Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

Earn your MA in Counseling Psychology

The MACP prepares graduates for careers as culturally competent professional counselors in a variety of settings. Students will receive a strong foundation in counseling theory, acquire an understanding of the profession’s legal and ethical responsibilities, and master the skills necessary for effective assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of clients. Upon program completion, students will be eligible to apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Counseling Psychology Careers

  • Counselor with mental health agency
  • Grief counselor with hospital or hospice center
  • Addictions or rehabilitation counselor
  • Spiritual counselor affiliated with a church, denomination, or church-affiliated community agency
  • Private or group practice, working with couples, families, or individuals

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Michael DeVries

Dr. Michael DeVries, who directs the MACP program, has been a licensed clinical psychologist in Illinois for over 30 years and maintains a clinical practice with Olive Branch Counseling Associates in Tinley Park, Illinois. Dr. DeVries brings a wide range of clinical experience to his teaching. He is deeply committed to the integration of spirituality into the counseling process and is dedicated to the development of interculturally competent professional counselors.

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Clinical Internship

During the second year of the program, you will put theory and skills into practice through an internship placement. North Park has partnerships with a variety of internship settings. You can also seek your own internship that closely aligns with your interests and meets North Park internship criteria. Students will complete 700 hours over two semesters, working under the supervision of a licensed counselor, delivering assessment, counseling, and related professional services.

How it Works

The MACP program is based on a cohort model and can be completed in as little as two years. Students at our main campus take 7-week courses, taught one to two weeknights per course for four hours. In the second year of the program students must complete an off-campus, 700-hour internship while attending internship classes one night a week on campus.

MACP Coursework

Coursework blends theory with practice, designed to prepare you for the Licensed Professional Counselor exam.

You will also have the opportunity to take advanced coursework in multi-cultural counseling and spiritually integrated counseling, tailoring the program to fit your particular interests.

Pre-Licensure Preparation

MACP curriculum conforms to the State of Illinois requirements for Licensed Professional Counselors. Upon completion of the MACP program, students may apply for eligibility to take the Licensed Professional Counselor exam given by the National Board of Certified Counselors. Students expecting to be licensed in states other than Illinois should examine specific requirements in each state.

Admission Requirements

For admission to the MACP program, students must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of GPA, required essays, references, a resume, and an interview with the program director. The GRE is not required.

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Continuing Education (CE) Workshops for Professional Counselors

Looking to enhance your counseling skiils?

North Park University offers a variety of Continuing Education Workshop opportunities for mental health professionals seeking to expand their professional skills.  Continuing Education Units, required by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, are available for Licensed Professional Counselors and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors.

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This workshop, led by Karla Ivankovich, Ph.D. will discuss ways to enlarge your counseling practice through audio and visual interaction with clients.  Participants will learn best practices for providing competent tele-counseling informed by ethical principles and legal requirements.

Earn 6 hours of CE Credit for Professional Counselors.  RSVP here.

Ashley Cosentino, Ed.D. will lead an interactive presentation that examines The Supervisory Agreement as an informed consent document used in clinical supervision.  The workshop will explore the ethical and legal challenges in supervising counselors-in-training.

Earn 3 hours of CE Credit for Professional Counselors.  RSVP here.

Existential approaches to counseling place the interpersonal encounter between counselor and client at the heart of the therapeutic process.  This workshop, led by Michael DeVries, Ph.D. will explore how existential themes capture essential dimensions of counseling theory and effective counseling practice.

Earn 3 hours of CE Credit for Professional Counselors.  RSVP here.

Elizabeth Pierre, Ph.D. leads this workshop, which will address the role of forgiveness in recovery from interpersonal violence.  Participants will explore ways counselors can effectively journey with clients as they navigate the challenges, rewards and obstacles of forgiveness.

Earn 3 hours of CE Credit for Professional Counselors.  RSVP here.

MACP Viewbook

Take a quick look at some facts about the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology.