Chatham University

Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology (PsyD): Goals, Objectives, and Competencies

Chatham University’s Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology program is committed to the following goals and objectives:

  1. Goal 1: To develop entry level counseling psychologists who are capable of practicing ethically and capably within the bounds of their competence. Thus, we seek to develop the professional skills of our students such that each is able to...
    1. Objective A: demonstrate understanding of basic areas of professional psychology
    2. Objective B: apply psychological principles to effective assessment, intervention, and evaluation activities
    3. Objective C: function in a professional and ethical manner in all professional activities
  2. Goal 2: To develop scholars who have a working knowledge of the science of psychology. Thus, we seek to develop the professional skills of our students such that each is able to...
    1. Objective D: demonstrate the ability to engage in scholarly inquiry activities and to disseminate the results of the inquiry
    2. Objective E: demonstrate the ability to apply the results of scholarly inquiry to practice
  3. Goal 3: To produce graduates with a well-developed professional identity as counseling psychologists, including awareness and appreciation of context, development, and strength-based interventions. Thus, we seek to develop the professional skills of our students such that each is able to…
    1. Objective F: demonstrate understanding of the impact of multiple contexts on human behavior
    2. Objective G: demonstrate understanding of theories and techniques of developmentally-based health promotion and intervention for individuals, systems, and communities
    3. Objective H: appreciate the role of individual and cultural differences and diversity in human development and behavior
 

Please see the Goals, Objectives, and Competencies for detailed information about Competencies.