MS in Counseling Psychology with Specialization in Children and Adolescents

APU offers multiple programs for individuals who want to help children, including the M.S. in Counseling Psychology with Specialization in Children and Adolescents and the Play Therapy Certificate.

Learn more about the Master of Science in Counseling Psychology with Specialization in Children and Adolescents program.


PSYC 532Theories of Counseling and Therapy3
PSYC 558Advanced Developmental Psychology3
PSYC 555Career Development3
PSYC 529Group Counseling3
PSYC 525Principles and Practice of Assessment and Evaluation3
PSYC 526Multicultural Counseling3
PSYC 527Diagnosis and Treatment Planning3
PSYC 551Research Methods in Counseling3
PSYC 531Ethics and Professional Issues3
PSYC 585Psychopharmacology and Psychobiology3
PSYC 528Treatment of Substance Use Disorders in Youth and Families3
PSYC 523Interventions for Trauma and Crisis3
PSYC 530Evidence-Based Practices in the Treatment of Children and Youth3
PSYC 535Therapies for Attachment and Internalizing Disorders3
PSYC 533Externalizing and Dysregulation Disorders3
PSYC 536Play Therapy: History, Theories, and Interventions3
PSYC 534Family Systems Theory and Counseling3
PSYC 524Counseling Adolescents3
PSYC 542Practicum I3
PSYC 543Practicum II3
Optional Elective
Family Therapy II: Advanced Training
Practicum Extension
Optional Play Therapy Certificate
Jungian Therapy and Sandplay
Play and Play Therapy Across the Lifespan
Gestalt Play Therapy and Interventions
Play Therapy with Special Populations
Play Therapy with Bereaved Children and Families
Total Units60


University graduate admission and program-specific requirements must be met before an application is complete (see Admission to the University). Program-specific application requirements are available online.

International students should contact Graduate and Professional Admissions for application procedures.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Demonstrate entry-level competence in the core domains of practice identified by the Board of Behavioral Sciences for licensure as an LPCC.
  2. Demonstrate core competence in child/youth development, assessment, diagnosis, treatment, psychoeducation, and prevention interventions.
  3. Analyze and synthesize disciplinary research and professional literature.
  4. Demonstrate professional-level skills in written and oral communication.
  5. Demonstrate skills in the integration of Christian faith with professional conceptualization and service delivery in counseling.