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Master of Science in Counseling and Human Services

Lead Positive Change for Yourself and Others

Helping people is your calling and your profession, and you want to extend your hand further and make an even greater impact on individuals, families, and society as a whole. With an online counseling and human services master’s degree from Post University, you can continue to provide valuable services to the public in your current position while you develop the knowledge and skills needed to advance. Our courses are offered 100 percent online, so you can study on your schedule and apply what you’ve learned to your career in real time. Upon completion of your degree, you will be prepared for counseling human services jobs in a wide variety of settings, including mental health facilities, correction establishments, halfway houses, child and family service centers, and geriatric facilities.

This program is an excellent option for human services, psychology and criminal justice undergraduate degree holders and human services graduate certificate holders to fulfill their potential in their field.

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earning a counseling & human services master’s degree online.

As an online master’s in counseling and human services student, you will develop knowledge in the areas of prevention, remediation, psycho-education, diagnosis, assessment, and intervention. You will gain the analytical skills and experience necessary to assess a problem and apply a solution quickly and competently. Throughout your online counseling and human services courses, you will learn how to:

  • Analyze the scope of conditions that promote or inhibit human functioning
  • Develop an understanding of theories and techniques associated with multicultural competence in the field
  • Construct knowledge and skills in direct service delivery and appropriate interventions
  • Evaluate values and attitudes and promote understanding of counseling and human services ethics and their application
  • Develop awareness of your values, personality, reaction patterns, interpersonal styles and limitations

Your coursework will conclude with an internship, practicum and capstone, in which you will receive hands-on practice in a professional setting.

At Post University, we strive to make your learning experience practical and meaningful. We have fostered an engaging online community that encourages critical thinking and real-world application of theory. Each course is taught by a professional faculty member, who brings years of expertise and leadership in the human services field into the virtual classroom.

Though you will study in an interactive environment, you will never be alone. From the moment you enroll at Post University, you will be supported by a personal academic advisor. They are always available to answer any questions you may have, help you through any challenges you may face and guide you to the best concentration option to reach your specific career objectives.

 

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47 MASTER OF SCIENCE IN COUNSELING AND HUMAN SERVICES TOTAL CREDITS 37 crs h
48 Core Courses 25 crs s
49 HSV502 Counseling and Human Services Ethics and Diversity 3 crs
50 HSV504 Human Development Through the Lifecycle 3 crs
51 HSV510 Counseling and Human Services Policy 3 crs
52 HSV511 Counseling and Human Services Management 3 crs
53 HSV512 Applied Research Methods in Human Services 3 crs
54 HSV593 Field Practicum Experience I* 3 crs
55 HSV595 Advanced Counseling Internship I 3 crs
56 HSV698 Capstone Research Project I 2 crs

The University reserves the right to change or update the curriculum at any time. The University will notify students of any changes officially through the university website.

For full course descriptions please refer to the University Catalog for the current Academic Year.

Please note that each state has different requirements for licensure as a counselor. Students who are interested in becoming licensed as counselors must contact the licensing board in their own state directly in order to determine what academic and experiential requirements are currently required for state licensure.  The faculty and staff in the MS Counseling and Human Services program are available to support and advise students on program requirements, but it is ultimately the responsibility of individual students to be in charge of his/her own licensure process and to make sure that all requirements are met in obtaining licensure. Post University does not speak on behalf of any licensing board or body.

Students who are interested in becoming licensed counselors in the State of Connecticut:

  • Should not pursue the Non-Profit Management concentration in the MS Counseling and Human Services program. While the Non-Profit Management concentration may be appropriate for a general practitioner in human services, it does not satisfy the required course work needed for state licensure as a counselor in the State of Connecticut.

  • Should be aware that they will need to complete additional coursework beyond Post University’s 37-credit MS in Counseling and Human Services degree in order to be eligible for state licensure as a counselor in the State of Connecticut.

  • Requirements for licensing are subject to change.As with any state, Post University recommends that students from the State of Connecticut contact the licensing board in order to accurately determine what requirements are currently needed for state licensure.

Since licensure varies in each state, learn more about licensing requirements in your state.

 

Program Outcomes

  • Students will analyze the historical development of counseling and human services.
  • Students will develop knowledge and theory of the interaction of human systems including individual, interpersonal, group, family, organizational, community, and societal.
  • Students will analyze the scope of conditions that promote or inhibit human functioning.
  • Students will develop an understanding of theories and/or techniques associated with multicultural competence in the field of counseling and human services.
  • Students will construct knowledge and skills in direct service delivery and appropriate interventions.
  • Students will develop learning experiences to build their interpersonal skills by developing knowledge, theory, and skills in the administrative aspects of the service delivery system.
  • Students will evaluate values and attitudes and promote understanding of counseling and human services ethics and their application in practice.
  • Students will develop awareness of their own values, personalities, reaction patterns, interpersonal styles, and limitations.
  • Students will complete field experiences that are integrated within the curriculum and demonstrate conceptual mastery of the field of professional practice.
  • Students will complete a capstone experience that demonstrates conceptual mastery of the field of professional practice.

 

MS in Counseling and Human Services Concentrations

 

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

This concentration provides you with the conceptual, analytical and operational knowledge you’ll need to begin or advance your career in clinical counseling. Online courses cover a comprehensive study of the issues involved with the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of various psychiatric disorders. You’ll also develop an in-depth understanding of the primary models, theories and techniques in individual, group and family counseling.

Alcohol and Drug Counseling

In this concentration, you’ll gain an understanding of the complex issues regarding alcohol and drug addiction in American society. You will learn the biological, psychological and sociological effects of short and/or long-term use of substances on the individual, family and community and how to assess, diagnose and treat those addictions using the latest and best practices. You may also be able to apply credits toward earning your professional counseling licensure.

Forensic Mental Health Counseling

Through this concentration, you’ll develop the theoretical, analytical and clinical skills required to provide counseling services to juveniles and adults involved in the justice system. You will explore concepts related to criminal behavior and psychopathology, forensic assessment, and victimology as a way to understand how the judicial system and human services field work together. You may also be able to apply credits toward earning your professional licensure.

 
Get the focused education you need to have a greater impact on the people you help and the communities you serve. Contact us to enroll now to earn your online master’s in counseling and human services degree at Post University.
 

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