Applied Psychology and Human Services

“Lyndon has an amazing array of faculty members who have incredible experiences. You get to develop a great relationship with them, and they really plug you into their connections to get you where you want to go.”

Renee (Kelly) Swain '09, executive director, Umbrella

Students who study Applied Psychology and Human Services are motivated, caring people. They’re ready to engage in the challenging coursework and real-world experiences our program provides to help them become competent professionals and leaders. Since our faculty includes psychologists and clinical social workers who have expertise in a variety of fields such as clinical psychology, child and adolescent development, community mental health, and social work, our students receive a strong interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning.

The Applied Psychology and Human Services degree is NEBHE eligible (tuition discount) in Connecticut and New Hampshire. But we go better than that with our stackable awards.

 

4+1 Master’s Degree: Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Lyndon’s Applied Psychology and Human Services degree now has an option for a 4+1 master’s in counseling. That means a bachelor’s and a master’s in 5 years!

 

2-year Master’s Degree: Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Lyndon’s program will prepare you to meet the educational requirements for licensure as a clinical mental health counselor in Vermont.

 

Applied Psychology and Human Services, B.S.

Students are given a strong foundation in theory and are well versed in psychological and social explanations of human behavior. Two practicum experiences provide opportunities to apply skills in a wide variety of professional settings. A student leaves this program with the knowledge and training needed to succeed in many different jobs or graduate schools.

Lyndon’s Psychology Department differs from other programs by offering a four-year degree that combines Applied Psychology and Human Services. In their junior and senior years, students select courses to fulfill one of five “tracks” depending on their interests and post-graduate aspirations.

Required Courses

Core Classes (42 Credits)

Core plus 12 elective credits are required for the program (see below for Focus Options):

OR PSY-3090 Lifespan Across Cultures, OR PSY-3110 Adulthood and Aging, OR PSY-3260 Adolescent Development
Advised Term 2nd or 3rd Year

Six credits, taken in the same semester, are required for graduation.
Advised Term 4th Year
OR

Tracks for Applied Psychology and Human Services Majors (12 Credits)

All Applied Psychology and Human Service majors are required to complete four upper-level courses (12 credits) as well as the core courses required for the major. Students must choose one of the following tracks. The upper-level elective(s) for each track should be selected from 3000/4000 level Psychology courses.

General Psychology
MAT 2021 Introduction to Statistics
PSY 4010 Biopsychology
PSY 4020 Psychological Testing or PSY 3040 Theories of Personality
One additional upper-level PSY elective (3 credits)

Child/Adolescent Development
PSY 3050 Child Development OR PSY 3260 Adolescent Development
PSY 4150 Understanding/Working with At-Risk Families
PSY 4170 Developmental Psychopathology
One additional upper-level PSY elective (3 credits)

Elder Populations
PSY 3110 Aging and Older Adulthood
PSY 3210 Perspectives on Death and Dying
PSY 4150 Understanding & Working with At-Risk Families
One additional upper-level PSY elective (3 credits)

Generalist
Select four upper-level PSY electives. Students should work with their advisor to select courses consistent with individual career goals.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.S. (4+1)

Earn your bachelor’s or master’s with Lyndon’s unique 4+1 program. You’ll have a bachelor’s and a master’s in five years.

This accelerated program provides students with a variety of challenging courses with graduate courses focused to prepare you to be a mental health counselor. You’ll complete 380 hours of direct field work experience during your undergraduate years. As a graduate student, you’ll complete 700 hours of direct field work preparing you to begin your career.

Required Courses

Year One - Core Courses

YEAR ONE

Human Growth and Development – 3 credits

Introduction to Psychology – 3 credits

Human Interaction – 3 credits

First Year Seminar: UP With Freshmen1 – 3 credits

1 Only Required for (4+1) masters track.

Year Two - Core Courses

YEAR TWO

Introduction to Human Services – 3 credits

Introduction to Research Methods – 3 credits

Field Work 3 Field Work Seminar – 3 credits

Year Three - Core Courses

YEAR THREE

Abnormal Psychology – 3 credits

Macro Perspectives – 3 credits

Counseling Theory & Practice2 – 3 credits

(Summer) Internship1 – 6 credits

Choose one of the following:

       Child Development – 3 credits

       Aging and Older Adulthood – 3 credits

       Adolescent Development – 3 credits

       Lifespan Across Cultures2 – 3 credits

Apply to graduate program in spring semester 1

1 Only Required for (4+1) masters track.

2 Only an option for B.S. Psychology and Human Services Students, not (4+1) Masters.

Year Four - Core Courses

YEAR FOUR

Counseling Theory and Practice – 3 credits

Senior Seminar – 3 credits

Psychological Testing – 3 credits

Counseling in Groups – 3 credits

Lifespan Across Cultures – 3 credits

Integration of graduate work

       Multicultural Studies – 3 credits

       Practicum – 3 credits

       Legal and Ethical Issues – 3 credits

       Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment – 3 credits

       Laboratory Experience I: Counseling Skills – 3 credits

       Summer semester: (3 credits; optional elective course)

Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology and Human Services with 120 credits must be completed by end of spring semester

Masters Courses (Year Five)

YEAR FIVE

Counseling Internship (fall) – 4.5 credits

Counseling and Addictive Behaviors – 3 credits

Laboratory Experience II: Treatment Modalities – 3 credits

Research Methods – 3 credits

5000-level elective (3 credits; optional timing can be taken previous summer or spring)

Counseling Internship (spring) – 4.5 credits

Therapeutic Psychopharmacology for Counselors – 3 credits

Family and Couples Counseling – 3 credits

Career Counseling – 3 credits

Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.S. (2-year)

Develop the skills and training you need to become a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor.

With Lyndon State’s master’s program, rigorous coursework and 700 hours in practicums and internships will prepare you for the challenges of work as a clinical mental health counselor. All practicum and internship hours will be completed working directly with professionals who are licensed supervisors.

Graduates will be prepared to work with individuals, families, and groups in settings such as hospitals, schools, community mental health agencies, social service organizations, private practice, and more.

Master's Courses

First Year – 30 Credits

FALL – 15 CREDITS

Counseling Theory & Practice – 3 credits

Psychological Testing – 3 credits

Counseling in Groups – 3 credits

Multicultural Studies – 3 credits

Elective – 3 credits

SPRING – 15 CREDITS

Lifespan Across Cultures – 3 credits

Practicum (100 hours) – 3 credits

Legal and Ethical Issues – 3 credits

Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment – 3 credits

Laboratory Experience I: Counseling Skills – 3 credits

Second Year – 30 Credits

FALL – 16.5 CREDITS

Counseling Internship (300 hours) – 4.5 credits

Counseling and Addictive Behaviors – 3 credits

Laboratory Experience II: Treatment Modalities – 3 credits

Research Methods – 3 credits

Elective (either summer or spring) – 3 credits

SPRING – 13.5 CREDITS

Counseling Internship (300 hours) – 4.5 credits

Therapeutic Psychopharmacology for Counselors – 3 credits

Family and Couples Counseling – 3 credits

Career Counseling – 3 credits

Human Services, A.S.