Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology (PsyD): Mission
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." Chatham College for Women offers superb career preparation informed by the liberal arts. Chatham College for Graduate Studies and Chatham College for Continuing and Professional Studies provide men and women with undergraduate, graduate, professional, and continuing education of the highest quality with primary emphasis on preparation for work and the professions.
In keeping with Chatham University's Mission Statement, Chatham University’s Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Counseling Psychology is an integrative program which focuses on the professional and personal growth of students. The Chatham PsyD program is distinctive for its focus 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.
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:
- A focus on working within a developmental framework across a wide range of psychological functioning.
- A focus on assets and strengths, regardless of level of functioning.
- The inclusion of relatively brief counseling approaches.
- An emphasis on person-environment interactions, rather than an exclusive focus on either person or environment.
- An emphasis on prevention, including psycho-educational interventions.
- An emphasis on the educational and vocational lives of individuals.
- A strong commitment to attending to issues of culture, race, and ethnicity, as well as other areas of individual diversity such as gender, age, ability, socioeconomic status and sexual orientation.
- Evaluation and improvement through critical thinking and a commitment to the scientific approach.
- An emphasis on promoting sustainable health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities.
1 Gelso, C., & Fretz, B. (2001). Counseling psychology (2nd ed.). Fort Worth, TX: Harcourt.