Master (MS) in Counseling Psychology & Psychotherapy


Fall Term | Classes Start: September 23, 2019

Counseling psychology is a branch of applied professional psychology concerned with the integration of different psychological theories and research traditions within the process of therapy.

The MS in Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy balances theoretical perspectives with the application of techniques and approaches, aiming to train students who wish to work with a variety of client/patient groups in various settings. The program prepares participants to conduct assessment, prevention, and interventions for psychological difficulties, and to serve the profession and the client by offering high-quality services based on theory, high ethical integrity, and empirically validated practices.

Student develop specialized knowledge and competencies, and gradually adopt a range of roles relating to the practice of counseling psychology. Professional skills are initially developed through pre-practicum experiences (as part of coursework) and, following, through the completion of at least 700 hours of supervised practical training in mental health settings.

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Student & Graduate Profile

Students must successfully complete 17 graduate-level courses, 2 graduate-level experiential workshops, 4 practicum seminars, representing a total of 54 US credits, carry out at least 700 hours of practical training, and undertake at least 40 hours of personal counseling/psychotherapy.

In the first year, the program aims to provide the student with core theoretical and research knowledge in areas relating to Counseling Psychology. In the second year, students enroll in skill-based courses from different theoretical orientations, are assigned to supervised practicum(s) (700 hours) and complete the research thesis.


Required Courses (46 credits)

Year 1:

  • Principles of Counseling & Personal Development
  • Testing & Assessment
  • Biological Basis of Behavior
  • Professional & Ethical Issues in Counseling & Psychotherapy
  • Qualitative Research
  • Interviewing Techniques
  • Advanced Analysis & Interpretation of Behavioral Data
  • Program Design & Evaluation
  • Group Counseling & Psychotherapy
  • Advanced Psychopathology

Year 2:

  • Counseling in Health Settings
  • Psychology of Addictions
  • Family & System Approaches to Counseling & Psychotherapy
  • Two of the following Intervention Courses:
  • Humanistic & Existential Approaches to Counseling?& Psychotherapy
  • CBT Approaches to Counseling & Psychotherapy
  • Psychodynamic Approaches to Counseling & Psychotherapy
  • Short-Term Approaches to Counseling & Psychotherapy

Experiential Workshops (4 credits)

  • Workshop on Crisis Intervention
  • Diversity Workshop

Thesis (4 credits)

Practicum Seminars (4 credits)

Practicum I-IV

Program Level Competencies

Upon successful completion of this program, participants should be ready to engage in counseling practice.

Specifically, they should be able to:

  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of various models of psychotherapy, the capacity to critically evaluate and assess their effectiveness, and to execute integrative psychotherapeutic interventions.
  • Diagnose and assess categories of mental distress, psychopathology, and problems in a diversity of individuals, couples, families, and systems according to the current diagnostic systems.
  • Construct an appropriate research design, collect data, and implement the necessary statistical techniques to answer research questions relevant to counseling psychology.
  • Develop strategies and detailed plans for successful and ethical psychotherapeutic interventions with diverse client groups in various clinical contexts, including crisis intervention and case management assessment
  • Demonstrate critical awareness and personal willingness to continue their personal and professional development

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Practicum Placement Opportunities

Practical training is undertaken within counseling agencies and/or organizations from our network of collaborators that offer counseling as part of their services. The practicum is supervised by licensed psychologists at the local training partners and by faculty supervisors and enables students to gradually further develop their skills as a counselor by working with actual clients and gaining experience of working alongside and under the supervision experienced colleagues. Students may opt to acquire training experience in a variety of settings with different populations:

  • Our program operates its own counseling center that offers counseling and assessment services to the ACG community. MS candidates are enrolled as counseling trainees and offer services under the supervision of our clinical faculty.
  • A number of short- and long-term training agreements are established each year with private and public institutions/organizations that offer counseling services and research opportunities.
  • Collaborations with NGOs, to support their work, provide our students with the opportunity for training in nonconventional venues and environments such as national abuse prevention programs and street work/counseling.

Flexible Study & Course Duration

The program may be completed in two years (full-time) or up to four years (part-time). Classes run Monday to Thursday. Only for Fall Term 2019 classes will run from 17:00-20:00; from Winter 2020 onwards, classes will start at 17:30 and end at 20:30 or 21:30, depending on the number of credits. New students are admitted at the start of the fall, winter and spring terms.

Career Services

Deree graduate students receive support from the Office of Career Services, which help them connect with the 50,000 ACG alumni around the globe, expand their professional network, and gain access to various job positions.?Our graduate students and alumni may also benefit from the Alba Graduate Business School Services, including career coaching, participation in career events and workshops, participation in the Alba annual career forum, one-to-one career advice sessions, and a direct mail list for job posts and career advice.

Admission to Program

In order to be considered for entry to the program, applicants will normally be at least 23 years old and should be prepared to demonstrate the following:

  • Competence to undertake graduate work: a College or University degree in psychology. Applicants who do not have a first degree in psychology may opt to attend a graduate conversion course, leading to a Graduate Certificate in Psychology, prior to applying to the program.
  • Suitability for counseling: Evidence of personal maturity and resilience sufficient to cope with the emotional demands of counseling and psychotherapy will be sought during the personal interview and from references.

Tuition & Scholarships

Deree strives to provide opportunities to students regardless of their ability to finance their education. For this reason, we offer scholarships to all applicants who have demonstrated exceptional academic performance. A discount policy is also available for organizations and ACG alumni.

Why pursue an MS in Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy at Deree

  • Benefit from the program’s integrated curriculum, which involves psychology theory, skills development, and practical experience, to grow into a self-reflective and ethical practitioner committed to professional development and to the maintenance of professional standards.
  • Take a critical academic approach to theory, practice, and research in counseling psychology and psychotherapy, and prepares them to work as independent professionals.
  • Acquire the methodological knowledge and skills you will need to undertake a major piece of individual research.
  • Gain professional experience through skill-based courses and supervised practicum in an array of collaborating organizations.

Contact our Office of Admissions

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