Counseling Psychology Degree Review - Master Degree Information

Published Jan 10, 2007

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A Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology educates students on all aspects of human behavior. This degree will enable the graduate to find a job in a clinic, a hospital, or in private practice.

A Counseling Psychology Master Degree Overview

Summary of the Degree

Counseling psychology is one of the most important areas in the discipline of psychology. Counseling psychologists work to find out the causes and possible forms of prevention and treatment of different psychological disorders. Although a clinical psychologist will tend to treat the really severe forms of psychological disorder including depression, bipolarism, and schizophrenia, counseling psychologists tend to work more with everyday stressors such as family and marriage counseling or career planning.

Skills Obtained

Students in a Counseling Psychology Master's Degree program will learn to lead, to inspire, and to work collaboratively with others - colleagues as well as patients. Effective communications skills will be stressed, as will diversity studies. A certain amount of coursework will be devoted to preparing the prospective counseling psychologist for the necessary state licensure examination.

Coursework

Some of the more general courses mandatory in a Counseling Psychology Master's Degree Program include:

  • Human Development
  • Application of Multivariate Statistics
  • Ethics and Legal Issues in Counseling
  • Psychopathology
  • Theory and Practice of Counseling
  • Counseling Group Work
  • Social and Cultural Foundations of Psychology

Career Fields

Counseling psychologists work in individual practices, hospitals, schools, and other mental health centers. There are over 200 different methodologies and theories of psychological practice, but each counselor, regardless of orientation, is capable of assisting patients to overcome emotional difficulties.

Occupational Outlook

According to Salary.com (www.salary.com), the average national salaries for counseling psychologists range from $28,401 to $67,161 per year.

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