Webster’s graduate programs are for students who have earned a primary degree at a recognized institution and would like to pursue an internationally recognized graduate degree to further their knowledge and prepare for career advancement. The graduate degree is the second university diploma and requires an undergraduate university diploma (BA, BS) or the equivalent thereof to be completed before commencing the graduate program.
The mission of the MA in psychology with an emphasis in counseling psychology program is to provide its participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to become competent in counseling psychology through academic and experiential learning. The program aims at educating future psychologists who have sound knowledge of the theory and practice of counseling psychology, who are competent consumers and creative producers of social science research, who are competent in counseling practice, and who are ethical and sensitive to the cultures, values, and worlds of various clients. Viewing research and practice as interdependent and mutually supporting, the MA in psychology with an emphasis in counseling psychology program is based on the scientist-practitioner training model.
The program is committed both (1) to preparing counseling psychologists for advanced studies in psychology and (2) to providing training and experience that prepare students for practice. Its goal is to train psychologists who have a sound knowledge of the bases of counseling and psychotherapy. Adopting a multicultural perspective, the program also emphasizes the importance of multicultural competence in both research and practice.
The MA in psychology with an emphasis in counseling psychology is fully accredited in the U.S.
- Upon completion graduates of the MA in Counseling Psychology can apply to the Dutch Psychological Society (NIP) and Nuffic for recognition of this U.S. accredited degree. The NIP and Nuffic will then inform graduates how this degree equates within the Dutch system but only after completion of the degree.
- This MA degree is fully accredited in the U.S. and graduates can continue with their professional psychology training in the U.S.
- Other countries recognize U.S. accreditations. This means this MA Counseling Psychology counts towards the professional psychologist training in many countries. The exact training requirements differ across countries.
An accredited Bachelor in Psychology or equivalent from an accredited university. For more application details, please click here.
If you have a Bachelor Degree in an area other than Psychology, you need to do the following in order to start your MA in Counseling Psychology:
1) apply for a sequential Bachelor in Psychology at Webster University, which requires you to take 17 courses in the Psychology major.
2) complete 8 required courses as outlined in the table below.
Please be aware that once you graduate with the accredited (U.S.) MA in Counseling Psychology, you will be able to work as a psychologist in The Netherlands only if you also hold a Bachelor Degree in Psychology and after approval from the Dutch Psychological Society: NIP
|Required if you do not have a Bachelor Degree in Psychology|
|Introduction to Psychology or General Psychology||
Required if you do have a Bachelor Degree in Psychology, i.e. must appear on your transcript.
|Research Methods or Experimental Psychology|
Recommended but not required if you do have a Bachelor Degree in Psychology1
|Biological Psychology, Neuro-Psychology or Physiological Psychology|
|Human Development or Developmental Psychology|
While completion of coursework in these five areas is not a requirement, participants with completed coursework in these areas will be given preference in the admission decision.
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Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Explain the main approaches to counseling and psychotherapy and the role of the therapeutic relationship.
- Describe important theories of human development and examine their significance to counseling psychology.
- Discuss the major categories of psychological disorders and use this knowledge to assess and diagnose psychopathology.
- Describe the mechanisms of action for a variety of psychopharmacological agents and evaluate the role of psychopharmacology in counseling psychology.
- Describe the importance of professional ethics and demonstrate how ethical standards and legal requirements are relevant to the practice of counseling and psychotherapy.
- Administer and interpret various widely-used psychological tests.
- Construct the appropriate research design, collect data, and implement the necessary statistical techniques to answer research questions relevant to counseling psychology which adds to the discipline.
- Demonstrate practical counseling skills that can be applied to individuals and groups to address a broad range of issues and settings.
- Integrate theory, experience, behavioral observation and analysis to systematically enhance counseling knowledge and skills.
- Evaluate the appropriateness of various counseling approaches to different cultures, values, and world-views of various clients and choose appropriate approaches.
The degree requires completion of 48 credit hours of coursework which are offered over a 2-year period.
PSYC 6300 Internship
The Internship fieldwork experience, provides a supervised transition from learning in the classroom to the professional field of counseling in providing the student with the practical application of counseling knowledge and skills. It consists of 480 hours of professional experience in qualified institutions of the social and/or health care system, which provides the opportunity to perform a variety of activities related to counseling psychology and therapy.
PSYC 6200 Practice & Supervision
This course provides students with the opportunity to practice and develop their counseling skills with others, and it gives the instructor the opportunity to observe, evaluate, and develop student skills in counseling interactions. The basis of the class relies on activities and exercises in the counseling lab, supported by modern technical equipment and group supervision.
PSYC 6100 Master’s Thesis
The Master’s Thesis consists of an individual research project designed by the student and carried out over the duration of at least one semester, under the direction of a thesis faculty advisor. The thesis project allows students to contribute to research in the field and to gain important research experience necessary for entrance into a doctoral program.
PSYC 5900 Applied Statistics & Research Methods
This course builds on undergraduate knowledge of statistics and research methods. It is intended for graduate students who are engaged in or will shortly be engaged in their own empirical research (Master’s Thesis). The course (1) provides a practice-oriented overview of selected statistical procedures and of quantitative and qualitative research methods and (2) provides the possibility to develop ideas and skills for conducting one’s own research and analyzing one’s own data.
PSYC 5800 Ethical & Legal Foundations” active
This course focuses on identifying and resolving ethical dilemmas, the relationship of personal values with ethical practice, and the philosophical foundations of ethical practice. In addition to exploring ethical foundations, the course also examines the surrounding conditions and regulatory framework relevant to the practice of Counseling Psychology and psychotherapy. International and national legal regulations from diverse areas of law will be explored.
PSYC 5700 Psychopharmacology
This course explores the relationship between Counseling Psychology, psychotherapy and psychotropic drugs. Brain neuroanatomy, various types of psychopharmacological agents and their mechanisms are discussed. Current status of psychopharmacology research and modern application are included.
PSYC 5600 Group Processes and Group Therapy
This course introduces participants to the theory of some of the most important processes and phenomena in groups. It explores various types of groups, the role of a group leader or facilitator, and the group process. Group phenomena, to be discussed and experienced, concern diverse areas and group forms. Included aspects are social influences on individuals in groups, beliefs and attitudes, social facilitation, group norms and deviance, minority influence, helping in groups, facilitation of groups, power and control dynamics, group development, models of group interaction, group performance, and conflict in groups.
PSYC 5500 Assessment
This course covers topics relevant to assessment in counseling psychology, including procedures for diagnostic interviewing, report writing, interpreting personality and performance assessments and ethical issues in testing. The course acquaints students with key psychometric concepts and several commonly used assessment instruments in counseling psychology, including objective personality and intelligence inventories. It focuses on specific aspects of assessment in therapeutic settings and in different schools of therapy.
PSYC 5400 Research Design
This course both examines the role of science and methods of research in Counseling Psychology and psychotherapy on a theoretical and philosophical level. The general and advanced aspects of research in Counseling Psychology as well as diverse research designs in process research, evaluation, and documentation are explored, including the concurrent quantitative and qualitative methods.
PSYC 5300 Psychopathology
This course focuses on the understanding and identification of the major psychological disorders as detailed in the current issues of DSM (Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders, issued by the APA) and ICD (International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, issued by the WHO). The behavioral manifestations and psychological dynamics of mental disorders will be explored, focusing on therapeutic assessment issues and case conceptualization. The course also includes a discussion of practical aspects of dealing with psychopathology in out-patient and in-patient settings.
PSYC 5200 Advanced Developmental Psychology
This course covers research and theory concerning the psychological development of the maturing human. This course emphasizes the research basis of developmental psychology and the role of developmental psychology for counseling and therapy.
Approaches to Counseling & Therap
This course is a survey of the following major approaches to counseling and psychotherapy: psychoanalytic-psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, and family systems counseling and therapy. The course explores underlying theories, principles, techniques, and areas of applications of these main approaches to counseling and psychotherapy.
Basis of Counseling Psychology
This course provides an introduction to the field of Counseling Psychology. Participants learn about the development of the profession, ethical and professional issues and the role of research and science in the field. A primary goal for the course is to establish a greater understanding of the counseling process and the importance of the therapeutic relationship in combination with the use of specific techniques.