Chatham University

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) Curriculum

Chatham University's Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology (PsyD) is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). The PsyD in Counseling Psychology program prepares future psychologists to be globally-conscious and environmentally-aware agents of change with individuals and systems, promoting sustainable health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities. The Chatham PsyD is distinctive for its focus on promoting sustainable health and well-being, focusing on individuals, families, and communities, informed by the science of psychology. A hallmark of the Chatham PsyD program is its recognition of the complex relationship between the well-being of individuals and the diverse environments touching their lives – families, schools, workplaces, communities, the natural world, and even national and global conditions.

The PsyD program requires a minimum of 106 total semester hours, including 85 semester hours of coursework, 12 semester hours of practicum, 6 semester hours of dissertation credit, and 3 semester hours of pre-doctoral internship. All students must complete a minimum of 76 credits at Chatham. Chatham no longer requires 6 specific prerequisite courses for admission into the PsyD program. There are now certain pre-requisite courses attached to specific advanced doctoral courses. Students can take electives in place of coursework that has been waived at admissions or just as supplemental courses that they wish to include in their academic studies.

*Course sequencing may change to be in compliance with changing accreditation requirements. Students in the program will be notified promptly of any changes.

Program Requirements

+Required Courses

PSY501 Foundations of Counseling Psychology

The course focuses on historical, theoretical, ethical, and practical aspects of the counseling psychology field. Students will write a research paper, using the American Psychological Association Publication Manual and library resources commonly used by counseling psychologists. The course will also introduce students to the theory and practice of basic counseling skills.

3
PSY503 Applied Biological Psychology

The course addresses biological aspects of human psychology, including the biological basis of neurological deficits and mental disorders, and the use psychotropic medications for treating mental illnesses. Topics also include stress and health, mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia, and contemporary issues in biological psychology.

3
PSY555 Statistics and Research Methods

The course provides a basic review of descriptive and inferential statistics and how these techniques are used with research methods in counseling psychology. Students will become proficient in computer analysis of data sets, designing and evaluating research designs and techniques, and understanding primary research in counseling literature

3
PSY617 Psychology of Culture and Identity

The course offers theories and techniques related to the design, administration, and interpretation of quantitative tests measuring psychological variables such as intelligence, aptitude, and personality traits. It does not involve actual test design, administration and interpretation, but does explore theories and techniques related to these activities.

3
PSY627 Vocational/Career Counseling

The course addresses the issues involved in the lifelong process of vocational development, through exploration of theories and assessment approaches in career counseling. Additional topics addressed include self-awareness, career awareness and assessment, career decision making and planning, and career implementation.

3
PSY629 Human Development across the Life Span

The course explores cognitive, social, emotional and physiological development throughout the life span. While including concentration on the major theoretical approaches to life span development, an equally significant focus will be on practical application of material.

3
PSY642 Assessment

The course covers the basics of psychological assessment. The importance of integrating information from various sources when formulating hypotheses and diagnostic impressions and when developing treatment plans is emphasized. Other topics include interviewing, mental status examinations, psycho-physiological strategies, psychological tests related to various diagnostic groupings, and program evaluation.

3
PSY657 - Psychopathology & Resilience (3)
PSY658 - Evidence Based Practice (3)
PSY662 Theories and Techniques of Counseling

This course explored a variety of counseling theories and techniques to provide a foundation for the practice of professional counseling from a culturally sensitive perspective. The course emphasizes current professional research and practice related to counseling theories and techniques, and provides opportunities for skill practice.

3
PSY672 Group Counseling

The course explores the theory and practice of group experience from the perspectives of a member and observer. Topics include basic elements of group dynamics, interpersonal styles as they affect or hinder group functioning, role identity, leadership style, and application of group skills in organizations.

3
PSY674 Foundations of Family Therapy

The course focuses on the evaluation and treatment of psychological symptoms from the perspective of the family and systems theory. The history and evolution of the family movement will be presented and multiple family therapy modalities introduced, with an emphasis on selected theories and applications. Prerequisite(s): PSY660 and PSY661.

3
PSY681 Professional Integration Seminar

The course explores ethical conceptualization, analysis, and practices of applied and counseling psychologists. Topics include the ethical standards of the American Psychological Association and the American Counseling Association, the history of applied psychology, and the developing mental health counseling movement. Certification, licensure, and regulatory practices are also discussed.

3
PSY706 History of Psychology

This course focuses on contemporary perspectives and historical and philosophical foundations of counseling psychology. The course emphasizes modern theories and practices of counseling psychology as a social science and profession, particularly as related to sustainable health and well-being for individuals, families, and communities.

3
PSY707 Social Psychology

This course provides an overview of historical and current trends in social psychology. Major theories and research findings relating to group dynamics, attitude change, prejudice, and others are presented. Contemporary critiques of the field and the relevance of social psychology to social change and the helping professions are discussed.

3
PSY708 Cognitive & Affective Bases of Behavior

The course addresses empirically supported theories of Cognition and Affect and their influence on human behavior. Cognitive understanding of how humans learn, process and retain information and its role inhuman activities will be examined. Affect will be examined through review of early attachment relationships, emotional regulation, and social-emotional processes.

3
PSY709 Intellectual Assessment

The course prepares students to administer tests of cognitive functions. Students will examine theory and clinical assessment of cognitive functioning including basic psychometric principles. Practical experiences are offered in test administration, scoring, interpretation, and professional report writing.

3
PSY711 Multicultural & Diversity Issues in Counseling Psych

The course provides an in-depth exploration of cultural differences as they impact the counseling relationship. Identity development theory will be examined, as will multicultural research methods and findings. Finally, the significance of both between-group and within-group differences will be explored for their relative influence on the process of therapeutic change.

3
PSY712 Advanced Research Design

This course reviews essential concepts in research design and statistics, with an emphasis on ensuring that students are capable of critically evaluating research studies and drawing reasonable conclusions from those studies. Students will have a strong foundation in research design and proficiency in statistics after having completed this course.

4
PSY714 Personality Theory and Assessment

The course covers theories of personality and prepares students to administer, score, interpret, and write reports about commonly used instruments for the assessment of personality. Approaches and instruments included will be interviewing techniques, personality inventories, projective tests.

3
PSY715 Ethical Issues in Counseling Psychology

This course will focus on providing students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary to perform ethical practice with clients across the full dimension of human experience, using the APA Ethics Guidelines as a foundation.

3
PSY716 Psychometrics

The course offers theories and techniques related to the design, administration, and interpretation of quantitative tests measuring psychological variables such as intelligence, aptitude, and personality traits. It does not involve actual test design, administration and interpretation, but does explore theories and techniques related to these activities.

2
PSY780 - Professional Seminar in Counseling Psychology (3)
PSY806 Supervision and Leadership

This course introduces students to theories, research, roles and activities of supervision, consultation, and leadership in counseling psychology. The course is both didactic and experiential. For all activities, issues of diversity, ethics, and professional practice will be discussed.

3
PSY807 Biopsychology

This course focuses on the development of the brain and nervous system, interconnections between the human body's biological systems, and types and mechanisms of psychopharmacological interventions for psychological disorders.

3
PSY810 Advanced Data Analysis

This course introduces advanced concepts in data analysis, with an emphasis on ensuring that students are capable of designing research studies and selecting and implementing appropriate methods of data analysis. Students will work on their dissertation proposals in this course. Prerequisite(s): PSY712

4
PSY815 Organizations, Communities, and Consultation

This course will address theories and research related to functioning of organizations and communities. The counseling psychologist as consultant will be discussed, along with major principles and strategies for conducting system level assessments, and planning, implementation and evaluation of consultative interventions.

3
PSY816 Health Psychology Practice

The course focuses on the interface between psychology and medicine, preparing students to use psychology interventions in the treatment and management of illness and to understand the role of psychologist in the interdisciplinary healthcare team. Theory, research, and practice of health psychology will be presented.

3
Coursework Credits = 85
Additional Degree Requirements
Practicum
PSY746 Practicum I

This course is a field placement in which students obtain training in psychological service provision. They work directly under the supervision of a qualified professional and obtain experience interviewing clients and conducting sessions in group and individual formats for 300 hours on site in addition to participating in the weekly group supervision class. Additional fee(s): Clinical fee.

3
PSY750 Practicum II

This course is the second field placement in which students obtain training in psychological service provision. They work directly under the supervision of a qualified professional and obtain experience interviewing clients and conducting sessions in group and individual formats for 75-149 hours/term in addition to participating in the weekly group supervision class.

1
Note: Field placements completed at the Masters level cannot be used to meet the requirement for doctoral field placement.
Practicum Credits Total = 12
Dissertation
PSY683 Dissertation II

These courses are capstone scholarly projects that demonstrate an original contribution to the field of counseling psychology.

1 - 3
Required Dissertation = 6 Credits
Required Internship = 3 Credits
Total Credits = 103

+Elective Courses

PSY513 Learning and Behavior

The course addresses concepts of instrumental and classical conditioning. Topics include concepts relevant to behavior formation and maintenance, application of conditioning techniques to counseling sessions, research data on learning techniques, and effective and cognitive elements of learning theories. The course also emphasizes ways to improve clients' self-change abilities.

3
PSY530 Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology

This course is designed to introduce students to the basic concepts and intervention techniques of sport and exercise psychology. Topics covered will include motivation theory applied to sport, team dynamics, an introduction to psychological skills training, the psychology of sport injury, and issues pertinent to exercise adoption, adherence, and drop-out.

3
PSY561 Pharmacology

This course covers the general principles of drug action, including administration, distribution, mechanism, and excretion. Emphasis will be placed on key pharmacological concepts, basic signal transduction pathways and molecular mechanisms. Pharmacology of the nervous, cardiovascular, and endocrine systems as well as the mechanisms of various antimicrobial agents will be considered.

3
PSY602 Sport and Exercise Psychology Interventions

Students in this course will become competent in the understanding and application of the core mental skills of sport and exercise psychology across settings and across the lifespan.

3
PSY610 Advanced Seminar in Sport & Exercise Psych

This course focuses on research and professional practice in an athletic or exercise setting. Issues of credentialing, certification, and licensure will be presented. Further, pertinent ethical issues will be examined. Students will develop a research project that involves conceptualizing a problem statement and designing a study to address the question.

3
PSY621 Advanced Seminar in Diversity Issues

The course further develops the multicultural competency of counselors in relation to specific selected topics related to diversity and counseling. This is an elective course.

3
PSY632 Positive Psychology

Positive Psychology is the study of how humans do well and flourish. This course is an introduction to positive psychology theories and techniques. Didactic, experiential, and interactive elements will be used to explore concepts, research, interventions, and exercises that positive psychology has contributed to the larger field of psychology.

3
PSY662 Theories and Techniques of Counseling

This course explored a variety of counseling theories and techniques to provide a foundation for the practice of professional counseling from a culturally sensitive perspective. The course emphasizes current professional research and practice related to counseling theories and techniques, and provides opportunities for skill practice.

3
PSY665 Addictions Counseling

The course addresses a variety of addiction topics, including chemical dependency, eating disorders, sexual addiction, the chemically dependent offender, and women's issues in addiction. Several treatment models are explored, with emphases on effectiveness of treatment approaches and on multicultural sensitivity.

3
PSY668 Crisis, Trauma and Recovery

The course is an introduction to the field of psychological trauma, examining the historical development of trauma as a clinical entity and an overview of theories and strategies for treating trauma. Students will learn to identify and work with their own reactions to clients who present trauma issues.

3
PSY671 Mindfulness Counseling

This course explores mindfulness and acceptance based approaches to counseling and discusses the integration of art and science when utilizing these approaches. Students will examine current research about efficacy of such approaches, and also develop beginning skills in these approaches.

3
PSY673 Couples Counseling

This advanced course covers selected theories and techniques related to couples counseling. The emphasis in the course is on practical application of the theories.

3
PSY676 Counseling Children and Adolescents

The course focuses on issues and concepts related to counseling children and adolescents with social and/or emotional problems. Topics include significant differences between children/adolescents and adults; theories of normal child development and temperament; and conceptualization and effective treatment of problems.

3
PSY677 Grief Counseling

The course introduces students to the techniques, strategies, and treatment modalities counselors use to work with adults, children, and families dealing with bereavement. The class focuses on psychological, somatic, cultural, and spiritual aspects of grief and loss. Other topics included are interventions, community resources, and diverse religious and cultural practices.

3
PSY678 Risk and Resilience in Childhood

The course covers child/adolescent psychopathology and psychological assessment of children and adolescents. Specific topics include diagnostic and assessment issues specific to children and adolescents; psychological and developmental disorders specific to children and adolescents; and related social and cultural issues.

3
PSY693 Independent Study

3