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Program Requirements

Complete a master of arts in counseling psychology as a step toward becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor and embarking on a career in the rewarding field of counseling.

The MACP is a 48-semester-hour program that can be completed in two years of full-time study.

During the second year of your program, you will complete 700 hours of supervised clinical work through an approved internship placement of your choosing.

Students who are enrolled in the undergraduate counseling psychology program and who wish to enter the MACP program may take the first two MACP courses (Human Growth and Development and Counseling Theory) as undergraduates and concurrently receive credit toward their master’s degree.

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology Courses

The following courses (three semester hours each) are required for the MACP:

  • Human Growth and Development
  • Counseling Theory
  • Counseling Techniques
  • Psychopathology and Maladaptive Behavior
  • Group Dynamics, Processing, and Counseling
  • Appraisal of Individuals
  • Lifestyle and Career Development
  • Family Dynamics
  • Research and Evaluation
  • Professional, Legal, and Ethical Responsibilities Relating to Professional Counseling
  • Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling Psychology
  • Substance Abuse and Addiction
  • Integrating Spiritual and Religious Issues in Counseling
  • Advanced Culturally-Competent Counseling Techniques (or) related Seminary elective (see below)

Specializations

You will select to focus on culturally-competent or spiritually-oriented counseling in the MACP program. All students will take an introductory course in each of these areas, providing a solid foundation for further study or counseling practice. You then will choose three (3) semester hours of advanced study by taking either the Advanced Culturally-Competent Counseling Techniques course or one or more related advanced courses from North Park Theological Seminary, including:

  • Introduction to Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Religions and Cultures
  • Pastoral Care and Community Justice
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling in Urban Contexts
  • Spiritual Journey
  • Spiritual Practice
  • Spiritual Direction and Solitude

All students are welcome to choose advanced coursework in both culturally-competent and spiritually-oriented counseling, but may incur additional cost or time to complete the program if the courses go beyond the 48 semester hours required for the MACP.

Internship

All MACP students must complete 700 hours of supervised clinical work, 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 for a selected number of times throughout the semester to provide feedback and support during your practicum.

In order to register for an MACP internship, you must have completed or be concurrently registered in the Counseling Techniques and Group Dynamics, Processing, and Counseling courses.

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