2013-14 Catalogs

BA in Social and Behavioral Sciences - Counseling Concentration

A concentration is a way of organizing the six required SBS electives.  The Counseling concentration provides students with an introduction to theory, topics, and skill areas relevant to professional applications in counseling. Organizing the choice of SBS electives through adoption of this concentration strengthens students’ preparation for entry into variety of positions in or related to the helping professions, as well as for the pursuit of graduate study. Students doing so should complete the necessary paperwork so that the counseling concentration appears on their transcripts.

Two foundational courses are required, plus one each from categories below. Substitutions must be approved by a faculty adviser. Any student who wants to fulfill the MHRTC (Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician - Community) certificate for the State of Maine should work closely with an advisor as early as possible. The counseling concentration is currently approved for MHRT/C provisional level B accreditation, while completing the MHRT/C subtrack within the Counseling Concentration earns full MHRT/C accreditation.

If you are interested in Social Work, use the following advising sheet to plan your carreer: Advising Sheet

Note: For the Counseling Concentration, the required Internship (SBS 447) must be in a clinical-type setting.

In addition to the requirements listed in the BA, the following requirements apply to the Counseling Concentration:

Foundational courses for everyone pursuing this concentration:

SBS 311 Theories of Personality
SBS 411 Counseling and Psychotherapy

Four additional electives for concentration – Choose one course from each of the following four groups of courses. Any substitutions must be approved by faculty advisor:

Psychosocial Disorders and Services:
SBS 303 Abnormal Psychology
SBS 346 Introduction to Social Services
SBS 348 Responding to Mental Health Crisis in the Community
SBS 350 Psychosocial Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence

Diversity and Multiculturalism:
SBS 315 The Social Psychology of Disabilities
SBS 316 Diversity in the Workplace
SBS 345 Diversity: Many Voices
SBS 360 Culture, Behavior, and Personality
SBS 470 Study Abroad

Developmental Contexts:
SBS 305 Child Development
SBS 306 Adolescence
SBS 307 Midlife and Development
SBS 341 The Family

Applied Topics:
SBS 304 Food, Culture, and Eating
SBS 308 Health, Illness, and Culture
SBS 342 Gerontology
SBS 343 Substance Abuse
SBS 344 Violence: Causes and Control
SBS 349 Trauma: Social, Psychological and Cultural Dimensions
SBS 450 Approaches to Assessing Individual Differences in Children