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Counseling & student personnel psychology

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Help others grow academically and professionally

With a Masters of Arts in counseling and student personnel psychology (CSPP), you’ll be qualified to counsel others throughout the lifespan. Become a school counselor and help students develop academically, personally/socially, and in their careers. Study to be a college and student personnel counselor and work in a higher education setting. Or become a mental health professional and work in a community setting. Whatever you decide, a master's in CSPP leads to a fulfilling career that allows you to do well by doing good.

Careers

  • Licensed K-12 school counselor
  • College and student personnel counselor
  • Mental health professional in a community agency

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Coursework & related licensures

Coursework

The CSPP M.A. is a two-year, full-time program. You’ll study individual, group, and family counseling, research and evaluation, counseling theory, human growth and development, diagnostic assessment, social and cultural foundations, ethics, and career development.

Area of emphasis

Your curriculum requirements will depend on the area of emphasis you choose:

  • Community counseling
  • Higher education / student personnel
  • School counseling
Curriculum

M.A. curriculum (48-53 credits)

Practicum / internship

During your second year, you’ll spend two to three full days per week at a practicum site practicing your counseling skills under the supervision of an appropriately licensed counselor.

Related licensures

Successful completion of the CSPP M.A. program prepares you to pursue the following Minnesota licensures:

"Working with adults, I found the importance of early intervention and prevention. CSPP has a longstanding program of excellence and value-driven work, which aligns with my passions.”

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Tony MinagliaM.A. student | minag001@umn.edu

Interests: How school counselors can improve their competencies around the achievement gap; promotion of equity among all students

Practicum/internship Tony ran groups in a psychiatric rehabilitation center for adults, aided low-income, homeless individuals, worked as a support specialist in a pre-K, and ran the school-age program that developed students' social emotional learning, “solution room teacher” in an elementary school.

Faculty & staff

Carolyn Berger headshot

Carolyn Berger caberger@umn.edu

  • College and career readiness
  • Evidence-based practices
  • Counseling underserved populations
  • Ethics in counseling
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Kelli Howardhowar473@umn.edu

  • Counseling process and outcome
  • Student development
  • Mental health prevention
  • Teaching and learning
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Scott McConnell Program coordinator & clinical training director
smcconne@umn.edu | Lab

  • Development of preschool-aged children, including the role of parent-child interactions
  • Evidence-based practices in schools, counseling, and mental health settings
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Marguerite Ohrtmanmohrtman@umn.edu

    • Working with at-risk students and their families
    • Multicultural counseling education
    • Training of school counselors
    • The achievement gap
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Thomas Skovholtskovh001@umn.edu

  • Resiliency development and burnout prevention
  • Struggles of the novice practitioner, clinical supervision
  • The counseling process and helping skills
Sherri Turner headshot

Sherri Turnerturne047@umn.edu

  • Methods and factors that facilitate the career development
  • Transition to work of minorities and adolescents
  • Career and guidance program evaluation in urban and rural schools and Native American tribes
  • Counseling and assessment applications