Clinical Counseling at Albertus
Do you want to make a difference in people’s lives? Do you want to understand people more deeply? Do you want the skills to help people make changes and develop into better versions of themselves? Are you comfortable with close relationships, strong emotions, and self-reflection?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then the M.S. in Clinical Counseling program at Albertus Magnus College is the right place for you to study and grow. We want to cultivate the next generation of counselors and psychotherapists -- to guide you through your own process of intellectual and emotional development.
This is a 60-credit program designed to meet the educational requirements for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) in the State of Connecticut. The LPC also requires postgraduate supervised experience and a passing score on a licensure examination, generally the National Counselor Examination (NCE). However, Connecticut has implemented a tiered licensure policy that allows our graduates immediately to receive a provisional license (the LPCA).
The program is designed to be completed over the course of 3 academic years. Classes are generally offered in the evening, making the program as manageable as possible for the working adult. However, it includes a minimum of 720 hours of supervised field experience (practicum and internship), mostly completed during the third year, and it may not be possible to maintain full-time employment during that period.
Studying in the clinical counseling program at Albertus, students choose between two specialty tracks: mental health counseling and addiction counseling.
- The clinical mental health counseling program includes advanced coursework on assessment, psychotherapy, and case conceptualization with an emphasis on empirically supported methods. Students completing this program will be optimally prepared to work with a wide range of client problems ranging from mild (e.g., developmental transitions) to severe (e.g., complex trauma and personality disorder).
- The clinical addiction counseling program includes specialized coursework on psychopharmacology, addictive behaviors, and addiction counseling, also emphasizing empirically validated approaches. Students completing this program will be eligible to apply for licensure as alcohol and drug counselors (LADC) in addition to the LPC. (The LADC also requires supervised experience and a passing score on a licensing examination administered by the IC&RC. However, unlike the LPC, experience acquired before completion of the master’s degree may be counted toward this requirement.)
Unlike some other programs, we have a designated internship coordinator who facilitates the internship search process. Although students are permitted to seek placements independently (and encouraged to apply to formal internship programs), we will always offer assistance as needed. Our usual practice is to refer students to appropriate sites with which we have already established a relationship; the site supervisor will have stated that they are prepared to accept an intern and been informed that the student we recommend will be contacting them. (Naturally, it is up to the student to follow through and secure an offer.) We are proud of the level of support we provide in what could otherwise be an arduous, anxiety-provoking process.
What Makes Clinical Counseling at Albertus Different?
- Hands-on, experiential learning
- Interdisciplinary perspectives
- Emphasis on collaborative work
- Personally invested professors
- Small class sizes
- Innovative, well-rounded programs
- Resources and opportunities for research
- Lively extracurricular activities
- Campus-wide events
- Service and community engagement
- Active career counseling
- Opportunity-building networks
- Access to internships and professional experiences
The Albertus Clinical Counseling Degree Program
Distinct features of the Clinical Counseling program at Albertus include:
- The program is designed to lead to eligibility as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Connecticut.
- The ability to choose between two specialty tracks — Mental Health Counseling or Addiction Counseling. The Addiction Counseling track is distinctive in that it features a complete menu of courses leading to Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) credential.
- An emphasis on evidence-based practice or empirically supported treatments, assessment, case formulation, and treatment planning.
- Integrated experiences in the final year of the program that include a supervised internship and seminars in ethical issues, case formulation, and an empirical thesis, which involves client assessment and/or treatment effectiveness research conducted at the internship site.
In the time that I’ve been at Albertus Magnus College, I have experienced nothing but acceptance and support from each of my professors, and the diverse group of classmates I now call friends. Although the curriculum is challenging, the material is rich and meaningful, and the professors have done a phenomenal job of making lectures fun and engaging.
Whitney Bailey ‘17
Meet Dr. Jennifer Dealy
Dr. Jennifer Dealy graduated from the University of Connecticut's doctoral program in Human Development and Family Studies with concentrations in Marriage and Family Therapy and Intervention, Prevention, and Wellness. She enjoys working with students as a professor, advisor, and research mentor.
"As an Assistant Professor of Psychology and a Faculty Academic Advisor, I get to spend my time focused on two of my passions - teaching and working with students to help them achieve their personal, academic, and professional goals."
Dealy’s own research thus far has focused on community and school-based interventions
with at-risk populations, therapeutic paradigms for parents and children, and high
conflict divorce. In addition to all of this, Dealy is a practicing Marriage and Family
Therapist at a group private practice.
View Dr. Dealy’s Publications
Where Will Your Clinical Counseling Degree take You?
Master’s degree programs in clinical mental health counseling and clinical addiction counseling open up a world of opportunities to build a career focused on helping individuals and local societies. After completing this degree, graduates may be employed by private or group practices, local, state, and federal governments, social service agencies, nonprofit organizations, religious and pastoral organizations, hospitals, and family planning centers.
Possible career paths with a Master of Science degree in Clinical Counseling include:
Clinical Counseling Admission Requirements
To be admitted to the Clinical Counseling program, applicants must submit the following:
- An earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university (or equivalent foreign institution)
- A cumulative GPA of 3.00 or greater
- A personal statement of 250-500 words, double spaced, detailing the applicant's motivation and self-assessed suitability for a career in counseling
- Two letters of recommendation from former professors or professional associates
- An interview with one or more program faculty members.
- At least 15 credits in psychology, including a course in statistics. (Statistics courses offered by other departments, such as mathematics, are acceptable as a substitute.)
- One of the following: A substantive writing sample (such as a term paper from an upper-level class) OR Scores on the general test of the GRE
- For non-native English speakers, proficiency in English as demonstrated by at least 3 years of successful academic work at a college or university using English as the primary language of instruction and evaluation, or by a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based), 80 (internet-based), or 213 (computer-based)