MSCP Core Values and Identity Statement
The profession of Counseling Psychology has a rich and meaningful history of being the meeting point between Counseling and Psychology - two distinct, yet overlapping disciplines. Chatham University’s Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology is steeped in this history and the core values of Counseling Psychology, which include:
- strength-based approaches
- social justice and advocacy
- science-informed practice
- multicultural competence
- vocational psychology/career development
- normative human development
- prevention and outreach in the community.
We celebrate our history and proudly educate students from these core values.
While both Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education programs lead to licensure in Pennsylvania (LPC), we believe that the standards of training and core values of counseling psychology reflect the mission statement of our program and the training students receive. Further, we believe that a foundation in counseling psychology better equips students for the challenges and rewards of professional counseling.
Commitment to Diversity
The Counseling Psychology masters program at Chatham University attracts 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.