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Westfield State University to Hold Open Houses in December for Master's Programs in Counseling, Applied Behavior Analysis and Social Work

The College of Graduate and Continuing Education (CGCE) at Westfield State University will host an open houses for master’s degree programs in early December.

Open House for M.A. in counseling and M.A. in applied behavior analysis Dec. 2

An open house for the University’s M.A. in counseling and M.A. in applied behavior analysis programs will be held Saturday, December 2, at 11 a.m. in the Horace Mann Center. Individuals interested in careers such as behavior analysts, clinicians, family and marriage counselors, and guidance or adjustment counselors should consider attending to find out how a graduate degree can help them attain one of these positions.

The Department of Psychology offers a 60-credit graduate program designed to serve the student who plans to enter the applied fields of counseling or psychology after receiving the M.A. The program offers four specialized tracks: school guidance counseling, school adjustment counseling (non-licensure), forensic mental health counseling and mental health counseling.

Westfield State University also offers a 48-credit Master of Arts in applied behavior analysis program to individuals who work, or aspire to work, in a number of different settings, such as schools, including regular and special education classrooms, business and industry, healthcare and other community-based settings.

“Westfield State’s graduate training in counseling meets all requirements for entry licensure in school counseling and all pre-masters content and field experience requirements for mental health counselors,” said Robert Hayes, Ph.D., chair of graduate programs in psychology. “We particularly value small classes for technique-related courses, where graduate candidates receive outstanding individual attention, as well as group supervision during the development of their counseling skills. Counseling is both a science and an art, and our graduate training program attends to both.”

Open House for Master of Social Work program Dec. 7

The College of Graduate and Continuing Education (CGCE) at Westfield State University will host an open house for the Master of Social Work program on December 7 at 6 p.m. in the Scanlon Banquet Hall.

Westfield State University’s Master of Social Work program is one of only three MSW programs located in Western Massachusetts which is within commuting distance of the Berkshires, Central Massachusetts, northern Connecticut, southern New Hampshire and Vermont, and eastern New York. The MSW program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and prepares students to become Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) and to work in a variety of positions in the human services field. The program aims to prepare advanced-level social work practitioners who have specialized knowledge and skills for clinical practice that is based on a firm generalist foundation.

“The MSW Program at Westfield State was designed to be accessible and affordable for students while preparing those students to practice social work in today’s complex and technologically challenging world,” said Program Director Robert Kersting, Ph.D. With full or part-time options and the consistency of having all of one’s classes on Monday and Thursday evenings, the Master of Social Work program offers flexibility and affordability.

Attendees of either open house will have an opportunity to speak with representative of each program and the application process. The $50 application fee will be waived for all open house attendees. To RSVP for either event, please visit For more information, please call 413-572-8020 or email

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