Hugh Stephenson, Associate Professor, Psychology, and Coordinator
The interdisciplinary counseling minor is a partnership between the Departments of Psychology and Sociology; open to all students at the College, it is designed to provide a broad perspective and background in the field of mental health. This interdisciplinary approach to the study of mental health acknowledges the complementary contribution of these two disciplines that explore individual behavior from differing perspectives. Through this combination of approaches, the minor allows students to develop a rich and complex understanding of the development of distress, and a variety of perspectives on assessment, treatment, and crisis intervention in applied settings. The importance of the application of theory to practice is underscored by the required internship placement for all counseling minors. The minor prepares students for diverse careers where a basic grounding in counseling skills and knowledge are valuable: counseling skills are, for instance, integral to human service, health care, and many business roles and functions.
Students need at least three semesters to complete the Counseling minor. To insure this, students must declare the Counseling Minor prior to earning 75 credits or before the end of the fifth semester at Ithaca College. Students intending to declare the minor will be invited to attend a minor advising meeting prior to being approved.
Psychology and sociology majors may enroll in the minor. Sociology majors may count only two courses in the minor toward the sociology major. Psychology and sociology double majors may count two courses from the minor for each major for a maximum of four courses. Psychology majors also may count only two courses in the minor toward the psychology major.
|SOCI 1xxxx||Any 100-level sociology course||3|
|PSYC 10300||General Psychology||3|
|PSYC/SOCI 21700||Mental Health in Historical and Social Contexts||3|
|SOCI 21400||Definitions of Normality||3|
|PSYC 32100||Abnormal Psychology||3|
|SOCI 30800||Counseling Theory and Dynamics||3|
|or PSYC 34100||Forms of Therapy|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Psychology of Women|
|Adulthood and Aging|
|Race and Ethnicity|
|Essential Issues in Mental Health Treatment|
|Counseling the Older Adult|
|Students must meet the required professional dispositions before beginning the internship. See the Counseling Minor website for details.|
Internship in Sociology
|Professional Seminar in Human Services|
and Internship in Psychology