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Diverse and Underserved Communities Concentration

Diverse and Underserved Communities Concentration

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The Diverse and Underserved Communities Concentration is one of seven concentrations in the Clinical and Counseling Psychology M.S. degree program

Multicultural and social justice counseling competence is now a requirement for all practitioners.  This concentration is designed to enhance this area of professional competence through an in-depth study of the salient topics and cultural group courses.  Students will be learning directly from faculty with particular expertise in diversity and treatment approaches for various cultural groups, and will be actively engaged in a dynamic learning environment in each of these courses.  

Completion of this concentration in the program fulfills the requirements for licensure as a professional counselor in Pennsylvania and many other states, and reflects a strong commitment to the journey of becoming an effective multicultural counselor and social justice advocate for communities that are frequently underserved. Graduates of this concentration often have an interest in working with specific cultural groups (e.g. Latino families, LGBTQ communities, urban communities impacted by poverty).  The Diverse and Underserved Communities concentration prepares students for various counselor positions working with the underserved and poverty stricken population.

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Concentration Requirements

15 credits made up from the following courses:

Required Courses

  • PSYG 532   The Role of Culture & Gender in Counseling & Psychotherapy
  • PSYG 622   Intro to the Assessment & Treatment of Psychological Trauma

Plus three of the following concentration electives:

  • PSYG 628   Working Effectively in Trauma-Intensive Communities (622)
  • PSYG 640   Competencies for LGBTQ Counseling
  • PSYG 652   Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • PSYG 680   Introduction to Geropsychology
  • PSYG 682   Working with Latino Families
  • PSYG 684   Mindfulness and Psychotherapy
  • PSYG 635   Special Topics in Diversity (e.g. Working w/ African-American Communities, Working w/ Asian-American Communities, Counseling Multiracial Populations)
  • PSYG 561/562   Independent Research

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