Masters in Counseling Psychology » Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

The sequence of courses is as follows: Foundation Courses, Core Courses, Special Requirements, and Practicum/Internship sequence. Electives may be taken concurrently with Foundation, Core and the Practicum/Internship sequence. Prior to entering the Practicum, students must be fully classified with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Prior to entering the Internship, students must have successfully completed all Core Courses.

Foundation Courses

The Foundation Courses set the knowledge base for the Core and Elective Courses:

These courses count as part of the 60-hour program

Core Courses

The Core courses prepare the student for the Practicum/Internship series. The Practicum/Internship series synthesizes the material from the Foundation, Core and Elective courses with supervised field experience. All students are required to take the following MSCP Core Courses:

  • PSY 601 Ethical and Professional Issues in Counseling
  • PSY 602 Life Span Development
  • PSY 603 Introduction to Counseling Skills
  • PSY 606 Psychological Tests and Measurements
  • PSY 611 Group Processes
  • PSY 616 Statistics, Research, and Evaluation
  • PSY 627 Career Development
  • PSY 636 Counseling Theories
  • PSY 736 Cross-Cultural Counseling
  • PSY 751 Health, Stress Management, and Counseling

Practicum/Internship Courses

School Counseling:

  • PSY 646S Practicum in Counseling Techniques for School Counseling
  • PSY 671 Internship A – School Counseling
  • PSY 672 Internship B – School Counseling

Mental Health Counseling:

  • PSY 646MH Practicum in Counseling Techniques, Mental Health Counseling
  • PSY 673 Internship A – Mental Health Counseling
  • PSY 674 Internship B – Mental Health Counseling

Marriage and Family Counseling:

  • PSY 646M Practicum in Counseling Techniques for Marriage & Family Counseling
  • PSY 677 Internship A – Marriage and Family Counseling
  • PSY 678 Internship B – Marriage and Family Counseling

Special Requirements

Depending upon the emphasis chosen, in addition to the foundation and core courses, students are required to take the following courses:

School Counseling Emphasis

  • PSY 500 School Counseling and Exceptional Children
  • PSY 501 The School Counselor in an Educational Context
  • PSY 720 Psychological & Educational Testing
  • PSY 771 School Counseling
  • PSY 776 Crisis Counseling
  • PRAXIS Exams (School Counseling only)
    • As of January 1, 2011, the Hawaii Teachers Standards Board (HTSB) requires that the PRAXIS I Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) exams be successfully completed prior to entering the licensing track of a counselor-education program, and the PRAXIS II content exam must be passed prior to completing a licensure track program.
    • As a result, effective January 1, 2011, the MSCP School Counseling emphasis requires that all new students applying for the School Counseling emphasis have successfully passed the PRAXIS I PPST exams prior to being accepted into the School Counseling emphasis licensure track.
    • All students who qualify for admission into the MSCP program and wish to be in the School Counseling emphasis but have not taken/passed the PRAXIS I PPST exams prior to application will be placed in the non-licensure
    • It is a program requirement that all School Counseling emphasis students must successfully complete the PRAXIS I (PPST) and PRAXIS II (PLT and School Counselor and Guidance) exams and provide official documentation of passing scores, prior to entering Internship A. Students who complete the requirements for the emphasis in School Counseling licensure track will be eligible for licensure by the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board.
    • Students will only be eligible to enter Internship A once the required exams have been successfully completed and scores submitted to the program office.

Students who complete the requirements for the emphasis in School Counseling licensure track will be eligible for licensure by the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board.

Mental Health Counseling Emphasis

  • PSY 741 Mental Health Counseling
  • PSY 775 Crisis Counseling: Community
  • Three (3) Elective Courses (see Elective Courses list)

Marriage and Family Counseling Emphasis

  • PSY 756 Marriage and Family Counseling
  • PSY 758 Solution Focused Family Counseling
  • PSY 759 Family Abuse: Sex and Violence
  • PSY 757 Family Systems Approach to Counseling
    OR
  • PSY 760 Relationship Counseling

  • PSY 710 Drug Abuse Counseling
    OR
  • PSY 712 Alcohol Abuse Counseling

Elective Courses

The following Elective Courses must be approved by the student’s Advisor or Program Director, and the prerequisites (see Course Descriptions) must have been met:

  • PSY 705 Forensic Psychology
  • PSY 710 Drug Abuse Counseling
  • PSY 712 Alcohol Abuse Counseling
  • PSY 720 Psychological & Educational Testing
  • PSY 740 Advanced Psychopathology
  • PSY 741 Mental Health Counseling
  • PSY 756 Marriage and Family Counseling
  • PSY 757 Family Systems Approach to Counseling
  • PSY 758 Solution Focused Family Counseling
  • PSY 759 Family Abuse: Sex and Violence
  • PSY 760 Relationship Counseling
  • PSY 771 School Counseling
  • PSY 773 Spiritual Dimensions of Counseling
  • PSY 775 Crisis Counseling: Community
  • PSY 776 Crisis Counseling: School
  • PSY 777 Existential/Phenomenological Intervention
  • PSY 778 Organizational Psychology
  • PSY 779 Psychology of Depression
  • PSY 780 Special Topics