Master of Science in Psychological Services
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The Master of Science in Psychological Services degree is designed to develop professionals who can function as Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC), Licensed Behavioral Practitioners (LBP), School Psychologists or psychological assistants in such settings as mental health centers, guidance centers, mental hospitals, alcohol and drug treatment centers, correctional institutions, and the independent practice of a LPC. The role of these professionals is to help people more fully to develop their potential for creative productivity and emotional satisfaction.
The following general objectives are intended to prepare students to fill this role:
1. To provide opportunities for students to acquire knowledge of the general principles involved in providing psychological services;
2. To prepare students to understand research methodology and to use research reports and psychological literature; and
3. To prepare students to provide the psychological services of counseling, consulting, and evaluating.
Students in this program are expected to have or to acquire in the early phases of training knowledge of general psychology, statistical methods, psychology of learning and its application to behavior modification, psychology, abnormal psychology, and psychological evaluation. A course in theory and research in psychological services builds on this background to develop competencies in research and the use of psychological literature. Courses in individual mental testing, and individual psychological evaluation, help students to acquire the skills to evaluate people. Courses in behavior change and clinical psychology help students to provide counseling services to people. A course in community consultation helps students to provide consultation in their work setting and community.
Small classes and ample opportunities for interaction with faculty and students provide and excellent opportunity for students to develop the skills necessary to function well in their occupations. Graduate teaching assistanships and graduate research assistantships provide financial assistance as well as unusual opportunities for learning. Qualified graduate students may join Psi Chi, which is the international honor society in psychology and which is affiliated with the American Psychological Association.
TRACK A - COMMUNITY/CLINICAL
Focuses on the skills and knowledge needed for mental health practice with community mental health settings. The curriculum is broad-based to prepare students in working with many different populations with the community mental health setting. Students in this track will be eligible for LPC and LBP licensure.
TRACK B - SCHOOL
Focuses on the skills and knowledge needed for providing psychological services within public school settings. The curriculum is designed to prepare students to work with diverse childhood populations, including children from diverse demographic backgrounds as well as children with diverse learning, behavior, and emotional needs. Students who successfully complete this track will be eligible for LPC and LBP licensure as well as School Psychologist and School Psychometrist certification.
Please note that with Track B you will need to have a teaching certificate or alternative teaching certificate before you apply.