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William Jessup opens counseling-psych program

By: Mackenzie Myers, Reporter
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Applications are open for William Jessup University’s fifth and newest graduate program: a master of arts in counseling psychology.

Classes for the program will start in spring 2018, according to psychology department chair Jeff Stone. At this point, each graduate cohort is 15 students, though Stone said they may expand to 17. A new cohort will start every fall and spring semester.

The 63-unit program, approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, is geared toward working adults, offering eight-week evening courses, according to a release from the university. Stone said each semester is split into two sessions of eight-week courses. In total, the program takes two years and eight weeks to complete, including practicum hours after about a year of coursework.

Practicum credits feed into the 3,000 internship hours required to receive a state license, according to Stone. The degree prepares students to meet state requirements for Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credentials.

Faculty for the program are both scholars and practitioners, which allows them to provide both academic and real-life expertise, according to the university’s news release.

Stone said talk of the program has been circulating for a few years and that there likely has been a backlog of interested potential students.

“We’re getting so many applicants,” he said. “We’ve gotten about 15 already and we’re only in our first round of applicants.”

As far as the field’s popularity, Stone said students are interested in helping people, especially in ways that involve their spiritual beliefs.

“The field’s never going to go away because it’s mental health and mental health is here to stay,” he said. “We still see the need is there. “

William Jessup also offers master of arts degrees in business, education, leadership and teaching.