• Program Benefits

    PROFESSIONAL GOALS

    The graduate programs in the psychological counseling department provide students with the skills and training to pursue their professional goals:

    EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION

    Students in these programs get practice in the field and valuable experience before they graduate. They learn the prevailing theories and apply the most up-to-date methodologies through supervised counseling practice:

    • The department has close associations with over 100 field sites that accept Monmouth students for field placement during the required practica and internships.
    • Students may also participate in various hands-on and experiential activities.

    "The growth of our students from when they first come in is remarkable. By the time they reach their internships, they really begin to think like counselors. They act professionally and develop an identity as a counselor. To see that growth is really exciting."

    Alan Cavaiola, PhD
    Professor
    Department of Psychological Counseling

    SPECIALIZATIONS

    The MS and MA programs (excluding the Addiction Studies Track) are devoted to counselor education and allow students to pursue a variety of specialty areas:

    • Alcohol and Drug Counseling
    • Development and Learning
    • Spirituality and Counseling
    • Couples and Family Counseling
    • Child and Adolescent Counseling

    These areas are described in more detail in our department's student handbook. In addition, Monmouth offers counselor training in areas of diversity and complementary treatment approaches, including spirituality/religion, gender/multicultural issues, nutritional/herbal supplements, and prevention/resilience.

    PERSONALIZED EDUCATION

    Classes are small, allowing students to receive individual attention from accomplished faculty. Professors in this department are recognized experts in their field, who prepare graduates for a variety of career options. In addition, students can accompany faculty to (and also present at) various professional conferences throughout the region, state, and country.

    "One of the things that I think makes us different than many other places is the close faculty/student interaction that we have here. We really get to know our students, and they get to know us as well."

    George Kapalka, PhD
    Professor and Chair
    Department of Psychological Counseling

    FLEXIBILITY

    Class schedules are geared toward working adults, with most sections offered in the late afternoon or evening. In addition, some classes are offered in online or hybrid formats.

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