Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) Program in Counseling Psychology
The counseling psychology program reflects the Springfield College mission of educating students in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others.
The program provides students with specialty training in three concentrations: clinical mental health, couples and family counseling, and athletic counseling.
Graduates of the doctor of psychology program (Psy.D.) pursue licensure for the practice of psychology and provide counseling, psychotherapy, assesment, and supervision. Graduates have also gone into careers in administration, teaching, and evaluation.
The doctor of psychology program in counseling psychology is dedicated to the following.
- Educating and developing practitioner-scholars who will lead and serve their communities and the discipline of professional counseling psychology.
- Training students for a variety of work settings and to prepare counseling psychologists to meet state requirements for licensure as psychologists.
- Preparing graduates who can identify and understand individual and cultural differences (ICD) and issues of multiple identities, power, oppression, privilege, and engage in culturally sensitive professional activity.
- Producing graduates who consistently exhibit ethical knowledge and decision making, professional identity and development as a counseling psychologist, and attitudes and skills that sustain lifelong learning, scholarly inquiry, and professional problem solving.
The Psy.D. program requires approximately four years of full-time academic study beyond the master’s degree—three of these years are dedicated to coursework including advanced practica and concentration-specific training. The final year is reserved for the completion of a research project and a year-long, full-time internship.