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Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Counseling, MS


Master of Science in Counseling

The M.S. in Counseling program on the Westchester campus is a 36-credit hour program offering specializations in substance abuse counseling and loss and grief counseling. Students complete 21 credits of core Psychology courses and one track of 15 credits.

Our program’s substance abuse track prepares students to build successful careers in a field for which the need for well-trained counselors is firmly established. Completion of the curriculum allows graduates to apply for the CASAC (Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor) certification in New York State.

Our program’s loss and grief track prepares students to work with the chronically and terminally ill and with their families and survivors. Specific course offerings in this track include Loss Across Life Span, Death and Dying, Grief Counseling, and Counseling AIDS and Other Chronic Illness. With grief counseling fast becoming a very important aspect of psychotherapy and counseling, there will be an increasing need in our society for grief counseling skills. The Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC), for example, is an international professional association which has grown significantly in the last few years.

At the end of their course of study, students take a three-credit integrating seminar. This capstone experience promotes students’ integration of theory and practice and examines professional ethics and practices in the counseling field. In addition, all students engage in supervised experience (for academic credit), beginning as early as the third semester of study.

The preferred prerequisites for the M.S. in counseling is a baccalaureate degree in psychology, human relations, human services, or related field.

For more information, visit www.pace.edu/dyson/psychplv.

PROGRAM DIRECTOR:
Dr. Rostyslaw W. Robak, Chair, Department of Psychology (Westchester campus)
861 Bedford Road
Pleasantville, NY 10570
(914) 773-3786
(914) 773-3858 (FAX)
rrobak@pace.edu

THE MASTER OF SCIENCE IN COUNSELING

Curriculum Requirements:
Students have the option of completing the program either on a full-time or part-time basis. A program of part-time study can be designed for each student in consultation with the director of the graduate counseling program. Students entering in the spring term will be directed into appropriate courses.

Accepted applicants to the program may be allowed to transfer in a maximum of 6 graduate credits from another academic institution. Transfer credit is based on comparability of courses, and each course is evaluated individually by faculty members. Applicants must provide course descriptions or syllabi for consideration by program director before the start of the first semester of study.

Required Core Courses (21 Credits)
PSY 630
Helping Relationships: Theories and Techniques of Counseling
3
PSY 672 Psychopathology and Personality Disorders
3
PSY 631 Helping Relationships: Theories and Techniques of Counseling II
3
PSY 652 Human Growth and Development
3
PSY 658 Group Dynamics
3
PSY 674 Integrating Seminar
3
PSY 675 Field Experience: Counseling Internship I
3
OR
PSY 633 Counseling Internship (Practicum)
0

Required Track (15 credits)
Substance Abuse Track:

PSY 632
Orientation to Addictions
3
PSY 640 Addiction to Counseling I - Individual and Group
3
PSY 641 Addiction to Counseling II - Family and Group
3
PSY 654 Addiction: Psych. Assessment, Reporting, Treatment Planning
3
PSY 670 Case Management in Treating Addictions
3
OR
Grief and Loss Track:
PSY 660
Death and Bereavement: Fund.Perspectives
3
PSY 661 Grief Counseling
3
PSY 662 Loss and Bereavement Counseling Across the Life Span
3
PSY 665 AIDS and other Chronic Illnesses
3
PSY 6__ Any one elective from the following list:
3
List of Available Electives**
PSY 623 Social Psychology
3
PSY 632 Orientation to Addiction
3
PSY 640 Addiction Counseling I
3
PSY 650 Domestic Violence: Practical and Psychological Perspectives
3
PSY 650L Marital and Family Counseling
3
PSY 651A Nonviolent Communication in Home and School
3
PSY 651C Child Psychotherapy and Psychopathology
3
PSY 651J Post-Traumatic Stress and Counseling
3
PSY 651K Pharmacology and Supervision
3
PSY 660 Death and Bereavement: Fund Perspectives
3
PSY 661 Grief Counseling
3
PSY 662 Loss and Bereavement Counseling
3


** Electives may be taken any semester.

   
Total Credits:
36

 

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