Chatham University

Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology (PsyD)

Chatham University's Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology (PsyD) is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).

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As part of its mission, Chatham University "prepares its students to excel in their professions and to be engaged, environmentally responsible, globally conscious, life-long learners, and citizen leaders for democracy." In keeping with the Mission Statement, Chatham’s Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Counseling Psychology is an integrative program that focuses on the professional and personal growth of students. The Chatham PsyD program is distinctive for its emphasis on promoting sustainable health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities, informed by the science of psychology. A hallmark of the PsyD in Counseling Psychology 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.

Facts for Prospective Students

Program Philosophies

Chatham University's PsyD in Counseling Psychology program has adopted the unifying philosophical themes of counseling psychology as developed by Gelso and Fretz (2001)1 and the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs, with the addition of a philosophy related to the promotion of sustainable health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities. Program objectives and competencies are derived from the following themes:

1 Gelso, C., & Fretz, B. (2001). Counseling psychology (2nd ed.). Fort Worth, TX: Harcourt.

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.