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Albertus Magnus College’s 60-credit Master of Science in Clinical Counseling program is designed to be completed in 3 years, including 2 summer classes after the first year. Classes are offered in the evening so as to facilitate employment during the first 2 years and completion of the internship in the 3rd year. Some classes, particularly in the summer, follow an 8-week, accelerated, modular format. Most classes are fully on-ground, though some are offered in a blended/hybrid format.

The program is designed to lead to eligibility as a Licensed Professional Counselor (L.P.C.) in the State of Connecticut. (In addition to the master’s degree, candidates for licensure must obtain postgraduate supervised work experience and pass an examination.) Most professional positions in behavioral health require or strongly prefer that applicants possess or be eligible for licensure. Note that each state sets its own standards for licensure. Our program is likely to meet the standards set elsewhere, but it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that this is the case and to make up any deficiencies.

We offer two specialty tracks: mental health counseling and addiction counseling. Students apply for admission to one or the other. The mental health counseling track includes advanced coursework on assessment, psychotherapy, and case conceptualization. The addiction counseling track includes specialized coursework on psychopharmacology, addictive behaviors, and addiction counseling. Students completing the addiction counseling track will be eligible to apply for licensure as alcohol and drug counselors (L.A.D.C.)日本一本道a不卡免费 in addition to the L.P.C. Again, this will require appropriate experience and passage of an examination as well as the degree.

Our M.S. in Clinical Counseling has three distinct features:

  • The ability to choose between two specialty tracks—Mental Health Counseling or Addiction Counseling. The Addiction Counseling track is distinctive in that, so far as we are aware, no other counseling program in the State of Connecticut features a complete menu of courses leading to Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) credential.
  • An emphasis on evidence-based practice (also known as empirically supported treatments). This is emphasized throughout the program, and especially by the advanced courses in contemporary modes of psychotherapy (or addiction counseling) as well as assessment, case formulation, and treatment planning.
  • The integrated experiences in the final year of the program: a supervised internship (typical in most counseling programs) is combined with seminars in ethical issues and case formulation as well as the empirical thesis, which typically will involve client assessment and/or treatment effectiveness research conducted at the internship site.

Do you want to make a difference in people’s lives?

Do you want to understand people more deeply?

To be skilled at helping them to make changes and develop into better versions of themselves?

Are you comfortable with close relationships, strong emotions, and self-reflection?

日本一本道a不卡免费If you answered “yes” to these questions, then the M.S. in Clinical Counseling program at Albertus Magnus College may be the right place for you to study and grow. We want to cultivate the next generation of counselors and psychotherapists—to guide you through your own process of intellectual and emotional development.

Our program is housed in the department of psychology at an independent college sponsored by the Dominican Sisters. The department, which includes 10 full-and half-time members, operates three master’s degree programs (counseling, art therapy, and human services) as well as undergraduate majors. We pride ourselves on how well these programs fit into the college’s overall mission, which is to promote the search for truth in all its dimensions and provide an education that is both grounded in the liberal arts and practical in its application. We are situated in New Haven, a small New England seaport city that enjoys rich cultural opportunities and a remarkably diverse community.

Student Spotlight:

Student Spotlight

Whitney Bailey (December 2017)

In the short amount of time that I’ve been at Albertus Magnus College, I have experienced nothing but acceptance and support from each of my professors, faculty members, and the diverse group of classmates I now call friends. Although the curriculum is challenging, the material is rich and meaningful, and the professors have done a phenomenal job of making lectures fun and engaging! I feel confident about this first semester, knowing that I did my best, and everything I’ve learned will be useful to me in the future. I can’t wait to see what new information will be covered next semester!


Program of Study



Year One

The first year of the program involves foundational courses: acquiring the knowledge and basic skills essential to all future counselors. Students in both tracks take all classes together. There are no fieldwork requirements this year.

Fall Term

PY 528 Life-Span Human Development

PY 530 Theories of Counseling

日本一本道a不卡免费PY 533 Psychopathology

Spring Term

PY 537 Counseling Techniques

PY 538 Social and Cultural Issues in Counseling

PY 551 Clinical Assessment I: Selecting and Utilizing Appropriate Instruments

Summer Term

日本一本道a不卡免费PY 535 Career Counseling

PY 544 Group Dynamics and Counseling


Year Two

The second year of the program involves immersion in courses relating to one’s chosen area of specialization. The fall term also features the foundational course in research methodology. The spring term also includes the first field experience, a 120-hour practicum.

Fall Term

PY 534 Research Methods and Quantitative Analysis [all students]

PY 553 Clinical Assessment III: Personality Dynamics [mental health track]

PY 554 Advanced Counseling & Psychotherapy I: Cognitive-Behavioral Methods [mental health track]

PY 583 Drugs and Behavior I: Basic Science [addictions track]

PY 584 Drugs and Behavior II: Applications [addictions track]

Spring Term

日本一本道a不卡免费PY 570 Counseling Practicum [all students]

PY 552 Clinical Assessment III: Cognitive Functioning [mental health track]

PY 555 Advanced Counseling & Psychotherapy II: Affect-Centered Methods [mental health track]

PY 587 Addiction Counseling I: Core Concepts and Competencies [addictions track]

PY 589 Addiction Counseling II: Advanced Techniques [addictions track]


Year Three

日本一本道a不卡免费The third year centers on the internship experience: 600 hours of supervised counseling practice at an approved site and participation in a thesis-related seminar on campus. It is the student’s responsibility to secure a site, but the program will provide support and guidance throughout the process. Most of the academic experiences during this year will tie in with the internship in one way or another.

Fall Term

PY 579 Counseling Internship I [all students]

PY 545 Professional, Ethical, and Legal Issues Seminar, Part I (1.5 credits) [all students]

PY 597 Thesis Project I (1.5 credits) [all students]

PY 577 Advanced Seminar in Case Conceptualization [mental health track]

PY 588 Clinical Assessment of Substance Use Disorders (1.5 credits) [addictions track]

PY 591 Treatment Planning and Evaluation in Addiction Counseling (1.5 credits) [addictions track]

Spring Term

PY 580 Counseling Internship II [all students]

PY 546 Professional, Ethical & Legal Issues Seminar, Part II (1.5 credits) [all students]

PY 597 Spiritual Issues in Counseling [all students]

PY 598 Thesis Project II (1.5 credits) [all students]


Admissions Requirements


  • An earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university (or equivalent foreign institution)
  • A cumulative G.P.A. of 3.00 or greater
  • At least 15 credits in psychology, including a course in statistics
  • For non-native English speakers, proficiency in English as demonstrated by at least 3 years of successful academic work at a college or university using English as the primary language of instruction and evaluation, or by a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based), 80 (internet-based), or 213 (computer-based)

日本一本道a不卡免费To be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Clinical Counseling program, applicants must submit the following:

  • An application form, duly signed and executed
  • A $50 non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcripts reflecting conferral of prior degree (a minimum of a bachelor’s degree for master’s programs). All transcripts are to be submitted from the original institutions.
  • ONE of the following:
    • A substantive writing sample (such as a term paper from an upper-level class) OR
    • Scores on the general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Two recommendations, preferably from former professors or supervisors
  • A personal statement, consisting of a 250-500 word response to a prompt relating to the individual’s motivation and self-assessed suitability for a career in counseling
  • TOEFL scores (if applicable)
  • Proof of immunization (in accordance with Connecticut state regulations)
  • Applicants who intend to use Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) benefits should also submit a Certification of Eligibility Letter (or, for reservists, a Notice of Basic Eligibility), a Veteran’s Intent to Register form, and any relevant military transcripts
  • Minimum cumulative GPA is 3
  • A personal statement of 250-500 words, double spaced, detailing the applicant's motivation and self-assessed suitability for a career in counseling
  • An interview with one or more program faculty members.
  • At least 15 credits in psychology, including a course in statistics. (Statistics courses offered by departments of mathematics are acceptable as a substitute with a minimum cumulative GPS of 2.8) One of the following: A substantive writing sample (such as a term paper from an upper-level class) OR Scores on the general test of the GRE

Please Note:

An interview with one or more program faculty members will be scheduled for students who meet the above criteria. It should be noted that merely meeting these standards does not guarantee admission. Decisions concerning admission will be made based on a holistic review of the complete application. Students who lack 1–2 of the expected undergraduate psychology courses may be admitted on a conditional basis. Such students would be required to complete the outstanding requirements before the end of their first year in the program. Students whose grades fall slightly below the 3.00 threshold, but who believe that those grades do not accurately reflect their current abilities, are encouraged to include in their application an explanation of what factors impeded their previous performance and what has changed in the interim.

All application materials should be sent to:
The Master of Science in Clinical Counseling Admissions Committee
Division of Professional and Graduate Studies
Albertus Magnus College
700 Prospect Street
日本一本道a不卡免费 New Haven, CT 06511-1189

Professional Counseling Associations

American Counseling Association (ACA)

The ACA, with about 70,000 members, is the one professional group for counselors of all varieties. It includes 20 divisions (specialty areas), of which the largest are those for mental health counselors and school (guidance) counselors; rehabilitation counselors, career counselors, and addiction counselors (see below) are also well represented. The ACA is an important organization. It operates certification programs (NCC and CCMHC) that are linked with state counselor licensure systems. The web page includes a career center with job listings.
www.counseling.org

National Alliance on Mental Illness
Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Services Administration
Connecticut Mental Health Counselors Association

Connecticut Counseling Association

This is the local ACA affiliate.

American Psychological Association

New England Psychological Association

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

American Psychoanalytic Association

National Institute of Mental Health

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