Bachelor of Arts in Psychology: Mental Health Counseling Concentration

The Mental Health Counseling Concentration is designed for the students who wishes to pursue a career in the area of mental health counseling/clinical psychology. The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Mental Health Counseling Concentration prepares students for graduate study in Mental Health Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, or Clinical Psychology. Bachelor’s level graduates can assume positions such as: case workers, psychiatric aides/attendants psychiatric technicians, psychosocial rehabilitation specialists (PSR), or residential counselors.


Learning Outcomes

  • Student learning outcomes are based on the American Psychological Association guidelines for undergraduate psychology programs.
  • Students demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings to discuss how psychological principles apply to behavioral problems.
  • Students demonstrate knowledge, comprehension and application of scientific reasoning and problem solving skills, including effective research methods and interpretation of research data.
  • Students demonstrate ethically and socially responsible behaviors for professional and personal settings in an increasingly diverse world.
  • Students demonstrate competence in written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills, including communications with different types of audiences and for differing purposes. Students will develop a repertoire of interpersonal skills and approaches that will enable them to be successful in an interconnected, global society.
  • Students demonstrate professional skills and behavior that will ready them for post-baccalaureate employment, graduate, or professional school. These include appropriate work habits, career preparation skills, project management skills, self-efficacy and self-regulation, enhanced teamwork capacity, and effective self-reflection.

Mental Health Counseling Concentration Curriculum

Fall Semester: Course Name: Credits:Spring Semester:Course Name: Credits:
Freshman Year
PSYC1001Introduction to Psychology3PSYC2105Social Psychology3
Math Elective
(Note: Statistics is a prerequisite to PSYC4005, which is required; students should plan accordingly)
3CORE-ENGLThe New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems3
PSYC2001Psychology of Adjustment3PSYC1002Developmental Child Psychology3
CORE1001Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm3-OR-
PSYC1107Human Growth and Development
Open Elective3SOCI1001Introduction to Sociology3
Open Elective3
Semester Total:15Semester Total:15
Sophomore Year
Fall Semester:Credits:Spring Semester:
ENGL1003Writing about Literature3PSYC2014Writing for Psychology3
PSYC2002Psychology of Personality3CORE3100Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset3
Science with Lab Elective (BIOL2503 is recommended)4General Education Elective
(Note: ENGL2003 Public Speaking is highly recommended)
3
PSYC2705Basic Concepts and Principles in Applied Behavior Analysis3PSYC2303Psychopharmacology for Counselors3
Open Elective3Science with Lab Elective (BIOL2504 is recommended)4
Semester Total:16Semester Total:16
Junior Year:
Fall Semester:Credits:Spring Semester:Credits:
PSYC3902Psychology Internship I and Seminar 3SOCI2400Social Problems3
-OR-Humanities or Fine Arts Elective3
PSYC3903Psychology Internship II and SeminarOpen Elective 3
PSYC3305Group Counseling3Health Elective3
PSYC3400Abnormal Psychology3Open Elective3
PSYC2107Experimental Psychology3
Open Elective3
Semester Total:15Semester Total:15
Senior Year:
Fall Semester:Credits:Spring Semester:Credits:
PSYC4005Research Methods with Lab4PSYC4600Senior Seminar3
Psychology Elective3PSYC4306Counseling Theory and Practice3
PSYC2603Brain and Behavior3Open Elective3
Open Elective3Open Elective 3
Humanities or Fine Arts Elective3
Semester Total:16Semester Total:12
Total Credits:120

For more information about the Becker College Psychology Program, call 877.523.2537 or email admissions@becker.edu