Master of Arts Counseling Psychology

Credits: 60 credits including clinical placements
Program Length: 2-3 years full time or 4 years part time
Start Dates: Rolling admissions
Instructional Method: On campus

The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (MACP) program prepares students for a meaningful career as a licensed mental health professional, specifically as licensed counselors, with the ability to serve diverse populations within society. Through classroom learning and fieldwork, you will learn to identify patterns of behavior and articulate treatment plans for a variety of patients. However, developing critical and analytical thinking skills is only part what makes our graduates successful in this field. Our program is taught within the framework of our Franciscan values – a love of learning, a commitment to service, and respect for all. These values empower our graduates to bring a high level of professionalism and humanity to the people and groups they serve. To meet your needs and time constraints, you may enroll as a full- or part-time student.

What’s Different About our MACP Program?

The Felician MACP program represents a synthesis of two approaches and represents a unique path to preparing professional counselors.

  1. Our focus is on preparing students to be compassionate, community focused, and facilitative of the potential of others, while striving to maintain the ideas of the Gospel and following the model of St. Francis through service to others.
  2. In the realm of counseling, a new paradigm – positive psychology – has emerged during the last 10 years. An emphasis on mindfulness, spiritual development, and empowering the potential of others has become a new and core theoretical expansion of models of counseling.
Admission & Program Requirements

Program Objectives and Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Counseling program, students will learn to:

  • Demonstrate an awareness of the ethical challenges and responsibilities in the field of counseling.
  • Articulate a personal model for addressing these responsibilities that is consistent with Catholic and Franciscan values.
  • Assess individuals and groups that display patterns of psychopathology.
  • Use information and technology literacy for maintaining best practices in counseling.
  • Articulate a clear and precise treatment plan for addressing the diagnoses of individuals and groups.
  • Adapt to the unique cultural, gender, racial, and sexual orientation needs of individuals and groups they serve.
  • Demonstrate competence in appropriate scientifically validated treatment modalities including individual psychological counseling, marital and couples counseling, family counseling, group counseling, and organizational consultation and interventions.

At the completion of the degree program and the required hours of experience, you will be eligible to sit for the state licensure in professional counseling. You will continue to participate in ongoing professional development and lifelong learning.

The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program is accredited by the Master’s in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) for the period June 2014 – June 2024

Before earning your master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, you must complete the required 60 credits, including clinical placements, and maintain a professional/clinical portfolio. Applicants from out of state should check with their state licensing board and requirements prior to starting the program at Felician.

Drs. Mahoney and Economou Honored by Students

Drs. Mahoney and Economou, along with the director of the Franciscan Community Development Center (FCDC) Ms. Susan Colacurcio, were honored by current clinicians and graduate students for “leadership and support” for their efforts in establishing and maintaining the master’s counseling program. The celebration was attended by FCDC board members, Franciscan sisters, and family. The MACP and the FCDC are most thankful to the FSI for the continued support.

In 2013, the Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology (MACP) was awarded a grant through the Felician Services Incorporated (FSI), which helped to found three counseling centers in West New York, Fairview, and Guttenberg, NJ. In these centers, in collaboration with the FCDC, counseling services are offered to underserved populations, mostly undocumented and Spanish bilingual clients. The program has treated more than 350 individuals and families and continues to offer clinical services and community workshops. In the past two years, the MACP department was awarded a second grant from PSE&G, which allowed the centers to hire a Spanish bilingual clinical supervisor Dr. Enmanuel Mercedes.

  • Dr. Nouriman Ghahary
    Associate Professor, Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology; Program Coordinator
  • Dr. Ann Guillory
    Professor, Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
  • Dr. James Smith
    Associate Professor Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
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