The 60-credit Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program and the 60-credit Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling Program are designed in accordance with national counselor certification and state licensure standards and provide students with academic training necessary to become professional counselors. The 51 credit School Counseling Program additionally prepares students to be certified as elementary and/or secondary school counselors by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). (This school counseling curriculum recently was expanded to address PDE-required competencies in special education and English language learning.)
All students receive exposure to core knowledge of the profession, which includes developmental theory, career development, assessment, research, ethics, multicultural awareness, counseling theory, and group work as well as training in the skills of helping. All students are required to participate in a 10-hour group laboratory designed to train group facilitators. Each student receives intense individual and group clinical supervision during practicum and 600-hour internship. Recent graduates of the programs have found employment in a variety of work settings including schools, clinics, church counseling centers, and public and private agencies.
All three MA in Counseling Programs (Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling, and School Counseling) are offered in their entirety at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA. Enrollment permitting, all classes required for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program also are offered at the Regional Learning Alliance Center in Cranberry Township which is a short 30 minute drive from the Geneva College campus. Most class requirements for the School Counseling Program and the Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling Program also can be scheduled at the Regional Learning Alliance Center in Cranberry Township.
All three programs offered in the MA in Counseling Program at Geneva are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accredited. The accreditation runs through 2016. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is currently accredited under the 2001 standards for Mental Health Counseling programs as a Mental Health Counseling program. The revised CACREP 2009 standards combine the Community Counseling and Mental Health Counseling standards into standards for Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs. The counseling program intends to seek accreditation for this program as a Clinical Mental Health Counseling program when it comes up for reaccreditation, per CACREP guidelines.