Students already admitted to this program may complete this curriculum. No new students are being admitted.
This program is designed for those who are interested in clinical practice at the master’s level. In Illinois (and in many other states), completion of this program qualifies graduates to apply for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC and, later, LCPC). In addition, the program is recognized by the National Board of Certified Counselors. Its graduates qualify to apply for the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential. This is a 48 semester-hour program that provides broad-based training in psychological assessment and intervention as well as in the theory and research that supports these practices. This program also provides appropriate preparation for those wishing to apply to PsyD and PhD programs in clinical psychology. Those planning to apply to PhD programs should ensure that they secure research experience within the program while they pursue their MA degree.
Roosevelt University’s home state, Illinois, and most other states, require a master’s degree that consists of a 48 semester hour curriculum, like the Clinical Professional Psychology MA program. Some states, however, require a 60 semester-hour degree, and states’ laws change over time. Students are urged you to check with the Board that oversees the LPC and LCPC licenses in the State in which they intend to work after completing the Clinical Professional Psychology MA degree. (An index of State Licensing Boards can be found by visiting the National Board for Certified Counselors at this address http://www.nbcc.org/directory/Default.aspx). Should a state require a 60 semester-hour degree, it is recommended that the student consult with the director of Clinical MA Programs about the appropriateness of adding the four course “Advanced Clinical Counseling Sequence,“ described below, to his/her curriculum.
The Department of Psychology appoints a Program Evaluation Group (PEG) to oversee the administration and development of the MA programs in clinical and clinical professional psychology. The PEG is led by the director of Clinical MA Programs and is additionally composed of the director of training (who oversees practicum placements) and several other faculty members appointed each academic year. In addition, each year a student in one of the clinical MA programs is invited to represent student interests on the PEG. The PEG is responsible for decisions on student admission and for recommendations on student dismissal.
Applicants must meet the graduate admission requirements of the University as detailed in the Policies and Procedures section of this catalog and have completed at least 18 semester hours in psychology at the undergraduate level with at least a 3.0 (B) average. Undergraduate courses must include general psychology, abnormal psychology, introductory statistics, research methods, theories of personality, and one junior/senior level undergraduate course.
Some students may be admitted with undergraduate deficiencies. In such cases, undergraduate deficiencies may be taken concurrently with some graduate courses with the permission of the program director, but these courses will not earn graduate credit.
Ethical, professional and interpersonal competency. Because the psychology programs prepare mental health practitioners, the department is accountable to the public regarding the development of professional and ethical behavior. Thus, in addition to the evaluation of academic performance, students will be evaluated regularly on appropriate professional, and interpersonal behavior. Students who fail to meet academic standards or fail to meet expectations of appropriate professional and interpersonal behavior will be considered for dismissal from the program.
Regarding Practicum: All students must complete a practicum as their final project. The practicum consists of not less than 750 hours of professionally supervised training and service in an approved agency or institution, over a period of not less than two semesters. Clinical professional psychology students may begin a practicum only after meeting the competency requirement and completing at least 12 required courses (36 semester hours). These must include all courses relevant to the practicum site; for example, a practicum in chemical dependency requires completed course work in that area.
Students must contact the Director of Training for information on possible practicum sites and application information. Only clinical experiences obtained through, and approved by, the Director of Training will be counted as practicum experiences. Absolutely no practicum credit will be granted for work completed before obtaining the written approval of the director of training. Given the time demands of the practicum experience, it is never possible for a student to maintain full-time employment during the semesters in which practicum is completed.
A student who has not completed the practicum during the semesters in which he/she is registered for Psyc 698A and Psyc 698B must maintain continued registration during subsequent semesters until completion of the practicum by registering for Psyc 698Y (zero-credit course).
Students who intend to apply for the professional counselor’s license in a state that requires a 60 semester-hour MA degree may satisfy that requirement by adding the following four courses:
Clinical Professional Psychology students who are interested in working as a School Counselor can qualify for the Type 73 certificate with the Illinois State Board of Education by completing some additional requirements. Students must be approved by the College of Education to pursue this sequence.
After approval by the College of Education, the required components of the sequence are:
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