Program Requirements

Complete a master of arts in counseling psychology as a step toward becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor.

The MACP is a 48-semester-hour program that is designed to meet the educational requirements established by the administrative code for license as a professional counselor in Illinois. There are 16 3-credit classes, including a 700-hour internship. Courses follow an accelerated format with classes meeting once a week for 7-week sessions, with the exception of the two semester-long internship courses. The program is designed to be completed in two years of full-time study. This master's degree in counseling psychology builds upon the broader North Park identity of embracing cultural diversity and the active integration of an inclusively defined Christian perspective. Students will learn the skills and knowledge bases that are required to function as a professional counselor.

This program follows a generalist model of counselor training, in which students are broadly trained to function as competent, professional counselors in a broad range of settings. Within this generalist model, students have the opportunity to define specific areas of specialization, based on course selection and internship site selection. Some of these potential areas of specialization include: culturally responsive counseling; pastoral counseling; and addictions prevention and treatment. In order to complete the program, students complete a capstone project related to a clinical issue within the context of the Internship II course.

Degree Requirements for MA in Counseling Psychology

Required Semester Hours: 48

Core Courses:

  • CPSY 5010 Counseling Theory
  • CPSY 5020 Counseling Techniques
  • CPSY 5110 Psychopathology and Maladaptive Behavior
  • CPSY 5120 Group Dynamics, Processing, and Counseling
  • CPSY 5210 Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling Psychology
  • CPSY 5220 Professional, Legal, and Ethical Responsibilities Relating to Professional Counseling
  • CPSY 5310 Research and Evaluation
  • CPSY 5320 Human Growth and Development
  • CPSY 5410 Integrating Spiritual and Religious Issues in Counseling
  • CPSY 5420 Appraisal of Individuals
  • CPSY 5510 Advanced Culturally-Competent Counseling Techniques
  • CPSY 5520 Substance Abuse and Addiction
  • CPSY 5610 Lifestyle and Career Development
  • CPSY 5620 Family Dynamics
  • CPSY 5970 Internship I
  • CPSY 5971 Internship


All MACP students must complete 700 hours of supervised clinical work (100 hours of practicum and 600 hours of internship), working under the supervision of a licensed counselor, delivering assessment, counseling, and related professional services. Typically, this stretches over two semesters, but it can be lengthened to accommodate work and life schedules. North Park has partnerships with a variety of internship settings, or you can seek your own internship that closely aligns with your interests. Along with on-site hours, the internship course meets throughout the semester to provide feedback and support during your internship.

In order to register for an MACP internship, you must have completed the Counseling Theory, Counseling Techniques, Professional Ethics, and Psychopathology courses.


Click on the links below for course descriptions of all graduate counseling psychology courses. For a complete list of all North Park's programs and course offerings, review the academic catalog.

CPSY 5010 – Counseling Theory
This course examines the major philosophical bases for counseling theory, ethical and professional issues, and various theories that contribute to the practice of professional counseling, including: object relations, humanistic/existential, cognitive/behavioral, and systemic approaches.

CPSY 5020 – Counseling Techniques
This course is an introduction to the principles, procedures, and techniques of the intentional interviewing that occurs in professional counselor-client interactions. Through experiential exercises (mock counseling sessions), beginning counselors will learn specific interviewing skills, the goals and stages of interviewing, as well as strategies for therapeutic change. Beginning counselors will explore the importance of nonverbal behaviors, values, working alliance, the role of emotions and cognitions, as well as cultural factors in counselor-client communication. Throughout the course, beginning counselors will have the opportunity to reflect upon their own beliefs, skills, and values, as well as assess their competence in the specific interviewing skills.

CPSY 5110 – Psychopathology and Maladaptive Behavior
This course covers general principles of etiology, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, controversies, and cultural factors of mental and emotional disorders. Emphasis is placed on mental status assessment and diagnostic categories as organized in the DSM-V.

CPSY 5120 – Group Dynamics, Processing and Counseling
In this course, students explore the dynamics related to group counseling process. Topics include: various counseling theories applied in group work; phases of group development; therapeutic factors in group work; group work with ethnic/racial minority individuals; and skills related to group therapy documentation and casenotes. Students will have the opportunity to develop group facilitation skills in a mock group experience.

CPSY 5210 – Social and Cultural Foundations Of Counseling Psychology
This course examines the myriad ways in which culture and identity impact mental health and the clinical counseling process. In this course, iversity will be defined not only in the traditional manner of addressing the four major racial/ethnic groups, but will also explore dynamics related to gender, disability, religious belief, immigration status and sexual orientation. There will be a special emphasis on how these identity issues are manifested in the professional clinical counseling relationship. An important aspect of this course will be for the student to explore sensitive issues of oppression and privilege, and how the student has been impacted personally by these larger systemic patterns.

CPSY 5220 – Professional, Legal and Ethical Responsibilities Related to Professional Counseling
This course covers topics including: professionalism in counseling, federal and State laws relevant to counselors, the ethical decision making process, and ethics with an emphasis on the Code of Ethics of the American Counseling Association.

CPSY 5310 – Research and Evaluation
This course covers statistical principles, research designs, methods, techniques and tools used in performing and interpreting research in counseling. Topics include: developing the ability to evaluate relative strengths and weaknesses inherent to any research paradigm; quasi-experimental research design; qualitative research methodologies, meta-analysis, threats to internal validity; threats to statistical conclusion; and the process of replication to verify scientific findings.

CPSY 5320 – Human Growth and Development
This course will provide an overview of the various stages of the human growth cycle and include information about multiple theories of development; such as physical, personality, social, cognitive, moral and faith development. An emphasis will be made on how these developmental processes interact with presenting issues in the clinical context.

CPSY 5410 – Integrating Spiritual & Religious Issues In Counseling
This course will explore the vital role that faith plays in an individual's life. Topics that are addressed include: faith development theories; exploring the historical pathologization of healthy faith by the psychology profession, assessing the spiritual worldview of the client, the implicit and explicit integration of spirituality into the counseling process, ethical issues of addressing spirituality in counseling, collaboration with clergy during the counseling process, and the potential role of religious beliefs in psychopathology.

CPSY 5420 – Appraisal of Individuals
This course covers assessment of the various attributes of a person through standardized tests. The course also includes an overview of statistical procedures relevant to test standardization and interpretation. Topics included in this course are: item development, validity, reliability, standardization of tests, and using professional benchmarks to evaluate the psychometric soundness of an instrument. Students will critique a commonly used psychological instrument as well as develop and validate their own scale.

CPSY 5510 – Advanced Culturally Competent Counseling Techniques
This course provides in-depth opportunities for students to deepen and expand their multicultural competencies and counseling skills for working with diverse belief systems and populations. Exploration of diverse spiritual, religious, ethnic, and systemic belief systems will allow students to develop cross-cultural competencies and understanding of the impact of the cultural context on the therapeutic process. Topics included will be pedagogy of the oppressed, the development of culturally responsive role induction skills, the assessment of racial/cultural identity, and an overview of psychological instruments used to measure multicultural issues in counseling.

CPSY 5520 – Substance Abuse and Addiction
This course covers chemical, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of drug use, abuse and dependency, and effects on the family. Counseling skills are acquired in the areas of assessment, diagnosis, and treatment intervention.

CPSY 5610 – Lifestyle and Career Development
This course covers the lifelong processes and the influences that lead to work values, occupational choices, career path/patterns, decision-making style, and integration of self- and career-identity with patterns of work adjustment. The course is designed around the concepts of career development and includes an overview of the major career development theories.

CPSY 5620 – Family Dynamics
This course covers family systems theory and its applications, prevention approaches for working with families, and specific problems that impede family function. Students will learn how to construct a multigenerational genogram. The major systems theories will be covered as well, including: Satir, Whittaker, Bowen and Minuchin.

CPSY 5900 – Individual Research Project
This course will provide individual supervision for students who wish to complete a thesis as part of their graduate degree.

CPSY 5910 – Current Topics in Counseling Psychology
This course will offer an in depth exploration of specific topics in the field of Counseling Psychology. The course can be taken as an elective for current students or by graduates to fulfill CEU requirements related to maintenance of licensure.

CPSY 5970 – Internship I
This course provides practical experience in counseling for the purpose of developing both individual and group counseling skills. This course should include a minimum of 100 clock hours on-site, with a minimum of 40 hours of direct client contact. These experiences allow students to perform some of the counseling activities that an employed Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor would be expected to perform.

CPSY 5971 – Internship II
This course provides direct client experiences in assessment, individual counseling and group counseling, as well as opportunities to become familiar with a variety of professional activities other than direct service (e.g., referral sources, case histories and progress notes, data management, etc.). The internship provides an opportunity for a student to perform a variety of activities that a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor would be expected to perform. A minimum of 600 clock hours with a minimum of 1 hour per week of onsite supervision is required during the internship.

CPSY 5975 – Supervision
This course will provide clinical supervision to students who are engaging in clinical counseling, but have already taken Internship I and II. This supervision course is designed to offer continued supervision for students who have not completed the 600 required hours, or students who wish to amass more than the minimum 600 hours. There is also the possibility that this course can be offered to individuals who have completed their Master's degree and need ongoing supervision to obtain licensure.

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