Online Counseling Psychology Degree Programs

A career in counseling can help you make a difference in someone's life, especially if you are good at talking to people about what worries them. Programs are usually offered at the graduate level and cover psychology and counseling techniques. Some programs are offered largely online. Schools offering Addictions & Social Work degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Can I Earn a Counseling Psychology Degree Online?

Online programs are available in a variety of psychology- or counseling-related fields, but these programs typically require an on-campus residency or in-person practicums. Most programs are offered at the graduate level, such as a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, but you may be able to find a few undergraduate programs as well.

In order to work as a counseling psychologist, you'll need to meet state licensing requirements, which generally include the completion of an accredited program. You can check out the website of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (www.cacrep.org) to find information about accreditation.

Online Options Partially-online programs available with online coursework and in-person practicum or residency
Career Focus Counseling psychologists usually assist clients with maintaining good mental health and coping with day-to-day life challenges
Common Courses Addictive disorders, psychotherapy theories, family therapy, ethical issues of therapy, community psychology
Median Salary (2014) School, guidance, vocational and educational counselors $53,370; rehabilitation counselors: $34,380*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statisitcs

What Is the Difference Between Counseling Psychology and Clinical Psychology?

Counseling psychologists are licensed professionals that promote well-being, good mental health and increased quality of life by advising patients on how to manage problems in their daily lives. The American Psychological Institute (www.apa.org) provides information about the different kinds of jobs that someone with a psychology degree might do, including counseling psychology. You might find work in a school, hospital, rehabilitation center, private practice or business, working directly with people who need help.

A clinical psychologist is someone who treats people with psychological problems, usually in a private practice or a clinical setting. A counseling psychologist might also do that kind of work, but they tend to work more with people who are having trouble coping or adjusting to situations. The study of counseling psychology is less involved in underlying psychological problems and more concerned with problems that arise in day-to-day living.

What Classes Will I Take?

Most counseling psychology programs require core courses in general psychology. Keep in mind that if you want to be a school counselor, c for example, you need to check on the requirements for your state. Some states require that you have an education degree for this position. You can find more information about school counseling programs on the website of the National Association of School Psychologists (www.nasponline.org).

You can take many of the core courses for psychology programs online. These courses include:

  • Community psychology
  • Addictive disorders
  • Lifespan development
  • Theories of psychotherapy
  • Introduction to professional counseling
  • Family therapy
  • Ethical and legal issues of therapy

What Can I Do With a Degree in This Field?

Most jobs in this field require at least a master's degree. An undergraduate degree is generally inadequate to get you a job in counseling psychology or a related psychology field. Some positions, such as independently practicing psychologists, require a doctoral degree.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), school and career counseling jobs are expected to grow at an average rate of 8% from 2014 to 2024 (www.bls.gov). Employment of rehabilitation counselors was expected to grow 9% during this time. School, guidance, vocational and educational counselors had a median annual wage of $53,370 in 2014, and rehabilitation counselors had a median salary of $34,380 that year, also per the BLS.

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