Health Psychology and Counseling Master of Arts (MA)

The Master of Arts in Counseling and Health Psychology prepares graduates to function as independent professional mental health counselors, in both behavioral health and medical settings. Massachusetts has quickly become one of few states in the country leading health care reform. Specifically, there is a movement toward using integrated behavioral health models within primary care and other medical settings.  Through a series of several courses, our graduates will gain a solid background in Health Psychology, Behavioral Medicine interventions, and Integrated Behavioral Health in medical settings. Students will learn to function as members of interdisciplinary teams and in the treatment of chronic illness and other behavioral health and medical specialties. The Counseling and Health Psychology program utilizes the bio-psycho-social-spiritual frame to understand health and human behavior. With the understanding of the Mind/Body connection, the mental health professional will be exposed to Behavioral Medicine interventions including evidence-based approaches to care, motivational interviewing, brief treatment models, biofeedback, hypnosis, and other relaxation techniques. Graduates of this program will have fulfilled all educational requirements to qualify for licensure in the state of Massachusetts as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and develop basic competencies in being a key member of a team, ready to conduct brief assessments, consult with colleagues from other health care disciplines, and treat patients and families in both brief and extended models of care .

Curriculum Map

Typical Course of Study

Year One: Fall Semester (14 credits)
COU CX510 - Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy (credits: 3) 
COU PY521 - Psychopathology of Childhood and Adolescence (credits: 3) 
COU PS635 - Professional Issues and Ethics (credits: 3) 
COU CC523 - Psychology of Diversity and Difference (credits: 3) 
COU CS500 - Practicum Seminar I: Helping Relationships I (credits: 2) 
COU FP521 - Counseling Practicum I (credits: 0)(12-16 hours/week)

Year One: Spring Semester (14 credits)
COU PY522 - Adult Psychopathology (credits: 3) 
COU PA535 - Psychological Assessment for Counselors (credits: 3) 
COU LS659 - Lifespan Development (credits: 3) 
COU PC521 - Introduction to Counseling in Medical Settings (credits: 3) 
COU CS501 - Practicum Seminar II: Helping Relationships II (credits: 2) 
COU FP523 - Counseling Practicum II (credits: 0)(12-16 hours/week)

Year One Total: 28
Year Two: Summer Session I (9 credits)
COU GR501 - Group Counseling and Psychotherapy (credits: 3) 
COU PC611 - Behavioral Medical Interventions (credits: 3) 
COU CO500 - Consultation, Collaboration, and Community Partnerships (credits: 3)

Year Two: Fall Semester (12 credits)
COU RS510 - Research and Evaluation in Psychology (credits: 3) 
COU FX510 - Introduction to Family Therapy (credits: 3) 
COU PC620 - Topics in Public Health: Epidemiology, Health Disparities, Program Design and Evaluation (credits: 3)
Elective (credits: 1)
COU CS610 - Internship Seminar I (credits: 2) 
COU FP618 - Internship in Counseling and Health Psychology I (credits: 0)(20-24 hours/week)

Year Two: Spring Semester (11 credits)
COU SB515 - Substance Abuse Evaluation and Treatment (credits: 3) 
COU CD501 - Career Counseling (credits: 3) 
COU PR624 - Capstone Project Seminar (credits: 3) 
COU CS611 - Internship Seminar II (credits: 2) 
COU FP619 - Internship in Counseling and Health Psychology II (credits: 0)(20-24 hours/week)

Year Two Total: 32
Program Total: 60 credits

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