Professional Counseling

Chair: David Burkholder, Department of Professional Counseling

Master of Arts in Addiction Studies (M.A.)

The Master of Arts in Addiction Studies is a thirty-three credit program designed to prepare students to work with individuals, groups, couples, and families impacted by various types of substance use and addictive disorders. The program is accredited by the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Committee (NASAC). Graduates are prepared to work within a variety of addiction treatment programs and agencies and eventually to practice privately. The Addiction Studies Track was developed to meet the educational requirements for the Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC), which is a New Jersey state license. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure acceptability by the licensing agency. Students must complete PC-505 Mental Health Counseling (3 cr.) during their first term of study.

Professional Counseling Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Professional Counseling is an eighteen-credit program designed for students who are completing or have completed a CACREP-accredited master’s degree in counseling and are in need of additional hours to complete the educational requirements of the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) licensure in New Jersey. Up to six credits may be waived if students have already completed PC-505 Mental Health Counseling (3 cr.) or EDC-505 Counseling and Ethical Practice (3 cr.) as well as  PC-525 Theories of Counseling (3 cr.)  or EDC-530 Counseling Theory and Practice (3 cr.) as part of their CACREP-accredited master’s degree. The Graduate Certificate in Professional Counseling allows students to pattern their choice of free elective courses to complete courses with a common theme about specialized areas of counseling, like addictions counseling, counseling children and adolescents, couples and family counseling, etc.

Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.)

The Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling is a sixty-credit program designed to provide students with the courses necessary to sit for licensing to engage in practice as a Professional Counselor. Graduates are prepared to work within mental health treatment agencies and eventually to practice privately. Courses are designed to satisfy criteria prescribed by the New Jersey State Board of Professional Counselor Examiners. In addition, because this sixty-credit degree is a CACREP-accredited program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, it may satisfy the educational requirements for counselor licensure in other states. However, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure acceptability by any licensing agency. PC-505 Mental Health Counseling (3 cr.) must be taken during the first term of study.