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LPC or LPCCs can complete the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy requirements while enjoying a flexible schedule and a strong network of diverse professionals.
Licensed Professional (Clinical) Counselor: LPC/LPCC

Licensees (LPC or LPCC) needing to complete graduate-level coursework (up to 12 credits) for the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (BBHT) can meet this requirement by enrolling in a wide array of courses* from the list below.  Advantages for a licensee taking one or more of these courses from the University of St. Thomas include:

  • Reduced tuition for selected 2015 Summer CLiP Courses
  • Waived application fee (use code: Clip)
  • Convenient and flexible schedule with evening and weekend classes
  • Instruction by core and adjunct faculty who practice in the field of mental health
  • Connected to a strong network of diverse students, faculty, and alumni


* Licensees desiring to enroll in courses to meet the Post-MA, graduate-level coursework requirement (12 credits) are encouraged to submit the course number and description to the BBHT for approval PRIOR to enrolling in a course.

What you can earn

  • LPC Graduate Level Coursework
  • LPCC Graduate Level Coursework

Where you'll learn

  • On-campus (Minneapolis)


When you can start

  • Rolling admissions

Questions about this program

Laurie DuPont is the Program Coordinator for the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of St. Thomas.

Laurie Dupont

Program Coordinator



Program Details

LPC/LPCC Courses

Career Assessment. Comparative theories of career choice and career development. Occupational and environmental analysis techniques. Experience in the use of occupational information and career models. Problem identification for career issues and implications for other major life issues. Prerequisite: CPSY 600 or equivalent course recommended.

Examination of stages of development and relationship between developmental stages and appropriate therapeutic intervention.  Course includes childhood, adolescence, adulthood and family development.

Classification of major drugs, drug properties and use, models of treatment, referral procedures and appropriate counseling techniques and treatment alternatives.


This course will expose the student to various models for understanding behavior disorders in childhood and adolescence, including DSM-IV diagnoses and terminology, and approaches to assessment, treatment planning, and interventions with an emphasis on review of the empirical literature pertaining to the treatment of specific psychopathological states in childhood and adolescence.

An introductory-level course in marriage and family living. The course covers, but is not limited to, the following areas: family social trends, demographic data, stages of family development, characteristics of healthy families, sibling-position models of family development and of marital patterns, and varying conceptual models of family counseling. In most settings, the instructor utilizes a combination of lecture, videotape presentations and small-group discussions.

Theory and research relating to marriage and family development, including family history, trans generational family models, and developmental

Theory and techniques of marital therapy, including dysfunctional communication patterns, pathological marriage patterns, factors in marital selection, marital stress, behavioral approaches to marital therapy, family systems approaches to marital therapy, and psychoanalytic approaches to marital therapy. Prerequisite: CPSY 650 or equivalent course

Advanced family assessment, communications and systems approaches to family problem identification. Compare and contrast various family theories in terms of problem identification. Understanding of philosophical orientation and research underlying family psychology.  Prerequisite: CPSY 650 or equivalent course

Understanding theory and research in current family systems models of intervention. Family systems approaches to problem solution utilizing these theories. Prerequisite:  CPSY 650 & 653 or equivalent courses

Counseling with cultural differences, family concepts, traditions of multicultural perspective, ethnic concerns, and approaches to therapy based on cultural differences

Topics covered include the biosocial theory of DBT, principle of dialectics, overview of DBT skills (mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, & interpersonal effectiveness), components of individual DBT therapy.  Course will be taught by combination of lecture, large/small group discussion, video, and experiential in-class experiences. This course will NOT result in formal certification in DBT therapy.  Prerequisites: CPSY 606 & 632  (or equivalent).

Prerequisite: CPSY 606 (or equivalent)

This course centers on the development and practice of the professional skills needed to provide clinical services to individuals with substance-related and other addictive disorders.   The course emphasizes assessment, individual and group therapy skills, case management, and the utilization of community resources.  Contemporary interventions, such as brief interventions, Cognitive-Behavioral therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Motivational Enhancement therapy, 12-Step Facilitation, Relapse Prevention, the Community Reinforcement (and Family Training) approach, and Harm Reduction methods are investigated.

This course is designed to help students understand the impact of trauma on individuals, recognize post-traumatic stress reactions, and understand contemporary intervention approaches available for traumatized persons.

This course will further students' understanding of human sexual development over the lifespan, problems involving sexuality that present to counselors, and contemporary  approaches to counseling clients on issues of sexuality.

This course is designed to provide an overview of the foundations of counseling and treatment for substance use disorders, including the biopsychosocial model of addiction and co-occurring disorders, the principles of motivation and change, evidence-based treatment approaches, and the continuum of integrated care.

In this course students will directly experience mindfulness practices, will examine the conceptual and theoretical underpinnings of mindfulness as it relates to counseling and will be introduced to methods and skills for integrating mindfulness into their counseling work.

Timothy W. Balke, Ph.D., is the Director of M.A. and Certificate programs in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of St. Thomas.

Timothy W. Balke, Ph.D.

Director of MA and Certificate Programs Graduate School of Professional Psychology (651) 962-4641
MOH 445J, Opus Hall

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Jean M. Birbilis, Ph.D., L.P., B.C.B.

Professor Graduate School of Professional Psychology (651) 962-4654
MOH 451D | Opus Hall

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Consuelo Cavalieri, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Graduate School of Professional Psychology (651) 962-4678
MOH 451C | Opus Hall

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Bryana H. French, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor Graduate School of Professional Psychology (651) 962-4632
MOH 541B | Opus Hall

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Kurt Gehlert, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Graduate School of Professional Psychology (651) 962-4656
MOH 445F | Opus Hall

Len Jennings, Ph.D., is a professor in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of St. Thomas.

Len Jennings, Ph.D.

Professor Graduate School of Professional Psychology (651) 962-4652
MOH 445E | Opus Hall

Nathaniel William Nelson, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of St. Thomas.

Nathaniel William Nelson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor | Clinical Psychologist Graduate School of Professional Psychology (651) 962-4671
MOH 451C | Opus Hall

Tatyana Avdeyeva, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of St. Thomas.

Tatyana Ramirez, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Graduate School of Professional Psychology (651) 962-4658
MOH 445D | Opus Hall

Salina Renninger, Ph.D., is the Director of Training of Doctoral Students for the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of St. Thomas.

Salina Renninger, Ph.D.

Director of Training: GSPP Doctoral Students Graduate School of Professional Psychology (651) 962-4983
MOH 445K | Opus Hall

Patricia Stankovitch, Psy.D., is the Director of Psychological Services for the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of St. Thomas.

Patricia Stankovitch, Psy.D.

Director of Psychological Services, Clinical Faculty Graduate School of Professional Psychology (651) 962-4816
IPC 100 |Opus Hall

Christopher Vye, Ph.D., is the Chair of the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of St. Thomas.

Christopher Vye, Ph.D.

Chair Graduate School of Professional Psychology (651) 962-4666
MOH 234 | Opus Hall


Study Abroad
The Singapore J-Term study abroad course takes an existing course (CPsy 680, Diversity Issues in Counseling) and adds an intensely experiential component by traveling, living, and learning in the highly diverse, Southeast Asian country of Singapore. This exciting course consists of joint experiential learning exercises with Singaporean MA counseling students as well as site visits that illustrate the various ways mental health needs are addressed in Singapore (Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shamans, western trained psychotherapists, etc.). The opportunity to plunge into a cultural setting that is highly diverse with multiple languages (Mandarin, Malay, Tamil, and English), multiple religions (Islam, Taoism, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism), and multiple ethnicities (Chinese, Malay, Indian, ex-pat) makes for an unbelievable backdrop for a course on diversity.

The Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services

The Interprofessional Center offers psychological services to a diverse population of clients with mental health issues, while providing both practicum experiences and a pre-doctoral internship for graduate professional psychology students.  At the IPC, students strive to meet the needs of underserved people while gaining valuable real-world experience.  Our clients are low-income, uninsured or underinsured, individuals who often are unable to obtain psychological services if it were not for clinics like the IPC.  Services provided to clients (all free of charge) can include: individual counseling, group counseling, couples/family counseling, DBT (both skills group and therapy), psychological testing and/or psycho-education.  In addition, students may have the opportunity to periodically work on cases which are shared between Psychological Services and Social Work, Psychological Services and Law, or among all three of the disciplines at the IPC. 


Graduate Student Organization

The University of St. Thomas, Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) Graduate Student Organization (GSO) is student-led organization founded with the purpose of enhancing the experiences and development of graduate psychology students within the University of St. Thomas. The GSPP GSO unites Masters and Doctoral-level graduate psychology students in the University of St. Thomas GSPP, for the purpose of professional and personal student development, the betterment of the department, and in their contributions to the field and community. The GSO strives to enhance the experiences and development of graduate psychology students within the University of St. Thomas through: representing and unifying GSPP graduate students at all levels, advancing their professional and personal interests, providing a forum for student discussion of psychology-relevant topics, and promoting graduate student participation in university and community affairs.


The Value of a St. Thomas Degree

Calculating the cost of your degree can be challenging, as every institution approaches it a bit differently. At St. Thomas, we list our tuition cost as cost per credit:

  • Each course can be 1-3 semester credits, but the standard course is 3 credits.  
  • A typical student in our graduate programs take 3-9 credits per term.
  • To view the total number of credits per program you can view the courses tab above.

It may be possible for you to receive some type of financial assistance. To learn more, please visit our Graduate Financial Aid page.

We offer our students much more than just a degree. We offer the chance to be a part of a personal and professional network like no other, which means your graduate education will enrich your life and career long into the future.


Counseling Psychology (M.A) & (PsyD)

On-campus Tuition (per credit) $790/$995
Books and materials
(estimate per course)
One-time application fee $50

1 | Meet the basic requirements:

  • Prospective students must have completed a M.A. in Counseling Psychology or related field from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting agency.

2 |  Meet the supplementary requirements:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) required for any candidate whose primary language is not English.

3 |  Submit the following application materials:

  • Completed application form
  • No application fee is required. Use waiver code: CLIP
  • Official degree awarded undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unless degrees were issued by the University of St. Thomas)


Application Deadlines:

  • Rolling Admissions

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