Our Master's programs are competency based and prepare students to function in professional roles that include three key ecological targets of intervention settings: The community, the school, and the family. Our faculty seeks to produce counselors who can conceptualize and intervene in scientifically-based preventative, developmental, and therapeutic ways to assist a broad cultural cross-section of individuals to improve their understanding, adjustment, and daily functioning across the lifespan. The Master's degrees in Counseling Human Services and School Counseling prepare students to provide direct services to individuals and groups, conduct workshops, instruct classes, participate in consultation, and develop and implement prevention programs to assist in acquiring coping skills for living in a complex society. A graduate may be employed in a variety of settings such as mental health agencies, social service agencies, college counseling centers, elementary, middle and secondary schools. The Master's degree in International Counseling prepares students for the unique roles and activities of counselors in international schools and agencies. Students complete a combination of on site, on line, and summer institute courses that lead to both a certificate and/or a Master degree.
The Ph.D. program, which is accredited by the American Psychological Association, prepares students to become effective counseling psychologists who are competent in the clinical awareness, knowledge, and skills necessary to deliver mental health services to multicultural client populations in various settings. Program faculty openly embrace and encourage student development with respect to issues such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, spirituality, age, religion, and socioeconomic status, and provide educational opportunities for students to further their professional development with respect to these issues. It is the program's goal to produce students who can intervene effectively with individuals or groups from diverse backgrounds within the context of that individual's culture. The professional training to which students are exposed adheres to a scientist-practitioner model and presumes competent practice that is undergirded by sound principles and models of psychological science, social justice, and transdisciplinary collaboration.
The M.Ed. in Counseling and Human Services Program is accredited by the Master's in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) for the period of August, 2014 through August, 2024. Please also note that effective January 1, 2014, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will certify school counselors for pre-k to 12. Our programs will change to accommodate these changes in Pennsylvania law, and our website and manuals will reflect this change for students entering after January 1, 2014.
Opportunities for research and practice:
Students and faculty present their research findings at national and international conferences such as the American Psychological Association, the Society for Psychotherapy Research, The Society for Vocational Psychology, the Asian American Psychological Association, the Multicultural Summit, the Winter Roundtable at Teacher's College, the Diversity Challenge, and other professional venues.
Many of our students have published with faculty members in journals such as: Journal of Counseling Psychology, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Journal of Marital & Family Therapy, Psychotherapy Research, American Journal of Public Health, American Journal of Community Psychology, The Counseling Psychologist, Cultural and Ethnic Minority Psychology, Journal of Career Assessment, Architectural Science Review, and the Journal of Homosexuality.
An innovative model for counseling research and practice, the Community Voices Clinic (CVC), is a school based mental health clinic located at Broughal Middle and Donegan Elementary Schools provides mental health services to uninsured and underinsured families and communities in Southside Bethlehem. The clinic serves as a training site for master's and doctoral level counseling students in the provision of mental health counseling and supervision within a community school model. For further information please contact Dr. Arpana G. Inman, CVC Director (610) 758-4443.
Students and faculty are active in local communities in doing research on maternal child attachment and emotional regulation and in interventions such as Midnight Basketball working with inner city adolescents and at the Lincoln Leadership Academy in Allentown working on career development. In addition, the CP program runs a summer institute on international counseling and conducts training of counselors globally.
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