Degree Requirements Department of Applied Psychology, 2006-2007

Special Requirements for all Programs
Certification and Licensing
Changing State Licensing Requirements
MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a Specialization in Substance Abuse/Addictions Counseling
MA in Marriage and Family Therapy
MEd in Substance Abuse Counseling
MA in Dance Movement Therapy with a Minor in Counseling Psychology
Post-Master’s Certificate of Respecialization in Dance Movement Therapy
Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate Program


Special Requirements for All Programs in the Department of Applied Psychology

Because these are programs of professional preparation, students must meet professional as well as academic standards. The Department of Applied Psychology adheres to the code of ethics of the following organizations: The American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy, The American Counseling Association, the American Mental Health Counselors Association, and the American Dance Therapy Association and also requires that students manage their personal issues so as not to affect their work or their clients adversely. Questions about personal/professional competence or ethical conduct, will be discussed with the student before any administrative action is taken. If resolution cannot be made at the departmental level, the issues may be referred for more formal resolution through the Student Grievance Procedure.
Policies and procedures employed by the Department of Applied Psychology in evaluating academic, clinical, interpersonal effectiveness, and professional behavior can be found in the Department of Applied Psychology Handbook.
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Certification and Licensing

Graduates of the Department of Applied Psychology may apply for professional credentials, recognizing their level of training and experience. Credentials may be granted by national professional boards/organizations or by the regulatory boards of individual states.
Generally there are three levels:

Licensure

is a legislatively established form of regulation. It may protect the practice of an occupation as well as the title. This makes it the most desirable, both for public protection (its primary purpose) as well as for members of that profession. Only states may grant licenses. State licensure establishes standards for insurance payers to use in identifying qualified practitioners. Examples of titles under current usage are licensed clinical mental health counselor, professional counselor, marriage and family therapist, substance abuse and addictions counselor, or creative arts therapist.

Certification

is a process of verifying one’s professional qualifications. State laws may establish certification; national organizations/boards may also certify. Most often this includes a written examination of one’s knowledge in the field. The National Board of Certified Counselors offers certification as a National Certified Counselor and several specialty certifications. Certification for drug and alcohol counselors is available both through professional organizations and through state certifying bodies. Certifications, memberships, and registries are not generally recognized by insurance payers, but are useful to the public in assessing a practitioner’s qualifications.

Registry or Roster

usually refers to a listing of those using a title or providing a service. Registries can be with the profession or with the state. Some states require rostering in order to practice. Clinical Membership in AAMFT and Registry through the American Dance Therapy Association (American Dance Therapists—Registered) are examples of this level of credential. Vermont maintains a roster of unlicensed practitioners.
The legislature in each state establishes the criteria for licensure and an appointed board determines an individual’s eligibility for licensure. The Department has designed its programs to be consistent with the standards of the representative professional organizations. Individual states, many of which base their legislation on professional organization’s standards, vary as to specific coursework, number of hours of supervised practice, supervisor qualification, and other required criteria. While the Department offers coursework and internships that allow students to put together a licensable portfolio, it cannot guarantee licensure.

The Department of Applied Psychology recognizes the importance of licensing and certification as part of the preparation for professional practice and offers coursework and internships that allow students to achieve a licensable portfolio. However, because licensure is the sole province of the state regulating bodies, it cannot guarantee that students will be licensed or certified.

Therefore, students must be vigilant in obtaining their state’s regulations and meeting the detailed requirements. This is especially important since some states require that all coursework be completed within the graduate degree program, and will not allow courses to be added at a later date. Additionally, board membership changes and new legislation may alter licensure requirements or interpretation of these requirements during a student’s program. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of and to meet these requirements. The cost of any coursework over and above that required for the student’s program is the responsibility of the student, including the cost of meeting any future changing regulations.

Membership in state professional organizations and ongoing contact with licensing boards in their respective states will assist students in assuring their own prospects for professional licensure. Core faculty of the Department are available for advice and counsel on licensing matters.

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Changing State Licensing Requirements

AUNE, while not responsible for actions of external licensing agencies, does intend to support students, both current and graduates in meeting changing requirements. In doing so, we strive to be fair and consistent to all students. Therefore, if licensing requirements are enacted by an external agency which exceed the current degree requirements, the following options are available:

  1. For current students, additional coursework to satisfy licensing requirements (either existing courses or SISs). Current students may use elective credits, or if necessary, study an additional semester at an “extended rate” of tuition.
  2. For graduates, the opportunity to enroll as a Special Student in either the appropriate course or, as an exception, in an SIS, at the following rate: 50% of the Special Student masters per credit fee plus a comprehensive fee. This charge is less than the current per credit fee for matriculated masters students.

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Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

MA—62 credits

The first level of the program is an introduction to the fundamental theories and practices of mental health counseling. As a part of the required coursework, the first year includes the Professional Seminar in Counseling, with emphases on the practice and ethics of counseling. Also required is a 600-hour practicum/ internship, which should include supervised experience in group, individual and systems work. This field experience requires a commitment of about 20 hours per week over the course of two semesters (approximately 9 months). Students who wish to use their current employment as an internship site must consult with the Director of Internships.

Students may enter the program in Spring or Fall semesters and complete Level One requirements over 16 to 24 months. As a result of varying entry dates, the actual sequence of instruction (courses, professional seminars, and practica/internships) will be somewhat different even though the degree requirements are the same.

In Level Two, three seminars of concentration are taken. Research and Evaluation is required and the remaining two are selected from a variety of courses, such as Brief Treatment Approaches, Systemic Approaches in Counseling; Crisis Intervention and Brief Treatment, Integrative Approaches to Addictions Counseling, Child and Family Counseling, Adolescent and Family Counseling, Spiritual Approaches, and Expressive Approaches.

In Level Two of the program, most students secure a different 600-hour internship to meet their more advanced training needs. Another year of Professional Seminar is completed, with emphasis in different professional issues such as understanding of licensure and legal and ethical issues, and making the transition to the professional role.

To earn the MA degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, a student must successfully complete a minimum of sixty-two credits, distributed as follows:

Required Courses are Listed Under Each Competency Area

Level One Requirements

Behavioral Science

  • Psychopathology: An Ecological Approach
  • Human Development and Diversity
  • Psychopharmacology for Counselors
7 credits
Individual Assessment and Intervention

  • Fundamentals of Therapeutic Interaction
  • Counseling Skills Lab
  • Counseling Theories, Models, and Approaches
  • Methods of Testing and Assessment
  • Career/Lifestyle Development
13 credits
Group and Social Systems Assessment and Intervention

  • Social and Cultural Diversity
  • Group Approaches to Mental Health Counseling
6 credits
Substance Abuse Counseling

  • Theories of Addiction
1 credit
Professional Identity

  • Professional Seminar I and II
  • Professional Orientation and Ethics
9 credits
Supervised Practicum 2 credits
Supervised Internship 3 credits
Total credits Level One 41 credits

Level Two Requirements

Major Areas of Concentration

  • Research & Evaluation
  • Two additional 3-credit
    student selected concentration seminars
9 credits
Professional Seminar in Counseling 6 credits
Supervised Internship 6 credits
Total credits Level Two 21 credits

Total Credits for MA in
Clinical Mental Health Counseling

62 credits

60 credit minimum if any required courses are waived.
All waivers must be submitted to the Registrar’s office in writing.
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Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a Specialization in Substance Abuse/Addictions Counseling

MA—62 credits

The first level of the program is an introduction to the fundamental theories and practices of mental health counseling. As a part of the required coursework, the first year includes the Professional Seminar in Counseling, with emphases on the practice and ethics of counseling. Also required is a 600 hour practicum internship, which should include supervised experience in group, individual and systems work. This field experience requires a commitment of about 20 hours per week over two semesters (about 9 months). Students who wish to use their current employment as an internship site must consult with the Director of Internships.

Students may enter the program in Spring or Fall semesters and complete Level One requirements over 16 to 24 months. As a result of varying entry dates, the actual sequence of instruction (courses, professional seminars, and practical internships) will be somewhat different.

In level two, three 3-credit seminars of concentration are required: Integrative Approaches to Addictions Counseling, Research and Evaluation, and Family Therapy Approaches to Addictions Counseling.

In the second year of the program, most students secure a different 600 hour internship to meet their more advanced training needs. One of the two internship/practicum years must be completed in a substance abuse treatment setting. Another year of Professional Seminar is completed, with emphasis in different professional issues such as understanding of licensure and legal and ethical issues, and making the transition to the professional role, as well as a focus in addictions counseling. Two weekend courses in psychopharmocology are required.

To earn the MA degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Substance Abuse/Addictions Counseling, a student must successfully complete a minimum of sixty-two credits, distributed as follows:

Required Courses are Listed Under Each Competency Area

Level One Requirements

Behavioral Science

  • Psychopathology: An Ecological Approach
  • Human Development and Diversity
  • Psychopharmacology of Substance Abuse
  • Psychopharmacology for Counselors
8 credits
Individual Assessment and Intervention

  • Fundamentals of Therapeutic Interaction
  • Counseling Skills Lab
  • Counseling Theories, Models, and Approaches
  • Methods of Testing and Assessment
  • Career/Lifestyle Development
13 credits
Group and Social Systems Assessment and Intervention

  • Social and Cultural Diversity
  • Group Approaches to Mental Health Counseling
6 credits
Professional Identity

  • Professional Seminar I and II
  • Professional Orientation and Ethics
9 credit
Supervised Practicum 2 credits
Supervised Internship 3 credits
Total credits for Level One 41 credits

Level Two Requirements

Major Areas of Concentration

  • Research & Evaluation
  • Integrative Approaches to Addictions Counseling
  • Family Counseling Approaches to Addictions Counseling
9 credits
Professional Seminar in Counseling 6 credits
Supervised Internship 6 credits
Total credits Level Two 21 credits

Total Credits for MA in Clinical Mental
Health
Counseling with Substance Abuse Concentration

62 credits

60 credit minimum if any required courses are waived.
All waivers must be submitted to the Registrar’s office in writing.
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Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy

MA—65 credits

To earn an M. A. in Marriage and Family Therapy, you must earn 65 credits, (a minimum of 60 credits if any required courses are waived), as distributed below. Students will complete a 250 hour practicum in the Fall and Spring of the first year of the program, and a 12-month, 1,000 hour internship, starting in May and extending through the Spring of their second year. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the accrediting agency for the accreditation of clinical training programs in marriage and family therapy at the master’s, doctoral, and postgraduate levels.

Required courses are listed under each Standard Curriculum Area Requirement as outlined by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education.

Level One Requirements

Area I: Theoretical Knowledge 6 credits
  • Theoretical Foundations of MFT
  • Survey of Marriage and Family Therapy Models
Area II: Clinical Practice 3 credits
  • Psychopathology and Assessment of Social Systems
Area III: Individual Development and Family Relations 6 credits
  • Family Life Development
  • Social and Cultural Diversity
Area IV: Professional Identity and Ethics 3 credits
  • Ethics and Professional Development in MFT Practice
Area V: Additional Learning 12 credits
  • Professional Seminar I and II (4 credits)
  • Practicum: 250 supervised clock hours over 8 months
    in an approved practicum site (8 credits)
Total Credits for the First Year 30 credits

Level Two Requirements

Area II: Clinical Practice 9 credits
  • Human Sexuality and Sex Therapy
  • Couples Therapy from a Systemic Perspective
  • Special Issues in Family Therapy, Substance Abuse, and Intrafamilial Violence
Area III: Individual Development and Family Relations 3 credits
  • Human Development Across the Lifespan
Area V: Research 3 credits
  • Research & Evaluation in MFT
Area VI: Additional Learning 20 credits
  • Families and Larger Systems (3 credits)
  • Professional Seminars III, IV, and V (7 credits)
  • Internship: 1,000 supervised clock hours over 12 months in an approved internship site (10 credits)
Note: By the conclusion of the practicum and internship requirements, the student must have provided a minimum of 500 therapy hours including no fewer than 250 relational hours under approved supervision at the approved sites, and received no fewer than 1060 hours of approved supervision, 25 hours of which must be live or videotaped therapy sessions, directly and 25 of which must be live, videotaped or audiotaped sessions directly observed by the supervisor. All COAMFTE clinical requirements must be adhered to by the sites and supervisors. The Director of Clinical Training will provide current information and will assist MFT students to obtain an appropriate clinical site placement and supervision.
Total Credits for the Second Year 35 credits

Total Credits for the MA in
Marriage and Family Therapy

65 credits

60 credit minimum if any required courses are waived.
All waivers must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office in writing.
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Master of Education in Substance Abuse Counseling

MEd—40 credits

Students must complete one practicum/internship in a substance abuse facility over a nine-month period to accumulate 600 hours (about 20 hours per week). Internship site requirements for the substance abuse specialization may be found in the Department of Applied Psychology.

This degree program does not meet requirements for licensure in most states.

To earn the MEd degree you must successfully complete a minimum of 40 credits distributed as follows:
Required Courses are Listed Under Each Competency Area

Behavioral Science Foundation

  • Psychopathology: An Ecological Approach
  • Human Development and Diversity
  • Psychopharmacology of Substance Abuse
  • Psychopharmacology for Counselors
8 credits
Individual Assessment and Intervention Strategies

  • Fundamentals of Therapeutic Interaction
  • Integrative Approaches to Addictions Counseling
  • Counseling Theories, Models, and Approaches
  • Methods of Testing & Assessment
12 credits
Group Assessment and Intervention Strategies

  • Group Approaches to Mental Health Counseling
3 credits
Systems Assessment and Intervention Strategies 3 credits
  • Social and Cultural Diversity
Professional Seminar in Clinical Mental Health Counseling 6 credits
Supervised Practicum 3 credits
Supervised Internship 4 credits
Electives 1 credit

Total Credits for MEd in Substance Abuse Counseling

40 credits

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Master of Arts in Dance Movement Therapy
with a Minor in Counseling Psychology

MA—61 credits

The program typically takes two-and-a-half to three years to complete, entailing two days per week of classes. In your first year, you will take core classes in dance/movement therapy, two semesters of practica in dance/movement therapy as well as counseling courses.

During your second year, you will take advanced dance/movement therapy courses and additional counseling courses. You will also spend nine months over two semesters in a supervised counseling practicum/internship sequence, for 12 to 15 hours per week totaling 450 hours, and take a concurrent 6-credit Professional Seminar sequence.

You will begin your six to nine-month dance/movement therapy internship (700 hours) during the fall of your third year. Internship sites range from the local New England area and are spread throughout the country, possibly including foreign countries when supervision is available. (The internship must be supervised by an BC-DMT.)

Before graduation, each student must have taken a 3-credit course or its equivalent in Anatomy & Kinesiology. Documentation of this requirement must be submitted to the Program Director in order for degree requirements to be satisfied.

Graduates of the MA program are eligible for R-DMT registration from the American Dance Therapy Association. They must apply directly to the ADTA.

To earn the MA degree in Dance/Movement Therapy you must successfully complete a minimum of sixty-two credits, distributed as follows:
Required Courses are Listed Under Each Competency Area

Behavioral Science Foundations

  • Human Development & Diversity
  • Psychopathology: An Ecological Approach
  • Psychomotor Assessment of Children
  • Psychomotor Assessment of Adults
12 credits
Individual Assessment and Intervention Strategies

  • Fundamentals of Therapeutic Interaction
  • Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Dance/Movement Therapy with Children
  • Dance/Movement Therapy with Adults
  • Counseling Theories: Models and Approaches
15 credits
Group & Social Systems Assessment & Intervention Strategies

  • Group Dance Movement Therapy
  • Social & Cultural Diversity in Dance Movement Therapy
6 credits
Professional Seminar 12 credits
Practicum and Internship 13 credits
Research and Evaluation 3 credits

Total Credits for MA in Dance Movement Therapy

61 credits

60 credit minimum if any required courses are waived.
All waivers must be submitted to the Registrar’s office in writing.

Please Note: An MEd in Dance/Movement Therapy is also available. Course requirements are the same as for the MA, but there is more flexibility in the type of internship and supervision allowed. Internships not supervised by BC-DMT’s, however, do not qualify the graduate for R-DMT registration. (61 credit minimum program)
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Post-Master’s Certificate of Respecialization in Dance Movement Therapy (Certificate)

32 credits

The Certificate Program is completed over two academic years (fall and spring semesters only). In the first year, you take core classes and practica in dance/movement therapy. During your second year, you take advanced dance/movement therapy courses. In order to earn the certificate, students must earn 32 credits, distributed as follows:
Required Courses are Listed Under Each Competency Area

Fall Semester, First Year

  • Social & Cultural Diversity in Dance Movement Therapy
  • Practicum I in Dance/Movement Therapy
  • Psychomotor Assessment of Children
  • Professional Seminar in Dance/Movement Therapy I
11 credits
Spring Semester, First Year

  • Practicum II Dance/Movement Therapy
  • Psychomotor Assessment of Adults
  • Professional Seminar in Dance/Movement Therapy II
  • Group Dance Movement Therapy
11 credits
Fall Semester, Second year

  • Dance/Movement Therapy with Children
  • Expressive Arts Therapy
6 credits
Spring Semester, Second Year

  • Dance/Movement Therapy with Adults
  • One Elective credit
4 credits

Total Credits for Dance Movement Therapy Certificate

32 credits

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Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate Program

12 credits

The Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate Program is completed over two academic semesters starting in the fall. In the first semester students take six 1-credit introductory courses in autism spectrum disorders. During the second semester students take three additional 1-credit courses and take one 3-credit advanced specialty seminar.
Required Courses are Listed Under Each Competency Area

Fall Semester

  • Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Sensory Issues of Individuals on the Autism Spectrum
  • Training in the Social Use of Language
  • Clinical and Educational Assessment of Individuals with ASD
  • Educational Interventions for ASD: Preschool and Elementary
  • Introduction to Counseling Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders
6 credits
Spring Semester

  • Educational Interventions for ASD: Middle, High School and College
  • Working with Teens and Adults on the Spectrum
  • Advocacy Applications for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum
  • A 3-credit advanced specialty seminar chosen from the following:
    • Advanced Assessment and Intervention for Speech-Language Pathologists
    • Advanced Counseling Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders
    • Advanced Educational Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders
    • Advanced Psychological Assessment and Intervention of ASD
    • Working with Severely Impaired Individuals with Autism
6 credits

Total Credits for the Autism
Spectrum Disorders Certificate

12 credits