M.S. in Applied Psychology, Counseling Psychology Concentration
- The Counseling Psychology Concentration program is waiving GRE scores for fall 2023 applicants. Beginning with spring 2024 applicants, the GRE will no longer be required for the Counseling Psychology Concentration program.
The Practitioner Specialization of the M.S. in Applied Psychology, Counseling Psychology Concentration program is accredited by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) for the period of February 2022 through February 2030.
The 48-credit Counseling Psychology Concentration at UBalt prepares students for careers in psychology, by providing a stepping stone to doctoral study in clinical or counseling psychology or to a career as a licensed clinical professional counselor. You can pursue one of two optional specializations--the Science Specialization or the Practitioner Specialization--or complete a standard counseling psychology curriculum. We offer a stimulating learning environment that fosters the development of critical thinking, knowledge and skills in evidence-based practice, and your evolving professional identity.
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Why counseling psychology at UBalt?
- Our program holds a nearly perfect (98 percent) first-time pass record on the National Counselor Exam.
- You can choose from specializations that can help you prepare for your specific career goal.
- Most of the counseling courses are offered in the evenings so that you can still work during the day; in fact; about half of our students work and attend class part-time.
- Class sizes are small, so you'll receive individualized attention.
- Our campus is nestled in the heart of downtown and easily accessed by train, light rail, bus or car.
- All of the psychology programs have a wonderfully diverse student body. We value recruiting and training students who represent a variety of societal groups and diverse cultural backgrounds.
Where do UBalt's counseling psychology graduates work?
Through specializations that can be developed through practica and internships, you can enter the field prepared to work in your specific area of interest. Our graduates work in hospitals, school-based mental health programs, community mental health clinics, residential treatment centers, crisis response units, substance abuse treatment centers and private practice.
Important information about licensure.
Students who complete the Counseling Psychology Concentration or Practitioner Specialization of the M.S. in Applied Psychology program AND complete the Certificate in Professional Counseling Studies (CPCS) program are able to meet the academic requirements for LCPC (Licensed Clinical Professional Counseling) licensure in Maryland.
For students who wish to be licensed in other states, you should recognize that each state has its own regulations, and these regulations can change. On a case-by-case basis, faculty and staff can direct students to more information and provide guidance, yet the program has not formally determined how our program aligns to the regulations for other states, territories, and commonwealths.
Who are the counseling psychology faculty?
The Division of Applied Behavioral Sciences hosts four full-time faculty with backgrounds in counseling or clinical psychology:
Dr. John Donahue
Dr. Courtney Gasser
Dr. Erin J. Richardson
Dr. Sam (Sepideh) Soheilian
Dr. Kevin Vinson
We also have outstanding adjunct faculty who bring professional experience and expertise in various areas of psychology:
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
|Cyrielle Andrew||neuropsychology and psychological assessment|
|Paul Benson||substance abuse|
|Brittany Parham||children and families|
|Josef Pasley||child and adolescent therapy|
|Mayuri Thomas||couples and family therapy|
Graduate students outside of Maryland pay in-state tuition.
UBalt is now offering in-state tuition to graduate students who live in Washington, D.C.; Northern Virginia (Arlington, Loudoun, Fairfax and Prince William, Clark, Culpeper, Fauquier, Rappahannock, Spotsylvania, Stafford and Warren counties and the city of Fredericksburg. As well as Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park); Pennsylvania (Adams, York, Chester and Lancaster counties); and all Delaware counties.
We've got answers. Check out our 9-minute webinar with program director, Dr. Courtney Gasser.
Fall 2021 Lassen Scholarship Award Winners
Christine Wolf (left) and Taneisha Carter (right) are the winners of the 2021 Lassen Scholarship Award. The Lassen Scholarship is awarded annually to a student(s) who has demonstrated academic excellence, is successfully juggling the competing demands of school, work, and family, and is preparing for a career in counseling psychology.
Fall 2020 Alumni Panel and Lassen Scholarship Award Celebration
On Nov. 16, the Counseling Psychology program held its third annual Alumni Panel and Lassen Scholarship Award Celebration. The virtual event welcomed alumni panelists Lamont Stanley Bryant, M.S. ’08, Mary Carroll, M.S. ’10, LaTasha Scott, M.S. ’10, and Naweichi Temu, ’19, who talked about their experiences working in the field, and honored this year’s Lassen Award winners, Dafina Chisolm-Salau and Kevin Vinson (pictured above). The Lassen Scholarship is awarded for academic merit and commitment to excellence in counseling psychology. Lassen family members Adam Lassen, David Lassen, and Liz Lassen were in attendance as well.
The 37th Annual Teachers College Winter Roundtable
Faculty, students and alumni presented at The 37th Annual Teachers College Winter Roundtable held at Columbia University in New York City, Feb. 27-29, 2020. (l. to r. Augusto Cesar Garcia, M.S. '20, Seamus McCanty (student), El Schoepf, M.S. '19, and Assistant Professor Katy Shaffer)
El Schoepf, M.S. '19, Santokh (Sam) Singh, M.S. '19 (on screen in lieu of attending) and Assistant Professor Katy Shaffer presenting at The 37th Annual Teachers College Winter Roundtable.
Fall 2019 Alumni Panel and Lassen Scholarship Award Celebration
On October 28, the counseling psychology program held its 2nd annual Alumni Panel and Lassen Award Scholarship Celebration. Five alumni (pictured below) returned to share their experiences in the field as licensed mental health counselors, and answered questions from current students. In addition, 2019 Dr. George Lassen and Mrs. Jean Lassen Memorial Scholarship recipient Santokh Singh (pictured above with Lassen Family friends The Weinsteins, David Lassen and counseling psychology faculty) was formally recognized by the program. The Lassen Scholarship is awarded for academic merit and commitment to excellence in counseling psychology.
Fall 2019 alumni panel (l. to r.: Angela Frazee, Thomas Flis, Michael Fell, Amber Gillian and Grace Petit)
Spring 2019 Alumni Panel
Spring 2019 alumni panel (Top row, l. to r.: Counseling Psychology faculty members Katharine Shaffer, John Donahue, Courtney Gasser and Sepideh Soheilian; Bottom row, l. to r.: Alumni panelists Cindy Mason, Nikki Chapple, Alia Merraro, Asia Rodriguez, Paul Lotz and Zak Mooney)
Gretchen LeGrand, M.S. '10 Named Among 2019 "40 Under 40"
Counseling psychology alumna Gretchen Legrand, M.S. '10, was among the honorees of the Baltimore Business Journal's 2019 "40 Under 40" Class.
Fall 2018 Practicum/Internship Fair
(l. to r. ) Prof. John Donahue, student El Schoepf and Prof. Courtney Gasser at the 2018 UBalt Practicum/Internship Fair.
Counseling psychology students meeting with iHEAL clinical site representatives at the 2018 UBalt Practicum/Internship Fair.
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