Psychology, Counseling and Behavioral Health | Coppin State University

Psychology, Counseling and Behavioral Health

Psychology, Counseling, and Behavioral Health

You should be aware of the fact, that based upon both internal and external objective consensus, our students are among the best prepared of any undergraduate Psychology majors in the state. As our students perform their crucial Field Placements (internships) in their senior year, site supervisors from our network of agencies and institutions are near-unanimous in their praise for our student's contributions and preparedness to perform at their internship sites. Many of our seniors have been offered full-time jobs as a result of their Field Placement contributions.

Our undergraduate curriculum is a standard universal undergraduate curriculum, with an Afrocentric thread and relevance for our place in the central city of the Baltimore Metropolitan area. Our faculty and staff are of diverse backgrounds and have a rich tradition of respect and caring for our students. The result is that Applied Psychology is one of the most popular majors on campus, blessed with motivated and committed students.

The Department has been a significant contributor to the Maxie-Collier Scholars Program, the McNair Program, and the University’s Honors Program. Situated in the new Health and Human Services Building, the Department provides membership for students and faculty in PSI CHI, the National Honors Society in Psychology, the Psychology Club, and the Student Rehabilitation Association (SRA).

In Fall, 2005, the Department added an Undergraduate Program in Rehabilitation Services. The undergraduate program in rehabilitation services trains students to work with individuals coping with disability-from hearing loss to heart disease to drug addiction-and help them to achieve greater independence and lead more productive lives. Students complete courses in counseling theory and techniques, abnormal psychology, and various rehabilitation courses in the areas of developmental, psychiatric, intellectual, and vocational rehabilitation. Also required is a two-semester field placement consisting of 400 hours of supervised clinical experience in a local rehabilitation or mental health facility during the senior year.

This program prepares students for professional employment in hospitals, nursing homes, drug treatment centers, and other settings. It is also an exceptional preparation for advanced study in the field of rehabilitation.

The Department provides a fully accredited Master’s Program in Rehabilitation Counseling and a Master's Degree Program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling.

Dr. Brian Schmitt, Chairperson