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Earn a Graduate Degree in Counseling!

Professional Counseling Program Highlights      

Master of Science Degree in Professional Counseling

Course Requirements: 60 credits
Degree: Master of Science
Locations: Main Oakland Campus, Hybrid, or Online 

Carlow University offers two counseling program tracks - Clinical Mental Health and Addictions Counseling. All Professional Counseling students take the same core courses (tier 1, tier 2, and tier 3- total of 51 credits). The remaining nine (9) credits are determined by the student. Addictions counseling students must take the designated nine (9) credits for the Addictions Counseling program track.

First Tier Courses: 6 courses, 18 total credits
   PRC701   Human Growth and Lifespan Development
   PRC702   Social and Cultural Foundations 
   PRC705   The Helping Relationship
   PRC708   Ethics and Professional Orientation
   PRC710   Counseling Theory                       
   PRC711   Diagnosis in Counseling
Second Tier Courses: 7 courses, 21 total credits
   PRC712   Families & Larger Systems
   PRC713   Group Counseling
   PRC721   Career & Lifestyle Counseling
   PRC733   Research Methods and Program Evaluation for Counselors
   PRC735   Psychological Assessment
   PRC736   Introduction to Trauma-Informed Counseling
   PRC738   Introduction to Substance Abuse Counseling  

Third Tier Courses: 4 courses, 12 total credits
   PRC730   Pre-Practicum
   PRC740   Counseling Practicum with Seminar
   PRC760   Internship I with Seminar
   PRC761   Internship II with Seminar  

  • In addition to the above courses, students must complete nine (9) credits to total 60 credits towards graduation
  • Courses Descriptions  for the Professional Counseling Program


Addictions Counseling  

The Addictions track is for those interested in working with adults and adolescents in the field of drug and alcohol addiction in both mental health and correctional settings. This concentration allows you to become both a licensed professional counselor and obtain the 180 hours of required coursework specific to addiction necessary to become certified as an Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC). It is a three-course sequence that addresses theories, biological factors, and co-occurring disorders. Addictions counseling students must take the designated nine (9) credits for the Addictions Counseling program track.       

  • PRC739 - Substance Abuse Counseling Theories & Interventions
  • PRC 741 - The Biological Bases of Alcohol & Other Drug Addiction
  • PRC 743 - Co-Occurring Disorders: Counseling Clients with Substance Abuse & Psychiatric Disorders


Clinical Mental Health Counseling  

The Clinical Mental Health track is for those interested in working in mental health-related fields with children, adults, and families across a wide array of settings including schools, hospitals, correctional facilities, and community mental health agencies. Students may also choose a concentration in Children, Trauma Informed, or Forensic Counseling. Required courses for this specialty includes selecting one of the below concentrations or taking three general electives.

Child & Adolescent Concentration:

The child and adolescent concentration is for those interested in working with children, adolescents, and their families in settings outside of the school environment. It includes a three-course sequence that addresses specific interventions, applied behavioral analysis, and play therapy. This track allows you to specialize in child-based interventions and gain advanced knowledge in such topics as spectrum disorders, child abuse, and the impact of the family on child functioning. Required courses for this specific concentration:  

  • PRC725 - Interventions with Children
  • PRC749 - Play Therapy
  • PYM750 - Clinical Assessment of Children and Adolescents  

Trauma-Informed Concentration: 

This track is for those interested in working with adults and children who have suffered both chronic and acute traumatic events throughout various points in the lifespan. You'll receive training in crisis management, trauma assessment, and interventions to support this population. Required courses for this specific concentration:  

  • PRC719 - Crisis Intervention
  • PYM740 - Trauma Assessment and Intervention
  • PYM741 - Human Trafficking  

Forensic Concentration: 

The forensic concentration is for students who want to work in legal or correctional settings. This concentration helps you to understand the mental health issues relevant to working with this population. It includes a three-course concentration that examines the interaction of mental health with the justice system, the roles of practitioners in the legal system, and unique presenting concerns of this population. Required courses for this specific concentration:  

  • PYM720 - Foundations of Forensic Psychology
  • PYM721 - Systems of Crime and Justice
  • PYM722 - Psychology of Deviance