Counseling Psychology - BS

The Counseling Psychology bachelor's degree 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.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected 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, de-escalation 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 of public and/or private mental health and related human service agencies.

Courses are 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 that 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 or 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 such as CSLG3010 Principles of Group Counseling and CSLG2030 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 are 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 are required to take two additional counseling classes in lieu of the internship class, CSLG4099 Internship in Counseling Psychology. Students need to get department chair approval for the two-course substitution.

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. The bachelor of science degree program prepares students for entry-level case/program workers and managers and aide positions who assist licensed counselors.

Counseling Psychology

A four-year program leading to the bachelor of science degree

Major Courses
CSLG1001Introduction to Helping Professions4.5
CSLG2030Counseling Theories and Techniques4.5
CSLG2035Foundations of Mental Health Counseling4.5
CSLG3001Introduction to Case Management4.5
CSLG3005Introduction to Crisis Intervention4.5
CSLG3010Principles of Group Counseling4.5
CSLG4099Internship in Counseling Psychology9.0
PSYC2002Abnormal Psychology4.5
PSYC2015Human Sexuality4.5
PSYC2030Developmental Psychology4.5
PSYC2040Psychological Issues of Addiction and Compulsive Behavior4.5
PSYC3001Social Psychology4.5
RSCH2050Workshop in Acquiring Social Research Skills4.5
RSCH4050Research Seminar in Counseling Psychology4.5
SOC1001Sociology I4.5
Major Electives *
Choose five of the following courses (at least two courses must have a CSLG designation):22.5
Introduction to Career and School Counseling
Introduction to Family Treatment for Addictions Counselors
Counseling Techniques for Addictions and Other Behavioral Disorders
Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy
Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Introduction to Neuropsychology and Psychopharmacology
Sociology of Aging
Cultural Tapestry: Perspectives in Diversity
Deviant Behavior
Related Professional Studies
CAR0010Career Management1
SCI2031Anatomy and Physiology4.5
Choose two of the following courses: 9
Juvenile Justice
Technical Writing
Report and Proposal Writing
The Legal Environment of Business I
Criminal Law
Employment Law
Exercise Physiology
Community Leadership: An Applied Sociology
Social Issues in Contemporary America
A&S Core Experience
Communications Foundation Courses13.5
English Composition
Advanced Composition and Communication
Communication Skills
Integrative Learning 9
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, one at the 4000 level
Arts and Humanities 9
Ethics: A Global Perspective
One course from ART, HIST, HUM‡, LIT or REL
A Survey of College Mathematics (or higher, based on student's placement)
Social Sciences 9
Introductory Psychology
One course from ANTH°°, ECON, LEAD, PSCI or SOC
A&S Electives9
Two courses with an EASC attribute, at least one at 3000 level or higher.
Free Elective #
4.5 credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university4.5
Total Credits181.0

In order to prepare for intended graduate specializations, students are urged to select at least three related courses in either addictions or mental health counseling.  It is strongly recommended that students consult their faculty adviser before selection of courses.

Visit Courses by Subject Code for a listing of all campus courses.

‡HUM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
^BIO courses are not offered in North Miami, Charlotte or Online.
±CHM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
°PHY courses are not offered in Charlotte or Online.
°°ANTH courses are not offered in North Miami or Charlotte.

#  In addition to classes, free elective credit can be applied to a number of options such as Directed Experiential Education (DEE), Internship, Minor or Study Abroad. Students are strongly encouraged to contact an advisor before scheduling free elective credits.

NOTE: Students must pass MATH0010 Basic Mathematics or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in required math course(s).

Students who graduate with a bachelor's 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.

In collaboration with academic colleges across all JWU campuses, JWU Study Abroad programs offer a variety of options for major, Arts & Science and elective credit at many price points for students during the academic year and summer. Financial aid is applicable and scholarships are available. Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications.