Counseling Psychology


If you are interested in counseling, clinical, or school psychology, a counseling psychology major is designed to prepare you for graduate study and careers that focus on promoting personal and interpersonal functioning. You will learn to address the emotional, social, work, school, and physical health concerns that individuals have at different stages in their lives. You will also begin to research and understand techniques for helping people improve their sense of well-being and alleviate distress.


Counseling Psychology (B.A.)


A Great Fit For

  • Acute problem-solvers who are adaptive and analytical.
  • Active listeners who have an inquisitive nature.
  • Those who would like to apply their knowledge and skills to help others.
  • Individuals interested in research-based practices and monitoring progress.



Morningside is nearly unmatched in its ability to provide you with an internship placement. Internships provide you with a chance to combine your knowledge and skills with projects that will help you grow and prepare for your career or graduate school.


You will have the opportunity to travel regionally, nationally, and even internationally for professional conferences, industry field trips, or May Term courses. Travel grants and special scholarship eligibility may be available.

Research & Active Learning

Research is at the core of Morningside’s psychology curriculum. From the very start of your student experience, you will have the opportunity to engage in research that allows you to understand the fundamentals as well as explore topics that interest you.



A study of the processes and practices related to group counseling. Topics include group dynamics, group leadership skills, group stages and processes, therapeutic factors in a group setting, planning and forming a group, and ethical considerations.


A study of various psychological disorders including contributing factors, diagnosis, and methods of treatment.


A study of the use, administration, and interpretation of standardized psychological tests, including a study of norms, reliability, validity, and ethics in testing.


A study of the various theories of counseling and psychotherapy with basic training in listening and counseling skills. This is an excellent beginning course for counselors, but may also be valuable to anyone who would like to develop their listening, interaction, and conceptualization skills involving human problems.


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Shannon Claxton

Shannon Claxton

Associate Professor

I love working at Morningside because the small class sizes create a dynamic and engaging learning environment where I can connect with each student on a personal level. I also love having the opportunity to collaborate with psychology honors students on their own research projects.

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Jessica Pleuss

Jessica Pleuss

Associate Professor

Watching students develop from their first day on campus through to their senior year is a real privilege, and knowing I have a small part to play in that transformation is incredibly rewarding.

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Jessica LaPaglia

Jessica LaPaglia

Associate Professor

I love the people at Morningside. Interacting with students and colleagues is always a highlight of my day.

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Still looking for the right fit? Here are some additional program options that we think might interest you or are often paired with this program. You can also view the programs page to keep exploring your options.



student/faculty ratio so you’re assured a quality education focused on you


employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation


majors & pre-professional programs available


Many students who graduate from Morningside with an undergraduate degree in psychology choose to pursue graduate school. A few programs into which graduates have recently been accepted include counseling psychology programs at South Dakota State University, Marquette University, University of Nebraska-Omaha, and the University of Akron, and Social Work programs at the University of Denver and the University of Nebraska.

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