(School of Arts & Sciences)
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree
The Counseling Psychology program prepares students for careers as case/program workers and managers and aides who assist counselors in resolving clients’ personal, family, educational, mental health or work-related issues. Graduates of this program may pursue employment in the public or private sectors working in educational settings, private agencies, hospitals, rehabilitation centers or in nonprofit organizations.
Upon completion of this program, graduates are expected to demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical frameworks in counseling, professional and ethical practices, social and cultural diversity, human growth and development, career development, helping relationships, group work, assessment and research.
In addition, upon completion of the program, graduates should be able to demonstrate the ability to
- Delineate the historical nature of psychology as well as the bio-psychosocial and developmental determinants of behavior.
- Practice effectively within the following core counselor practice domains: use of counseling strategies and techniques, client assessment, case management, treatment planning, addictions counseling, community resource utilization, job development and placement, vocational counseling, research application and ethical counseling.
- Identify, implement and evaluate the various frameworks for ethical appraisal of the individual, including use of methods of data gathering and interpretation, statistical concepts, individual and group testing, case studies, historical perspectives, and individual differences from multicultural and ethnic contexts.
- Employ basic scientific research methods to analyze and critique assumptions, examine available evidence including (but not limited to) statistical analysis, theorize, conduct ethical, representative, and viable research and draw logical conclusions in an attempt to identify and/or resolve a specific problem.
- Identify the nature and needs of diverse individuals in a multicultural society, demonstrating appropriate sensitivity to needs of these populations in applying psychological theory, employing research methodology, and in making referrals for mental health treatment.
- Examine the development, ethical issues and theoretical approaches to group counseling including defining and appraising group counseling theories, group therapy techniques, group purpose, group development and group dynamics.
- Develop criteria, skills, and strategies for providing effective crisis intervention, deescalation of conflict, and conflict resolution in crisis situations.
- Apply ethical principles while dealing with clients within the counseling psychology profession.
- Evaluate and describe the philosophy, mission, programs and services of various human service providers as well as to demonstrate the ability to make appropriate individual referrals to said human service agencies.
- Function professionally in a supervised clinical experience that will prepare them to employ effective counseling practices while developing an understanding of the inner workings public and/or private mental health and related human service agencies.
Courses have been selected to provide students with a broad foundation of knowledge concerning human thoughts, emotions and behaviors. The program features a significant number of psychology courses which address both the biological and psychological motivations for certain behaviors. Sociology courses also play a major role by exploring the impact that a person’s social environment (i.e., family, culture, religion, etc.) has had on his/her development. Knowledge gained in these disciplines is then examined from the counseling psychology perspective to determine viable modes of intervention and treatment, if such actions are warranted.
Consistent with the Johnson & Wales University experiential education philosophy, Counseling Psychology students also gain practical experience while enrolled in this program. For example, courses like Principles of Group Counseling and Counseling Theories and Techniques provide students with classroom exercises in which they learn about, role play and model various counseling practices. Graduates of this program will be expected to employ critical thinking skills and ethical principles essential to interacting with and successfully treating clients in the professional environment.
To qualify for the internship, students must have a 2.75 GPA in their major courses, or have permission of the program director, and a letter of approval from their faculty advisor. Those who do not qualify for the internship will be required to take three additional counseling classes in lieu of he internship classes, CSLG3099 and CSLG4099.
In addition, students are expected to use the American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice as a guide for ethical behavior throughout the program.
PLEASE NOTE: A Master of Science degree is usually required for licensed positions as professional mental health counselors, marriage and family counselors and social workers. At completion of the bachelor’s degree program in Counseling Psychology, students may also choose to pursue a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology. The bachelor of science degree program prepares students for entry-level case/program workers and managers and aide positions who assist licensed counselors.
- Preference will be given to applicants who have maintained a B average or higher in a college prep curriculum throughout high school.
- Submission of SAT or ACT scores is strongly recommended.
- Students who wish to transfer into the Counseling Psychology program may do so if they have met the following criteria: a B average or better in all psychology courses and a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
Addictions Counseling (for Counseling Psychology Majors)
|CSLG2110||Introduction to Family Treatment for Addictions Counselors||4.5|
|CSLG3040||Counseling Techniques for Addictions and Other Behavioral Disorders||4.5|
Career and School Counseling (for Counseling Psychology Majors)
|CSLG2100||Introduction to Career and School Counseling||4.5|
Mental Health Counseling (for Counseling Psychology Majors)
|CSLG2090||Foundations of Mental Health Counseling||4.5|
|PSYC3040||Introduction to Neuropsychology and Psychopharmacology||4.5|
A four-year program leading to the bachelor of science degree
|CSLG2010||Introduction to the Helping Professions||4.5|
|CSLG2030||Counseling Theories and Techniques||4.5|
|CSLG2050||Introduction to Crisis Intervention||4.5|
|CSLG2070||Introduction to Case Management||4.5|
|CSLG3010||Principles of Group Counseling||4.5|
|CSLG3099||Internship in Counseling Psychology I||1|
|CSLG4099||Internship in Counseling Psychology II||13.5|
|PSYC2040||Psychological Issues of Addiction and Compulsive Behavior||4.5|
|RSCH2050||Research Methods in Applied Settings||4.5|
|RSCH4050||Research Seminar in Counseling Psychology||4.5|
|Counseling Psychology Concentration||Select one concentration from the offerings listed above||13.5|
|Choose three of the following: *||13.5|
|Foundations of Mental Health Counseling|
|Introduction to Career and School Counseling|
|Introduction to Family Treatment for Addictions Counselors|
|Cultural Tapestry: Perspectives in Diversity|
|Sociology of Aging|
|Related Professional Studies|
|Choose five of the following:||22.5|
|Report and Proposal Writing|
|The Legal Environment of Business I|
|Community Leadership: An Applied Sociology|
|Social Issues in Contemporary America|
|ENG1021||Advanced Composition and Communication||4.5|
|PHIL3040||Ethics of Business Leadership||4.5|
|SCI2031||Anatomy and Physiology||4.5|
|History||One HIST-designated course (except HIST4030)||4.5|
|Math||One math course 1000 level or higher based on student's placement assessment||4.5|
|Electives||Three courses with an EASC attribute selected from offerings within the School of Arts & Sciences which may be used to form an arts & sciences concentration||13.5|
|One course selected from 1000-4999 offerings within the university||4.5|
Students cannot count the same courses for credit here and toward their major concentration.
NOTES: Students must pass MATH0010 Basic Mathematics or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in required math course(s).
Study Abroad programs may satisfy a variety of History, Sociology, English and other elective requirements. Visit Study Abroad for details.
Students who graduate with a bachelor of science degree must leave Johnson & Wales University with effective writing skills. These writing skills will be assessed at the completion of ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication.