Alabama Counseling Psychology Degrees
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Counseling Psychologist Education Programs in Alabama

Mental health is a significant factor in an individual's quality of life, which is why the demand for counselors has increased so much in recent years. If you've ever considered a career in social services, you may have considered a counseling psychology degree before.

There are several degree options that allow you to pursue different levels of certification and independent work. Keep reading to learn more about Alabama counseling and psychology programs, what you can do as a licensed counselor, and what your career may be like if you choose this area of study.

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Counseling Psychology Programs in Alabama

Throughout Alabama, there are several colleges and universities with counseling psychology programs. Whether you're looking to further your education at the undergraduate, graduate, or doctorate level, you may be able to find a program that fits your needs.

When you study counseling psychology, you delve into the specific emotional concerns of human beings. The goal of this field is to help patients lead healthier lives through improved interpersonal functioning, problem solving, and reasoning.

As a counselor, you may come into contact with people of all personality types, ages, backgrounds, mental health needs, and concerns. If you have a natural sense of empathy, the ability to listen without judging, and an interest in interpersonal relationships, you may do well in counseling psychology programs.

While many Alabama schools offer traditional in-person programs, there are options for those interested in counseling psychology online programs as well. In programs with clinical requirements, you must still complete your clinical hours at an approved facility. However, completing your theory coursework online can save a considerable amount of classroom time.

Entry Level Counseling Psychology Degrees in Alabama

At the undergraduate level of study, you may earn a Bachelor's degree in clinical and counseling psychology. This degree simultaneously builds your general academic knowledge, critical thinking skills, and psychology knowledge.

By definition, a Bachelor's degree requires at least 120 credits. However, due to the extensive knowledge required to work in counseling psychology, Alabama programs often require close to 180 credits for graduation.

About one-third of these credits come from general education coursework, while the rest focus on educational psychology, counseling techniques, experimental psychology, and research. Since these programs are open to new graduates and those without any postsecondary education, you may start your education at this level without prior experience in this field. However, a strong high school GPA and a clear reason for getting involved in psychology can help you during the admissions process.

At this level of study, field placements and laboratory work are typically required, but they only comprise approximately 10 to 20 credits of your entire counseling psychology degree.

If you need the flexibility of an online degree, Bachelor's-level counseling psychology online programs are more widely available than graduate and PhD programs. At the end of your education, you may use your training to explore entry-level psychology jobs or prepare for advanced study at the graduate or PhD level.

Core and Elective Psychology Counseling Courses

  • Addictions
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Statistics for Behavioral Sciences
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Multicultural Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Disorders of Children and Adolescents
  • Disorders of Adults

Alabama Counseling Psychology Graduate Programs

Terminal graduate psychology degrees usually end with a Master's in counseling psychology degree, rather than continuing onto a PsyD or PhD. This degree option is popular for those who plan on working in a clinical setting after graduation, rather than conducting research on counseling methods and outcomes.

Counseling psychology graduate programs tend to be fairly competitive, so it's important to have a strong application. You should have a history of high grades, particularly in your psychology and social sciences coursework. Relevant work experience is not often required, but working or volunteering in social services may give you an extra boost during the application process.

Most Alabama counseling psychology graduate degrees require the GRE. Each school sets its minimum test scores. In total, most graduate psychology degrees last between two and three years, leading to the completion of 40 to 50 credits.

Clinical experience is a core part of a graduate program. Generally, you must earn between 9 and 12 credits in practicum rotations and internships. This amounts to several hundred clinical hours, meeting or exceeding the requirements for counselor licensure in Alabama. A number of programs require a one-semester or two-semester internship at the culmination of your counseling psychologist education.

Commonly Required Graduate Psychology Courses

  • Advanced Developmental Psychology
  • Personality Theory
  • Use and Interpretation of Tests
  • Counseling Techniques
  • Occupational Psychology
  • Research in Psychology
  • Counseling Diverse Populations

PhD in Counseling Psychology Programs in Alabama

The highest level of study in psychology is the doctoral degree. A PhD counseling psychology program goes beyond the topics covered in undergraduate and graduate programs, looking directly at the research. You'll assess confounding factors, trends in patient outcomes, and information that can be applied to clinical work.

A PhD does allow you to become licensed as a counseling psychologist, but in most cases, the goal of these programs is not to prepare students solely for clinical work. They often use a scientist-practitioner model that develops each student's clinical abilities while helping each student discover areas of research interest.

The courses you take on the way to a PhD are often divided into three categories: core psychology courses, core counseling courses, and research courses. Many clinical and counseling psychology Alabama programs have space for elective courses built into the schedule.

PhD-Level Psychology Counseling Courses

  • Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior
  • Biological Bases of Behavior
  • Counseling Theories
  • Counseling Diverse Populations
  • Advanced Measurement Theory
  • Psychological Assessment of Adults
  • Counseling Applications of Lifespan Development
  • Group Counseling

The PhD curriculum includes graduate-level coursework, but most programs do not offer non-terminal Master's in counseling psychology degrees en route to a PhD.

Counseling psychology is a field that is rooted in clinical experience, and that trend carries through to PhD programs. You may complete several professional seminars and practicum courses before moving on to your internship.

In Alabama, the standard requirement is a full-time, one-year internship in a counseling facility. During your internship, you should accumulate well over 1,000 hours of clinical experience.

Your dissertation is one of the main differences separating PhD counseling psychology programs and graduate programs. A dissertation is an independent research project that you complete under the guidance of advisors and a dissertation committee. This part of the process often lasts several years, since it involves the use of both qualitative and quantitative research methods.

No matter how much education you have behind you, this could be your chance to further your education in the field of psychology.

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Licensed Counseling Psychologists in Alabama

Most psychology and counseling professions have strict licensing requirements in Alabama. The requirements you must meet depend on whether you want to become a licensed psychologist or counselor.

The Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling licenses Associate Licensed Counselors and Licensed Professional Counselors. At both levels, you need a Master's degree from an accredited program to become a mental health counselor.

Coursework requirements include counseling theory, human development, social and multicultural foundations, relationships, group dynamics, career development, and individual assessment.

Along with your Associate Licensed Counselor application, you must pay a $200 application fee. You must pass the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification before becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor.

The Alabama Board of Examiners in Psychology oversees counseling psychologist licensure. The application fee for psychologist licensure is $350; the fee for psychological technician licensure is $227.50. You must pay a $600 fee to take the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology and a $50 fee for the Professional Standards Examination.

To become a psychological technician, you need a Master's degree, proof of coursework in educational psychology and other psychological specialties, and a passing score on the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology. Once you get your initial license, you must renew it every year by October 15. Each year, you must complete 10 hours of continuing education.

The process of becoming a psychologist is similar. You must submit proof of your counseling psychologist education, starting with your Bachelor's degree and ending with your doctoral counseling psychology degree. You must pass the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology and the Professional Standards Examination. Renewal is due by October 15 every year, and each renewal cycle requires 20 hours of continuing education.

Due to the role you may play in patients' lives as a psychologist or mental health counselor, there are stringent restrictions on criminal convictions. Certain convictions bar you from becoming licensed as a counselor, psychological technician, or psychologist. Any felony conviction disqualifies you, as does any history of harassment, intimidation, or abuse against a client.

Where Do Counseling Psychologists Work?

Upon becoming a licensed counselor, psychological technician, or psychologist, you may work in a variety of settings. Keep in mind that Alabama does not offer temporary work licenses, so you may not work in any of these roles until you have your standard license.

A common option for psychologists is private practice. This option does require a significant amount of financial investment and a strong reputation among patients, so many psychologists begin in mental health clinics or hospitals prior to beginning their own practices.

With an educational psychology degree in Alabama, you may look into openings at schools or postsecondary institutions. Those who enjoy business settings may work in industrial/organizational psychology, providing support to employees.

If you use your counseling psychology degree to explore clinical work options, including hospitals and mental health facilities, you may have to work a variety of shifts. These facilities often offer emergency services, which means that they remain staffed around the clock. Those who go into private practice, industrial/organizational psychology, or educational psychology may work more conventional schedules.

Psychologist Work Settings

  • Elementary and secondary schools
  • Colleges and technical schools
  • Government social services/public health agencies
  • Mental health clinics and facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Research facilities, including research wings of postsecondary institutions

Counseling Psychology Salary and Job Outlook for Counselors in Alabama

Due to the extensive educational requirements for psychology professionals, salaries in this field are often considerably higher than average salaries in other fields.

  • Psychiatric technicians earn an average salary of $26,780 per year in Alabama; this is a popular entry-level option for Bachelor's-level graduates (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016).
  • Mental health counselors bring in an average annual income of $46,940 (BLS, 2016).
  • Each year, counseling psychologists earn an average of $77,980 (BLS, 2016).

The job outlook in Alabama is expected to remain strong for several years to come, particularly as the need for mental healthcare services continues to grow throughout the state.

From 2014 through 2024, job openings for psychiatric technicians may jump 14% throughout Alabama (O*Net, 2016). Demand for mental health counselors is expected to increase 17% during this timeframe (O*Net, 2016). At the highest level of education, statewide demand for counseling psychologists may swell 22% by 2024 (O*Net, 2016).

Resources in Counseling Psychology Near Me

The field of psychology can be extremely demanding, both in terms of time and emotional energy. Having a large network of professional contacts can help you navigate difficult times, develop solutions for problems that arise in your practice, and learn about new standards and techniques in counseling psychology.

Alabama has several organizations for psychologists and counselors. Consider joining local and national organizations to get exposure to a wide variety of training events and networking opportunities.

Networking Groups and Professional Organizations in Alabama

The work you do as a counseling psychologist does not just affect you and your patients; rather, the effects of a good psychologist can be felt throughout a community. Patients with proper mental health support make better partners, parents, employees, and community members, improving safety throughout Alabama cities.

Of course, the individual impact you have on patients is clear; the advanced education you gain as a psychologist can help you develop targeted solutions for every client you see. Those who work directly with clients are constantly put into high-stakes situations that demand a clear head, critical thinking skills, and empathy.

In Alabama, mental health services have improved as facilities have opened call centers and 24-hour crisis centers to help clients, mentally ill inmates and offenders, and hospital patients (AL.com, 2016).

Discover how a counseling degree could get you on the path to a career you're passionate about.

Reach out to Alabama psychology schools below to get started.


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Alabama A & M University (Normal, AL)
Programs Offered:
Certificate in School Counseling
Educational Specialist in School Counseling
Master of Rehabilitation Counseling
Master of Science in Clinical Psychology
Master of Science in Counseling Psychology
Master of Science in Guidance and Counseling Psychology
Master of Science in School Counseling
Alabama State University (Montgomery, AL)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Educational Specialist in General Counseling
Master of Education in School Counseling
Master of Rehabilitation Counseling
Master of Science in General Counseling
Athens State University (Athens, AL)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Auburn University (Auburn, AL)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology - Adult or Child track
Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education
Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Human Development & Family Studies
Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in School Psychology
Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Master of Education in Rehabilitation Counseling (online)
Master of Education in School Counseling
Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis in Developmental Disabilities
Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Master of Science in Human Development and Family Studies
Master of Science in Marriage & Family Therapy
Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling
Auburn University at Montgomery (Montgomery, AL)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Education Specialist in Counseling - Community Counseling
Education Specialist in Counseling - School Counseling
Master of Education in Counseling - Community Counseling (online)
Master of Education in Counseling - School Counseling (online)
Master of Science in Psychology
Birmingham-Southern College (Birmingham, AL)
Programs Offered:
Major in Psychology
Major in Psychology - Sociology-Psychology
Columbia Southern University (Orange Beach, AL)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Psychology (online)
Faulkner University (Montgomery, AL)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Counseling
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Counseling
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Huntingdon College (Montgomery, AL)
Programs Offered:
Major in Psychology
Jacksonville State University (Jacksonville, AL)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Educational Specialist in Community Agency Counseling
Educational Specialist in School Counseling
Master of Science in Counselor Education
Master of Science in Counselor Education - Community Agency Counseling
Master of Science in Counselor Education - School Counseling
Master of Science in Psychology
Judson College (Marion, AL)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Oakwood University (Huntsville, AL)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Samford University (Birmingham, AL)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies - Counseling Foundations
Spring Hill College (Mobile, AL)
Programs Offered:
Major in Psychology
Talladega College (Talladega, AL)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
The University of West Alabama (Livingston, AL)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Education Specialist in School Counseling
Education Specialist in School Counseling (online)
Master of Education in School Counseling
Master of Education in School Counseling (online)
Master of Science in Continuing Education in Counseling/Psychology (online)
Master of Science in Continuing Education in Guidance and Counseling
Master of Science in Continuing Education in Guidance and Counseling (online)
Troy University (Troy, AL)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation
Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology
Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology - Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology - Community Counseling
Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology - Corrections Counseling
Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology - School Counseling
Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology - School Psychometry
Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology - Social Services Counseling
Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology - Student Affairs Counseling
Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology - Substance Abuse Counseling
Tuskegee University (Tuskegee, AL)
Programs Offered:
Major in Psychology
The University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL)
Programs Offered:
Doctor of Education in Educational Psychology
Doctor of Education in School Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy Clinical in Psychology - Clinical Child
Doctor of Philosophy Clinical in Psychology - Clinical Geropsychology
Doctor of Philosophy Clinical in Psychology - Clinical Health
Doctor of Philosophy Clinical in Psychology - Clinical Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy Clinical in Psychology - Psychology-Law
Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education
Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Psychology - Cognitive Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Psychology - Developmental Science
Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Psychology - Social Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in School Psychology
Educational Specialist in Counselor Education
Educational Specialist in Counselor Education (online)
Educational Specialist in Educational Psychology
Educational Specialist in Educational Psychology - Research
Educational Specialist in Educational Psychology - School Psychology
MA in Educational Psychology
MA in Educational Psychology - General Educational Psychology
Major in Psychology
Master of Arts in Community Counseling
Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling
Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling (online)
Master of Arts in School Counseling
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (Birmingham, AL)
Programs Offered:
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology - Behavioral Neuroscience
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology - Lifespan Developmental Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology - Medical Psychology
Major in Psychology
The University of Alabama in Huntsville (Huntsville, AL)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Master of Arts in Psychology
University of Mobile (Mobile, AL)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling
University of Montevallo (Montevallo, AL)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Master of Counseling - Community Counseling
Master of Counseling - Marriage and Family Counseling
University of North Alabama (Florence, AL)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Master of Arts in Community Counseling
Master of Arts in Education - School Counseling
University of South Alabama (Mobile, AL)
Programs Offered:
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical and Counseling Psychology
MS in Psychology
Major in Psychology
Major in Psychology - Applied
Major in Psychology - General/Experimental