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Build a foundation of psychology skills while choosing from three leading areas to prepare you for future studies in the field of counseling.
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Capella’s online bachelor’s in psychology, pre-counseling curriculum focuses on psychological concepts, theories, empirical findings, and current trends. It also provides master’s-level courses that can prepare you for graduate work in counseling.
Introduction to Counseling and Psychotherapy
This course introduces learners to a variety of mental health disciplines and settings, and presents an overview of the diverse populations with which the disciplines work. Learners build a working knowledge of the communication and psychotherapy skills used in current professional mental health practices, such as addictions counseling, marriage and family therapy, individual counseling, and college counseling. Learners also apply knowledge of psychotherapeutic methods and research findings to problems in living. Prerequisite(s): PSYC1000.
|3 quarter credits|
Introduction to Psychology of Personality
In this introductory course, learners gain and demonstrate knowledge of theories of personality psychology. Learners apply these theories to human traits, behaviors, and emotional issues within the field of psychology. Prerequisite(s): PSYC1000.
|3 quarter credits|
The focus of this course is abnormal behavior, which learners investigate using the framework of mental pathology. Learners evaluate scientific, empirically based analyses of mental disorders and deviant behavior. Learners also examine the range of psychological disorders and assess the disorders’ biological, psychological, and social consequences. In addition, learners demonstrate their knowledge of abnormal psychology treatment methods. Prerequisite(s): PSYC1000.
|6 quarter credits|
Survey of Research in Human Development for Professional Counselors
Learners in this course examine theories of lifespan development and behavior from a counseling perspective. Learners describe effective approaches in counseling, evaluate its historical and philosophical relevance to current practice, and apply theories and practices to advocate for diverse clientele. Must be taken during the first quarter by learners who have been admitted to the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and MS in School Counseling degree programs and the Contemporary Theory in Addictive Behavior, Contemporary Theory in Mental Health Services, and Contemporary Theory in School-Based Services graduate certificate programs. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.
|4 quarter credits|
Counseling and Advocacy with Diverse Populations
This course introduces theory, research, and models that inform ethical and culturally competent counseling, as well as social justice advocacy, in a variety of settings. Learners assess how biopsychosocial characteristics and concerns of diverse populations impact access to and utilization of community-based resources, optimal development across the lifespan, and equity. Learners also present strategies to address the influence that their own heritage, attitudes, beliefs, and acculturative experiences has on the counseling process. In addition, learners identify effective counseling and advocacy strategies with diverse individuals, couples, families, and groups, and explore the role of the counselor and advocate in promoting social justice at multiple levels.
|4 quarter credits|
Develop your skills in counseling with one of these pathways.
Discover the knowledge needed to differentiate roles and practices in counseling, and apply theory and skills to behavioral health topics for diverse populations.
Explore foundational psychotherapeutic theories and evidence-based practice for culturally diverse populations.
Learn to assess cases and design ethically sound interventions for culturally diverse populations of children and adolescents in school settings.
By learning to apply psychological theory and concepts to individual, organizational, and social issues, our BS in Psychology, Pre-Counseling can help you build skills as a psychology professional.
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An overview of the similarities, differences, and collaborative opportunities among counseling, clinical psychology, and social work.
A BS in Psychology can help prepare graduates for jobs in business, nonprofits, government, and more.
Capella offers BS in Psychology students a unique opportunity to develop creativity and analytical skills through research projects.
Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our online bachelor's in psychology pre-counseling degree.
*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.
While the psychology field offers a variety of career paths and focus areas, here are some of the more common paths:
Demonstrate your expertise in staffing an organization, recruiting and training effective employees, maintaining a fair and equitable compensation system, and establishing human resource policies and procedures.
Prepare for a human resources manager role in hospitals or in other health care facilities.
Construct meaningful educational plans and encourage students to stay on track as they progress toward earning their degree.
Prepare for an academic advisor role in land-based or online colleges and universities.
Help identify patient needs by assisting in patient assessment, monitoring and documenting care, and coordinating mental health services.
Prepare for a mental health technician role in hospitals, nursing care facilities, or other health care organizations.
Multiple factors, including prior experience, geography, and degree field, affect career outcomes, and Capella does not guarantee a job, promotion, salary increase, or other career growth.
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