Department of Counseling

Pawley Hall, Room 450J
456 Pioneer Dr.
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-2018

Adult Career Counseling Center

Pawley Hall, Room 280A
(248) 370-3092

SEHS Counseling Center

Pawley Hall, Room 250A
(248) 370-2633

Advanced Specializations in Counseling

Specializations in Counseling

The Department of Counseling offers seven advanced specializations for current students who desire to specialize at the master’s level and for post-master’s students who wish to enhance their skills.
Student Affairs

The student affairs administration specialization is designed for counseling students or professionals who wish to receive specialized training related to higher education professional settings, including college counseling, higher education administration and advising. The specialization represents a collaborative effort between the Department of Counseling and the Department of Organizational Leadership.

Coordinator: Lisa D. Hawley –

Application Deadline: June 15 – You must apply through Graduate Studies and also submit a counseling application.

Course Descriptions

  • EL 6683 – Introduction to Student Services Administration in Higher Education (4): The purpose of this course is to provide students with an introduction to the major theories, practices and issues relevant to the administration of student services in a college or university setting. Students will examine administrative processes and functions from a variety of perspectives through readings, writings and discussion.
  • CNS 6085 – Counseling and Advising the College Student: Admissions, Advising, Retention and Career Planning (4): The purpose of this course is to understand advising and counseling services for college students. Specifically, admissions, retention, academic advising and college counseling will be discussed. Models of advising and counseling for academic achievement will be described for students in the college setting.
  • CNS 6095 – College Student Development and the Campus Setting (4): This course discusses student demographics and characteristics, assessment of student development and campus environments. Campus interventions for both individuals and groups will also be discussed. Student development theories, higher education trends and campus cultures will be addressed.
Child and Adolescent
The child and adolescent specialization will provide advanced practice skills and a conceptual framework for those interested in counseling work with children, adolescents and parents. It is open to current master’s students who meet eligibility requirements, doctoral students, mental health practitioners and school counselors.

This specialization provides training in several practice areas, including: 
  • Individual counseling with children and adolescents, including play therapy
  • Work with parents
  • Joint treatment of parent and child
  • Child and adolescent assessment
  • Family therapy
  • Group approaches
  • Prevention
  • School consultation

Coordinator: James Hansen –

Application Deadline: July 15 – You must apply through Graduate Studies and also submit a counseling application.

Course Descriptions
  • CNS 7030 – Counseling in Infancy and Early Childhood (4): This course examines specialized assessment, prevention and intervention approaches to the developmental challenges appearing from the prenatal period through age 7. The family is treated as the primary system for intervention, with additional emphases on play therapy, infant mental health, group experiences, school and community approaches.
  • CNS 7035 – Counseling the Older Child and Adolescent (4): This course focuses on assessment, prevention and intervention for the emotional, behavioral and academic concerns typically seen from age 7 through adolescence, including depression, loss and trauma, ADHD, and externalizing and acting out issues. A variety of approaches are taught, including specialized strategies for child therapy, adolescent therapy, parent counseling and intervention with families and schools.
  • CNS 7931 – Advanced Internship: Child/Adolescent Counseling (4): A field experience supervised by a qualified child/adolescent counselor. Placement is at a site conducive to enhancing child/adolescent counseling skills. University supervisors conduct related seminars.
Mental Health

The Mental Health Specialization provides students with specialized training in mental health beyond the generalist M.A. degree. Students receive training in the practice of depth-oriented counseling and psychological testing. Students also receive supervised field experience at clinical sites in the community. The Mental Health Specialization provides intellectually stimulating and informative educational experiences, which serve as excellent preparation for working in the mental health arena. 

Find additional information on the Mental Health Specialization site.

Coordinator: James Hansen –

Application Deadline: February 15 – You must apply through Graduate Studies and also submit a counseling application.

Course Descriptions
  • CNS 7055 – Intelligence and Personality Assessment (4): This course will cover the assessment of intellectual functioning and objective and projective personality assessment. The course will provide for supervised experiences in test administration, integration of test findings and psychological report writing.
  • CNS 7060 – Psychopathology (4): This course is designed to familiarize students with the etiology, treatment and systems of classification of psychopathological states from a depth-oriented psychological perspective. Topics include philosophical controversies in psychopathology, classification of various mental health conditions, etiological theories of psychopathology and treatment issues.
  • CNS 686 – Fieldwork in Mental Health Counseling (4): In this course, students gain clinical experience under the supervision of a qualified mental health professional at a field placement site. Placement is at a site conducive to enhancing mental health counseling skills. Regular class meetings are held to discuss readings and issues related to mental health counseling practices.

The addictions counseling specialization is designed to provide students with coursework (240 clock hours; including the prerequisite CNS 6600, or 180 clock hours without CNS 6600) and a portion of clinical experiences required for certification as a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC) by the Michigan Certification Board for Addictions Professionals.

Additionally, the specialization meets the required 12 semester hours of graduate coursework in the area of addictions and a portion of clinical experience to qualify for The Master Addictions Counselor (MAC) Credential by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). This training opportunity is open to professionals who possess at least a master’s degree.

Coordinator: Michael P. Chaney –

Application Deadline: July 15 – You must apply through Graduate Studies and also submit a counseling application. 

Prerequisite (course can count as your M.A. degree elective): CNS 6600 – Addictions in Counseling (4): Covers information about drugs and alcohol, including history, categories, definitions, misuse, abuse, attitudes and reasons for use. Studies the modes of prevention and treatment programs for substance abuse. Dynamics of addictive behaviors are explored including abuse of substances and process addictions. Special attention is given to physiological factors, personal traits, family dynamics, and implications for schools, communities and businesses. 

Course Descriptions
  • CNS 7010 – Conceptual Models of Addiction (4): A study of research findings and theories that attempt to explain biological, social and psychological influences on addiction; patterns and impact of pre-addictive and addictive behavior; and recovery from addiction.
  • CNS 7015 – Counseling the Chemically Dependent (4): An in-depth examination of traditional and innovative approaches to assessing, preventing, treating and evaluating program outcomes for addictive behavior problems.
  • CNS 7940 – Fieldwork in Addiction Counseling (4): A field experience in a licensed substance abuse facility, supervised by a qualified specialist. Participants will meet in a seminar to integrate theory and experience.