The Master of Arts degree in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy includes six Areas of Emphasis:
Alfred Adler's individual psychology serves as the basis for this program that prepares students for careers in mental health, human services, and non-profit leadership that require an advanced degree in mental health without licensing. Students learn the foundational areas of psychotherapy and counseling and participate in research activities and experiential exercises designed to deepen their master of Adler's Individual Psychology.
Art-making in therapy is healing and life enhancing. Our unique Art Therapy program integrates Adlerian theory and technique into the creative and expressive realm of art therapy. Students maintain their artistic integrity while receiving specialized training in art therapy theory and practice through integrative and experiential courses. Students choose a focus on Marriage and Family Therapy or Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling*
Experienced faculty. Theoretical framework. Field experience. Our comprehensive competency-based curriculum and hands-on training prepares AGS graduates to work with a variety of clients. Students learn prevention, intervention, and clinical skills essential for effective and ethical clinical counseling practice.
Progressive approach to working simultaneously with both mental health and substance use disorders; helping the client and therapist work toward a more holistic, integrated, and positive outcome. The core program focuses on learning skills, evidence-based and emerging practices, and developing attitudes and competencies for working with clients, families and communities impacted by substance use and mental health disorders.
Marriage and Family Therapy*
Community embedded, practitioner focused, Adlerian informed model. We prepare students to provide ethical, culturally informed, relationally based mental health services to a diverse range of clients in a variety of mental health settings. Our graduates are known as professional, ethically sound psychotherapists and can work serving families, children and adolescents, couples, and individuals.
K-12 school counseling. Adlerian focus. The School Counseling program guides its students toward gaining knowledge and skills needed to provide competent counseling in K-12 school settings. With a focus on school systems, culture, evidence-based practices, ethics, developmental psychology, and counseling for diverse and exceptional children, our program prepares graduates for school counselor licensure in any state.