Information for Current Students
- Students must obtain a B- in each required course or take the course over.
Handbooks and Forms
Mental Health Counseling (internship, practicum, and supervisor handbooks have been integrated and updated for 2012-2013)
- Program Handbook For Students Beginning the Program in 2012
- Program Handbook For Students Beginning the Program in 2011
- Program Handbook For Students Beginning the Program in 2010
- Program Handbook For Students Beginning the Program in 2009
- Program Handbook For Students Beginning the Program in 2008
- Practicum Application
- Internship Application Packet
- Application Process Survey
- Alumni Survey
- Exit Survey
APA Style help
Student Guidelines for using the American Psychological Association (APA) Style
Most faculty in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology at University of Massachusetts Boston require students use the American Psychological Association (2001, available at www.apa.org) style when writing papers. These pages summarize this style.
Your paper should be double-spaced with margins of one inch on all sides, with numbered pages except the first, and Times New Roman 12 point font. The writing style should be professional quality and avoid slang, colloquialisms, and contractions. It should be grammatically correct. Avoid common errors such as paragraphs consisting of only one sentence, misplaced or missing commas, and confused homonyms. Use your computer's spelling and grammar checkers, and proof read . If you have writing difficulty, refer to Strunk and White's (2000) Elements of Style (available at www.amazon.com), take advantage of tutoring at the Graduate Writing Center in room 001-03 on the third floor of the Science Building (287-5708), or contact Professor Lisa Gonsalves (287-7642) who helps students in MTEL preparation.
All material taken from other's writing, even if reworded, must be cited and the reference included in the text with the author's name and the year of publication. Include page numbers only when you make a direct quote. If an article has more than one author and the citation is in parentheses, use an ampersand (Gottman & Gottman, 1999) but if it is cited within the narrative spell out the word ‘and' like this: Strunk and White (1999). Internet sites are cited like this (www.gottman.com). If you cite an article you know only because it is referenced by another author, attribute both, like this: Huston and Vagelisti (1991, as cited in Sigelman, 1999). Please note that omitting references is plagiarism and violates the academic code of honor.
All resources used as sources in writing the paper must be listed alphabetically in a reference list at the end of the paper (see example below). The journal article sequence is: author's last name, author's initials, publication year, title of article with only the first word capitalized, italicized title of journal with all major words capitalized, italicized volume number, and page numbers. See Huston and Vangelisti (1991) in this paper's bibliography for an example. The book sequence is: author's last name, author's initials, publication year, the italicized title of book with only the first word capitalized, the publication location, and the publisher. See Sigelman (2000), American Psychological Association (2001), and Strunk and White (2000) as examples. The book chapter sequence is: author's last name, author's initials, publication year, title of chapter with only the first word capitalized, the editors' names, the italicized title of book with only the first word capitalized, the pages of the chapter, the publication location, and the publisher. See Gottman and Gottman (1999) for an example. Web pages have the author, publication date (if unknown, write n.d.), the title of the article, retrieval date, and web address. See Gottman Institute (2001).
American Psychological Association (2001). Manual of style (5th ed.). Washington , DC : Author.
Gottman Institute (2001). The Gottman institute overview: Helping couples and families . Retrieved August 28, 2001 from www.gottman.com.
Gottman, J. M., & Gottman, J. S. (1999). The marriage survival kit: A research based marital therapy. In R. Berger and M. T. Hannah (Eds.), Preventive approaches in couples' therapy (pp. 304 330). Philadelphia, PA : Brunner/Mazel, Inc.
Huston, T. L., & Vangelisti, A. L. (1991). Socioeconomic behavior and satisfaction in marital relationships. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 6, 721-733.
Sigelman, C. (1999). Life span human development (3rd ed.). Pacific Grove , CA : Brooks/Cole.
Strunk, W., & White, E. B. (2000). The elements of style. New York : Allyn and Bacon.
- ACA (American Counseling Association)
- AAMFT (American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy)
- AAMFT Application for Student Membership
- MAMFT (Massachusetts Association for Marriage and Family Therapy)
- AMHCA (American Mental Health Counselors Association)
- MaMHCA (Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association)
- ARCA (American Rehabilitation Counseling Association)
- ASCA (American School Counselor Association)
- MASCA (Massachusetts American School Counselor Association)
- NASP (National Association of School Psychologists)
- MSPA (Masschusetts School Psychologists Association)
- APA (American Psychological Association)
Professional codes of ethics
- ACA Code of Ethics
- AAMFT Code of Ethics
- AMHCA Code of Ethics
- ARCA Code of Ethics
- ASCA Code of Ethics
- NASP Code of Ethics
Career Resources and Training Workshops
- Job Postings are listed within UMB Counseling and School Psychology Facebook Group
- School positions search engine
- Occupational Outlook Handbook
- AAMFT Job Connection
- AMHCA Career Center
- Careers in Vocational Rehabilitation
- School Counseling Postings in MA
- NASP Career Center
MA Licensing Information
Out-of-State Licensing Information (selected few)
- New York State Education Department
- California Department of Education
- Georgia Department of Education
- Public Schools of North Carolina
- PA Department of Education
- NCSP Application
- Application for DOE licensure
- Praxis Website
- Praxis Study Tips
- Licensure applications for Counseling fields
RSA grant information
Useful UMass Boston Links
- The Counseling Center
- Ross Center for Disability Services
- Graduate Writing Center
- Healey Library
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