(PRWEB) January 05, 2012
Understanding the nuances of human motivation, personality, cognitions, emotions and behaviors can be key to becoming an effective mental health counselor. The new online pre-professional counseling degree program at Southern New Hampshire University provides students with this special insight and is a beneficial first step toward a counseling career.
The BA Psychology degree program with a concentration in Mental Health deepens students’ understanding of human behavior through a combination of course work and experiential learning opportunities. As students work on their pre-professional counseling degree, offered entirely online, internships at community-based service organizations allow them to apply the theories they have learned. Beginning in their first year, students are encouraged to broaden their understanding of psychology through experiential work.
“Courses are designed to bridge the gap between theory and intervention associated with community mental health,” says Dr. Peter Frost, professor and chair of the Department of Psychology and past president of the New England Psychological Association. “Students learn principles about therapy and assessment and then apply their knowledge through field experiences.”
SNHU is one of the few online universities that offer a pre-professional counseling degree specialization for students interested in clinical psychology or counseling. The program enhances students’ knowledge and understanding of applications in psychology and helps them develop strong communication skills, critical thinking skills and a scientific way of thinking.
The on-campus and online counseling degree programs are designed to prepare students for a range of careers that involve interpersonal relations and human resource management. Applications of psychological science can be particularly valuable in the fields of rehabilitation, therapy, law enforcement, education and healthcare.
The pre-professional counseling degree program also prepares students for graduate studies. Those who plan to earn an advanced degree receive practical, pre-professional experience needed to apply to graduate programs.
Many SNHU psychology program alumni have attended master’s or doctoral programs in psychology, Frost said. Most graduates who decide to enter the workforce upon receiving their pre-professional counseling degree in Psychology/Mental Health have found jobs in mental health clinics, social service agencies and human resources.
Visit Southern New Hampshire University’s website to learn more about the online BA in Psychology/Mental Health degree program.