Counseling Psychology in Community Mental Health Master of Arts (MA)

In 2011, William James College launched a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology in Community Mental Health (CMH). This was conceived as a partnership with community mental health agencies, and allowed agency employees to pursue a master's degree in a period of three years while they maintained employment in the agency. We graduated the first class of seven students in 2014 and the second class of three students in 2015. Our first partners have been YOU, Inc., The Bridge of Central Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC).

Curriculum Map
Year 1 - Fall Semester (9 credits)
COU CM500 - Helping Relationships in Community Mental Health (credits: 3)*
COU CX510 - Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy (credits: 3)*
COU PS635 - Professional Issues and Ethics (credits: 3) (Blended)

Year 1 - Spring Semester (9 credits)
COU CC523 - Psychology of Diversity and Difference (credits: 3) (Blended)
COU GR501 - Group Counseling and Psychotherapy (credits: 3)*
COU PY522 - Adult Psychopathology (credits: 3) (Blended)

Year 2 - Summer Semester (6 credits)
COU CD501 - Career Counseling (credits: 3) (Blended)
COU LS659 - Lifespan Development (credits: 3) (Blended)

Year 2 - Fall Semester (8 credits)
COU CO500 - Consultation, Collaboration, and Community Partnerships (credits: 3) (Blended)
COU CS502 - Practicum Seminar: Community Mental Health (credits: 2)*
COU FP513 - Practicum I in Community Mental Health (credits: 0) (Field Placement 16 hours/wk)*
COU PY522 - Adult Psychopathology (credits: 3) (Blended)

Year 2 - Spring Semester (8 credits)
COU CS503 - Practicum Seminar: Community Mental Health (credits: 2)*
COU FP514 - Practicum I in Community Mental Health II (credits: 0)*
COU PA535 - Psychological Assessment for Counselors (credits: 3) (Blended)
COU SB515 - Substance Abuse Evaluation and Treatment (credits: 3) (Blended)

Year 3 - Summer Semester (6 credits)
Two Electives
Electives may include:
COU ET601 - Practical Approaches in Expressive Arts Therapy (credits: 3)
COU FX611 - Human Sexuality and Intimacy (credits: 3) 
COU FX510 - Introduction to Family Therapy (credits: 3) 
COU TR602 - Trauma: Theory and Treatment (credits: 3) 

Year 3 - Fall Semester (9 credits)
COU CM610 - Advanced Topics in Community Mental Health (credits: 3)  (Blended)
COU CS610 - Internship Seminar I (credits: 2)*
COU FP616 - Internship in Community Mental Health I (credits: 0) (Field Placement 24 hours/week)*
COU PR622 - Capstone Project: Community Mental Health Seminar I (credits: 1)*
COU RS510 - Research and Evaluation in Psychology (credits: 3)(Blended)

Year 3 - Spring Semester (5 credits)
COU CS611 - Internship Seminar II (credits: 2)
ORG FP617 - Internship in Community Mental Health II (credits: 0) (Field Placement 24 hours/week)*
COU PR623 - Capstone Project: Community Mental Health Seminar II (credits: 3) *

Total: 60 credits

Click here to view the requirements for the concentration in Latino Mental Health, including the following courses:
COU CC549 - Introduction Latino Culture
COU CC550 - The Experience of Latinos in the United States I
COU CC551 - Clinical Work with Latinos I (Clinical Work with Latinos in the United States)
COU XX500 - Special Topics

Classroom format, taught onsite at job place TBD
(Blended) denotes a required WIR 'Weekend in Residence' (one Saturday and Sunday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm) at our campus

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