Counseling Psychology M.A. with Co-Occurring Disorders Concentration

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The Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) has received final approval from the Minnesota’s Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (BBHT - to offer coursework related to Addiction, Substance Use, and Co-Occurring Disorders as part of its Co-Occurring Disorders Concentration (CODCO). Students starting the MA Program in the GSPP in Fall, 2017 now have the option to enroll in a practicum and register for courses which, along with the required courses in the MA Program, meet the educational requirements to become a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) in Minnesota.

Special Features of the Counseling Psychology M.A. - Co-Occurring Disorders Concentration 

  • This significant development gives MA students in the GSPP another and different path toward meeting the educational requirements for MA-level licensure in the state of Minnesota as it meets the educational requirements for joint licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor [LPC] or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor [LPCC] AND Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor [LADC] 
  • The passage of recent state and federal initiatives suggest that MA graduates with dual licensure (e.g., LPCC and LADC) will have many employment options
  • Faculty members have extensive experience in addiction, substance use, and co-occurring disorders therapy, giving students the benefit of current practical knowledge
  • Students are given many opportunities to grow personally and professionally, whereby they gain insight into and integrate their own personal characteristics and theoretical “leanings”
  • Courses are scheduled in the late afternoon, evening and on weekends
*While the course work in the M.A. Counseling Psychology program is consistent with material tested on state and national licensing exams, applicants are strongly encouraged to research the field and be aware of licensing requirements and employment options.

What you can earn

Master of Arts (M.A.) with Co-Occurring Disorders Concentration

Where you will learn

Our Minneapolis campus


When to apply

Application Deadlines

Spring: October 15
Fall: February 5

 M.A. with Family Psychology Concentration

MA: 63 total credits (15 plus 48 from the Counseling Psychology M.A.)


CPSY 600   Psychological Statistics

CPSY 602   Learning & Behaviors Change in Counseling Psychology

CPSY 603   Introduction to Group Psychotherapy

CPSY 604   Psychological Assessment I

CPSY 605   Theories of Career Development

CPSY 606   Basic Counseling Skills Lab

CPSY 607   Ethics and Professional Issues

CPSY 608   Counseling Practicum I

CPSY 609   Counseling Practicum II

CPSY 610   Counseling Practicum III

CPSY 611   Theories of Counseling and Personality

CPSY 612   Human Growth and Development

CPSY 620  Foundations of Substance Use and Addictions

CPSY 621  Neurobiology of Substance Use and Addictions

CPSY 622  Assessment & Differential Diagnosis of Co-Occurring Disorders

CPSY 623  Fundamentals of Addiction Treatment Planning & Case Managment

CPSY 624  Co-Occurring Disorders & Evidence-Based Treatment Approaches

CPSY 631   Physiological Bases of Behavior

CPSY 632   Psychopathology

CPSY 650   Introduction to Marriage & Family Psychology

CPSY 680   Diversity Issues in Counseling

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1 | Meet the basic requirements:

  • Prospective students must have completed an undergraduate degree from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting agency.
  • An undergraduate degree in psychology is not required.

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
  • Official copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts.  Submit transcripts to:  Graduate Admissions, University of St. Thomas, TMH 201 Box 5, 1000 LaSalle, Minneapolis, MN  55403.
  • Two letters of recommendation, addressing the candidate's suitability for the program.
  • Graduate Record Exam (school code: R6110) score (within the last 5 years)
  • Statement of Purpose - three pages (double spaced); see application for specific criteria
  • Resume/CV

4 |  Complete interview with faculty upon selection as finalist

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.