Recognizing the need for mental health professionals, Johnson & Wales University has created unique 3+2 programs for Psychology majors who aspire to become counselors and work in a clinical setting. These programs, which maximize the time and investment of JWU students and their families, offer the chance to begin the work towards a professional licensure sooner.
“With the opioid epidemic, agencies are short staffed and searching for competent counselors to meet the needs of the growing population of individuals suffering from substance abuse and mental health disorders,” says Cheryl Almeida, Ph.D., professor in the John Hazen White College of Arts & Sciences (pictured right). “These programs allow students to get into the field sooner.”
What is a 3+2 program? A pathway that provides students a seamless transition from their undergraduate studies to their graduate degree. 3+2 students can complete their studies a year ahead of schedule, saving a year’s tuition in the process.
“It made sense to connect the programs more directly and streamline the plan for undergraduate Psychology majors who know they want to go on for a master’s in counseling,” says Jonathan Mosko, Ph.D., associate professor in the John Hazen White College of Arts & Sciences (pictured right).
Students who wish to enroll in the Psychology program on the Providence and Denver campuses may apply for the 3+2 B.S. Psychology/M.S. Addiction Counseling program, which allows them to achieve their bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Addiction Counseling in five years. Psychology majors at the Providence Campus also have the option to pursue a master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling as part of the 3+2 B.S. Psychology/M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
“This is something that sets JWU’s program apart,” says Mosko, who teaches at both undergraduate and graduate levels. “During their senior undergraduate year, students save money by taking graduate classes at the undergraduate tuition rate, thereby completing the program in five years rather than six.”
“After completing the 3+2 program, our students will be ready and qualified to work in master’s level clinical positions, while pursuing licensure in their state,” Almeida says. “During that time, they will be earning a salary and doing the job that they love.”