The MSCP program is a 60-hour program designed to meet the academic licensure requirements for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Oklahoma. For students interested in research, this track is an ideal concentration and is the best preparation for those interested in pursuing doctoral work in the future. This track also allows students the option of taking the adult or child therapy concentrations. Further, students who complete the child therapy sequence will meet the academic requirements to become a Registered Play Therapist with the Association for Play Therapy in Oklahoma.
The curriculum is divided into 17 modules containing theoretical and applied psychotherapy courses, 450 hours of internship, and a thesis. Courses are completed over five non-traditional, accelerated semesters in approximately 2 years. MSCP-track students complete most of the program with their MAMFT/MACP counterparts, but will diverge in Module 14 to complete Research Methods 2. MSCP-track students will rejoin their MAMFT counterparts for Modules 15-17 and will add a thesis to their coursework.
The courses (modules) are completed sequentially to allow focused study on one subject area at a time. Class meetings occur one night per week for a four-hour session for the first year of the program. In year two, classes will occur over intensive weekend courses that meet Friday evenings for four hours and all day Saturday for eight hours. Extensive directed study occurs outside the classroom in preparation for participative learning experiences during class time.
In addition to the courses, MSCP students will complete a master's thesis and 450 hours of Internship. Work on all three components of the program (modules, thesis, and internship) occurs simultaneously. Work on the thesis begins in the Research Methods module; work on the internship starts at the end of the first semester.
Another vital component of counselor preparation is supervised experience in counseling situations. This process is initiated briefly in the first module, but is developed more fully during the internship placement. Internships begin at the end of the first semester and are completed by the end of the fifth and final semester. The internship occurs in approved clinical settings. Throughout the program, students are encouraged to apply the training from the psychotherapy courses.
The clinical capstone of the program occurs in the Multicultural Treatment Planning course. Students integrate assessment, diagnostic, and treatment process into a clinical demonstration of their abilities to conceptualize the dynamics of their clients and to articulate comprehensive treatment plans.
All graduate degree programs at SNU require an exit evaluation. In the MSCP program, the exit evaluation occurs through an oral defense of the master's thesis and a Clinical Competency Interview (CCI). The CCI is a way of demonstrating clinical competency of the student and synthesizing the various clinical components of the program. The CCI is intended to evaluate students' competence in assessing, diagnosing, and treating clients.