Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Couple & Family Psychology
The program area of Educational Psychology offers a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology. The Counseling Psychology program emphasizes training in personal and interpersonal practice with individuals, children, couples, and families. The program prepares students to work with children and families as well as to improve personal and interpersonal functioning for individuals across the life span.
This Master of Arts program offers a thorough preparation in individual assessment and four core areas of psychology such as psychopathology, psychological assessment, human development, and evidence-based theoretical approaches to conduct psychotherapy with individuals, children, couples, and families. Graduates of the program will be prepared to work as mental health providers in community and private settings, primary care settings, and employee assistance programs. Graduates of the Counseling Psychology program will also be eligible to continue toward the Educational Psychology PhD with a concentration in School Psychology. This program continues the student’s preparation to work effectively with children, and/or their families with personal, familial, or educational challenges. Students may apply to the doctoral program in the fall semester of their second year in the masters program.
Information about licensure as a health professional in the state of Michigan can be obtained by contacting the Board of Psychology or by writing the Board of Psychology, P.O. Box 30670, Lansing, Michigan 48909 (or calling 1‑517‑335‑0918) or from the appropriate Board in your state. A good resource for information about psychology licensing for all states and Canadian providences is http://www.kspope.com/licensing/index.php.
Applications will be accepted between September 1 and March 15. Early applications (with a February 15 deadline) are encouraged. Interviews are required of all applicants. Students are admitted to the program once each year and must begin the program in the summer semester (usually around July 4) of the academic year for which they are admitted. Classes are offered at 4:30 p.m. Students must complete all classes in the sequence offered to the cohort group. Please refer to the class schedule and class descriptions at Curriculum on this website for the course sequence. Students may begin their clinical internship (20 hours per week) during the summer semester of year two, or the fall semester of year three as determined by the student and the internship supervisor. Students admitted to the Ph.D. program often start their internship in the summer semester. Classes are conducted on campus and at the Oakland Center in Farmington (about half at each location).
Strengths of the program:
- Excellent instruction by faculty with practical experience
- Faculty were trained by highly regarded universities
- Faculty have years of experience preparing psychologists
- Faculty are involved in research and are on the cutting edge of knowledge
- Integrated and comprehensive program
- Program has existed for over 25 years and has an excellent reputation
- Small classes (15) to facilitate discussions, student interaction, and instruction
- Faculty are supportive and interactive
- Convenient evening classes (4:30 P.M.)
- Half of the classes are held on campus and half are held at the Farmington Hills campus
- Bright and culturally diverse classmates
- Reasonable tuition for the 2 ½ year program
- Prepares you for further study and the Ph.D. level.