The Community Counseling Program trains master’s level professional counselors who can help others to understand their personal and interpersonal difficulties, develop effective decision-making strategies, utilize appropriate resources and implement appropriate courses of action to enhance their level of personal functioning and psychological adjustment. Like the other programs, the Community Counseling Program is also based on the premise that self-awareness, commitment to continuous personal and professional growth and ethical decision making are necessary to function as an effective counseling professional.

Specific Requirements

*indicates that a minimum grade of “B” is required.

Group 1: Core Graduate Courses Which Define a “Counseling or Related Degree”:

  • GPS500 Ethics and Foundations of Counseling*
  • GPS501 Development Psychology*
  • GPS502 Advanced Theories of Psychotherapy*
  • GPS504 Advanced Abnormal Psychology*
  • GPS505 Group Counseling
  • GPS507 Psychological Appraisal*
  • GPS519 Counseling Techniques*

Group 2 Courses: Select a minimum of two of the following four courses (6 credits required):

  • GPS506 Family Systems
  • GPS547 Human Sexuality and Gender Issues
  • GPS522 Foundations of Alcohol & Substance Abuse
  • GPS525 Psychopharmacology

Group 3: Six credits (GPS503 and 518 are required):

  • GPS503 Research Methods
  • GPS518 Diversity and Professional Relationships*

Electives: Select three applicable Graduate courses from Psy/Hus, Educ, Business:

  • GPS513 Career Counseling (Recommended: GPS507 is prerequisite)

Supervised College-sponsored Graduate Counseling Field Experience:

  • GPS533 Community Counseling Field Experience I (300 hours min.)*
  • GPS534 Community Counseling Field Experience II (300 hours min.)*