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2018-19 Graduate Catalog 
    Jun 27, 2022  
2018-19 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Counseling, M.A.C., Mental Health Counseling Concentration

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Program Director

Eleonora Bartoli, Ph.D., Professor

Program Associate Director

Carol Lyman, M.A.


Michael Morrow, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Hsin-Hua Cathy Lee, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Lauren Reid, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

About the Counseling Program

The graduate program in Counseling prepares highly qualified mental health clinicians for positions in schools, community mental health centers, hospitals, other health agencies, and business and industry settings. Courses provide the history, theory and practice of counseling and psychotherapy, and students are given ample opportunity to integrate coursework with firsthand experience by learning and practicing skills needed to be highly effective, culturally competent and ethical providers of mental healthcare to diverse populations. Graduates use their ever-growing base of knowledge and skills to provide evidence-based therapy to achieve positive clinical outcomes.

Arcadia offers the following eight concentrations:

  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Autism
  • Child/Family Therapy
  • Community Public Health
  • Foundations in BCBA ®
  • Mediation and Conflict Transformation
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Trauma: Clinical Bases of Treatment and Recovery

All the above concentrations are designed for students seeking national certification and/or state licensure as master’s-level mental health practitioners. These concentrations are designed to enable a graduate to apply for licensure in Pennsylvania (or other states with equivalent requirements) once that individual has passed the National Counselor’s Exam (NCE) and has accumulated 3,000 hours of supervised work experience. The program is accredited by the Master’s in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) and offers students the opportunity to take a free preparatory workshop for the NCE on campus.

All master’s students in all concentrations take common core courses but choose areas in which to specialize. Each concentration is offered as a full specialty master’s program. The Child/Family Therapy and Trauma concentrations also are offered as free-standing programs for practitioners who already hold a master’s degree in a relevant area. The Child/Family Therapy and Trauma post-master’s programs lead to an Arcadia University Graduate Certificate. Finally, students with a 48-credit (or less if they graduated prior to June 30, 2009) master’s degree in counseling are able to apply for the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Counseling and complete the state requirements for licensure as a licensed professional counselor in Pennsylvania (or other states with equivalent requirements). The Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism concentrations are also offered as post-baccalaureate certificates by the School of Education. (See separate listings.)

The Profession

Master’s-level counseling professionals are part of the mental health care field. They are practitioners skilled in the art of behavior assessment and change. These skills are utilized in a variety of professions, including business, education, medicine, mental health, allied human services, and social services. Mental health delivery is a thriving field and offers many opportunities for personal and professional growth in a variety of settings. The demands of today’s society make this field one of continued growth.

Arcadia’s graduates are prepared to meet the current and future needs of the profession. The program is structured to develop professional level competence in the following:

  • therapeutic techniques
  • use of diagnostic nomenclature
  • psychological assessment
  • consultation and educational strategies
  • knowledge of and adherence to professional ethical standards
  • interpersonal and cultural sensitivity

Admission to the Counseling Master’s Program

The following requirements must be met:

  1. A graduate application, including personal statements, to be completed online at

  2. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a recommended GPA of 3.0 or better.
  3. One official transcript from each college, university or professional school attended. Transfer credits included on a transcript must include grades earned; if not, an official transcript from the original school must be submitted. Transcripts must be sent from the issuing school in a sealed envelope and contain the appropriate signatures and seals to be considered official.
  4. Completion of at least three Psychology courses, to include Introductory Psychology, with grades of “B” or better in each.
  5. Three letters of recommendation. The letters must be of a professional not personal nature. If the student has been out of school five years or less, at least one letter must come from a professor.
  6. Test scores are not required of applicants with an earned master’s degree or who have a GPA greater than a 3.0. Test scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), taken within the past five years are required for all other applicants
  7. An in-person interview with administrators and faculty in the program by invitation only. 
  8. International applicants should visit for detailed information on admission requirements and application procedures. Official results from the TOEFL or IELTS are required for all students for whom English is a second language except for non-native speakers of English who hold degrees or diplomas from post-secondary institutions in English-speaking countries (e.g. the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand). A course-by-course evaluation of all transcripts by an independent evaluation service based in the United States also is required.

Application Deadline

Applicants seeking admission for fall should complete their applications no later than Jan. 15. Applicants seeking admission for spring should complete their applications no later than Sept. 15.


2018-19 Tuition: $760 per credit


  • Registration: $50 per semester
  • Technology: $50 per semester
  • Parking: $50 per semester or $100 per year (Fall and Spring) before 4 p.m. No charge after 4 p.m.

Financial Aid: Graduate students who have been accepted into a degree program and are enrolled for at least 6 credits per semester are eligible to apply for financial aid. Please visit for information regarding available aid options and visit to complete required forms online.  

Graduate Assistantships/Graduate Student Employment may be available to all students registered for at least 9 credits per semester. Students may apply for assistantships/graduate student employment upon acceptance and registration. Questions regarding graduate assistantships should be directed to the Office of Graduate & Undergraduate Studies at 215-572-2925.

Federal Loans: Graduate students are eligible to borrow through the Federal Direct Stafford Loan and Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan programs provided they are taking at least 6 credits per semester (in the summer, 6 credits over all summer sessions combined satisfies this requirement).  For more information, visit    

Leave of Absence and Deferred Admission Policy

Students Who Have Been Admitted But Have Not Started: After a student is admitted, he or she is expected to enroll for the semester indicated on the acceptance letter. If he or she does not enroll for classes at the expected time and has not notified the Counseling Program, the Office of Enrollment Management, or the Office of Graduate Studies by the end of the semester indicated in the acceptance letter, the admitted student will be placed automatically on inactive status. To become reactivated and able to take classes, students placed on inactive status must meet with the Director of Counseling. The Director will meet with the Counseling Graduate Program Committee to establish the criteria for the student to return to active status, which could range from no requirements at all to full reapplication, depending on the case.

Students Who Started But Are Not Currently Enrolled: A student must file a Leave of Absence Form anytime he or she takes a break in continuous enrollment (not including summer). A student who does not file a Leave of Absence form or an extension of leave, if needed, will be placed on inactive status. To be reactivated and able to take classes, a student who has been placed on inactive status must meet with the Director of Counseling. The Director will then meet with the Counseling Graduate Program Committee to establish the criteria for the student to return to active status, which could range from no requirements at all to full reapplication, depending on the case.

Academic Policies and Procedures

A grade point average of “B” is required for admission to degree candidacy, internship and for graduation. A grade of “B” or above is required for the culminating activity for any graduate degree; the culminating activity for the Counseling program is the Internship. A grade below “C” may not be applied toward a degree, and only 6 credits of “C” or “C+” will count toward a degree. If a failing grade is received (“C–“or below), the course may be repeated one time only with the director’s permission. No more than two core courses may be repeated.

A student may be dismissed for failing grades or if it is determined by the Department that the student’s conduct is unprofessional or is not consistent with the counseling profession’s code of ethics and conduct. See the general section of the catalog for more information concerning dismissal policies.

About the Mental Health Counseling Concentration

Arcadia’s Mental Health Counseling program provides a solid core in counseling plus opportunities for electives in specialty areas of interest. Electives include, but are not limited to, addictive behaviors, trauma, child/family therapy, applied behavior analysis, autism, mediation, and program planning and evaluation.

Degree Requirements

Option A: 48 credits (Satisfies course and credit requirement to sit for the National Counselor’s Examination.)

Option B: 60 credits (Satisfies course and credit requirement to sit for the National Counselor’s Examination and to apply for licensure in Pennsylvania.)

Elective Courses

Option A: 3 credits; Option B: 15 credits

Chosen with the adviser to meet students’ interests—must include one course from the child/family therapy and one from the trauma concentration, and no more than one course outside of the department.

PY587 Practicum (non-credit)

A non-credit Practicum experience consisting of at least 100 hours of documented, supervised counseling experience in an approved setting is required before the student is permitted to enroll in internship.

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