MACP Grad Students in Volunteer Counseling Program
Originating in 2009, the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program is based on the clinical experience of Associate Professor and Director of the program, Dr. Daniel Mahoney, and his vision of a counseling psychology program at the University. The MACP trains students to become Licensed Professional Counselors or LPCs for short. The New Jersey LPC is licensed to counsel a diverse population, including the mentally ill, people with addictions, victims of domestic violence and abuse as well as other mental health issues. They also provide family and divorce therapy.
The MACP program is accredited by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC). The MPCAC ensures that the MACP program has met the rigorous standards for counselor preparation. The Felician University MACP is the first program in New Jersey to receive accreditation. Dr. Mahoney states, “I am very proud of our program. We have graduated 31 students in a few short years. That is very commendable.”
The Felician MACP students are trained in various counseling theory techniques and must complete a minimum of 1,000 clinical hours prior to earning their 60-credit master’s degree. Students can earn their required clinical hours by working in one of three community mental health programs created by Dr. Mahoney and Dr. Peter Economou, Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology, who joined the MACP program in 2010. Many graduate students in the MACP program offer clinical mental health services to clients at these locations.
Thanks to a grant from the Felician Sisters and a partnership with the Franciscan Community Development Center (FCDC), the three community mental health programs were made possible. Utilizing FCDC’s established infrastructure, centers were opened in Fairview, West New York, and Guttenberg, New Jersey. Embodying the Franciscan values of solidarity with the poor, compassion and service, the Felician MACP students counsel mostly underprivileged clients that require significant counseling they would not otherwise receive.