Chatham University

Counseling Psychology (PsyD) Curriculum

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.

Program Requirements

+ Year One

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
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
PSY741 Pre-Practicum

This course prepares students, and is a pre-requisite, for field placements in settings that provide psychological services. The course reviews the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual and emphasizes integration of basic assessment and intervention activities, as well as ethical and professional issues in psychology.

3
PSY804 Vocational Issues in Counseling Psychology

Theories of vocational choice as well as career decision making, planning and lifelong career development will be addressed. Current issues in field of vocational counseling will be integrated with well-established theories and methods of vocational assessment.

3
PSY814 Psychopathology, Resilience, and Evidence-Based Practice

The course addresses theories and research related to psychopathology, as well as the strength-based perspective in counseling psychology. Major approaches to understanding adaptive and maladaptive behavior of individuals, such as psychoanalytic, humanistic, social constructivist, systemic, and social learning, will be discussed.

3
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
PSY747 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 300 hours/term in addition to participating in the weekly group supervision class. Additional fee(s): Clinical fee.

3

+ Year Two

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
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
PSY718 Psychology and Sustainability

The course presents the interface between environment and sustainability issues and the discipline of counseling psychology. Students review psychological literature about the relationship between environmental problems/solutions and human health and well-being, as well as implications of this for psychologists' work with individuals, families, and communities.

3
PSY801 Family-Focused Systemic Interventions

The class focuses on theories and interventions related to conceptualization and improvement of interactions within family systems. A framework of family science and evidence-informed approaches is emphasized. Students will examine general systems theory, family systems interventions, trans-generational theory, modern and post-modern adaptations of family intervention, and multi-systemic approaches.

3
PSY805 Group Processes and Interventions

In this class, research on group process and dynamics will be examined from diverse perspectives such as psychodynamic, systemic, social learning, and existential, as applied in group psychotherapy. The specific applications of different types of therapeutic groups will be emphasized. This class will include an experience of group supervision for participants.

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
PSY846 Practicum III

This course is the third 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/term in addition to participating in the weekly group supervision class. Additional fee(s): Clinical fee.

3
PSY847 Practicum IV

This course is the fourth 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/term in addition to participating in the weekly group supervision class. Additional fee(s): Clinical fee.

3
PSY848 Practicum V

This course is an optional fifth 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/term in addition to participating in the weekly group supervision class. Additional fee(s): Clinical fee.

3
Comprehensive Examinations

+ Year Three

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
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
PSY809 Advanced Developmental Psychology

In this course, students critically review classic and contemporary theories and research in developmental psychology. Students describe how the theories and research apply to psychology practice, develop additional research questions to further knowledge in the field, and become familiar with ethical and cultural issues related to developmental psychology.

3
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
PSY848 Practicum V

This course is an optional fifth 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/term in addition to participating in the weekly group supervision class. Additional fee(s): Clinical fee.

3
PSY862 Dissertation I

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

3
PSY863 Dissertation II

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

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PSY871 Pre-Doctoral Internship 1

The pre-doctoral internship is a year-long field experience for doctoral students who have completed all academic course work, comprehensive examinations, and dissertation proposal. The internship is a full-time supervised clinical experience obtained through a national search and matching process, and is required for the completion of the degree.

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+ Year Four

PSY863 Dissertation II

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

1 - 3
PSY871 Pre-Doctoral Internship 1

The pre-doctoral internship is a year-long field experience for doctoral students who have completed all academic course work, comprehensive examinations, and dissertation proposal. The internship is a full-time supervised clinical experience obtained through a national search and matching process, and is required for the completion of the degree.

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