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Westfield State University to host information sessions for popular graduate programs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 19, 2018
CONTACT: Troy Watkins,, 413.572.5523

Flexible, affordable programs designed for working adults

– The College of Graduate and Continuing Education (CGCE) at Westfield State University will host information sessions for master’s degree programs in counseling, applied behavior analysis, and social work in early December.

Information session for M.A in counseling and M.A in applied behavior analysis Dec. 8

An information session for Westfield State University’s M.A. in counseling and its M.A. in applied behavior analysis programs will be held on Saturday, December 8, at 11 a.m. in the lobby of Horace Mann Center, 333 Western Ave., Westfield. The session is aimed toward individuals interested in careers such as behavior analysts, clinicians, family and marriage counselors, and guidance or adjustment counselors.

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 earning the master’s degree. The program offers four specialized tracks in 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.”

Information session for Master of Social Work program Dec. 11

An information session for the Westfield State University Master of Social Work program will be held on Tuesday, December 11 at 6 p.m. in Scanlon Banquet Hall, 577 Western Ave., Westfield. This program is one of only three located in Western Massachusetts and is within commuting distance of the Berkshires, Central Massachusetts, northern Connecticut, southern New Hampshire and Vermont, and eastern New York. The program is also offered at the YWCA at Salem Square in Worcester.

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 University offers high quality, graduate-level training in social work that is also affordable and accessible,” said Program Director Jane Mildred, Ph.D. “Students are engaged on many levels and in many ways as they acquire the knowledge-base, skills, and dispositions needed to practice effectively as professional social workers in today’s complex world.” With full- or part-time options and the consistency of having all of one’s classes on Monday and Thursday evenings, the MSW program offers flexibility and affordability.

Attendees of either information session will have an opportunity to speak with faculty and members of the Outreach Team about the respective program and their application process. The $50 application fee will be waived for all attendees. To RSVP, visit For more information, call 413-572-8020 or email

Founded in 1839 by Horace Mann, Westfield State University is an education leader committed to providing every generation of students with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first public, co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, gender or economic status. This spirit of innovative thinking and social responsibility is forged in a curriculum of liberal arts and professional studies that creates a vital community of engaged learners who become confident, capable individuals prepared for leadership and service to society. For more information on Westfield State University, visit,, or


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