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Clinical Psychology

Master of Science


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If you are making a commitment to professional training, it is a significant life decision. It takes more to become a successful clinical counselor than any college or university can teach you.

Beyond the textbooks and assessments, individuals must dedicate themselves willingly to human service. It should be noted that the work of a counselor requires a variety of interpersonal and attitudinal skills. Some of these skills can be taught and are cultivated in the program. Other important traits associated with being a counseling professional include, but are not limited to, carrying a curious and respectful demeanor toward others, offering respect to others, being open to feedback and bringing tolerance and temperance to learning and to relationships. These are considerations that are relevant in planning a career as a counselor. Self-reflection and self-understanding will go a long way in assisting the prospective student in finding the right career fit.

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Students in the Master of Clinical Psychology program have the opportunities to:

Evaluate and utilize current research and utilize ethical decision-making related to clinical practice.
Apply multiculturally appropriate counseling skills with diverse client populations.
Apply developmental theory and research to human subjects.
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What Our Graduates Have Done With This Degree

Clinical Psychology Alumni

Graduates are employed primarily in private practice and public mental health centers, hospitals, residential treatment facilities and social service agencies serving individuals, families and special clientele of various age groups. Others are in academic institutions, staff training and development or are engaged in doctoral studies.

Theoretical Orientations

Care is taken to introduce students to a variety of theoretical orientations. Extensive field experience in mental health settings is  an essential part of the requirements. The curriculum provides all the courses that the state of Illinois requires of applicants to take the licensing examinations. This includes both the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) examination and the Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) examination.

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Preparing Students for Academic and Professional Success

For more than 35 years, the Clinical Psychology program at Benedictine University has been preparing students for careers in counseling, psychotherapy, mental health services and social services for all age groups. The Clinical Psychology program consists of academic and professional education that emphasizes client-centered skill training. The program also offers an excellent foundation for future doctoral study.

Foundation in Client Centered Counseling

Learning to become a clinical professional counselor at Benedictine University is a journey in which you will be guided by our foundation in Client Centered Counseling, a comprehensive clinical psychology curriculum that goes beyond the state requirements, as well as a talented team of professors and instructors who will support you in your individual journey. We designed the program to provide the flexibility to help busy adults achieve their goals of becoming an Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and begin the important work of helping others to lead fuller lives and
achieve their life goals.

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As a therapist, my clinical interests have become more focused on adolescents, young adults, parents and parenting, families, and trauma. I strongly believe in integrating researched, effective treatments into clinical practice. I believe in approaching all clients with an open, warm and an accepting demeanor, while utilizing unconditional positive regard and exhibiting a nonjudgmental attitude.

Emily Pagone

MPH ‘14
Owner + Clinical Therapist at Emily Pagone Counseling PLLC

MS in Clinical Psychology Faculty

Diane Moran, Clinical Psychology

Dianne R. Moran, Ph.D., L.C.P.C.
Program Director

Brian Patterson, Clinical Psychology

Brian Patterson, Ph.D.
Department Chair

Patricia Somers, Clinical Psychology

Patricia Somers, Ph.D., L.C.P.C.
Assistant Professor