Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
Etown's M.A. in Counseling Psychology program is designed to prepare highly skilled mental health practitioners to integrate evidence-based practices and multicultural competencies into a career in counseling. Students have the opportunity to specialize in Child & Adolescent Counseling, Substance Use Counseling, or a Generalist Track. These options allow students to develop a focus of clinical expertise in addition to their generalist training. Graduates of this program will complete 700 hours of practicum and internship training and will meet the educational criteria to sit for the National Counselor Exam and ultimately pursue licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in PA and other states with commensurate requirements.
- Demonstrate knowledge of individual and group theories and practices of counseling and psychotherapy.
- Demonstrate knowledge and application of ethical and professional standards.
- Understand the use of scientific methods to evaluate clinical work, programs, interventions, and the expansion of the counseling knowledge base.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the role of work in people’s lives, the relationship between biological factors and human functioning, and human development across the lifespan.
- Demonstrate self-awareness and competency in working with individuals, groups, and communities who represent varied cultural backgrounds and characteristics.
Meet the Faculty
Dr. Elizabeth Dalton
Program Director, Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
717-361-1332 | email@example.com
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology | Assistant Professor of Psychology
Dr. Elizabeth Dalton is a Pennsylvania licensed clinical psychologist with clinical and research interests in mood disorders, stress, and health behaviors. Dr. Dalton earned her B.A. in Psychology from Amherst College, her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and completed her APA-accredited internship at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Dalton has worked at Elizabethtown College since 2017 and is highly committed to the College’s motto of Educate for Service. Dr. Dalton is passionate about supporting students in the development of their professional interests and identities.
Dr. Dawnielle Simmons
Assistant Professor of Psychology
717-361-4773 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology
Dr. Dawnielle Simmons is a Pennsylvania licensed professional counselor (LPC) with research interests in racial literacy, multicultural counseling competence, White supremacy in the workplace, and issues related to QPOC. All of her research is grounded in Critical Race Theory (CRT). Dr. Simmons received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in 2020 from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She completed her APA-accredited internship at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Prior to completing her pre-doctoral internship, Dr. Simmons conducted supervised therapy at three academic institutions and two community mental health centers. Dr. Simmons has extensive clinical experience in behavioral and mood disorders, ADHD-related concerns, as well as marital and relationship concerns with a primary focus on people of color and LGBTQ+ individuals.
Career Opportunities for Graduates:
- Mental Health Counselor
- Adult and Geriatric Counselor
- Child Counselor
- Adolescent Counselor
- Substance Use Counselor
- Group Therapist
A Fast-Growing Industry:
- The growth rate for jobs in Counseling Psychology is faster than average (14% for 2018-2028). Specifically, the outlook for careers in substance abuse, behavioral disorders, and mental health counselors is 22% for the same time period, much faster than average.
- 26,100 new jobs are expected in the Counseling Psychology field by 2028.
- Entry-level wages are estimated at $34,708 and approximately $58,859 at ages 30-60.
- Pennsylvania is the third highest employment volume of counseling psychology-related positions.
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