The Master of Science in Professional Counseling (MSPC) program is designed for those seeking careers in mental health-related fields with children, adults, and families across a wide-array of settings including schools, hospitals, correctional facilities, and community mental health agencies. You may choose an Adult/Generalist, a Child and Family, a Trauma, or an Addictions Counseling track of study.
At the completion of the 60-credit program, you will be eligible to obtain your licensure in professional counseling (LPC) in the state of Pennsylvania after additional supervised experience in the field. A 48-credit program is also available for those not pursuing licensure.
Our new MicroMaster's is available in our Professional Counseling program. Learn more here.
Carlow University also offers a Dual Degree, combining an MSPC and an MA in Student Affairs
QUICK FACTS: begin fall, spring or summer; no GRE or GMAT required.
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MS Professional Counseling Course Information
Course Requirements: 48 credits or 60 credits for those seeking licensure
Degree: Master of Science
Locations: Main Oakland Campus and Online
In addition to standard counseling courses like counseling theory and group counseling, each program track at Carlow University offers its MS in Professional Counseling students unique learning opportunities.
The Adult/Generalist track is for those students interested in exercising the greatest amount of influence over their course of study. This track allows students to enroll in the largest number of electives, a total of six, and permits them to gain knowledge and skills in a wide array of client populations and specialization areas.
The Generalist track can also be good preparation for students who want to work with adult clients across a variety of settings or for those students who are uncertain about their preferred specialization.
PRC 718 Advanced Counseling Skills (3 credits)
An in-depth and personalized approach to the exploration and refinement of counseling skills, theory, and techniques. In addition to intensive practice of counseling skills, each student formulates and demonstrates their own theory of counseling change and growth.
CHILD & FAMILY TRACK
The Child & Family track is for those students interested in working with children, adolescents, and their families in settings outside of the school environment.
This track allows you to specialize in child-based interventions and gain advanced knowledge in such topics as spectrum disorders, child abuse, and the impact of the family on child functioning.
PRC 715 Advanced Child Assessment and Diagnosis (3 credits)
This source explores the symptoms, explanations. DSM-V diagnostic criteria, and treatments for the most common psychological disorders which first appear in childhood. The etiologies of the disorders are examined from relevant perspectives and the interrelationships among these perspectives are explored. Special attention will be given to evidence-based bio-psycho-social treatments.
This track is for those students interested in working with adults and children who have suffered both chronic and acute traumatic events throughout various points in the lifespan. Students receive training in crisis management, trauma assessment, and interventions to support this population.
PRC 736: Introduction to Trauma-Informed Counseling (3 credits)
Students are introduced to the field of traumatic stress studies. They will consider the responses of a variety of traumatic experiences including childhood trauma, adult sexual assault, combat, domestic violence, homicide, witnessed violence, etc. Students will explore the psychology of the victim’s response to trauma, as will societal, cultural, and historical influences on our understanding of the impact of trauma.
The Addictions track is for those interested in working with adults and adolescents in the field of drug and alcohol addiction in both mental health and correctional settings. This track allows you to become both a licensed professional counselor and obtain the 180 hours of required coursework specific to addiction necessary to become certified as an Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC).
PRC 739 Substance Abuse Counseling Theories
and Interventions (3 credits)
Students learn how to provide competent, ethical counseling to substance abusers and their families. Students will focus on developing
case conceptualization skills and how to make
informed decisions regarding the theories they may choose to
use. Students will become knowledgeable and skilled
in the utilization of the Pennsylvania Certification Board’s Code
of Ethical Conduct and learn how to address any ethical and legal
issues related to professional conduct when working with substance
for more details about these classes and more, please visit the Course Catalog section of our website. For a list of every course available in the Psychology program, click here.
Dual Degree: Master of Science in Professional Counseling + Master of Arts in Student Affairs