Preparing for a Graduate Degree in Counseling

Regis University’s Master of Arts in Counseling degree prepares students for careers as counselors who treat mental and emotional disorders at community agencies, nonprofit mental health agencies, child and family counseling centers, substance abuse centers and employee assistance organizations.
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M.A. in Counseling

Master’s Degree in Counseling Overview

Our highly interactive, on-campus Masters in Counseling degree is designed to help you develop a strong foundation of current theoretical knowledge and practical counseling psychology skills that prepare you to work with diverse populations in mental health counseling settings. The Regis Counseling faculty is committed to creating open and supportive education environments that reflect the social, relational and cross-cultural contexts of learning that are essential for effective counselor training.

Regis University’s Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) program is a 60-credit-hour degree that meets the academic requirements for Colorado Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) set forth by the Colorado Licensed Professional Counselor Examiners Board. The MAC degree is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Also approved by the International Registry of Counselor Education Programs (IRCEP), CACREP’s international affiliate, the degree curriculum provides hands-on training through one semester (6-credit hours) of Practicum in the department’s state-of-the-art counseling laboratory, followed by two semesters of supervised counseling internship in an approved community agency setting.

The Masters in Counseling program (MAC) is offered at Regis University's North Denver (Lowell), Broomfield and Colorado Springs campuses. Most students complete the program in three years, taking an average of two to three courses a semester.

As a graduate counseling student at Regis, you will be a part of a challenging, supportive, learning community that promotes a sense of responsibility and willingness to advocate for human justice and social change in the world. You will become skilled at creating therapeutic relationships that foster hope and courage for clients who are striving to live more productive and just lives.

Total Master’s Degree in Counseling Requirements: 60 credit hours
Core course requirements: 57 credit hours
Elective course requirements: 3 credit hours selected from any of the Post-Graduate Counseling Certificate course offerings.

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of this degree at Regis University. Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list below and you should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 for recent changes and updates.

This degree program requires 60.00 credit hours for completion. Please contact your advisor or the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

Master of Arts in Counseling

600 Level Elective

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MCPY 600 level elective course

MCPY 602 - Spirituality & Counseling: Soul & Cltr

Explores how spirituality, religion and a search for meaning are central to the counseling experience. Focuses upon understanding how spirituality and the religious imagination influence and enhance the practice and effectiveness of the therapeutic encounter. NOTE: Open to MA Counseling and MFT degree and certificate seeking students only.

MCPY 605 - Human Growth and Development

Provides an advanced study of normal human development from infancy throughout the life span, emphasizing integration of theory and research appropriate to each life phase. Considers the impact of cultural variation on life phases. NOTE: MACP Program students only.

Cross listing(s): MMFT 605 MAPY 605 MFT 605.

MCPY 610 - Theories of Counseling

Introduces the major historical and contemporary theories of counseling. Examines techniques and styles of counselors using distinct approaches to counseling along with their application to case studies. NOTE: MACP Program students only.

Cross listing(s): MMFT 610.

MCPY 615 - Cultural Iss. & Social Justice

Examines the multicultural and socioeconomic influences of psychology, personality development and perceptions of abnormal behavior and counselor attitudes. Presents theories of multicultural counseling and competencies. Discrimination and oppression are considered from a social justice perspective along with related strategies including advocacy. NOTE: MACP Program students only.

Cross listing(s): MFT 615.

MCPY 620 - Abnormal Psychology

Provides an in-depth examination of abnormal psychological development and multicultural variations. Studies the theoretical approaches and treatments that flow out of various psychological paradigms. NOTE: MACP Program students only.

Cross listing(s): MMFT 620.

MCPY 625 - Professional Orientation & Ethical Iss

Examines ethical codes, standards, state statutes, practice guidelines, professional organizations and history. Focuses on ethical decision-making skills and contemporary ethical issues in the counseling field. NOTE: MACP Program students only.

Cross listing(s): MMFT 625.

MCPY 630 - Groups: Process and Counseling

Studies theories of group counseling, including group dynamics and leadership. Includes different types of groups and group composition. Experiential learning methods are employed. Note: Graduate Counseling students only.

Pre-requisite: MCPY*635;

MCPY 635 - Counseling Techniques I

Introduces the psychotherapeutic process and dynamics of the helping relationship. Focuses on developing basic counseling skills such as clinical interviewing, clinical record keeping and report writing, DSM-IV-TR diagnosis, assessment of various clinical issues, and treatment planning. Assists students in preparing a professional resume, practicing interviews for a practicum position, and identifying sites for their practicum/internship experience. NOTE: MACP Program students only.

Pre-requisite: TAKE 1 GROUP; #TAKE MCPY*600, MCPY*605, MCPY*615, MCPY*620, MCPY*610 #TAKE MCPY*600, MCPY*605, MCPY*615, MCPY*620, MCPY*665

Cross listing(s): MLPC 635 MFT 635.

MCPY 636 - Counseling Techniques II

Reviews current therapies used in community counseling settings, particularly depth psychotherapy, humanistic psychotherapy, and community cultural therapies. Includes skill development through role plays and video taping. NOTE: MACP Program students only. Pass/No Pass grading only.

Pre-requisite: TAKE MCPY*600 MCPY*605 MCPY*610 MCPY*615 MCPY*620 MCPY*625 MCPY*635;

MCPY 640 - Research Methods and Program Evaluation

Provides an understanding of types of research methods including quantitative and qualitative designs, basic statistics, and ethical and legal considerations in research. Principles, practices and applications of needs assessment and program evaluation are reviewed. NOTE: MACP Program students only.

Cross listing(s): MMFT 640 MFT 640.

MCPY 645 - Clinical Assessment

Focuses on the application of basic concepts and statistics in the interpretation of tests and inventories utilized by counselors and MFTs. Explores testing methodologies, interpretive criteria, and ethical and multicultural implications from a clinical perspective.

MCPY 650 - Career Counseling and Development

Develops a comprehensive understanding of theories of career development and their application to diverse populations. Explores methods of effective career counseling, test administration, and interpretation of assessment tools. NOTE: MACP Program students only.

MCPY 660 - Substance Abuse Treatment

Examines the psychological and behavioral effects of substance abuse in individuals and families; reviews assessment techniques and approaches to treatment of this population.

Pre-requisite: TAKE MCPY*600

Cross listing(s): MMFT 660 MFT 660.

MCPY 672 - Crisis, Trauma, and Loss

Examines the impact of trauma and loss on military personnel and families, survivors of natural disasters, violence, and terrorism. Emphasis on counselors immediate response, assessment and treatment protocols for recovery, trauma and addition, post-traumatic stress, suicide prevention and assessment.

MCPY 685 - Qualitative Research Methods

Examines phenomenological approaches to research from the humanistic and 'Human Science' tradition. Focuses upon a descriptive analysis of the meaning and value of everyday experience as 'lived' phenomena. NOTE: MACP Program students only.

MCPY 692 - Practicum: Clinical Supervision

Provides student in Practicum with individual and group supervision by program faculty.

Pre-requisite: MCPY*635

MCPY 693 - Counseling Practicum

Offers initial exposure to community counseling field placement. Emphasizes counseling role, agency function, and basic skills.

Pre-requisite: MCPY*630 MCPY*635 MCPY*636

MCPY 698A - Supervised Counseling Internship a

Expands and enhances the training begun during Practicum. Provides more in-depth clinical experience and helps to develop clinical skills. Comprises 350 hours of supervised clinical experience at an approved training site.

Pre-requisite: MCPY*630 MCPY*636 MCPY*693

MCPY 698B - Supervised Counseling Internship B

Expands and enhances the training begun during Practicum. Provides more in-depth clinical experience and helps to develop clinical skills. Comprises 300 hours of supervised clinical experience at an approved training site.

Pre-requisite: MCPY*630 MCPY*636 MCPY*698A

How to Apply

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Application Details

Eligibility

Applicants seeking a Master of Arts in Counseling degree must possess a baccalaureate degree in any field of study from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university.

An academic background in psychology or family studies is preferred but not required for applicants seeking program admission. Applicants must demonstrate an ability to achieve graduate-level writing and skills in critical analysis before admission to the program.

Viable candidates for admission often have a background in psychology or family studies demonstrated by several or all of the following:

  • An undergraduate degree in psychology or family studies
  • Work experience related to psychology or helping relationships
  • Participation in personal psychotherapy
  • Personal life experiences that would indicate an ability for introspection, empathy for others and psychological maturity

Eligibility for the Masters in Counseling or Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy programs is pending the successful completion of a criminal background check to be submitted immediately after being offered admission.

Admission Deadlines, Applicant Interview Dates and New Student Orientation Dates

Class Starts Application Deadline Required Interview Required Orientation
Summer 2014 - May 5, 2014 Mar. 28, 2014 April 3, 2014 North Denver (Lowell) Campus April 10, 2014 North Denver (Lowell) Campus
Fall 2014 - August 25, 2014 June 25, 2014 July 23, 2014 North Denver (Lowell) Campus August 13, 2014 North Denver (Lowell) Campus
Spring 2015 - January 5, 2015 November 5, 2014 November, 19 2014 North Denver (Lowell) Campus December 10, 2014 North Denver (Lowell) Campus
Summer 2015 - May 4, 2015 March 4, 2015 April 1, 2015 North Denver (Lowell) Campus April 22, 2015 North Denver (Lowell) Campus

Accreditation

Regis University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

Commission URL: http://www.ncahlc.org/
Commission Phone: 312.263.0456

Regis University’s M.A. in Counseling degree is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and is approved by the International Registry of Counselor Education Programs (IRCEP).

 

MA COMMUNITY COUNSELING - PROGRAM OUTCOMES

Year Number of Graduates Completion Rate LPC Exam Pass Rate Placement Rate
2013 60b 88%c 93%d 99%e

Notes.a Program is currently accredited under 2001 CACREP standards for Community Counseling Programs. Program will seek reaccreditation as a Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program in 2015. bBased on 2013 calendar year; includes projected graduates for Fall term. cRate based on number of graduates in 2013 who completed the program within the expected time frame (3 years or less). dData are from April 2013 administration of the NPCE, required by the State of Colorado for licensure. eBased on most recent survey data from alumni (2012) who stated they “found a counseling position soon after they graduated.”

Fall 2014-Summer 2015

Tuition (per semester hour) $600
Other Fees
Application Fee $75
Background Check (external agency fee) $60
Task Stream (external agency fee) $90
Graduation Application Fee $50

Join us Tuesday, March 18 at 10:00 a.m. for an information session regarding our graduate level counseling programs. You are also invited to stay for a faculty guided tour of our Center for Counseling and Family Therapy starting at 11:00 a.m.

Considering our Master of Arts in Counseling or Marriage and Family Therapy, or one of our graduate certificates? Plan to attend this informative session. RSVP by calling 303.964.5521 or email healthcare@regis.edu.

 Date    Programs    Time    Location
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 M.A. Counseling
M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy
Post-Graduate Certificate Options
10:00 a.m. Broomfield Campus
Room 101
Directions
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 M.A. Counseling
M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy
Post-Graduate Certificate Options
10:00 a.m. Broomfield Campus
Room 123
Directions
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 M.A. Counseling
M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy
Post-Graduate Certificate Options
10:00 a.m. Broomfield Campus
Room 123
Directions
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 M.A. Counseling
M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy
Post-Graduate Certificate Options
10:00 a.m. Broomfield Campus
Room 123
Directions