Clinical-Counseling Track | Department of Psychology


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Masters of Arts in Psychological Science; Evidence Based; People Driven

The Clinical-Counseling track follows the scientist-practitioner model of training through its emphasis on current, empirically-based diagnostic and intervention methods and opportunities for students to conduct independent projects. Students will be prepared to work as successful mental health service providers with diverse populations in a variety of settings or continue on to doctoral level graduate studies. The curriculum was designed to provide the required coursework and skills training for graduates to be eligible for licensure as Licensed Professional Clinical-Counselors through the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements for all applicants to our program, those applying to the Clinical-Counseling track will be invited to an on-campus or technology-assisted interview before the admission decision. Applicants to the CC track must also demonstrate successful completion of an undergraduate Abnormal Psychology course. Students applying to this track should also know, per university policy, criminal background checks will be required before enrolling in internships.

We recommend applicants to this track have passed a college-level abnormal psychology class prior to entrance into MAPS.

Course of Study

Please view the Clinical-Counseling curriculum to learn more about the courses students in this track will take. As part of the program, students will be required to complete 700 hours of applied/field work experience through practicum and internship placements. Approximately 250 of these hours will be completed during the first year through assessment coursework and practica experiences. The remaining hours will be completed during the second year through community-based internship placements. These may include working in outpatient, residential mental health, or medical settings working with a variety of clinical populations including children, adolescents, adults, or medical patients with mental health concerns. Because of the number of credits required in the CC track, courses during May or summer term may be required.

As part of this coursework, students will complete a 6 credit Plan B Research Project in Psychology, which involves conducting an empirical research project or meta-analysis under the direction of a faculty advisor. The project must be designed and conducted by the individual student; the topic, however, may be based upon the research program of the faculty advisor. Students in the Clinical-Counseling track may choose to do a Plan C and complete six additional course credits instead of the research project.

PSY 5021 - Advanced Developmental Psychology (3.0 cr)
PSY 5052 - Advanced Statistics I (3.0 cr)
PSY 5120 - Career and Lifestyle Development (2.0 cr)
PSY 5121 - Psychopathology Over the Lifespan (3.0 cr)
PSY 8021 - Research Methods and Evaluation (3.0 cr)
PSY 8097 - Clinical-Counseling Practicum (3.0 cr)
PSY 8103 - Introduction to Graduate Studies (0.0 cr)
PSY 8221 - Individual Adult and Group Therapy/Counseling (3.0 cr)
PSY 8223 - Child, Adolescent, and Family Therapy (3.0 cr)
PSY 8224 - Clinical Treatment Planning (3.0 cr)
PSY 8231 - Assessment I: Foundations and Cognitive Assessment (3.0 cr)
PSY 8232 - Assessment II (3.0 cr)
PSY 8301 - Multicultural Foundations in Clinical/Counseling Psychology (3.0 cr)
PSY 8302 - Ethical and Legal Issues in Therapy and Counseling (3.0 cr)
PSY 8197 - Clinical Counseling Internship (6.0 cr) 

Plan B
PSY 8099 - Research Project in Psychology (6.0 cr)

or Plan C
Electives (6 cr)

Study Plan

It is expected that students will complete the program in two years. Students will be expected to maintain satisfactory academic progress. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better and must earn a grade of B or better for each course. Furthermore, students must not have more than 8 credits or two courses with an incomplete for longer than two semesters.

The Director of the MAPS Program (DGS) will advise newly admitted students during their first semester in the program. Before mid-term of the second semester in which the student is enrolled in the program, the DGS will be responsible for assuring that all students select a faculty advisor and establish an examination committee. The DGS will also be the instructor of record for the Introduction to Graduate studies course.

A final oral examination covering the Plan B project will be given at the end of the student’s academic program. The oral examination will be conducted by the student’s advising/examining committee. The examination will require the student to demonstrate an understanding of the theories, methods, and analyses employed in his or her research project.

Clinical-Counseling Track Faculty

For more information on faculty in this track, please click on the names below.
Scott Carlson
Lara LaCaille
Rick LaCaille
Catherine Reich