Online Bachelor of Science in Counseling and Applied Psychological Science
Arizona State University's counseling and applied psychology program is the first of its kind at a major research university. With a focus on cultural diversity, this program touches on everything from age and gender to race and sexual orientation. After completing this online bachelor’s degree, you’ll be prepared for employment in a behavioral health care delivery setting such as a community agency, hospital or rehabilitation center.
Next start date: 10/11/2023
Total classes: 40
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 120
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What is counseling and applied psychological science?
Counseling and applied psychological science is an in-demand specialty focused on promoting psychological well-being. This program provides a foundational training in counseling theories, addiction, trauma, lifespan development, group counseling and professional ethics. To be successful in this program, you should have the desire to improve the behavioral health and well-being of others. You should also possess empathy and cultural sensitivity.
What skills will I earn in applied psychology and counseling?
In ASU Online's counseling and applied psychology program, you’ll learn the foundational principles of addiction and gain a deep understanding of ways to promote psychological well-being. This requires training in active listening, cultural sensitivity and group dynamics. As part of the program, you’ll also participate in a hands-on internship where you may shadow a licensed therapist and practice counseling theory in a supportive training environment.
Will I become a counselor with this degree?
While this program does not lead to counseling licensure, it’ll prepare you for graduate programs and other advanced training. Upon graduation, you’ll feel confident supporting licensed counselors in behavioral health care delivery settings or beginning a graduate degree program in a counseling-related field.
Counseling and applied psychological science courses
In this program, you'll learn why humans suffer psychologically and what brings about change and growth. You'll also acquire fundamental skills in active listening and culturally-responsive practice. Additionally, through a 135-hour supervised, hands-on capstone experience, you’ll explore different counseling domains and apply the knowledge and theories learned in your counseling courses in a real-world setting. Key courses include:
CAP 120: Introduction to Counseling (SB)
CAP 220: Self in a Multicultural Society (C)
CAP 240: Counseling Skills
CAP 310: Addictions I: Foundations and Basic Principles
CAP 320: Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
CED 250: Career Development (L)
PSY 101: Introduction to Psychology (SB)
PSY 230: Introduction to Statistics (CS)
What can I do with a counseling and applied psychological science degree?
With a counseling and applied psychological science degree, you’ll be prepared to help individuals and families cope with everyday problems and provide them with helpful tools and resources. After completing this program, you’ll be qualified to apply to graduate school or work in a behavioral health care delivery setting. Career examples include:
Counseling and applied psychological science degree requirements
You are considered a first-year student for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).
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