Community Counseling Psychology

The community psychology perspective serves as the framework for the community counseling psychology concentration. Born in the wake of the community mental health and war on poverty movements of the 1960s, community psychology stresses the influence of external social forces on the individual. Course content develops an understanding of social and community systems within which people live and work, and builds the skills necessary to intervene at various levels.


According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of mental health counselors is projected to grow 29 percent from 2012 to 2022, and the projection for rehabilitation counselors is also expected to grow by 22 percent. Both these projections are much faster than the average for all occupations. Part of this increase is due to the increase in the veterans, people with disabilities, and the elderly population.

Graduates of the community counseling psychology program have gone on to become community counselors, mental health counselors, and rehabilitation counselors in public, private, and corporate settings. 

Weekend classes

Attend classes two weekends per month allowing you to maintain your responsibilities to your work, family, and community while earning a master’s degree.

Fully accredited

Be proud to graduate from a well-respected, regionally accredited college.

Support for adults

Get the academic support you need as an adult from attentive faculty and staff of the Academic Success Center at your campus.


Springfield College consistently ranks in the top tier of U.S.News & World Report’s “American’s Best Colleges” Best Regional Universities,—North Region. 

An affordable degree

The combination of affordable tuition and staff to help you navigate the financial aid process makes this a surprisingly affordable program. 

Earning potential

Join other program graduates who have successful careers in agencies, private practice, schools, hospitals, or those who choose to go into private practice.

Student Projects

Start making real change in your communities with your action research project, which provides an opportunity to partner with organizations in your own community.

The Greater Good

Learn with adults from all walks and stages of life, focused on transforming their communities. This program emphasizes social and economic justice.

Web-enhanced classroom

Enrich your learning and résumé with an online classroom component that will strengthen the skills you need as a professional in the field

Outstanding faculty

Learn from faculty members who have and are working in the community health field and are eager to share their experiences.

Degree Requirements

  • MCCP graduate students must earn a total of 36 credits to graduate.
  • A maximum of 6 credits may be transferred from an accredited institution, if a final grade of B or above was obtained, and if courses are consistent with concentration requirements.
  • All graduate students must take the three Foundation courses. (See Table A below)
  • All MCCP students must complete a graduate action research project.
  • The College authorizes the awarding of a Master of Science degree in Human Services for an approved "B" average or better.

Table A -- Foundation Courses

MCCP 625 Leadership: A Lifelong Journey Two credits
MCCP 626 Economics of Change Two credits
MCCP 628 Building Multicultural Organizations and Communities Two credits


The School of Human Services is a tri-mester program. Full-time study is nine credits per term. Day-long classes generally meet one weekend per month. Course structures include a pre-assignment which helps the student establish a frame of reference for class discussion on the first day. Required courses of the MCCP concentration appear below in Table B.

Table B -- CCP Concentration Program Outline

Course Name Credits
MCCP 601 Project Phase I Three credits
MCCP 602 Project Phase II Three credits
MCCP 603 Project Phase III Three credits
MCCP 604 Project Phase IV Three credits
MCCP 625 Leadership A Lifelong Journey Two credits
MCCP 626 Economics of Change Two credits
MCCP 627 Human Nature, Human Development and Human Assessment Two credits
MCCP 628 Building Multicultural Organizations and Communities Two credits
MCCP 634 Child and Family Services II: The Larger Context Two credits
MCCP 635 Child and Family Services III: Assessment and Intervention Two credits
MCCP 652 Human Service Delivery Systems: Overview and Critique Two credits
Electives (five at two (2) credits each) 10 credits


36 credits


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