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The Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences – Graduate and Certificate Programs

Master’s in Counseling and Guidance (M.A.)

We believe you have made a wise choice to pursue your graduate education with us. We take pride in our graduates and the impact they have on the counseling profession throughout the state of Louisiana and beyond.

The foundations of the profession are deeply rooted in social justice, wellness, and unconditional positive regard. The training of new professionals is a journey that requires acquisition of academic knowledge, demonstration of counseling skills, and personal growth. Indeed, it is unusual for a student to complete a counseling program without some level of personal introspection and reflection.

Our counseling program strives to provide a supportive and encouraging learning environment with the expectation that faculty and students will be aware of and respect cultural, individual, and role differences. The next two to three years of your life will be filled with many challenges. Congratulations on your decision to enter the highly respected and noble profession of counseling.

The Counseling and Guidance program offers both School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling career options for those interested in becoming a professional counselor. The curriculum in School Counseling has been approved by the Louisiana Board of Education for certification. The curriculum in Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares candidates for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling concentrations of the Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Guidance are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Additionally, both programs have been approved by the Louisiana Department of Education and the Louisiana Board of Regents. The School Counseling concentration also is accredited by NCATE.

Additionally, the counseling program also offers a degree in Human Services for individuals who desire to enhance their understanding of individuals and skill set for providing assistance, but who do not desire to pursue licensure or certification as a counselor.

Use the link below to access additional information about program, admission, and comprehensive exam requirements and the practicum and internship.

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Master’s in Counseling and Guidance (M.A.): Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program prepares students for eligibility as a Licensed Professional Counselor.

The M.A. program involves rigorous preparation in research, counseling skills, multiculturalism and diversity, social justice and wellness. Beyond traditional coursework students must successfully complete a series of practicum and internship trainings, as well as, a comprehensive examination. The program generally requires two to three years of full time study post-baccalaureate. The actual amount of time needed varies depending on student’s prior preparation (a limited amount of credit may be requested for prior graduate work) and progress in the program.

The Clinical Mental Health M.A. program is committed to diversity and embeds this initiative throughout the program curricula. The Clinical Mental Health Program strives to produce culturally competent professional counselors who are advocates for social justice and are well equipped to meet the needs of a diverse clientele. Furthermore, the program strives to provide a supportive and encouraging learning environment for the training of diverse individuals and provides a variety of training opportunities in diverse settings.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Latoya Pierce (email: lapierce@latech.edu)
Phone: (318) 257-2874

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School Counseling Concentration

School counselors work at all levels, from elementary through high school, helping students perform better academically and socially, as well as providing assistance as they define their future plans. School counselors often work with students who experience developmental problems. They work with parents, teachers, and organizations to achieve success for all students. Additionally, school counselors may manage substance abuse prevention programs and provide guidance to students experiencing problems at home.

Professional school counselors are certified/licensed educators with a minimum of a master’s degree in school counseling. This degree makes students uniquely qualified to address all students’ academic, personal/social, and career development needs by designing, implementing, evaluating, and enhancing a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes and enhances student success.

Professional school counselors serve a vital role in maximizing student success. Through leadership, advocacy, and collaboration, professional school counselors promote equity and access to a rigorous educational experience for all students. Professional school counselors support a safe learning environment and work to safeguard the human rights of all members of the school community; they address the needs of all students through culturally relevant prevention and intervention programs that are a part of a comprehensive school counseling program.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Dr. Latoya Pierce
Email: lapierce@latech.edu
Phone: (318) 257-2874

For more information on school counseling, please visit the website for the American School Counselor Association at http://www.schoolcounselor.org.

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Master’s in Counseling and Guidance, Human Services Concentration (MACG)

Welcome to the Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance program, Human Services concentration, at Louisiana Tech University. The Human Services concentration is intended for students who wish to enhance their knowledge of counseling and psychology, who work in human service agencies, or desire to provide human services to communities, but who do not wish to work as a professional counselor or professional social worker or seek licensure as such. Human service jobs primarily consist of two types: those where the human service worker provides direct services to clients and those where the worker provides administrative assistance to the agency that provides those services.

This human services concentration prepares human services workers to serve individuals, families, groups, communities and provide other functions required to support human services organizations. The proposed core curriculum for this track will teach students the basics of relating to others, human development and the accompanying life stages, working with a diverse clientele, ethical responsibilities, theories and historical perspectives of counseling, and general principles of guidance services.

Students will be allowed some approved elective choices in required coursework to fit their needs. These elective courses will prepare them in research, leadership, helping others and organizational and personnel issues. Graduates from this concentration in Human Services may go on to pursue careers in Social and Community Service Management, Elderly Service Management, Human Resources Management, etc.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Dr. Mary Livingston
Email: maryml@latech.edu
Phone: (318) 257-2292

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Master’s in Counseling and Guidance (M.A.): Orientation and Mobility Concentration

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Master’s in Counseling and Guidance (M.A.): Rehabilitation Teaching for the Blind Concentration

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Master’s in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (M.A.)

Persons trained in Industrial/Organizational Psychology frequently find employment in private and public organizations, consulting firms, and government. The candidate seeking a Master of Arts degree with a major in Industrial/Organizational Psychology must complete an approved program of study (see advisor for current degree requirements).

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Counseling Psychology

Welcome to the Doctoral Program in Counseling Psychology at Louisiana Tech University. The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Counseling Psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and embodies a balanced training experience designed to train professional psychologists in the scientist-practitioner model.

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Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data

We would like to thank you for your interest in the Doctoral Program in Counseling Psychology at Louisiana Tech, and if you have any questions please feel free to contact us.

Louisiana Tech offers several avenues of financial support for its Counseling Psychology doctoral students, including a limited number of fellowships for minorities. Please see Program Statistics for detailed information about these opportunities.

The Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program is committed to diversity, adheres to the APA (standards) for multicultural competence, and embeds this initiative throughout the program curricula. The Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program strives to produce culturally competent professional psychologists who are advocates for social justice and well equipped to meet the needs of a diverse clientele. Furthermore, the program strives to provide a supportive and encouraging learning environment for the training of diverse individuals and providing opportunities in diverse settings for a broad spectrum of individuals. The program avoids any restrictions that are irrelevant to success in graduate training.

Thus, the program has the expectation that faculty and students “are aware of and respect cultural, individual, and role differences including those based on age, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language, and socioeconomic status” (APA Ethics Code, 2002, Principle E, p. 1063).

Louisiana Tech is an equal opportunity institution that values diversity. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Industrial and Organizational Psychology

The Industrial/Organizational Psychology program prepares students to work in areas relating to applied behavioral science in organizations and business. Outside of class, students are expected to gain hands-on experience through involvement on various research and applied project teams with faculty supervision.

The Ph.D. program involves rigorous preparation in psychological foundations, research methods/statistical analysis, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and successful completion and defense of a dissertation involving original research.

The program generally requires three to four years of full-time study post-baccalaureate. The actual amount of time needed varies depending on student prior preparation (a limited amount of credit may be requested for prior graduate work) and progress in the program. All students accepted into the program receive a graduate assistantship with a stipend.

The I/O Psychology Doctoral Program is committed to diversity and embeds this initiative throughout the program curricula. The I/O Program strives to produce culturally competent professionals who are advocates for social justice and well equipped to meet the needs of a diverse clientele.

Furthermore, the program strives to provide a supportive and encouraging learning environment for the training of diverse individuals and providing opportunities in diverse settings for a broad spectrum of individuals. The program avoids any restrictions that are irrelevant to success in graduate training.

Thus, the program has the expectation that faculty and students “are aware of and respect cultural, individual, and role differences including those based on age, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language, and socioeconomic status” (APA Ethics Code, 2002, Principle E, p. 1063).

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Graduate Certificate: The Dynamics of Domestic Violence

The Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences in partnership with the School of Human Ecology offers a 12-hour Graduate Certificate in the Dynamics of Domestic and Family Violence. The certificate is an on-line program designed to foster the development of skills related to domestic violence issues or contact with victims, their families, or perpetrators of domestic violence.

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