Earn your degree. Graduate with professional skills.
Benefit from rigorous coursework and training in a wide variety of counseling modalities while exploring and developing your unique interests. Life-friendly scheduling and fewer pre-requisites make APU’s Master of Science in Counseling Psychology (MSCP) an ideal choice for busy, working adults. Gain the practical experience, the professional network and the education you need to apply for the Licensed Professional Counselor credential in Alaska.
APU’s Master of Science in Counseling Psychology is a wellness and skills-based degree program grounded in a strength based approach to psychology. Whether you’re already a practitioner in a mental health field seeking career advancement, a professional outside the field wanting to change careers, or a recent graduate of a bachelor’s program in psychology or a related field, close mentoring by experienced program faculty and a close knit cohort for your learning community provide the support you need throughout your program to pursue your individual interests and achieve your personal goals. Because MSCP students practice counseling skills from the start, complete year-long internships and graduate with a professional network, they experience fast job placement in Alaska across a range of careers in behavioral and mental health.
Social and Cultural Foundations of Psychology
explores a broad range of topics relevant to the mental health practitioner. Of particular importance are cross-cultural counseling, drug and alcohol issues, gender issues, geriatric issues, domestic violence, and preventive models.
Advanced Abnormal Psychology
familiarizes students with current psychological perspectives on pathological behavior. The conceptual and structural models of the most current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) are emphasized.
Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment
introduces assessment and treatment of substance related disorders. The class will focus on the practical side rather than the theoretical side of substance abuse, and will cover evidence based counseling approaches, comprehensive assessments, opening strategies, treatment planning, and 12-step facilitation.
Yukon Delta Fisheries Development Association
Full-time undergraduate and graduate students from Alakanuak, Emmonak, Grayling, Kotlik, Mountain Village and Nunam Iqua, GPA of 2.5 or higher, awarded through Yukon Delta Fisheries Development Association
Saltchuk Alaska Scholarship
Full-time undergraduate or part-time graduate Alaskan residents in communities where Saltchuk operates, GPA of 3.0 or higher
James C. Parsons Memorial Scholarship
Sophomore or higher, undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in Counseling Psychology or Human Services, demonstrating need
MSCP/Jessica Miller Memorial Scholarship Fund
MSCP Graduate students that have completed at least one year of study at APU in the MSCP program
Institute & Program Area
The Institute of Health & Wellness promotes the advancement of knowledge, understanding, and reasoning in Counseling Psychology, Health Sciences, and Nursing. Honoring Alaska’s complex and distinctive histories, health care services, and systems of care, the Institute prepares students to address and engage in stewardship of our peoples and communities to promote community health and wellness for all.
Renee Georg, Associate Professor:
People are fascinating! In Counseling Psychology we study people, what they do, how they think, and how experiences impact their lives and attitudes; we study ourselves. Upon graduation, students are prepared to advance through the helping professions and to apply what they have learned about people to a wide variety of career and life goals.