• LPC Core Areas


    The MS in Mental Health Counseling is designed to satisfy the educational requirements for admission to the counselor examination. It also satisfies the academic requirements of the State Board of Professional Counselor Examiners for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC).

    The educational requirements include 60 graduate semester hours in a planned program of study leading to a degree in counseling, 45 of which must be distributed in at least eight of the following nine areas*. Below are the nine core areas and examples of how courses in the MS program could be distributed across these areas.

    Note: This is only an example. Students are encouraged to work closely with their advisor.


    COUNSELING THEORY AND PRACTICE

    • PC 525 Counseling Theory and Techniques

    THE HELPING RELATIONSHIP

    • PC 526 Case Conceptualization

    HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT AND MALADAPTIVE BEHAVIOR

    • PC 512 Psychopathology
    • PC 515 Human Development Through the Lifespan

    LIFESTYLE AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT

    • PC 570 Career Counseling

    GROUP DYNAMICS, PROCESSING, COUNSELING, AND CONSULTING

    • PC 550 Group Counseling

    APPRAISAL OF INDIVIDUALS

    • PC 506 Testing and Assessment in Counseling
    • PC 545 Psychopharmacology

    SOCIAL AND CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS

    • PC 510 Community Mental Health
    • PC 529 Multicultural Counseling

    RESEARCH AND EVALUATION

    • PC 601 Understanding Statistics in Counseling Research
    • PC 603 Research Methods in Counseling

    THE COUNSELING PROFESSION

    • PC 505 Mental Health Counseling

    * To meet the 45-credit requirement, students will take the 39 credits of required courses above, as well as 6 credits of elective courses in any of the nine core areas. Students are encouraged to work closely with their advisor.