Clinical and Counseling Psychology

   

Program Completion Information

Master of Science (M.S.) students must complete a minimum of 48 graduate credits. Of these 48 credits, 24 credits (8 courses) come from the Core Curriculum. At least 9 credits come from the field placement. Students without an undergraduate degree in psychology or closely related field are evaluated on an individual basis. It is recommended that the non-psychology applicant has taken at least four undergraduate psychology courses including: General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Statistics or Research Methods, and any other psychology course. 

  

Students may concentrate in one of five areas or take a generalist curriculum. These credits are distributed in the following manner: 

  • Co-Occurring Disorders: 15 concentration credits 
  • Child and Adolescent Therapy: 12 concentration credits and 3 elective credits
  • Child and Adolescent Therapy: Specialization in Autism Spectrum: 15 concentration credits 
  • Couple and Family Therapy: 15 concentration credits 
  • Trauma Studies: 12 concentration credits and 3 elective credits 
  • Generalist Curriculum: 15 credits selected from any of the concentration areas or elective courses 

 

Students who need to take a third term of internship may do so in place of 3 elective credits. These courses are required for all students. Prerequisites are in parentheses:
  
 

 Course Code   Course Name 
 PSYG 500  Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
 PSYG 503  Psychopathology (may be taken concurrently with PSYG 500)
 PSYG 506  Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy I (503)
 PSYG 508  Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy II (506)
 PSYG 510  Research Design and Methodology  
 PSYG 512  Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling and Psychotherapy (500, 503)
 PSYG 514  Development Across the Lifespan: Individual and Family
 PSYG 608  Couple and Family Therapy*
 

*Students in the Autism Spectrum Disorders Concentration are exempt from this course. 

  

  

Couple and Family Therapy (15 credits required for graduation)

 Course Code   Course Name 
 PSYG 612  Advanced Theories of Couple and Family Therapy (608)
 PSYG 614  Couple and Family Therapy Techniques (608, 612)
 PSYG 616  Advanced Couple and Family Therapy Techniques (608, 612, 614)
 PSYG 618  Human Sexuality and Marriage
 PSYG 604  A Systemic Approach to the Problems of Adolescents (514, 608)**
 PSYG 638  Systemic Treatment of Addictions (608)

**Students choose only one of these two courses for graduation. Both are needed for LMFT PA Licensure, and are pre-requisites for PSYG 532 The Role of Culture and Gender in Counseling and Psychotherapy
  

  

Child and Adolescent Therapy (all required) 

 Course Code   Course Name 
 PSYG 602  Play Therapy (500, 514)
 PSYG 604  A Systemic Approach to the Problems of Adolescents (514, 608)
 PSYG 622  Intro to the Assessment and Treatment of Psychological Trauma
 PSYG 662  Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents (514)

 

  

Co-Occurring Disorders (all required) 

 Couse Code   Course Name  
 PSYG 630  Foundations of Addictive Behaviors
 PSYG 622  Intro to the Assessment and Treatment of Psychological Trauma
 PSYG 632  Treatment Approaches to Substance Abuse (630)
 PSYG 638  Systemic Treatment of Addictions (608)
 PSYG 672  Assessment and Treatment of Co-Occurring Disorders (630)

  

  

Trauma Studies (all required) 

  Course Code    Course Name 
 PSYG 622  Intro to the Assessment and Treatment of Psychological Trauma
 PSYG 624  Treatment of Complex Chronic Trauma Responses (622)
 PSYG 626  Acute Incident Responding: Trauma Prevention and Early Intervention Strategies (622)
 PSYG 628  Working Effectively in Trauma-Intensive Communities (622)

  

  

Child and Adolescent Therapy: Specialization in Autism Spectrum (all required) 

 Course Code    Course Name 
 PSYG 652  Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
 PSYG 654  Treatment Approaches to Autism Spectrum Disorders (652)
 PSYG 602  Play Therapy (500, 514)
 PSYG 604  A Systematic Approach to the Problems of Adolescents (514, 608)
 PSYG 662  Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents (514)

Note: Available at Main Campus Only 

 

 

Electives (note: students may also use concentration courses to fulfill elective requirements) 

 Couse Code   Course Name 
  PSYG 530  Group Therapy (LPC Required)
  PSYG 532  The Role of Culture and Gender in Counseling and Psychotherapy (LPC & LMFT Required)
  PSYG 536  Psychological Assessment (503) (LPC Required)
  PSYG 542  Career Development and Counseling (LPC Required)
  PSYG 544  Eating Disorders
  PSYG 546  Bereavement Counseling

  PSYG 615

  PSYG 645

 Special Topics CHAD

 Special Topics

  PSYG 561  Independent Research in Clinical and Counseling Psychology I (510)
  PSYG 562  Independent Research in Clinical and Counseling Psychology II (561)

 

 

Field Experience (see below for prerequisites) 

 Course Code    Course Name  
 PSYG 705  Practicum (except for CFT students)
 PSYG 710  CFT Internship I
 PSYG 715  Internship I
 PSYG 725  Internship II
 PSYG 735  Internship III (optional except for CFT students)


Note: Students in the CFT concentration take 710, 725, and 735 and do not take 705. All other students must take 705 first and then 715 and 725. Students may also opt to take 735 if needed. 

 

Application to the Psy.D. Program

Students in the master’s program who intend to apply to the Psy.D. program at Chestnut Hill College after receiving their Master’s degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology should include among their concentration or elective courses PSYG 532 The Role of Culture and Gender in Counseling and Psychotherapy.

 

Practicum

The practicum is mandatory for students seeking licensure as Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) in Pennsylvania. The practicum is a 100-hour experience that includes 6-7 hours per week at the practicum site, plus 1.5 hours of classroom supervision weekly. Content for the practicum experience includes biopsychosocial assessment, case formulation, diagnosis, and treatment planning. Students may engage in: group counseling co-facilitation, case conferences, educational experiences, and individual counseling as considered appropriate by the site supervisor. The overall goal of the practicum is preparation for internship. Because of the requirements of our various sites, practicum can begin only during the fall or summer sessions.  Please plan accordingly.  Consult with your advisor or the Coordinator of Master’s Field Placements if you have any questions.

 

Practicum Prerequisites 

  • Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • Psychopathology
  • Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy I
  • Legal & Ethical Issues in Counseling and Psychotherapy

 

Students typically continue with internship immediately after the practicum.  Please be sure you have completed enough coursework to be able to continue into internship.

  

Internship

Students accept the responsibility of applying and interviewing for their internship. A detailed procedure for this process is presented at the internship information sessions that students are required to attend.  Please contact  Coordinator of Masters Field Placements, for dates and times of these sessions.

 

Internship Prerequisites 

Prior to registering for internship, students must have successfully completed a minimum of 30 credits including all of the following courses:

  • Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • Psychopathology
  • Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy I
  • Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy II (May be taken concurrently with the first semester of field placement)
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • Practicum (PSYG 705) or CFT Internship I (PSYG 710) for Couple and Family Therapy students only
  • Two Concentration Courses (students in the generalist curriculum may use any two non-core courses)

 

Important Procedures/Policies (in preparation for practicum/internship) 

  • Contact the Coordinator of Master’s Field Placements to pre-register for practicum/internship.  You are required to pre-register two terms prior to the term you plan to begin. Group information sessions will be held each term. Students may begin the practicum/internship sequence in the summer or fall terms only.  No student may begin a field placement in the spring semester.
     
  • A practicum/internship resource book is available from the internship coordinator. This book contains a listing of previously used sites and information regarding the sites. Students may also seek new practicum/internship placements. However, the Coordinator of Master’s Field Placements, consistent with program policies, must approve all sites.
     
  • Prepare a vitae, as you will need it to interview for practicum/internship. All other paperwork necessary for the interview process will be distributed at the practicum/internship information sessions.
     
  • Once you have decided on a site, you are responsible for arranging for and delivering completed paperwork to the Coordinator of Master’s Field Placements. As part of the practicum/internship process all students are required to procure liability insurance. Information about obtaining liability insurance will be available at the information seesions from the Coordinator of Master’s Field Placements. Students are not permitted to begin a practicum or internship without liability insurance and must maintain it until the field placement year is completed. Students are required to submit verification of coverage to both the Coordinator of Master’s Field Placements and the field site supervisor.
     
     
  • A practicum or internship may not be completed at a site where the student is or has been employed.
     
  • All students are required to participate in a group supervision class each term of their practicum/internship. You may register at the beginning of each term for one of the practicum or internship classes upon approval by the Coordinator of the Master’s Field Placements.

  

Internship Requirements 

During the actual internship placement students must meet the following requirements:

  • Students interested in seeking LPC licensure in Pennsylvania, must work at the field site a minimum of 700 hours over a minimum of three terms, including the practicum semester and two semesters of internship. Of these 700 hours, 240 must be spent in direct-client contact. Students seeking LMFT licensure in Pennsylvania must complete a total of 300 direct-client contact hours over the course of a full calendar year (3 terms) and a total of 700 hours at the internship site.
     
  • Students must attend a weekly seminar at the College. The seminar will provide an opportunity for students to raise issues about their cases and their internship experience. (Note: Students must register for the corresponding seminar for each term of Internship: PSYG 705 or 710, PSYG 715, PSYG 725, PSYG 735.)
     
  • Final grades will be globally based on regular attendance and participation in the weekly seminar, performance at the internship site, the timely submission of required paperwork, and the site supervisor’s written evaluation.
     
  • All students are expected to comply with the rules and regulations of the internship site and conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times.