Counseling Psychology

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Master of Arts in Counseling

60 hours & GRST 501

The Counseling Psychology degree prepares students to enter the field of professional counseling. Graduates who have earned a master's degree in Counseling Psychology have a strong foundation in the principles and practices of promoting health in therapeutic relationships and in mental health environments. They are qualified to work as counselors and psychotherapists in a wide variety of settings such as community mental health centers, residential treatment facilities, and social service agencies.

Program Requirements

Foundational Courses: (25 hours)

GRST 501  Introduction to Psychology Graduate Studies
PSYH/COUN 502 Theories of Counseling & Psychotherapy
PSYH/COUN 511 Advanced Developmental Psychology
COUN 528  Research in Counseling
COUN 585  Introduction to Clinical Assessment
PSYH/COUN 520 Advanced Psychopathology
PSYH 592  Social & Community Psychology
COUN 500  Professional Orientation & Ethics
PSYH /COUN 665 Diagnosis & Treatment Planning

Counseling Program Courses (30 hours)

PSYH /COUN 503 Techniques of Counseling & Psychotherapy
COUN 625 Career Counseling & Development
COUN 645 Group Counseling & Psychotherapy
PSYH 651  Emotion, Motivation, & Cognition
COUN 655 Multicultural & Diversity Issues
PSYH 670  Clinical Assessment of Emotional/Psychological Functioning OR
PSYH 675 Clinical Assessment of Intellectual Functioning
PSYH/COUN 688 Practicum in Counseling/Psychotherapy
PSYH/COUN 690 Internship I
PSYH/COUN 691 Internship II

Counseling Elective Courses (select 6 hours)

PSYH 560   Theories of Personality
PSYH 575   Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience
PSYH 590   Advanced Forensic Psychology
PSYH 605   Health Psychology
COUN 640  Group Dynamics

For more information about our master's programs in Counseling Psychology, please contact:


Regina Shackelford


After successful completion of the coursework which includes the internship experience, students can apply for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) license in the State of Kentucky. There are many other requirements for the LPC aside from the coursework requirements, including supervised hours post Master’s degree. Students are therefore encouraged to stay abreast of the current requirements and also the qualification required to take the LPC exam. Additionally, students should also be aware that LPC licensing can vary from state to state, and thus are encouraged to make sure they are aware of these different qualifications should they decide to practice outside of the state of Kentucky. Complete information may be found at the official website of the Kentucky State Board of Licensed Professional Counselors, located at the following URL:


This program can also be a foundation for the educational requirements for the Licensed Psychological Associate licensure from the Kentucky State Board of Examiners of Psychologists. The educational requirements for licensure as a Psychological Practitioner include an additional 15 hours of coursework beyond the Psychological Associate, and an internship of 1800 hours. Complete information may be found at the official website of the Kentucky State Board of Examiners of Psychology, located at the following URL: