are required to complete 300 hours per semester (120 direct hours, 180 indirect hours), with a minimum of one hour per week of supervision of a beginning counselor in training. Placements need to be approved by the practicum/internship coordinator at least three months prior to placement. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in denial of registration for the course. Prerequisite: Successful completion (B- or better) of CPSY 7381 and department permission.  3 credits

CPSY 7001 Counselor Ethics in Practice
Codes of ethics and their application to professional issues.  Current laws and court decisions affecting professional psychologists.  Discussion of ethical dilemmas and the process of individual
decision-making. 3 credits

CPSY 8100 Multicultural Counseling and Psychology
Investigates the theoretical backgrounds of all major cultures
around the world and applies that knowledge to the psychological
functioning of different client populations. Examines in
depth different methodologies, issues and research in cross-cultural
psychology. 3 credits

CPSY 8520 Seminar in Psychopathology
In-depth study of the etiology, symptomatology and treatment of the major mental health disorders. Special topics, such as shame, guilt, suicide. Additional focus will be on the integration of psychological assessment information into diagnosis and treatment planning. Prerequisites: CPSY 6103 or department permission. 3 credits

Disclaimer: Completion of these programs (Master of Arts, Major: Counseling; Master of Arts, Major: School Counseling; or the Ed.S.) does not guarantee licensure.

Program Director:
Rosalie Maiorella, M.S.

(973) 313-6239
Rosalie.maiorella@shu.edu

Academic Director:
John E. Smith, Ed.D.

(973) 275-2731
john.smith@shu.edu

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