Master of Science in Counselor Education with Specialization in Professional Counseling

Program Rationale:
The Professional Counseling specialization prepares students to pursue employment in a variety of rehabilitation and mental health agencies. Students may choose a track in either Rehabilitation Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling with a drug and alcohol recovery focus, or Mental Health Counseling. The Professional Counseling specialization provides the foundational coursework necessary for individuals interested in national certification as Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRC) and/or meeting State of Connecticut Department of Public Health requirements for becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors (LADC). There are additional post-master’s training requirements for both LPC and LADC candidates. The Professional Counseling specialization is accredited by the Commission on Rehabilitation Education (CORE).



Program Learning Outcomes:
Students in the program will be expected to:

  • exhibit behaviors and attitudes appropriate to the professional counseling profession;
  • demonstrate pertinent and professionally relevant knowledge in the 10 CORE and 9 NBCC curriculum content areas;
  • demonstrate professional behaviors and practice in professional and rehabilitation counseling settings;
  • demonstrate knowledge of current ethical and legal guidelines that influence one's behavior as a counselor; and
  • demonstrate core skills that provide the foundations to understand the professional and rehabilitation counseling process and become more aware of one's interpersonal interactions.
Course and Capstone Requirements (60 credits):
Core (33 credits):
CNSL 500 The Dynamics of Group Behavior 3
CNSL 501 Theories and Techniques in Counseling 6
CNSL 503 Supervised Counseling Practicum 3
CNSL 504 Professional Studies in Counseling 3
     
CNSL 505 Counseling and Human Development Across the Lifespan 3
OR    
PSY 512 Developmental Psychology 3
     
CNSL 507 Methods of Group Facilitation 3
CNSL 521 Career Counseling and Development 3
CNSL 522 Appraisal Procedures in Counseling 3
CNSL 568 Alcohol and Drug Counseling 3
CNSL 598 Research Methods in Counseling 3
Students in the Mental Health track are required to take an additional 24 credits to equal 63 credits:
CNSL 525 Multicultural Counseling 3
CNSL 560 Introduction to Rehabilitation Counseling 3
CNSL 561 Advanced Rehabilitation Counseling 3
CNSL 563 Medical Aspects of Rehabilitation Counseling 3
CNSL 564 Rehabilitation and Disability Case Management 3
or
MFT 541 Introduction to Theories of Family Systems 3
CNSL 571 Mental Health Counseling 3
CNSL 575 Co-Occuring Disorders and Mental Health Counseling 3
CNSL 580 Special Topics Seminars 1-3
or
CNSL 599 Thesis 3 (see Plan A capstone)
Students in the Rehabilitation Counseling track are required to take an additional 21 credits to equal 60-63 credits.:
CNSL 525 Multicultural Counseling 3
CNSL 560 Introduction to Rehabilitation Counseling 3
CNSL 561 Advanced Rehabilitation Counseling 3
CNSL 563 Medical Aspects of Rehabilitation Counseling 3
CNSL 564 Rehabilitation and Disability Case Management 3
CNSL 571 Mental Health Counseling 3
CNSL 575 Co-Occuring Disorders and Mental Health Counseling 3
CNSL 580 Special Topics Seminars 1-3
or
CNSL 599 Thesis 3 (see Plan A capstone)
Students in the Drug and Alcohol Recovery Counseling track are required to take an additional 21 credits to equal 60-63 credits.:
CNSL 525 Multicultural Counseling 3
CNSL 560 Introduction to Rehabilitation Counseling 3
CNSL 561 Advanced Rehabilitation Counseling 3
CNSL 563 Medical Aspects of Rehabilitation Counseling 3
CNSL 564 Rehabilitation and Disability Case Management 3
CNSL 571 Mental Health Counseling 3
CNSL 575 Co-Occuring Disorders and Mental Health Counseling 3
CNSL 580 Special Topics Seminars 1-3
or
CNSL 599 Thesis 3 (see Plan A capstone)
In addition, all students are required to take:
Internship (6 credits):
CNSL 594 Supervised Clinical Practice Professional Counseling (two semesters fall & spring for a total of 6 credits) 3
Capstone (0-3 credits):
Plan A:
CNSL 599* Thesis* 3
or
Plan B:
Comprehensive Exam 0
(consists of a major case presentation done in conjunction with the student’s internship experience)

*Students in the Mental Health track electing to do a thesis (Plan A) will be exempt from one core requirement course as determined with the advisor.
Note: It is expected that prior to beginning the supervised counseling practicum (CNSL 503) all Professional and Rehabilitation Counseling students will complete a graduate level course in Life Span Development.

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