CLINICAL/COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS —
- Our degree program prepares students to be competent, ethical practitioners of psychological services in the community.
- Students will develop skills in psychological assessment and a variety of therapeutic modalities, such as, individual, group, and family therapy, as well as various therapeutic orientations.
- The program emphasizes learning to consider the uniqueness of each individual and the influence of culture and ethnicity when providing services.
- Graduates will be prepared to work in a broad range of mental health settings as well as to pursue doctoral level training in clinical or counseling psychology.
Clinical/Counseling Psychology, MS
The Mission of the Department of Psychology is to empower students to utilize the major concepts, findings, and diverse theoretical perspectives of psychology to identify and address complex challenges faced by individuals and the broader community. We prepare student to use the tools of psychology to promote equity and well-being in a multicultural society.
Equity. Diversity. Belongingness. Empowerment. Transformation.
The Clayton State University Department of Psychology recognizes and embraces diversity and inclusion. Our program creates settings for belonging as a fundamental necessity for establishing as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. articulated, The Beloved Community. The Clayton State University Department of Psychology views civil discourse and acceptance as critical to the intellectual growth and well-being of students. We are dedicated to supporting the development of professionals able to competently address the diverse needs of communities. Graduates of our program are prepared to implement a multicultural framework for promoting personal and community well-being. Students are equipped with the skills to recognize complex societal challenges and innovate creative solutions that empower and transform individuals and communities.
As a department, we are committed and accountable to increasing the number of professionals, practitioners, and healers from communities that have been historically marginalized and excluded from the discipline of psychology. We strive to develop culturally relevant curricula that is also holistic in its approach to education. Our faculty recognize that we now exist in a global community, therefore, it is important that graduates are culturally competent, with the ability to serve a diverse world.
Graduate Program: Master of Science in Clinical/Counseling Psychology (MPCAC Accredited)
- Two year (60 Credit Hour) program that prepares graduates to pursue licensure as Professional Counselors (LAPC/LPC) in the State of Georgia and to pursue careers as mental health professionals (therapists/counselors).
- Graduates may also be eligible for licensure in other states (Students are responsible for knowing and meeting the licensing requirements in other jurisdictions).
- Graduates are also prepared to pursue Doctoral level study in Psychology and other related fields.
Graduates of our M.S. in Clinical/Counseling Psychology will be able to:
- Use critical thinking skills to assess mental health and implement effective interventions using a variety of therapeutic modalities and theoretical approaches (e.g., cognitive, behavioral, psychodynamic, humanistic).
- Understand and apply ethical standards to the provision of psychological services in the community.
- Demonstrate knowledge and skills to intervene effectively with individuals from varying cultural backgrounds.
- Interpret and apply research methods and statistical techniques to advance the study and practice of clinical psychology.
- Use interpersonal and written communication effectively and professionally.