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Counseling (MAC)

The Master of Arts in Counseling at St. Edward’s prepares you to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), or both, in such settings as hospitals, residential treatment centers, nonprofit agencies and private practices.

Watch the video to see Program Director Elizabeth Katz, PhD, talk about the important linkage of theory and practice threaded throughout the master's degree in Counseling program. Sreena Schroeder MAC '14 shares her insights about how the program has given her the knowledge and confidence to counsel clients at her two distinct practicum sites.

Master of Arts in Counseling

Convenient Class Schedules:

The masters degree in Counseling program is designed to serve students who range in age and life experiences — reflective of the community they will ultimately serve — and who share a mission-driven approach to career and life. The MAC is typically completed in three years, with three semesters a year and two classes per semester. Students can also complete the program in two years if they elect to take three classes per semester.

Overview:

In the masters degree in Counseling program, you’ll be exposed to a variety of approaches for treating mental health, from the latest research on the relationship between neuroscience and mental health to eastern philosophies and treatments that have been practiced for thousands of years. You’ll benefit from an experiential curriculum, accomplished faculty comprised of working mental health professionals and innovative electives.

You’ll apply what you learn in clinical settings to gain firsthand experience under the supervision of faculty and practicing counselors. This unique combination of broad-based curriculum, comprehensive clinical instruction and extensive experiential learning will prepare you to pass Texas and national license examinations and be a more effective counselor.

Your career path could include working with adults and teens who suffer from addictions, eating disorders or depression; counseling distressed couples and families; providing counseling services within a nonprofit organization; or developing your own private practice.

Degree Plan:

For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the Graduate Bulletin (course catalog).

I. CORE COURSES (24 CREDIT HOURS):
• Critical Evaluation of Research in Counseling
• Counseling Skills and Techniques
• Counseling Theories
• Abnormal Human Behavior
• Counseling Diverse Populations
• Human Growth and Development
• Legal and Ethical Issues for Health Care Professionals
• Introduction to Systems Theories in Counseling

II. LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR CONCENTRATION (30 CREDIT HOURS):
The following courses, in addition to the eight core courses, are required for the LPC concentration:
• Group Counseling
• Drugs: Therapy and Abuse
• Assessment, Diagnostics and Treatment Planning
• Assessment Techniques
• Career Development and Planning
In addition, you’ll select three electives, which should be taken during the last three terms of study:
• Techniques in Child and Adolescent Counseling
• Special Topics/Settings
• Introduction to Assessment in Marriage and Family Therapy
Two practicum courses are also required. You must take these courses during your last two terms.
• Counseling Practicum I
• Counseling Practicum II

III. LICENSED MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST CONCENTRATION (30 CREDIT HOURS):
The following courses, in addition to the eight core courses, are required for the LMFT concentration:
• Techniques in Child and Adolescent Counseling
• Techniques in Marriage and Family Therapy
• Group Counseling
• Assessment, Diagnostics and Treatment Planning
• Introduction to Assessment in Marriage and Family Therapy
• Advanced Topics in Marriage and Family Therapy
• Special Topics/Settings
Three practicum courses are also required. You must take these courses during your last three terms.
• Counseling Practicum I
• Counseling Practicum II
• Counseling Practicum III: Marriage and Family

IV. LPC AND LMFT COMBINED CONCENTRATION (36 CREDIT HOURS):
The following courses, in addition to the eight core courses, are required for the LPC/LMFT concentration.
• Techniques in Child and Adolescent Counseling
• Techniques in Marriage and Family Therapy
• Group Counseling
• Drugs: Therapy and Abuse
• Assessment, Diagnostics and Treatment Planning
• Assessment Techniques
• Career Development and Planning
• Introduction to Assessment in Marriage and Family Therapy
• Advanced Topics in Marriage and Family Therapy
Three practicum courses are also required. You must take these courses during your last three terms.
• Counseling Practicum I
• Counseling Practicum II
• Counseling Practicum III: Marriage and Family

As a part of the program’s philosophy and educational training program, you’ll participate in training experiences that encourage self-growth. These exercises may require an appropriate degree of self-disclosure, which you won’t be graded on. This confidential information will not be discussed outside of the classroom.

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