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Mental Health Counseling Concentration

As an alternative to the General Psychology curriculum, Psychology majors may elect to pursue a concentration in Mental Health Counseling. The Mental Health Counseling concentration is designed to prepare students planning to seek careers in the mental health system or to apply to graduate programs in counseling or clinical psychology. The Mental Health Counseling curriculum emphasizes the rigorous application of psychological science to clinical and counseling practice with diverse populations. Students learn about evidence-based assessment, diagnosis and intervention in mental health, as well as practices that promote adaptation and well-being. Students in this concentration are advised that a grade point average of 3.0 or higher is likely necessary to go on to graduate study in this field. 

Requirements for Students Who Entered Eastern Under the Fall 2017 Catalog or Later

If you entered Eastern earlier than Fall 2017, your requirements may be different. Consult your degree evaluation and/or your psychology faculty advisor to verify your own requirements.

Students following the Mental Health Counseling concentration must complete a minimum of 46 hours of coursework in psychology (exclusive of PSY 100), fulfilling the requirements below:

Psychology Core: 19 credits

  • PSY 101 Introduction to the Psychology Major (1 credit)
  • PSY 227 Behavioral Science Statistics (4 credits, must earn C or better)
  • PSY 247 Research Methods I (4 credits, must earn C or better)
  • PSY 327 Research Methods II (4 credits, must earn C or better)
  • PSY 419 History and Systems of Psychology (3 credits)
  • Only one of the following:
    • PSY 402 Current Research in Child Psychology (3 credits)
    • PSY 409 Current Research in Psychology (3 credits)

Developmental Course: 3 credits

One (minimum) of the following courses

  • PSY 206 Psych of Childhood
  • PSY 208 Psych of Adolescence
  • PSY 210 Psych of Adulthood
  • PSY 212 Lifespan Developmental Psychology

Individual Differences: 3 credits

One (minimum) of the following courses

  • PSY 301 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 302 Psychopathology of Childhood

Learning and Cognition: 6 credits

Both of the following courses

  • PSY 205 Learning
  • PSY 306 Cognitive Psychology

Biological Bases of Behavior: 3 credits

One (minimum) of the following courses

  • PSY 430 Human Neuropsychology
  • PSY 418 Physiological Psychology

Clinical and Counseling: 9 credits

All of the following courses

  • One of the following:
    • PSY 450 Clinical and Counseling
    • PSY 455 Child Clinical and Counseling
  • PSY 410 Tests and Measures
  • One of the following:
    • PSY 496 Psychology Internship: Group
    • PSY 497 Psychology Internship: Individual

Specialized Courses: 3 credits

One (minimum) of the following courses

  • PSY 309 Social Psychology of Attraction and Relationships
  • PSY 315 Psychology of Gender
  • PSY 316 Applied Behavior Analysis
  • PSY 319 Human Sexuality
  • PSY 320 Personality
  • PSY 325 Health Psychology
  • PSY 330 Evolutionary Psych
  • PSY 345 Family Psychology (formerly PSY 230)
  • PSY 421 Culture and Psychology
  • PSY 435 Controversies in Child Psychology
  • PSY 460 Special Topic Seminar
  • One of the following:
    • PSY 480 Independent Study
    • PSY 490 Teaching Assistant
    • PSY 491 Research Assistant
    • PSY 498 Research Field Experience

Recommended Courses

  • BIO 202/203 Human Biology (Lecture/Lab) - satisfies LAC T1NS
  • MAT 216 Statistical Data Analysis - satisfies LAC T2IT
  • PSY 390 Professional Development - one-credit elective designed for juniors and first-semester seniors interested in preparing for graduate school or post-college employment in psychology or allied fields