MASTERS OF ARTS IN COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY
The need for adequately prepared personnel at the post graduate level to provide counselling services in society
cannot be over-emphasized. This is because the contemporary society is awash with deviant behaviours such as alcoholism,
drug abuse, rape, arson, truancy, homosexuality, delinquency and premarital sex. Modernization and urbanization have
separated many clients from their traditional support system, the traditional support system. The traditional support system,
can no longer effectively deal with these deviant behaviours.
Counselling is one of the psychological methods which can be to handle such problems. There is an urgent need to
train counsellors to assist clients with complex social and psychological problems. Student counsellors will be provided
with an opportunity for practical experience with a variety of cases or problems through micro-counselling sessions and the
The aim of this course is to produce functional counselors who have both theoretical and practical skills in counseling.
These skills will enable them to counsel clients and guide them to cope with personal and social demands in their lives.
The course also purposes to prepare the graduates for research on topical issues in counseling psychology.
The programme is designed to produce counselors who are thoroughly grounded in the theory and practice of counseling.
The specific objectives of the programme will be to train counselors who will:
1. To prepare the candidates to acquire and demonstrate ability to apply their knowledge and skills of counseling
theories in client management.
2. Develop and apply effective communication skills and inter-personal relationships
3. Provide counseling services in different kinds of institutions
4. Participate in the training of counselors in institutions of learning
5. Make use of consul tation and referral skills in counseling
6. Make counseling policies in governmental and nongovernmental organizations
7. Use various skills and techniques to conduct research on topics in counseling.
8. Explain the philosophical dimensions of counseling, the rationale and role of ethics in counseling and be able to work within an approved code of conduct, including,the Kenya Counseling Association, (KCA); International Counselor Association, (ICA); International Guidance and Counselors Association, (IGCA), British Association for Counselors, (BAC); American Psychological
Association (APA); since some may want to practice abroad.
The admission requirements for this programme shall be:
An upper second class Hons degree in counseling psychology, psychology, guidance and counseling or any other relevant degree
Those with lower second class Hons will in addition be required to have two years’ experience in a relevant field or the lower second class Hons degree plus a post graduate diploma in counseling or psychology.
The duration of the course shall be two years or a total of four semesters.
The Master of Science (Counseling Psychology) programme shall be by course work, examination, practicum and thesis.
The candidates registered for this programme shall be required to take ALL the degree required courses, two specialization
courses per semester plus a minimum of ONE elective every semester in a different area of specialization.
|SAS 810||General Research Methods||3 Required|
|SPC 810||Communication Skills and self-awareness||2 ”|
|SPC 811||Theories of Counseling||3 ”|
|SPC 812||Principles of Guidance||3 ”|
|SPC 813||Psychometrics||3 ”|
|SPC 814||Psychological Statistics and ICT Required|
|Specialization courses for Rehabilitation Counseling Option|
|SPC 815||Rehabilitation Psychology||3 Core|
|SPC 816||Counseling Delinquents||3”|
|Specialization courses for Community Counseling Option|
|SPC 817||HIV/AIDS Counseling||3 Core|
|SPC 818||Substance Abuse and Prevention||3”|
|Specialization courses for Health Counseling Option|
|SPC 819||Counseling Special Populations||3Core|
|SPC 830||Family and Marital Counseling||3”|
|One elective can be taken from among the following courses but outside one’s specialization|
|SPC 815||Rehabilitation Psychology||3 Elective|
|SPC 816||Counseling Delinquents||3 ”|
|SPC 817||HIV/AIDS Counseling||3 ”|
|SPC 818||Substance Abuse and Prevention||3 Elective|
|SPC 819||Counseling Special Populations||3 ”|
|SPC 830||Family and Marital Counseling||3 ”|
|Total units for semester I||26|