Professional Clinical Counseling

La Salle University

835 USD/credit
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The Professional Clinical Counseling (PCC) degree at La Salle places an emphasis on the integration of theory and practice. It is a 60 credit-hour degree that can be completed within four years on a part-time basis, or within three years on a full-time basis.  Refer to the Schedule Options for more information.

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Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals (ACA, 2010). In contrast to other mental health professionals who utilize a “medical model,” professional counselors utilize a “wellness model” when providing professional services to clients, assessing a client’s level of well-being and assisting the client in reaching an optimal level of functioning. Whereas other mental health professionals view mental or emotional problems as “illnesses” from the medical model perspective, counselors view such problems as a part of the normal process of living. All mental, behavioral, and emotional problems are viewed from a developmental perspective in that various stages of life present concerns that must be addressed in order to progress successfully to the next stage of life. In addition, mental health is viewed on a continuum, in that individuals are seen as constantly moving along this continuum depending on their life circumstances and emotional states of being.  Therefore, the professional counselor provides services to increase the quality of life for clients, taking into account the developmental and emotional state of the client.WHO ARE PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS, AND WHAT DO THEY DO?Although the specific title differs from state to state, professional counselors are master’s-level clinicians who provide mental health, psychological, and/or human development principles to address wellness, personal growth, career development, and mental or emotional health issues.  Education and training is oriented toward the adoption of a client-centered, rather than an illness-centered, approach. Professional counselors work with individuals or groups in the assessment and treatment of psychological disorders. Other activities of counselors include consultation, prevention, and research. They make up a large percentage of the workforce employed in mental health agencies and organizations, and their work is covered by managed care organizations and health plans. Many professional counselors have a private practice.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice of Counseling
  • Counseling Laboratory I
  • Psychopathology
  • Human Behavior: A Developmental Perspective
  • Systems, Systemic Thinking, and Ethics
  • Basic Principles of Research Design, Statistics, Program 

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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
80 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Evidence of completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education with a minimum of 9-12 hours in psychology, counseling, or Marriage and Family Studies—and a GPA of 3.0. All transcripts of academic institutions attended should be submitted, particularly if credits were transferred.
  • Acceptable scores in the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Note: This requirement is waived for applicants that already possess a master’s degree (in any field). 
  • The online application for admission.
  • Three letters of recommendation. 
  • Work experience in an area related to counseling or the mental health field is considered.

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