La Salle University's Clinical Counseling Psychology Master's Program prepares students with the abilities and competencies requisite for the practice of professional counseling. The Clinical Counseling Psychology Master's Program is a 48-credit hour degree program that is designed so that students can complete the program in two years.
The program is intensive, with the first year being dedicated to coursework and the second year dedicated to clinical internship. In the classroom, the students gain a sound knowledge of psychological theory and clinical skills training; in their internship, which is completed in local mental health facilities, the students receive direct client experience and clinical supervision which prepares them to become effective and competent counselors.
The program's curriculum emphasizes a conceptualization of the role of an individual in relationships and life situations. Students are encouraged to examine the complex interplay of all forces (scientific, interpersonal, and spiritual) which coexist within and exert influence on an individual. The goal is to prepare counselors who will competently develop and implement comprehensive interventions, acquire a holistic perspective to health care, understand the complexity of addressing the overall, long-term well-being of individuals, evaluate and treat mental and emotional disorders, and address a wide array of relationship issues that will best meet the needs of clients within the context of that individual.
The program is built on the trends in the United States, which are informed by research, indicating the value of evidence-based treatment, utilizing a strength-based approach in counseling, and the impact family has on a person's psychological functioning. Our program training aims to focus on what is effective in helping people with the entire range of mental health issues, as well as improving interpersonal relationships.
The clinical skills the students learn are applicable within all cultures. The manner in which clinical techniques are applied may vary due to cultural differences. In this program, the Czech culture is part of the learning process; therefore it becomes part of the training process and clinical application.
La Salle University's faculty are committed to teaching and clinical excellence. Each brings a mix of academic preparation and professional experience to the classroom. Collaborating with educators and professionals from the Czech Republic, the faculty offers a global perspective that has practical local application.