Master of Science in Counseling Psychology: Child and Adolescents

Support the Mental Health of Children and Adolescents with the Master’s in Counseling Psychology Degree

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 5 American children ages 3 to 17—about 15 million—have a diagnosable mental, emotional, or behavioral disorder in a given year. Only 20 percent of these children are ever diagnosed and receive treatment. Now more than ever, these children and adolescents need qualified, compassionate professionals who are equipped with the skills to support them. If you desire to make a difference in the mental health of young people, Azusa Pacific’s Master of Science in Counseling Psychology with a Specialization in Children and Adolescents may be for you.

While many psychology-related programs focus on preparing clinicians to primarily serve a variety of adult populations, the master’s in counseling psychology degree prepares clinicians who specialize in the needs of children and youth. You will graduate ready to pursue LPCC licensure in California and help meet the high demand for specialists in this field.

This degree is designed to equip professionals of the highest standards while providing flexibility so you can reach your education and career goals while balancing life and work. Benefits of the program include:

  • Full-time and part-time options available, allowing you to set your own pace for completing the program.

  • Courses offered in the evening to fit your schedule.

  • Fieldwork opportunities where you will gain firsthand experience while meeting the 280 practicum hours required by the Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Learn from Experienced Faculty

Study with APU faculty-mentors who bring professional experience in children and youth health and mental health needs, including expertise in best practice treatments, youth substance abuse, childhood trauma and recovery, and more. As active practitioners and researchers in the field, these faculty know firsthand the challenges facing today’s young people. Throughout coursework, faculty integrate a Christian perspective, focusing on developing clinicians who provide compassionate, whole-person care.

Gain Experience Working in a Variety of Settings

Put learning into practice through fieldwork and play therapy lab opportunities, allowing you to gain experience while working alongside a fieldwork mentor. You will complete two practicum courses providing therapy services to children and adolescents in the community to fulfill the 280 hours of practicum experience required by the Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Combined with course learning, this experience equips graduates to work in a variety of mental health service settings for children and youth, including public and private mental health agencies, public school mental health programs, private practice, hospital-based practice, and juvenile justice-based practice.

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Upcoming M.S. in Child Life Informational Meetings

Summer 2022 & Fall 2022

Join us for an information meeting to learn more about Azusa Pacific University’s Master of Science in Child Life and Master of Science in Counseling Psychology with a Specialization in Children and Adolescents programs. You will have the opportunity to meet faculty from the Department of Psychology who will tell you more about these exciting programs, and an admissions representative who will be able to guide you through the application process and answer your questions about financial aid.

This meeting will take place online via Zoom. An email will be sent to you on the morning of the information meeting with the Zoom login information.

M.S. Child Life & Counseling Psychology

January 20 | February 17 | March 22 | April 12

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. PST

Online Meeting via ZOOM

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