Counseling Psychology (MA) Program
Letter from the Program Chair
Over the past decade, societal needs for accessible health care providers have risen dramatically. In response, the mental health care field has turned increasingly to master’s level clinicians to provide essential front line services. This has produced a critical need for individuals qualified to provide such services, particularly to populations that are typically underserved and for whom access to health care services has traditionally been limited. It is with these needs in mind that the MSPP M.A. Program in Counseling Psychology has been developed.
The 60 semester credit program integrates classroom instruction with closely supervised field work, meets all the educational requirements for licensure in the state of Massachusetts, and will prepare its graduates to function as professional mental health counselors. Graduates will earn a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology and will be well-equipped to function in a wide range of settings, including hospitals, mental health centers, college counseling centers, substance abuse treatment facilities, government agencies, and faith communities.
Mental Health Counseling is a challenging, personally gratifying, and relatively new field whose potential has yet to be fully realized. The roles of a mental health counselor are many and diverse, and you will be rewarded with numerous opportunities to make a difference in the lives of those very persons in our society who most need your services. If you are interested in a career as a helping professional, I encourage you to find out about our program and explore how master’s level study might be the path for you. As a student in the program you will be immersed immediately in the vibrant MSPP community of practitioner/ scholars and will have rich opportunities to develop your skills in a unique environment that is dynamic, intellectually challenging, and personally supportive.
Nilda M. Laboy, Psy.D.
Program Chair, Counseling Psychology Department