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Counseling Psychology

Why Study Counseling Psychology?

A degree in counseling psychology will provide you the skills and knowledge to advance your career or prepare for graduate work in counseling, social work, or a related field. This major provides a foundation of psychological principles to apply to personal, social, and organizational problems. It emphasizes interaction with clients in professional settings such as human services and social services agencies or the corporate workplace. Major principles and methods that address social and counseling issues are applied to diverse populations.

Credit for Life Experience

In the School of Professional Studies, you may earn academic credit for life experience through the Prior Learning Assessment process. Credit is earned if you are able to demonstrate learning, whether from informal life experience, professional psychology training, social work licensure, counseling certification, or any other source.

Faculty Spotlight:
Paul Priester

Paul Priester oversees the counseling psychology program. He has more than 20 years of clinical experience in counseling and more than 40 publications related to his areas of expertise. He specializes in the integration of religious and spiritual issues into psychology, culturally responsive counseling, and the prevention and treatment of addiction.

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Preparing for the Future

Cameron Sweeney C’12 returned to school, in part, to improve in her career. “I enjoy the population of students I serve … and I wanted to be more knowledgeable about how to work with them,” she says. Since earning her counseling psychology degree, Cameron has received a pay increase and is pursuing graduate school.

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Location Options

A degree in counseling psychology can be earned through classes offered at the Chicago and Grayslake campuses or a combination of online and in-person classes.

Program Flexibility

Flexibility is built right into the School of Professional Studies. New classes start every two months, with seven-week accelerated courses that meet just once a week at one of our two campus locations–evenings or Saturdays–or online.

By taking at least six courses a year, most students finish their degree in 2.5 years or less, depending on transfer credit (students can transfer as many as 90 hours).