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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 2021 Catalog or Later

If you entered Eastern earlier than Fall 2021, 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 47 hours of coursework in psychology (exclusive of PSY 100), fulfilling the requirements below:

Psychology Core: 17 credits

Research: 3 credits

  • Choose one course:
    • PSY 402 Current Research in Child Psychology
    • PSY 409 Current Research in Psychology

Developmental Course: 3 credits

  • Choose one course (minimum):
    • PSY 206 Psych of Childhood
    • PSY 208 Psych of Adolescence
    • PSY 210 Psych of Adulthood
    • PSY 212 Lifespan Developmental Psychology

Individual Differences: 3 credits

  • Choose one course (minimum):
    • PSY 301 Abnormal Psychology
    • PSY 302 Psychopathology of Childhood

Learning and Cognition: 6 credits

  • PSY 205 Learning
  • PSY 306 Cognitive Psychology

Biological Bases of Behavior: 3 credits

  • Choose one course (minimum):
    • PSY 418 Physiological Psychology
    • PSY 430 Human Neuropsychology

Clinical and Counseling: 9 credits

  • PSY 410 Tests and Measures
  • Choose one course:
    • PSY 450 Clinical and Counseling
    • PSY 455 Child Clinical and Counseling
  • Choose one course:
    • PSY 496 Psychology Internship: Group
    • PSY 497 Psychology Internship: Individual

Specialized Courses: 3 credits

  • Choose one course (minimum):
    • PSY 309 Social Psychology of Attraction and Romantic 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 Seminar in Psychology
    • PSY 471 Global Studies in Psychology
    • PSY 480 Independent Study
    • PSY 490 Teaching Assistant
    • PSY 491 Research Assistant
    • PSY 498 Research and Field Experience

Recommended Courses

  • BIO 202/203 Human Biology (Lecture/Lab) - satisfies LAC T1NS
  • MAT 216 Statistical Data Analysis - satisfies LAC T2IT