Master of Science in Counseling Psychology
The mission of the Chatham University Master of Science in Counseling Psychology Program has at its core a commitment to the education of women and men so that they might as professionals contribute to the health and well being, of human beings through meeting the current and future psychological needs of society.
The program focuses on both the professional, intellectual, and personal growth of students, emphasizing human-centered values as well as evidence - informed treatment approaches. The program aims to prepare students to become competent providers of counseling psychology services in the context of a diverse community and the ever-changing healthcare environment.
Successful completion of the counseling psychology courses prepares students for master’s level positions in professions promoting the optimal development of individuals, families, groups, and organizations. Graduates of the program will be ready for employment in agencies providing mental and physical health services, social services and other educational, professional, and business organizations. The psychology-based curriculum integrates theoretical foundations, experiential perspectives, and research methodologies with practice. In addition, students learn to assess persons in their familial and social contexts, design strategies for change, and evaluate the effectiveness of those interventions. Students are further encouraged to be mindful of the socio-cultural diversity of individuals, families, and groups.
Commitment to Diversity
The Counseling Psychology program at Chatham University is a community of diverse learners. We believe that learning is optimized in an atmosphere of safety, support, and respect. We strive to create this atmosphere by welcoming community members from the full spectrum of human experience, including diversity in age, class, ethnicity, gender identity, physical abilities, political beliefs, race, religion, sexual orientation, spirituality, and size. We strive to acknowledge the role power and privilege play in our multiple, intersecting identities and to work towards creating a climate of egalitarianism, justice, and affirmation of all persons. We encourage students to challenge themselves to think beyond their current understanding of the world. As part of our program’s commitment to diversity, we endeavor to infuse consideration of multicultural issues into every aspect of our students’ graduate training, including classroom instruction, practicum and internship experience, and dissertation research.