As a graduate student in the Counseling Psychology Program, you’ll develop the skills necessary to become an effective practitioner, researcher and/or leader in your field. Our goal is to develop professionals who are insightful and self-reflective, who are innovative risk takers and superior critical thinkers.
We offer two degree programs: A Master’s in Counseling and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. Our highly selective doctoral program is accredited by the American Psychological Association. Both programs are well known for providing access to high-quality internship experiences for our students.
We want our students not only to demonstrate accurate and current knowledge, but to have expertise related to the many issues that confront society, and to have the skills to create effective strategies and approaches to address these challenges.
What You Will Need
To work professionally in counseling psychology at the master’s or doctoral level, you will need a strong background in the practice of counseling and psychotherapy, as well as a knowledge of the scientific foundations of psychology in order to evaluate and think critically about your practice.
What You Will Learn
Our program helps you develop the skills to understand and/or conduct research that contributes to the knowledge and practice of counseling psychology. You will also develop the skills to intervene effectively with clients representing a broad range of demographic and cultural characteristics and counseling needs, so that you are prepared to work with the diversity of people who will need psychological services and counseling in the 21st century.
The master’s and doctoral programs include work in counseling theories and techniques, research, career and group counseling, program development and evaluation, fieldwork and practicum, as well as other areas relevant to particular degree programs. Because most programs lead to licensure, there are a number of required courses, but students may pursue individual interests through electives.
At Morgridge, you will work with faculty in small classes. You will join faculty on research projects and develop specialized skills in aspects of adolescent and adult development, health psychology, professional ethics, applications of psychology to business, multicultural issues or group dynamics. Students develop skills in counseling and research that lead to work with diverse populations in a variety of work settings.
InContext Learning Experiences
Examples of InContext learning experiences our students have participated in include:
- Organize and run adolescent groups at community outreach centers
- Join faculty on research projects and develop specialized skills in aspects of adolescent and adult development, health psychology, professional ethics, and applications of psychology to group and business dynamics
- Counsel adolescent and adult clients and receive supervision and feedback from a Licensed Psychologist while working in the Counseling and Educational Services Clinic
The Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology has four concentrations:
- General Counseling
- School Counseling
- Clinical Mental Health Counseling
In the Counseling Psychology program, students have the opportunity to choose a concentration area that best fits their needs for interest and licensure. In all four concentrations, students develop basic individual, group, and career counseling skills. They also receive extensive consultation in basic counseling courses and supervision in on-site practicum settings. The Counseling Psychology MA Handbook has details regarding the required courses in the concentrations.
While the program focuses primarily on adolescent and adult counseling, some students may pursue interests in child counseling through their practicum placements, or in marital and family counseling through coursework.
A community clinic, operated jointly by the Counseling Psychology and the Child, Family and School Psychology programs, offers students supervised experience working directly with clients. All students enroll in two one-credit clinic courses that require them to work one evening a week for two quarters.
General Counseling - Focuses on basic individual, group and career counseling skills with a supervised on-site practicum and internships. (Students in this track are not eligible to take the LPC examination.)
School Counseling – Allows students to apply for licensure in Colorado through the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) as a school counselor for children birth to age 21.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Prepares students to apply for state licensure as professional counselors (LPC). Students wanting to pursue the LPC in another state must research the academic requirements of that state and take the appropriate classes. The Morgridge College of Education does not guarantee licensure requirements in other states.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling students can complete optional additional courses for certification as a Certified Addiction Counselor Level II (CACII) by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA). With the addition of the CACII coursework, graduates are much more versatile and desirable to employers in the mental health field. Addictive behaviors often co-occur with many emotional and behavioral disorders dealt with in schools and community mental health centers, and the addition of the CACII license prepares you to counsel these individuals.
Research - Prepares students for research-based careers in counseling as well as doctoral work. This concentration offers student training on research, such as a thesis. This concentration is not eligible for LPC licensure after graduation.
$1,104 per quarter credit hour for the 2013-2014 academic year (scholarships available; in response to the new national standards requiring 90 credit hours for Clinical Mental Health Counseling master programs and in anticipation of our program being approved to meet this requirement, increased financial aid will be available for new students starting this program in fall 2014)
Credits Required for Completion:
55 to 72 quarter credit hours (varies by concentration area)
Approximate Completion Time:
2 to 3 years
General Counseling – 55 quarter credit hours, a supervised practicum and a supervised internship.
School Counseling –72 quarter credit hours, a supervised practicum, a supervised internship in a school setting and other courses related to a school-based environment.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling – 72 quarter credit hours, a practicum and an internship. While the total hours will be increasing for fall 2014 incoming students due to changes in state and national requirements, additional scholarships will be available; contact the Morgridge Office of Admissions for more information (email@example.com or 303-871-2509303-871-2509). For a list of required courses for the Certified Addiction Counselor Level II certification option, see the current CP MA Handbook in the “Handbooks/Forms” section.
Research – 72 quarter credit hours including advanced coursework in research design and statistics, a supervised practicum, a supervised internship and thesis.
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Successful completion of the PhD program in Counseling Psychology enables students to apply for licensure as psychologists in Colorado and other states, assuming post-doctoral requirements are met.
$1,104 per quarter credit hour for the 2013-2014 academic year (scholarships available)
Credits Required for Completion:
A minimum of 90 quarter credit hours
Approximate Completion Time:
4 to 7 years
The Counseling Psychology doctoral program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). The next site visit is scheduled for 2014.
The PhD requires a minimum of 90 quarter credit hours, a supervised practicum, a supervised 12 month full-time internship, comprehensive exams and a dissertation.
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