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Counselor Education with Specialization in Professional and Rehabilitation Counseling: MS

Master of Science, Counselor Education with Specialization in Professional Counseling

Program Rationale:
The Professional Counseling specialization prepares students to pursue employment in a variety of rehabilitation and mental health agencies. Students may choose a track in either Rehabilitation Counseling, Addiction Recovery, or Mental Health Counseling. The Professional Counseling specialization provides the foundational coursework necessary for individuals interested in national certification as Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRC) and/or meeting State of Connecticut Department of Public Health requirements for becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors (LADC). There are additional post-master’s training requirements for both LPC and LADC candidates. The Professional Counseling specialization is accredited by the Commission on Rehabilitation Education (CORE).

Program Learning Outcomes:

Students in the program will be expected to:
• exhibit behaviors and attitudes appropriate to the professional counseling profession;
• demonstrate pertinent and professionally relevant knowledge in the 10 CORE and 9 NBCC curriculum content areas;
• demonstrate professional behaviors and practice in professional and rehabilitation counseling settings;
• demonstrate knowledge of current ethical and legal guidelines that influence one’s behavior as a counselor; and
• demonstrate core skills that provide the foundations to understand the professional and rehabilitation counseling process and become more aware of one’s interpersonal interactions.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR M.S. PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. 

Admissions to the School Counseling, Professional Counseling, and Student Development in Higher Education programs are made on a competitive basis only one time per year. All applications must be completed and received by April 1 for fall admission of the following academic year. Candidates for admission will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:

1. Grade point average: Minimum 2.70 grade point average (GPA) for all undergraduate courses and a 3.00 for all graduate courses, based on a 4.00 point scale where A is 4.00.

2. Three recommendations from individuals able to testify to the student’s suitability as a prospective counselor.

3. A 2–3 page typewritten (double spaced) essay describing the following:

a. Reasons for entering the counseling profession.

b. Personal and professional experiences that influenced you to pursue the counseling profession.

c. Personal characteristics you believe will contribute to your success as a counselor.

4. A personal interview by the program’s faculty admissions committee. The committee will assess the student’s personal attributes and life experiences that might contribute to the student’s potential for success as a professional counselor.

The admissions application, application fee, and official transcripts from each college/university (except CCSU) where any course has been taken must be sent directly to the Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Office.

Recommendations and the essay must be sent directly to the Counseling and Family Therapy Department. (Contact: 860-832-2154)

Course and Capstone Requirements (60 credits):
Core (33 credits):

CNSL 500 The Dynamics of Group Behavior 3
CNSL 501 Theories and Techniques in Counseling 6
CNSL 503 Supervised Counseling Practicum 3
CNSL 504 Professional Studies in Counseling 3

CNSL 505 Counseling and Human Development Across the Lifespan 3
OR
PSY 512 Developmental Psychology 3

CNSL 507 Methods of Group Facilitation 3
CNSL 521 Career Counseling and Development 3
CNSL 522 Appraisal Procedures in Counseling 3
CNSL 568 Alcohol and Drug Counseling 3
CNSL 598 Research Methods in Counseling 3

Students in the Mental Health track are required to take an additional 24 credits to equal 63 credits:
CNSL 525 Multicultural Counseling 3
CNSL 560 Introduction to Rehabilitation Counseling 3
CNSL 561 Advanced Rehabilitation Counseling 3
CNSL 563 Medical Aspects of Rehabilitation Counseling 3
CNSL 564 Rehabilitation and Disability Case Management 3
or
MFT 541 Introduction to Theories of Family Systems 3
CNSL 571 Mental Health Counseling 3
CNSL 575 Co-Occurring Disorders and Mental Health Counseling 3
CNSL 580 Special Topics Seminars 1-3
or
CNSL 599 Thesis 3 (see Plan A capstone)

Students in the Rehabilitation Counseling track are required to take an additional 21 credits to equal 60-63 credits:
CNSL 525 Multicultural Counseling 3
CNSL 560 Introduction to Rehabilitation Counseling 3
CNSL 561 Advanced Rehabilitation Counseling 3
CNSL 563 Medical Aspects of Rehabilitation Counseling 3
CNSL 564 Rehabilitation and Disability Case Management 3
CNSL 571 Mental Health Counseling 3
CNSL 575 Co-Occurring Disorders and Mental Health Counseling 3
CNSL 580 Special Topics Seminars 1-3
or
CNSL 599 Thesis 3 (see Plan A capstone)

Students in the Drug and Alcohol Recovery Counseling track are required to take an additional 21 credits to equal 60-63 credits:
CNSL 525 Multicultural Counseling 3
CNSL 560 Introduction to Rehabilitation Counseling 3
CNSL 561 Advanced Rehabilitation Counseling 3
CNSL 563 Medical Aspects of Rehabilitation Counseling 3
CNSL 564 Rehabilitation and Disability Case Management 3
CNSL 571 Mental Health Counseling 3
CNSL 575 Co-Occurring Disorders and Mental Health Counseling 3
CNSL 580 Special Topics Seminars 1-3
or
CNSL 599 Thesis 3 (see Plan A capstone)

In addition, all students are required to take:
Internship (6 credits):
CNSL 594 Supervised Clinical Practice Professional Counseling (two semesters fall & spring for a total of 6 credits) 3

Capstone (0-3 credits):
Plan A:
CNSL 599* Thesis* 3
or
Plan B:
Comprehensive Exam 0
(consists of a major case presentation done in conjunction with the student’s internship experience)

*Students in the Mental Health track electing to do a thesis (Plan A) will be exempt from one core requirement course as determined with the advisor.
Note: It is expected that prior to beginning the supervised counseling practicum (CNSL 503) all Professional and Rehabilitation Counseling students will complete a graduate level course in Life Span Development. 

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